Southwest says FAA clears AirTran transition

Southwest Airlines said that the FAA accepted its plan to combine operations once the merger with AirTran is complete.

The discount airline said the plan provides that AirTran pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and other flight-related workers will keep their AirTran employment status at least until a single operating certificate is issued for the combined entity.

An airier airplane takes off

Boeing has remodeled the interior of the 737 while it is deciding whether to replace the popular airplane.

Overhead storage bins have been reshaped to fit into the ceiling at an angle, dramatically opening up headroom so tall passengers can stand up straight at aisle seats without bending down underneath bins. Other changes make the cabin feels roomier than it really is. Windows are the same size, but a redesigned shade and new side-wall panels make the opening appear larger. The ceiling isn’t any higher, but fancy lighting systems make it seem that way.

Bill would extend tax break on jet fuel

A bipartisan group of Georgia House legislators wants to extend the tax break on jet fuel.

The tax break is set to expire on July 1. The bill would extend it until 2013.

It’s sponsored by state Rep. Jay Roberts, an Ocilla Republican. Among the co-sponsors is state Rep. Calvin Smyre, a Columbus Democrat.