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Old December 16th, 2005, 04:35 AM   #61
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Venezuelan plane in emergency landing, no injuries

CARACAS, Venezuela, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A Venezuelan Conviasa airplane carrying 40 passengers made an emergency landing in Margarita Island on Thursday after part of its landing gear failed, rescue officials said.

No passengers or crew were injured and initial reports said the aircraft did not appear to be damaged, Civil Protection official Francisco Duarte told local Globovision television.

"A few people got very nervous, but no one has any serious injuries," he said.

The Dash-7 aircraft, operated by state-run airline Conviasa, left Margarita Island off the Venezuelan coast bound for Caracas airport, but returned after it reported mechanical problems. The plane dumped fuel to reduce fire risk before landing at Margarita's Santiago Marino airport.

Conviasa, which started operating last year with a De Havilland Canada Dash-7 aircraft and a Boeing 737-300, said it had plans to purchase about 10 more planes to expand its fleet and routes.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 07:32 PM   #62
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Peru suspends operations of its national airline
7 January 2006

LIMA, Peru (AP) - Peruvian authorities have suspended operations of the state-owned airline, TANS Peru, after "a series of serious events that have put safety in danger," an official said Saturday.

Roberto Rodriguez, director of the country's civil aviation office, told Radioprogramas radio that his agency on Monday would begin an investigation of the airline's operations to determine if it should be allowed to fly again.

On Aug. 23 a TANS flight crashed in the jungle city of Pucallpa, 490 kilometers (305 miles) northeast of the capital of Lima, killing 40 people and injuring 57.

That was followed by an incident "a month and a half ago when a TANS plane had an emergency in Cuzco. It lost a turbine (engine)."

He said another plane lost one of its two engines near the Andean tourist destination of Cuzco on Friday.

"Two emergencies in a month and a half justify the decision" to ground the airline, he said.

TANS has not issued a statement.

In January 2003, a TANS twin engine Fokker 28 turbojet plowed into a mountain in Peru's northern jungle, killing all 42 passengers and four crew members.

TANS flies to nine Peruvian cities from Lima, including the major jungle city of Iquitos and the southern Andean city of Juliaca, near the famed Lake Titicaca.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 04:07 AM   #63
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no one has posted any information about the a-380 going to jmc(medellin) for tests tomorrow, and later going to bolivia yet?
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Old January 10th, 2006, 04:14 AM   #64
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no one has posted any information about the a-380 going to jmc(medellin) for tests tomorrow, and later going to bolivia yet?
Airbus testa maior avião do mundo na Colômbia e na Bolívia
6 January 2006
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MEDELLIN, Colômbia - O consórcio europeu Airbus fará testes de rendimento dos motores do A380, o maior avião comercial do mundo, em aeroportos de grande altitude na Colômbia e na Bolívia, informaram nesta sexta-feira autoridades aeronáuticas da Colômbia.

O superjumbo A380, que desde janeiro de 2005 está em fase de testes antes de sua comercialização, deve aterrissar neste domingo no aeroporto José Maria Córdova, no Rio Negro, nas proximidades de Medellin, capital do estado de Antioquia. O terminal, que fica a mais de 2,1 metros de altitude, e o aeroporto de La Paz, na Bolívia, a 3,6 mil metros do nível do mar, serão os dois destinos de provas do avião na América Latina, onde a tripulação fará exames técnicos e de segurança para testar o funcionamento dos motores em cidades situadas a grandes altitudes.

O A380 fará testes na Colômbia durante aproximadamente quatro dias, afirmou Luis Carlos Guerra, diretor regional da Aeronáutica Civil, entidade governamental aeroportuária do país.

O consórcio Airbus, que integra entidades da Alemanha, Espanha, França e Grã-Bretanha, apresentou o A380 em 2005 na sede da Airbus em Toulouse (França). O avião tem capacidade para transportar entre 500 e 800 passageiros em dois andares de cabines, de acordo com diversas configurações, e possui autonomia para 15 horas de vôos.
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Old January 31st, 2006, 06:01 AM   #65
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Aerolineas Argentinas adds 7 planes in growth plan

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Argentina's leading airline, Aerolineas Argentinas, will add seven new planes to its fleet expansion plan, bringing the total 2004-2009 investment to $529 million, the company said on Monday.

