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1. US Says Average Airfares Rising Slowly -

DALLAS (AP) – The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the average domestic airfare rose to $381 in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 0.3 percent increase from a year earlier.

2. Flight Cancelations Take a Toll on Airline Revenue -

DALLAS (AP) – Airlines are still tallying up the damage from this winter's storms, but solid demand for travel means they are likely to weather the rocky start to 2014 in good shape.

Reports from some of the airlines point to higher average prices, and executives say spring bookings look strong.

3. Latest Airline Perk: Safe Distance From the Masses -

NEW YORK (AP) – On flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong, first-class passengers can enjoy a Mesclun salad with king crab or a grilled USDA prime beef tenderloin, stretch out in a 3-foot-wide seat that converts to a bed and wash it all down with a pre-slumber Krug "Grande Cuvee" Brut Champagne.

4. Big Changes Ahead for Frequent Fliers on Delta -

DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines is changing its frequent-flier program to favor passengers who buy the priciest tickets instead of those who fly the most miles.

It's a bid to lure higher-spending business travelers, who often book flights on short notice and pay more than bargain-hunting leisure travelers.

5. Airfares Continue to Rise, Up 12 Percent Since 2009 -

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of flying continues to climb, with the average domestic roundtrip ticket, including tax, reaching $363.42 last year, up more than $7 from the prior year.

The 2 percent increase outpaced inflation, which stood at 1.5 percent for the year, and represents the fourth consecutive year fliers have faced price hikes.

6. CEO Predictions for the Next 100 Years of Flying -

NEW YORK (AP) – Millions of people step aboard airplanes each day, complaining about the lack of legroom and overhead space but almost taking for granted that they can travel thousands of miles in just a few hours.

7. Delta to Honor Extremely Cheap Mistake Fares -

NEW YORK (AP) – Some lucky fliers capitalized on a computer glitch Thursday and scored some really cheap flights on Delta Air Lines.

From about 10 a.m. to noon ET, certain Delta fares on the airline's own website and other airfare booking sites were showing up incorrectly, offering some savvy bargain hunters incredible deals. A roundtrip flight between Cincinnati and Minneapolis for February was being sold for just $25.05 and a roundtrip between Cincinnati and Salt Lake City for $48.41. The correct price for both of those fares is more than $400.

8. Cox Departs Airport Authority as Southwest Adds Flight -

Longtime Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority President and CEO Larry Cox celebrated his final board meeting before retirement with the announcement that Southwest Airlines is adding a flight next summer.

9. AP-GfK Poll: Strong Opposition to In-Flight Calls -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

10. If Government Backs In-Flight Calls, Will the Airlines? -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines?

Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a loved one from 35,000 feet. But that extra money might not be worth the backlash from fliers who view overly chatty neighbors as another inconvenience to go along with smaller seats and stuffed overhead bins.

11. United Airlines Aims for $2 Billion in Cost Savings -

United Airlines said Tuesday that it will cut costs, overhaul its website, and shift flying from Asia to Europe as it aims to keep shareholders happy.

United didn't announce any furloughs as part of the cost-cutting measures outlined on Tuesday in a presentation to investors. A spokeswoman declined to comment on whether its plans include furloughs.

12. How American-US Airways Deal Impacts Competitors -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it would let the merger of American Airlines and US Airways proceed after the two carriers agreed to give up landing and takeoff slots and gates at key airports, notably Washington's Reagan National and New York's LaGuardia. With the agreement, the government hopes to increase access to the nation's busiest airports for low-cost airlines and to maintain flights to smaller cities.

13. Government Reaches Agreement to Allow Airline Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline.

The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities.

14. United Airlines Fined $1.1 Million for Tarmac Delays -

WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines will pay more than $1 million in fines for stranding passengers on 13 planes for more than three hours on the tarmac last year in Chicago.

The Transportation Department says it's the biggest fine against an airline since 2010. That's when new rules barred airlines from stranding passengers on the tarmac for longer than three hours without giving them the opportunity to leave the plane.

15. Delta Cuts More Memphis Flights -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The same day Delta Air Lines announced its third-quarter earnings, word came down that the Atlanta-based airline will further decimate its Memphis presence.

