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1. Airline Worker Tracks Down Cancer Patient's Bag, Delivers It -

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A cancer patient says a Southwest Airlines employee went above and beyond to help track down her missing luggage that contained important medication. 

Stacy Hurt says she called customer service July 23 at Pittsburgh International Airport after her luggage failed to arrive on a flight from Nashville. The bag contained medication that helps her with the side effects of chemo for her colon cancer. It also had sentimental items like a rosary and a lucky T-shirt.

2. After Backlash, Fewer are Being Bumped From US Flights -

DALLAS (AP) – Following widespread outrage over a passenger who was violently dragged off an overbooked plane, U.S. airlines are bumping customers at the lowest rate in at least two decades.

3. MEM Hits 2 Million Enplanements in 2017 -

Memphis International Airport reached 2 million enplanements in fiscal year 2017, the first time it has reached that level since 2012.

Forrest Artz, CFO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, told the authority’s board Thursday, July 27, MEM totaled 2,035,413 enplanements in FY2017 compared to 1,968,861 in FY2016, a 3.3 percent increase. June 2017 enplanements (197,389) increased by more than 10,000 compared to June 2016, a 5.4 percent increase overall.

4. MEM Hits 2 Million Enplanements in 2017 -

Memphis International Airport reached 2 million enplanements in fiscal year 2017, the first time it has reached that level since 2012.

Forrest Artz, CFO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, told the authority’s board Thursday, July 27, MEM totaled 2,035,413 enplanements in FY2017 compared to 1,968,861 in FY2016, a 3.3 percent increase. June 2017 enplanements (197,389) increased by more than 10,000 compared to June 2016, a 5.4 percent increase overall.

5. By the Numbers: Hawaiian, Delta and Alaska Top On-Time Ratings for Airlines -

Here are the government's rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for May. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives no more than 14 minutes behind schedule.

6. The Week Ahead: July 10-16 -

Hello, Memphis! This week, a supercentenarian World War II veteran visits the Bluff City, a classic film flies into the Orpheum, and a piece of the Downtown skyline hits the auction block again. Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead...

7. Buffett Criticizes United and Its CEO Over Dragging Incident -

NEW YORK (AP) – Warren Buffett said Monday that United Airlines bungled the case of the passenger dragged off a plane last month, and he is criticizing the CEO's handling of the incident.

8. In Latest Airline Video, Delta Boots Family From Flight -

DALLAS (AP) – A California family says they were forced off a Delta plane and threatened with jail after refusing to give up one of their children's seats on a crowded flight.

A video of the April 23 incident was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday and adds to the list of recent encounters on airlines that went viral, including the dragging of a passenger off a United Express plane.

9. Eighteen Startup Teams Set to Begin ‘Summer of Acceleration’ in Memphis -

Eighteen startup teams this week have kicked off the “Summer of Acceleration,” the season of joint accelerator programming across six startup accelerators overseen by the EPIcenter, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co.

10. Lawmakers to Airlines: Improve Service or Congress Steps In -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Frustrated Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday warned top airline executives to improve customer services or face congressional intervention after a passenger was dragged from a United Airlines flight in an incident the company's chief executive called a "mistake of epic proportions."

11. Southwest Airlines to End Practice of Overbooking Flights -

Southwest Airlines plans to stop overbooking flights – an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.

12. Delta OKs Offers of Up to $9,950 to Flyers Who Give Up Seats -

Delta is letting employees offer customers nearly $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet.

13. Virgin America Will Be the Latest Airline Brand to Disappear -

DALLAS (AP) – After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America – their airline's name is being dumped.

Alaska announced late Wednesday that it will retire the Virgin brand, probably in 2019, adding that name to a list including Continental and US Airways that disappeared in the past decade.

14. Lobbyist: Trump Supports Privatizing Air Traffic Control -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump told airline and airport executives Thursday that he supports privatizing America's air traffic control system, according to a top airline industry lobbyist who was in the meeting.

15. Southwest Adding Seasonal Flights at Memphis Airport -

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines announced that it will add more than 40 flights and almost 10,000 more seats at Memphis International Airport for its June-August schedule.

Southwest, which recently opened its summer schedule, will increase the frequency of its weekend flights to Orlando, Florida, and Baltimore, Maryland.

16. Southwest Airlines Ramps Up Seasonal Weekend Flights -

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines announced that it will add more than 40 flights and almost 10,000 more seats at Memphis International Airport for its June-August schedule.

