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American 3Q Revenue Per Seat Mile Rises by 10.8%

American Airlines third-quarter revenue per seat mile is likely to see a double-digit increase from a year earlier, as the largest U.S. airline benefits from what appears to be a rebound in travel spending.

United-Continental Merger: Good For Them, Bad For Fliers

Don't believe the fairy tales United and Continental are spinning about their proposed merger being beneficial to travelers and carriers alike: Beyond the deal to bring Southwest to Newark Airport that they cut placate the antitrust watchdogs, this merger is all bad news.

British Airways to Begin Joint Venture with American Next Month

British Airways (BAIRY) will begin a joint venture next month on flights across the Atlantic with American Airlines (AMR), after nearly 13 years of planning. The carriers will align their frequent-flier programs, allowing travelers to earn and use miles on the two airlines, Bloomberg News said. They will coordinate their schedule in 2011, then add new destinations in the U.S. and Europe.

U.S. Airlines Got Added Lift in August

American Airlines and Delta Air Lines both reported traffic increases for August, while Continental Airlines will recall 132 furloughed pilots, further indicating that air travel is on the rebound.

Regulators May Hit American Airlines With $25 Million Penalty

Regulators are considering hitting American Airlines (AMR) with a record penalty of $25 million or more for safety violations, The Wall Street Journal said. The fine relates to problems discovered in 2008, when improperly fixed electric wiring around landing gear forced American to ground its fleet of 300 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jets for several days, The Wall Street Journal reported without naming its sources.

The New Flight Delay: Can't Take Off Without Granola Bars

New federal regulations intended to ensure you won't find yourself trapped for hours on a plane with no food or water have resulted in a new type of flight delay: Travel columnist Randy Diamond fell victim last week to this unintended consequence, which he calls "the granola bar wait."

Earnings Preview: United, AirTran Set to Improve

United Airlines parent UAL Corp. and AirTran Holdings will release their fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday, and both are expected to post improved results, helped by lower jet fuel costs and slower declines in demand.

Delta Narrows Loss, but Misses Estimates

Delta Air Lines reported a narrower fourth-quarter loss Tuesday, helped by lower fuel costs and declining restructuring charges, but results failed to meet Wall Street's expectations.

Earnings Preview: Southwest and Continental

Southwest and Continental report quarterly earnings Thursday with investors keen to hear if the outfits will be adding back some capacity in 2010, an indication that the worst of the industry's downturn may be behind it.

Fees and Fuel Costs Give AMR a Narrower Loss

American Airlines' parent company AMR Corp. posted a narrower fourth-quarter loss Wednesday, helped by lower fuel costs and increases in revenue from passenger fees, but results missed Wall Street's forecast.