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1. Fuel Costs Ease, US Airline Profits Soar -

DALLAS (AP) — Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines as fuel prices drop — but don't expect fares to fall too.

Heading into the busy holiday-travel period, the airlines expect even cheaper fuel, thanks to the nosedive in crude oil prices. The price of jet fuel, an airline's biggest single expense, has dropped by about one-fifth since mid-June.

2. ASD Considers 12 Additional Memphis Schools -

The Achievement School District is considering adding up to 12 Memphis schools to the state-run school district that is now in its third school year.

Leaders of the school district released Wednesday, Oct. 15, the list of schools being considered for the 2015-2016 school year. The schools are taken from the bottom 5 percent of schools statewide in terms of student achievement test results.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Storytellers Needed -

Memphis International Airport, in the midst of reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination airport, is looking for some help telling its story.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is seeking a marketing and public relations firm to help get the word out about the transformation.

6. US Airlines Running Behind Schedule So Far in 2014 -

More U.S. flights arrived late in June than the month before, continuing a string of poor performances by the nation's airlines.

The government says that in the first six months of the year, the rate of late flights was the highest since 2008 and cancelations were the highest since 2000.

7. Airlines Report Big Second-Quarter Profits -

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.

8. Addison at Collierville Owner Files $17 Million Loan -

400 Orchard Circle
Collierville, TN 38017
Loan Amount: $16.8 million

Loan Date: July 1, 2014
Maturity Date: July 1, 2021
Borrower: G&I VII Addison at Collierville LLC
Lender: CBRE Capital Markets Inc.
Details: The owner of the 226-unit Addison at Collierville apartments at 400 Orchard Circle W. has filed a $16.8 million loan on the property.

9. Airlines Show Gains In Traffic, Revenue -

Two of America’s biggest airlines said Monday that passenger traffic increased in May and a key revenue figure came in higher than a year ago.

The results from American and Southwest indicated that U.S. airlines are continuing to prosper from solid travel demand and stable although elevated fuel prices. And that is boosting the stock of both companies.

10. Airlines Show Gains in Traffic, Key Revenue Figure -

Two of America's biggest airlines said Monday that passenger traffic increased in May and a key revenue figure came in higher than a year ago.

The results from American and Southwest indicated that U.S. airlines are continuing to prosper from solid travel demand and stable although elevated fuel prices. And that is boosting the stock of both companies.

11. 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.

12. American Air, JetBlue Ending Agreement -

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways Corp. are ending an agreement that allowed travelers to add connections to their itinerary on each other’s aircraft.

13. Southwest Wants to Add Memphis-Dallas Flights -

Southwest Airlines could expand service to Memphis if it gets access to two more gates at Love Field in Dallas.

Southwest said Monday it would begin 20 flights to 12 new nonstop cities out of Dallas Love Field, including Memphis, in late 2014 if it gets two gates that American Airlines must vacate because of its merger with US Airways.

14. 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.

15. Southwest Wants to Add Memphis-Dallas Flights -

Southwest Airlines could expand service to Memphis if it gets access to two more gates at Love Field in Dallas.

Southwest said Monday it would begin 20 flights to 12 new nonstop cities out of Dallas Love Field, including Memphis, in late 2014 if it gets two gates that American Airlines must vacate because of its merger with US Airways.

16. American Airlines, JetBlue Ending Agreement -

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways Corp. are ending an agreement that allowed travelers to add connections to their itinerary on each other's aircraft.

17. JetBlue, Southwest Win Rights at DC Airport -

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.

18. American Airlines Begins Post-Merger Changes -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – American Airlines and US Airways began Tuesday to let passengers earn and redeem frequent-flier miles on either airline.

So-called elite frequent fliers – those logging the most miles – began to get extra reciprocal benefits including priority boarding and free bag-checking on either airline. The airlines also gave members of their airport-lounge clubs access to each other's facilities.

19. Fewer Reservations -

The Memphis hotel market is being classified as somewhat sluggish in 2013 because of slower than anticipated convention traffic, but hotels such as the Memphis Marriott East and Downtown’s Madison Hotel reported busier second halves of the year.

20. American Airlines Orders 90 Regional Jets -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – American Airlines, fresh out of bankruptcy and newly merged with US Airways, said Thursday that it will buy 90 new regional jets from Brazil's Embraer S.A. and Canada's Bombardier Inc. and use them to replace smaller, less fuel-efficient planes.

21. 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.

22. Judge Moves Airline Merger Step Closer to Takeoff -

A federal bankruptcy judge has cleared the way for American Airlines and US Airways to complete their merger and create the world's largest airline.

