WASHINGTON (AP) — Just because it's safe to use cellphones on a plane, it doesn't mean that passengers should call just to say hello.
That argument played out across Washington Thursday as one government agency moved a step closer to removing its prohibition of in-flight calls while another considered a new ban of its own.
7. US stocks lower, setting up 3rd day of declines - Friday, December 06, 2013
Lower stock prices on Thursday set up investors for a third day in a row of declines.
Stocks have risen sharply this year, and some analysts have been saying buyers may be getting more choosy. Also, some are worried that a recovering U.S. economy suggests that the Federal Reserve may wind down its stimulus, which has helped lift stock prices.
8. Judge moves airline merger step closer to takeoff - Friday, November 29, 2013
A federal bankruptcy judge has cleared the way for American Airlines and US Airways to complete their merger and create the world's largest airline.
The judge ruled Wednesday that this month's settlement of an antitrust lawsuit filed by the federal government didn't upset American's bankruptcy-reorganization plan, which is built around the merger. He rejected a request by a group of consumers to block the deal temporarily.9. Loud cellphone talkers next bane of air travelers? - Friday, November 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Airline passengers have already been stripped of their legroom, hot meals and personal space. Now, they might also lose their silence.
The Federal Communications Commission is considering lifting its longtime prohibition on making cellphone calls on airplanes, saying it is time "to review our outdated and restrictive rules."10. Govt in agreement to allow American merger - Friday, November 08, 2013
DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and US Airways reached a deal with the government that lets the two form the world's biggest airline and opens up more room at key U.S. airports for low-cost carriers.11. Air traffic control modernization hits turbulence - Friday, October 25, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years after Congress gave the go-ahead to modernize the nation's air traffic control system, one of the government's most ambitious and complex technology programs is in trouble.12. Southwest profit up on higher fares, cheaper fuel - Friday, October 25, 2013
DALLAS (AP) — Average fares are rising on Southwest Airlines Co., the fuel bill is shrinking, and profit is soaring.13. New seats let airlines squeeze in more passengers - Friday, October 11, 2013
It's not your imagination. There really is a tighter squeeze on many planes these days.
The big U.S. airlines are taking out old, bulky seats in favor of so-called slimline models that take up less space from front to back, allowing for five or six more seats on each plane.14. Uncertainty awaits airline industry without merger - Friday, August 09, 2013
DALLAS (AP) — The merger between American Airlines and US Airways was supposed to cap an era of consolidation that helped the airline industry return to profitability. And it would produce a stronger competitor to giants United and Delta.15. Government, states challenge proposed American Airlines merger - Friday, August 09, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is trying to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways, saying it would cause "substantial harm" to consumers by leading to higher fares and fees.16. NTSB: Capt took command of Nashville-to-NY flight shortly before accident - Friday, August 02, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) - The captain of a Southwest Airlines plane that landed on a collapsing nose gear at LaGuardia Airport took control from the first officer just 400 feet from the ground, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.17. Southwest shows right model for surviving crises - Friday, August 02, 2013
With all the attention paid to big brands making big blunders in the face of crisis, it’s refreshing to celebrate a brand getting it right.
Southwest Airlines deploys a combination of strategies to ensure it not only survives the inevitable PR crisis but emerges as a stronger brand afterward.18. NTSB: Nashville-NYC Southwest jet's nose gear landed first - Friday, July 26, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A Southwest Airlines jet that made a hard landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport touched down on its front nose wheel before the sturdier main landing gear in back touched down, federal investigators said Thursday.19. NTSB: Southwest nose gear 'collapsed rearward' - Friday, July 19, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says the nose gear of a Southwest Airlines jet collapsed backward and into the body of the aircraft following a hard landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport.20. Accelerent Nashville selects Minucci to leadership post - Friday, July 19, 2013
Accelerent, a national partnership-driven business development platform, has tapped Steve Minucci as the leader of the company’s recently launched Nashville market.21. US Airways shareholders approve American merger - Friday, July 12, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — US Airways shareholders overwhelmingly approved a proposed merger with American Airlines, bringing the companies closer to creating the world's biggest airline.
The main hurdle now is a review by antitrust regulators at the U.S. Department of Justice. Concerns have been raised about the merger's impact on airfares, and the combined airline's potential dominance at Washington's Reagan National Airport.
