July 27, 2012
Delta Subsidiary Comair to Cease Operations in September
Delta has announced it will be shuttering regional subsidiary Comair September 29. Details here.
July 26, 2012
Qantas-Emirates Tie-up Under Discussion
Multiple reports today of talks between Qantas and Emirates over a possible code-sharing arrangement have caused a surge in Qantas' share price. It has been suggested that such a pact could threaten other airlines currently serving the Australia-London route, particularly Singapore Airlines. Qantas' oneworld partners are also likely to suffer unless Emirates can eventually be brought into the oneworld alliance so that they may benefit as well.
July 24, 2012
Appeals Court Upholds Airline Advertising Regulations
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Court of Appeals upheld three DOT regulations introduced last year that had been challenged by U.S. carriers. At issue were the requirements that airlines include taxes and fees in their advertised fare prices, that airlines allow passengers to cancel tickets at no cost within 24 hours of purchase and that airlines be prohibited from increasing baggage fees and other costs after a passenger has purchased a ticket. The Court sided with the DOT on all three rules. The full opinion can be read here.
July 23, 2012
Saudi Arabia Opening Domestic Market to Foreign Carriers
Late last year, Saudi Arabia made the monumental decision to allow foreign carriers to operate flights within its domestic market. The Saudi General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has now revealed that it has produced a shortlist of seven companies out of 14 applicants that are under consideration for one or more licenses to operate domestic routes within Saudi Arabia. Qatar Airways, Bahrain Air and the parent company of China's Hainan Airlines are all under consideration. The GACA intends to make a decision on licenses by October, and to allow licensees to begin operating in late 2013. This development marks a big step forward for aviation liberalization in the Middle East.