air travel

What the American-US Airways Merger Will Mean for You

Now that the merger between American Airlines and US Airways is officially happening, travelers are sure to wonder how it will affect them. George Horbica, founder of Airfarewatchdog, tells us what to expect from the world's soon-to-be biggest airline.

How Airlines Prepare for Heavy Weather Like Winter Storm Nemo

As the Northeast braces for Winter Storm Nemo, airlines are already employing a strategy that has served them well: Cancel flights early and keep planes, crews and passengers away from snowed-in airports. Here's what else the airlines are doing.

Be Rental Car Smart: Saving Tips for When You Fly and Drive

When you fly anywhere for the holidays, you're probably vigilant about getting the best deal you can on airfare. But don't stop being money-smart when you get off the plane: There are plenty of ways to waste money and time by not taking enough care on your rental car choices.

How to Dodge 4 Expensive Holiday Disasters

An APA poll a few years back revealed that 80% of Americans expect to be stressed during the holiday season. One source of that stress? The unexpected costs that creep up on us in December. Here are some tips to sidestep some of those pricey problems.

MLB Soars to 30,000 Feet with In-Flight Live Streaming

Take me up to the ball game -- thanks to a new offering from broadband provider Row 44, baseball fanatics won't have to miss one tobacco spit or big hit while flying, because Major League Baseball will stream games to airline passengers' WiFi devices.

Expedia's AirAsia Partnership Is Just the Ticket

Expedia, the world's largest online travel agency, soon will be selling flights, hotel bookings and holiday packages in the world's fastest growing aviation and tourism market, thanks to an exclusive deal with AirAsia. Trefis takes a look at what the deal will mean for both companies.

Boeing Unveils New 747 Intercontinental Jet

Boeing (BA) unveiled the new 747-8 Intercontinental jet, which can seat as many as 500 people. The new plane has 12% lower costs per seat than the 747-400, Boeing said in a statement. The plane will also emit 16% less carbon.

Airlines and Online Ticket Sites: Altered Flight Patterns

New technology is leading to changes in business relationships between airlines and online ticketing sites. It'll take a while for the new landscape to settle down, but the near-term result could be potential windfalls for some carriers -- and confusion for air travelers.

New Apps & Common Sense Can Help Air Travelers

Air travel delays can sometimes seem like the last straw for frustrated passengers. But new software, such as delay-prediction app FlightCaster, combined with some commonsense planning, can help keep air travelers sane and on schedule.

While Airlines Are Profiting Again, Fliers Are Suffering

Of all the industries that have achieved record profits recently, none have posted more remarkable results than the airline industry. For the first time in a decade, the industry is on a glide path to profitability -- but it's getting there by squeezing its customers.

Delta Lowers Profit Guidance on Winter Storms

The storms last month not only inconvenienced travelers; they also cut into Delta Air Lines's profit, the company warned Wednesday. Delta has lowered its profit guidance by $45 million as a result.

AAA Sees 92.3 Million Americans Traveling Over Holidays

A total of 92.3 million American will travel 50 miles or more from home during the holidays, according to AAA. The figure is a 3.1% increase from the 89.5 million who traveled in the holiday season of 2009, AAA said in a statement.

Virgin Atlantic Says Several Parties Are Interested in Tie-Up

Virgin Atlantic Airways, the airline that said six months ago it is interested in a merger deal, has attracted approaches from several parties. "We%u2019ve received a number of lines of enquiry," Virgin spokesman Greg Dawson said in a statement, according to Bloomberg News.

Air Safety Investigators Praise Qantas Pilots

The pilots of the damaged Qantas Airways (QUBSF) Airbus A380 jet may have prevented disaster when the plane was forced to return to Singapore, investigators say. The pilots had to deal with more than a dozen system errors after the plane%u2019s Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine exploded in mid-air, Reuters reported. The plane was flying from Singapore to Sydney, Australia.

Qantas Takes Preliminary Legal Action Against Rolls-Royce

Qantas Airways (QUBSF) took preliminary steps towards legal action against Rolls-Royce over the grounding of the airline%u2019s fleet of Airbus A380s. Qantas filed a preliminary action in Australian federal court, allowing the company to pursue legal action is the airline isn%u2019t satisfied with the offer of compensation from Rolls-Royce, The New York Times reported.

Zagat Airline Survey Praises Southwest, Virgin America

Southwest Airlines (LUV) and Virgin America were among the winners in Zagat%u2019s latest frequent flier survey. Southwest was the top-rated in categories including "best check-in experience" and "top website", Zagat said in a statement. Virgin America was rated the best mid-sized carrier in both premium and economy class.

Airport Security Pat Downs: Too Much for Too Little

While the TSA argues that the more aggressive security is necessary to find weapons or bombs under clothes and stop terrorists, travelers say they feel like they're the ones being terrorized. Worse, the procedures fail to achieve the stated aim of creating safer skies.