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Airline Stocks Despite Travel Alert

Despite the State Department issuing a travel alert Sunday following the killing of infamous terrorist Osama Bin Laden, Wall Street analysts expect airline stocks to continue their upward ride Monday.

Fly the Hungry Skies: Continental Drops Free Pretzels

The United-Continental merger was supposed to bring together the best of both carriers, but it doesn't always work that way. Continental is following United's lead and eliminating its free pretzels. But there are still a few options for flyers seeking free munchies -- and some of them are mighty tasty.

Airline Complaints Surged 28% in 2010

Airlines improved their performance last year, with fewer lost bags and bumped passengers due to overbooking and more on-time arrivals, but travelers were still dissatisfied, according to an annual study of airline quality.

Flyers, Get Ready to Pay More to Take Off

The price of a plane ticket is heading sharply higher. That's because airlines face steeper fuel costs and continue to cut capacity to keep profits from falling. You can still find some relative bargains, but it's going to take a lot more planning ahead.

Former Northwest Employees Sue Delta Over Pay Discrepancy

A half-dozen Delta Air Lines flight attendants sued the carriers for what they say is discrimination in the form of smaller profit-sharing paychecks for former Northwest Airlines employees, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

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.

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.

Airlines Attach Big Fees to Small Seat Upgrades

When Virgin American offered traveler writer Randy Diamond the chance to upgrade his ticket to "Main Cabin Select" for a mere $500 more than the coach fare, he assumed it must be for a first-class seat. But what the airline is actually offering for that upgrade may surprise you.

AirTran Shares Spike 65% on Southwest Deal

Southwest Airlines, one of the earliest discount airlines, will buy rival AirTran -- another sign of consolidation in an industry that has witnessed the mergers of Northwest with Delta and United with Continental over the last two years.

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.

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.

Delta Air Lines to Cut Jobs, Planes at Regional Subsidiary

Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL) is cutting jobs and retiring planes at its Comair regional subsidiary. Comair is retiring most of its 50-seat jets in 2011 and 2012, Reuters reported, citing a Comair memo to staff. The memo did not give details on how many of the subsidiary%u2019s 2,600 workers will be cut.

Will Passengers Pay for WiFi in the Sky?

Airlines plan to nearly triple the number of planes with in-flight Internet access this year, but fewer than one in 50 passengers currently pay for the service. When will WiFi revenues start to take off?

Why U.S. Airlines Are Beating Europe's

The Icelandic volcano isn't the only thing that hit the Continent's carriers hard. They've also had to grapple with currency woes, the European debt crisis and falling consumer confidence. U.S. airlines have avoided much of that storminess.

Delta Reports Second Quarter Earnings of $467 Million

Delta Air Lines (DAL) reported second-quarter earnings of $467 million , or 55 cents a diluted share, including special items. The company posted a loss of $257 million in the second quarter of 2009 The earnings were driven by a 19% increase in passenger revenue, which rose to $7 billion, the company said in a statement. Cargo revenue advanced 22%.

More Volcanic Ash Compounds Airline Woes

A new plume of ash has closed several European airports again. That's adding to the air-travel industry's woes as the International Air Transport Association estimates that the April shutdown cost $1.7 billion.

Do Airline Mergers Make Service Worse?

The airline industry is so unprofitable that competitors try to outdo each other in giving passengers less while charging more, and mergers are only creating bigger, less service-oriented carriers.

...But Some Frequent Fliers Could Be Pleasantly Surprised

Separately, United and Continental's frequent flier programs are among the most robust loyalty programs in the business, allowing passengers to earn and spend miles in a variety of ways. Combining the two will create a powerhouse program.

Airlines Prep for Turbulent Second Quarter

Mergers, near-mergers, paralyzing winter storms, volcanic ash and new rules about the treatment of passengers could all add up to a difficult second quarter for the U.S. aviation industry. As the industry awaits Continental and United Airlines merger news Monday, insiders wonder what's next.

New Airline Rules Give Delayed Passengers an Exit

New Department of Transportation rules attempt to prevent airlines from keeping passengers trapped for more than three hours without access to food, water or bathrooms while planes idle on the tarmac. Airlines that break the new rules, which take effect Thursday, now face fines of up to $27,500 per passenger.

Volcanic Ash Ripples Through the Aviation Industry

The massive cloud of volcanic ash spewing from Iceland is doing more than creating dangerous flying conditions and stranding thousands of passengers on several continents. It's casting a pall over many parts of the economically stressed aviation industry.

Mergers Could Keep Airline Stocks Flying High

A report that United Airlines and U.S. Airways were in merger talks set off a flurry of trading. Just the hint of more consolidation in the overcrowded airline industry, with its high operations costs and notoriously low profit margins, was enough for traders to pounce at the opportunity to get ahead of a move they hope will lead to higher ticket prices and lower overall operating costs industrywide.