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American to park 10% of MD-80s as it cuts U.S. capacity

American Airlines plans to park about 10 percent of its MD-80 fleet this year and trim domestic capacity to stem losses from sky-high fuel prices. Get the full story »

Hub Group Q1 profit beats market view

Freight management company Hub Group posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by strong growth at its intermodal segment, and forecast 2011 revenue above market expectations. Get the full story »

Google to provide map to EV charging stations

A Chevy Volt being charged at a public electric vehicle charging station in Detroit, Oct. 12, 2010. Google will help electric vehicle owners find charging stations. (Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg)

Soon electric vehicle owners looking for somewhere to charge up will need little more than Google.

The U.S. Department of Energy said Tuesday that a new partnership will draw on Google Maps to create an online network of all the charging stations in the country and will serve as a primary data source for GPS and mapping services to track electric vehicle charging locations. Get the full story »

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 »

Shares of Hub Group leap on intermodal deal

Hub Group Inc. acquired privately held Exel Transportation Services for $83 million, in a deal that combines intermodal transportation companies with complementary services. Get the full story »

Brunswick: Chinese yacht sales to grow 25% in ‘11

From Bloomberg News | Brunswick Corp., owner of the Boston Whaler and Sea Ray brands, forecasts sales growth of 25 percent in China this year as boating gains popularity, Chief Executive Officer Dustan McCoy said. 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 »

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 »

Amtrak tweeting major N.E. corridor delays

Amtrak is introducing a pilot program to notify Northeast Corridor passengers about major service disruptions via Twitter.

The program using the @AmtrakNEC handle began Tuesday. Get the full story »

U.S. Postal Service cutting 7,500 managers

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The U.S. Postal Service will cut 7,500 managers and shut the Carol Stream and six other district offices, responding to record losses and declining mail volume as more people communicate by e-mail and texts and pay bills online. The reduction in postmasters, supervisors and other employees represents a 20 percent cut in middle-management jobs — people not involved in actual physical moving of mail.

The cuts come as part of the agency’s previously disclosed plan to close as many as 2,000 post offices and consolidate regional mail-processing centers in the next 12 months. Get the full story »

Illinois officials tout high-speed rail construction

Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin greet workers at the Amtrak Rail Yard. (Michael Tercha/Tribune)

The next phase of construction on a high-speed rail route between Chicago and St. Louis will begin next month, a high-stakes transportation project similar to those that other states have rebuffed, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Tuesday.

“Illinois has always been a strong railroad state and we always will be,“ Quinn said at an Amtrak rail yard near downtown Chicago. Get the full story »

Unions balk as Japan woes put flight crews on edge

Rising radiation levels and continual aftershocks rumbling through Tokyo are raising tensions between pilots and managers at U.S. carriers flying to central Japan.

Union leaders at United and Continental Airlines say flight crews are anxious about deteriorating conditions in Tokyo, where the carriers’ pilots and flight attendants recuperate from long trans-Pacific flights. Get the full story »

Appeal lost, CN must spend $68M on underpasses

Canadian National Railway Ltd.  lost its U.S. court appeal to reverse a U.S. regulatory order that requires it to pay for the majority of the costs associated with two highway grade separation projects in Illinois.

CN will not appeal the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington, the Montreal company said in a statement Tuesday. Get the full story »

Orbitz to add rail trips for business travelers

Business travelers can book rail trips online with Orbitz for Business as a result of a partnership with SilverRail Technologies, an online search and booking service. Get the full story »

United, Delta, American cancel most Japan flights

The three largest U.S. carriers scrambled Friday to ensure that employees in Japan were safe as they re-routed passengers and aircraft bound for the earthquake-stricken country.

United, Delta and American airlines canceled many, but not all, flights to Japan Friday and offered to waive booking fees for those who opted to cancel or reschedule travel there as the country recovers from one of the largest earthquakes on record. Get the full story »