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1. Frontier Airlines Lands Memphis Return -

Frontier Airlines made a triumphant return to Memphis Friday, March, 7, complete with pilots and passengers wearing Elvis sunglasses.

The Frontier jet from Denver – with “Hector” the otter emblazoned on its tail – arrived at Gate C7 at Memphis International Airport just before 1:30 p.m., and passengers were greeted with a celebratory atmosphere, including light jazz music and balloons.

2. New Frontiers -

When the first Frontier Airlines jet kicking off regular service at Memphis International Airport arrives Friday, March 7, from Denver at gate C7, it will symbolize just how much the airport has changed. It is also an indication of how the airport continues to evolve.

3. Brockman Takes Reins of Airport Authority -

Scott Brockman assumed the position of president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority on Jan. 3.

4. Brockman Takes Reins of Airport Authority -

Scott Brockman assumed the position of president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority on Jan. 3.

5. Airport Authority CEO Sees Growth in New Reality -

Memphis International Airport is making the transition from an airport with a majority of connecting flights, 90 nonstop destinations, higher fares and less competition to one with more origin and destination traffic, 30 to 35 nonstop destinations and lower fares.

6. New American Airlines Emerges as Deal Closes -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – American Airlines emerged from bankruptcy protection and US Airways culminated its long pursuit of a merger partner as the two completed their deal Monday to create the world's biggest airline.

7. Additional Delta Flight Cuts Now in Effect -

With the Thanksgiving travel days now past, Delta Air Lines has followed through with further cuts in air service at Memphis International Airport, reducing its number of flights to approximately 40 a day.

8. High Court Casts Doubt on Frequent Flyer's Lawsuit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it won't offer much help to frequent flyers who want to sue when airlines revoke their miles or their memberships.

The justices heard the case of a Minnesota rabbi who was stripped of his top-level "platinum elite" status in Northwest's WorldPerks program because the airline said he complained too much.

9. Delta Flight Cuts Take Effect Tuesday -

With the Thanksgiving travel days now past, Delta Air Lines is following through with further cuts in air service at Memphis International Airport, reducing its number of flights to approximately 40 a day.

10. Drexel's Shockey Named Chamber Chairwoman -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has named a new chairwoman, and it soon will have a replacement for its outgoing president and CEO – with the odds likely favoring a local hire.

The chamber's board has tapped Drexel Chemical Co. CEO Leigh Shockey to be the business organization's new chairwoman. Her pick will be followed in a few months by a replacement for John Moore, a former Northwest Airlines executive who is stepping down as president and CEO effective Jan. 3 after eight years with the chamber.

11. Airline Merger Could Bring Changes to Memphis Airport -

Delta Air Lines considers itself a “low-cost carrier” that should be able to apply for the slots and gates US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines are giving up as part of their merger settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.

12. Retiring Moore ‘Transformed’ Chamber -

When John W. Moore took the reins of the Greater Memphis Chamber in 2005, the organization was at the end of its latest economic development campaign and financial resources were strained.

“We were in incredible financial distress when I took over,” Moore said. “We weren’t even going to make the next payroll and it was really scary, but the chamber now is on great financial footing thanks to the hard work of a great team.”

13. 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.

14. Frontier Airlines Returns to Memphis -

Five years after Frontier Airlines’ rapid exit from Memphis International Airport, Frontier executives announced Wednesday, Oct. 9, the discount air carrier will return to town with four weekly nonstop flights between Memphis and Denver starting March 7.

15. Frontier Airlines Returns to Memphis -

Five years after Frontier Airlines’ rapid exit from Memphis International Airport, Frontier executives announced Wednesday, Oct. 9, the discount air carrier will return to town with four weekly nonstop flights between Memphis and Denver starting March 7.

16. Cooper: ‘False Promises’ Prompted Airline Merger Challenge -

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper said the state joined the U.S. Justice Department and five other states in opposing the proposed $11 billion merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines, because of the state’s experience with past airline mergers.

17. Editorial: Passengers Deserve Action, Not Spin -

So far, the effort to rebuild Memphis as a passenger airline market is more of a sales job than an actual reconfiguration.

The mechanics of operating an airport – which is the nation’s busiest cargo airport and one of the most expensive airports in the country – are complex.

18. ‘It Will Get Better’ -

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.

