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American Airlines CEO: 'We want to be even better' on race relations

NAACP warns black passengers about American Airlines American Airlines CEO Douglas Parker said Thursday his airline can do a better job in race relations with its customers. Two days after the NAACP issued a “travel advisory” late Tuesday saying that it has noticed “a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines,” Parker told Wall Street analysts that executives are disappointed with the criticism because American(AAL) prides itself on its “inclusiveness and diversity.” But he also said there is room for improvement. “Discrimination, exclusion and unconscious ...

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NAACP warns black passengers about traveling with American Airlines

The NAACP has warned African-American travelers to be careful when flying with American Airlines. The group issued an advisory late Tuesday, saying it has noticed “a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines.” It said the incidents “suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias” and advised travelers to exercise caution. “Booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them [to] disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions,” the advisory said. American Airlines(AAL) spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said the company was “disappointed” to hear ...

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Malaysia Airlines picks new CEO after string of departures

Has Malaysia Airlines made a comeback? Malaysia Airlines is turning to a company insider to tackle one of the toughest jobs in the aviation industry. The struggling airline named former pilot Izham Ismail as its new CEO after it emerged last week that its current boss is unexpectedly leaving. Izham is Malaysia Airlines’ fourth CEO in less than three years. The new chief has spent his entire career at the company. He said in a statement that he is “ready for the challenge” of steering the airline’s ongoing turnaround. Related: ...

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Why do European airlines keep going bust?

Monarch stops trading, flights canceled Three European airlines have gone belly up since August. Air Berlin and struggling Italian national carrier Alitalia were the first two dominoes to fall. The third — Britain’s Monarch — halted operations on Monday, leaving 110,000 passengers stranded abroad. Three high profile failures in just 50 days has raised questions about the strength of Europe’s aviation industry, which has been buffeted by fierce competition and shifting business models. Analysts say that more losers could emerge in the coming months as smaller, weaker players come under ...

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Airlines are still struggling to get into devastated Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria leaves trail of devastation Major commercial airlines are still struggling to fly to Puerto Rico after last week’s hurricane. Hurricane Maria’s destructive path through the U.S. territory left at least 10 people dead. The storm also razed buildings, flooded streets and cut off power and communications for millions of people. Residents who are looking to escape the devastation, meanwhile, don’t have many options. At San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, the island’s main air travel hub, flights in and out were extremely limited. The devastation at Puerto ...

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Airlines scramble as they prepare for Irma

Wrath of Hurricane Irma on the Caribbean First it was Harvey, now it’s Irma. Airlines are scrambling to get out of the way of one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded as the storm threatens to make landfall in the continental U.S. this weekend. While many scheduled flights were nixed in the path of Irma, U.S. and Canadian airlines scrambled on Wednesday to dispatch aircraft to the Caribbean to airlift passengers and other staff out before the powerful hurricane blew through. One Delta Air Lines flight from New ...

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Four huge airlines on three continents are creating a virtual super-airline

Four huge airlines on three continents want to create a virtual super-airline. They plan to spend more than $ 1 billion to do it. In a series of transactions announced Thursday, Delta Air Lines(DAL) and Shanghai-based China Eastern (CEA)are each buying 10% of Air France/KLM (AFLYY)Group. And Air France/KLM will buy 31% of Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airways. The roughly $ 1.2 billion worth of investments will deepen business ties between the carriers, giving them the ability to coordinate across the busy air corridor between Europe and the United States. ...

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Frontier Airlines is doubling in size

Here’s why airlines overbook Ultra-low cost carrier Frontier Airlines is doubling in size. The expansion, announced Tuesday, will add 21 new cities and 85 new routes to the airline’s network. By the summer of 2018, Frontier will operate 314 non-stop flights. That’s double what it flies today. “These new flights will allow us to serve even more of America and make flying a truly affordable option,” said chief executive Barry Biffle in a statement. Sunny locales like Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Fort Myers, Fla., and Cancun, Mexico will all get expanded ...

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EU summit; Healthy banks; American Airlines

Click chart for more in-depth data. 1. EU summit: European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels on Friday. It’s been one year since Britain voted to leave the EU, and the country’s departure is at the top of the bloc’s agenda. Divorce negotiations officially kicked off on Monday. On Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that EU citizens will be given the opportunity to stay in the U.K., her first offer on a major issue that needs to be settled. How’s the British economy looking one year after the ...

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American Airlines and uniform supplier cut ties after allergy complaints

American Airlines has been at odds for months with the union that represents its flight attendants. The issue: new uniforms. Employees say the garments have triggered allergic reactions and health issues including headaches, rashes and breathing problems. The union has demanded that American recall them. But American and the company that supplies the uniforms, Twin Hill, have both said multiple lab tests have confirmed the clothes are completely safe — though the airline has offered employees new uniform options in response to complaints. Now, American(AAL) said it is ready to ...

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