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Delta jet back in air after rodent droppings found

Bloomberg News | U.S. health inspectors found rodent droppings “too numerous to count” in the galley area of a Delta Air Lines jet where food and drink are stored. The airline said the plane used on international flights had been cleaned and returned to service.

US Airways latest to cut flights over oil prices

A US Airways ticket counter at O'Hare, April 8, 2010. (Tim Boyle/Bloomberg)

Major U.S. airlines announced further 2011 capacity cutbacks to cope with the dramatic increase in fuel prices, with Delta Air Lines Inc. also citing the earthquake in Japan for a hit to earnings in the current quarter.

US Airways Group Inc. said it would reduce flying this year, joining United Continental Holdings and other carriers that have outlined capacity curbs. Get the full story »

Delta plans higher fares to counter fuel costs

A senior Delta Air Lines Inc.  executive said Thursday that more fare increases are needed to counter escalating fuel costs as the airline pares plans to boost capacity this quarter.

Ed Bastian, president of the second-largest U.S. airline, said Delta had recouped half of the rise in jet fuel costs in the last two months through higher fares. Get the full story »

Delta replaces bumping with auction for seats

The age-old ritual of the passenger bump is getting a high-tech makeover at Delta Air Lines Inc.

The overhaul could dial down the drama for consumers at departure gates around the U.S. at a time when airplanes are flying fuller than ever. In addition, it could save Delta money as regulators consider increasing the amount that airlines must pay passengers who get bumped involuntarily from overbooked flights. Get the full story »

American Airlines to offer happy hour on flights

American Airlines will be hosting happy hour on certain flights during the month of December.

The company said Wednesday it will be selling cocktails, beer and wine for $5 on domestic, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico flights scheduled to depart between 5 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. The $5 price represents a discount of $1 on beer and $2 on liquor and wine. Passengers on American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights can take advantage of the promotion, which lasts the duration of the flight.

There was no mention of peanuts. Get the full story »

Virgin America sets its sights on O’Hare again

Virgin America is once again looking to land at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in 2011, provided it can finalize an agreement with the city of Chicago to take over gates vacated by Delta Air Lines last year.

Virgin America CEO David Cush said Tuesday that talks were progressing and he was optimistic the carrier would begin daily flights from Chicago to Los Angeles and San Francisco next April.

“I think the city has certainly moved the process forward,” said Cush, saying he expected to hammer out an agreement in the next 30 to 45 days. “I’m more encouraged today than I was 60 days ago.” Get the full story »

Delta to pickup Northwest’s order of 18 787s

Delta Air Lines Inc.  said Monday that it will take delivery of the first of 18 Boeing 787s in 2020, ending long-running uncertainty over the fate of the order.

The second-largest U.S. carrier by traffic inherited the order when it acquired Northwest Airlines and has been in talks with Boeing Co. about the planes’ fate after protracted delays in the aircraft’s entry into service. Get the full story »

American Airlines’ traffic up 3.1% in August

AMR Corp.  said American Airlines’ August traffic rose 3.1 percent, a bigger increase than the preceding month, on continued international strength.

Most U.S. airlines have been reporting notable increases in traffic as travelers return to flying. Airlines had been cutting capacity in recent years, first in response to record-high fuel prices and then to cope with a plunge in demand during the recession. Get the full story »

Delta to upgrade seats in 747 business class

Delta Air Lines Inc. plans to upgrade the seats on its Boeing 747s next summer, while cutting the number of seats in the plane’s most expensive cabin.

Delta detailed the changes Thursday, which are part of a $1 billion plan announced in January to overhaul seats and make other customer improvements. Get the full story »

Aircell wins patent suit over Internet system

The company Aircell said Thursday that it has settled remaining claims in a patent lawsuit brought against the company over its in-flight Internet system.

The settlement news comes three weeks after a Massachusetts jury found that Aircell had not infringed on a patent owned by Ambit Corp., a technology company based in Massachusetts. Get the full story »

Delta selling plane tickets on Facebook

Delta Air Lines Inc. said Thursday it’s launched a new “Ticket Window” on Facebook that will allow passengers to book directly on the social media site.

It’s the first time an airline has allowed customers to reserve flights on Facebook, although nearly all major U.S. airlines use Facebook and Twitter to promote sales. Get the full story »

Northwest Airlines hit with $38M price fixing fine

Northwest Airlines, which was bought by Delta Air Lines Inc. in 2008, has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $38 million criminal fine for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices on air cargo shipments, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday.

Under the plea agreement, it said Northwest has agreed to cooperate with the department’s ongoing antitrust investigation.

Delta posts profit, but airline shares fall

Delta Air Lines Inc, the world’s biggest air carrier, posted a better-than-expected second-quarter profit Monday, but revenue missed expectations and its shares fell more than 8 percent. The company’s third-quarter outlook raised concerns about the strength of the recovery for airlines, which are widely expected to post better results as travel demand improves from recession weakness. Other carriers’ shares were also off. Get the full story »