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1. Service Without a Smile: Why Airlines Aren't Nice
- Thursday, October 09, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Passengers cherish Virgin America for its mood lighting, live TV, fancy cocktails and friendly flight attendants. That nice-guy approach to air travel wins awards and attracts a cult following, but may not fly with Wall Street.
2. US Airlines Add Jobs for 6th Straight Month
- Saturday, July 26, 2014
U.S. airlines have been adding jobs for six straight months, though the gains aren’t big ones.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that the nation’s passenger airlines had the equivalent of 385,619 full-time workers in May, up 1.1 percent from May 2013. That’s the highest level since September 2012.
3. Airlines Report Big Second-Quarter Profits
- Friday, July 25, 2014
Investing in airlines has long been the butt of jokes, especially when many U.S. carriers traipsed through bankruptcy court in the past decade.
Now riding a post-merger tide of higher fares and stable fuel costs, those same airlines are piling up profits – and sharing the newfound riches with investors.
4. US Airlines Add Jobs for 6th Straight Month
- Tuesday, July 22, 2014
U.S. airlines have been adding jobs for six straight months, though the gains aren't big ones.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that the nation's passenger airlines had the equivalent of 385,619 full-time workers in May, up 1.1 percent from May 2013. That's the highest level since September 2012.
5. Southwest Opens New Chapter: International Flights
- Wednesday, July 02, 2014
DALLAS (AP) – After four decades of expanding to all corners of the lower 48 states, Southwest Airlines flies into new territory on Tuesday – Jamaica, the Bahamas and Aruba.
Southwest is taking over routes flown by AirTran Airways, which it bought in 2011. The company plans to eliminate the AirTran brand by year end.
6. US Says Employment Up Slightly at Airlines
- Friday, May 23, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. airline industry is slowly adding jobs, although not all carriers are growing.
The Transportation Department said Thursday that passenger airlines employed the equivalent of 383,610 full-time workers in March, up nearly 1 percent from a year earlier. It was the fourth straight monthly gain.
7. Winter Flight Cancellations Were a Record
- Wednesday, May 14, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – It's official: This winter was the worst for fliers in the 20 years that the government has been collecting data.
During the first three months of this year, U.S. airlines canceled 4.6 percent of their flights, the Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.
8. American Air, JetBlue Ending Agreement
- Saturday, March 15, 2014
American Airlines and JetBlue Airways Corp. are ending an agreement that allowed travelers to add connections to their itinerary on each other’s aircraft.
9. Flight Cancelations Take a Toll on Airline Revenue
- Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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.
10. American Airlines, JetBlue Ending Agreement
- Tuesday, March 11, 2014
American Airlines and JetBlue Airways Corp. are ending an agreement that allowed travelers to add connections to their itinerary on each other's aircraft.
11. Big Changes Ahead for Frequent Fliers on Delta
- Thursday, February 27, 2014
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.
12. JetBlue, Southwest Win Rights at DC Airport
- Friday, January 31, 2014
DALLAS (AP) – Southwest and JetBlue say they are the beneficiaries of a deal requiring American Airlines to give up some of its coveted operating rights at Washington's Reagan National Airport.
13. More Flights Running Late in Latest US Figures
- Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Airlines are falling behind when it comes to keeping flights on schedule, but fewer passengers are complaining to the government.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that 83.5 percent of domestic flights arrived on time in November, down from 84.1 percent in October and 85.7 percent a year earlier, in November 2012.
14. CEO Predictions for the Next 100 Years of Flying
- Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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.
15. AP-GfK Poll: Strong Opposition to In-Flight Calls
- Thursday, December 12, 2013
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.
16. If Government Backs In-Flight Calls, Will the Airlines?
- Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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.
17. How American-US Airways Deal Impacts Competitors
- Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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.
18. Government Reaches Agreement to Allow Airline Merger
- Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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.
19. US Businesses Worry About a Prolonged Shutdown
- Thursday, October 03, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – As the government's partial shutdown enters a second day, most companies across the country are doing business as usual. Yet concern is rising that a prolonged shutdown would cause some work at private companies to dry up and consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy.
20. Judge Approves American Airlines' Bankruptcy Plan
- Friday, September 13, 2013
DALLAS (AP) – A federal judge has approved American Airlines' plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection and merge with US Airways, although the airlines must still resolve a lawsuit filed by the federal government seeking to block the merger.
21. Fewer Airline Jobs: US Carriers Trim Ranks by 2.4 Percent
- Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Airline employment has dropped from last summer because of job cuts at American Airlines and regional carriers that use smaller planes.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that airlines employed the equivalent of 381,441 workers in June, down 2.4 percent from the same month last year. It's the 10th straight month of decline compared with a year earlier.
22. ‘It Will Get Better’
- Saturday, August 17, 2013
On a recent July morning, a full room of local business leaders gathered in a FedEx Corp. training facility on Airways Boulevard to learn more about Memphis International Airport and its operations.