Southwest, which recently opened its summer schedule, will increase the frequency of its weekend flights to Orlando, Florida, and Baltimore, Maryland.

17. Gov't Proposal Envisions Phone Calls on Airline Flights -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.

Flight attendants and others have complained that the calls could be disruptive. But the Department of Transportation said Thursday that it envisioned allowing the calls if airlines tell all customers about the policy when they buy their tickets.

18. Southwest Airlines Pilots Approve 4-Year Deal, Higher Pay -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. pilots have ratified a new four-year contract that includes higher pay and bonuses.

19. On-Time Performance of US Airlines Dips From a Year Ago -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Nearly one in four U.S. flights were late in August, and some planes sat on the ground so long that the airlines could get fined.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Friday that 77.6 percent of domestic flights arrived on time in August. That was down from 80.3 percent in the same month of 2015.

20. Samsung Changes Note 7 Output Schedule After Fire Reports -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Samsung's crisis with its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone deepened Monday as the company confirmed it has adjusted its production following reports that newly released versions offered as replacements for recalled fire-prone devices have also overheated or caught fire.

21. Airlines Cancel Hundreds of Flights as Hurricane Hits US -

Airlines canceled hundreds of flights for Thursday and again Friday as Hurricane Matthew pelted the Florida coast with high winds and heavy rain.

The Fort Lauderdale airport shut down on Thursday morning, and further north the Orlando airport expected to do the same by nighttime.

22. Spivey: Harwell Shots Not About Durham -

Fallout from Jeremy Durham’s House expulsion keeps piling up. In the latest brouhaha, outgoing Rep. Billy Spivey is calling for an investigation into a report of alleged abuse by House Chief Clerk Joe McCord involving a female staff member working in the office of House Speaker Beth Harwell.

23. Delta Says It Lost $100 Million in Revenue Due to Big Outage -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. said Friday that last month's computer outage, which caused it to cancel 2,300 flights, cost $100 million in lost revenue.

24. Delta Cancels More Flights in Wake of Computer-System Outage -

DALLAS (AP) — Travelers on Delta Air Lines endured hundreds more canceled and delayed flights on Tuesday as the carrier slogged through day two of its recovery from a global computer outage.

25. Delta Air Lines Resumes Some Service After Hours of Global Outage -

LONDON (AP) — Delta Air Lines canceled around 365 flights Monday after its computer systems crashed worldwide, stranding thousands of passengers on a busy travel day.

That number is likely to grow. More than 1,000 flights were delayed, according to flight tracking site FlightStats Inc.

26. Pilots' Union Seeks Ouster of Southwest CEO After IT Outage -

DALLAS (AP) – Two major unions at Southwest Airlines are demanding that the carrier replace CEO Gary Kelly because of the technology outage that caused the airline to cancel or delay thousands of flights in July.

27. US Gives Tentative OK to Flights to Cuba From 10 US Cities -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government on Thursday tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities, further bridging the gulf between countries as close as 90 miles and an hour flight but long kept at a greater distance by the Cold War.

28. US Airlines to Start Scheduled Flights to Cuba -

HAVANA (AP) – Six airlines won permission Friday to resume scheduled commercial air service from the U.S. to Cuba for the first time in more than five decades, another milestone in President Barack Obama's campaign to normalize relations between Cold War foes.

29. American Airlines Will Reward Fliers Based on Dollars, Not Miles -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines is following other airlines by basing perks like free flights on how much passengers spend on tickets, not how many miles they fly.

The change, which matches those at Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, starts with flights on Aug. 1 and rewards American's highest-paying passengers.

30. As Fliers Wait in Security Lines, Gov't Asks for Patience -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing a growing backlash over extremely long waits at airport security, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked fliers "to be patient" as the government takes steps to get them onto planes more quickly.

31. Alaska, JetBlue Top Annual Survey of North American Airlines -

Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways still rank highest in the annual J.D. Power survey of passengers on the nine largest North American airlines, and the firm says overall traveler satisfaction with the industry is at a 10-year high.

32. US Airlines Enlist Travelers in Effort to Cut Security Lines -

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. airlines have been pressing the government to act to reduce the intolerably long security lines at the nation's airports. Now, they're even asking passengers for help by sharing their frustration on social media.

