Budget airlines are forcing the big guys to offer cheaper, less convenient seats

Delta is creating a new five-tiered seating system

Tired of prices rising on Orbitz? Now there’s a hedge.

Companies have always insulate themselves against future price increases. At least you can do the same for airline tickets.

What happens when a union starts acting like a corporation?

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers hasn't had a leadership election in more than 50 years.

U.S. to propose allowing cell phones during flights

The nation’s top telecom regulator is planning to propose allowing passengers to make cell phone calls and use their data plans while on an airplane, officials said Thursday.

The U.S. Airways-American Airlines merger is a go. Here’s why it maybe shouldn’t be.

Here's why antitrust enforcers were skeptical of U.S. Airways and American Airlines merging--a deal that now appears poised to go through after all.

Why is the FAA usually so slow to change airline safety rules?

The FAA is now letting air travelers use electronics during takeoff and landing. That sort of change is fairly unprecedented.

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  • Oct 31, 2013

Why are some airlines better at saving fuel than others?

The least efficient airline in the U.S. uses 26 percent more fuel than the most efficient. That's fairly surprising.

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  • Sep 21, 2013

Why the Justice Department blocked the American-US Airways merger

Justice argues that the era of ruinous airline competition has ended—and with it, tolerance for further industry consolidation.

How the big U.S. airlines try to avoid competing with each other

What the US Airways-American merger tells us about the odd economics of flying.

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  • Aug 14, 2013

The Justice Department wants to stop the US Airways-American merger. Here’s why.

Concerns that the merger, which would create the world's largest airline, would reduce competition and lead to fare hikes.

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  • Aug 13, 2013

The US Airways-American merger and the end of an era of airline consolidation

A process that started with the deregulation of airlines in the 1970s reaches its end with new merger: It's the final four.