Delta will cut 24 additional flights out of Memphis, leaving Memphis International Airport – a former hub for the passenger carrier – with just 40 flights. Before the 2008 Delta-Northwest merger, the two airlines flew around 240 flights a day here.

16. Airlines Promise a Return to Civility, For a Fee -

NEW YORK (AP) – Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them.

Unlike the first generation of charges which dinged fliers for once-free services like checking a bag, these new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight.

17. Judge: Airline-Merger Trial to Start in November -

A federal judge said Friday that the government’s lawsuit to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways will start Nov. 25, a timetable favored by the airlines.

The U.S. Justice Department had wanted the trial to start in March, saying it needed more time to prepare for the complex case. The airlines said that such a long delay would threaten their merger.

18. Airport Elects Brockman President -

With no debate and a unanimous vote, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners on Thursday, Aug. 15, approved Scott Brockman as the airport’s next president and CEO.

19. Airline Mergers Have Already Led to Higher Fares -

NEW YORK (AP) – The government is putting its foot down on rising airfares and fees by blocking the latest airline merger – but for fliers, it's already too late.

The past decade has seen the largest transformation of the airline industry in a generation. Prior to 2005, there were nine major U.S. airlines. Today, just five.

20. Government, States Try to Block Proposed Airline Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government is trying to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways, saying it would cause "substantial harm" to consumers by leading to higher fares and fees.

21. New Route -

For frequent fliers, the perks that come with elite status often outweigh miles.

In the fiercely competitive airline industry, carriers are increasingly relying on “status matches” that go far beyond mileage points to woo top customers.

22. US Airlines' On-Time Rating Drops Again in May -

Summer travelers should pack plenty of patience: More flights are running late this year than in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says that only 79.4 percent of domestic flights arrived on time in May, down from 83.4 percent in the same month last year.

23. Cox: Airport Could See More Competition -

Airports that once served as major hubs won’t likely regain their previous level of flight service, and if they do, it could take decades, Larry Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority told members of the board and airport officials.

24. Airlines' On-Time Performance Falls, US Says -

The nation's airlines struggled to stay on schedule in April, with nearly one in four flights arriving late, according to new government figures.

The airlines blamed furloughs of federal air traffic controllers and bad weather. A nationwide computer outage at American Airlines added to the slowdown.

25. Southwest Puts Fall Flights on Sale Briefly -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. is running a three-day sale on fall travel, and other airlines are starting to match the lower prices.

26. American, US Airways Name Post-Merger Leadership -

DALLAS (AP) – The new American Airlines will have more top executives from smaller but more successful US Airways than from the current American.

Five US Airways executives will follow their current CEO, Doug Parker, when he takes control after the airlines complete their proposed merger. Three executives from American parent AMR Corp. were named to the new company's leadership team.

27. Local Demand Drives Southwest Service -

Memphis residents hope that Southwest Airlines Co.’s Nov. 3 arrival will bring more frequent flight service and lower fares.

28. Airport Passes $127.3 Million 2014 Budget -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority on Thursday approved a $127.3 million budget that slightly lowers the overall amount airlines pay at Memphis International Airport even after Delta Air Lines drastically reduced the number of flights it operates.

29. Delta Leads for Most Airline Fees Collected -

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year – the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago.

30. Memphis Not Alone in Losing Flights -

Memphis residents won’t be surprised by the findings of a new study that shows a drastic reduction in air service at small and medium-sized U.S. airports in the last six years.

But the study, by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, shows that Memphis is far from alone in being targeted for flight route cuts.

31. Delta Will Pay a Dividend, Buy Back Shares -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Delta Air Lines will start paying a quarterly dividend and buy back some of its shares – investor-friendly moves that are common in other industries but rare for airlines.

32. Passenger Numbers Continue Drop at Memphis International Airport -

Memphis International Airport continued in March to feel the impact of earlier Delta Air Lines Inc. cuts, as both passenger traffic and the total number of flights fell.

33. FedEx to Buy Boeing Jets From United Airlines -

FedEx Corp. says it will buy up to 30 Boeing aircraft from United Airlines and convert them into cargo planes.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

34. FedEx to Buy Boeing Jets from United Airlines -

MEMPHIS (AP) – FedEx Corp. says it will buy up to 30 Boeing aircraft from United Airlines and convert them into cargo planes.

35. The Panama Effect -

The expansion of the Panama Canal will affect the supply chain of businesses across the country, including those involved in Memphis industrial real estate.

