"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's roundup of must-read stories from the web. This morning we're reading the top picks in the aviation industry.
1.) China blocks airlines from joining EU Aviation Emissions scheme. Stating that the European Union carbon-emissions system violates international rules and standards, China has banned airlines from participating in the scheme. The EU's scheme is designed to curb pollution, but the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement that the system contravenes the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and international civil aviation regulations.
2.) U.S. troop transporter Global Aviation goes bust. Filing for bankruptcy, Global Aviation Holdings Inc., the largest charter-flight company for U.S. military personnel, says it has too many planes, too much debt and spends too much on labor. Petitioning for a Chapter 11 ruling, which would allow the company to keep functioning while selling off assets, the transport company listed $589.8 million in assets and $493.2 million in debt as of Dec. 31 in the filing.
3.) French aviation unions warn of flight disruption due to strikes. Aviation unions have warned that a nationwide four-day strike including pilots, flight attendants and ground staff is likely to cause major air traffic disruption. The unions voted last Friday to go ahead with the strike, which will last from the 6th - 9th this month. The movement is in protest of draft legislation that would require aviation workers to give 48 hours notice before going on strike.
4.) U.S. closes deal for GPS air traffic control systems. Final approval was given by the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday for a $63 billion plan to speed transition to a new air traffic control system based on GPS technology.
5.) European Union considers waivers for Indian carbon emission efforts. The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme is not without its controversy. However, for India, the European Union's climate chief is considering whether its efforts to reduce carbon emissions could qualify the nation for waivers under the scheme. India, the United States, China and several other nations have opposed the scheme's requirement for all airlines that use EU airports to pay a fee based on their carbon emissions.
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