33. Southwest, Delta Tangle Over Whether to Cut or Raise Fares -

DALLAS (AP) – No one should blame consumers for being perplexed by airfares – even the airlines themselves can seem confused at times.

Southwest Airlines caught rivals and Wall Street by surprise when it cut many U.S. fares by $5 each way. The reduction this week applied to tickets bought within seven days of departure, which are usually favored more by last-minute business travelers than vacationers.

34. Airlines Boost On-Time Performance, Cancel Fewer Flights -

The government says more flights are arriving on time, airlines are canceling fewer flights, but passengers' complaints are still rising.

The Department of Transportation said Wednesday that 83.6 percent of flights on the leading airlines arrived on time in February. That's up from 81.3 percent in January and 72.8 percent the previous February.

35. Airlines Dodge Legislation Aimed at Curbing Excessive Fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel approved an aviation policy bill Wednesday after a partisan fight over whether airlines gouge consumers with fees for basic services like checked bags, seat assignments and ticket changes.

36. Southwest Airlines' 4Q Profit Soars on Cheaper Jet Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. earned a record fourth-quarter profit of $536 million as fuel costs fell by nearly one-third and offset lower fares and rising labor costs.

37. Airlines Prep for Holiday Crush: More Flights, Bigger Planes -

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are shifting the timing of thousands of flights, even adding dozens of redeyes, as they try to avoid delays while hauling millions of passengers from now through the Christmas weekend.

38. Record Q3 Profit at United Fueled by Cheap Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) — Helped by lower jet fuel prices, United Airlines posted a record third-quarter profit even with lower revenue and airfares.

The airline's new acting CEO renewed his predecessor's pledge to improve service and boost profit margins.

39. Southwest Adds Memphis Flights -

Southwest Airlines will add seasonal nonstop flights between Memphis and Austin, Texas, along with an additional seasonal flight to Orlando.

The nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport will operate on Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 5 and move to Saturdays only starting Jan. 9. The route will continue being offered on Saturdays through March 5.

40. Cheaper Fuel Helps Southwest, United Post Record 2Q Profits -

DALLAS (AP) — Cheaper fuel and full planes are adding up to record airline profits, and the carriers are sharing the bounty with stockholders.

They're finally even giving passengers a break on fares.

41. Why Airlines Keep Pushing Biofuels: They Have No Choice -

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel.

42. Allegiant Adds New Nonstops from Memphis -

Just two months after landing at Memphis International Airport, Allegiant Air is expanding its service.

The Las Vegas-based, ultra-low cost carrier is adding twice-weekly flights to Austin, Texas, and Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., beginning Oct. 1, according to a press release from the airline.

43. American Airlines Trims Plans to Increase Flights This Year -

American Airlines is scaling back its plans for more flying this year amid signs that average fares are declining, and the announcement set off a rally in airline stocks.

Wall Street analysts have been urging the airlines to scale back growth plans to prevent fares from falling, but it was unclear whether airlines would continue to talk about their capacity plans after last week, when the U.S. Department of Justice began investigating possible collusion among the carriers.

44. American Airlines Adding Memphis-NYC Flights -

American Airlines is adding two daily nonstop flights between Memphis International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Ticket sales for the New York nonstops begin Saturday, July 4. The flights will depart Memphis at 6:45 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. In LaGuardia, the flights to Memphis will depart at 11:05 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

45. US Probing Airline Collusion to Keep Fares High -

The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion between major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.

46. Plane Talk -

It was 2012 and Tom Jones was growing increasingly frustrated.

The root of Jones’ discontent was the high fares Delta Air Lines was extracting from Mid-Southerners at Memphis International Airport.

47. US Probing Possible Airline Collusion to Keep Fares High -

The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion between major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.

48. Airport Leaders Talk Post-Delta Era -

Two years ago this month, Delta Air Lines executives told officials at Memphis International Airport that Memphis would no longer be a Delta hub, an announcement that came after a series of cuts in the number of daily flights.

49. Memphis Airport Authority OKs Incentives Program, Lyft Ride-Sharing Operations -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has reached an operating agreement with a popular ride-sharing service and retooled an incentive program designed to attract new air service.

New incentives target 21 specific destinations

50. Airlines Boost On-Time Arrivals, Reduce Canceled Flights -

Airlines are doing a better job lately of arriving on time and canceling fewer flights.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that 81.8 percent of flights on the nation's leading airlines arrived on time in April. That's up from 78.7 percent in March and 79.6 percent in April 2014.

