Choppy times ahead for U.S. airlines

by
Jan 11, 2019
2018 turned out to be a bad year for U.S. airlines and 2019 isn’t looking better after two major carriers downgraded their outlooks since Jan. 1. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Fuel prices depress Delta earnings

Apr 12, 2018
High fuel costs and a 6 percent raise for most of its employees are likely to take a toll on Delta Air Line’s earnings. After years of low fuel prices, Delta’s revenue is not what it used to be. Yet the air line is expanding and offering new trans-Atlantic flights — including direct flights between Atlanta and Lisbon. Click […]

House plans vote as deadline looms for FAA reauthorization

Sep 11, 2017
One of the looming deadlines for Congress this month is re-authorizing funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. A House vote on that is scheduled this week. Competing funding bills in the House and Senate address things like commercial drones, navigation technology, and air traffic control systems.  Click the audio player above to hear the full […]

You want economy? United has “basic” economy

Nov 16, 2016
The airline will offer a no-frills fare to compete with low-cost airlines Spirit and Frontier.
Rick Kern/Getty Images for United Airlines

NASA has a solution for bug splats on your jetliner

Mar 10, 2016
Bug splats on the surface of wings makes for inefficiency and higher fuel consumption.
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Despite recent troubles, United Airlines hopes to take off

Jan 18, 2016
Bloomberg Businessweek's Drake Bennett explains United's struggle for a comeback.

How do airlines compensate for a plane crash?

Mar 30, 2015
Lufthansa may be vulnerable to unlimited liability, but not punitive damages

You’ve got questions. We help you answer them.

Support nonprofit, independent journalism that makes you smarter.

Private jet business picks up speed

Jan 6, 2014
Fly faster, do more. That’s what the website for Spike Aerospace’s supersonic business jet reads.

After four decades, Delta's DC-9 jets make final landing

Jan 6, 2014
Delta Air Lines will take its final DC-9 to the skies today, punctuating a most unlikely and colorful span of airliner history.

Boeing's new 777X mini-jumbos are on fire at the Dubai Air Show (but not literally)

Nov 18, 2013
At the Dubai Air Show, Boeing claims the largest product launch in the history of commercial aviation.