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. US Airways Shareholders Approve American Merger -

NEW YORK (AP) – US Airways shareholders overwhelmingly approved a proposed merger with American Airlines, bringing the companies closer to creating the world's biggest airline.

The main hurdle now is a review by antitrust regulators at the U.S. Department of Justice. Concerns have been raised about the merger's impact on airfares, and the combined airline's potential dominance at Washington's Reagan National Airport.

22. Editorial: Memphis Must Now File New Flight Plan -

In early 2009, The Memphis News published a cover story analyzing the Delta-Northwest merger, which at the time was undergoing FAA authorization after being inked a few months prior. The report included comments from Delta CEO Richard Anderson, Memphis International Airport executives and airline industry analysts, all of whom were bullish, for the most part, on what the deal meant for Memphis.

23. Five Years in the Life -

Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines has just merged with more than 150 flights a day at Memphis International Airport shifting to the Delta brand. And Delta’s CEO, Richard Anderson, said Memphis would be an integral hub with more traffic.

24. 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.

25. Delta to Cut Flights, De-Hub Memphis -

Memphis is losing its status as a passenger hub for Delta Air Lines. Delta executives announced Tuesday, June 4, the Atlanta-based airline will cut service to Memphis International Airport to approximately 60 daily flights starting in September, down from 92.

26. Delta to De-Hub Memphis -

Memphis is losing its status as a passenger hub for Delta Air Lines.

Delta executives announced Tuesday, June 4, the Atlanta-based airline will cut service to Memphis International Airport to approximately 60 daily flights starting in September, down from 92.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. Perl Retires From Airport Board -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority will begin the next year with an empty chairman’s seat as Arnold Perl retired Thursday, Dec. 20, after 31 years of service, including 16 years as the committee’s chairman.

31. 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.

32. Airport Officials Hopeful for Strong Holiday Season -

Though passenger activity at Memphis International Airport again dropped in October, officials are hopeful for a strong end to the year and beginning to 2013.

Their optimism is buoyed by the coming holiday travel, encouraging news of a Delta Air Lines Inc. airfare sale that runs through early December and the upcoming opening of the new $90 million ground transportation center.

33. Board of Bankrupt Pinnacle Airlines Gets Update on Headquarters Costs -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp.'s board opened a two-day meeting Wednesday, but isn't expected to decide yet whether to keep company headquarters in Memphis.

34. Air Canada Cuts Nonstop to Toronto -

Two years after launching daily nonstop service at Memphis International Airport, the Air Canada regional carrier Jazz will drop the nonstop service to Toronto effective Sept. 18.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said the decision was a financial one.

35. 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.

36. Gov't Watchdog Urges Stronger Air Safety Oversight -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration has repeatedly lagged in responding to whistleblower complaints about urgent safety problems, including takeoff and landing procedures at one airport that have caused planes to nearly collide, a government watchdog said Tuesday in an unusually harsh public rebuke.

37. Delta Declines to Address Oil Refinery Rumors -

When it was time for questions on this week’s earnings conference call by Delta Air Lines Inc., the company’s president evaded questions about reports that Delta is considering buying an oil refinery in Pennsylvania.

38. 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

39. 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.

40. Flights of Fortune -

The Delta Air Lines Inc. employees were busy with customers near concourse B at Memphis International Airport.

41. 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.

42. 2008 Model Predicts Effects of Airline Mergers -

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.

43. Balmy Winter Brings Plenty of Economic Surprises -

NEW YORK (AP) – Out of a relatively balmy winter have sprung some economic surprises. People have more cash in their pockets because they aren't turning up the thermostat. Airlines don't have to de-ice planes or battle blizzards. And shoppers are finding great deals on coats and boots.

44. 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.

45. Touch and Go -

In the aviation industry, Memphis International Airport is considered a fortress hub, an airport where a single airline – in Memphis’ case, Delta Air Lines Inc. – handles 70 percent or more of the passenger flights.

46. Unfriendly Skies Looming at MEM -

For all the improvements at Memphis International Airport – most notably the air-traffic control tower that just opened and the ground transportation center under construction – the picture inside MEM isn’t as uplifting.

47. NTSB Recommends Banning Drivers’ Use of Elec. Devices -

WASHINGTON (AP) – States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said Tuesday.

The recommendation, unanimously agreed to by the five-member board, applies to both hands-free and hand-held phones and significantly exceeds any existing state laws restricting texting and cellphone use behind the wheel.