22. Bad hub breakup? Follow Nashville’s lead - Friday, June 28, 2013
Memphis, Nashville feels your pain. When Delta announced earlier this month it would no longer use Memphis International Airport as a hub – cutting 230 jobs in the process – it brought back bad memories for the Music City, dark memories of 1996.23. Getz: BRT plan would worsen West End traffic - Friday, June 14, 2013
The Metro Transit Authority’s plan for a bus rapid transit installation on Nashville’s East-West Corridor has two fundamental problems:
Removing two lanes from traffic dramatically increases congestion with adverse effects of residents and businesses.24. Memphis losing Delta hub - Friday, May 31, 2013
Memphis is losing its status as a passenger hub for Delta Air Lines.
Delta executives announced Tuesday the Atlanta-based airline will cut service to Memphis International Airport to approximately 60 daily flights starting in September, down from 92.25. Airlines collected record baggage fees in 2012 - Friday, May 10, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year — the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago.
These fees — along with charges for boarding early or picking prime seats — have helped return the industry to profitability.26. Flight delays pile up Monday after FAA budget cuts - Friday, April 19, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers. Flight delays piled up all along the East Coast Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers were forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal budget cuts.27. American Airlines set to file reorganization plan - Friday, April 12, 2013
DALLAS (AP) — US Airways began studying a potential merger with American Airlines several months before American filed for bankruptcy protection in late 2011, according to papers filed Monday by the two companies.28. Virgin America best US airline performer in 2012 - Friday, April 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. airlines scored their second best performance last year in the more than two decades that researchers have been measuring airline quality, with Virgin America the leader, says an annual report released Monday.29. Full flights, small seats make passengers grumpy - Friday, April 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline passenger complaints to the Transportation Department surged by one-fifth last year even though other measures such as on-time arrivals and mishandled baggage show airlines are doing a better job, according to a report being released Monday.30. American, US Airways announce $11 billion merger - Friday, February 15, 2013
DALLAS (AP) — US Airways CEO Doug Parker has landed the big merger he sought for years. Now the soon-to-be CEO of the new American Airlines has to make it work.
Planes need painting. Frequent flier programs have to be combined. And the new airline will still be weak in Asia and need to win back business travelers who have been drifting away to other airlines.31. American, US Airways announce $11 billion merger - Friday, February 08, 2013
DALLAS (AP) — US Airways CEO Doug Parker has landed the big merger he sought for years. Now the soon-to-be CEO of the new American Airlines has to make it work.
Planes need painting. Frequent flier programs have to be combined. And the new airline will still be weak in Asia and need to win back business travelers who have been drifting away to other airlines.32. Practically human: Can smart machines do your job? - Friday, January 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Art Liscano knows he's an endangered species in the job market: He's a meter reader in Fresno, Calif. For 26 years, he's driven from house to house, checking how much electricity Pacific Gas & Electric customers have used.33. Apple's sales slowdown tugs Nasdaq index lower - Friday, January 18, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A sharp drop in Apple's stock is pulling the Nasdaq down with it after the tech giant predicted weaker sales. Other market indexes were mixed.
Apple sank $61.08 to $452.93. With iPhone sales hitting a plateau and no new products to introduce, Apple said sales would likely increase just 7 percent in the current quarter. That's a let-down for a company that has regularly posted growth rates above 50 percent.34. Nashville airport offers new priority lanes - Friday, December 14, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville International Airport has opened two new priority lanes to help speed frequent fliers through the security screening.
The new lanes are available for members of frequent flier programs with Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Frontier Airlines.35. NYC's 3 airports all due to open after Sandy - Friday, October 26, 2012
New York's three major airports will be operating under reduced schedules on Thursday as flight services start returning to normal following Superstorm Sandy.
The busy Northeast travel corridor ground to a halt when Sandy slammed into the East Coast on Monday, flooding train tunnels, cutting power and shutting down regional airports.36. Sandy shuts down Northeast air travel - Friday, October 26, 2012
Superstorm Sandy grounded more than 18,000 flights across the Northeast and the globe, and it will take days before travel gets back to normal.
According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, more than 7,000 flights were canceled on Tuesday alone, with traffic resuming slowly on Wednesday. Delays rippled across the U.S., affecting travelers in cities from San Francisco to Atlanta. Some passengers attempting to fly out of Europe and Asia also were stuck.37. Southwest posts small profit after weak September - Friday, October 12, 2012
Southwest Airlines eked out a small third-quarter profit in spite of a September slowdown, the company said on Thursday.