The carrier had originally planned to add 15 Boeing 737/500 aircraft to its fleet, but has now increased the number to 20, of which 10 will be in service by the end of February, it said in a statement.

The Boeing jets will be leased with an option to buy and will fly on regional and domestic routes.

The company will also bring in two Airbus 310/300 aircraft to cover regional routes and flights from Buenos Aires to Miami and Mexico City.

The company, controlled by Spanish investment group Interinvest, is also studying the addition of a Boeing 747/400 for international routes, which would give it a total of four aircraft of this model.

Aerolineas Argentinas says its controls 90 percent of the Argentine market.
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Various theories in Venezuela plane crash that killed 160, investigation head says
By IAN JAMES
31 January 2006

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Investigators are weighing several theories, from icy conditions to pilot error, as they struggle to determine why a plane crashed in Venezuela last August killing all 160 people on board, an official leading the investigation said Tuesday.

The chartered West Caribbean Airways jet crashed in western Venezuela on Aug. 16, killing 152 tourists from the French Caribbean island of Martinique and eight Colombian crew members.

The pilot radioed authorities saying "flame out" in both engines as the McDonnell Douglas MD-82 jet plummeted to the ground. But Venezuelan officials have since said they don't believe the engines actually failed, raising doubts about what caused the jet to plunge.

"We have various hypotheses," investigation board chief Lt. Col. Lorllys Ramos Acevedo said in a phone interview, declining to give specifics.

"There are many factors we have to study to arrive at a definitive conclusion," she added, saying investigators were looking at "the human factor," the way the aircraft functioned and the weather conditions.

As for whether ice formation on the plane could have been a factor, she said investigators still could not say with certainty.

Investigators could make a report on their latest findings by the end of March, but it may take more time to offer definitive conclusions, Ramos said.

"There are still many questions," she said. "We aren't going to rule out any factor."

French, Colombian and U.S. experts have been cooperating with Venezuelan investigators, and the cockpit voice recorder has been analyzed in France along with the flight data recorder.

An initial report from Venezuelan investigators issued in November said the plane began a normal ascent from 31,000 feet (9,450 meters) to 33,000 feet (10,060 meters) about 20 minutes before the crash.

It said the plane leveled off about two minutes later and accelerated, all appearing normal.

About 90 seconds later, the plane began to steadily decrease speed, and after eight minutes, the autopilot was disengaged, the report said.

Asked whether a rapid climb before that was thought to have affected the autopilot system, Ramos said no and added, "That's false."

Grant Brophy, director of flight safety and security programs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, said one big question is why the plane's speed suddenly began to flag.

"Why is there no power?" he said after reviewing the initial investigative report. "You really need to know why they can't apply power or why power is not being applied in this situation."

He said one possibility -- among many -- is that crew members were getting erroneous readings from instruments. He added that has been known to occur when ice forms over the air intakes used for flight instruments.

The cockpit recording revealed the crew cited "weather conditions that included possible icing conditions" on the plane's body minutes before the crash, the investigative report said. However, Venezuelan investigators have said the jet's anti-ice system was working and had been activated.

The 152 vacationers from Martinique had chartered the flight and were headed home after a weeklong trip to Panama.
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Old February 11th, 2006, 04:06 AM   #67
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Chile LAN January passenger traffic rises 7.5 pct

SANTIAGO, Chile, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant carrier, LAN Airlines SA , said on Friday passenger traffic rose 7.5 percent in January compared with the same month a year earlier, mostly due to higher capacity on international flights.

LAN said in a news release that international passenger traffic for January rose 9.3 percent as capacity increased 9.0 percent. The international passenger load factor, which measures how full aircraft fly, rose 0.2 percentage points.

Domestic passenger traffic fell 2.0 percent, even though capacity increased 0.8 percent. That means the domestic passenger load factor fell 1.9 percentage points.

"Domestic load factor decreased due to schedule adjustments and increased competitive activity," LAN said.

Privately held local carrier Sky Airlines has been gaining market share of domestic flights.

LAN said traffic grew on routes to Europe and the South Pacific, as well as between Latin American markets.

Cargo traffic increased 5.0 percent in January as capacity rose almost 9 percent, which means load factors fell in that area of LAN's business.