48. No Interference in Delta Election, Says Labor Board -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Delta Air Lines did not interfere in an election where baggage handlers rejected a union, a federal labor board ruled Wednesday.

Delta said the decision clears the way to line up the pay and benefits of baggage handlers who came from Northwest Airlines, which Delta bought in 2008.

49. Airport CEO Larry Cox to Head Chamber Board -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has a new chairman of the board. Larry Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, has been elected by the chamber board to succeed former Smith & Nephew executive Joe DeVivo.

50. Airport CEO Larry Cox to Head Chamber Board -

The Greater Memphis Chamber has a new chairman of the board.

Larry Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, has been elected by the chamber board to succeed former Smith & Nephew executive Joe DeVivo. DeVivo now works for Albany, N.Y.-based medical device provider AngioDynamics.

51. American Airlines Files for Bankruptcy Protection -

DALLAS (AP) – The parent company of American Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, seeking relief from crushing debt caused by high fuel prices and expensive labor contracts that its competitors shed years ago.

52. MSCAA Approves $52M in Projects -

With the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration moving in Congress, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners approved a logjam of more than $28 million in construction projects and contracts. Nine contracts approved at the Thursday, Sept. 15, meeting include everything from a new dump truck with a snow plow to elevator and escalator replacement to improved security technology.

53. Delta Sticks to Guns on Reduced Capacity -

Even with earnings down 58 percent in the second quarter of 2011 compared to a year ago, Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard Anderson remained locked this week on the message that Delta’s capacity reduction is at the right level and is the right thing to do.

54. Delta Q2 Earnings Drop 58 Percent -

Earnings for Delta Air Lines Inc. dropped 58 percent in the second quarter ended June 30 compared to the same quarter in 2010.

55. Spike in Fuel Prices Erasing Airline Profits -

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.

56. 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.

57. Cloudy Skies -

Despite this week’s bad news, the fortunes of Memphis International Airport as a Delta Air Lines hub remain closely linked with Delta’s flagship hub at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

58. Trenary Move Signals More Change for Pinnacle -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. was already in transition before Monday’s announcement that Phil Trenary would resign as CEO on March 24. As the Pinnacle board begins a search for a new leader, the Memphis-based parent company of three regional air carriers faces more transition.

59. Airfares are Going Up, and Not Just Because of Oil -

Airlines have used surging oil prices to justify fare increases of up to $60 per ticket since the start of the year. But the rising cost of fuel isn't the only reason it's getting more difficult to find cheap fares.

60. Delta Flight Attendants Sue Over Profit-Sharing -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Six flight attendants for Delta Air Lines Inc. are suing the airline because their profit-sharing checks were smaller because of a union dispute.

61. Renovations Begin at Pinnacle Headquarters -

40 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103
Permit Amount: $8.7 Million

Project Cost: $8.7 million
Permit Date: Applied February 2011
Owner: Memphis Commerce Square Partners
Tenant: Pinnacle Airlines Corp.
Contractor: Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc.

62. 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.

63. Delta Air Lines Announces Record Profit Sharing -

Delta Air Lines announced Monday it is paying $313 million in profit sharing, the largest profit sharing payout in the airline’s history.

The airline, which has a hub at Memphis International Airport, announced the bonus to its 80,000 employees around the world after posting a record $1.4 billion profit in 2010.

64. Pinnacle Pilots Join Air Line Pilots Assn. -

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. pilot leaders have endorsed a tentative agreement uniting pilots from Pinnacle Airlines Inc., Mesaba Airlines Inc. and Colgan Air Inc. under a single contract, according to the Air Line Pilots Association.

65. US Airlines Make Money Again by Flying Less -

DALLAS (AP) – After a decade of multibillion-dollar losses, U.S. airlines appear to be on course to prosper for years to come for a simple reason: They are flying less.

By grounding planes and eliminating flights, airlines have cut costs and pushed fares higher. As the global economy rebounds, travel demand is rising and planes are as full as they've been in years.

66. Flight Plan -

The decision to merge airlines and consolidate operations into one locale involves a detailed course of action, and it starts with the employees.

Because Pinnacle Airlines Corp. manages three airline subsidiaries and employs 7,700 workers – 1,500 in the Mid-South – technological issues will inevitably be in store when the company moves its headquarters from the airport area to Downtown.

67. United, Continental Complete Combination -

United and Continental closed the deal on Friday that will create the world's biggest airline. The new carrier aims to lure business fliers who want to travel overseas while keeping fares competitive with discount carriers in the U.S.

