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[Reuters] U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines said it had bought Singapore Airlines‘ 49 percent stake in Britain’s Virgin Atlantic for $360 million (223.7 million pounds) and agreed a transatlantic joint venture with Virgin.

The airlines said they would file an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for competition clearance

The airlines said they would file an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for competition clearance: Photo: Wikipedia

Virgin and Delta on Tuesday said under the joint venture they would share costs and revenues on routes between Britain and North America.

The pair plan to cooperate on services between New York and London, with a total of nine daily round-trip flights from London Heathrow to John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.

“Our new partnership with Virgin Atlantic will strengthen both airlines and provide a more effective competitor between North America and the U.K., particularly on the New York-London route, which is the largest airline route between the U.S. and Europe,” said Delta Chief Executive Richard Anderson.

The airlines said they would file an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for competition clearance and that the deal would need to be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Union’s competition regulator.

The deal will enable Delta to expand at London’s Heathrow airport, a lucrative hub for corporate passengers where landing slots are generally hard to acquire. Virgin is the second-largest carrier at Heathrow after IAG’s British Airways.

Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, is operating at close to full capacity after Britain’s coalition government blocked its expansion in 2010.

British entrepreneur Richard Branson said he would…….

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11th Dec, 2012


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[Courier Post Online] Spirit Airlines’ new $100 fee for a carry-on bag may be the most recent irritant for fliers, but other airlines also have quietly raised their fees.

This could cost $200 round-trip to carry a bag on board. Photo: Wikipedia

This could cost $200 round-trip to carry a bag on board. Photo: Wikipedia

Spirit says that beginning Nov. 6 it will charge $100 at the boarding gate for fliers who bring a carry-on bag.

That’s a big jump from the $45 the airline is charging now at airport gates and means it could cost $200 round-trip to carry a bag on board.

Spirit has several flights from Atlantic City International Airport in Galloway.

Most airlines don’t charge to carry on a bag, but last month Allegiant Air began charging up to $35, depending on the route

Bag fees on other airlines also have been rising since USA Today surveyed all fees in September:

Delta Air Lines’ highest fee then for a second checked bag was $75 for some international flights. Now the airline charges $80 for fliers paying online and $100 at the airport for flights between the U.S. and Europe or North Africa.

• American Airlines’ highest fee in September for a second checked bag was $60 on some international flights. Now the price is $70 for flights between the U.S. and…..

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Written by GARY STOLLER
USA Today – May. 5, 2012


 


[AP & The Washington Post] A thriving airport can sustain or throttle a city. Which is why many Memphis business leaders got nervous when, in March 2011, Delta Air Lines announced that it would cut 25 percent of its service in and out of Memphis International Airport.

Business leaders got nervous when Delta Air Lines announced it would cut 25% of services in and out of Memphis International Airport.

Business leaders got nervous when Delta Air Lines announced it would cut 25% of services in and out of Memphis International Airport

The airport had once served as a major hub for Northwest Airlines. But a few years after Delta had bought Northwest, the Memphis hub was pared back as a cost-saving measure. Tom Jones, a columnist for Memphis magazine, has been chronicling the damage to the city ever since. It now costs Memphis residents $750 to fly to Cincinnati and $900 to Austin. Businesses and law firms are relocating out of the city because they can’t afford the flights. The annual Folk Alliance music festival is shifting to Kansas City in 2014 to avoid airport hassles.

“It’s ironic that in a city where FedEx invented the modern-day model for global commerce, our citizens are being priced out of the world economy,” Jones said Tuesday.

Jones was speaking at a New America Foundation panel discussion titled “Is It Time to Re-Regulate America’s Broken Airline System?” The event was based off a recent article in Washington Monthly by Philip Longman and Lina Khan arguing that more and more cities such as Memphis are finding themselves isolated as airlines consolidate and cut less-profitable routes. Cities like Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Memphis, St. Louis and Minneapolis “are increasingly cut off from each other and from the global economy.” And it’s not obvious what can be done about it.

One major question, said Josh Marks of the American Aviation Institute, is whether …..

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Posted by Brad Plumer
24th April  2012 – The Washington Post



SAO PAULO (Dow Jones)–Delta Air Lines Inc. is in talks with Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA in order to increase its stake in the Brazilian company to 20%, the local newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported in its Tuesday edition.

 Gol is looking to raise funds from Delta in order to face increasing cost pressures

Gol is looking to raise funds from Delta in order to face increasing cost pressures: Image courtesy of breakingtravelnews.com

In December, Delta acquired a 3% stake of Gol for $100 million.

Gol’s representatives weren’t immediately available for comment.

According to the newspaper, which didn’t unveil where it got the information, Gol is looking to raise funds from Delta in order to face increasing cost pressures.

Earlier this year, Gol said it has cut around 80 daily flights out of a total of 900, by reducing the frequency of its flights and not by cutting the number of destinations, as it slashed back expansion plans for this year.

The company also, earlier this year, laid off 131 staff as part of its drive to return to profitability.

In 2011, GOL reported a loss of 669 million Brazilian reais ($355 million), reversing from a profit of BRL214 million in 2010.

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By Rogerio Jelmayer,
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(Reuters) – A bird strike forced a Delta Air Lines flight bound for Los Angeles to make an emergency return to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport 10 minutes after takeoff on Thursday, authorities said.

