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Aug 28, 2015

United Airlines to revamp scheduling to fight flight delays

CHICAGO (Reuters) – United Airlines plans to change the way it schedules flights and to use new technology to tackle the delays and cancellations that have hurt its competitiveness, company executives told Reuters.

The new initiatives aim to narrow the gap in performance between United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which has the best on-time record of U.S. airlines. They reflect a broader effort by United to boost customer and investor confidence following high-profile glitches that halted flights twice this summer, causing widespread delays.

Aug 23, 2015

Average U.S. gas price steady over past two weeks: Lundberg survey

By Jeffrey Dastin

(Reuters) – The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States remained steady in the past two weeks, as price rises in several Midwest cities offset cuts in the West, according to the Lundberg survey released on Sunday.

Regular grade gasoline dropped just one-third of a cent to average $2.71 per gallon, according to the biweekly survey conducted on Aug. 21.

Aug 13, 2015

Samsung Electronics unveils high-end phones in search of sales boost

NEW YORK/SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled a new Galaxy Note phablet and a larger version of its curved-screen S6 edge smartphone on Thursday, marking a fresh bid by the South Korean tech giant to revive momentum in its handset business.

Samsung is the world’s top smartphone maker but its market share fell in the second quarter when its critically acclaimed S6 models launched, squeezed by Apple Inc’s upscale iPhones and cheaper offerings from Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL].

Aug 13, 2015

U.S.-China aviation talks hit stumbling block on airport access

BEIJING/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Talks to ease limits on flights between the United States and China’s gateway cities have stalled over U.S. fears its airlines will be given less attractive time slots for take-off and landing than their Chinese rivals, people familiar with the negotiations said.

Travel demand by an increasingly affluent Chinese population is set to soar long-term, a huge business opportunity for both countries’ carriers. But China’s major airports are already heavily congested, limiting the potential for good slots and creating a roadblock to an aviation accord that would deepen ties between the world’s two largest economies.

Aug 11, 2015

Complaints about airlines have soared in 2015: U.S. agency

By Jeffrey Dastin

(Reuters) – Complaints about airline service grew during the first half of this year as consumers reported more concerns about airfares, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The report said the U.S. Transportation Department received 9,542 complaints about U.S. airlines, foreign carriers and others in the travel industry from January to June 2015, a 20.3 percent rise from a year earlier. Complaints nearly tripled to 870 about fare levels and about the information carriers provide on fares during booking, marking the largest jump.

Aug 10, 2015

United’s new unit to handle checked bags for some regional flights

Aug 10 (Reuters) – United Airlines on Monday
launched a subsidiary to handle checked bags and perform other
services for its regional unit, United Express, a move in line
with industry peers aimed at improving operations.

United Ground Express (UGE) will take over customer and
cargo service starting this fall at some of the 150 U.S.
airports where parent United Continental Holdings Inc currently
outsources work.

Aug 10, 2015

New United Airlines unit to handle checked bags for some regional flights

Aug 10 (Reuters) – United Airlines on Monday
launched a subsidiary to handle checked bags and perform other
services for its regional unit, United Express, a move in line
with industry peers aimed at improving its operations.

United Ground Express (UGE) will take over customer and
cargo service starting this fall at a number of airports where
parent United Continental Holdings Inc currently relies on third
parties.

Aug 9, 2015

Delta Air Lines shrinks Dubai service, points to Gulf carrier growth

Aug 9 (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines Inc has scrapped a
number of its flights to Dubai this winter in an apparent nod to
how competition with three Gulf carriers is hurting its
business.

Delta, the second-largest U.S. passenger carrier, will fly
nonstop to Dubai from its Atlanta hub between four and five
times per week starting Oct. 1, down from daily service this
summer. The airline revised its schedule on Friday to reflect
the change, part of a broader 15-to-20 percent cut in capacity
to the Middle East and Africa that Delta announced in April.

Jul 30, 2015

Checked bag fees are here to stay: United Airlines CEO

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Still hoping for the day airlines let all customers check bags and make reservation changes for free?

Forget it, said United Continental Holdings Inc’s (UAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Jeff Smisek at an industry lunch on Thursday, defending airlines even as they reap billions in profit and face federal probes into pricing practices.

Jul 30, 2015

Currents consistent with Reunion debris being from MH370-experts

SYDNEY/NEW YORK, July 30 (Reuters) – Vast, rotating currents
sweeping the southern Indian Ocean could have deposited wreckage
from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet near Africa,
thousands of kilometres from where it is thought to have
crashed, oceanographers said on Thursday.

France’s air crash investigation agency is studying a piece
of plane debris found on Reunion Island, off the east coast of
Madagascar, to determine whether it came from Flight MH370,
which disappeared without a trace 16 months ago with 239
passengers and crew on board.