51. Airlines Boost On-Time Arrivals, Reduce Canceled Flights -

Airlines are doing a better job lately of arriving on time and canceling fewer flights.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that 81.8 percent of flights on the nation's leading airlines arrived on time in April. That's up from 78.7 percent in March and 79.6 percent in April 2014.

52. Grizzlies Will Participate in Orlando Summer League -

The Memphis Grizzlies will be one of 10 teams playing in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, hosted by the Orlando Magic, at the Amway Center from July 4-10.

The 25-game, seven-day event will feature the Grizzlies, two teams from the Orlando Magic, and the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.

53. Grizzlies Will Participate in Orlando Pro Summer League -

The Memphis Grizzlies will be one of 10 teams playing in the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, hosted by the Orlando Magic, at the Amway Center from July 4-10.

The 25-game, seven-day event will feature the Grizzlies, two teams from the Orlando Magic, and the Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.

54. Statistics Point to Progress at Memphis International Airport -

After years of flight losses resulting from Delta Air Lines’ decision to scale back its Memphis hub, the number of flights – especially those outside the Delta system – is growing and passengers are filling the seats.

55. Memphis Airport Authority Names New Chairman -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has found a new chairman to lead the organization through what is arguably its most important period of change in decades.

Hotel company operator Pace Cooper is replacing Jack Sammons as chairman of the authority’s seven-member board.

56. Memphis Airport Authority Names New Chairman -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has found a new chairman to lead the organization through what is arguably its most important period of change in decades.

Hotel company operator Pace Cooper is replacing Jack Sammons as chairman of the authority's seven-member board.

57. Five Ways to Save Money on Summer Travel -

Memorial Day signals the start of the summer travel season, when an estimated 37.2 million Americans will travel over the weekend. The 16-week summer travel season from Memorial Day to Labor Day sees Americans make some 650 million trips.

58. Complaints Against Airlines Rise, Frontier Ranks Worst -

DALLAS (AP) – Consumer complaints against airlines are rising even as the carriers get slightly better at staying on schedule.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that it received more complaints from consumers in March than it did in either the previous month or March of 2014.

59. Larger Aircraft, More Flights for Memphis -

More Memphis International Airport passengers can travel to Miami, Denver, Chicago and Houston starting this month, thanks to larger aircraft and an expected increase in flight frequency.

While the larger aircraft won’t bring new destinations, they will increase the number of seats available on flights to those destinations. The larger planes, coupled with some expected added frequencies to those destinations, will add an average of about four flights, or 407 seats a day, for Memphis passengers once the changes are complete.

60. Cheaper Fuel Has Airlines Soaring to Record Profits -

For airlines, the record profits keep coming, thanks to cheaper jet fuel.

Like motorists, airlines have been saving money at the pump since oil prices began plunging last summer. Even with a recent increase, the spot price of jet fuel is down 40 percent since September. Airlines are getting such a price break that profits are surging even though their revenue is flat or declining.

61. Will McGhee Tyson Expansion Lure Southwest? -

With some of the preliminary work out of the way, the ambitious airfield reconstruction project at Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport could begin in earnest as early as August.

The makeover is expected to bring in new business and support existing enterprise in East Tennessee and, airport officials say, help lure the popular carrier Southwest Airlines to Knoxville.

62. Sounds Like a Hit for Neighbors -

For months, sounds of construction surrounded the Nashville Sounds’ sparkling new First Tennessee Park in Germantown.

The constant thump-thump-thump of pounding jackhammers competed with the irritating, high-pitched beeps of vehicles backing up. Ka-ching! Cranes lifted steel beams into place, keeping time with a syncopated thrumming of never-ending drilling. Ka-ching!

63. Report Gives US Airlines Lower Marks Across the Board -

DALLAS (AP) – Think flying is getting worse? A pair of university researchers who track the airline business say it's a fact.

More flights are late, more bags are getting lost, and customers are lodging more complaints about U.S. airlines, government data shows. Dean Headley, a marketing professor at Wichita State and one of the co-authors of the annual report being released Monday, said passengers already know that air travel is getting worse. "We just got the numbers to prove it."

64. Southwest Launches First Memphis-Dallas Nonstops -

Passengers traveled on the first nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Dallas Love Field on Wednesday, April 8, when a Southwest Airlines flight departed from Memphis at 7:15 a.m.

