Subscribe: Wash Post Struggling Airlines
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade C rated
Language: English
air lines  air  airline  airlines  airways  bankruptcy  delta air  delta  lines  northwest airlines  northwest  united  yesterday 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: Wash Post Struggling Airlines

Wash Post Struggling Airlines


Airline staffs hits record lows, with room to fall

Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:47:58 EDT

NEW YORK -- Full flights? Get used to them. Stressed flight attendants and call centers in India? Get used to those, too.

Media Files:

United, US Airways in merger talks again

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

A possible merger being negotiated between United Airlines and US Airways would create an airline that dominated the Washington market and could lead to higher ticket prices and fewer flights for passengers traveling to and from the region.

Airline unions ask House panel for changes in bankruptcy law

Thu, 17 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

A group of unions representing airline workers is seeking changes to U.S. bankruptcy laws that would make it harder for airlines to scrap labor agreements in court.

FAA Gives Southwest Airlines More Time for Repairs

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The Federal Aviation Administration gave Southwest Airlines the green light to continue flying about 50 commercial jets, or 10 percent of its fleet, allowing the carrier more time to remove unauthorized parts from its planes.

Commuter Airlines Bring Anxiety for Business Travelers

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:01:23 EST

Turbo-prop planes and regional jets are a crucial part of the airlines' route strategies and are often the only way a business traveler can easily get to a destination, but road warriors hate flying them.

Media Files:

Holiday Travel Expected to Drop

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 00:00:00 EST

President Bush trekked to the Transportation Department yesterday to outline the steps the White House was taking to curb air traffic hassles during the busy holiday travel season.

Media Files:

More Frustrated Fliers Taking to the Rails

Fri, 29 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Jada Golden stood in the waiting lounge at Union Station, explaining why Amtrak is a better way to travel than an airline.

Media Files:

Struggling to Stay Aloft

Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- American cities have long viewed a thriving commercial airport as a source of civic pride, a way to attract businesses and jobs, a selling point promising an easy connection to the outside world. Any community vibrant enough to support a respectable airport, the thinking goes, i...

Media Files:

Air Travel Failings Exposed Again by Weekend Storms

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDT

The line of thunderstorms stretching from Albany to Washington over the weekend showed once again how broken the nation's air system is, according to travelers and activists.

House Passes Air Safety Bill To Limit FAA, Industry Ties

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDT

The House has passed legislation aimed at preventing the Federal Aviation Administration from having too warm of a relationship with the airline industry.

United, US Airways, JetBlue Report Losses

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDT

United Airlines parent UAL, US Airways Group and JetBlue Airways posted second-quarter losses yesterday as record fuel prices helped push industry-wide job cuts to 26,000.

American Airlines, Delta Post Steep Losses as Oil Costs Soar

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDT

American Airlines parent AMR and Delta Air Lines yesterday reported steep losses in the second quarter of the year, as the surging cost of oil began to push the industry into survival mode.

Media Files:

FAA's Oversight of Airline Safety Under Investigation

Sat, 28 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDT

The Federal Aviation Administration is facing a wide-ranging inspector general investigation into recent maintenance troubles at airlines.

American Pares Service To LaGuardia, 4 Cities

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDT

American Airlines, the largest U.S. airline, announced yesterday a deep round of service cuts that includes shrinking the number of flights from New York's LaGuardia airport and eliminating service to four smaller U.S. cities.

United Airlines to Put 950 Pilots on Furlough

Tue, 24 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDT

United Airlines said yesterday that it would furlough 950 pilots, or 15 percent of its pilot ranks, in the biggest such reduction since the sweeping industry cutbacks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Media Files:

Flying Is Going to Get Even Less Fun

Sat, 14 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDT

For the past decade, airlines have lavished U.S. air travelers with more and more flights to far-flung domestic destinations at rock-bottom prices. But the rising cost of fuel, which has already roiled the nation's driving experience, is threatening to fundamentally alter the way Americans fly.

Media Files:

Sharing in the Pain

Sat, 14 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Airlines are charging or considering charging for items including checked bags, beverages and seats on the aisle. Analysts say travelers should expect fewer flights and more crowded planes -- and for ticket prices to continue to climb.

FAA Orders Jet Inspections After Emergency Landing

Sat, 14 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Federal regulators have ordered the immediate inspection of throttles on small personal jets manufactured by Eclipse Aviation after one plane made an emergency landing in Chicago on June 5.

