Before you book a long-haul flight, do you go online to investigate the specifics of seating options on the airlines you’re considering? According to Airbus, an increasing number of passengers do.
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What’s going on between Delta and its “partner” at Seattle, Alaska Airlines? Seattle is Alaska’s home base and main hub, and when Delta started adding long-haul international routes out of SEA, it cited its code-share partnership with Alaska as a great benefit for building up its connecting traffic there. But then Delta started announcing its own new services on some of Alaska’s key domestic routes, and now its “partner” has struck back.
After a year-long effort that included a controversial attempt by the Justice Department to block the deal, American Airlines and US Airways this week finally completed their merger. While the real work of bringing the two airlines together will take many months, a few things will start to change very quickly.
In news of U.S. carriers, Alaska Airlines expands a benefit for members of its Mileage Plan program; Virgin America is acquiring slots at LaGuardia, but won’t be able to use them in its usual way; Delta uncorks a new in-flight liquor policy; and Southwest says it will drop three cities from its network.
It’s not often that a lawsuit involving airline frequent flyer programs gets as far as the U.S. Supreme Court, but last week the high court heard arguments in a case that involves an individual’s right to membership in those programs.
American Airlines and its banking partner Citi have come out with a new credit card for AAdvantage members. Besides the usual business traveler perks bundled into the card, this one comes with a special bonus feature — but it’s not cheap.
United Airlines has finished the overhaul of all 15 Boeing 757-200s that operate its “p.s.” (Premium Service) flights between New York JFK-Los Angeles and JFK-San Francisco. The company said that makes it “the first and only airline” to offer premium cabin flat-bed seats on every transcon flight — but that’s a distinction that won’t last too long, as 2014 is set to become the Year of the Transcon Business Traveler in terms of service improvements.
In U.S. airline news, the sale of Frontier Airlines has finally closed; JetBlue adds a domestic partner; Delta keeps adding more routes to its growing Seattle base; and Hawaiian Airlines adds a transpacific frequent flyer/code-share partner.
In agreeing to drop its civil antitrust suit against the American Airlines-US Airways merger, the Justice Department said it wanted low-cost carriers to acquire the takeoff and landing slots that the merging airlines had agreed to give up at New York LaGuardia and Washington Reagan National. The results are in for LGA, and Southwest and Virgin America are the buyers.
Getting past what appears to be their final significant legal hurdle, American Airlines and US Airways have set a date when they expect their corporate merger to take effect — and it’s not far off at all.