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Old June 18th, 2011, 08:24 PM   #901
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Happy Birthay Southwest airlines!

Southwest turns 40 today.
40 years of strong service and continuing.
Hopefully Southwest will continue to run strong in America and the new international destinations they get from AirTran!
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Old June 28th, 2011, 06:57 AM   #902
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Delta doesn't fly to Saudi Arabia, but the Internet does; some upset over Saudi visa policies
24 June 2011
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Delta Air Lines found itself with a public-relations headache after the online world lit up with talk that the airline wouldn't fly Jews to Saudi Arabia.

That's not true. Saudi Arabia decides who gets in the country and who doesn't, not the airlines. Delta doesn't even fly there. Still, by Friday, a U.S. senator wanted an investigation, Delta was professing its tolerance, and some Twitter users called for went so far as to mention a boycott.

To explain:

Saudi Arabian Airlines is joining the SkyTeam Alliance, which includes Delta. So, it's possible that, starting next year, a traveler could buy an airline ticket that starts with a flight on Delta and ends with a flight on Saudi Arabian Airlines into Saudi Arabia.

Delta, like all airlines, asks travelers before they leave whether they have a visa to enter the country they're flying to. Yes? Welcome aboard. No? Sorry, you're not going anywhere.

Saudi Arabia, like all countries that require a visa for entry, decides who gets one. Airlines don't know why a visa was denied, only that the traveler doesn't have one.

The U.S. State Department says some Americans have reported being refused a Saudi visa because their passport reflected travel to Israel or that they were born in Israel. Also, Saudi Arabia's visa application asks the traveler's religion, causing some to suspect that putting down "Jewish" or for that matter "atheist" will hurt their chances of getting a visa. Saudi Arabia, like several countries, does not recognize Israel.

Because Saudi Arabian Airlines is becoming a member of SkyTeam, Delta was singled out in reports that ran Thursday and were passed around social media. U.S. carriers already partner with other airlines that fly to Saudi Arabia, including Air France and the German airline Lufthansa.

On Friday, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk said he wrote to the Federal Aviation Administration to ask for an investigation into whether Delta "violated U.S. law or regulation and to ensure no U.S. citizen is denied their right to fly solely on the basis of their religion."

Delta said on Friday that it does not discriminate, and pointed out that it doesn't fly to Saudi Arabia or codeshare with any airline that does. It said it does not plan to codeshare with Saudi Arabian Airlines. (A codeshare is when an airline places its flight designator, or "code," onto a flight operated by a different airline. The arrangement allows airlines to sell tickets on each other's flights.) Delta does have what's called an "interline agreement" with Saudi Arabian Airlines, which allows tickets to be sold that include multiple airlines for multiple legs of the trip.

Saudi Arabia also bars travelers from bringing in "pornographic materials or publications that violate the social norms of decency." The U.S. State Department tells travelers that Saudi officials ban "any item that is held to be contrary to the tenets of Islam, such as pork products and pornography. Imported and domestic audiovisual media and reading matter are censored."

It also said that Christmas decorations, fashion magazines, and videos considered suggestive by Saudi officials may be confiscated and the owner subject to penalties and fines.

While airlines check for passports and visas, they don't ask travelers about items that might be prohibited by the destination country.

Earlier this month Delta faced a public outcry after two soldiers complained in a video posted on YouTube that their unit returning from Afghanistan was charged $200 each to check a fourth bag. Delta ended up changing its baggage policy to allow four bags for free for troops in coach.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 08:02 AM   #903
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Atlanta carrier expects profit: Revenue gains lift company's bottom line.
28 June 2011
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Delta Air Lines said it expects to make a profit in the second quarter, even amid continuing high fuel prices that have prompted flight and workforce cuts.

The Atlanta-based airline said in a regulatory filing Monday it expects a "solidly profitable" April-June quarter, adding that higher revenue has "largely offset" a more than $1 billion increase in fuel expense year over year.

Airlines have raised fares to cover high oil costs, and Delta said unit revenue --- the amount from each passenger --- is up 10 percent for the second quarter compared to the prior-year period. Delta expects its operating margin to be 6.5 percent to 7 percent for the quarter.

