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Deal puts American back on Expedia

AMR Corp.’s  American Airlines said it has reached an agreement with Expedia Inc. to restore its fares to the popular online travel agent after a dispute kept them off the site for months. Get the full story »

FAA orders inspections of older, well used 737s

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency safety directive calling for stepped-up structural inspections affecting three older versions of Boeing Co.’s workhorse 737 jetliners, in the wake of the 5-foot fuselage rupture on a Southwest Airlines Co. flight last Friday. Get the full story »

Airlines improve in 3 of 4 areas, report shows

Overall performance of leading U.S. air carriers has gained for the third straight year, with a decline in just one of four major areas — customer complaints — according to a report released Monday. Get the full story »

Southwest cancels 70 flights, shares down 4%

Southwest Airlines Co canceled 70 flights on Monday as it continued to inspect Boeing 737 planes following the emergency landing on Friday of a jet with a hole in its fuselage.

Spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said 70 flights systemwide were canceled for Monday out of about 3,400 daily flights. Of 79 older Boeing 737-300 planes that were designated for additional inspections after the Friday incident, 33 had been returned to service, she said. Get the full story »

Turkish Airlines orders 15 Boeing 737s

Boeing says Turkish Airlines has exercised options for 15 new 737s with a list value of $1.2 billion. Get the full story »

United, Continental hike fares $10

United and Continental are raising some U.S. airfares by $10 per round trip. Airfare experts said that as of midday Friday, other airlines had not matched the higher prices. Get the full story »

United, Continental cutting capacity to Japan

United and Continental airlines are reducing flights between the U.S. and Japan because of a drop in demand since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Get the full story »

Continental strikes labor deal with 7,200 workers

The parent company of United Airlines and Continental Airlines said Wednesday that Continental has reached a labor agreement with representatives of some 7,200 non-union employees who work as reservation agents and in other passenger-service roles. Get the full story »

Mishandled airline baggage rate rises in 2010

Luggage sitting inside Terminal 8 at JFK International Airport in New York. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)

Over one percent of airline passengers last year had their luggage go astray and fail to turn up at their arrival airport when they did, the major IT solutions supplier to the air travel industry said on Wednesday.

That translated to nearly 12 in every 1,000 passengers. Get the full story »

AMR looking into legitimacy of buyout offer

A ticker counter at American Airlines' terminal at O'Hare, Jan. 17, 2011 (Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune)

AMR Corp., parent of American Airlines, said it was investigating the legitimacy of a reported $3.25 billion buyout offer from a company called Sterling Global Holdings.

AMR confirmed it received a letter from Sterling Global on Wednesday, but said “at this time we have no corroborating information to demonstrate the offer described in the letter is legitimate.” Get the full story »

FBI investigates hole found in US Airways jet

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into a hole possibly caused by a bullet discovered Monday in the fuselage of a US Airways Group Inc.  plane in a pre-flight inspection at an airport in Charlotte, N.C., Bloomberg News reported Tuesday on its website, citing the airline. Get the full story »

United Airlines to advertise on Wrigley rooftop

Budweiser's ad on a Wrigley Field rooftop on Waveland Ave. is removed in September of 2008 to make way for a Horseshoe Casino ad, which will soon be replaced by one for United. (Phil Velasquez/Tribune)

The highly visible rooftop sign across the street from Wrigley Field will have a new advertiser this season.

The Cubs announced Monday that United Airlines has bought the rights to advertise on the rooftop, which is beyond the left-field bleachers on Waveland Avenue. The Horseshoe Casino in Indiana had advertised on the rooftop the last few seasons. Before that, the rooftop was painted red and sported the Budweiser logo for many years. Get the full story »

Southwest Airlines expands service in New York

Southwest Airlines Co. began offering airline service Sunday in Newark, N.J., a vital cog in the discount carrier’s efforts to expand in the New York-metro market and to attract more business travelers. Get the full story »

American to waive fee to change Miami flights

A customer speaks with an agent at the American Airlines ticket counter at Miami International Airport, March 24, 2011. (John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

With airline traffic badly snarled by a blaze at Miami International Airport, American Airlines said Friday that it wouldn’t charge Miami-bound passengers a fee for switching flights to another airport or traveling on another day.

Cancellations and delays have soared as airlines struggled to refuel planes after a fire in the airport’s fuel farm Wednesday night. At mid-day Friday, 95 departures at Miami International had been canceled and just 43 percent of flights left on-time, according to The site, which monitors airline traffic, tallied 106 cancellations on Thursday out of 570 scheduled departures. Get the full story »

Air traffic controllers working alone cause concern

Fatigued from working his fourth straight night-shift, an control tower supervisor nodded off on the job early Wednesday morning, leaving Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport without anybody to monitor traffic for nearly half an hour.

As details of the incident emerged Thursday, federal officials suspended the controller and debate heated up over staffing of the lonely, late-night shifts when air traffic dwindles to a trickle. Get the full story »