68. Southwest to Buy AirTran for $1.4B -

More change is coming to the airline industry – and likely to the local travel scene – following Monday’s news that Southwest Airlines will buy rival discount carrier AirTran Airways for $1.4 billion.

69. Southwest Airlines to Buy AirTran for $1.4B -

More change is coming to the airline industry – and likely to the local travel scene – following Monday’s news that Southwest Airlines will buy rival discount carrier AirTran Airways for $1.4 billion.

70. Delta Ramp Workers to Vote on Union -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – More union votes are on tap for Delta Air Lines Inc.

A union that wants to represent roughly 14,000 ramp workers says their election will run from Oct. 14 through Nov. 18. The International Association of Machinists also said it will file cards on Tuesday to trigger an election for a group of more than 16,000 workers including reservation and gate agents.

71. City Leaders Roll Out Red Carpet for Pinnacle -

The opportunity to convince Pinnacle Airlines Corp. to bring its Memphis headquarters Downtown has presented the first opportunity for several important figures to coordinate their efforts on a major economic development deal.

72. The Hard Sell -

To understand how Northwest Mississippi’s small boomtowns like Olive Branch keep one-upping Memphis and reeling in jobs and taxpayers with the promise of greener pastures, an Internet video is one place to start.

73. Delta Posts $467M Profit In 2nd Quarter -

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.

74. 15 Years Later: Amsterdam Flight Opens Doors for City -

Fifteen years ago this month a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines MD-11 dubbed “Elvis One” arrived in Memphis after a 10-hour flight from Amsterdam.

The momentous occasion gave the airline industry its first joint venture whereby domestic and foreign – Northwest and KLM – were granted antitrust immunity to operate as a single company. And it also gave Memphis its first direct overseas international flight.

75. US Rule Move Favors Unions at Airlines, Railroads -

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.

76. Delta Reports $256 Million Q1 Loss, Sees Q2 Profit -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. blamed heavy winter storms and one-time expenses for propelling it to a $256 million loss during the first three months of the year, though it said Tuesday it expects a solidly profitable second quarter as the peak summer season ramps up.

77. January Air Traffic Numbers Marred by Weather -

In what has become a recurring theme for numerous businesses around town, January’s bad weather impacted Memphis International Airport’s traffic and revenues.

The snow and ice that shut down the city at the end of the month kept numerous flights from landing and affected activity, airport officials said at Thursday’s Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners meeting.

78. 2009 Cargo Numbers Up at Memphis Int’l -

Officials at Memphis International Airport spent Thursday preparing for the harsh winter weather possibly headed this way, but they also discussed ways in which the airport has been dealing with a brutal economic climate.

79. Nonstop to Toronto -

As carriers reduce capacity to cope with shrinking demand for air travel, Air Canada is beefing up its service by entering seven U.S. markets – including Memphis.

The Montreal-based airline is adding twice-daily, nonstop, year-round flights between Memphis and Toronto, the company announced Wednesday.

80. Air Canada Adds Memphis to Toronto Flights -

As carriers reduce capacity to cope with shrinking demand for air travel, Air Canada is beefing up its service by entering seven U.S. markets – including Memphis.

The Montreal-based airline is adding twice-daily, nonstop, year-round flights between Memphis and Toronto, the company announced Wednesday.

81. Air Canada Adds Memphis to Toronto Flights -

As carriers reduce capacity to cope with shrinking demand for air travel, Air Canada is beefing up its service by entering seven U.S. markets – including Memphis.

The Montreal-based airline is adding twice-daily, nonstop, year-round flights between Memphis and Toronto, the company announced Wednesday.

82. Delta Posts Small Loss for Fourth Quarter -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. sees signs that corporate travel demand is picking up as it closed the books on a turbulent 2009 by posting a $25 million loss for the final three months of the year.

83. Security Rules Eased for Passenger Flights -

DALLAS (AP) – In-flight security rules have been eased after a two-day clampdown, airline officials familiar with the matter said Monday.

At the captain’s discretion, passengers can once again have blankets and other items on their laps or move about the cabin during the tail end of flight. In-flight entertainment restrictions have also been lifted.

84. Gov't Imposes 3-Hour Limit on Tarmac Strandings -

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.