The airline previously announced it is cutting flight capacity by 4 percent after Labor Day. Delta also is offering buyouts and early retirements to employees this month in an effort to cut its workforce.

The forecasts for the quarter exclude special items, such as charges for the workforce cuts. Delta posted a $318 million net loss in the first three months of the year.

The airline's revenues in the Pacific region are taking a $125 million hit in the June quarter as a result of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March.
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Delta airlines got raped because of that Saudi controversy. That story was rehashed over and over again in the media cycle for like a week. They got accused of anti-Semitism, compared to Nazis, etc.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 10:45 AM   #905
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If anyone flies on FS9 or FSX, check this out: http://www.deltava.org/

It's an awesome virtual airline.
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United celebrated its favorite frequent flyer, who reached 10 million miles. Some interesting statistics in UA's celebration speech:

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Old July 14th, 2011, 05:27 PM   #907
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Sorry for the delay of infomation just moved to an area with a better airport. Wont tell you who. Here some more info about southwest/AirTran merger.

Southwest spreads ‘LUV' to AirTran

A troupe of Southwest Airlines employees hit a crew lounge at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to meet with AirTran Airways workers as the two carriers merge.

It was one stop on what Dallas-based Southwest has dubbed a "One LUV" tour of AirTran employee bases. LUV is Southwest's stock ticker symbol.

In the crew lounge and a baggage handler break room in Atlanta, where AirTran has its largest hub, the Southwesterners handed out information and answered questions about flight benefits and other issues.

"It's nice to see them pop in," said AirTran flight attendant Abraham Torres.

Southwest spokeswoman Olga Romero said "people can be a little hesitant" about a merger. "We're here to just calm everyone."

The Southwest-AirTran deal closed earlier this year, but integration is expected to take at least a couple of years.

AirTran is already morphing into Southwest in small ways, however. The company loosened the dress code at AirTran to fit with Southwest's casual style, for example. And as of August AirTran employees will be able to use their flight benefits on Southwest flights and vice-versa.

A "wingmate" buddy from Southwest is assigned to each AirTran employee.

On Wednesday, Southwest employees will meet with AirTran customer service workers in Atlanta, then meet Thursday with AirTran' reservations workers in Carrollton, and on Friday with agents at AirTran's Savannah call center.

Some workers in departments at AirTran's corporate center in Altanta, meanwhile, are making decisions about whether to move to Dallas to join Southwest or leave the company.

Operationally, Southwest is preparing to combine the two airlines' schedules and cut some flights, chief executive Gary Kelly said in a message to employees.

"We just have a lot of flights that aren't profitable and with these fuel prices, there's obviously now way to change these economics," Kelly said.
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Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) said on Friday it would pull service in some smaller U.S. markets to stem $14 million in annual losses associated with such flights.

The halt is planned for 24 markets served under the Essential Air Service program, a U.S. program created to make sure smaller cities have a minimum level of passenger air service.

The U.S. Department of Transportation provides subsidies to airlines tied to some markets under the program.

Cities affected by Delta's planned move include Watertown, South Dakota; Waterloo, Iowa; and Butte, Montana, according to a list of affected cities the carrier provided on its website.

Delta said flights in the affected markets on average depart with 52 percent of seats filled, with some locations as low as 12 percent. Some flights have been operated occasionally with no passengers on board, it added.

"The new reality of mounting cost pressures faced by our industry means we can no longer afford to provide this service," Delta said in a statement.

Delta said plans to retire its Saab turboprop fleet and some 50-seat jets hamper the economics of serving the smaller and rural areas. It said the DOT would be able to select a new carrier to start service in the affected Essential Air Service areas within a 90-day period, and added it was coordinating with other carriers to bid on the routes in some cities.

The carrier also said it would continue service in some markets but was seeking an increased program subsidy rate.

Delta has taken a number of steps to keep costs down this year, including closing facilities in some U.S. locations, retiring least-fuel efficient planes and planned capacity cuts. It has offered voluntary buyouts for which 55,000 workers are eligible.