Media Files:

United to Ground Its Ted Carrier

Thu, 05 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDT

United Airlines said yesterday that it was dismantling Ted, its low-cost "airline within an airline" created in 2004 to compete with Southwest Airlines. United said Ted was the victim of soaring fuel costs.

Media Files:

United, US Airways Call Off Talks on Combining 'For Now'

Sat, 31 May 2008 00:00:00 EDT

United Airlines scrapped its latest attempt to combine with US Airways and create the world's largest carrier, formally backing away yesterday from a deal that probably would have meant fewer routes and higher ticket prices.

Media Files:

Summer's Flight Plan: Delays and Rising Fares

Wed, 14 May 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Passengers are likely to face higher fares, packed planes and a continuation of headache-causing flight delays this summer, according to outside analysts and a trade group that represents major air carriers.

Media Files:

Cause of Jet Crash Remains Elusive

Tue, 13 May 2008 00:00:00 EDT

As the hulking passenger jet approached London's busiest airport after a long flight from China, the inexplicable happened: Both of the plane's engines sputtered and essentially died.

United's New Plan Could Cost D.C.

Wed, 30 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

The next potential act in Airline Merger Mania 2008: United Airlines and US Airways are negotiating a tie-up that could have profound implications for Washington-area air travelers, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

Air Merger To Test Its Blue Sky on Hill Skeptics

Thu, 24 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Since announcing their proposed merger last week, executives at Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines have been promising the world -- in more ways than one.

Fuel Costs Squeeze U.S. Airlines

Wed, 23 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Faced with skyrocketing fuel bills, major U.S. airlines have announced nearly $1 billion in losses for the first three months of the year, a financial toll that is forcing carriers to slash flight schedules, cut jobs, add passenger fees and even seek potential merger partners.

Media Files:

It Rains, It Pours

Tue, 22 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

As if U.S. airlines don't have enough to worry about, with rising fuel prices, mergers and bankruptcies, a safety-inspection crackdown and countless disgruntled customers. Now along comes a federal requirement to upgrade the drinking water on planes.

Groundings Prompt FAA Safety Overhaul

Sat, 19 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

The nation's top transportation official yesterday announced steps that she said will improve oversight of airlines' compliance with safety mandates and ensure that last week's mass groundings and flight cancellations do not recur.

Media Files:

Mapping Out an Airline for a New World

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Executives of Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines yesterday made their case for completing a merger and creating the largest air carrier in the world. Their pitch essentially boils down to this: The new Delta would be a massive and growing global operation designed to survive tough economic ti...

Delta, Northwest Agree to Merger

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines last night announced a proposed merger that would create the world's largest carrier and possibly spur an industry-wide round of restructuring that could vastly change air travel for millions of Americans.

Frontier Becomes 4th U.S. Airline in Month to File for Bankruptcy

Sat, 12 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Frontier Airlines, a low-cost carrier based in Denver, filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday, becoming the fourth U.S. airline to apply for Chapter 11 in the past month.

Media Files:

More American Flights Canceled Over Jets' Wiring

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

American Airlines' chief executive apologized yesterday for stranding tens of thousands of passengers this week as his carrier continued to reinspect hundreds of jets for wiring that failed to meet federal safety standards.

Media Files:

American Cancels 1,000 Flights

Thu, 10 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

American Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights yesterday, stranding tens of thousands of passengers as the carrier's mechanics scrambled to reinspect wire bundles on jets grounded as recently as two weeks ago for similar checks.

Media Files:

Airline Passengers Face Even More Fees

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Airline passengers, already enduring persistent flight delays and other customer service headaches, are confronting another aggravation: mounting fees for everything from checking a second bag to sending a child alone on a trip.

American Cancels Flights Again to Inspect Wiring

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

American Airlines yesterday canceled as many as 500 flights so mechanics could re-inspect planes to ensure that wire bundling on the jets met federal safety standards.

Media Files:

Airline Safety Alarms Unheeded

Fri, 04 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Federal aviation safety inspectors told members of Congress yesterday that they repeatedly ran into roadblocks when trying to report oversight lapses that allowed Southwest Airlines last year to operate passenger flights with planes in need of key safety checks.

Airlines, FAA Under Fire on the Hill

Wed, 02 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Crossed wiring led two United Airlines jets to skid off runways.

Media Files:

Court Rejects Air Travelers Bill of Rights

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDT

A federal appeals court struck down a New York law yesterday designed to make life a little easier for airline passengers stuck on tarmacs for hours on end.