The 48-mile Panama Canal connects the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean through the Caribbean Sea. The $5.2 billion expansion will allow bigger container ships through the canal, providing a more efficient way of moving a large number of containers.

36. Memphis, Nashville Airports Get Expedited Screens -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The airports in Nashville and Memphis will soon offer the Transportation Security Administration's pre-check program.

According to TSA, the program allows passengers traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways to participate in expedited screening. Advantages include being able to leave on shoes, light outerwear and belts, not having to remove laptops from their cases and leaving liquid or gel bags in carry-ons.

37. American, US Airways Announce $11 Billion Merger -

DALLAS (AP) – US Airways CEO Doug Parker has landed the big merger he sought for years. Now the soon-to-be CEO of the new American Airlines has to make it work.

Planes need painting. Frequent flier programs have to be combined. And the new airline will still be weak in Asia and need to win back business travelers who have been drifting away to other airlines.

38. Cox Expects Strong Year for Memphis Airport -

As Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority President Larry Cox heads into the final 17 months leading up to his retirement in July 2014, he is hoping to cap off more than 40 years of service at Memphis International Airport with a big year.

39. Pinnacle to Emerge From Bankruptcy as Delta Subsidiary -

MEMPHIS (AP) -- Pinnacle Airlines Corp. said Thursday that it reached agreements, including additional financing, that will allow it to emerge from bankruptcy protection as a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines Inc.

40. Delta Buys Stake in Virgin Atlantic, Holds Investor Day -

On the heels of agreeing to buy a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines for $360 million on Tuesday, Delta Air Lines Inc. held its annual investor day conference on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Atlanta and detailed the restructuring of its fleet, which will affect flights between Memphis and Birmingham.

41. Shaping Combat -

In an unassuming building in Germantown is a company helping to shape the way combat pilots and ground crew work, and combat missions are flown the world over.

Inside that building, situated among aviation memorabilia and artifacts, is Alan Mullen, former Navy pilot assigned to the U.S.S. Nimitz and TOPGUN instructor, and the founder of Crew Training International.

42. US Airways Posts Record Third-Quarter Profit -

DALLAS (AP) — US Airways turned in a strong performance during a three-month stretch that covers much of the peak summer vacation season.

Net income for the third quarter was a record $245 million, or $1.24 per share, compared with $76 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier, the airline said Wednesday.

43. Delta Third-Quarter Profit Surges on Fuel Contract Gains -

NEW YORK (AP) — Delta Air Lines said Wednesday that its third-quarter profit nearly doubled mostly due to the increasing value of its fuel contracts.

The world's second-largest airline earned $1.05 billion, or $1.23 per share, compared with $549 million, or 65 cents, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, it earned $768 million or 90 cents — just shy of Wall Street expectations of 91 cents.

44. Airlines Set Bag Fee Record in First Half of Year -

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. airlines collected more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees during the first half of the year, the largest amount ever collected in that six-month period.

Delta Air Lines Inc. once again claimed the title as the airline collecting the most in baggage fees: nearly $430 million from January through June. The slightly larger United Airlines – part of United Continental Holdings Inc. – followed with $351 million in bag fees, according to a report from the Bureau of Transportation statistics released Tuesday.

45. American CEO Bashes US Airways; Calls it Desperate -

BOSTON (AP) – American Airlines CEO Tom Horton wants to set the record straight: It was he who approached US Airways CEO Doug Parker about the possibility of combining the two airlines, not the other way around.

46. More Airfare Increases on the Way -

DALLAS (AP) – Get ready to spend more on travel. Airlines are raising ticket prices again after a long lull that coincided with falling fuel costs.

Over the weekend several big airlines matched United Airlines' increase in base fares of up to $10 per round trip within the U.S.

47. Consultant’s Advice For Memphis: Fly Delta -

The advice seemed to take aim at the most tender part of the raw nerve running through the recent civic discussion about Delta Air Lines Inc.’s cuts in air service at Memphis International Airport and the higher fares that have come with the cuts.

48. MEM Reports 18.1 Pct. Drop in Passengers -

Memphis International Airport saw an 18.1 percent drop in passengers for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The total number of passengers for the fiscal year was 7.8 million compared to 9.6 million for the previous fiscal year.

