American Airlines Group Inc. is heading for an annual profit analysts estimate at $3.5 billion, a record for the resurgent U.S. industry, as the carrier reaps merger benefits faster than in rivals’ tie-ups.
Virgin America Inc., the discount carrier partly owned by U.K. billionaire Richard Branson, wants to step up competition with American Airlines Group Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. on their home turf in Texas.
Delta Air Lines Inc.’s shift to basing frequent-flier awards on the cost of the ticket instead of miles flown adds to benefits enjoyed by travelers who pay the highest fares and penalizes those who seek the cheapest price.
Companies from Apple Inc. to American Airlines Group Inc. called on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill permitting businesses to refuse service on religious grounds, a measure that opponents say is meant to allow discrimination against gays.
Southwest Airlines Co., which acquired most of the flying rights sold by American Airlines Group Inc. at Washington’s Reagan National Airport, said it will return one pair of the slots that it received for free and didn’t plan to use.
The winter storm that cut electricity to more than half a million customers across the South and grounded 10,000 flights this week turned its power on the U.S. Northeast, bringing heavy snow from Virginia to Maine.