Media Files:

3 Airlines Match Increases In Fares to Help Pay for Fuel

Sun, 16 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDT

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and US Airways yesterday all matched round-trip fare increases of as much as $50 by United Airlines and Continental Airlines.

Southwest Grounds 38 Jets for Inspection

Thu, 13 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDT

Facing federal and internal investigations of its maintenance practices, Southwest Airlines grounded 38 jetliners for fuselage inspection Tuesday night.

Will Mergers Fly?

Tue, 22 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EST

Even before any of the nation's major airlines make formal overtures that could lead to mergers, lawmakers from both parties are voicing concerns about the potential pitfalls of consolidation.

Media Files:

Fliers Happy to End Holiday Travel Pains

Wed, 02 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EST

The holidays brought no respite to air travelers like Sean Fox.

Media Files:

Maxjet Halts Flights, Files For Chapter 11

Tue, 25 Dec 2007 00:00:00 EST

Maxjet Airways, the all-business-class carrier based in Dulles, yesterday ceased operations -- canceling flights on Christmas Eve -- as it filed for bankruptcy protection.

2007 on Pace to Be Worst Year For Airlines' On-Time Performance

Thu, 04 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDT

Almost one in three U.S. airline flights failed to arrive on time in August, the second-worst performance ever for the month, as 2007 stayed on a record pace for delays.

Media Files:

Anger Over Airline Delays Spurs Passengers' Coalition Into Action

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDT

Just a few months ago, Kate Hanni wasn't thinking much about the woes of air travelers.

Media Files:

Delta Names Richard Anderson As CEO

Tue, 21 Aug 2007 22:21:35 EDT

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines Inc. fought hard during bankruptcy to avoid being taken over by another carrier. Less than four months after exiting Chapter 11, it reignited speculation Tuesday about a future merger by naming former Northwest Airlines Corp. CEO Richard Anderson as its next chief...

Northwest, Pilots Reach Workload Deal

Thu, 02 Aug 2007 06:52:09 EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- Northwest Airlines Corp. and its pilots made a deal Wednesday that would ease pilots' workloads in an effort to stop the end-of-the-month cancellations that have plagued the airline.

Northwest, Pilots Reach Workload Deal

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 23:48:51 EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- Northwest Airlines Corp. and its pilots made a deal Wednesday that would ease pilots' workloads in an effort to stop the end-of-the-month cancellations that have plagued the airline.

Boeing Comes Soaring Back

Sat, 07 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDT

In the 13 years since Boeing last introduced a new jetliner, it has slogged through one of the toughest stretches in its lengthy history, enduring corporate scandals, major production problems, executive turnover and even questions about whether it should abandon the commercial airplane business.

Media Files:

Who's Buying

Sat, 07 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDT

A look at some of the airlines that have ordered the 787 Dreamliner:

New Jets Smooth Bumps on Regional Routes

Thu, 05 Jul 2007 15:47:28 EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- Airlines are rushing to add new regional jets with first-class seats, roomier cabins and, in some cases, hot food.

Northwest Exits Bankruptcy Protection

Thu, 31 May 2007 21:19:37 EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- With Northwest Airlines out of bankruptcy on Thursday, the nation's largest carriers have reorganized to compete better in a world of discount carriers and higher fuel prices.

Northwest Exits Bankruptcy Protection

Thu, 31 May 2007 00:48:56 EDT

MINNEAPOLIS -- Northwest Airlines Corp. is emerging from Chapter 11 a little smaller, a lot more efficient, and with some of the lowest costs among the major carriers.

Turbulence Over Executive Pay

Tue, 22 May 2007 00:00:00 EDT

FORT WORTH -- American Airlines executives should have been celebrating last week during their annual stockholders' meeting, the first in six years at which they could spotlight an annual profit.

Media Files:

A Pair of Flying Leaps

Fri, 04 May 2007 00:00:00 EDT

The airline industry is littered with the corpses of failed start-ups.

Media Files:

Old Hand Steadies the Ship

Tue, 01 May 2007 00:00:00 EDT

ATLANTA -- Gerald Grinstein took the helm of Delta Air Lines at an age when many chief executives have given up the corner office for leisurely days of fly fishing or sailing. He stepped in at the urging of Delta's board in 2004 to help rescue the reeling airline -- battered by problems in the la...

Media Files:

Delta Waves Goodbye to Bankruptcy

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 19:30:55 EDT

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines Inc. waved farewell to bankruptcy protection Monday and put down a welcome mat for a redesigned logo after surviving a hostile takeover bid during a 19 1/2-month reorganization that saw it shed billions in costs.

