What we’re reading: Running of the Reindeer, SWA, AirTran gets single operating certificate, Korean Air will fly A380 to Atlanta



Running of the Reindeer: Pamplona meets Anchorage

Coninciding with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Alaskans are celebrating Fur Rondy. One of the events is the Running of the Reindeer, modeled after the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.

On Saturday, a mob ran down the streets of Anchorage, weaving and dodging hoofed, horned animals. Many were dressed in custom. Strange costumes that seemed to have nothing to do with the run.

Southwest, AirTran given single operating certificate

The FAA has granted Southwest and AirTran a single operating certificate, which officially combines the two airlines.

Dallas-based SWA acquired Orlando-based AirTran last year in a deal valued at around $1 billion in aggregate (below the $1.4 billion originally estimated), or approximately $7.57 per share of AirTran common stock (ATW Daily News, May 3, 2011).

Super jumbo jet coming to Atlanta

Korean Air announced that it will fly the A380 from Seoul to Atlanta.

Louis Miller, general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International, said the A380 service could start as soon as January 2013. It “will enhance Atlanta’s reputation as a world-class city and gateway to the United States,” Miller said.

The Atlanta airport is working on some $30 million in improvements to prepare for the A380, including modifications to two gates on Concourse E and widening of taxiways and a runway.