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Jul 22, 2014

U.S., European airlines halt flights to Israel due to instability

July 22 (Reuters) – U.S. air carriers Delta Air Lines
, American Airlines Group and United Airlines
on Tuesday halted flights to Israel under directions
from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to ensure
passenger safety as turmoil in the region has intensified.

The U.S. moves were swiftly followed by flight stoppages
from European carriers, including Germany’s Lufthansa,
Air-France and Dutch airline KLM. Air Berlin,
Germany’s second-largest carrier, said it halted its flights
through Wednesday, citing the situation on the ground in Tel
Aviv.

Jul 3, 2014

Former hub airports find new life after downsizing

ATLANTA (Reuters) – When an airline cuts back on the number of “hubs” in its system, for an affected city the economic pain can be deep and wide.

As Nashville discovered, it can take years of adjustments to come to terms with an airline’s decision to pull back. Yet the Music City showed it is possible to recover and prosper again.

Jun 17, 2014

Name change lifts Airbus’ image in Washington: Airbus U.S. chief

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Airbus Group’s (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) recent name change is enhancing how the European weapons and planemaker is perceived, particularly among U.S. government customers, a company executive said on Tuesday.

The company formerly known as EADS announced the rebranding last summer in a bid to improve its corporate image, and shareholders approved the name change in late May. The new name matched the company’s legal title to its flagship brand and commercial plane unit, Airbus.

May 21, 2014

U.S. government seeks greater disclosure of airline fees

By Karen Jacobs

(Reuters) – Airlines should disclose fees for checked baggage, carry-on items and other à la carte services to make it easier for travelers to discern the true cost of a ticket, the U.S. Department of Transportation said on Wednesday.

The new disclosure rules, which build on regulations from 2009 and 2011, would also stipulate that online flight search sites such as Expedia Inc, Google Inc and Kayak provide more information.

May 21, 2014

U.S. gov’t seeks greater disclosure of airline fees

May 21 (Reuters) – Airlines should disclose fees for checked
baggage, carry-on items and other à la carte services to make it
easier for travelers to discern the true cost of a ticket, the
U.S. Department of Transportation said on Wednesday.

The new disclosure rules, which build on regulations from
2009 and 2011, would also stipulate that online flight search
sites such as Expedia Inc, Google Inc and
Kayak provide more information.

May 9, 2014

Google’s hotel moves worry travel sector

By Karen Jacobs

(Reuters) – Recent partnerships by Google Inc with hotel chains have raised concern among others in the travel industry that the search giant is trying to grab more advertising dollars.

“To the extent that the travel industry is spending advertising dollars with Priceline or Expedia or TripAdvisor, Google is well aware of that and they’d like to steal some of that,” said Douglas Quinby, vice president of research at PhoCusWright, a travel industry research firm.

Apr 23, 2014

Delta Air profits rise, stronger outlook boosts shares

By Karen Jacobs

(Reuters) – Delta Air Lines (DAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected first quarter profit and gave a strong outlook for the current period, sending its shares up 5 percent.

Delta forecast that operating margin, a measure of income to costs, and unit revenue, an important airline measure known as passenger revenue per available seat mile, would both expand in the current period.

Apr 3, 2014

Delta says may buy up to 50 wide-body jets to update fleet

WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines is
looking at buying as many as 50 wide-body jets, the airline said
on Thursday, opening a contest between Airbus and
Boeing Co for business worth well over $10 billion at
list prices.

In an official confirmation of a bid to renew the top end of
its fleet, the airline said it was studying replacements for its
Boeing 747-400 and 767-300ER jets, which have an average age of
some 20 years and burn more fuel than newer planes.

Apr 3, 2014

Spirit Airlines sees no short-term pilot shortage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chief executive of discount carrier Spirit Airlines (SAVE.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday he has no concerns about pilot availability in United States for next couple of years, but is worried about staffing in the longer term.

“We’re actively hiring pilots now, and we are currently not having a problem attracting qualified pilots,” Spirit’s Ben Baldanza told Reuters in an interview at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s aviation summit in Washington.

Mar 30, 2014

Delta-Virgin takes up battle for New York-London fliers

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines (DAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has been making inroads in the dogfight over the lucrative market for business travel between New York and London, but the newly merged American Airlines Group (AAL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is fighting back.

Delta is hoping to attract customers through its new partnership with Virgin Atlantic, known for its high-tech and non-traditional approach to flying, and its own boosted profile in New York, where it expanded flights and renovated terminals.