The judge ruled Wednesday that this month's settlement of an antitrust lawsuit filed by the federal government didn't upset American's bankruptcy-reorganization plan, which is built around the merger. He rejected a request by a group of consumers to block the deal temporarily.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. US Airways Net Income Dips on Higher Taxes -

DALLAS (AP) — Higher taxes reduced US Airways' third-quarter profit, but the airline still beat Wall Street expectations on a combination of more traffic and higher average fares.

US Airways, the nation's fifth-biggest airline, pushed revenue higher by filling a larger percentage of seats. Including US Airways Express regional flights, passengers traveled nearly 5 percent more miles and they paid 4.4 percent more for every mile that they flew.

27. Nike Files $4.3 Million Permit for Frayser Facility -

3100 New Frayser Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38128
Permit Cost: $4.3 million

Project Cost: $301 million
Permit Date: Applied September 2013
Completion: TBA
Owner: Nike Inc.
Tenant: Nike Inc.
Architect: N/A
Contractor: Wynright Corp.
Details: Nike Inc. has filed a $4.3 million building permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for work on its North Memphis distribution center at 3100 New Frayser Blvd.

28. 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.

29. American Airlines Plans to Hire 1,500 Pilots -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – American Airlines says it will hire 1,500 new pilots over the next five years and offer jobs to the remaining pilots who are still furloughed.

American said Monday that it would begin posting the new jobs this week and hire 45 to 50 pilots per month through next summer. It has already started hiring 1,500 flight attendants.

30. Airlines: Who Did DOJ Interview on Merger -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines and US Airways want to know whom the government interviewed before it sued to block the airlines' merger, and what those people said.

The airlines say that the U.S. Department of Justice is refusing to turn over the names, claiming that doing so would reveal the thinking of antitrust lawyers who filed the lawsuit against the merger.

31. American, US Airways Extend Merger Deadline -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – US Airways and American Airlines are extending their merger deadline by at least a month to wait for the outcome of an antitrust lawsuit filed by the federal government.

32. Judge Approves American Airlines' Bankruptcy Plan -

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.

33. Airlines Say US Case Against Big Merger is Flawed -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines and US Airways say that the government's opposition to their planned merger shows that it doesn't understand the airline industry.

The Justice Department and several states sued last month to block the merger, on the grounds that it would hurt consumers.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. European Watchdog Approves US Airways, AMR Merger -

AMSTERDAM (AP) – European authorities have cleared US Airways Group Inc.'s proposed merger with American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp. – on the condition that they give up one slot at London's Heathrow airport and take steps to foster competition on the London-Philadelphia route.

37. Former Theater Site Heads to Auction Block -

The Internal Revenue Service is auctioning a Midtown building with an interesting history.

On Friday, Aug. 9, at the Shelby County Courthouse, the IRS will auction the building and a vacant lot at 319 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Drive and 323 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Drive. The minimum bid the IRS is seeking is $12,356. The IRS seized the building for nonpayment of IRS taxes due from Faith Village.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. Justice Department, EU Clear Delta-Virgin Atlantic Deal -

Delta Air Lines won key approvals from antitrust regulators on Thursday for its deal to buy almost half of Virgin Atlantic.

Both the U.S. Justice Department and the European Commission said the deal does not pose an antitrust threat. They concluded that Delta and Virgin Atlantic will still be competing against a strong alliance between American Airlines and British Airways, as well as other airlines.

41. 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.

42. AMR CEO Horton in Line for $20 Million Severance -

Tom Horton won't get to lead the new American Airlines after it merges with US Airways, but he'll get a going-away prize of nearly $20 million.

43. Southwest Executive Hints at Airline’s Plan for Memphis -

The Traffic Club of Memphis’ February luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 12, featured Wally Devereaux, director of sales and marketing for the Cargo Management Group of Southwest Airlines.

Devereaux’s talk focused primarily on the cargo side of Southwest’s business, but he did drop a few hints of what to expect from the passenger side as 2013 unfolds. Devereaux said he could not comment on airfare questions because he did not know.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. American Airlines: Key Revenue Number Rises -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines parent AMR Corp. said Monday that a key revenue measure rose 4 percent in September although traffic declined as the carrier struggled with widespread flight delays and cancellations.

47. British Airways Considers American Airlines Stake -

British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group says that it has signed a non-disclosure agreement with American Airlines, allowing it to look at the company’s books.

Foreign investors are prohibited from owning more than 25 percent of a U.S. airline. The two airlines already have a joint business agreement for flights across the Atlantic Ocean and were founding members of the OneWorld frequent flier alliance.

48. Project Copilots -

A pair of local firms has partnered to design the $25 million expansion of the FedEx Air Operations Training Center that’s under way at 3851 Airways Blvd. – a project that will double the size of the Memphis simulator training facility.

