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January 25, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Welcome back? San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich , on returning Sunday to AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, where his team lost Games 6 and 7 of the Finals last season: "Uh, it'll be a horrible memory walking in that gym. If I said anything different, I'd be the biggest liar that ever lived. How could I say, 'Yeah, no problem, well, it was a tough night.' That's … We all know that. " The biggest loser Hall of Fame point guard Gary Payton , addressing top draft pick Anthony Bennett , who is averaging 2.4 points and shooting 25.9% while barely playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers: "You came in overweight.
January 24, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
To beat the competition, the management of American Airlines and US Airways is putting up some reward money. Under a recently announced incentive program, the company that now operates the two airlines has offered each employee a $50 bonus for each government-monitored performance category the merged carrier dominates. The two airlines have agreed to join forces and now operate under the management of the American Airlines Group. In March, the U.S. Department of Transportation is to release a ranking of the nation's airlines for on-time performance, the rate of mishandled baggage and customer satisfaction.
January 23, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Despite a harsh winter, a government shutdown and other problems, the nation's largest airlines reported strong earnings for 2013. The country's largest airlines benefited from a steady growth in demand, stable fuel prices and a continuing rise in revenue from passenger fees to check luggage and reserve roomier seats, among other charges, according to financial reports. Southwest Airlines, for example, reported Thursday net income of $754 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, for 2013, compared with $421 million, or 56 cents, for 2012.
January 13, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: I recently flew back to Los Angeles from New York on American Airlines. About two hours into the flight there was an announcement that all the onboard toilets, except for one in coach class, had stopped working, and so more than 150 passengers had to share one bathroom. How does this happen? Are there guidelines or regulations that airlines should follow in this situation? There was no mention of compensation of any kind, although I won't be flying AA again in this lifetime, so I'm not looking for that.
January 10, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
American and Delta are offering a round-trip fare from LAX to Raleigh, N.C., for $260, including all taxes and fees. Raleigh is named for the English explorer who found, then lost, favor with the English monarchy, leading to his execution in 1618. The city was incorporated 174 years later, and today, with Durham and Chapel Hill, form the Research Triangle, a development and research center. The fare to Raleigh is subject to availability and must be purchased at least 14 days in advance.
January 8, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Got questions about the travel outlook for 2014? Arthur Frommer's got answers. You can see the guidebook author and budget travel legend at noon Jan. 18 at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show , which continues Jan. 19, both days at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Frommer is among dozens of experts who can help guide your journeys for 2014. They'll be speaking on topics as diverse as what's new in Europe to staying safe on the road. Frommer's talk will give you keys to taking the sting out of the new year's high airfares and getting the best value for your buck.
January 8, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Only a month after emerging from bankruptcy, American Airlines faces a claim from the city of Los Angeles for $21.5 million in fees charged to operate out of Los Angeles International Airport. The city asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge in New York for permission to file a lawsuit to collect maintenance and operating fees from American, alleging that the airline has been underpaying LAX since Dec. 31, 2010. American Airlines said it would not comment on pending litigation. At the heart of the dispute is a method that LAX adopted in 2006 for calculating maintenance and operating fees charged to airlines that operate out of LAX. The new method raised the cost of operating out of LAX by adding charges for security and maintenance of private roads around the airport.
January 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
A month after the merger of American Airlines and US Airways became official, the new carrier took steps Tuesday to give passengers access to the loyalty rewards programs and airport lounges for the two airlines. Airline officials said the merger that became official Dec. 9 may take up to two years to complete, creating the world's largest carrier. Starting Tuesday, members of American's AAdvantage and US Airways' Dividend Miles programs can earn and redeem miles while traveling on either airline.
December 30, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
Fares to the East Coast, especially from a smaller airport, can be high, so this round-trip Ontario-to-Boston flight on American is welcome: $245, including all taxes and fees. It is subject to availability and must be purchased at least 14 days in advance. There is no minimum stay, and you can travel any day of the week through June 4. Info: American Airlines , (800) 433-7300 Source: Airfarewatchdog
December 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
A drunken man gets tackled by a group of off-duty cops in November while trying to storm the cockpit on a flight from Warsaw to Toronto. An inebriated passenger on a January flight from Iceland to New York tries to grope and choke fellow travelers until crew and passengers bind him with duct tape. Such incidents are no longer flukes but rather a trend that has prompted airlines to call for new laws to deal with unruly passengers and other mayhem on international flights. The number of incidents of unruly passengers has jumped from fewer than 500 in 2007 to more than 6,000 in 2011, according to the International Air Transport Assn., the trade group for world airlines, which has been keeping track of the incidents.
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