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AOPA's First Flight pilot facility currently under construction at Kill Devil Hills, N.C., is nearing completion. The facility should be ready for the 99th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first powered flight on December 17, 2002...

United Air Lines announced it would cut another 9,000 jobs by the end of 2004 in an effort to avoid bankruptcy and obtain a $1.8 billion federal loan guarantee. United will also cut its jet fleet by 49 aircraft, delay deliveries of new planes and reduce flights by 6 percent...

Non-union employees at UAL will take pay cuts and forego merit salary increases over the next five and half years as the company attempts to slash $5.8 billion from its labor costs. The targeted reduction is part of United's overall goal of improving the bottom line by $2.5 billion per year...

Delta Air Lines announced intentions to cut costs by $2.5 billion over the next three years and introduce a low-fare airline unit. Specifics have not been released. The announcement follows earlier cost-cutting measures totaling $1 billion.