October 1, 2013 |
If you like ultra-low airfares combined with dozens of passenger fees, get ready for the new Frontier Airlines. Republic Airways Holdings Inc. has agreed to sell the Denver-based carrier to Indigo Partners, the investors who helped finance the super-cheap carrier Spirit Airlines. Under the agreement announced Tuesday, Indigo will pay Republic $36 million in cash and take on $109 million in debt, according to a statement released by Republic Airway Holdings. Frontier, already considered a low-cost airline, is expected to adopt a business plan that will charge passengers a myriad of fees to compensate for the ultra-low fares.
September 30, 2013 |
Although American Airlines' parent company is still in bankruptcy and a merger with US Airways is on hold, the Fort Worth-based airline is moving forward with plans to grow. American Airlines announced Monday that it plans to recruit and hire 1,500 pilots over the next five years, with the job openings to be posted Oct. 1. The new pilots are in addition to the 1,500 new flight attendants and 1,200 agents the airline has begun to recruit this year. (Interested candidates are encouraged to visit aacareers.com .)
September 25, 2013 |
With the lingering effects of the Great Recession slowly disappearing, more business travelers are reserving high-priced hotel rooms and booking roomier seats in the front of the plane. But the luxury spending may be benefiting executives, not middle managers and lower-level workers. At the depth of the recession, most major companies restricted workers to flying in the economy section and booking budget hotel rooms. But some businesses now seem to be loosening the purse strings on the travel budget.
September 23, 2013 |
The world's airlines have been enjoying a surge in demand in recent years, leading to growing profits. But the profits for 2013 won't grow as fast as previously expected because of an oil price spike and disappointing growth in emerging markets, according to an estimate by the International Air Transport Assn., the trade group for the world's airlines. The group had previously projected $12.7 billion in airline profits around the globe but adjusted that estimate down to $11.7 billion for the year.
September 22, 2013
Question: I recently received a second notification of a change in my flight for a trip next year. I wanted to change my ticket as a result; I was told there was a $200 change fee plus any fare increase. No waiver, even though the airline was the one that started it. As I pointed out to the agent, I didn't charge the airline a change fee. The agent laughed. In the end, I didn't change my ticket. What's your opinion about the airlines making changes and passengers getting nothing from them as a result?
September 17, 2013 |
Every employee union involved in the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways has endorsed the marriage that would create the nation's largest carrier. Well, almost every labor group. The flight attendants for American Eagle, the regional carrier owned by AMR Corp., the parent company of American, are the first employee group speaking out against the merger. The 1,800 flight attendants for the small carrier say they fear their jobs are at risk because of a series of outsourcing plans announced since November.
September 17, 2013 |
A proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways that has been challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice has a 50 percent chance of succeeding. That was the analysis of JPMorgan of the proposal that, if successful, would create the nation's largest airline. "The industry dialogue has crescendoed, with airlines, pundits, bloggers, former CEOs, etc, all extolling the folly of DOJ's suit and certainty of an airline win (we frequently hear 75% probability). But when it comes to antitrust experts, we have yet to find any that believe the airlines face anything but a steep, uphill battle, with most citing probabilities below 40%," wrote JPMorgan analyst Jamie Baker in a report Tuesday.
September 16, 2013 |
TAIYUAN, China - Air China Flight 1236 was supposed to take off at 8:10 p.m. for Beijing from Xian, hometown of China's famous terra cotta warriors. It felt like the warriors could have marched faster. What was supposed to be a 100-minute flight last month ended up delayed, diverted and canceled to the point that it took passengers 18 hours to get to Beijing. China's skies are in a state of almost permanent gridlock. During the month of July, only 17.8% of flights departing from Beijing's airport were on time, according to FlightStats.
September 15, 2013 |
If reducing your carbon footprint is a priority, Alaska Airlines may be the carrier for you. In its first efficiency study, the International Council on Clean Transportation ranked the Seattle-based carrier as the nation's most fuel-efficient major airline, followed by low-cost Spirit Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. Alaska was 26% more fuel-efficient than the least efficient airline, Allegiant Air, according to the study, released last week. “Aviation is a critical part of the U.S. economy, but it consumes a lot of oil and it's the fastest-growing contributor to climate change from the transportation sector globally,” said Drew Kodjak, executive director of the International Council on Clean Transportation . About one third of the efficiencies can be attributed to technology, such as the use of fuel-efficient engines and those up-turned winglets installed on many newer jets, the study concluded.