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November 5, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
The Federal Aviation Administration has recommended inspections for the airlines that use seats made by the same Texas manufacturer of seats that came loose last month from several American Airline planes. Reports of loose seats on about half a dozen American Airlines flights forced the Fort Worth-based carrier last month to temporarily ground almost 50 Boeing 757 planes to ensure the seats were securely fastened to the cabin floor. Quiz: Test your knowledge of business news After initially blaming the problem on a faulty seat clamp, the airline later said that the buildup of spilled soft drinks, coffee and juice kept locking pins from staying in place and securing the seats.
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BUSINESS
October 28, 2012 | By Chad Terhune
Airlines have canceled more than 7,400 flights as Hurricane Sandy nears major airports along the East Coast. About 1,200 flights were scratched for Sunday and more than 5,500 were canceled for Monday as airlines scrambled to prepare for a potentially severe storm. An additional 640 flights were dropped for Tuesday, according to FlightAware.com, an airline information service. Many of the cancellations involved flights coming or going to New York area airports, such as Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2012 | By John Horn
People who obsess about airline safety will doubtlessly be drawn to “Flight,” Nov. 2's drama about the culpability of alcoholic pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) in an aviation disaster.  But there's one place you likely will never be able to see the movie: on an airplane. The fees that airlines pay for movies are but a small slice of a film's overall income, but in some cases can add up to several million dollars, which can benefit a risky drama like “Flight.” But Paramount Pictures, the film's financier and distributor, concedes “Flight” will be a tough sell to any airline, even though the carrier and the plane in the film are  fictional creations, and Whitaker's heroic flying may have saved countless lives.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
This post has been updated. The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing two fines totaling $987,500 against Delta Air Lines for allegedly operating two commercial planes in need of repairs. “Safety is our highest priority,” FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement.  “Operators must follow the proper procedures to maintain their aircraft.” Delta, based in Atlanta, has 30 days to respond to the proposed fine. In one case, the FAA contends Delta operated a Boeing 737-800 on 20 flights after an FAA inspector discovered a chip on the plane's nose cone.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Mac users who search for hotels on the Orbitz online booking service are initially directed to more expensive hotels than PC users, Orbitz acknowledged last week. Orbitz defended the practice, saying the travel search engine is simply showing users what it thinks they prefer. Orbitz Chief Executive Barney Harford said data collected by Orbitz shows that Mac users were 40% more likely than PC users to book four- or five-star hotels. "That is just one of many factors that determine which hotels to recommend a given customer as part of our effort to show customers the most relevant hotels possible," Harford said in an email.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
In a first for a Mexican airline, Delta Air Lines has bought about 4% of Aeromexico for $65 million, the two airlines announced Monday. Under the deal, Delta owns 30.2 million Aeromexico shares at 31 pesos each . The deal also gives Delta a seat on the airline's board of directors. Aeromexico is the largest airline in Mexico, based on passenger totals; Delta is the second-largest in the United States. The two airlines described the investment as part of a larger effort over the last few years to strengthen a partnership between the carriers, according to a joint news release issued Monday.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Delta Air Lines is buying its own oil refinery to maintain a steady flow of affordable jet fuel. It's either a brilliant move or an insane one. The carrier says it will spend $150 million to acquire the refinery from ConocoPhillips, and then an additional $100 million fixing it up. Richard Anderson, Delta's chief executive, called the acquisition "an innovative approach to managing our largest expense. " Jet fuel accounts for about a third of an airline's operating costs.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The Boeing Co. raked in 58% more income in its first quarter as it builds more efficient planes for airlines struggling with high fuel costs. The company earned $923 million, or $1.22 per share, compared with $586 million, or 78 cents a share, during the same period a year earlier. Its revenue boomed 30% to $19.4 billion. During the quarter, Boeing delivered 137 commercial planes and said it has orders to build more than 4,000 others valued at a record $308 billion.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
A program that lets preapproved air travelers zip through security lines will be expanded later this month to Delta Air Lines passengers at Los Angeles International Airport. The program, dubbed PreCheck and operated by the Transportation Security Administration, has been available for several months at LAX but only for passengers who fly American Airlines, one of the largest carriers at the airport. Starting April 24, it will be offered to Delta passengers as well, the TSA announced Friday.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
While the recent trend among most airlines is to introduce higher-fare seats with extra legroom and no baggage fees, Delta Air Lines is moving in the other direction. The nation's largest carrier announced the addition of “basic economy” seating, the airline's lowest-fare offer. The ultra-low-cost seats started in mid-March and are only offered at select routes, primarily Detroit to the Florida cities of Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. The basic economy seats are about $12 to $20 cheaper than regular economy seats but the tickets are nonrefundable and no cancellations or changes will be allowed once the tickets are purchased.
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