Delta Flight 1063 reported an engine-related problem

Delta Flight 1063 reported an engine-related problem

The pilot of Delta Flight 1063 reported an engine-related problem and landed the Boeing 757 safely at the New York airport from which it had departed at 3 p.m., said a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Flight 1063 was on take-off when the aircraft encountered a bird strike” in its right engine, said Anthony Black, a Delta spokesman. “As a precaution, the captain returned to JFK.”

There were no injuries reported.

It was not clear how many birds or what kind of birds were involved.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees airports in metropolitan New York, said the pilot reported the “engine issue” 10 minutes into the flight.

In January 2009, a US Airways plane piloted by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed in the Hudson River after it struck a flock of geese just after take-off at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and lost power in both engines.

All 155 passengers and crew survived the splash-landing that came to be dubbed “Miracle on the Hudson.”

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NEW YORK
Fri Apr 20, 2012



One of the country’s busiest airports is about to get even busier.

Delta Air Lines executives joined with New York City officials Wednesday at LaGuardia Airport to break ground on a $160 million terminal project, ushering in a new era of airport expansion.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (third l.) and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (third r.) help to break ground on the new Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport. Photo courtesy Michael Bloomberg

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (third l.) and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (third r.) help to break ground on the new Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport: Photo courtesy Michael Bloomberg

The project includes the construction of a 630-foot connection bridge between the airport’s terminals C and D, allowing customers to walk between terminals without having to go through security again, the airport said. The new bridge marks LaGuardia’s single largest expansion project in more than 40 years, according to Delta. Renovations also include a new Delta Sky Club in Terminal C and expanded security lanes in both terminals.

“This investment will support a major expansion by Delta in the most competitive aviation market in the world,” said Gail Grimmett, senior vice president in New York. “Our goal is to become the preferred carrier for the business traveler in New York.”

Grimmett said the project would create 700 new jobs with an additional 135 construction positions in the process. The project’s completion, scheduled for July 11, will include service to 26 new cities and nearly 100 new daily flights, the airport said.

The work coincides with a $1.2 billion enhancement of Delta’s facilities at John F. Kennedy Airport, the site of an international hub.

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Airline performance improved last year as judged by four measures — passengers who endured lost bags, delayed flights, lousy service or bumpings from full flights, according to an annual report to be released Monday.

Airline performance improved last year

Airline performance improved last year

The report was compiled by Wichita State University business professor Dean Headley in Kansas and Perdue University aviation technology professor Brent Bowen in Indiana. It is based on 2011 data submitted to the Department of Transportation by the nation’s 15 largest airlines.

On-time performance

Industry average, 80 percent of flight on-time
Top 5

1. Hawaii Airlines, 92.8
2. Alaska Airlines, 88.2
3. AirTran Airways, 84.4
4. Mesa Airlines, 83.7
5. Delta Air Lines, 82.3

Passengers bumped from flight

Industry average, 0.78 denied boarding per 10,000 passengers
Top 5

1. JetBlue, 0.01
2. Hawaiian, 0.11
3. Delta, 0.31
4. AirTran, 0.57
5. Southwest, 0.65

Lost or mishandled bags

Industry average, 3.35 percent per 1,000 passengers
Top 5

1. AirTran, 1.63
2. Frontier, 2.21
3. JetBlue, 2.21
4. Hawaiian, 2.63
5. Delta, 2.66

Consumer complaints submitted to the Department of Transportation

Industry average, 1.19 complaints per 100,000 passengers
Top 5

1. Southwest, 0.32
2. Alaska, 0.48
3. Mesa, 0.62
4. Hawaiian, 0.70
5. AirTran, 0.72

Top 5’s only shown
For the full results go to ABC News / AP here…..

 



By The Associated Press
April 2, 2012 (AP)



(Reuters) – Pinnacle Airlines Corp (PNCL.O) filed for bankruptcy protection late on Sunday, as the U.S. regional airline fell victim to high fuel prices and dampened travel demand that has negatively impacted some of the major players in the industry.

The U.S. regional airline fell victim to high fuel prices and dampened travel demand

The U.S. regional airline fell victim to high fuel prices and dampened travel demand

In the past, upon facing financial trouble, United Continental Holdings Inc’s (UAL.N) United Airlines and Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) have taken the Chapter 11 route to cut costs and later found merger partners. AMR Corp, the parent of American Airlines, had also filed for bankruptcy late last year.

In a filing with a U.S. bankruptcy court, Pinnacle said it seeks to resolve its operational and financial difficulties through the Chapter 11 process. It also seeks to implement a turnaround plan by cutting costs and restructuring certain agreements with major airlines.

Pinnacle is a regional airline headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee that provides transportation between hubs and smaller outlying cities for passengers ticketed by major carriers. At present, Pinnacle’s primary customer is Delta Air Lines, with additional flying currently provided to United Airlines and, to a much lesser extent, US Airways.

In light of high fuel costs and weak travel demand, Pinnacle said major carriers have aggressively cut costs and decreased capacity.

“The result has been a race to the bottom, as the debtors and other regional airlines have been forced to bid ever-lower rates and accept increasingly unfavorable contract terms to win the business of major carriers,” Pinnacle said in the filing. The regional airline said it had received a commitment for $74.3 million of debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from Delta Air Lines that would help it to carry out normal operations……

 

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Mon Apr 2, 2012
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