23. Airline Mergers Have Already Led to Higher Fares
- Thursday, August 15, 2013
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.
24. Local Demand Drives Southwest Service
- Monday, May 20, 2013
Memphis residents hope that Southwest Airlines Co.’s Nov. 3 arrival will bring more frequent flight service and lower fares.
25. Memphis Not Alone in Losing Flights
- Friday, May 10, 2013
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.
26. Airlines Lagging in On-Time Performance
- Friday, April 12, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Airlines are struggling this year to get planes to the gate on time.
The government said Thursday that 80.3 percent of flights by U.S. carriers arrived on time in January and February. That's down from a record 84.9 percent during last year's storm-free winter.
27. Airline Passenger Complaints Surged in 2012
- Tuesday, April 09, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Airline passengers are getting grumpier, and it's little wonder.
Airlines keep shrinking the size of seats to stuff more people onto planes, those empty middle seats that once provided a little more room are now occupied and more people with tickets are being turned away because flights are overbooked.
28. Airlines ask Fliers to Reschedule due to Big Storm
- Monday, October 29, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Some U.S. airlines are giving travelers a way out if they want to scrap their plans due to Hurricane Sandy.
JetBlue, US Airways and Spirit Airlines are offering waivers to customers who wish to reschedule their flights without paying the typical fee of up to $150. The offers cover passengers flying just about anywhere from Latin America to New Hampshire.
29. American CEO Bashes US Airways; Calls it Desperate
- Thursday, July 26, 2012
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.
30. More Airfare Increases on the Way
- Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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.
31. Southwest Will Try Out Live TV on 5 Planes
- Friday, June 29, 2012
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.
32. Southwest Says It Won't Make a Profit in 1st Qtr.
- Wednesday, March 14, 2012
DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines doesn't expect to earn a profit in the first quarter because of higher fuel costs.
Chief Financial Officer Laura Wright said Tuesday that jet fuel prices have been higher than the airline expected – about $3.50 per gallon instead of the $3.35 it had been forecasting.
33. 2008 Model Predicts Effects of Airline Mergers
- Friday, February 03, 2012
Two years ago, a trio of economics professors at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, checked in on a model they built in 2008 to measure and predict the long-term effects of U.S. airline mergers on specific markets, including Memphis.
34. Airlines Attempt to Raise US Prices Again
- Monday, December 05, 2011
DALLAS (AP) – Major U.S. airlines are again trying to raise prices on many domestic flights.
Delta Air Lines Inc. confirmed Friday that it had raised fares to Florida, Phoenix and Las Vegas by up to $10 per round trip.
35. US Airways, Delta Hike Fares by Up to $10 Per Round Trip
- Friday, November 04, 2011
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.
36. Planes, Trains, Buses Return to Normal – Almost
- Wednesday, August 31, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – The nation's planes, trains and buses had their first full day of near-normal service since Thursday, as most passengers stranded by Hurricane Irene slowly made their way home.
37. JetBlue Pilots to Remain Non-Union
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Pilots at JetBlue are choosing to go without union representation.
It is the second time in three years pilots at the New York airline have tried and failed to unionize. The latest attempt was driven by Air Line Pilots Association, or ALPA, which represents thousands of employees at major airlines.
38. Dust Settles, Airlines Finish Fare Roll-Backs
- Wednesday, August 10, 2011
DALLAS (AP) – After more jockeying, all major U.S. airlines rolled back fares to about the same prices they were charging before federal ticket taxes expired two weeks ago.
US Airways said it reduced fares late Monday, joining Southwest, AirTran, Delta, American, JetBlue, United, Continental and Frontier.
39. More Airlines Raise Fares to Grab Tax Savings
- Tuesday, July 26, 2011
DALLAS (AP) – The great tax holiday of 2011 for air travelers is just about over.
By Monday, most U.S. airlines had raised fares to reap the benefit of lower federal taxes on airline tickets. A few airlines that were passing the savings on to consumers changed their minds.
40. Govt to Test Risk-Based Airport Screening
- Friday, July 15, 2011
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.
41. Volunteer Opportunities Can Parlay Into Jobs
- Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Angela Richards and Tunya Alexander have two things in common. They both work at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis Inc., and they both got those jobs by volunteering with the organization first.
42. Airlines Collected $3.4B in Bag Fees in 2010
- Tuesday, June 14, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines collected $3.4 billion in bag fees last year. The 24 percent increase from 2009 shows how the airlines are increasingly reliant on charging for once-free services to make money.
43. Fewer Flights On-Time in March, Cancellations Down
- Wednesday, May 11, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Better weather helped airlines avoid long ground delays in March, marking the fourth month out of the last six in which no U.S. planes were stuck on the ground for more than three hours, the government said Tuesday.
