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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2011
Some days I feel like a harpy and I guess today's just gonna be one of those days. The FAA is back up and running as of Aug. 8, but the whole dispute has left a bad taste in my mouth. Case in point: Soonafter the deal - OK, 10 days ago and I don't know how I didn't see it sooner - the IRS issued guidance on what would happen to those taxes that the U.S. government was unable to collect during the FAA shutdown. The 7 percent or so in ticket fees that many airlines scooped up as part of fare increases instead of passing along as savings to passengers.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
There's already a movie about snakes on a plane, so of course sharks would be next. Southwest Airlines is launching a summer promotion in partnership with Discovery Channel that will give its passengers access to the network's Shark Week content , including an advance showing of  the "never-before-seen" TV special "Jaws Strikes Back. " Customers can watch the airline's "exclusive" Shark Week Channel on their mobile devices when flying Southwest planes equipped with WiFi.
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By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com | April 11, 2010
M any airline passengers have grown accustomed to sacrificing amenities and even comfort in their quest for cheaper fares. But new rules that take effect at the end of April would draw a line in the sand - or tarmac - by requiring that travelers have access to food, water and working bathrooms during extended delays before takeoff. The enhanced airline passenger protections adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation also require carriers to develop contingency plans to avoid leaving passengers on the runway for more than three hours and that airlines publish historical data about flight delays on their Web sites.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
With beach balls, snorkels and other vacation-themed decorations festooning a section of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, six top Southwest Airlines executives will split off in pairs to a steel drum beat and board three flights to the Caribbean. The elaborate sendoff, planned for Tuesday morning, will mark the official entry of the largest domestic carrier in the United States into the international market. BWI officials also hope it signals the start of the growing Anne Arundel County airport's ascendance as a major hub for domestic travelers looking to hop abroad.
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By Hugo Martin, Tribune Newspapers | November 22, 2013
If indulging in Thanksgiving's excesses of food and drink has ever made you fret about fitting into the plane seat for the return trip home, a British company wants to put you at ease. Design company Seymourpowell believes it has solved the common problem that comes up when extra-stout passengers try to squeeze into a seat made for an average flier. The answer is a seat called Morph, which can be widened or reduced in width, depending on the space the passengers need. Here's how it works: A row of three seats are built as one, like a sofa, with armrest dividers that can be moved laterally to increase the width of one or two seats while reducing the space of the other.
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September 17, 1990
Two airlines, blaming rising fuel prices resulting from the Persian Gulf crisis, are increasing air fares effective Oct. 1.USAir, the biggest carrier operating at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, said it would boost domestic fares by 4.2 percent.Delta Airlines said it would raise its fares by the same amount. The Atlanta-based airline raised its fares 5.3 percent on Aug. 30.Pan Am is increasing its fares 4.4 percent effective tomorrow.Most airlines raised their fare prices shortly after Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, sending oil prices upward.
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By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,Tribune Media | December 10, 1991
Fasten your safety belts: Investors in airline stocks have had a bumpy ride in 1991. These stocks were flying high following the end of hostilities in the Persian Gulf and a resulting decline in oil prices. But they later took a nosedive due to continued recession and dismal earnings results.Expect the turbulence to continue. These are definitely not investments for the faint of heart. Within this volatile industry, only the strong survive these days.American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines flex the most muscle in an extremely weak overall economic situation.
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By New York Times News Service | March 12, 1993
The debt of the nation's three largest airlines -- American, United and Delta -- was downgraded yesterday to junk-bond level, one of the lowest points in many years.While the downgrading to below-investment grade reflected the uncertain economic outlook for the carriers, industry executives and analysts doubted that it would have much effect on the companies, few of which will be borrowing large sums of money in the next several years."The biggest impact is that the pool of funds available for borrowing is much smaller and at higher rates," said Paul Karos, airline analyst for First Boston.
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January 6, 1993
Maryland is an innocent bystander caught in the middle of battle between titans. One pair of titans is USAir, the dominant air carrier at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and British Airways, which is bidding to become the largest international airline through a virtual merger with USAir. Arrayed against them are the three strongest U.S. airlines, American, Delta and United, which are battling to prevent the combination.Simultaneously, the Bush administration is trying to induce the British government to relax the tight grip British Airways has on Heathrow Airport just outside London, a major international hub and choicest gateway to Europe for trans-Atlantic travelers.
