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United Continental Loss Widens for Q1

United Continental Loss Widens for Q1

United Continental Holdings announced financial results for the first quarter of 2014.
The Chicago-based carrier reported a loss of $609 million, compared with a loss of $417 million in Q1 2013.  Revenue was $8.7 billion, a decrease of 0.3% from the same period of last year
United blamed $200 million of the loss on “historic severe weather.
The airline said that passenger revenue per available seat mile, or Prasm, was down 2%, with …

American Airlines First Quarter Profit Takes Off After Merger

American Airlines First Quarter Profit Takes Off After Merger

American Airlines Group announced financial results for the first quarter of 2014.
The new American was formed by the merger of American Airlines’ parent AMR and US Airways Group late last year.
The Dallas-based carrier reported a net profit of  $480 million, compared with a combined loss of $297 million in the same period in 2013.
Combined revenue for the first quarter was $10 billion, a 5.6% year-over-year increase.
The airline said that its …

Malaysia on the Fence on Making First Flight 370 Investigation Report Public

Malaysia on the Fence on Making First Flight 370 Investigation Report Public

As the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner gets close to the two-month point, the Malaysian government is debating whether to make public an initial report that it submitted to international aviation authorities.
Malaysia has filed a preliminary report on the incident with the International Civil Aviation Organization, said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the country’s director-general of civil aviation at a news conference Wednesday, adding that no decision has been made …

Four Seasons Hotels Debuts Boeing 757 Jet

Four Seasons Hotels Debuts Boeing 757 Jet

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced its entry into air transport with the launch of the Four Seasons Jet.
The Boeing 757-300 will be outfitted in a Four Seasons livery and will seat 52 passengers.  A normal Boeing 757-300 can hold as many as 232 passengers, depending on the particular airline’s configuration.
The fully lie-flat seats, which will be in a 2-2 configuration and were designed by Iacobucci.  They are 21” wide …

Possible Wreckage from Flight 370 Found off Western Australian Coast

Possible Wreckage from Flight 370 Found off Western Australian Coast

Australian authorities reported that an “object of interest” has washed ashore on the coast of Western Australia and that it is being examined to determine if it is from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner.
The Joint Agency Coordination Centre announced the discovery and said that the
Australian Transport Safety Bureau is studying photographs of the material, reported to be a piece of sheet metal with rivets.
The ATSB said it has provided Malaysian …

Lufthansa to Continue Partnership with US Airways

Lufthansa to Continue Partnership with US Airways

German flag carrier Lufthansa announced plans to it to continue its long-time partnership with US Airways as well as its non-stop flight between Munich to Charlotte, North Carolina.
The airline, which first launched the Munich-Charlotte flight in 2004, currently operates the route with a three-class Airbus A340-600 between the two cities.  According to Lufthansa, it is the only airline to offer a first-class cabin on that route.
Lufthansa announced that it will …

Heathrow Express Workers Plan 48-Hour Strike

Heathrow Express Workers Plan 48-Hour Strike

Rail workers who operate the Heathrow Express service will go on strike, the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union said.
Members of the union plan to walk off the job at 3:00 a.m. on April 29 for 48 hours.  The strike is to protest a workforce reorganization that the union says could imperil over 200 jobs.  Heathrow Express says that the changes are necessary to “improve customer service, improve safety and protect …