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1. Service Without a Smile: Why Airlines Aren't Nice -

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. After Record Profits, Airlines Keep Adding Jobs -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of jobs at U.S. airlines keeps growing – although slowly – as some of them post record profits.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that the nation's passenger airlines employed the equivalent of 386,243 full-time workers in July, up 1.3 percent from the same month last year. It was the eighth straight monthly gain over year-earlier numbers.

3. Regional Airlines Not Sharing in Majors' Success -

DALLAS (AP) – For passengers traveling between smaller cities and large hub airports, the ticket may say Delta, American or United, but they're likely flying on a regional airline whose planes are painted in the major carrier's colors.

4. US Airfares on the Rise, Outpacing Inflation -

NEW YORK (AP) – Travelers, prepare to pay more for your flight.

The average roundtrip ticket within the U.S., including taxes, reached $509.15 in the first six months of this year, up nearly $14 from the same period last year. Domestic airfare continues to outpace inflation, rising 2.7 percent compared to the 2.1 percent gain in the Consumer Price Index.

5. US Airlines Add Jobs for 6th Straight Month -

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.

6. US Airlines Add Jobs for 6th Straight Month -

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.

7. Southwest Opens New Chapter: International Flights -

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.

8. US Says Employment Up Slightly at Airlines -

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.

9. Proposal: Airlines Openly Disclose Seat, Bag Fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Passengers love the idea, but airlines hate it. The government wants to require that travelers be told upfront about basic services that aren't included in the price of a ticket and how much extra they'll cost.

10. Airlines Collecting Less Money for Bag Fees -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Airlines are taking in less money from bag fees than they did two years ago, but they are making up for it by adding charges for a slew of extras, including getting a decent seat.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Looking Upward -

The facelift of Memphis International Airport has continued throughout 2013 despite peaks and valleys for the airport’s passenger business.

The impact of Delta Air Lines’ dehubbing and reduced service – including further cuts announced last week – has been offset somewhat by the arrival of Southwest Airlines and the continued strength of the airport’s cargo activity.

15. With Vacationers Home, Airlines Boost On-Time Mark -

Airlines are doing a better job of staying on schedule now that fewer people are flying.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Wednesday that 83.8 percent of domestic flights arrived on time in September, slightly better than September 2012's 83.3 percent rate. It was a bigger improvement over July and August, when summer vacationers packed the nation's airports and about one in four flights arrived late.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. Frontier Airlines Sold to Ultra-Cheap Airline Investor -

Frontier Airlines is being sold to William Franke, a pioneer of the cheap tickets and high fees airline business that has spread overseas and is growing in the U.S.

Franke is the former chairman of Spirit Airlines, which has earned consistent profits by jamming more seats on its planes and charging extra for things that other airlines do for free, such as printing a boarding pass at the airport, or using the overhead bin.

20. Fewer Airline Jobs: US Carriers Trim Ranks by 2.4 Percent -

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.

21. ‘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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. Sammons Seeks Final Cut Numbers From Delta -

Jack Sammons, the new chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board, is no stranger to the flight from Memphis to Atlanta. Sammons long has been the board’s frequent flyer when it comes to business travel.

25. Storm Leads Companies to Postpone Earnings Reports -

NEW YORK (AP) – A number of major U.S. companies postponed quarterly earnings reports scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, as Hurricane Sandy barreled into the East Coast and caused the first unplanned shutdown of financial markets since 2001.

26. Airlines ask Fliers to Reschedule due to Big Storm -

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.

27. Airline Bid to Block Consumer Protections Rejected -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government can require airlines to show consumers a total ticket price that includes taxes and fees in print and online ads, the U.S. Court of Appeals said Tuesday, rejecting an industry challenge to a series of consumer protection regulations.

28. Southwest Says It Won't Make a Profit in 1st Qtr. -

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.

29. New Airfare Rules Remove Some of the Fine Print -

DALLAS (AP) – It comes as no surprise for experienced travelers, but novices are sometimes shocked to find that the final cost of airline trip can be much higher than the price touted on the airline's website or advertising.

30. Sanon Joins Agape As Director of Operations -

Julie Sanon has joined Agape Child & Family Services as director of operations.

Hometown: Leesburg, Fla.

Education: Psychology major from Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts

31. More Airlines Raise Fares to Grab Tax Savings -

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.

32. Some Airline Passenger-Protection Rules Delayed -

DALLAS (AP) – The government will delay some airline consumer-protection rules for several months after airline groups said they needed more time to prepare for the changes.

The delayed rules include disclosing the full cost of travel in advertisements, requiring baggage fees be listed in electronic-ticket confirmations, and giving travelers 24 hours to cancel tickets without penalty.

33. Gov't Wants to Know All the Fees Airlines Charging -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Five dollars for a pillow, $10 to jump ahead in the boarding line – all those annoying airline fees can add up.

Now the Department of Transportation is proposing that airlines tell it – and the public – exactly how much they're making on those fees. And, rule proposed Friday by the department would require airlines to break down those fees by the type of item or service purchased, from pillows and blankets to entertainment and snacks.

34. Airlines Collected $3.4B in Bag Fees in 2010 -

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.

35. Lauck’s Southern Charm Brightens Little Tea Shop -

The proprietor of Downtown’s Little Tea Shop, the woman behind the cash register – Suhair Lauck – in the baseball cap greeting customers by name and being affectionately greeted in return as “Sue,” is as much of a Downtown icon as her bastion of home-cooked comfort food.

36. 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.

37. As Ticket Prices Have Risen, So Have Some Bag Fees -

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.

38. Travel Deals From Gulf Spill Spread Wider Than Oil -

NEW YORK (AP) – As more oil from the Gulf of Mexico washes up on surrounding beaches, tourism in many Southeastern states is fading – even in areas far away from the gooey mess. But hotels from Texas to Florida and some airlines like Spirit are eager to drum up business driven away by oil fears – which means bargains aren't hard to find.

39. Archived Article: Benchmark - After Pa After Pa. court ruling, American acquires TWA Trans World Airlines, one of the most historic names in aviation, ended its 75-year run as an independent carrier when it officially was acquired Monday by American Airlines. American acquired t...

40. Archived Article: Comm Briefs - Summer Exploration Camp for 12- to 14-year-olds is July 10 through August 4 at the University of Memphis Summer Exploration Camp for 12- to 14-year-olds is July 10 through August 4 at the University of Memphis. Sponsored by the National Civil Rights...

41. Archived Article: Mkt Briefs - Varsity Spirit Corp Varsity Spirit Corp. and singer/dancer Paula Abdul have joined forces to launch a nationally competitive dance program for young people at local dance studios. Abdul is co-founder and artistic director of the new Co. Dance organi...

42. Archived Article: Market Briefs - Varsity Spirit Corp Varsity Spirit Corp. announced last week that its board directors the companys regular quarterly cash dividend of 4 cents per share of 16 cents per share on an annualized basis. The dividend will be payable on Dec. 5 to sharehold...

43. Archived Article: Business Expo 96 Lj - lj 10/5 cates Expo 96 showcases almost 400 exhibitors By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News For an overview of the smorgasbord of products and services companies serving the Memphis market have to offer, the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerces annual busin...

44. Archived Article: Govt Focus - 8/16 jts law focus Delegates delight Tennessee Republicans revel in participatory democracy By JAMES SNYDER The Daily News A delegation of 40 Tennesseans left the state earlier this month to participate in this years return of a one-of-a-kind event ...