49. Dutch Police Investigate Delta Sandwich Needles -

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport have opened a criminal investigation into how needles got into turkey sandwiches served to passengers on Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States, a spokesman said Tuesday. The FBI also is investigating the incidents.

50. Pinnacle Preps for End of Colgan-United Service -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. is scheduled to end its regional flights for United Airlines and wind down its Colgan Air operations by Sept. 5, the Memphis-based company announced Tuesday, July 10.

51. Southwest Will Try Out Live TV on 5 Planes -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines plans to sell live television service on five planes and expand it to more aircraft by mid-July.

The airline said Thursday that it would offer seven sports and news channels for passengers to watch on their own devices.

52. AIRfair? -

Two frequent-flyer businessmen booked side-by-side seats on Delta Air Lines flights from Minneapolis to St. Louis last month, with one of them getting charged a higher price than the other each time they tried booking it.

53. Pinnacle Will Close PinnPro Ground Div. -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. announced Tuesday, May 8, that it will wind down its PinnPro Professional Ground Services subsidiary “over the next several months,” leaving the company’s ground operations restructured and much smaller.

54. Pinnacle to Close PinnPro Ground Division -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. announced Tuesday, May 8, that it will wind down its PinnPro Professional Ground Services subsidiary “over the next several months,” leaving the company’s ground operations restructured and much smaller.

55. Seeking Friendlier Skies -

Local business travelers are looking everywhere for relief from sky-high airfares.

Many are hopeful that once Southwest Airlines establishes a presence at Memphis International Airport beyond a few Memphis-Atlanta flights, increased competition will result in lower fares and more options for local travelers.

56. 450 Pinnacle Pilots Could Be Furloughed -

Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. could put up to 450 pilots on unpaid furlough leave in the next year and a half.

57. 450 Pinnacle Pilots Could Be Furloughed -

Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. could put up to 450 pilots on unpaid furlough leave in the next year and a half.

58. American Makes its Case Against Union Contracts -

NEW YORK (AP) – American Airlines argued before a federal bankruptcy judge Monday that its union contracts need to be changed to make the company financially stable.

The airline lost more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declaration of bankruptcy in November. During that same period most of its major rivals used the bankruptcy process to cut wages and benefits, which American says has left it saddled with higher labor costs.

59. US Airways Makes Deals With 3 AMR Unions -

DALLAS (AP) – US Airways has struck deals with unions at American Airlines to win their support for a possible merger of the two airlines.

The unions are angry that American is trying to cut jobs and labor costs while under bankruptcy protection. They represent 55,000 pilots, flight attendants and ground workers at American, the nation's third-largest airline

60. Pinnacle Airlines CEO Menke Resigns -

Sean Menke conceded earlier this year that the job of turning around Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. would be more difficult than he thought when he became CEO of the regional air carrier in July.

61. Menke Resigns as Pinnacle CEO -

Sean Menke conceded earlier this year that the job of turning around Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. would be more difficult than he thought when he became chief executive officer of the regional air carrier in July.

62. Cox Calls Southwest Arrival ‘Game-Changer’ -

Larry Cox did his best in the fight to keep Pinnacle Airlines Corp.’s headquarters near Memphis International Airport and avoid it moving to Downtown’s One Commerce Square.

63. Pinnacle's Chapter 11 Filing Could Mean Predictable Turnaround -

As Pinnacle Airlines Corp. moves from restructuring to bankruptcy reorganization, an already complex corporate turnaround is about to get much more complex.

64. Pinnacle Bankruptcy to Bring Changes -

Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. will end its Colgan Air subsidiary and stop flying regional flights for US Airways Inc. and United Air Lines Inc. by the end of the year.

65. Pinnacle Bankruptcy Points to Dramatic Change -

Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. will end its Colgan Air subsidiary and stop flying regional flights for US Airways and United Air Lines by the end of the year.

66. American Airlines Seeks to Cancel Labor Contracts -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines is asking a bankruptcy judge to break its union contracts and impose cost-cutting terms on workers.

American said it filed the request Tuesday in U.S. bankruptcy court in New York.

67. Pinnacle CFO Announces Resignation -

The chief financial officer of Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. is resigning effective at the end of March, the company announced Monday, March 5.

68. American to Make More Room for Some Economy Seats -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – American Airlines plans to add a few roomier seats to its economy cabin and charge most passengers more for them.

