Pilots union says Delta’s inflexibility hurts talks


Pilots union says Delta’s inflexibility is hurting talks — Delta Air Lines Inc.’s refusal to budge on its demand for $325 million in permanent pay and benefit cuts from its pilots could jeopardize efforts to hammer out a comprehensive agreement by a March 1 deadline, a top union official said Wednesday. (AP)

United optimistic about profit and Dulles — United Airlines may turn a profit as early as this year and will expand its Washington Dulles International Airport operations into a hub for national and international flights, the airline’s chief said Wednesday, as the nation’s second-largest carrier moves to emerge from bankruptcy. (The Washington Post)

Pa. attorney general warns fans about Super Bowl scams — Got a great offer to go to Detroit for the Super Bowl? It just might be too good to be true. Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett said Wednesday that consumers headed to the Super Bowl should be on the lookout for potential scams involving travel packages or game-day ticket offers. (AP)

Ex-Hawaii lawmaker gets probation for airline passenger grope
— Galen Fox, a former top Hawaii lawmaker, was sentenced to three years of probation Wednesday and ordered to register as a sex offender for groping a woman as she slept on an airline flight. (AP)

Midwest Airlines to allow carry-on dogs — Midwest Airlines Inc. will allow passengers to bring their small dogs into the airplane cabin for travel beginning Jan. 30, the airline said Tuesday. Travelers can bring up to two small dogs like dachsunds, Shih Tzus or puppies into the passenger cabins, provided they travel in an airline-approved, under-seat, soft-sided carrier. (Milwaukee Business Journal)

Katrina aid fall short, La. governor says — Storm-ravaged areas of Louisiana will get $6.2 billion in federal relief funds in a controversial plan that recommends giving the money to a small fraction of homeowners affected by the storm. Louisiana officials had proposed a far more ambitious $30 billion initiative. (USA Today)

Air war at Love getting hotter — North Texans flying to St. Louis and Kansas City will be able to multiply their frequent-flier awards in coming months as American Airlines and Southwest Airlines battle over flights to Missouri. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Extreme birders travel far to see fowl — While the cost of chasing birds to the far corners of the earth is high, virtually everyone afflicted with this obsession says the rewards — beauty, mystery, awe and longer lists — are well worth it. (AP)

Inactive grenade gets Northwest flight attendant in trouble — A Northwest Airlines flight attendant has been grounded and could face charges after security personnel found a real but inactive hand grenade in her carry-on luggage, officials said Wednesday. (AP)

Iran’s president wants direct flights to U.S. — Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered the Islamic republic’s civil aviation authority to start direct passenger flights to arch-enemy the United States, an official said Thursday. (AP)

Sahara to host GM test track near Las Vegas strip — A parking lot behind the Sahara hotel-casino will be converted into an automotive playground and the Strip’s newest attraction with the addition of test tracks where would-be racers can take cars, trucks or SUVs for a spin. (AP)

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