Day for Delta to Exit Bankruptcy Arrives

Sun, 29 Apr 2007 20:16:04 EDT

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines Inc. has undergone a major facelift during more than a year and a half in bankruptcy, but other changes are on the way as the nation's No. 3 carrier exits Chapter 11 on Monday.

At JetBlue, a Pattern of Delays

Wed, 21 Feb 2007 00:00:00 EST

JetBlue Airways, which has come under fire for stranding passengers for hours on an icy taxiway last week, ranked among the worst carriers in long waits on tarmacs last year, federal statistics show.

Flying Late, Arriving Light

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 00:00:00 EST

Air travelers had a tough year getting to their destinations on time -- and with bags in hand.

Media Files:

Delta Creditors Reject Merger

Thu, 01 Feb 2007 00:00:00 EST

US Airways lost its aggressive takeover bid for Delta Air Lines yesterday when Delta's creditors rejected the $10 billion offer that would have created the nation's largest carrier.

Media Files:

US Airways Withdraws Bid for Delta

Wed, 31 Jan 2007 18:37:28 EST

ATLANTA -- US Airways Group Inc. dropped its $9.8 billion hostile bid for Delta Air Lines Inc. on Wednesday after a key group of the bankrupt carrier's creditors said Delta would be better off emerging from Chapter 11 on its own.

US Airways Reports 4Q Profit, Eyes Delta

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 19:28:37 EST

TEMPE, Ariz. -- US Airways Group Inc., which is pushing to buy rival Delta Air Lines Inc. in a hostile takeover bid, on Tuesday said it swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, as strength in both mainline and express operations helped offset high fuel costs.

Comair, Pilots Nearing Deadline

Sun, 28 Jan 2007 19:06:20 EST

CINCINNATI -- Time is running out for Comair and its pilots to reach an agreement on wage cuts and other concessions.

An Airline That Isn't Bankrupt

Thu, 25 Jan 2007 00:00:00 EST

American Airlines' stock is over $37 and its shareholders have $8 billion in equity. The Wright brothers' machine might work out after all.

Delta Pushes Ahead on Standalone Plan

Sat, 13 Jan 2007 04:36:10 EST

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation's third-largest carrier, pushed ahead Friday with its effort to emerge from bankruptcy as a standalone company by formally asking the court to approve the disclosure statement to its reorganization plan.

Delta Price May Be Burden for US Airways

Thu, 11 Jan 2007 01:56:49 EST

PHOENIX -- Delta Air Lines certainly would be a huge prize for US Airways, but its proposed $10.3 billion price tag could become a heavy burden on the company's finances.

US Airways Raises Bid For Delta to $10.2 Billion

Thu, 11 Jan 2007 00:00:00 EST

US Airways turned up the pressure yesterday in its hostile takeover bid for bankrupt Delta Air Lines by boosting its offer, setting a February deadline for action and sending its top executive to Capitol Hill to reassure legislators that a merger would not harm consumers.

US Airways Increases Bid for Delta

Wed, 10 Jan 2007 21:36:34 EST

ATLANTA -- US Airways increased the pressure on Delta Air Lines' unsecured creditors to take its buyout offer by raising the bid Wednesday nearly 20 percent to $10.3 billion. Whether the deal would survive regulatory scrutiny may be the deciding factor.

US Airways: Delta's Self-Valuation High

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:21:26 EST

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines' projection that it will be worth as much as $12 billion when it emerges from bankruptcy is "unrealistic," US Airways Chief Executive Doug Parker said Thursday as his company pushed ahead with its hostile bid to buy Delta.

Delta Creditors Weighing Options

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 01:05:40 EST

ATLANTA -- The unsecured creditors committee in Delta Air Lines' bankruptcy case is hedging its bet. A key player in deciding the carrier's fate, the committee said it supports Delta's decision to file its stand-alone reorganization plan, but that it also will weigh alternatives.

Delta Plans to Stay in the Air Without US Airways Buyout

Wed, 20 Dec 2006 00:00:00 EST

ATLANTA, Dec. 19 -- Delta Air Lines filed a reorganization plan Tuesday that calls for it to emerge from bankruptcy protection next spring as a stand-alone company worth as much as $12 billion, which would be more than the market value of the nation's two biggest carriers combined.

