Delta to silence Song?


Delta to silence Song? — Delta Air Lines is considering dissolving its discount unit Song, although it looks to incorporate many successful elements of that fleet, according to a news report published Friday. (CNN/Money)

Hooters Air passenger detained — The inaugural Hooters Air flight from Scranton, Pa., to Orlando International Airport was briefly diverted and searched on the runway Thursday after a passenger was overhead making an “inappropriate comment.” (Orlando Sentinel)

Beta nears hurricane force — Tropical Storm Beta, which extended the record-breaking 2005 tropical weather season when it formed in the southwestern Caribbean Sea, was hovering near hurricane intensity early Friday and was expected to strengthen before making landfall in Central America, forecasters said. (CNN)

Northwest Airlines’ loss jumps tenfold — Northwest Airlines’s quarterly loss ballooned tenfold to $475 million because of bankruptcy costs and more expensive fuel, the airline said Thursday. (AP)

Wilma leaves clouds over peak-season tourism
— Days after Wilma pummeled Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and tore across Florida, the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record has become an ominous cloud on the regions’ tourism horizons. (USA Today)

St. Louis’ arch to ring in 40th year — When architect Eero Saarinen was creating the design of this city’s famed Gateway Arch, he constructed his first model out of pipe cleaners. A long way from its humble beginnings, the shimmering steel Arch celebrates its 40th anniversary Friday. (AP)

Red Sox deal seen to build hotel near Fenway — The Boston Red Sox have launched a partnership to build a 200-room hotel and 160 condominiums at the foot of historic Fenway Park, according to an executive who helped negotiate the agreement. (The Boston Globe)

Getting air travel ready for Baby Boomers — The nation’s 77 million baby boomers will begin hitting their 60s next year, but it doesn’t mean their interest in traveling, to experience new sights and sounds, is diminishing. (ABC News)

Times Sq. hotel fire forces evacuation of hundreds — An early morning fire in a Times Square budget hotel sent hundreds of guests into the streets on Friday, according to witnesses and the New York Fire Department. (Reuters)

AirTran to stop selling tickets on Expedia — AirTran Holdings, parent of AirTran Airways, said Friday that it will no longer make its inventory and fares available for sale with Expedia Inc., which runs online travel agency (Reuters)

AirTran to sell tickets through Cendant — AirTran Holdings Inc., the parent company of low-fare regional carrier AirTran Airways, said Friday it signed a multiyear agreement with Cendant Corp. to sell tickets through its travel distribution service, in order to keep costs down. AirTran said earlier Friday it will stop selling tickets on Expedia Inc.’s online travel site, after the companies agreed to end their partnership. (Business Week)

New SWA competition in Denver
— Fliers can expect Southwest Airlines to keep downward pressure on future fares offered by United Airlines and Frontier Airlines from Denver, travel experts agree. … Southwest said it would offer one-way flights to Chicago’s Midway Airport beginning at $79 with a 21-day advance purchase. Advance purchase fares will start at $59 one-way to Las Vegas and Phoenix. (Rocky Mountain News)

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