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American Airlines offers helicopter rides and private lounges for super VIPs

February 20, 2019 |

American Airlines has just banished two of the most annoying aspects of flying out of Los Angeles International Airport: traffic gridlock and the long security screening line. But it won’t be cheap.

In the latest effort by the airline industry to cater to well-heeled travelers, the world’s largest…


L.A. Times – Business

FAA Probes Southwest Airlines Over Baggage Weight Discrepancies

February 19, 2019 |

Federal air-safety regulators are investigating Southwest Airlines for widespread failures to accurately track the combined weight of checked bags loaded into each of its jets.
WSJ.com: US Business

Airlines make you say you’re male or female. Coming soon: a nonbinary gender option

February 16, 2019 |

When people buy plane tickets, they have to select a “gender” option: male or female. But those two categories don’t cover everyone, so some major airlines are planning to offer more choices.

Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Assn., two trade groups that represent major air…


L.A. Times – Business

Southwest Airlines declares a maintenance ‘emergency’ with more jets grounded

February 16, 2019 |

Southwest Airlines Co. declared an “operational emergency” Friday because of an unusually high number of aircraft taken out of service for maintenance, and the carrier ordered all scheduled mechanics to show up for work or risk being fired.

Workers “alleging illness” will be required to provide…


L.A. Times – Business

No-frills Southwest Airlines may start charging for some frills

February 9, 2019 |

Southwest Airlines Co. Chief Executive Gary Kelly piqued investor curiosity recently when he said new ways to generate revenue are “under construction.”

The discount airline barely has a toe in the big pool of money that rivals collect from “ancillary” fees for, say, food bought on board or preferred…


L.A. Times – Business

United and American airlines try to outdo each other on entertainment

January 31, 2019 |

The nation’s biggest airlines have launched a battle to outdo one another with free onboard entertainment, and it looks as if the winners are music- and TV-loving passengers.

United Airlines fired its latest volley by announcing Wednesday that it has begun to offer free live television on 211 of…


L.A. Times – Business

The government shutdown creates headwinds for airlines

January 28, 2019 |

The nation’s airlines are blaming the partial federal government shutdown for putting another dark cloud in their path, with few federal workers and contractors taking to the skies and stalled federal agency approvals causing delays in expansion plans, including Southwest Airlines’ much-anticipated…


L.A. Times – Business

Southwest Airlines treated Oakland TSA workers to BBQ lunch

January 24, 2019 |

“It is a difficult time. But I tell you what, it’s times like this that bring people together.”
FOX News

United Airlines refunds deployed soldier after canceled Christmas flight fiasco

January 5, 2019 |

United Airlines quickly reversed itself in what could have been another embarrassing public relations gaffe for the carrier.
FOX News

Frontier Airlines lets flight attendants keep their tips. The union opposes tipping

January 4, 2019 |

To generate extra revenue, low-cost airlines have experimented with several money-making ideas, such as charging to print boarding passes and promoting credit card memberships during the flights.

Frontier Airlines is trying something new to generate extra money for the carrier’s flight attendants:…


L.A. Times – Business