Northwest sues to void debt


Northwest sues to void debt — Northwest Airlines has sued the Metropolitan Airports Commission in hopes of voiding a $130 million debt. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in bankruptcy court in New York, claims that a special facility financing deal for space Northwest uses at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is really a loan, not a lease. (AP)

Delta CFO says airline open to Comair sale
— The chief financial officer of Delta Air Lines said Monday the company may explore the sale of its regional carrier Comair as the bankrupt airline seeks to raise money and cut costs. (Reuters)

American Airlines to hold back summer expansion
— American Airlines, the largest US carrier by revenue, has decided to restrict the traditional expansion of domestic routes during the busy summer months as part of wide-ranging effort to break even for the first time in six years. (Financial Times/MSNBC)

Frequent fliers squeezed out
— Frequent fliers who have not already reserved their seats for a summer trip within the United States may find that it might be a little too late. That’s because the number of free seats that the airlines make available to frequent fliers is expected to decline this summer. (The Washington Post)

Airlines plan to expand product offering on websites
— Some airlines have made their websites virtual department stores, hawking watches, jewelry, clothing, office supplies, bar accessories and toys as well as airplane tickets. Airlines say their e-commerce efforts are just beginning, and they’re looking to expand. (USA Today)

Executive says Boeing will expand 787 — Boeing Co. has decided to proceed with an expanded version of its hot-selling 787 Dreamliner jet, bowing to pressure from airlines, the executive who heads the 787 program said Monday. The composite-built 787, due to start commercial flights in 2008, helped spark a recovery in Boeing’s fortunes. (Reuters)

State Dept. warns of violence in France
— The State Department has warned Americans of violent protests in France and advised travelers to avoid city crowds. The security alert Monday advised Americans traveling or living in France to “avoid areas where crowds are expected to gather.” (AP)

Graceland now a national landmark — The home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll joined the homes of presidents past and present in becoming a National Historic Landmark Monday. Graceland, where Elvis Presley died in 1977, joins the White House, Mount Vernon and Monticello in receiving the country’s highest designation for historic properties. (AP)

Small cities roll out red carpet for big conventions — After years of meeting mostly in bigger cities, the main trade group for the rent-to-own industry is considering Memphis, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Columbus, Ohio, for its 2008 convention. Its motive: saving money. (USA Today)

United hit with claims by executives — Three current and former United Airlines executives filed claims seeking more than $5.3 million they contend they were promised when the carrier’s parent, UAL Corp., emerged from bankruptcy. (The Chicago Tribune)

Shoulder-fired missiles pose serious threat to passenger jets — Worldwide, at least 24 civilian aircraft have been brought down by shoulder-fired missiles, and more than 500 people have been killed. And experts say that shoulder-to-air missiles can be bought for only a few thousand dollars on the black market. But U.S. commercial aircraft still have no defense system against these portable missiles. (ABC News)

Kauai tourism: some concerns, few cancellations — While some Mainland visitors to Kauai are calling to ask about flood conditions, few have actually abandoned their vacation plans, according to the county tourism chief. (Pacific Business News)

Cape Air seeks deal with JetBlue — Cape Air, the top year-round carrier from Logan International Airport in Boston to Cape Cod and the islands, has been facing a May 2007 deadline to clear out of Logan’s Terminal C to make way for rapidly growing JetBlue Airways Corp. But now both airlines are expressing hope they can work out a deal. (The Boston Globe)

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