LAN, one of the leading airlines in Latin America, has affiliates in Argentina, Ecuador and Peru and flies throughout the Americas, to Europe and the South Pacific.
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Venezuela Bars Continental, Delta, Limits American
24 February 2006

CARACAS (AP)--Venezuela has prohibited Continental Airlines (CAL) and Delta Airlines (DAL) from flying into this South American nation and is restricting American Airlines (AMR), Francisco Plaz, the president of the National Aviation Institute, said.

Speaking late Thursday, Plaz said that the measure was taken because the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration had established a similar ban on commercial jets registered in Venezuela 10 years ago due to safety violations.

The ban would take effect on March 1, Plaz told the local Globovision television channel.

Delta Airlines currently services a daily route from Simon Bolivar international Airport to Atlanta while Continental Airlines has daily flights to Houston and weekly flights to New York. American Airlines services daily routes to Puerto Rico and Miami.

A spokeswoman for the Venezuelan Association of Airlines, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to be quoted by name, told The Associated Press the three U.S.-based airlines received notification of the ban on Thursday and would meet soon with Venezuelan aviation officials to discuss the measure.

In 1996, the FAA ruled that Venezuela must tighten its airline safety procedures and downgraded its civil aviation authority to Category II, restricting flights because Venezuela allegedly didn't meet international safety standards.

Venezuelan officials say they have improved safety standards since then.

"We have exhausted all avenues with the U.S. aeronautical authority," Venezuela's National Aviation Institute said in a statement issued Thursday. "We have been forced to reduce the frequency of flights of U.S. airline companies from the U.S."

U.S. aviation authorities have "failed to give Venezuelan airlines the rights they deserve under bilateral agreements," the statement added.
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Chile Lan's Net Profit Seen Down On Surge In Fuel Costs
By Patricia San Juan
27 February 2006

SANTIAGO (Dow Jones)--Rising passenger and cargo traffic at Chilean airline Lan SA (LFL) likely couldn't offset the surge in airline fuel costs last year, according to analysts' forecasts.

Net profit at the country's top air carrier dropped to $144 million in 2005, according to a median of three analyst estimates. That is down 12% on the year from $163.6 million in 2004. For the fourth quarter, the analysts estimate net profit at $41.1 million, down 14% from $47.8 million in the same quarter last year.

Still, compared with the previous three quarters, "the positive effect of the surcharge" to tickets the airline introduced will help offset some of the impact from the high price of airline fuel, said Gavin Templeton, head of research at IM Trust in Santiago.

At the same time, the increases in international passenger and cargo traffic led to a 19.5% jump in sales to $2.5 billion last year from an unadjusted $2.1 billion in 2004, and by 15.2% to $702 million in the fourth quarter from $609.5 million in the same quarter in 2004, according to the analysts' forecasts.

Stronger currencies and economies in Latin America boosted Lan's traffic, the analysts said.

The airline is one of the largest in the region, with units in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. It's also the largest cargo carrier in Latin America.

Lan's passenger traffic rose 15.6% on year in 2005 on the back of a 19.1% increase in international travel. Cargo traffic rose 5.9% overall in 2005.

Lan will release its fourth-quarter and full year results on March 1.
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Venezuela May Ban US Flights To Protest US Restrictions
2 March 2006

CARACAS (AP)--Venezuela is prepared to go ahead with a ban on flights by most U.S. airlines unless U.S. aviation authorities agree to drop safety restrictions on this country, the vice president said Thursday.

If the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration fails to upgrade its rating of Venezuelan carriers, "U.S. airlines will not fly, it's decided," Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said.

Venezuela is demanding that the FAA reverse a November 1995 decision to lower the country's airlines from category 1 to 2 because Venezuelan conditions did not comply with international air safety standards.

The measure requires Venezuelan carriers to fly aircraft and crew rented from U.S. companies or another category 1 country to enter U.S. airspace.

Venezuela's National Aviation Institute announced a retaliatory measure last month, prohibiting flights by most U.S. carriers starting March 1, but later delayed the ban until March 30 to allow negotiations by the airlines and U.S. authorities.

The ban will prohibit flights by Houston-based Continental Airlines (CON.XE) and Delta Air Lines (DAL), and reduce by 70% flights operated by Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines (AMR), the other major U.S. carrier serving Venezuela.