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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,sun reporter | September 27, 2005
US Airways could emerge from U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection as early as today and merge with the smaller, low-cost airline America West to create the nation's fifth-largest airline, according to the companies. Both airlines received approvals from their shareholders and the bankruptcy court last week, clearing the way for the move. U.S. Airways entered the court system in September 2004. The airlines expect to maintain two companies for the short term, with reservation systems that will "code share," or book passengers on both airlines.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
It was almost like old times last week watching CNN's wall-to-wall coverage of the Veterans Affairs scandal story. I mean the good old times, when cable TV news mattered because it was doing journalism - not right- or left-wing talking points as Fox News and MSNBC do, and not whatever it was that CNN was doing in its weird obsession with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in recent months. And it made a real difference. CNN's investigative reporting by Drew Griffin, coupled with hard-hitting interviews like one anchor Jake Tapper did with White House chief of staff Dennis McDonough, forced the White House to pay attention to the medical plight of veterans in a way it had not come close to doing in the first six years of the Obama administration.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
This fall Southwest Airlines is adding Dallas and Punta Cana to the list of cities it serves nonstop from Baltimore. Beginning Oct. 13, travelers can fly from BWI-Marshall Airport to Dallas Love Field, where the airline got its start more than 40 years ago. Introductory fares are $99 each way for travel Oct. 13 to Dec. 17. Book by May 23. The airline also announced Monday that it will add two cities - Punta Cana and Mexico City - to its...
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Tribune Newspapers | May 14, 2014
Frontier Airlines, the low-cost carrier based in Denver, is offering introductory one-way fares as low as $39 for people flying between Washington, D.C., and Orlando who book by May 17. The new service to Washington Dulles International Airport from Orlando International Airport starts Aug. 19, a release from Frontier said. "At Frontier, we are committed to offering customers low fares done right and that means offering choices and friendly service. Customers can easily choose what is important to them and optimize their travel experience for the comfort and value they seek," said Daniel Shurz, a Frontier senior vice president.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
Nearly a month after Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 vanished, a team of Maryland engineers detected the pings from a flight data recorder that narrowed the search area to a more manageable yet still vast swath of the Indian Ocean. Working from an Australian warship involved in the search, a crew of nine from Phoenix International in Prince George's County deployed a U.S. Navy listening device to the depths of the ocean in the hunt for a signal from the doomed jetliner's black box. Tapped by the Navy to assist Malaysian, Chinese and Australian officials in the search, the team and their equipment had flown from an office and warehouse in Largo nearly two weeks earlier.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Alaska Airlines , which today announced new flights between Baltimore and Seattle, is launching its new service at BWI-Marshall Airport with a fare sale . The airline will offer daily inbound and outbound service between BWI and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport beginning Sept. 2.  Travelers can fly nonstop to Seattle for $119 one-way. Sale fares must be booked by April 3 and require travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Travel must be completed by Nov. 19. Alaska Airlines will provide the only year-round nonstop flights to Seattle.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Alaska Airlines will begin offering daily flights between Baltimore and Seattle on Sept. 2 as part of a broader expansion of destination options from its West Coast hub, the airline announced Friday. The new route is the first Alaska Airlines will operate out of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Officials at the airport have long been courting the airline. In the past several months, the airline has added five routes out of Seattle, where it is based, while shuttering several routes elsewhere - including in California and between Portland and other cities.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 1, 1995
American Airlines has been ordered by the Department of Transportation to pay a $25,000 penalty because of complaints that the airline failed to provide prompt help with wheelchairs to passengers who had requested them.It was the second such fine against an airline on issues involving handicapped passengers. In December, Continental was fined $6,000 because it lacked a system for quickly identifying which seats had movable armrests, which make it easier for handicapped passengers to slide to their seats.
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By New York Times News Service | February 22, 1995
Ending a low profile that angered many of its members, the American Society of Travel Agents announced yesterday it would soon file an antitrust suit and pursue other legal and legislative action to force the airlines to restore the 10 percent commissions that they once paid agents for ticket sales.To put further pressure on the domestic airlines, the society said at a news conference in Washington that it would seek legislation to allow foreign airlines to carry passengers from one city in the United States to another.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
Spirit Airlines will begin offering a seasonal service of daily, non-stop flights between Baltimore and Chicago this spring. The service will begin May 22 and last through Nov. 1, the airline announced Tuesday. The service will include a daily 8 a.m. departure from O'Hare International Airport to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, as well as a daily 8:55 p.m. departure from BWI to O'Hare, the airline said. The new route is the second Spirit has introduced at BWI in recent weeks.
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