Delta Files Stand-Alone Chapter 11 Plan

Tue, 19 Dec 2006 23:11:56 EST

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines filed a reorganization plan Tuesday that calls for it to emerge from bankruptcy next spring as a stand-alone company worth as much as $12 billion, or slightly more than the combined market value of the nation's two biggest carriers.

Airline Mergers Could Raise Fares in '07

Thu, 14 Dec 2006 00:47:08 EST

DALLAS -- Even if the leaders of United and Continental agree to merge their airlines, the hard work of combining two work forces with different unions and conflicting interests will remain.

Airline Chiefs Ponder: Merger Wave or Ripple?

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 00:00:00 EST

When US Airways made its unsolicited takeover bid for Delta Air Lines last month, it jolted the recovering airline industry and sparked talk about a wave of potential mergers.

Delta Chief Firmly Against Merger

Wed, 06 Dec 2006 00:00:00 EST

The top executive at Delta Air Lines said he would vigorously defend his company against an unsolicited takeover bid, insisting that the Atlanta-based carrier would be a stronger company and better for consumers if it remained independent.

US Airways Makes $8B Bid for Delta

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 15:20:20 EST

ATLANTA -- US Airways Group Inc. made a hostile $8 billion cash and stock bid for Delta Air Lines Inc. on Wednesday, a deal that would create one of the world's largest carriers. The move came despite Delta's repeated statements it isn't interested in a merger.

US Airways Bids To Acquire Delta And No. 1 Rank

Thu, 16 Nov 2006 00:00:00 EST

US Airways Group Inc. yesterday launched an $8 billion bid for Delta Air Lines Inc., a move that would create the nation's largest carrier and possibly trigger other airline mergers in an industry recovering from a major downturn.

United Parent Posts $190 Million Profit

Tue, 31 Oct 2006 10:27:25 EST

CHICAGO -- United Airlines parent UAL Corp. reported third-quarter earnings Tuesday of $190 million, marking the first time it has posted back-to-back profits in more than six years.

Comair to Cut Flight Attendant Wages

Tue, 10 Oct 2006 00:57:20 EDT

CINCINNATI -- After failed negotiations with the union, Delta subsidiary Comair will unilaterally cut wages and change work rules for its 970 flight attendants on Nov. 15, the company said.

U.S. Judge Prohibits Strikes at Northwest

Sat, 16 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDT

A federal judge yesterday blocked flight attendants at Northwest Airlines from striking over cuts in pay and benefits, ruling that such action could threaten the struggling carrier's comeback from bankruptcy protection.

Former TWA Workers Picket Own Union

Fri, 08 Sep 2006 19:31:34 EDT

EULESS, Texas -- Former TWA flight attendants picketed their own union Friday, protesting what they say is the labor group's unwillingness to help them get back their jobs, which were lost after the 2001 terror attacks.

Comair President Faces New Hurdle

Fri, 01 Sep 2006 14:32:40 EDT

CINCINNATI -- In three months as Comair's president, Don Bornhorst has dealt with court battles, tough labor negotiations and _ most recently _ a crash of one of his airline's planes that killed 49 people.

Northwest Attendants' Strike Put On Hold

Sat, 26 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDT

A federal judge temporarily barred Northwest Airlines flight attendants from going on strike last night, averting potential delays during the last days of the summer travel season.

Cabin Pressure

Fri, 25 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDT

The Web site of the Northwest Airlines flight attendants union plays ominous-sounding marching music, heavy on the drumbeats, as this menacing message fills the screen: "CHAOS -- coming to an airport near you."

Media Files:

Northwest Heads to Court To Block Attendants' Strike

Fri, 25 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Northwest Airlines Corp. was headed to court today in a last-ditch effort to prevent its flight attendants from going forward with a threatened strike tonight.

Farewell to a Snakebitten Industry

Tue, 22 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Post reporter Keith L. Alexander bids goodbye to the air travel industry beat with some recollections and parting observations.

Media Files:

Rules of Travel Game Change, and Passengers Adjust

Sat, 12 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDT

Caroline Miller packed anything that might not pass muster with security into nine separate plastic baggies. Charlene Bennett let out a cheer after waiting 45 minutes for her suitcase. Dan Baum plans to overnight himself an extra suit and underwear before he leaves town again.

Media Files:

Wall Street Stays Calm, Ends Higher

Fri, 11 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDT

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 -- The initial, gut reaction by financial markets was predictable: When news flashes brought word of a suspected terrorist plot to bomb airplanes, stock prices plummeted. But although European markets ended down, U.S. investors overcame early morning jitters and the stock market...