Delta operates daily flights between Caracas and Atlanta. Continental has daily flights between Caracas and Houston and weekly flights to New York.

American has daily flights from Venezuela to Puerto Rico and Miami and weekly flights to Dallas and New York.

American transported about 60,000 passengers during the 2005 end-of-year travel season, according to Venezuelan airline authorities.
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Chile LAN says will break even in Argentina in '06

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 2 (Reuters) - Chile's LAN Airlines, a major Latin American carrier, expects its Argentine affiliate to win a domestic market share of close to 30 percent and become profitable by the end of 2006, an executive said on a conference call on Thursday.

"LAN Argentina is expected to break even in late 2006 with annual revenues of around $300 million," Chief Financial Officer Alejandro de la Fuente said in a conference call with airline analysts to discuss fourth-quarter results.

He said LAN Airlines' share of the domestic Argentine market would rise to close to 30 percent late this year compared with 12 percent now "aided by the fact that we will have international connections feeding traffic into the domestic service."

LAN on Wednesday reported $49.9 million in net profit for the fourth quarter, higher than expected as a fuel surcharge it imposed on passengers and cargo clients offset higher fuel prices.

LAN Airlines is a cargo and passenger company with affiliates in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, and flights throughout the Americas and to Europe and the South Pacific. LAN Airlines operates and holds 49 percent of Lan Argentina. The rest is owned by two Argentine attorneys.

De la Fuente said LAN Argentina had a mixed fourth quarter as its domestic market share grew, but its planned launch of international operations was postponed.

He said the load factor, which measures how full airplanes fly, was 75 percent and capacity grew 50 percent in the fourth quarter compared with the third quarter.

LAN Argentina had 12 percent market share in December. In August last year the company said it was aiming for 14 percent by the end of 2005.

De la Fuente said LAN Argentina had a loss of $6 million in the fourth quarter because LAN and its local partners chose to expense start-up costs rather than capitalize and amortize over 20 years.

He said LAN Argentina had to postpone the launch of Buenos Aires-Miami service after safety ratings for air traffic in Argentina were changed, forcing LAN to make some modifications that it expects to complete in the second quarter so that the Buenos Aires-Miami service can begin in June.

By the end of 2006, LAN Argentina will be serving 10 destinations with 12 aircraft, De la Fuente said, up from seven destinations with five aircraft at the present time.

LAN's share price was up 0.48 percent to 4,220 pesos in afternoon trade on Thursday on the Santiago Stock Exchange.
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Chile's LAN Feb passenger traffic rose 5.8 pct

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 10 (Reuters) - LAN Airlines , Chile's dominant airline, said on Friday its February passenger traffic rose 5.8 percent from the same month a year ago.

LAN Airlines said international passenger traffic rose 7.3 percent in February year-on-year, while domestic passenger traffic decreased 1.7 percent.
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New airlines bring competition to Chile skies
By Fiona Ortiz

SANTIAGO, Chile, March 13 (Reuters) - Chile's skies are getting crowded, with two new small airlines grabbing 27 percent of the expanding domestic passenger market, but they will need alliances and regional networks to compete with the deep pockets of dominant carrier LAN.

Sky Airlines, a privately held Chilean company, has grabbed 19 percent of the market in close to four years in a privately financed run against LAN Airlines that a Sky executive compared to bungee jumping -- the adrenaline rush of going up against a big, established company.

Analysts say the competition does not threaten LAN, the country's dominant carrier.

Sky hopes to boost traffic this year through a deal it is negotiating with Delta Air Lines Inc. to pick up the U.S. airline's international traffic coming into the capital of Santiago. Sky would feed it to seven other cities in Chile, the airline's executive director, Jose Manuel Rebolledo, told Reuters.

Rebolledo said a deal with Delta is the only way Sky can compete with LAN's huge international network that connects it with local flights.

"The quickest solution for us to fight that is connecting with other airlines," Rebolledo said.

Another competitor is Aerolineas del Sur, which belongs to Spanish travel group Marsans, and now has about 8 percent of the country's domestic passenger traffic.

Between them, Sky and Aerolineas del Sur, which started in Chile last year, plan to squeeze LAN's market share to about 60 percent over the next two years.

