December 22, 2007 |
Airfares have risen nearly 6% this holiday season as carriers take advantage of strong demand to offset higher fuel costs. The average airfare booked between Dec. 19 and Jan. 1 was $362, up 5.8% from last year and 13.8% from the same period in 2005, said Chris Spidle, director of research at Sabre Airline Solutions. On Friday, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines added $10 round-trip fuel surcharges to ticket prices. Jet fuel prices are up 47% this year.
November 19, 2003 |
General Motors Corp. is trying to enlist the Chinese government in promoting cars that run on hydrogen fuel cells instead of gasoline, in hopes that the nation's potentially huge market might generate enough sales to make the new technology profitable. GM officials in Beijing said China could jump straight into alternative-fuel cars if it begins setting up special hydrogen filling stations now -- perhaps alongside new gas stations as they are built.
April 4, 1987 |
American Motors Corp. announced Friday that it is recalling about 20,000 Jeep vehicles built between Jan. 15 and March 3 for a possible fuel injection system problem that may prevent a return to idle after acceleration. Models involved include Cherokee, Wagoneer and Comanche vehicles with 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engines.
October 9, 2003 |
The Army, which must haul its fuel with it when it takes the field, has hired an Irvine-based fuel systems developer to build a prototype special operations vehicle that would run quietly on a hydrogen-powered fuel cell. The contract calls for Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc. to develop an all-terrain vehicle over the next 10 months. A six-month field test would follow. The size of the contract was not revealed.
June 23, 1994 |
More than 1,000 Northern California small-plane pilots bought contaminated Chevron fuel last month, and officials were still trying to track down several dozen aviators. The Federal Aviation Administration emphasized Wednesday that no crashes have been traced to the fuel, which was improperly mixed last month at Chevron's Richmond refinery. "As of right now, contaminated fuel is not suspected in any of the accidents that have occurred since May 16," agency spokesman Hank Verbais said.
December 23, 2003 |
The Bush administration is looking at making larger sport utility vehicles, such as the Hummer H2, the Ford Excursion and the GMC Suburban, and large pickup trucks comply with federal fuel economy standards for the first time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said Monday that it was seeking comments on whether to change the definitions of cars and light trucks.
July 12, 1997 |
Investigators trying to learn why TWA Flight 800 exploded have installed monitors on the fuel tanks of a Boeing 747 and will measure vibrations and temperatures under various conditions during a rigorous set of tests. Data from the flight tests will be compared to what is known about the Flight 800 mystery nearly a year after the plane went down off Long Island, killing all 230 people on board. Investigators know that Flight 800's nearly empty center fuel tank exploded.
October 24, 2008 |
JetBlue Airways Corp., the U.S. carrier partly owned by Germany's Deutsche Lufthansa, posted a third-quarter loss of $4 million as fuel costs rose. The loss of 2 cents a share compared with net income of $23 million, or 12 cents, a year earlier, the New York-based airline said. The results included a gain of $26 million from contracts that locked in some fuel prices in advance. Sales rose 18% to $902 million. Shares of JetBlue rose 1 cent to $5.02.
April 3, 2005
The Longhorn is a large, just-finished pipeline running from outside Houston to El Paso, where a connecting pipeline was supposed to deliver the fuel to Tucson and Phoenix ("Fuel Pipeline Built, but Relief Isn't Delivered," March 26). This was expected to relieve Arizona's heavy dependence on California for gasoline and other petroleum products. It amazes me that the preliminary planning did not reveal that the connecting pipeline was already too full, that the Longhorn ends in a bottleneck and that a new connecting pipeline will have to be built.
July 19, 2008 |
A former government contractor was charged with making false statements as military investigators probed the apparent theft of nearly $40 million in fuel from a U.S. Army base in Iraq. Lee William Dubois of Lexington, S.C., was arrested at Dulles International Airport outside Washington. At an initial appearance in federal court in Alexandria, Dubois was ordered held pending a detention hearing Monday. In a court affidavit, an Army investigator said Dubois and his conspirators stole 10.5 million gallons of jet and diesel fuel valued at $39.6 million from Camp Liberty in Baghdad.