Shares of Delta were off 0.24 percent at $8.49 in afternoon trading. (Reporting by Karen Jacobs, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)
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Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Pilots' Unions Reach Agreement in Principle
Southwest Airlines announced an agreement in principle between the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA), the union representing Southwest Airlines Pilots and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the union representing the pilots of AirTran Airways. This agreement in principle, subject to the respective unions' board approval and membership ratification, would integrate the two groups' seniority lists. Southwest Airlines finalized closing of the acquisition of AirTran Holdings, Inc. on May 2, 2011.

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#AA | American Airlines

Hoping to have a few more airline threads for our Aviation forum, I'll begin the AA thread with their recent purchase of new airplanes.

As per posted on the A320 thread, AA has made the largest purchase of A320 aircrafts.

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BUILDING YOUNGEST U.S. FLEET IN INDUSTRY
New aircraft deliveries pave the way for American to have the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleet among U.S. airline peers in approximately five years.

Landmark Agreement with Boeing and Airbus
American Airlines continues to focus on modernizing our fleet and delivering state- of- the-art amenities to our customers with the largest aircraft order in aviation history. Under new agreements with Boeing and Airbus, American will replace and transform its narrowbody fleet with the acquisition of 460 aircraft including:

Introduction of 260 Airbus aircraft from the A320 Family starting in 2013.
Addition of 200 Boeing 737NG family aircraft starting in 2013.
First U.S. network airline to take delivery of the A320neo Family, which offers even greater fuel efficiency than today’s models.
Intent to order Boeing’s expected new evolution of the 737NG which would also offer more fuel efficiency than current models.
New orders are in addition to the 130 Boeing 737-800’s that American has already received or has on order to replace its MD-80 fleet.

Improved Features
With these modern, new aircraft come several unique features designed to provide a more contemporary and innovative travel experience including:
  • Enhanced lighting options
  • Additional overhead bin space
  • A modern, contemporary atmosphere
  • Improved environmental footprint with greater fuel efficiency and reduced noise

Other Fleet Renewal Efforts In Progress
These new agreements are in addition to American’s other fleet orders and renewal efforts currently underway:

Eight Boeing 777-300ER widebody aircraft to be delivered in 2012-2013
Seven 777-200 widebody aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2013-2016
Forty-two state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners expected to be delivered starting late 2014

We are excited about the renewal efforts underway and we look forward to continuing to provide you updates on our fleet as well as Admirals Club facility refurbishments, expanded mobile solutions and inflight entertainment and productivity options.
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United Continental Profit Exceeds Estimates
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Jul 21, 2011 11:18 PM GMT+0800

United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL), US Airways Group Inc. (LCC) and Alaska Air Group Inc. (ALK) all reported higher quarterly profits than analysts estimated as fare increases helped blunt rising fuel costs.

United’s profit excluding certain items was $577 million, or $1.49 a share, exceeding the $1.43 average estimate in a Bloomberg survey. US Airways posted earnings of 56 cents a share, topping a 54-cent estimate, while Alaska’s profit of $2.44 a share beat a $2.43 estimate.

The three carriers all raised fares leading into the peak summer travel season, partly to compensate for a 47 percent jump in jet fuel prices from a year earlier. United and others plan to trim capacity after the U.S. Labor Day holiday in anticipation of slowing travel.

“Right now, it looks like the summer will be very strong,” said Ray Neidl, an analyst at Maxim Group LLC in New York. “The big question is the later part of the third quarter, after Labor Day. That’s what is a bit more cloudy right now.”

United’s revenue of $9.8 billion was higher than the $9.7 billion expected by analysts, while US Airways’ $3.5 billion in revenue and Alaska’s $1.11 billion also exceeded estimates.

Kevin Crissey, an analyst at UBS Securities, said today in a note to clients that additional revenue data he compiles suggests a “stabilization in demand after shaky bookings for June travel.”

United’s Results

AMR Corp. (AMR)’s American Airlines initiated a domestic fare increase of as much as $20 round-trip yesterday that United, Alaska and Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) seem to be matching, Rick Seaney of ticket research firm FareCompare.com said today in an e-mail. It’s the 14th attempted fare hike this year, Seaney said.

