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Airlines Updates

United Airlines: Should We Expect Recovery?

December 12th 2017 7:52AM
Despite positive Q3 results, United Airlines faces a number of obstacles that could prevent it from showing good performance in the long-term. Our financial analysis shows that United's stock still has a downside from the current market price, as the competition has a better foothold in the industry.

DOT Suspends Proposed Rule That Would Force Airlines To Show Baggage Fee At Booking

December 12th 2017 4:52AM
The U.S. Department of Transportation released a statement last week announcing it would withdraw a proposed rule that would force airlines to disclose baggage and other fees at the time of ticket purchase. The decision to rescind the yet-to-be-enforced regulation from the Obama administration ...

Alaska Airlines passengers wearing 'ugly' Christmas jumpers can board flights early

December 12th 2017 4:30AM
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is no longer just a made-up thing on 15 December – it can now legitimately get you special treatment. Alaska Airlines is running a one-day promotion in celebration, whereby passengers wearing ugly Christmas jumpers will get to board the plane 15 minutes early, ...

Two-thirds of airlines to enter new era of connected onboard services by 2020

December 12th 2017 4:18AM
More than 90% of airlines are set to ramp up investment in advancing wireless services for cabin crew and pilots over the three years to 2020 – an 18% increase since SITA's 2016 Airline IT Trends survey. This is according to award-winning connected aircraft services expert SITAONAIR, as it presents ...

​Vietnam Airlines assesses 777X, A350-1000 for USA service

December 12th 2017 12:56AM
Vietnam Airlines is determined to launch services to the United States by the end of 2019, with more clarity expected soon about the country's US Federal Aviation Administration status. The Skyteam carrier is assessing both the Boeing 777X and Airbus A350-1000 for the 7,098nm Ho Chi Minh City-Los ...

Woman Threatens to Kill Passengers on Southwest Airlines Flight From Portland to Sacramento

December 12th 2017 12:11AM
A Southwest Airlines flight from Portland to Sacramento on Saturday took a startling turn when an agitated woman started shouting that she was going to "kill everyone on this (expletive) plane," according to a report. The frightful incident, which was captured on video, started after the woman was found to ...

United CEO Oscar Munoz Says Airline Will Commit to Zero Tolerance Policy on Sexual Harassment

December 11th 2017 11:31PM
Airlines, and airline CEOS, must take the issue seriously, Nelson said, adding that their support would not only protect flight attendants but help them protect passengers who face harassment on planes. “Like the rest of our society, flight attendants have never had reason to believe that reports of the ...

Middle Eastern disrupter airlines fly into heavy turbulence

December 11th 2017 10:52PM
The region's airlines will make an average $1.78 per passenger in 2017, compared with a global average of $7.69. Each of the carriers is suffering. Emirates, the oldest and largest, is assessing its strategy after posting its first full-year profit decline for five years in May, with earnings down by 82 per cent.

American Airlines Makes Contribution to Colonial Golf Tournament

December 11th 2017 9:56PM
There are reports that Fort Worth city leaders are hoping to move away from the title sponsor format, and bring on several different large companies as contributing sponsors. American Airlines released a statement saying "Colonial is a Fort Worth institution, and as a Fort Worth-based company, American ...

Malaysia Airlines is bringing its Airbus A380s back to London

December 11th 2017 9:43PM
EXCLUSIVE | Malaysia Airlines will continue to fly its Airbus A380s to London as the airline steps back from plans to spin off the superjumbos into a new airline dedicated to Islamic pilgrimages. All six A380s will now remain in Malaysia Airlines' mainline fleet and be used across its network to add ...

Breast-feeding Houston mom says she was kicked off Spirit Airlines flight

December 11th 2017 9:22PM
Mei Rui, a concert pianist and a cancer researcher, was supposed to catch a Spirit Airlines flight from her home in Houston to Newark, N.J., on Friday. The trip was for a recording connected with a clinical cancer study in New York City. Rui's elderly mother and father were along for the ride, as was her ...

Missoula Airport needs to grow to attract more airlines, flights, director says

December 11th 2017 8:03PM
But he clicked back to a slide in his presentation, pointing out a graphic that showed a line connecting Missoula to a dot on a map of Texas where Houston is located. The airport will hold a press conference on Dec. 18 to make an official announcement about expanded airline service, the director told the ...

Hainan Airlines eyes more flights to US

December 11th 2017 7:07PM
Hainan Airlines, China's largest private air carrier, said it is interested in launching more China-US direct flights, as more Chinese travelers are visiting the US, further stimulating the vitality of the market. The carrier also plans to extend its cooperation with US airlines. Next year, it will start code sharing ...

Spirit boots breast-feeding woman from plane

December 11th 2017 6:33PM
A woman making a long-planned trip with her parents and young son says Spirit Airlines kicked the family off the plane when she didn't immediately stop breast-feeding the 2-year-old, who was restless after a long delay. Mei Rui, a concert pianist and cancer researcher, says she asked for a few minutes ...

US Airlines Collected $1.2B in Baggage Fees in Third Quarter

December 11th 2017 5:48PM
Passenger airlines took in $1.2 billion in baggage fees in the third quarter of 2017, with the tally representing nearly 3 percent of total operating revenue of $45.6 billion, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported on Monday. Still, separate data released last ...

SkyWest Airlines to start Weyers Cave service on April 3

December 11th 2017 5:30PM
"We look forward to bringing United Express jet service to the Shenandoah Valley in April," said Greg Atkin, SkyWest Airlines managing director of market development. "Access to reliable local air service means more choice and more convenience for local Shenandoah Valley travelers. We're happy to ...

Breastfeeding Mom Booted Off Spirit Airlines Flight: 'A Baby Crying Is Not a Crime'

December 11th 2017 4:52PM
A mother who was breastfeeding her child during a delayed Spirit Airlines flight was kicked off of the aircraft, according to a new report. Mei Rui, a concert pianist and cancer researcher based out of Houston, was supposed to catch a flight on the carrier to Newark on Friday, according to the Washington ...

Airlines earn $1.2B in baggage fees over three-month period

December 11th 2017 4:41PM
Airlines collected a record-high $1.2 billion in baggage fees from July to September of this year, according to new data from the Department of Transportation (DOT). That represents a 10 percent increase from the same the period in 2016 and marks the sixth straight quarter that baggage fees topped the ...

A passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight was arrested on a felony charge after threatening to kill ...

December 11th 2017 4:03PM
A passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight threatened to kill the flight's passengers and crew on Saturday. The passenger had tampered with a bathroom smoke detector, and a flight attendant caught her smoking a cigarette, the airline told Business Insider. The passenger was arrested on a felony ...

A Woman Threatened To 'Kill Everybody' Aboard A Southwest Airlines Flight After She Was Caught ...

December 11th 2017 3:45PM
On Saturday, a woman was caught smoking in the bathroom aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Portland, Oregon to Sacramento, California. When the flight crew confronted Valerie Curbelo about her actions, she went into a rage and threatened to “kill everybody” on board. Portland's CBS affiliate ...