Airlines

3:28pm

Tue September 3, 2013
Business

Spirit Airlines Sees Business Take Off With Raunchy Ads

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 3:22 pm

Spirit Airlines has gotten notice รขย€ย” and criticism รขย€ย” for its racy ads.
Courtesy of Spirit Airlines

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.

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. A visit to Spirit headquarters reveals the secrets of its marketing.

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11:26am

Thu August 29, 2013
Business

Judge Hints At Helping American Airlines Out Of Bankruptcy

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 12:41 pm

American Airlines aircraft sit on the tarmac at Miami International Airport last week.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

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.

Judge Sean H. Lane said he is "finding the arguments in favor of confirmation fairly persuasive" to allow American, which filed for Chapter 11 in November 2011, to emerge from bankruptcy.

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8:55am

Tue August 13, 2013
Business

Justice Sues To Block US Airways-American Airlines Merger

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 12:33 pm

A US Airways plane rests near two American Airlines jets at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport last year. The combined carrier would be named American Airlines.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

A merger of American Airlines and US Airways would violate U.S. antitrust law, the Justice Department, six state attorneys general and the District of Columbia allege in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg reports that Justice alleges the merger would lead to "less competition in the industry and higher prices for consumers." The wire service explains:

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1:27am

Sun July 14, 2013
Business

Baggage Fees Turn Five Years Old; Passengers Turn Blase

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 10:41 am

A traveler collects his bag from a luggage carousel in the Philadelphia International Airport in 2011. Baggage fees have helped financially desperate carriers stay aloft.
Matt Rourke AP

Hey, baggage fees โ€” happy fifth birthday!

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.

"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, Full Upright and Locked Position. Even as ticket sales were sliding, jet fuel prices were shooting to historic highs.

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10:47am

Sat July 13, 2013
The Two-Way

British Investigators Probe 787 Fire At Heathrow

Originally published on Sat July 13, 2013 5:44 pm

View of the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner that caught fire on the runway near Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport, London on Friday.
Sang Tan Associated Press

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.

The fire broke out Friday aboard an Ethiopian Airlines plane about eight hours after it had taxied to the gate.

As we reported earlier, the jet suffered what a Heathrow spokesman described as an "onboard internal fire". Photographs appeared to show fire damage just forward of the tail section.

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