Only half of the attempted fare increases have stuck, with six of the previous seven efforts failing when other carriers failed to match increases, according to FareCompare.com.

United’s results excluded a $107 million increase in revenue from modifications on a JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) credit-card agreement and $146 million in merger integration and severance costs.

Including those items, net income was $538 million, or $1.39 a share, the Chicago-based carrier said today in a statement. Combined profit in the year-earlier quarter was $611 million, or $1.57 a share, United said.

“We moved another step closer to achieving our synergy targets and financial goals,” Zane Rowe, United’s chief financial officer, said in the statement.

United Airlines parent UAL Corp. and Continental Airlines Inc. merged in October in an all-stock deal, forming the world’s largest carrier. The company has promised investors that the merger will bring about $1.2 billion in savings and new revenue.

Japan Traffic

United said passenger revenue fell about $100 million in the second quarter after travel to Japan declined following a March earthquake and tsunami. The carrier cut capacity to and from Japan by almost 12 percent.

The company has said it plans to reduce overall capacity by about 4 percentage points after the peak summer travel season ends.

US Airways, based in Tempe, Arizona, said second-quarter profit excluding certain one-time costs tumbled 60 percent to $106 million, from $265 million a year earlier. The smallest of the major full-fare U.S. carriers said higher fuel prices eroded some benefits from a 10 percent gain in sales, helped by passenger-traffic increases and higher fares.

Including $14 million in legal costs from a planned swap with Delta of certain airport flight slots and debt-refinancing expenses, US Airways’ net income fell to $92 million, or 49 cents.
Alaska Air

Alaska Air’s profit excluding one-time items was $89.6 million, up from $84 million a year ago. Including charges for changes to its fleet and adjustments in the value of fuel hedges, the Seattle-based carrier said net income was $28.8 million, a 51 percent drop.

American Airlines parent AMR posted a $286 million loss yesterday, or 85 cents a share, which was wider than the 81-cent deficit estimated by analysts. The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier also agreed to buy 460 new more-efficient jets from Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. in a record order.

United rose 45 cents, or 2.2 percent, to $20.73 at 10:06 a.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. US Airways slid 8 cents to $6.82, and Alaska rose 90 cents to $66.60.
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Delta, US Airways get tentative OK for slot swap

Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) and US Airways Group (LCC.N) won tentative U.S. government approval on Thursday to proceed with a large swap of takeoff and landing rights in New York and Washington, D.C., letting each build on their already strong positions at key airports popular with business travellers.

The deal has been in the works since 2009. But the airlines and the Transportation Department have been wrangling over what the companies would have to divest to give new entrants access to New York's LaGuardia and Washington Reagan National airports.

Under the plan, Delta would get 132 slot pairs -- the right to operate one takeoff and one landing -- at LaGuardia from US Airways; and US Airways would get 42 slot pairs at Reagan National from Delta as well as rights to operate additional daily service to Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2015.

To ensure what Transportation planners said was fair competition, the government would require US Airways and Delta to divest eight pairs of daily slots at Reagan National and 16 pairs at LaGuardia, and that they complete the transaction in phases, the DOT said in a statement on Thursday. The primary beneficiaries of divestiture would be low-cost carriers.

A previous order granting conditional approval was rejected by the carriers over a requirement they divest more slots at both airports. They submitted a revised proposal in May.

The Transportation Department will accept public comments for 30 days before issuing a final decision.

For Delta, the swap would allow it to continue to expand in New York, a key business market. US Airways has said the swap would give it access to profit-enhancing assets in Washington, while allowing it to let go of LaGuardia assets that are not profitable.

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Published: 29/07/2011 - Filed under: News

United Airlines has launched a free app that allows United and Continental customers to check in online and access mobile boarding passes.

The app, available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users, also allows travellers to make reservations, get live flight updates and manage their Mileage Plus and One Pass frequent flyer accounts.

In addition, it features interactive airport maps and access to Uniteds Twitter feed. Some 101 airports worldwide are participating in Uniteds mobile boarding offering.