65. Haslam Wants Lawmakers to Approve FedEx Tax Break -

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration wants lawmakers to approve a cut in aviation fuel taxes for Memphis-based FedEx Corp.

66. Southwest Launches First Memphis, Dallas Nonstops -

Passengers traveled on the first nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Dallas Love Field on Wednesday, April 8, when a Southwest Airlines flight departed from Memphis at 7:15 a.m.

67. Southwest Saw February Gains in Traffic, Capacity -

Southwest Airlines Co. said Wednesday that passengers flew more, flights were more crowded, and a key revenue figure increased in February compared with a year earlier.

68. FAA: Southwest for Now Can Use Planes That Missed Inspection -

DALLAS (AP) – Federal officials have agreed to let Southwest Airlines Co. keep flying planes that missed an inspection of a backup rudder system if the planes are checked in the next five days.

69. Allegiant Air to Take Off in Memphis -

Allegiant Air will bring its ultra-low-cost service to Memphis International Airport beginning May 22 with nonstop flights to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and its hometown of Las Vegas, the company announced Wednesday.

70. Another Discount Carrier to Land at Memphis International -

In what officials hope will be another step in rebuilding service at Memphis International Airport, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority will announce the arrival of a new low-cost carrier on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

71. Southwest Announces Memphis-Dallas Schedule -

Southwest Airlines has loaded the new Memphis International Airport-Dallas Love Field Airport flights into their schedule, with flights starting April 8, and has announced introductory fares as low as $49.

72. US Says Long Tarmac Delays Fell to Lowest Level in 2014 -

There were no super-long tarmac delays for airlines in December, making 2014 the best year on record for the fewest such incidents.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that for all of 2014, there were 30 domestic flights with ground delays topping three hours. Under rules that took effect in 2010, airlines can be fined for such long delays.

73. Traffic Up at Southwest Airlines, Down at American -

Airline stocks fell Monday after oil prices rose again and Southwest and American each reported weakness in a key revenue figure.

Both airlines indicated that there were more empty seats on planes than a year earlier, which could reinforce concern that airlines might add too many flights for the current level of travel demand.

74. Southwest Airlines Adds Memphis-Dallas Flights -

Southwest Airlines will offer two additional flights between Memphis International Airport and Dallas Love Field starting April 8.

75. Southwest Airlines Adds Memphis-Dallas Flights -

Southwest Airlines will offer two additional flights between Memphis International Airport and Dallas Love Field starting April 8.

76. Southwest Beats Street 4th-Quarter Forecasts -

Southwest Airlines Co.'s fourth-quarter net income slipped 10 percent due to the effect of fuel-hedging contracts that lost value as oil prices tumbled, but the company's results beat Wall Street expectations.

77. Southwest Beats Street 4th-Quarter Forecasts -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co.'s fourth-quarter net income slipped 10 percent due to the effect of fuel-hedging contracts that lost value as oil prices tumbled, but the company's results beat Wall Street expectations.

78. Airlines Expect Another Big Year With Help From Cheaper Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) – Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday.

The price of jet fuel has dropped by about half since September, boosting airline profits and tamping down fear that global economic weakness could hurt the carriers. Analysts expect all four of the biggest U.S. airline operators to post bigger profits this year than in 2014.

79. Wilson Air Expanding at Memphis International -

Wilson Air Center is spreading its wings at Memphis International Airport.

The Kemmons Wilson Cos. subsidiary signed a 10-year lease with the airport for the former Pinnacle Airlines hangar at Memphis International, expanding its jet footprint by 30,500 square feet of prime hangar space.

80. AirTran Leads US Airlines in On-Time Arrivals; Envoy Last -

AirTran Airways tops all U.S. airlines in the latest rankings for on-time arrivals, knocking off perennial winner Hawaiian Airlines.

The bad news for passengers who love punctuality: You can't fly on AirTran anymore.

81. FAA to Require Airlines Use Data to Prevent Accidents -

WASHINGTON (AP) – New federal rules announced Wednesday will require airlines to collect and analyze safety data in an effort to spot troubling trends and help prevent accidents.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the causes of 123 accidents between 2001 and 2010 could have been identified beforehand if airlines had safety management systems in place.

82. AirTran Makes Final Flight -

AirTran Airways has ceased to exist in an industry that has reshaped itself into something that would not be easily recognized when the Dallas carrier took its first flight about two decades ago.

