United Airlines achieved the second overall ranking for on-time domestic flights, thanks in part to the company's "Quick-Turn Playbook" strategy. United developed the strategy last year after conducting an analysis of its operational standards, compared to other carriers.
Savanthi Syth, an analyst with Raymond James Financial, notes that US airlines are likely to start extending similar basic economy pricing for their overseas flights as excess capacity in the marketplace has driven down average fares per mile.
The average fare costs for airlines in 56 markets dropped 15% after Southwest Airlines entered the market, while demand for tickets along those routes increased by 28%, according to a study from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. The study termed this phenomenon the "Southwest Effect."
The Department of Transportation granted an extension to American Airlines' start date for daily flights from Los Angeles to Beijing. The flights will begin Nov. 5.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport revealed plans to replace four of its diesel-fueled transport buses with zero-emission electric vehicles. The vehicles are expected to save the airport $1.8 million over 12 years, and will start service in 2019.
Travelers United's Charlie Leocha calls out the private jet lobby for selfishly trying to slow air traffic control reform, even though the affluent users of these private jets all bypass TSA scrutiny, airport terminals, system delays and fly on their own schedules. Leocha asserts that "corporate leaders all live in a world of private jets that the public rarely sees. Worse, the American public subsidizes this corporate and private-jet system of travel. Despite using 10%, or about $1 billion, of air traffic control resources, high-end private jets pay only 0.4% of the costs to maintain the current system."
Southwest Airlines customers helped celebrate a 101-year-old military veteran's birthday by singing "Happy Birthday" during a flight. The crew turned on the overhead lights to represent candles, and encouraged him to "blow" them out.
Five Southwest Airline flights will travel along the path of the solar eclipse today, and flight crews are preparing to celebrate the event. Passengers will receive free solar viewing glasses and "cosmic cocktails."
The Senate and House are considering legislation that would protect the rights of airline passengers as part of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization. Proposed amendments to the bill would protect passengers from being forcibly removed from planes, restrict downsizing of airline seats, ban voice calls on planes and limit the additional fees that airlines can charge.
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