Elite members of American's frequent-flier program and customers who buy full-fare coach tickets will get the perk for free, if the seats are available.

69. Seasonal Focus at Root of Flight Reduction -

Delta Air Lines Inc. executives quoted discount airline pioneer Freddie Laker last April when they talked about the market that was causing them the most problems as fuel prices soared.

70. Pressure Builds for Civilian Drone Flights at Home -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Heads up: Drones are going mainstream.

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

71. Pinnacle CEO: United, ALPA Negotiations Remain -

The CEO of Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. has told employees that he and the regional air carrier’s leadership have completed their restructuring of the organization.

72. Pinnacle Making Strides In Comeback Effort -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. reached another important milestone this week in its comeback effort with another interim contract agreement, this time with one of the global air carriers the Memphis-based regional carrier works with.

73. Pinnacle Tweaks Terms of Purchase Deal -

An agreement reached between Memphis-based holding company Pinnacle Airlines Corp., its subsidiary Colgan Air Inc., Continental Airlines Inc. and United Air Lines Inc. tweaks the terms of a purchase deal between the parties – and hopefully will be one more step toward avoiding bankruptcy by Pinnacle.

74. Pinnacle Tweaks Terms of Purchase Deal -

An agreement reached between Memphis-based holding company Pinnacle Airlines Corp., its subsidiary Colgan Air Inc., Continental Airlines Inc. and United Air Lines Inc. tweaks the terms of a purchase deal between the parties – and hopefully will be one more step toward avoiding bankruptcy by Pinnacle.

75. Madison Hotel Offers Frequent Flyer Miles -

The Madison Hotel is now offering frequent flyer miles for a variety of airlines through the hotel’s Worldhotels affiliation.

Guests will be able to earn a reward of 500 miles per stay on qualifying rates with 19 of the world’s international airlines, including American Airlines Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., US Airways Group Inc. and United Air Lines Inc.

76. History for Sale -

The Memphis church where a young Johnny Cash hit the stage for his first performance is looking for a savior.

77. Delta Shares Up on Report of Interest in AMR -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Shares of Delta Air Lines Inc. rose Thursday after a report that the world's second-biggest airline may try to buy American Airlines parent AMR Corp.

78. Ewing Signs New Lease In SE Memphis -

Ewing Moving Service Inc. & Storage is relocating its operations in Southeast Memphis for better efficiencies and more office space.

79. Delta, Lufthansa to Hike Prices to Cover Emissions -

NEW YORK (AP) – Within days of new European rules on carbon emissions produced by passenger jets, two major airlines say they will raise fares.

Delta Air Lines Inc. began adding $6 per round trip to the price of tickets sold in the U.S. for travel to Europe. And Deutsche Lufthansa AG said it will raise prices but not right away.

80. Delta Announces Big LaGuardia Expansion -

NEW YORK (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. is boosting its flying out of New York's LaGuardia airport, adding routes that target American Airlines and put it in a better position to compete against United.

81. Perl Addresses Local Airfare Concerns -

Memphis has more passenger air service per capita than its population, said Arnold Perl, the chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board.

And most of the passengers going through Memphis International Airport – 70 percent – are not coming to or leaving Memphis as a destination. They are making connections to go somewhere else.

82. Pinnacle Airlines to Ask Creditors for Help -

MEMPHIS (AP) – Pinnacle Airlines Corp., which operates regional flights as Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express, said Thursday that it's trying to make deals with its major airline partners, creditors and employees to cut costs and reduce its debt.

83. Most American Airlines Fliers to See Little Impact -

NEW YORK (AP) – For most of the 240,000 passengers who fly American Airlines each day, the airline's bankruptcy filing should have little noticeable impact.

American continues to operate flights, honor tickets and take reservations. It says its frequent-flier program will be unaffected.

84. Pinnacle Posts Q3 Net Loss of $3.5M -

Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. posted a net loss in the third quarter of $3.5 million with special items or one-time expenses, including a new, five-year labor agreement with bonuses for flight attendants and severance expenses for top executives.

85. US Airways, Delta Hike Fares by Up to $10 Per Round Trip -

DALLAS (AP) – US Airways and Delta Air Lines Inc. are raising fares on many U.S. flights by up to $10 per round trip, and other airlines are tinkering with prices too.

