In news of U.S. carriers, Spirit Airlines uses a heavy fee to stop “costly delay-causing gate activity;” Southwest prepares for even more expansion at Denver International; JetBlue adds another international partnership; and United announces some new routes for 2013.
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Chase Card Services has introduced a new AirTran A+ Rewards credit card that includes earning and redemption options not only on AirTran but also on sister company Southwest Airlines.
Just how bad was American Airlines’ schedule reliability during September, when it was hit by large numbers of flight disruptions as management and its pilots union were publicly bashing each other? According to data released by FlightStats.com, it was pretty bad.
The news that American Airlines management and representatives of its pilots union will resume negotiations on a new contract could be a sign that the troubled airline’s operations might start returning to normal.
The Transportation Security Administration has opened up a new PreCheck trusted traveler lane at a major airport in the western U.S., and has expanded the availability of the expedited screening option at Dallas/Ft. Worth.
Amtrak has started preliminary work on a project that should have its Acela trains in the northeast corridor running at higher speeds in the next few years, as the rail company reports record passenger numbers over its entire system.
Roomkey.com, a hotel search engine and direct booking site that was launched in January by six lodging industry giants, has added three more partners that it said will virtually double the number of properties available to consumers.
In airport news this week, Germany’s Frankfurt is set to cut the ribbon on new terminal space for next-generation wide-bodies; Chicago O’Hare travelers can now stock up on healthy produce; Ft. Lauderdale begins a terminal construction project; and Dallas/Ft. Worth gears up for passengers with electric cars.
In news of international airlines, British Airways has stared testing a self-check-in procedure; Lufthansa passengers can now use the Passbook feature on Apple’s iOS 6; Thai will upgrade the aircraft on its sole U.S. route; Pakistan International draws the first U.S. fine for a tarmac delay; and Canada’s WestJet starts code-sharing with British Airways.
In news of U.S. airlines, United has become the first North American carrier to take delivery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner; fees collected for checked bags hit a new record in the first half of the year; and Southwest Airlines moves a step closer to international and over-water flights.