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Tarmac delay rules to extend to foreign airlines

Federal officials are poised to broaden new tarmac delay rules to include overseas carriers, closing a loophole that was exposed during the Boxing Day blizzard that shuttered New York City’s airports.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday it expects to issue the latest passenger protections in April and will likely build on a controversial 2010 rule that set fines of $27,500 for every passenger on board planes operated by domestic carriers that idle at an airport for more than 180 minutes. Get the full story »

American-JAL ‘virtual merger’ to target Chicago

American Airlines and Japan Airlines plan to launch a new joint venture for trans-Pacific flying this spring, coordinating schedules to make it easier for travelers to catch international flights in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.

The moves underscore Chicago’s importance as a gateway for travel to northern Asia and are intended to boost passenger loads for JAL’s flights as the carriers begin to divvy up costs and share revenues on trans-Pacific routes, executives said. Get the full story »

New routes with American, BA, Iberia alliance

American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia have announced new routes as they launch their trans-Atlantic business on Wednesday.

The three airlines say that the tie-up will give customers more access to cheaper fares, bigger choice of flight times and easier connections. Get the full story »

British Air cabin crews delay strike vote

The union representing British Airways cabin crews says a new ballot on strike action is being postponed so its members can consider an offer from the airline.

The Unite union said Monday that the vote, which had been scheduled to begin Tuesday, would be delayed. Get the full story »