44. Spike in Fuel Prices Erasing Airline Profits
- Friday, April 22, 2011
Soaring jet fuel prices are wiping out profits at the nation's biggest airlines.
The world's biggest airline company, United Continental Holdings Inc., said Thursday that it lost $213 million in the first three months of the year after it paid nearly $600 million more for fuel than in the year-ago quarter.
45. As Ticket Prices Have Risen, So Have Some Bag Fees
- Friday, April 01, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – While higher airfares are grabbing travelers' attention, airlines have also quietly been raising their fees for checked bags.
Some airlines have added a $30 fee for a second checked bag on international flights, or raised existing fees by $5 to $10. Others are charging significantly more – sometimes double – for overweight or oversized bags.
46. Latest Airfare Increase Fails Over Weekend
- Tuesday, March 29, 2011
DALLAS (AP) – The airlines' latest effort to broadly raise U.S. fares by $10 per round trip has crumbled as discount carriers like Southwest decided not to raise their prices.
After several successful price increases from December through February, two efforts to raise fares this month have died, raising questions about how much consumers are willing to pay for travel.
47. When Luggage, Lateness Matter as Much as the Fare
- Monday, February 21, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Flying is rarely seamless. Hoping to hit the Pick Four of a low fare, uninterrupted trip, great service and unscathed luggage is wishful thinking.
An examination of the government's performance rankings and catalog of passenger complaints may help travelers determine how close their airline might come.
48. JetBlue Softens Bullish Q4 Revenue Forecast
- Thursday, December 09, 2010
DALLAS (AP) – Airline executives are mostly optimistic that higher fares will continue to boost revenue, but JetBlue Airways warned Wednesday that ticket sales for the holiday season could be weaker than expected and lowered its outlook for the fourth quarter.
49. Delta Posts $467M Profit In 2nd Quarter
- Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Delta Air Lines Inc. reported its largest quarterly profit in a decade Monday but investors dumped its shares as sales didn’t meet expectations and the carrier gave a cautious outlook amid economic uncertainty.
50. Airlines Improve On-Time Performance in March
- Wednesday, May 12, 2010
DALLAS (AP) — U.S. airlines are doing a better job of staying on schedule, according to the government.
The Transportation Department said Tuesday that the airlines averaged an 80 percent on-time arrival rate in March, better than February this year and better than March 2009.
51. US Rule Move Favors Unions at Airlines, Railroads
- Tuesday, May 11, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – In a major victory for organized labor, unions will have an easier time signing up airline and railroad workers after the Obama administration Monday changed a 76-year-old U.S. rule on union elections.
52. Gov't Imposes 3-Hour Limit on Tarmac Strandings
- Tuesday, December 22, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - Stinky toilets, crying babies, airless cabins – the Obama administration said Monday passengers don't have to take it any more. It ordered airlines to let people get off planes delayed on the ground after three hours.
53. US Airlines Reduced Hassle In 2008
- Tuesday, April 07, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. air carriers led by Hawaiian Airlines took some of the hassle out of flying last year.
The airline industry had its best performance in four years in 2008, private researchers said Monday in their annual study of airline quality, based on government statistics.
54. Airline Losses for Fourth Quarter Mount
- Friday, January 30, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) - Deep capacity cuts, checked bag fees and aggressive fare sales couldn't stop the airline industry's bleeding from the impact of bad bets on fuel hedges and the drop-off in demand due to the weak economy. After more carriers posted losses Thursday, the total fourth-quarter red ink for the top nine U.S. carriers by traffic rose to $4 billion.
55. Continental Named Most Admired U.S. Airline
- Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Continental Airlines was rated the most admired U.S. airline in Fortune magazine's 2007 list of America's Most Admired Companies. The list and related stories appear in the March 19 issue, on newsstands Monday and at www
56. Going Green
- Monday, February 19, 2007
The Downtown Memphis lot at the corner of North Main Street and Greenlaw Avenue in Uptown sits empty now, but over the next year, it will be transformed.
The property is the site of a "green" demonstration home - a trend in architecture that will change the way houses are built in the future, said Jim Lutz, professor of architecture at the University of Memphis.
57. Life in Memphis Is Pits for Pit Bulls
- Friday, October 06, 2006
What do you envision when you think of pit bulls?
Powerful jaws? Brawny shoulders? Squat, muscle-bound physiques? Vicious temperaments? Brutal attacks?
If so, that's only a small part of the story - a story that's taken a sad twist in Memphis and Shelby County in recent years.
58. Airline Woes Signal Industry's Uncertain Future
- Monday, September 26, 2005
Even after two of the country's biggest air carriers entered bankruptcy court recently, travelers were still buying tickets, boarding flights and being reassured that everything was business as usual.
59. Archived Article: Market Briefs
- Monday, April 28, 2003
A Methodist Healthcare employment and recruitment ad campaign recently took top honors in a national advertising competition
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