July 11, 2012 |
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.
July 1, 2012 |
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.
June 4, 2012 |
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.
May 1, 2012 |
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.
April 25, 2012 |
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.
April 13, 2012 |
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.
April 1, 2012 |
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.
January 13, 2012 |
AMR Corp.'s reorganization in bankruptcy has made the American Airlines parent a possible acquisition target for US Airways Group Inc. and buyout firm TPG Capital. US Airways hired Millstein & Co. and Barclays as advisors, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. TPG, led by David Bonderman, is in the early stages of an evaluation, and Delta Air Lines Inc. is using Blackstone Group to study options for AMR, two other people said. Mergers have thinned the ranks of major U.S. full-service airlines to four, counting AMR, from seven in 2005.
January 4, 2012 |
Delta Air Lines, one of the nation's largest air carrier, has added a $3 surcharge on flights in and out of Europe in a move that seems intended to offset the cost of a new European emissions plan. Starting this year, the Europe will impose taxes on airlines that exceed strict emission limits when flying in and out of European countries. A trade group for the nation's airlines estimates that the emission plan will cost U.S. airlines more than $3 billion through 2020 A national airline trade groups had suggested last month that airlines might add surcharges to offset the cost of the emissions plan.
December 3, 2011 |
Continental Airlines serves Angus cheeseburgers on its flights. United Air Lines doesn't even have the right ovens to heat them. United loads passengers in window seats first. Continental boards from the back. And United has a specific way to load dogs onto a plane -- always tail-first as they ride up the conveyor belt in carrier cages. On Continental, there's no strict policy. These are just three of the thousands of differences in the daily practices and policies of United and Continental airlines.