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Another Banner Year for Online Travel

Total U.S. online travel-related spending came to about $103 billion in 2012 according to the latest data from comScore Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR). Air...

737 Cracks: Boeing Can't Suffer Any More Black Eyes

Boeing says cracks in the skins of its older 737s have appeared sooner than expected. The aerospace company reported that the planes require detailed inspections of their skins after 30,000 flights -- not the 60,000 specified in earlier maintenance guidelines.

Cracks in Planes Could Blow a Hole in Southwest's Reputation

Will Southwest's passengers now be reluctant to board the airline's planes -- even if they all pass inspection? The airline, which is considered one of the best run and most innovative in the country, may discover that a good reputation and a strong brand can be fleeting.

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.

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.

Continental and Southwest Back to Profitability

Continental Airlines and Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest discount carrier, posted fourth-quarter profits Thursday, helped by lower fuel costs and improved demand, but the carriers both cautioned that the sector faces more turbulence in 2010.

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.

Delta, Continental Up Baggage Fees

Delta and Continental are raising the fees they charge customers to check baggage to $25 for the first bag. The move underscores how the industry is trying to squeeze every nickle from the flying public. The winners in this trend? Package-delivery companies.