49. Leader of American Airlines Pilots' Union Resigns -

DALLAS (AP) – The leader of the pilots' union at American Airlines resigned Thursday after pilots rejected a concessionary contract offer that he supported.

David Bates said that the union's board asked him to step down and he agreed.

50. US Seeks $162M in Fines Against AMR, American Air -

DALLAS (AP) – Federal safety regulators are seeking up to $162.4 million in fines against American Airlines and its affiliates for alleged violations of U.S. safety standards going back several years. The sanctions would dwarf any previous penalties against an airline.

51. IAG Eyes Stake in American Airlines -

LONDON (AP) — The owner of British Airways and Spanish airline Iberia says it is considering taking a stake in American Airlines.

"It is something we would consider," a spokeswoman for International Airlines Group said Monday, confirming remarks by IAG CEO Willie Walsh reported earlier in the day by the Financial Times.

52. 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.

53. AMR has Q2 Loss of $241M on Bankruptcy Costs -

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines is reaping higher fares and record revenue but still losing money.

American's parent, AMR Corp., said Wednesday that it narrowed its second-quarter loss to $241 million from $286 million a year ago. The results were weighed down by the cost of AMR's bankruptcy restructuring.

54. American Offers to Drop Plans to Lay Off Pilots -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines is offering to drop plans to furlough pilots as it seeks union approval for a long-term cost-cutting deal that would help American rebuild while under bankruptcy protection.

55. 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.

56. Delta Airfare Arguments Take to Social Media -

If Facebook groups are any indication, the discussion about high airfares at Memphis International Airport is intensifying.

By the start of the Memorial Day weekend, two rivals in August’s Democratic Congressional primary began debating on the Facebook group page “Delta Does Memphis,” and two new group pages were created on the social media site.

57. MEM to Offer $1M in Airline Incentives -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority unveiled and approved an incentive plan Thursday, May 17, of up to $1 million to attract competing air service at Memphis International.

The airport’s board of commissioners passed the resolution in hopes that incentives for round-trip daily service to major domestic, regional and international markets will bring more carriers to and lower airfares at the airport, a perennial top five facility in terms of airfares for years.

58. MEM to Offer $1M in Airline Incentives -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority unveiled and approved an incentive plan Thursday, May 17, of up to $1 million to attract competing air service at Memphis International.

The airport’s board of commissioners passed the resolution in hopes that incentives for round-trip daily service to major domestic, regional and international markets will bring more carriers to and lower airfares at the airport, a perennial top five facility in terms of airfares for years.

59. MSCAA to Hire Air Service Consultant -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority will hear additional details at its Thursday, May 17, board of commissioners meeting about using InterVISTAS Consulting Group to develop more affordable and robust air service at Memphis International Airport.

60. Conn.-Based XSE Group Inks Deal -

A Middletown, Conn.-based office supply printing company has entered the local industrial scene, taking advantage of Memphis’ centralized logistical capabilities.

XSE Group Inc. has leased 40,214 square feet in Building 14 of Airport Distribution Center, 4006 Airpark St., owned by San Francisco-based ProLogis Inc.

61. 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

62. Hotel Upgrade -

Jay Michael and his business partners in Chicago were interested in a portfolio of apartment buildings in Chicago going up for auction in 2010 when they came across a hotel in Memphis in the grouping.

63. Former Mazda Warehouse Sells for $13.5M -

The former Mazda North America Inc. distribution center in DeSoto County has been acquired by Hillwood Investment Properties for $13.5 million.

64. 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.

65. American Airlines Aims to Cut 13,000 Jobs -

DALLAS (AP) – The parent of American Airlines wants to eliminate about 13,000 jobs – 15 percent of its workforce – as the nation's third-biggest airline remakes itself under bankruptcy protection.

66. 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.

67. Delta, Southwest News Could Bring Change to MEM -

Once again, there was a message about Memphis International Airport’s importance to Delta Air Lines in comments Delta’s leaders made this week when the company released year-end and fourth-quarter 2011 earnings figures for its global system.

68. Delta’s Quarterly Profit More Than Doubles -

Delta Air Lines reported its most profitable quarter ended in December in the company’s history – with quarterly profit excluding special items more than doubling from a year ago.

The Atlanta-based major carrier with a hub at Memphis International Airport reported net income excluding special items of $379 million for the last calendar quarter of 2011. The net income was $221 million better than the $158 million a year earlier.

69. Delta’s Quarterly Profit More Than Doubles -

Delta Air Lines reported its most profitable quarter ended in December in the company’s history – with quarterly profit excluding special items more than doubling from a year ago.

