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The Best Day to Buy a Plane Ticket Is...

Thursday, according to latest airfare study

(Newser) - When should you buy your next plane ticket? According to a new fare study from Hopper , Thursday is the best day to book both domestic and international tickets. But keep in mind that it won't save you much: There's just a $10 difference between the best day to... More »

American Airlines Drops Bereavement Discounts

Move puts it in sync with new partner US Airways

(Newser) - American Airlines has ended its policy of extending special fares to passengers who must book a last-minute flight because of a relative's death. The move brings American in line with the policy at merger partner US Airways , which does not offer bereavement fares. American didn't have a specific... More »

Pilot Shortage Hits, and It's Worse Than Predicted

And it has regional airlines canceling flights

(Newser) - Reports have long warned that America's airlines were on the verge of a pilot shortage, but the Wall Street Journal proclaims that it has arrived "sooner and more severely than expected." Regional carriers are canceling flights—last week, for example, Great Lakes Aviation said that "due... More »

Oops: Delta Website Glitch Doles Out Cheap Tickets

Airline will honor the discount prices

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines had an inadvertent sale today, all thanks to a website glitch, reports Bloomberg . Lucky customers boasted on social media of scooping up round-trip flights across the country for about $50 at Delta.com before the company figured out what was happening. The good news for those customers... More »

Delta, Southwest, JetBlue: No Phone Calls Mid-Flight

Airlines decide before FCC makes decision on rule change

(Newser) - The feds might soon lift rules that forbid plane passengers from talking on their cell phones during flights, but the airlines themselves are balking. Delta announced today that it won't allow such calls no matter what the FCC decides, reports the LA Times . The airline joins Southwest and JetBlue... More »

FCC Chair Doesn't Want Phones in Air Either, But...

'...we are not the Federal Courtesy Commission' he explains

(Newser) - A bit of advice for the Federal Communications Commission: Nobody seems to want you to lift your ban on in-flight cell phone use. The Department of Transportation is firmly against the move, as are airlines, flight attendants, and, according to polls, the majority of passengers, the Wall Street Journal finds.... More »

Here's How Much Airfares Have Jumped Since '05

6.5% overall, and that's after inflation

(Newser) - Feel like you're paying more for a plane ticket these days? You are. USA Today did an analysis of fares at the 100 busiest airports in the country, and found that on average, prices are up 6.5% (after adjusting for inflation) since 2005. The biggest fare change: Savannah-Hilton... More »

Airlines Should Charge Cell Talkers $100 Per Minute

Let's stop loud conversations before they start: Spud Hilton

(Newser) - Air travel is bad enough with other passengers barging to the front of the line at the gate, greedily taking up luggage-rack space, and getting in each other's way at the carousel; do we really want to add loud cell-phone chatter to the mix, as the FCC is considering... More »

Airport Takes Step Toward Being World's Biggest

1st commercial passengers landed at Dubai's Al Maktoum yesterday

(Newser) - When Al Maktoum International Airport is finished, it's expected to be the biggest hub in the world—and it began seeing commercial passengers yesterday. Cargo flights have been operating at the airport since 2010, but that completion date likely won't occur until 2027, a roughly 10-year delay spawned... More »

FAA Panel Clears Gadgets for Takeoff: Source

Gadgets, WiFi OKed for under 10K feet

(Newser) - The end is in sight for that game in which the flight attendant tells you to turn off your e-reader for takeoff like she really thinks it's going to crash the plane, and you nod solemnly and pretend to actually turn it off until she's out of sight.... More »

JetBlue Shifts Strategy, Will Offer First-Class Seats

But 'Mint' will be available only to cross-country fliers

(Newser) - JetBlue has famously eschewed the idea of first-class seating with the mantra that all its passengers get equal treatment. Until now. As USA Today reports, the airline is creating a first-class option in everything but name—instead, call it Mint. The swankier seating will be available next summer but only... More »

The Economy Is Just Like a Plane: Coach Sucks

And first class is constantly getting nicer

(Newser) - Take a good look at first class on the way to your cramped coach seat the next time you take a flight, because "airline seating may be the best concrete expression of what's happened to the economy in recent decades," writes Harold Meyerson at the Washington Post... More »

Southwest Cancels Flights Over Computer Glitch

About 60 scheduled for last night and this morning were scrapped

(Newser) - A system-wide computer failure forced Southwest Airlines to ground its entire fleet of airplanes preparing for departures late yesterday, and at least 57 flights had to be canceled even after service was fully restored hours later. A spokesman said 43 of the cancellations were flights scheduled for departures last night... More »

American Resumes Flights After Computer Glitch

But delays likely to continue

(Newser) - American Airlines is flying once again after a massive computer glitch grounded all flights nationwide for about four hours this afternoon, reports the Wall Street Journal . The airline had to cancel or delay more than 1,300 flights starting about 1pm Eastern because it couldn't access its reservations system,... More »

Airline Charges Passengers by the Pound

Samoa Air starts controversial new policy

(Newser) - Sounds like Ryanair may have a competitor for most controversial airline : On Samoa Air, passengers are being charged by their weight. Rates start at $1 per kilo (about 2.2 pounds), which includes the weight of both the flyer and his or her baggage. The CEO explains to ABC Radio... More »

Judge Balks at CEO Payout in American Airlines Merger

He approves deal but won't sign off on $20M severance

(Newser) - A bankruptcy judge today signed off on a proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways that would create the world's biggest airline, but he's not quite ready to approve a fat severance package for outgoing American CEO Tom Horton, reports the Wall Street Journal . The two companies... More »

TSA to Allow Small Knives on Planes

Hockey sticks, golf clubs, pool cues also OK under relaxed rules

(Newser) - The TSA is loosening up a bit on what passengers can carry with them onto planes. Starting April 25, it will once again be OK to bring small pocketknives (with blades no more than 2.36 inches long and a half-inch wide), along with some kinds of sports equipment—including... More »

Reclining Airline Seats Are an Evil, Needless Relic

Dan Kois: They make no sense on today's crammed flights

(Newser) - We've all experienced it: that dreaded moment when the first person on the plane reclines his seat, forcing the person behind him to recline her seat, and so on, until suddenly you find yourself with your book or laptop shoved into your face and hatred simmering in your heart... More »

American, US Airways to Create No. 1 Airline

Boards to announce merger tomorrow, says AP

(Newser) - American Airlines and US Airways will merge and create the world's biggest airline. The boards of both companies approved the merger late today, according to three people close to the situation. The carrier keeps the American Airlines name but will be run by US Airways CEO Doug Parker. American'... More »

American, US Air Close In on Merger

New firm would be world's biggest airline

(Newser) - The world could soon have a new biggest airline. American Airlines' parent AMR and US Airways are ironing out a merger that would surpass national leader United Continental in traffic, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . The merger, part of American's path out of bankruptcy, could create a firm... More »

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