The app can be downloaded free of charge on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or by logging on to itunes.com/appstore. United has plans to bring the app to the Android platform as well as other smartphone devices.

Airline partner Continental already has an app for iPhone, iPad and Android users allowing mobile boarding.

Learn more about mobile travel apps by reading our 101 travel apps feature in the March 2011 edition of Business Traveller.

Visit united.com for more information.

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Continental cancels 24 flights for pilot sick calls
Wed, Jul 27, 2011

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Continental Airlines canceled 24 flights on Wednesday due to a shortage of pilots after a barrage of sick calls, according to the carrier's parent, United Continental Holdings Inc.

Airline spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said most of the cancellations were flights from Newark, New Jersey. The airline was working to book the affected passengers on other flights, she said.

The incident may spotlight a staffing shortage at the airline, or possibly pilot discontent with management over the slow pace of labor talks.

"It's a legitimate question as to whether this is some kind of a work-to-rule or slow-down," said Robert Mann, an airline consultant at R.W. Mann & Co.

"It would be equally appropriate to question the company and whether or not it has sufficient manning toward the end of a summer month when weather may have claimed pilot time earlier in the month," he said, referring to limits on the number of hours a pilot can legally fly each month.

United Continental was formed last year from the merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines.

The company is currently negotiating a joint contract with the pilots, who have voiced impatience over the slow pace of the talks.

McCarthy declined to say if the sick calls were an orchestrated work action similar to a labor strike. Strikes by airline employees are restricted by the U.S. Railway Labor Act, which safeguards interstate commerce.

Amy Flanagan, a spokesperson for the Air Line Pilots Association union, which represents the Continental pilots, declined to comment on the sick calls.

When asked directly if the calls were a planned effort by workers to disrupt flights, Flanagan declined to confirm or deny it.

On a conference call last week with analysts and reporters, United Continental Chief Executive Jeff Smisek said he did not know if a pilot contract would be reached this year.

"The target remains to get a deal done as promptly as I can," Smisek said. "I would love to get a deal done with our pilots by the end of this year. I don't know whether we will be able to do that. It does take two to tango."

United Continental's shares were down 3.6 percent at $18.08 in afternoon trading.
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Originally published on www.businesstraveller.asia 04/08/2011 - Filed under: News

American Airlines has rolled out a new wifi-based inflight entertainment option – Entertainment On Demand – which enables passengers to stream movies and TV shows from an inflight library.

The service, powered by Gogo Wireless, costs US$0.99 per TV show and US$3.99 per movie. Passengers who avail of the service need not pay for inflight wifi, which starts from US$4.95 for a single 90-minute flight. Instead, passengers simply need to click on the Entertainment On Demand banner on the inflight wifi homepage and then choose from a frequently-updated library of TV shows and movies, create an account or log in, fill out payment details and click “watch”. If the movie runs longer than the flight time and has been fully loaded, the passenger can continue watching it on the ground through gogoair.com.

Initially, the service is available on 15 of the carrier’s Boeing B767-200 fleet, which is used on transcontinental routes including the New York JKF-Los Angeles and New York JFK-San Francisco routes. Eventually, upon receiving FAA approval, the carrier will expand the service across more aircraft.

The service will also be made available for other devices. “We’ve been deeply involved in developing the concept of streaming video with Gogo, as part of our vision to elevate the travel experience,” said Rob Friedman, American Airlines’ vice president of marketing. "During this initial phase of the launch, Entertainment On Demand allows customers to access content through wifi enabled laptops and in the coming months Gogo intends to extend the service to tablets and other mobile devices."

So far, American Airlines has made wifi available on all of its B767-200 aircraft and B737-800 aircraft fleet as well as a selection of MD80 aircraft.

For more information, visit www.aa.com

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AA route maps from hubs via airlineroutemaps.com
http://www.airlineroutemaps.com/USA/...ines_ORD.shtml

Dallas DFW


Chicago O'Hare


Miami


New York JFK and LaGuardia


Boston and Raleight-Durham


Los Angeles - LAX


San Francisco & San Jose - SFO


San Juan, Puerto Rico


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