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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 …

United to Take Stake in Azul Brazilian Airlines

United to Take Stake in Azul Brazilian Airlines

United Airlines announced that it plans to acquire an approximate 5% stake in Azul Brazilian Airlines, for $100 million.  United’s investment will also give it one seat on the Brazilian carrier’s board of directors.
With the deal, the two carriers will also begin codesharing on various routes, as well as begin joint loyalty program participation.
Pending government approval, United Airlines will be allowed to place its code on Azul-operated flights from São …

San Diego Airport Closes Commuter Terminal

San Diego Airport Closes Commuter Terminal

Earlier this month, San Diego International Airport closed its Commuter Terminal to commercial flights, relocating them to gates at its main terminals.
The move impacts flights operated by American Airlines and United Airlines to and from Los Angeles as well as all SeaPort Airlines flights.  SeaPort is a regional airline with three bases: San Diego, Portland, and Memphis.
The airport said that the move would allow airlines to replace “smaller aircraft with …

Lobby Bar – June 19: Supramarkets, Diamond Pretzels, and Cuddling with Strangers

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Lobby Bar – A Pyramid Scheme Summary of FBT News and Views
Check it in. Don’t be alarmed; that carry-on suitcase restriction you read about last week is not actually coming to be. In reality, the International Air Transport Association will be limiting the measurements of carry-on items to 3”x1x”4”, which means you’ll have to start packing your iPhone in checked baggage soon.
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Dallas Files Suit in Love Field Gate Dispute

Dallas Files Suit in Love Field Gate Dispute

The city of Dallas filed suit against two federal agencies and six airlines in an effort to settle the question of which airlines can fly out of Love Field on Wednesday.  The airport, which has limited gate space, is valued for its proximity to central Dallas.
Currently, Southwest Airlines controls 18 of the 20 gates at the city-owned airport.  Delta Air Lines is operating five daily flights from a Southwest gate, …