Delta Air Lines made more than a billion dollars in the third quarter as more passengers paid a little bit extra to fly. Even its new oil refinery turned a small profit. The profit of $1.37 billion worked out to $1.59 per share. Not counting gains from fuel hedges, the company would have earned $1.2 billion, or $1.41 per share.
After nearly 11 hours in the air, the passengers and crew aboard a jumbo jetliner traveling from Seoul to San Francisco were looking forward to a quick and uneventful landing as Asiana Airlines Flight 214 approached the airport from over San Francisco Bay. What they got instead, without a word of warning, was terror, panic and confusion. The Boeing 777 slammed into the runway on Saturday morning, breaking off its tail and catching fire before slumping to a stop that allowed the lucky ones to flee down emergency slides into thick smoke and a trail of debris. Firefighters doused the flames that burned through the fuselage with foam and water, and police officers on the ground threw utility knives up to crew members so they could cut the seat belts of those who remained trapped as rescue crews removed the injured.
Virgin America is jumping into the dating business. The airline launched a new service that allows passengers to send a drink to someone on the plane who’s caught their eye.
Travelers can expect some new options at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport pretty soon.
Actor Alec Baldwin was removed from an LA to NY flight when he refused to put down a smartphone video game he was playing.
Airline passengers are getting a little more help from the federal government when it comes to their rights, and it all started a few years ago on a tarmac in Rochester, Minn.
More than 100 pilots are getting their jobs back, two years after they were let go.
US Airways posted a third-quarter profit on Wednesday and said it expects to hire more flight attendants next year.
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