Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:47:58 EDTNEW YORK -- Full flights? Get used to them. Stressed flight attendants and call centers in India? Get used to those, too.
Fri, 09 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTA 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.
Thu, 17 Dec 2009 00:00:00 ESTA 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.
Wed, 02 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDTThe 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.
Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:01:23 ESTTurbo-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.
Wed, 19 Nov 2008 00:00:00 ESTPresident 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.
Fri, 29 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDTJada Golden stood in the waiting lounge at Union Station, explaining why Amtrak is a better way to travel than an airline.
Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EDTLYNCHBURG, 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...
Tue, 29 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe 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.
Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe House has passed legislation aimed at preventing the Federal Aviation Administration from having too warm of a relationship with the airline industry.
Wed, 23 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTUnited 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.
Thu, 17 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EDTAmerican 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.
Sat, 28 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe Federal Aviation Administration is facing a wide-ranging inspector general investigation into recent maintenance troubles at airlines.
Thu, 26 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTAmerican 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.
Tue, 24 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTUnited 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.
Sat, 14 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTFor 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.
Sat, 14 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTAirlines 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.
Sat, 14 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTFederal 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.
Thu, 05 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EDTUnited 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.
Sat, 31 May 2008 00:00:00 EDTUnited 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.
Wed, 14 May 2008 00:00:00 EDTPassengers 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.
Tue, 13 May 2008 00:00:00 EDTAs 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.
Wed, 30 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe 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.
Thu, 24 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTSince announcing their proposed merger last week, executives at Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines have been promising the world -- in more ways than one.
Wed, 23 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTFaced 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.
Tue, 22 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTAs 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.
Sat, 19 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTThe 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.
Wed, 16 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTExecutives 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...
Tue, 15 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTDelta 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.
Sat, 12 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTFrontier 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.
Fri, 11 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTAmerican 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.
Thu, 10 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTAmerican 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.
Wed, 09 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTAirline 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.
Wed, 09 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTAmerican 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.
Fri, 04 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTFederal 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.
Wed, 02 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTCrossed wiring led two United Airlines jets to skid off runways.
Wed, 26 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDTA 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.
Sun, 16 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDTAmerican 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.
Thu, 13 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EDTFacing federal and internal investigations of its maintenance practices, Southwest Airlines grounded 38 jetliners for fuselage inspection Tuesday night.
Tue, 22 Jan 2008 00:00:00 ESTEven 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.
Wed, 02 Jan 2008 00:00:00 ESTThe holidays brought no respite to air travelers like Sean Fox.
Tue, 25 Dec 2007 00:00:00 ESTMaxjet Airways, the all-business-class carrier based in Dulles, yesterday ceased operations -- canceling flights on Christmas Eve -- as it filed for bankruptcy protection.
Thu, 04 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTAlmost 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.
Mon, 17 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDTJust a few months ago, Kate Hanni wasn't thinking much about the woes of air travelers.
Tue, 21 Aug 2007 22:21:35 EDTATLANTA -- 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...
Thu, 02 Aug 2007 06:52:09 EDTMINNEAPOLIS -- 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.
Wed, 01 Aug 2007 23:48:51 EDTMINNEAPOLIS -- 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.
Sat, 07 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTIn 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.
Sat, 07 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTA look at some of the airlines that have ordered the 787 Dreamliner:
Thu, 05 Jul 2007 15:47:28 EDTMINNEAPOLIS -- Airlines are rushing to add new regional jets with first-class seats, roomier cabins and, in some cases, hot food.
Thu, 31 May 2007 21:19:37 EDTMINNEAPOLIS -- 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.
Thu, 31 May 2007 00:48:56 EDTMINNEAPOLIS -- 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.
Tue, 22 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTFORT 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.
Fri, 04 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe airline industry is littered with the corpses of failed start-ups.
Tue, 01 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTATLANTA -- 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...
Mon, 30 Apr 2007 19:30:55 EDTATLANTA -- 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.
Sun, 29 Apr 2007 20:16:04 EDTATLANTA -- 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.
Wed, 21 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTJetBlue 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.
Thu, 08 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTAir travelers had a tough year getting to their destinations on time -- and with bags in hand.
Thu, 01 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTUS 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.
Wed, 31 Jan 2007 18:37:28 ESTATLANTA -- 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.
Tue, 30 Jan 2007 19:28:37 ESTTEMPE, 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.
Sun, 28 Jan 2007 19:06:20 ESTCINCINNATI -- Time is running out for Comair and its pilots to reach an agreement on wage cuts and other concessions.
Thu, 25 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTAmerican Airlines' stock is over $37 and its shareholders have $8 billion in equity. The Wright brothers' machine might work out after all.
Sat, 13 Jan 2007 04:36:10 ESTATLANTA -- 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.
Thu, 11 Jan 2007 01:56:49 ESTPHOENIX -- 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.
Thu, 11 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTUS 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.
Wed, 10 Jan 2007 21:36:34 ESTATLANTA -- 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.
Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:21:26 ESTATLANTA -- 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.
Thu, 21 Dec 2006 01:05:40 ESTATLANTA -- 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.
Wed, 20 Dec 2006 00:00:00 ESTATLANTA, 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.
Tue, 19 Dec 2006 23:11:56 ESTATLANTA -- 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.
Thu, 14 Dec 2006 00:47:08 ESTDALLAS -- 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.
Thu, 07 Dec 2006 00:00:00 ESTWhen 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.
Wed, 06 Dec 2006 00:00:00 ESTThe 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.
Wed, 15 Nov 2006 15:20:20 ESTATLANTA -- 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.
Thu, 16 Nov 2006 00:00:00 ESTUS 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.
Tue, 31 Oct 2006 10:27:25 ESTCHICAGO -- 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.
Tue, 10 Oct 2006 00:57:20 EDTCINCINNATI -- 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.
Sat, 16 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDTA 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.
Fri, 08 Sep 2006 19:31:34 EDTEULESS, 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.
Fri, 01 Sep 2006 14:32:40 EDTCINCINNATI -- 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.
Sat, 26 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTA 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.
Fri, 25 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTThe 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."
Fri, 25 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTNorthwest 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.
Tue, 22 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTPost reporter Keith L. Alexander bids goodbye to the air travel industry beat with some recollections and parting observations.
Sat, 12 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTCaroline 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.
Fri, 11 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTNEW 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...