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Nine Georgia companies 'Most Admired'

ATLANTA -- Nine Georgia companies, including eight based in Atlanta, are among Fortune magazine's most admired companies for 2012, including two in the Top 50.

HAPEVILLE | Airbus A380 to make first Atlanta landing in Jan. 2013

ATLANTA -- The world's largest passenger aircraft is set for a landing at the world's busiest airport.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials reported Wednesday Korean Air will use the Airbus A380 for its daily service between Atlanta and Seoul, starting as early as January 2013.

The airport has several projects under way to prepare for the massive aircraft's arrival. Sections of taxiways and a runway are being widened to accommodate the A380 and two adjacent gates on Concourse E (E1 and E3) are being modified to simultaneously serve the double-decker aircraft.

Each of Korean Air's A380-800s seats 407 passengers (12 first class, 94 prestige class and 301 economy class).

The A380, which entered commercial service in 2007, is 238.5 feet long and has a wingspan of 262 feet.

HAPEVILLE | Air France, Martinair cargo service returns to airport

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Air France-KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo will begin scheduled air cargo service into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in March, Mayor Kasim Reed announced Thursday.

"I am pleased that Air France is choosing to grow its cargo business in Atlanta," Mayor Reed said in a statement. "Air cargo is important to Atlanta and the southeastern United States, and it is critical to our continued growth and success as a city and a region."

Air France Cargo plans to have twice-weekly service into Atlanta from Paris. Its arrival is estimated to create six jobs and have an economic impact of $8 million to $12 million.

"We are very pleased to welcome Air France freighters back to Atlanta after an absence of three years," Alain Pages, vice president of sales-USA for Air France, said in a statement. Air France Cargo previously had service in Atlanta from 1997 to 2009.

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

UHY’s David Barton to Share Knowledge on Service Organization Audits February 14

Webinar will focus on data center audit standards and assessments

David Barton will address professional service organizations and their customers and lead a discussion on data center audit standards and assessments during a webinar Tuesday, February 14th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

HARTSFIELD-JACKSON | Southwest is finally here!

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- The long-awaited arrival of Southwest Airlines happened Sunday morning as flights began to depart Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Southwest has long-sought a presence at the world's busiest airport. The airline's entry was facilitated by their purchase of AirTran Airways, which has, along with Delta Air Lines, been the carrier with one of the largest hubs at Hartsfield-Jackson.

RELATED | Southwest brings low fares to Atlanta Feb. 12 

HAPEVILLE | Chick-fil-A sales hits record $4 billion

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A boosted its sales 13 percent to a record $4 billion in 2011.

The privately-held Hapeville-based fast food chain said the performance represented the 44th consecutive year of sales growth since the company began in 1967.

Chick-fil-A opened 92 new restaurants to surpass more than 1,600 locations in 39 states and Washington, D.C.

It awarded nearly $1.6 million in college scholarships to Chick-fil-A restaurant employees, bringing the program total to nearly $30 million since its inception in 1973.

The company expects to donate $1.65 million in college scholarships in 2012.

Chick-fil-A also plans to add 92 new restaurants and create 7,000 new job opportunities this year due to new restaurant openings and existing restaurant growth.