85. Delta Sees Brighter Revenue Environment Ahead -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. expects the improving revenue environment to continue in the months ahead, though sales of premium seats remain pressured.

86. American, Partners Offer $1.1B to Japan Airlines -

TOKYO (AP) - American Airlines upped the ante in the tug-of-war over Japan Airlines, vowing Thursday to lead a $1.1 billion investment in the struggling carrier to prevent it from falling into the orbit of rival Delta.

87. Oct. Cargo Numbers Give Airport Good News -

October brought a mix of good and bad news for Memphis International Airport, which saw passenger traffic decline but cargo counts improve.

The latest numbers were revealed Thursday during the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority’s board of commissioners meeting. They highlighted the ongoing troubles for the aviation industry as carriers reduce capacity to meet the soft demand for air travel here and nationwide.

88. Rule Would Boost Unions at Airlines, Railroads -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Workers at U.S. airlines and railroads would have an easier time forming unions if the National Mediation Board succeeds in changing a 75-year-old rule on union organizing.

89. Airlines Improve On-Time Arrivals in Aug. -

Arriving on time was just a little bit easier for airline passenger traveling in August.

The U.S. Transportation Department reported Tuesday that 79.7 percent of flights arrived on time in August. That was an improvement from 78.4 percent in August 2008, and 77.6 percent in July.

90. Bond Issuance Approved for Airport Garage -

Plans for a new parking garage and rental car facility at Memphis International Airport took a step forward Thursday when the airport’s board of commissioners approved a resolution to issue bonds for the building, one of the largest individual projects in the airport’s history.

91. Delta Says Available Cash Will Continue to Dwindle -

Delta Air Lines Inc., the world’s biggest airline operator, reported Monday its available cash on hand will continue to fall by the end of the year as demand for air travel has been hit hard by the economic downturn.

92. Delta Considers Ties To Japan Airlines -

Delta Air Lines Inc. is considering making a cash infusion of a couple hundred million dollars to aid struggling Japan Airlines Corp., a person briefed on the talks said Friday.

93. Airport Cargo Activity Up -

Cargo activity at Memphis International Airport improved for the second straight month, airport officials said at Thursday’s board of commissioners monthly meeting.

Memphis handled 681.1 million pounds of cargo in July, a 1.3 percent increase from 672.6 million pounds in July 2008, according to the latest report. A previous improvement of 1.5 percent in June marked the airport’s first year-over-year upturn in 14 months.

94. Delta to Cut More Management Jobs -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc., Memphis’ dominant carrier and the world’s biggest airline operator, is planning to cut more management and administrative jobs, but isn’t saying how many, according to a recorded message and a memo from top executives.

95. Delta Narrows Q2 Net Loss -

Delta Air Lines Inc. on Wednesday released its financial results for the second quarter, and the outlook remained gloomy – with a few bright spots sprinkled in – for Memphis’ dominant carrier and the world’s largest passenger airline.

96. June Air Cargo Up; Delta Makes ‘Strong Statement’ -

Thursday morning’s Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners meeting yielded a couple of “Yea’s” and even a “Hallelujah” when the June activity reports were unveiled.

For the first time in months, cargo traffic at Memphis International Airport increased from the same month a year ago. Cargo climbed 1.5 percent from 638.7 million pounds in June 2008 to 648.1 million pounds in June 2009.

97. Delta Air Lines to Cut More Capacity -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. will shave additional capacity later this year as it warns that more than $6 billion in benefits it expected from lower fuel prices, its merger with Northwest Airlines and previous capacity reductions will be overtaken by declining revenues.

98. US Airlines Report More Flights on Time in April -

NEW YORK (AP) - Flights on U.S. airlines were on time more frequently in April than the month before and improved from a year earlier, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

99. Airport Authority Unveils Smaller Budget for 2010 -

The nationwide slowdown in air travel will affect the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority’s 2010 fiscal-year budget, which the airport’s Board of Commissioners approved Thursday.

With operating revenues projected to decline further, Memphis International Airport adopted a $126.9 million budget for next year, marking a $2.8 million – or 2.1 percent – dropoff from the $129.6 million budget it operated under during fiscal year 2009.

100. Air France-KLM, Delta to Reap $12B a Year -

Delta Air Lines Inc., Air France and KLM signed a deal Wednesday to combine two separate joint venture agreements to create a more integrated trans-Atlantic powerhouse they said will generate $12 billion in annual revenue and provide better travel options for customers.