This weekend, we look at safety in the airline industry, examine creeping airfares throughout the system and discover airline route changes that will come about because of the AA/US merger.
If the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) decide to approve the merger of American Airlines and US airways, they should attach industry-wide consumer-focused conditions to the approval.
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Airlines look upon landing and take-off slots as personal property. However, the airlines have not paid for these slots. They were distributed by the FAA back when the airspace was wide-open and air-traffic problems were not even envisioned. They belong to the public, not the airlines.
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Basically in a weather delay situation, ATC (Air Traffic Control) gives each airline a certain number of "slots" — i.e. how many planes they can land within a given time. Each airline then prioritizes their flights accordingly.
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American Airlines took three of their Boeing 737s out of service last week and will inspect its remaining fleet after a routine audit found scratches on the planes.