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Jul 1, 2015

U.S. probing whether airlines collude to keep airfares high

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of
Justice said on Wednesday it is investigating whether U.S.
airlines worked together illegally to keep airfares high by
signaling plans to limit flights.

The Justice Department wrote to major U.S. air carriers
demanding that they detail decisions to limit the number of
seats they offer, and what they’ve said about those plans to
investors, securities analysts and the public.

Jun 30, 2015

United Airlines buys $30 million stake Fulcrum BioEnergy

By Jeffrey Dastin

(Reuters) – United Airlines on Tuesday said it purchased a $30 million stake in alternative fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc (FLCM.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in a deal designed to meet some of its fuel needs and hedge against future oil price volatility and carbon regulations.

United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said the agreement lets it purchase at least 90 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel for a minimum of 10 years, subject to availability, at prices competitive with conventional jet fuel. The Chicago-based airline consumed 3.9 billion gallons of fuel last year, representing 32 percent of its total operating expense.

Jun 30, 2015

JetBlue Airways adds $20 checked bag fee per one-way trip

June 30 (Reuters) – JetBlue Airways Corp on Tuesday
began charging its lowest-fare customers for checked bags, an
anticipated move that leaves Southwest Airlines Co as
the only U.S. carrier to let all travelers check a bag for free.

The New York-based carrier said travelers who book the
lowest “Blue” fare can check a bag on a one-way trip for $20
during online check-in or $25 at an airport ticket counter. To
avoid the charge, customers can book a “Blue Plus” fare that
typically is $15 more than the base ticket price, it said.

Jun 25, 2015

Norwegian Air to grow U.S. flights with Caribbean service

June 25 (Reuters) – Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on
Thursday announced flights between the United States and two
islands in the French Caribbean, hinting that more routes and
heightened competition with U.S. carriers are to come.

Beginning in December, Norwegian will fly from three U.S.
cities to Guadeloupe and Martinique, overseas departments of
France. Bilateral agreement allows Norwegian to fly between the
United States and any point in European Union territory.

Jun 24, 2015

Southwest grants Delta temporary right to keep Dallas flights

By Jeffrey Dastin

(Reuters) – Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has agreed to make room temporarily for rival Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in its gates at Dallas Love Field Airport, while the carriers await a long-term resolution of their dispute in court, a Delta spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Southwest will allow Delta to continue operating five daily flights between Love Field and Atlanta, according to the spokeswoman. The agreement averts potential havoc for customers, with a gate-sharing arrangement between the carriers set to expire on July 6.

Jun 24, 2015

Norwegian Air vows to double Dreamliners if U.S. OKs subsidiary

By Jeffrey Dastin

(Reuters) – Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (NWC.OL: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will buy at least 17 Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Dreamliners to double its long-haul fleet as soon as U.S. regulators approve flights on its Irish subsidiary, Chief Executive Officer Bjoern Kjos said in an interview Wednesday.

If Norwegian does not get approval for U.S. flights by its subsidiary, it would scrap its Dreamliner order and increase the number of U.S. flights on the parent company’s existing Dreamliners, Kjos said.

Jun 23, 2015

JetBlue adds premium class to Boston flights on corporate demand

June 23 (Reuters) – JetBlue Airways Corp on Tuesday
said it will add its premium “Mint” class to transcontinental
flights from Boston, the first new city for a service that
JetBlue credits with helping it steal share from competitors.

JetBlue will offer Mint service, the airline’s answer to
first and business class, on flights from Boston to San
Francisco starting March 2016 and to Los Angeles starting in the
fall of that year. On each route it will operate up to three
round-trips daily on Airbus Group SE A321 aircraft.

Jun 17, 2015

Global airline group backtracks on bag size guidelines

June 17 (Reuters) – A global airline trade group on
Wednesday halted plans to set size guidelines for carry-on
luggage following a backlash from consumers and even some
carriers in North America.

Last week, the International Air Transport Association said
it was trying to ease anxiety that travelers feel when they
cannot find overhead bin space by recommending an optimal
carry-on size that would fit most commercial planes.

Jun 16, 2015

United Airlines to end service at JFK airport after losses

NEW YORK (Reuters) – United Airlines said on Tuesday it plans to end service in October at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it failed to profit over seven years because it offered few connections to other cities, and add flights at its Newark, New Jersey, hub.

Beginning Oct. 25, United Continental Holdings Inc will transfer its only flights from JFK, which serve Los Angeles and San Francisco on Boeing Co 757 aircraft, to Newark Liberty International Airport, its hub in New Jersey with hundreds of connecting flights.

Jun 16, 2015

United Airlines to end service at NYC’s JFK airport after losses

NEW YORK, June 16 (Reuters) – United Airlines said on
Tuesday it plans to end service in October at New York’s John F.
Kennedy International Airport, where it failed to profit over
seven years because it offered few connections to other cities,
and add flights at its Newark, New Jersey, hub.

Beginning Oct. 25, United Continental Holdings Inc
will transfer its only flights from JFK, which serve Los Angeles
and San Francisco on Boeing Co 757 aircraft, to Newark
Liberty International Airport, its hub in New Jersey with
hundreds of connecting flights.