The Atlanta-based major carrier with a hub at Memphis International Airport reported net income excluding special items of $379 million for the last calendar quarter of 2011. The net income was $221 million better than the $158 million a year earlier.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. AMR's American Eagle May Cut 223 Jobs in February -

DALLAS (AP) – American Eagle, the regional-flying affiliate of American Airlines, may furlough 223 Texas-based pilots and flight attendants in February as the company cuts costs under bankruptcy protection.

73. 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.

74. 3 Senior Executives Leaving American Airlines -

DALLAS (AP) – The exodus of top leaders at American Airlines is growing, a week after parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection.

75. Airlines Attempt to Raise US Prices Again -

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.

76. 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.

77. American Airlines Files for Bankruptcy Protection -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines and its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection as they try to cut costs and unload massive debt built up by years of high fuel prices and labor struggles. There will be no impact on travelers for now.

78. Depot Biz Park Changes Direction -

From Army supply base to base of operations, the new owners of the Memphis Depot Business Park hope to position their revitalized 260-acre site in South Memphis on real estate brokers’ radar screen as a solution for industrial needs.

79. Capitoline Moves To SE Memphis Center -

A Rome, Ga.-based surface components manufacturer is relocating its distribution facility to the Southeast Memphis industrial submarket.

Capitoline Products has signed a 23,500-square-foot lease at 5805 Advantage Cove, confirmed the firm’s co-owner, L.G. Smith. The company is currently located off Lamar Avenue.

80. 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.

81. Southwest Hikes Prices on Business Travelers -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. said Friday it matched other airlines in raising prices on tickets favored by business travelers.

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. Fare Hikes Help United Continental and US Airways -

Fare increases gave United Continental and US Airways profitable quarters despite the financial damage they suffered from sharply higher fuel prices.

On Thursday both airlines reported smaller second-quarter profits than a year ago – down almost 12 percent at United Continental, and a 67 percent drop at US Airways.

85. DOT Puts Conditions on Delta-US Airways Slot Swap -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Transportation Department says it will allow Delta Air Lines Inc. and US Airways to trade landing rights in New York and Washington – as long as they sell some of the rights to other airlines.

86. 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.

87. Vision Airlines Lands at Tunica -

During the spring and summer Destin, Fla., is a popular beach getaway destination for Memphians. And this week Vision Airlines began service between Tunica Airport – about an hour from Memphis – and the Florida beach city, where Vision has a hub. The Tunica-Destin flight will then connect to Baton Rouge, La., and Las Vegas.

88. Delta, US Airways Try Again on Slot Swap -

NEW YORK (AP) – US Airways Group Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. are again asking regulators to allow them to swap takeoff and landing rights for dozens of flights in New York and Washington.

89. Perl: Collaboration is Key for Memphis to Remain Competitive -

The realities of business are undoubtedly changing.

John Kasarda, the University of North Carolina professor who coined the term “aerotropolis,” recently said that individual companies no longer compete – supply chains do. He also said the three rules of real estate have changed from location, location, location to accessibility, accessibility, accessibility. And there’s a new metric, he said. It’s no longer space, it’s time and cost.

90. Inflation Worries Push Consumer Confidence Lower -

NEW YORK (AP) – Rising prices at the gas pump and in grocery aisles are starting to crimp shoppers' outlook.

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index fell sharply from a three-year high in February, reversing five straight months of improvement.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. Pinnacle Performs Well in November -

Taking advantage of increased holiday travel, Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. saw solid passenger activity for its three subsidiaries in November, the company announced Tuesday.

94. Protests & Pat-Downs -

Thanksgiving weekend will undoubtedly be a busy one for Memphis International Airport – serving 2.5 percent of its annual passenger count in the six-day span – but also for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents.

95. Incentive Program Gets Employees Moving -

It wasn’t exactly a scarlet letter, but bank employees balked when their employer proposed they wear pedometers with a red “Virgin” logo.

A year later, more than 40 percent of the work force at First Horizon National Corp. is wearing the pedometers. The pedometers measure employees’ “HealthMiles” and give them financial rewards according to their level of exercise.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. Japan Airlines Rejects Delta, Stays With American -

TOKYO (AP) – Japan Airlines, wooed for months by Delta Air Lines with promises of cash and global reach, spurned the world's biggest carrier and opted to keep its alliance with American Airlines.

100. High-Dollar Deal Boosts Commercial Real Estate -

Following what has become a pattern, the local commercial real estate market in September was salvaged by one large deal that offset an otherwise dreary month.

This time it was Resource Real Estate Inc. to the rescue. The Philadelphia-based company bought the Wyndridge Apartments for $9.5 million Sept. 29 and carried the weight for Shelby County’s commercial activity during the month.