Traffic at all the big airlines fell last month. September is traditionally when vacationers wrap up summer travel by Labor Day, and business travelers get back in the air.38. Report: More fees, less choice for air travelers - Friday, September 21, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government report says airline passengers can expect fewer carriers to choose from, fewer flights to smaller cities and more baggage and other fees as the industry continues to grapple with high fuel prices and a weak economy.39. 3 airlines add flights to Nashville airport - Friday, September 21, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — Three major airlines have announced additional flights to the Nashville International Airport with new routes to Boston, Cleveland and Los Angeles.
The airport said in a news release Monday that Southwest Airlines is adding another daily nonstop flight to Boston Logan starting in February. United Airlines is adding two daily nonstop flights to Nashville from its Cleveland hub starting on Dec. 19.40. Pinterest piques retailer interest - Friday, August 10, 2012
With photo-sharing tool Instagram off the market – selling to Facebook earlier this year for a billion dollars – Pinterest is now the hottest social media startup in Silicon Valley due to its rapid growth as the fastest social media platform ever to gain 10 million unique users. Today, Pinterest boasts 17 million accounts, up from 5,000 in the fall of 2010, making it the third-largest social network after Facebook and Twitter, according to Forbes.41. More airfare increases on the way - Friday, July 20, 2012
DALLAS (AP) — Get ready to spend more on travel. Airlines are raising ticket prices again after a long lull that coincided with falling fuel costs.
Over the weekend several big airlines matched United Airlines' increase in base fares of up to $10 per round trip within the U.S.42. FAA proposes fining Boeing $13.5 million - Friday, July 13, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday proposed fining Boeing $13.5 million for failing to meet a deadline to provide airlines with instructions on how to prevent fuel tank explosions like the one that destroyed TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island, N.Y., 16 years ago, killing all 230 people on board.43. American Airlines CEO says it's time to weigh merger options - Friday, July 06, 2012
DALLAS (AP) — The head of American Airlines says his company has done so much to fix its problems that it can consider potential mergers, and invitations will be going out soon.
Thomas Horton, the CEO of American and parent AMR Corp., said Tuesday that American has boosted revenue, reached cost-cutting deals with labor unions, and is well on its way to a successful restructuring after seven months under bankruptcy protection.44. Nashville airport promotes city's music scene - Friday, June 08, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) - As the Nashville International Airport celebrates its 75th birthday, it's also celebrating the city's best known product: music.
While McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has its slot machines, Nashville International salutes guitars, honky-tonks and singers.45. Stock indexes drift lower as Europe fears loom - Friday, May 18, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average and other stock indexes drifted lower Thursday after a meeting of European leaders failed to deliver any new steps to ease the region's debt crisis.46. Southwest offers Boston-Nashville nonstop service - Friday, May 11, 2012
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. this summer will offer nonstop daily service between Boston and Nashville, Tenn.47. Events - Friday, May 04, 2012
The Dinner Bell. Locally sourced food will be prepared by chef Martha Stamps on Friday for a meal under the stars to benefit the Bellevue Edible Learning Lab. The evening begins with a 5 p.m. wine tasting at Iroquois Wine & Spirits, 7063 Hwy. 70S. Dinner is at 6:30 at Bellevue Middle School, 655 Colice Jeanne Road. Cost: $100 per person. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Oil up to near $103 amid strong corporate earnings - Friday, April 20, 2012
LONDON (AP) — Oil prices rose to near $103 a barrel Friday as strong earnings reports offset signs the U.S. economic recovery remains uneven.
Benchmark oil for May delivery was up $1.62 to $102.70 a barrel at early afternoon European time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 40 cents to settle at $102.27 in New York on Thursday.49. Stocks drop on mixed news on profits, economy - Friday, April 20, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — A slew of U.S. companies announced big profits Thursday, but investors spooked about the economy sold stocks anyway.
Investors shifted between buying and selling early Thursday, then stuck with selling after deciding that strong earnings results weren't enough to make up for weak reports on jobs, housing and manufacturing.50. Airlines' treatment of passengers slowly improves - Friday, March 30, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Flying is getting better. Honest.
For airline passengers grappling with fare increases, canceled routes and a seemingly endless parade of new fees, "better" may not be the first word that comes to mind. But based on more traditional yardsticks — lost bags, delayed flights, lousy service and bumpings from full planes — airlines are doing a better job, say private researchers who have analyzed federal data on airline performance.51. Baptist announces 2012 medical staff leaders - Friday, March 30, 2012
Baptist Hospital has announced its medical staff officers and department and division chiefs for 2012.
