What we’re reading: AA’s new iPhone app, domestic airfares rise, Shanghai Air to leave Star Alliance


American launches new iPhone application

American Airlines introduced its new application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The free app for iPhone and iPod Touch offers customers a new way to stay connected with the airline while they are traveling. The app’s intelligent data display allows AA to provide relevant day-of-travel information; who the customer is, departure gate and time, destination arrival time and gate, seat, standby-list status and more. Once logged in, the app allows customers to:

Domestic airfares rise 4.7 percent in first quarter of 2010

Domestic airfares increased an average of $328.12 or 4.7 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to a year ago.

However, average airfares are still $20 below their high for a first quarter, set in 2001, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics said Wednesday.

In fact, the agency said, the 2010 three-month average fell below 1999’s first quarter, 11 years earlier, when airfares averaged $331.74.

Adjusted for inflation, the 1999 airfare would have been around $435 in 2010 dollars.

Shanghai Air To Quit Star Alliance In October

Shanghair Air will leave Star Alliance at the end of October after China Eastern Airlines took it over.

Shanghai-based China Eastern joined SkyTeam earlier this year, a global airline alliance that includes China Southern Airlines, China’s largest carrier by fleet size.

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