"People don't see it as much of a threat because domestic passenger business is a small part of LAN's business ... A lot can happen domestically before anything happens to LAN," said Ben Laidler, Latin America equity strategist for UBS.

LAN, with a huge cargo business and flights to Europe, Australia and throughout the Americas as well as affiliates in Argentina, Ecuador and Peru, reported $2.5 billion in sales last year.

LAN, a former state company that was privatized in the 1980s, needs competition or it runs the risk of being accused of monopolistic practices at home. Small operators are perfect competitors because their pockets aren't deep enough to start a price war, airline sector analysts said.

Chile, with a population of 15 million, had 3.2 million domestic passenger flights last year, up 7.1 percent from 2004, according to Chile's Civil Aviation Board. Airline executives forecast growth of 6 percent to 7 percent this year.

GRAVEYARD FOR COMPETITORS

Chile's small domestic market -- dominated by one of the region's most efficient airlines -- has chewed up and spit out small competitors in the past, and analysts said they are impressed with Sky's tenacity.

Rebolledo told Reuters that Sky's passenger traffic grew a bit more than 6 percent last year, and it is flying planes 65 percent full, on average.

The company plans to increase its market share to 30 percent from 19 percent by the end of 2007, adding three more aircraft to the nine it already owns or leases, he said, acknowledging that last year was tough due to the entry of Aerolineas del Sur.

"Any expansion that Sky has will have little effect on LAN ... and Aerolineas del Sur has not been able to take market share from LAN. They've been taking it from Sky, which could continue, depending on how aggressive they are," said Cesar Perez-Novoa, head of research at Celfin brokerage in Santiago.

LAN declined repeated requests for comment. On a recent conference call with analysts, LAN executives said they were not concerned about competition, partly because of a lack of aggressive marketing by the newcomers.

Sky, which had $55 million in revenue last year and hopes to break even by the end of this year, will soon launch a flight from Santiago to Lima, Peru, and is studying routes to Cordoba, Argentina, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rebolledo said.

NO PRICE WAR

Aerolineas del Sur owner Marsans also owns Argentina's leading airline, Aerolineas Argentinas, and is creating a new unit in Peru, with the idea being building a network of regional airlines.

Aerolineas del Sur General Manager Miguel Angel Maggi said the company's airplanes are 70 percent full on average. It plans to end this year with 12 percent to 14 percent of the Chilean market, and expand its fleet to eight aircraft from four.

All three competitors in Chile have similar prices, with LAN's controlled by the government to prevent it taking advantage of its dominant position.

"A price war is not our mentality, we want to be more original in our mistakes," Maggi said.
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US cautions Venezuela on plan to curb flights

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 14 (Reuters) - The United States will suspend flights by Venezuelan airlines if Caracas carries out a threat this month to ban or restrict U.S. carriers flying to Venezuela, the U.S. ambassador said on Tuesday.

Venezuela's civil aviation authority, INAC, announced in February it would restrict or suspend access for U.S. airlines unless the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration lifts decade-old limits put on Venezuelan airlines for safety concerns.

"Hopefully that will not happen, because if that happens, it is not only possible or probable, but an absolute certainty the U.S. government and Transport Department would suspend flights by Venezuelan airlines," Ambassador William Brownfield said.

The FAA has proposed meetings with Venezuelan officials for April 17 to discuss the dispute.

The Venezuelan restrictions would trim flights by AMR Corp's (AMR.N: Quote, Profile, Research) American Airlines and completely halt operations by Continental Airlines (CAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Delta Air Lines (DALRQ.PK: Quote, Profile, Research), should they take effect.

The airline spat is testing already strained relations between oil supplier Venezuela and the United States, which has clashed frequently with President Hugo Chavez over his ties to Cuba and his promotion of socialist revolution in the region.
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Colombia Says 7 Cos Interested In Bid For Bogota Airport
15 March 2006

BOGOTA (Dow Jones)--At least seven companies are interested in bidding for a 17-year concession on the Bogota El Dorado airport, to be held on July 9, President Alvaro Uribe's press office said Tuesday in a statement.

Until now, the civilian airport authority sold bidding forms to seven local and foreign companies, the statement said. Companies interested have until April 18 to buy the forms, it added.

