Northwest chief: progress made with pilots


Northwest chief: progress made with pilots on sticking points — Northwest Airlines Corp. and its pilots have agreed to a framework that would allow the airline to increase regional jet flying and save pilots’ jobs, though pay issues remain unresolved, according to a published report. (AP)

Houston terminal closed by security breach — A woman ran through a security checkpoint at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Wednesday, prompting authorities to close the terminal and re-screen all the passengers who were in the terminal. (AP)

Alaska Airlines plane diverts to LAX after cabin pressure trouble — An Alaska Airlines flight en route to Seattle landed at Los Angeles International Airport a few minutes after takeoff because of cabin pressure problems, an airline official said. (AP)

Frontier Airlines expands Airbus fleet — Frontier Airlines is expanding its aircraft order with Airbus to include six of the larger A320, its first purchase of that model. (AP)

JetBlue Airways lands in Portland
— Six weeks after the demise of Independence Air, a new discount airline is coming to town. Starting May 23, JetBlue Airways will offer four round-trip flights a day between Portland and JFK Airport in New York. (Portland Press Herald)

Hard Rock considers selling Vegas casino — The owners of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas are considering selling the hip property just east of the Strip. (AP)

Host Marriott profit rises on strong demand
— Host Marriott Corp., the largest U.S. hotel real estate investment trust, on Thursday reported higher fourth-quarter profit as strong demand and limited growth in supply allowed the industry to raise room rates. (Reuters)

Two injured in Boca car-Amtrak collision — A mother and son were injured Wednesday morning when their car collided with an Amtrak train on Yamato Road, causing traffic snarls throughout the city and forcing thousands of commuters to be late for work or school. (Palm Beach Post)

Airports play the name game to boost business — Small airports across the USA have been renaming themselves to boost visibility and gain an edge on competitors. Take Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., which is named after a local family. In May, it will become New York Hudson Valley International Airport. (USA Today)

Queen Mary 2 to meet original Queen Mary in Long Beach — The giant cruise ship Queen Mary 2 sailed from Los Angeles harbor late Wednesday on a voyage to the past. The world’s largest ocean liner was to spend the night at sea and then return to Southern California for a historic meeting with its predecessor, the original Queen Mary, in the Port of Long Beach. (AP)

Worries darken airline gains — Airlines continued to enjoy full planes and higher average fares in January, but there were worrisome signs amid the upbeat numbers. Unit revenue, a measure of how much the biggest carriers took in for each seat mile they flew, rose 9.9 percent over last January, according to the monthly report from the Air Transport Association. (Dallas Morning News)

Carrie Charney, Christopher Elliott, John Frenaye, Charles Leocha, Marge Purnell, Valerie Schneider, Mary Staley, Stephanus Surjaputra, Richard Wong.