Airlines http://www.kunc.org en Spirit Airlines Sees Business Take Off With Raunchy Ads http://www.kunc.org/post/spirit-airlines-sees-business-take-raunchy-ads South Florida-based Spirit Airlines is known for being cheap. It boasts "ultralow" base fares and then charges for items such as carry-on luggage or printing out your boarding pass at the airport.<p>That thrift carries over to Spirit's advertising. Even compared with other low-cost airlines, Spirit spends almost nothing on ads. And yet the company makes a surprising splash with its campaigns. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:28:00 +0000 Kenny Malone 49150 at http://www.kunc.org Spirit Airlines Sees Business Take Off With Raunchy Ads Judge Hints At Helping American Airlines Out Of Bankruptcy http://www.kunc.org/post/judge-hints-helping-american-airlines-out-bankruptcy A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Thursday indicated that he's leaning in favor of a allowing American Airlines to emerge from bankruptcy, clearing a major obstacle to the carrier's planned merger with US Airways.<p>Judge Sean H. Lane said he is "finding the arguments in favor of confirmation fairly persuasive" to allow American, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/11/29/142909836/is-bankruptcy-business-as-usual-for-airlines">which filed for Chapter 11 in November 2011</a>, to emerge from bankruptcy.<p>Lane reportedly could sign off on a restructuring plan for AMR Corp., American's parent, on Sept. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48970 at http://www.kunc.org Judge Hints At Helping American Airlines Out Of Bankruptcy Justice Sues To Block US Airways-American Airlines Merger http://www.kunc.org/post/justice-sues-block-us-airways-american-airlines-merger A merger of American Airlines and US Airways would violate U.S. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:55:00 +0000 48296 at http://www.kunc.org Justice Sues To Block US Airways-American Airlines Merger Baggage Fees Turn Five Years Old; Passengers Turn Blase http://www.kunc.org/post/baggage-fees-turn-five-years-old-passengers-turn-blase Hey, baggage fees — happy fifth birthday!<p>Even if passengers aren't eager to celebrate, airlines are. The fees, born in 2008, helped financially desperate carriers stay aloft as the U.S. economy was spiraling down.<p>"That was a watershed year that scared the bejeezus out of the airline industry," said Mark Gerchick, an aviation consultant who has just released a book, <em>Full Upright and Locked Position</em>. Even as ticket sales were sliding, jet fuel prices were shooting to historic highs.<p>"Suddenly, everyone's thinking changed in the industry," he said. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 07:27:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 47052 at http://www.kunc.org Baggage Fees Turn Five Years Old; Passengers Turn Blase British Investigators Probe 787 Fire At Heathrow http://www.kunc.org/post/british-investigators-probe-787-fire-heathrow British investigators say they will lead a probe into a fire aboard a 787 Dreamliner as it sat empty on the tarmac at London-Heathrow Airport.<p>The fire broke out Friday aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane about eight hours after it had taxied to the gate.<p>As we <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/12/201516692/another-787-dreamliner-fire-means-turbulence-for-boeing-stock">reported earlier</a>, the jet suffered what a Heathrow spokesman described as an "onboard internal fire". Sat, 13 Jul 2013 16:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47037 at http://www.kunc.org British Investigators Probe 787 Fire At Heathrow