The companies interested in the bid include Spain's state-owned Aeropuertos Espanoles y Navegacion Area and Abertis Infraestructuras SA (ABE.MC). China-based Stratis Cia. and Mexican construction companies MNV and Pisa also approached the government.

Two Colombian construction firms, Conconcreto SA (CONCONCRE.BO) and Mario Huertas Cote, also bought the forms.

"The process is going beyond expectations," said Andres Uriel Gallego, Colombia's transport minister.

The airport authority, known as Aerocivil, opened the auction process on Dec. 14 and plans to pick a winner on July 9. The winner will run the biggest Colombian airport and will commit to build new terminals for international and domestic flights and another one for freight. The investments required would total around $600 million.

The Colombian government is still evaluating the criteria to determine which bidder would win the auction. The process will take into account the investment commitments and the share of the airport revenues to be transferred back to the government, Aerocivil's spokesman, Martin Gonzalez, said in December.

The Colombian government already granted concessions to run and upgrade the airports of Cali, the country's third-biggest city, and Cartagena, the main tourist destination in the Caribbean coast.

The government also plans to auction concession rights on the smaller airports from the Caribbean islands of San Andres and Providencia, located off the shores of Nicaragua.
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Old March 16th, 2006, 07:01 PM   #76
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Aerolineas Argentinas Pilots, Mechanics Mull New Proposal
16 March 2006

BUENOS AIRES (Dow Jones)--Airline pilots and mechanics unions are studying new salary proposals drafted by the government in efforts to resolve a simmering labor dispute with flagship carrier Aerolineas Argentinas (AR.YY), according to widespread media reports published Thursday.

The APLA pilots union and APTA mechanics union met at the Labor Ministry with government officials Wednesday. During the meeting, the workers received fresh proposals to study. But the unions are reportedly dissatisfied with the offers, saying they are still inadequate.

Spokesmen at APLA, APTA and Aerolineas Argentinas weren't available for comment Thursday.

The head of APLA told financial daily El Cronista that the workers want new proposals directly from the company.

"The only thing we have is an offer that the Labor Ministry made, but our conflict is with Aerolineas and we'd like for a deal to be done with them," Jorge Perez Tamayo was quoted as saying. "We don't see it as a bad thing that the government helps out, but we want the company to approach us with their own initiatives."

According to media reports, the Labor Ministry is proposing a 21% hike in pilots' salaries and a 25% increase for mechanics. The unions have requested 45% and 70%, respectively. In addition, the government-proposed wage hikes are "non-remunerative," meaning they are not factored into calculations for pensions and other benefits. The unions are requesting "remunerative" salary increases that would imply expanded benefits.

"This is far from what the workers are looking for," APTA Secretary-General Juan Pappalardo told local news agency Diarios y Noticias.

The salary dispute has been brewing for several months now. In late 2005, the two unions staged an eight-day strike that ended in a 90-day dispute. That period expired on Monday of last week. The workers went on strike for 24 hours on Friday, grounding 10,100 passengers.
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Venezuela, US Agree To Avoid Proposed Airline Ban - Envoy
23 March 2006

CARACAS (AP)--The U.S. and Venezuela have reached an agreement aimed at avoiding a proposed ban on flights by most U.S. airlines to the South American country, the U.S. ambassador said Thursday.

William Brownfield said officials from both countries had reached a "temporary" agreement involving a visit to Venezuela by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which would work with local authorities to improve local safety standards.

Venezuelan authorities want the FAA to end safety restrictions that prevent Venezuelan airlines from flying to the U.S. and had warned that they would decide on March 30 whether to impose a ban on U.S. flights.

"I think our two governments have resolved, at least for the moment, the civil aviation problem. We have reached an agreement, the FAA is sending a technical team here to Venezuela," Brownfield said.

"They are going to work here until they resolve the problem, or at least reach an agreement with (Venezuela's) National Civil Aviation Institute," he added.

Brownfield had warned on March 14 that Venezuelan flights to the U.S. would be banned if Venezuela ever prohibited flights by most U.S. airlines - including AMR Corp.'s (AMR) American Airlines, Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) and Continental Airlines Inc. (CAL) - to its territory.
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All these arcticles about Gol, but in fact their prices have been so HIGH-FARE lately...
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