- A judge ruled American Airlines’ antitrust suit against Orbitz, Travelport and Sabre may proceed after finding reasonable grounds that the companies orchestrated a boycott of American. All parties, however, agreed for a stay as they seek renewed negotiations.
- Avis is dropping their “We Try Harder” slogan, used for 50 years, for “It’s Your Space.” They say it’s targeted to busy business travelers, but I just don’t get it. Bad move, in my opinion.
- Air New Zealand posted a NZ$71 million (US$57 million) net income for its full fiscal year, down 12%. The airline expects to more than double its earning for 2013, however, through “improvement initiatives” and alliance synergies with Virgin Australia and ANA.
- The Miami Dolphins experienced a delay as their chartered American Airlines jet clipped another AA aircraft at DFW early today. Their 767’s wing clipped the tail of an MD-80.
- Several airlines are offering last minute Labor Day airfare sales. So far I’ve read about sales at US Airways, United and Virgin America, mostly via email or Twitter.
- Earlier this month, a woman gave birth on an Emirates flight from Dubai to Manila. While I’ve heard about babies being born inflight before, I’ve never heard about the newborn being named after the airline. The parents named the boy “EK,” Emirates’ airline code. I thought it was cute at first, but now… not so much. Maybe as middle name instead?