Monthly Archives: January 2017

United Airlines picks MSP to debut no-frills ‘basic economy’ trips

United Airlines will introduce its new category of low-cost fares with flights to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this year.

Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc. didn’t set a date for the rollout of its “basic economy” fares — a new category of lower-price tickets that major carriers are adding to compete with no-frills competitors like Spirit Airlines. But travelers will be able to purchase basic economy fares for flights to and from MSP in the first quarter of 2017 for travel beginning in the second quarter.

United (NYSE: UAL) President Scott Kirby made the announcement Wednesday during an earnings conference call.

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Changes Coming to Delta’s Operations at LAX, Effective January 31

(January 20, 2017) – Delta will begin to relocate to Terminals 2 and 3 (T2 and T3), as part of its $1.9 billion investment at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The massive project will fully relocate Delta’s operations from Terminals 5 and 6 (T5 and T6) to T2 and T3 and, by 2023, will provide a secure connector to the north side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), enabling seamless connectivity alongside airline partners. The relocation will also allow Delta to build a premier space with best-in-class check-in, faster connectivity, and an industry-leading customer experience.

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American Airlines rolls out no-frills “Basic Economy” fares

American Airlines is trimming the services associated with its lowest fares. It has introduced a new “Basic Economy” fare: passengers in these “no frills” seats will only be allowed to carry onboard a small personal item that can fit under their seat, and won’t be able to make seat assignments in advance, among other restrictions.

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Early waivers for severe weather can benefit airlines and passengers

Three days before a snowstorm was predicted to hit the eastern seaboard on the weekend of Jan. 7, JetBlue posted a travel waiver online, informing customers in cities that were expected to be affected that they could rebook or cancel their flight free of charge.

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JetBlue Rolls Out Satellite Wi-Fi to Entire Fleet

JetBlue completed its rollout of satellite Wi-Fi this week, meaning its entire 227-strong fleet now boasts what the airline describes as “broadband speeds” for every customer.

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