AirTran, which was acquired by Southwest in 2011, joins Northwest Airlines, which was bought by Delta, and Continental Airlines, which merged with United Airlines, in retirement. US Airways will disappear after it is folded into American Airlines – those two merged in December 2013 but still operate separately for now.

83. AirTran Makes Final Flight, Ending 21-Year Run -

DALLAS (AP) – AirTran Airways has ceased to exist in an industry that has reshaped itself into something that would not be easily recognized when the Dallas carrier took its first flight about two decades ago.

84. Southwest Adding Seasonal Memphis-Baltimore Flight -

Southwest Airlines is adding a seasonal second daily nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport to its summer schedule, which begins June 7.

85. Airport Officials Ready for New Reality -

It was a year of massive change at Memphis International Airport with continued cuts from the dominant airline there, new or increased service from other carriers and the beginnings of a concourse modernization plan to craft a cozier, more customer-friendly Concourse.

86. Southwest Adding Seasonal Memphis-Baltimore Flight -

Southwest Airlines is adding a seasonal second daily nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport to its summer schedule, which begins June 7.

87. Southwest Adding Seasonal Memphis-Baltimore Flight -

Southwest Airlines is adding a seasonal second daily nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport to its summer schedule, which begins June 7.

88. Southwest Adding Seasonal Baltimore Flight -

Southwest Airlines is adding a seasonal second daily nonstop flight between Memphis International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport to its summer schedule, which begins June 7.

89. Southwest Bag Workers Picketing Over Flight Delays -

DENVER (AP) – Saying Southwest Airlines is neglecting workers and its customers, baggage handlers are bringing attention to the company's slide in on-time performance as they seek a new contract.

90. Southwest Could Offer International Hope -

It’s hard enough getting a direct flight to a domestic destination out of Memphis International Airport these days. And if looking at an international city, just getting a convenient connecting flight can be a headache.

91. Southwest Airlines Agents Approve Labor Contract -

DALLAS (AP) – Customer-service agents at Southwest have approved a new labor contract, a boost for the airline, which hasn't been able to get a deal with pilots or ramp workers.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said Wednesday that agents approved a four-year contract that includes pay raises, a signing bonus, job-security provisions and more flexible vacations. The union didn't give details on the raises.

92. Airport Remodel Reflects Diminished Reality -

Major demolition work is underway at Memphis International Airport as construction crews raze the south end of the A Concourse, an initial step in a $114 million, multi-year modernization plan that reflects the new reality at the airport.

93. Delta Slashes More Memphis Flights -

Delta Air Lines will dramatically reduce service at Memphis International Airport once again, delivering another blow to airline employees, local flyers and airport officials.

Delta has informed the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority that effective Jan. 5, 2015, the airline will cease nonstop flights to Pittsburgh International Airport, New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In addition, Delta will cease its nonstop flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in April.

94. Southwest, Pilots Far Apart in Contract Talks -

DALLAS (AP) – The union representing pilots at Southwest Airlines has asked federal mediators to help break a two-year stalemate in contract negotiations.

Southwest said that it had been optimistic about an agreement, but that the union ended negotiations and filed for mediation.

95. Downward Trend -

This week, Frontier Airlines began adding six flights a week between Memphis International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Around the same time, American Airlines, which offers the most routes between Memphis and Dallas/Fort Worth, added a limited number of $99, one-way fares between Memphis and Dallas/Fort Worth.

96. 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.

97. Airline Delays, Cancellations Rise From Last Year -

Airline delays and cancellations are up slightly from last year's peak travel season.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that flights on the nation's largest airlines arrived on time 77.7 percent of the time in August. That is down from 78.8 percent in the same month last year, although it is better than July.

98. 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.

99. Finding Inspiration at Dawn in Albuquerque -

There aren’t many things in life that will get me out of bed two hours before sunrise.

But on a chilly, predawn October morning in Albuquerque, N.M., there I was, purposely waking up a 6-year-old child at 5 a.m. to stand in the brisk morning air and watch the sun rise over Sandia Peak.

100. Brockman: Memphis Airport in ‘Good Position’ -

Memphis International Airport is building its new identity at a steady pace one year to the month after Delta Air Lines enacted the cuts that came with its dehubbing of the airport.

And the president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority says the state of the airport is sound and good.