What we’re reading: EU261 may help stranded fliers, Delta to donate $100,000, United may buy A350s


Stranded Sandy fliers may get help from European Union

United States fliers stuck in Europe may be able to get compensation from the airlines thanks to EU261.

EU Regulation 261/2004 states that airlines must compensate passengers if their flight is canceled or delayed at least three hours.

The compensation does not apply under “extraordinary circumstances,” including bad weather. But, the regulation notes, “even in extraordinary circumstances, airlines must provide assistance when necessary, while you are waiting for alternative transport.”

Delta donates $100,000 for storm Sandy relief efforts

Delta will be donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

This donation is in addition to Delta’s long-standing agreement with the American Red Cross to provide complimentary cargo and passenger capacity, if needed, to help move relief supplies and workers to and from disaster areas around the world.

United said to study biggest Airbus A350 to replace 747s

United Airlines may replace its 747s with the Airbus A350.

The world’s biggest airline is considering the 350-seat plane to replace older Boeing Co. (BA) 747s, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. United already has agreed to buy 25 of the mid-sized A350-900 variant under a 2009 deal that included 25 of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners.