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Zagat: Continental’s premium-class service is No. 1

Premium-class service on Continental Airlines was ranked No. 1 for the third year in a row by frequent fliers surveyed by

The airline is part of Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc. since its Oct. 1 merger with United Airlines.

Runners-up on premium-class service among major airlines were American, Delta, United and AirTran, in that order. Get the full story »

More airlines decide to ditch first-class seats

From USA Today | A small but growing list of airlines are eliminating or reducing rows in the most expensive part of their aircraft as customers increasingly look for cheaper seats. Get the full story ยป

Southwest to attack rivals’ flight-change fees

Passengers at the Southwest Airlines counter at Midway airport, Sept. 27, 2010. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

Southwest Airlines is giving its “bag cops” a break.

Southwest has been running a heavy dose of TV commercials boasting that unlike most other airlines it lets passengers check two bags for free.

But the airline said Friday it will launch a new TV commercial designed to boost sales on its Web site. The ad, featuring singing and dancing employees in Chicago, is important to Southwest because its flights don’t appear on online booking websites such as Orbitz and Travelocity. Get the full story »

JetBlue says traffic, capacity rose in September

JetBlue Airways Corp. said Monday that its September traffic rose 14.6 percent.

The discount airline said it flew 2.20 billion revenue passenger miles during the month, up from 1.92 billion in the same month a year earlier. A revenue passenger mile is one paying passenger flown one mile. Get the full story »

New airline ‘cheap seats’ inspired by saddle

New airline seat design inspired by a saddle. (Aviointeriors)

New airline seats inspired by a saddle. (Aviointeriors)

An Italian company is about to take the wraps off a space-saving seat for commercial aircraft that promises a flying experience similar to riding a horse.

Aviointeriors’ SkyRider seats are more like a saddles with armrests than like the traditional flat-cushion seating that fliers are accustomed to. The SkyRider seats are smaller and sit a little higher, which would allow airlines to narrow the distance between seat rows.

On a short-haul flight, the space between rows in economy seating now is at a minimum 28 inches, according to data provided by The SkyRider could cut that down to 23 inches. Get the full story »