Jazz Air reaches agreement with pilots; Air Canada and Continental receive slots in Toronto


US airline stocks suffered another day of falls on Wednesday (23-Jun-2010), after the Dow (+0.1%) ended trading relatively flat. The market fell earlier in the day on news of an unexpected drop in existing housing sales in May-2010 and the Federal Reserve stated "financial conditions have become less supportive of economic growth".

  • US airline stocks experienced a decline due to negative economic indicators and less supportive financial conditions.
  • Jazz Air reached a tentative agreement with pilots, potentially ending a year-long contract dispute.
  • Air Canada and Continental Airlines were granted additional slots at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
  • American Airlines faced aircraft structural issues, with the FAA requiring inspections and potential remedies.
  • Hawaiian Airlines and FedEx experienced declines in their share prices, while AirTran saw an increase.
  • Oil prices rose slightly, reaching USD77.82.

The AMEX Airline Index was also flat, despite a 0.8% rise in oil prices, to USD77.82.

Jazz Air reaches agreement with pilots

Jazz Air Income Fund (+0.7%) was one of the few gainers of the day. Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) stated during trading that it has reached a tentative agreement with Jazz Air. ALPA's executive council will review the tentative agreement on 24-Jun-2010. If approved, staff are likely to be advised of details of the contract next week and vote on the agreement in early Jul-2010. The union stated it is happy with the agreement. Pilots have been working without a contract since Jun-2009.

See related CAPA Profile: Industrial Relations

Air Canada and Continental receive slots at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Canada's Toronto Port Authority and Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) announced during trading that Air Canada (-2.2%) and Continental Airlines (-0.6%) have submitted responses that met the initial requirements outlined in the formal Request for Proposals (RFP) for additional commercial airline services at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. During a recent session with the carriers, ACL allocated the 90 available BBTCA slots among Air Canada, Continental Airlines and incumbent carrier, Porter Airlines. ACL allocated the slots as follows:

FAA announces American Airlines' aircraft woes

American Airlines (-2.5%) declined the day after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated it found structural cracks on the engine pylons of at least two American Airlines B767 aircraft during recent checks, with the FAA stating the cracks could have caused the engines to dislodge from the aircraft. FAA commented that it was "working with the carrier and the manufacturer to identify the source of the cracking and to develop remedies", adding: "We are also considering additional action, including requiring more frequent inspections of the engine pylon area." Boeing stated it may issue a change to the recommended inspection interval for the part. Meanwhile, the FAA has advised American Airlines to re-inspect 56 of its 73-B767 aircraft fleet. The carrier stated the inspections have not caused any major disruption to operations.

See related CAPA Profile: Safety & Insurance

Elsewhere, Hawaiian Airlines (-4.5%) was also down, while AirTran (+3.0%) climbed. FedEx (+0.5%) also gained slightly.

North & South America selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 23-Jun-2010

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