86. Pinnacle Moves Mesaba’s HQ to Memphis -

Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. took another step in a plan to consolidate its three distinct regional air carriers into two brand names this week with word that Mesaba Aviation Inc. will close its headquarters in Eagan, Minn.

87. Delta Expands Economy Comfort to Domestic Flights -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines said on Thursday it will create a class of higher-end coach seats on its U.S. fleet, matching a service it already offers on the bigger planes that fly overseas.

88. Airlines Hike Fares for 1st Time Since Summer -

NEW YORK (AP) – Holiday travelers may want to lock in airfares now, because they're going up.

Major airlines are joining in the first widespread airfare increase since early August. The hike was initiated by Delta Air Lines Inc. late Tuesday when it raised fares by $4 to $10 on roundtrip flights across most of its U.S. routes, according to Rick Seaney of Farecompare.com. Soon after, United Continental Holdings Inc. matched the increases.

89. US Diplomats Tout Latin American Economies -

Two United States ambassadors to Latin American countries and the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Brazil are on tour in a recession-torn U.S. touting the booming Latin American economies to U.S. businesses large and small.

90. Airlines Begin Canceling Flights as Irene Nears -

Airlines began to cancel flights and get planes out of the way as Hurricane Irene barreled toward the U.S. mainland on Thursday.

The storm will likely force hundreds of flights to be cancelled through this weekend and create delays that could ripple across the country.

91. Southwest Posts Q2 Profit of $161 Million -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. set records for full planes, and higher fares boosted revenue as the summer vacation season kicked into high gear.

92. Govt to Test Risk-Based Airport Screening -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday it will test a program to pre-screen a small group of select air travelers who volunteer more personal information about themselves so they can be vetted to get faster screening at airport checkpoints.

93. New Air Traffic Control System at Crossroads -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration is creating a new air traffic system that officials say will be as revolutionary for civil aviation as was the advent of radar six decades ago. But the program is at a crossroads.

94. Institute Life-Saver for Puerto Rican Patients -

Puerto Rican patients in need of liver transplants are getting a new lease on life thanks to doctors at the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis – the same team that performed Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ liver transplant in 2009.

95. Delta, Alitalia, Air France to Cut Europe Flights -

Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM and Alitalia will sharply reduce flights across the Atlantic starting this fall, after airlines added too much capacity to those routes just as fuel prices shot up.

The change will leave travelers between the U.S. and Europe with fewer choices. Delta began adding more trans-Atlantic flying toward the end of 2010. In November it announced new flights from Boston and Miami to London, as well as additional flights from New York to Paris and Seattle to Amsterdam, among others.

96. Conference Pits MEM At Center of Aviation World -

For five years Memphis International Airport executives and other civic leaders have worked on developing the city’s aerotropolis – the concept of an airport serving as a region’s economic engine.

The idea will be as public as ever – at least here – Tuesday, the second day of the Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition at The Peabody hotel. That’s when FedEx Corp. founder Frederick W. Smith and Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson share the stage with University of North Carolina professor John Kasarda, the originator of the aerotropolis concept.

97. Pinnacle Airlines Readies for More Changes -

2011 will be a year of more transition for Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp.

Not only will Pinnacle consolidate its headquarters at One Commerce Square in Downtown Memphis, but it will transition to a holding company for two regional air carriers instead of three.

98. Big Airlines Try to Raise Fares Again -

DALLAS (AP) – Major U.S. airlines are trying to revive fare increases for high-end tickets after failing to impose bigger price increases last week.

The move comes as airlines worry about the prospect of higher jet fuel prices. Oil prices surged to their highest levels in more than two years Tuesday as violence in Libya raised fears that oil production could be threatened there or in other OPEC countries.

99. Airlines Rolling Back Latest Fare Increase -

DALLAS (AP) – Major U.S. airlines are rolling back a fare increase of up to $120 per round trip on tickets favored by business travelers.

Delta Air Lines raised the fares Monday and other major airlines went along. But fare trackers say that US Airways had second thoughts and dropped the increase on Wednesday.

100. Delta, American Boost Some Air Fares by Up to $120 -

DALLAS (AP) – Delta and American are raising the price of some tickets favored by business travelers up to $120 per round trip.

Fare experts said Delta started the increase on Monday and was matched by American.