Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Canadian Transportation Agency has announced new regulations requiring carriers to include all taxes, fees and charges in their advertised ticket prices. Carriers can be fined up to $25,000 for violations. The U.S. introduced similar rules earlier this year.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
The State of California has filed a lawsuit in state court alleging that Delta Airlines' Fly Delta mobile app violates the State's Online Privacy Protection Act because it fails to provide users with privacy warnings. The California law is the only statute of its kind in the United States so Delta will not be facing similar suits elsewhere.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The U.S. civil aviation industry is currently engaging in a campaign to place a national airline policy on the political agenda. The wish list includes a reduced jet fuel tax, a modernized air traffic control system, and less regulation. The most interesting item in the linked article was an expression of optimism from Airlines for America president Nick Calio that Congress would put forward legislation to create a national airline policy. Given the difficulty Congress had in getting an FAA reauthorization bill passed, congressional action toward the development of a national airline policy would be a substantial departure from recent history.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
Reports today indicate that Delta has entered discussions regarding the acquisition of Singapore Airlines' 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic. Delta appears primarily interested in access to Virgin Atlantic's Heathrow slots. Virgin has control over more Heathrow slots than any carrier except British Airways, and was recently was awarded all of the slots BA was forced to divest to secure approval of its acquisition of bmi. There is speculation that one of Delta's SkyTeam partners, such as Air France-KLM, might be interested in purchasing a small amount of shares from Richard Branson to give the allies an effective controlling stake in Virgin Atlantic, but Branson says he is not selling.