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October 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Regional carrier Sun Country Airlines is filing for bankruptcy protection, blaming legal troubles from a fraud investigation of its parent company, Petters Group Worldwide. The privately held airline said it would continue its normal schedule as it reorganizes. Petters Group founder Tom Petters has been charged in what authorities say was a scheme to defraud investors of millions.
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May 21, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
A new tool from Danish travel site Momondo.com may help take away some of the stress of flight shopping by advising us when to buy an airline ticket. More than a simple price calendar, Momondo's Flight Insights tool considers six essential factors that determine the price of a ticket for a particular flight search: number of days in advance, time of day, day of the week, seasonality, airport and airline.  Even if you are booking a last-minute ticket, this tool can help determine which airline normally has the lowest price fares for a particular route.
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BUSINESS
October 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Investment firm Petters Group Worldwide, owner of a variety of businesses including bankrupt Sun Country Airlines Inc., filed for bankruptcy protection after FBI agents raided its headquarters last month in a $2-billion fraud probe and its assets were frozen. Douglas A. Kelley, the court-appointed receiver who is now running Minnetonka, Minn.-based Petters, signed the Chapter 11 filing, made Saturday. Founder Tom Petters, accused by U.S. prosecutors of masterminding a fraud at the company, was ordered held without bail by a federal judge Wednesday.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Two brothers are launching an airline to serve executives and others who are willing to pay a hefty monthly membership fee for unlimited travel up and down the California coast. Surf Air in Santa Monica began enrolling members Thursday to fly between airports in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Palo Alto starting in May. It's not a new concept; larger commercial airlines have tried the all-you-can-fly concept on a limited basis. Surf Air will charge a monthly fee, starting at $790, for unlimited flights between the four destinations on small eight-passenger aircraft.
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
A new tool from Danish travel site Momondo.com may help take away some of the stress of flight shopping by advising us when to buy an airline ticket. More than a simple price calendar, Momondo's Flight Insights tool considers six essential factors that determine the price of a ticket for a particular flight search: number of days in advance, time of day, day of the week, seasonality, airport and airline.  Even if you are booking a last-minute ticket, this tool can help determine which airline normally has the lowest price fares for a particular route.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Two brothers are launching an airline to serve executives and others who are willing to pay a hefty monthly membership fee for unlimited travel up and down the California coast. Surf Air in Santa Monica began enrolling members Thursday to fly between airports in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Palo Alto starting in May. It's not a new concept; larger commercial airlines have tried the all-you-can-fly concept on a limited basis. Surf Air will charge a monthly fee, starting at $790, for unlimited flights between the four destinations on small eight-passenger aircraft.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Can an all-you-can-fly, membership airline get off the ground? A team of brothers plans to launch a Santa Monica-based airline to serve executives and others who are willing to pay a monthly membership fee for unlimited travel up and down the California coast. The concept is not new and has been fairly successful primarily with larger, commercial airlines. Santa Monica-based Surf Air plans to begin accepting members Thursday to fly between Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Palo Alto starting in May. The airline would charge members a monthly fee, starting at $790, for unlimited flights between the four destinations on small eight-passenger aircraft.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
The president and chief executive of US Airways, the nation's sixth-largest carrier, unexpectedly resigned Tuesday, and the company said Chairman Stephen Wolf will take over both positions. The Arlington, Va.-based carrier, which has struggled all year and whose proposed merger with United Airlines fell apart, said Rakesh Gangwal quit to pursue a career in venture capital. Gangwal joined US Airways in 1996 after stints at Air France and United Airlines.
TRAVEL
November 25, 2001 | ARTHUR FROMMER
Just when it seems that we've exhausted our inventory of money-saving travel tips, new ones come to mind. Here are some gems: * You can travel to the Caribbean or one of several Mexican resorts from the West Coast for $225 round trip, if you permit the AirTech organization to choose the destination and your departure date (within a four-day time frame specified by you).
TRAVEL
March 23, 1997 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
You've seen their billboards, heard their radio spots, read their ads. But who is behind the escalating competition in the Hawaiian package vacation market? More than a dozen wholesalers are in the business of packaging Hawaiian vacations. But if ever there were an 800-pound gorilla in the Hawaiian tourism market, it would be Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays. Pleasant Hawaiian, a family-owned Westlake Village company, uses a broad network of hotels and contacts cultivated over 38 years in the islands.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Can an all-you-can-fly, membership airline get off the ground? A team of brothers plans to launch a Santa Monica-based airline to serve executives and others who are willing to pay a monthly membership fee for unlimited travel up and down the California coast. The concept is not new and has been fairly successful primarily with larger, commercial airlines. Santa Monica-based Surf Air plans to begin accepting members Thursday to fly between Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey and Palo Alto starting in May. The airline would charge members a monthly fee, starting at $790, for unlimited flights between the four destinations on small eight-passenger aircraft.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Investment firm Petters Group Worldwide, owner of a variety of businesses including bankrupt Sun Country Airlines Inc., filed for bankruptcy protection after FBI agents raided its headquarters last month in a $2-billion fraud probe and its assets were frozen. Douglas A. Kelley, the court-appointed receiver who is now running Minnetonka, Minn.-based Petters, signed the Chapter 11 filing, made Saturday. Founder Tom Petters, accused by U.S. prosecutors of masterminding a fraud at the company, was ordered held without bail by a federal judge Wednesday.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Regional carrier Sun Country Airlines is filing for bankruptcy protection, blaming legal troubles from a fraud investigation of its parent company, Petters Group Worldwide. The privately held airline said it would continue its normal schedule as it reorganizes. Petters Group founder Tom Petters has been charged in what authorities say was a scheme to defraud investors of millions.
TRAVEL
February 16, 1997 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
For decades, there's been a clear division among Americans seeking tropical beaches: If you lived on the East Coast, you looked toward the Caribbean. If you lived on the West Coast, you looked toward Hawaii or Mexico. It was only logical: Getting to Hawaii or Mexico from here generally took five hours--or much less--often on a nonstop flight, a more convenient journey than a flight to the Caribbean that would take at least six hours and generally required a stop on the way.
TRAVEL
January 22, 2006
Here is a list of selected national and international airlines that offer flights out of major cities in the United States. In some cases, an airline may not have its own mileage award program, but it may partner with another airline. Note: "FF" denotes "frequent flier." Aer Lingus (800) 474-7424 reservations/FF www.aerlingus.com Aero California (800) 237-6225 reservations Aeroflot Russian Airlines (888) 340-6400 reservations/FF www.aeroflot.
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