November 10, 2013 |
Parents of small children may be cheering the loudest over news that five of the nation's largest carriers have been cleared to let passengers use portable electronic devices throughout commercial flights. A new survey of air travelers found that the most important aspect of the new policy is that it will make it easier to keep kids entertained. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Oct. 31 that it will let passengers use e-readers, tablets, music players and other handheld devices throughout a flight as long as the gadgets are switched to “airplane mode” and are emitting no signal.
November 5, 2013 |
If American Airlines and US Airways divest themselves from "key" airports, the U.S. Department of Justice may be willing to drop its challenge to a merger plan for the airlines. That is the word from U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., who said the Justice Department was discussing a potential settlement of a suit the agency filed in August to halt the merger that would create the nation's largest airline. "What we have tried to focus on is to make sure that any resolution in this case necessarily includes divestitures of facilities at key constrained airports throughout the United States," Holder said during a press conference on an unrelated matter.
November 4, 2013 |
No surprise for parents: Child care costs. And it's getting costlier, a new report finds. In more than half of states, it costs families more to put an infant in a child care center than to cover tuition and fees at a public college, according to a new analysis by Child Care Aware of America, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on child care access. Child care costs have surged over the past year: The average cost of putting an infant into a child care center vaulted 2.7% between 2011 and 2012, the report found.
November 4, 2013 |
American Airlines became the latest carrier to get federal clearance to lift restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. The Forth Worth-based airline will begin Monday afternoon to allow passengers to use electronic readers, tablets, music players and other portable gadgets while their planes are below 10,000 feet, as long as they are switched to "airplane mode. " The change comes only a few days after the Federal Aviation Administration announced plans to lift the restrictions as long as airlines can prove it will cause no ill effect on their navigation and communications systems.
November 1, 2013 |
As thousands of travelers dealt with delayed and canceled flights in the wake of Friday morning's LAX shootings, several airlines loosened their rules for rebooking. But their offers varied. Here's a round-up of what Alaska, American, Delta, United, US Airways and Virgin America -- some of the largest among the many carriers using LAX -- are doing. Bear in mind that change fees have been climbing in recent years. Since May, American, Delta, United and US Airways have all been charging a $200 ticket-change fee on non-refundable fares for domestic flights.
October 23, 2013 |
The mayors of six cities and a county with major airline hubs are lobbying the U.S. Justice Department to drop its opposition to a merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The mayors of Charlotte, N.C.; Philadelphia; Dallas; Fort Worth; Phoenix; Chicago and Miami-Dade County signed a letter Wednesday urging federal officials to end a lawsuit aimed at killing the merger. The Justice Department lawsuit, which is scheduled to be heard Nov. 25 in Washington, claims the merger will hurt competition and lead to higher fares and reduced service to smaller markets.
October 1, 2013 |
Cross Texas off the list of states that oppose the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. Texas was one of seven states that had joined the U.S. Department of Justice and the District of Columbia in filing a suit to block the airlines from forming the world's largest carrier. The lawsuit, which is scheduled for trial starting Nov. 25, says the merger will reduce competition, cut service to smaller cities and lead to higher fares. But Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott announced he is pulling out of the lawsuit after American Airlines agreed to maintain scheduled daily service to more than 20 Texas airports.
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 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 15, 2013 |
A federal lawsuit to stop the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways could be good for penny-pinching fliers. The legal challenge filed in August by the U.S. Department of Justice says that the deal to create the world's largest carrier would cut competition and lead to higher fares. Until the lawsuit is settled or won by either side, don't expect the two airlines to raise fares and give federal authorities more reason to fight the merger, said Rick Seaney, chief executive of the fare monitoring site Farecompare.com.