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DOT Investigating 5 Airlines for ‘Price Gouging’ After Deadly Amtrak Crash in May

DOT Investigating 5 Airlines for ‘Price Gouging’ After Deadly Amtrak Crash in May

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced an investigation into possible price gouging by five airlines.  The agency is concerned that five American carriers may have raised airfares in the Northeast following a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May that disrupted rail service in the region.
In a letter sent to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines on Friday, the agency requested fare information to …

Lobby Bar – July 10: Electrified Drivers, Marathon-Powered Wi-Fi, and Bulkhead Baseball

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Instant undies. Jesse Sokolow reviews some key tips for effective summer packing. We recommend using our newest invention to dehydrate your clothes before packing them; then, when you arrive at your destination, simply spray some water in your suitcase and – voilà! – all of your clothes will magically expand back to their normal size.
Why-Fi? There’s been some confusion …

United Traffic, Capacity Up in June While Load Factor Declines

United Traffic, Capacity Up in June While Load Factor Declines

United Airlines announced operational results for June 2015.  Both the carrier’s consolidated traffic and consolidated capacity for the month were up year-over-year, while its load factor decreased.
Total traffic for the Chicago-based airline during the month of June was 19.36 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 1.3% from 19.119 billion RPMs in June 2014.  The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 2.2%, to 22.438 billion ASMs, …

United to Offer Cowshed Amenity Kits from Soho House

United to Offer Cowshed Amenity Kits from Soho House

United Airlines announced it is partnering with o offer new Cowshed amenity kits for passengers in premium cabins on intercontinental flights and in various United lounges around the world.
Beginning August 1, the new amenity kits will be given in United Global First and United BusinessFirst on long-haul international flights to and from the United States. Kits in both classes will include Cowshed’s hand cream, Lippy Cow Natural Lip Balm, and …

Justice Dept. Opens Anti-Trust Investigation Over Airline ‘Capacity Discipline’

Justice Dept. Opens Anti-Trust Investigation Over Airline ‘Capacity Discipline’

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into possible collusion amongst major airlines in the United States to limit the number of available seats and thereby maintain high ticket prices.
Federal prosecutors have sent subpoenas to several airlines investigating that the department termed “possible unlawful coordination.”
The move follows a wave of airline mergers that were approved by the department, which at the time said that the combination of American …

Great Moments in Travel History – July 2015

An El Al 747 at JFK.  El Al's first international flight was July 3, 1949

On July 10, 1887, the Grand Hotel opened on Mackinac Island, Michigan.  The property, a National Historic Landmark, boasts of having the world’s largest porch.  Over the years, the hotel has hosted a variety of notable guests including Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, five U.S. Presidents (Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton), Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
Amelia Earhart, the …

United Airlines Invests in Aviation Biofuel Company

United Airlines Invests in Aviation Biofuel Company

United Airlines announced it was taking a stake in Fulcrum BioEnergy, an aviation biofuel company.
The Chicago-based carrier said it will make a $30 million equity investment in Fulcrum.  This will be “the single largest investment by a U.S. airline in alternative fuels,” the company said in a statement.
Fulcrum’s technology converts municipal solid waste into low-cost sustainable aviation biofuel.
In addition to the equity investment, the agreement allows the two companies to …