Baptist Hospital medical staff officers for 2012 include Dr. Robert M. Hutton as chief of staff; Dr. Mark D. Peacock as vice chief of staff; Dr. Steven H. Tai as president and secretary/treasurer.52. Stocks mostly lower on Wall Street; Dow gains 16 - Friday, March 09, 2012
Stocks ended pretty much where they started Wednesday on Wall Street, a day after the market had its biggest gain of the year.
The Dow Jones industrial average eked out an increase of 16.42 points, its sixth consecutive gain. The Dow ended at 13,194.10, up 0.1 percent. The Dow was up as much as 43 points in the morning, but most of those gains evaporated by mid-afternoon.53. Fewer layoffs, lower inflation give economy a lift - Friday, January 20, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy is off to a fast start in 2012.
The outlook for hiring has brightened as applications for unemployment benefits near a four-year low.
Adding to the optimism, inflation remains low, business travel is up and the home market is showing slight gains after three dismal years.54. Stocks open higher as unemployment claims decline - Friday, January 13, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose in midday trading Thursday after a decline in applications for unemployment benefits and strong earnings reports from Bank of America and Morgan Stanley.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 35 points to 12,613 shortly after noon.55. Southwest posts $152M 4Q profit on strong traffic - Friday, January 13, 2012
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. is making money even with higher fuel prices, thanks to full planes and rising fares.56. Southwest orders 208 Boeing 737s valued at $19B - Friday, December 09, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Southwest Airlines is placing an order for 208 Boeing 737s with a value of nearly $19 billion.
The Dallas airline, which operates an all-Boeing fleet, said Tuesday it placed a firm order for 150 of the 737 Max, a new version of Boeing's most popular plane with more fuel-efficient engines. Southwest also ordered 58 next-generation 737s. Because discounts are common, Southwest won't pay the whole $19 billion.57. American Airlines stock led investors on volatile ride - Friday, November 25, 2011
Airlines are no place for conservative investors, as the dramatic rise and fall of AMR Corp. shares in recent years illustrates.
Oil prices, economic trends, and fare wars are among the issues that have taken the stock of American Airlines' parent company, and other carriers, on a wild ride.58. Southwest posts 3Q loss on fuel hedges - Friday, October 14, 2011
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines reported a third-quarter of $140 million because its fuel-hedging bets turned sour when the price of oil dropped over the summer.
The airline said Thursday that bookings, including business travel, have remained strong despite the weak economy.59. Southwest posts 2Q profit of $161 million - Friday, July 29, 2011
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. boosted its second-quarter profit with higher fares and more traffic from the addition of AirTran, but fuel costs soared a stunning 64 percent higher than a year ago.60. New air traffic control system at crossroads - Friday, July 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is creating a new air traffic system that officials say will be as revolutionary for civil aviation as was the advent of radar six decades ago. But the program is at a crossroads.61. Southwest cutting seasonal flights from Nashville - Friday, June 24, 2011
NASHVILLE (AP) — Southwest Airlines is reducing daily flights to seven cities from the Nashville International Airport this fall and winter as part of seasonal changes to its schedule.
The flights will be decreasing beginning Nov. 6 and running through Jan. 6. Flights will decrease by one daily flight to Baltimore/Washington D.C.; Denver; Hartford; Jacksonville; Kansas City; Providence; and Seattle.62. JetBlue squeezes out small 1Q profit - Friday, April 15, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue said Thursday that it squeezed out a small profit in the first quarter as higher fares and improving traffic countered the rising price of jet fuel.
The New York airline earned $3 million or a penny per share in the first three months of the year, compared with a loss of $1 million in the same quarter a year earlier.63. Southwest manages to make a 1Q profit - Friday, April 15, 2011
DALLAS (AP) — By the thinnest of margins, Southwest Airlines Co. says it made money in the first quarter despite higher fuel prices.64. FAA chief orders review of aging aircraft program - Friday, April 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing its safety regulations aimed at spotting metal fatigue in aging aircraft in response to the 5-foot hole that ripped open in a Southwest Airlines plane last week, the agency's chief told a House panel on Wednesday.65. FAA says Knoxville controller went to sleep on job - Friday, April 01, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has uncovered a second incident of an air traffic controller sleeping on the job, but in this case the napping was deliberate.
"(I am) disappointed to say we did find another incident ... just one," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt told a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee's transportation subcommittee.66. Southwest posts 4Q income of $131 million - Friday, January 14, 2011
DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines is making money on more traffic and higher ticket prices, producing a 15 percent jump in revenue. And the airline says bookings for January and the rest of the winter look strong.