Dark Clouds Loom for Airlines Even as Their Profits Take Off

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U.S. airlines are producing their biggest profits ever. But instead of clear skies, they are encountering problems that their recent prosperity, in some cases, is making worse. Employees at Southwest Airlines Co. and Delta Air Lines Inc. have rejected labor contracts in recent weeks, with some arguing that the compensation wasn’t sufficient given the industry’s […]






Boeing says domestic airlines moving closer to break-even

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Boeing Corporation on Thursday expressed hope that domestic airlines, which have been bleeding for many years now, are moving closer to break-even as operating costs have fallen faster than fare reductions following the sharp dip in oil prices. “I believe that Indian airlines are moving closer to profitability after years of losses. Spicejet has declared […]






Senate report urges government crackdown on airline fees

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The government should crack down on airline fees for things like seat reservations, checked baggage and ticket changes or cancellations, which are often unfair or hidden from consumers, according to a Senate report released Thursday. The report, which is based on an investigation by the Democratic staff of the Senate commerce committee, says there appears […]






E.P.A. Says It Will Set Rules for Airplane Emissions

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The Obama administration said on Wednesday that it would take the first step toward regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes, a move that could significantly strengthen President Obama’s environmental legacy but that also presents major new challenges for the airline industry. The Environmental Protection Agency said that Airplane Emissions endanger human health because of their […]






Europe’s Top Airlines to Spend Billions in Battle to Win Back Passengers

American Airlines Boeing 777 Premium Cabin Bar Interior





Europe’s two biggest airlines are rolling out more than €4 billion ($4.5 billion) in cabin upgrades in an attempt to arrest the hemorrhaging of lucrative premium passengers to Middle East rivals that have stolen their customers in part by wowing them with luxurious amenities aboard flights. The cabin overhauls represent a second front in a […]






Should airlines be re-regulated?

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By Christopher Elliott The days of a freewheeling, lightly regulated airline industry, in which a carrier can charge whatever fees and fares it pleases, may be nearing an end. A confluence of events is pressuring government regulators to take action that, depending on your point of view, will make air travel less expensive or interfere […]






The World’s Most Punctual Airlines

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According to UK-based aviation data monitors OAG, airBaltic was the world’s most punctual airline in 2014. Latvia’s national carrier operated 42,000 flights to 40 different destinations last year and just under 95 percent of them arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time. Hawaiian Airlines had the second best punctuality rate of all major […]






Which are the world’s safest airlines?






Aviation website AirlineRatings.com has just released its annual list of the world’s 10 safest airlines. Once again, Australian airline Qantas grabs the top spot. “Qantas continues to lead the industry with safety innovations and its fleet is now the youngest — 7.9 years — it has been since the airline was privatized in 1995,” AirlineRatings.com […]






Future Boeing Competitor Sees First Jet Certified in China

Comac ARJ21-700





China crossed a significant hurdle in its quest to someday become a direct Boeing competitor, when its first commercial transport jet won certification on Tuesday. True, the Comac ARJ21-700 is overweight, outdated and smaller than anything Boeing makes, but the twin-engine jet has landed 321 orders, nearly all of them from Chinese airlines. Certification for […]