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CNNMoney: Mighty winds force trans-Atlantic fuel stopsupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 15:25:00

Many non-stop flights from Europe to the U.S. aren't: Unusually high winds are forcing airlines flying west across the Atlantic to make unscheduled stops to take on more fuel.

CNNMoney: January airfares at cheapest levels in 12 monthsupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 05:42:00

Need to recover from the holidays? With airfare at its lowest point in a year, now is the best time to get away.

CNNMoney: United enters the biofuel ageupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 13:57:00

United Airlines officially entered the biofuel age on Monday, by launching its first U.S. commercial flight that's partly powered by algae-based jet fuel.

CNNMoney: Airline fares are going up ... againupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 14:17:00

The sluggish economy hasn't stopped airlines from hiking the price of flying ... again.

Five credit cards every traveler should considerupdated: Mon Sep 05 2011 09:04:00

We know, you and your credit card have been through a lot together.

Storm brings travel troublesupdated: Sat Aug 27 2011 14:46:00

Travel conditions aren't pretty this weekend as Hurricane Irene spins up the East Coast.

Twitter Q&A for Hurricane Ireneupdated: Sat Aug 27 2011 14:46:00

CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers answers your questions about Hurricane Irene.

Hurricane Irene likely to cause 'horrendous' travel conditionsupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 16:25:00

Perhaps Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell put it best: Saturday is going to be a "horrendous day for travel" as Hurricane Irene sets its sights on the U.S. East Coast.

United Continental replacing pilot manuals with iPadsupdated: Tue Aug 23 2011 13:47:00

United Airlines announced Tuesday that it is replacing its pilots' flight decks with iPads.

As pilots talk with United-Continental, sick calls scrub 24 flightsupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 17:47:00

The recently merged Continental and United Airlines canceled 24 flights Wednesday due to pilot sick calls, which occurred as United Continental Holdings is negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with the pilots, an airline spokeswoman said.

Airlines score lowest in customer satisfactionupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 14:00:00

Airlines score lowest among 47 industries evaluated by the American Customer Satisfaction Index, according to a report released by the national index Tuesday.

Soldiers' $2,800 bag fees spark outrageupdated: Thu Jun 09 2011 13:57:00

After YouTube videos spark outrage, Delta changes its policy to allow military personnel to check more bags for free.

American Airlines loosens checked-bag restrictions for service membersupdated: Thu Jun 09 2011 13:57:00

In the wake of an online video in which soldiers returning from Afghanistan complained that Delta Air Lines charged their unit more than $2,800 in bag-check fees, rival carrier American Airlines on Thursday announced it will allow military personnel to check an extra two bags with no out-of-pocket expense.

Soldiers' $2,800 in bag fees spark outrage, policy changesupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 19:51:00

Stung by online comments calling it "disgusting" and "un-American," Delta Air Lines on Wednesday announced it will allow U.S. military personnel traveling on orders to check more bags for free.

Continental, US Airways violated price advertising rules, DOT saysupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 15:05:00

The Department of Transportation fined Continental Airlines and US Airways on Thursday for violating the department's price advertising rules.

United blames glitch for reviving 9/11 flight numbersupdated: Wed May 18 2011 16:31:00

United Airlines blamed a technical glitch Wednesday for the brief return of flight numbers 93 and 175, designations retired after the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

Odor forces Continental jet's early landingupdated: Thu Apr 28 2011 12:47:00

An unexplained chemical smell forced Continental Airlines flight 007 to return to San Antonio's airport Thursday morning, aviation officials said.

Fortune: Jeff Smisek: United Continental's king of the skiesupdated: Thu Apr 21 2011 09:54:00

When United and Continental merged last year to create the world's largest carrier, the official announcements never came out and stated the deal's true rationale: to blend Continental's management with United's scale. That's one reason former Continental chief Jeff Smisek is CEO of the new company. While he's scrupulous about calling the combination a merger of equals, nearly all of top management hails from Continental, which was far more successful than United over the past 15 years, despite being smaller. United, with a history of nasty labor relations, even went through bankruptcy from 2002 to 2006.

No more free pretzels on Continentalupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 16:49:00

What are iconic and twisted and no longer free? Pretzels aboard some Continental Airlines flights.

Continental to get United's roomier seatsupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 13:29:00

In a move that's getting thumbs up from many air travelers, United Airlines has announced it is keeping its Economy Plus seats on United flights and expanding the option to Continental planes next year.

Former airline agent admits scamming travelersupdated: Wed Feb 16 2011 14:09:00

A former Continental Airlines sales agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to a $1 million fake voucher scheme that could result in a maximum of two decades in jail.

CNNMoney: Delta ends SkyMiles expirationupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 14:40:00

Delta Air Lines said Tuesday that it has gotten rid of expirations for its SkyMiles program.

Winter storm snowballs airlinesupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 16:17:00

Airlines canceled thousands of flights for a second day and began to regroup as a historic winter storm pushed from the upper Midwest to the Northeast on Wednesday.

Stranded at Logan Airportupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 16:17:00

A snowstorm sweeping much of the U.S. has passengers stranded at Boston Logan International Airport. WCVB reports.

Airlines ground planes as monster snowstorm moves inupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 16:08:00

Airlines canceled more than four thousand flights Tuesday as a massive snowstorm of historic proportions coated the nation's heartland with a thick blanket of snow.

Christmas travel forecastupdated: Sat Dec 25 2010 22:10:00

CNN's Bonnie Schneider has a look at winter weather and lets us know if it will affect your travel plans.

Boston, NYC face blizzard warnings as storm system barrels northupdated: Sat Dec 25 2010 22:10:00

Snow fell in parts of the southeast Saturday, the leading edge of a powerful storm system that has prompted blizzard warnings in New York City and Boston and threatened to cause major travel headaches at the tail end of the holiday week.

Hundreds of Christmas flights canceled as storm threatens East Coastupdated: Fri Dec 24 2010 20:29:00

Delta Air Lines has pre-emptively canceled approximately 500 Christmas Day flights, a company spokesman said Friday, as it and other U.S. airlines work to get ahead of a storm that's threatening the East Coast.

'Unruly' passenger turned over to immigration officialsupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 11:27:00

A disruptive passenger who prompted a flight diversion Wednesday is on his way to being removed from the United States, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Continental offering fare lock-in optionupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 16:15:00

See an air fare you like, but not quite ready to commit? For a fee, Continental Airlines will let passengers lock in the price for up to seven days with no obligation to buy.

Concorde crash verdictupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 17:59:00

A French court rules Continental Airlines and a mechanic are guilty in the deadly 2000 Concorde crash near Paris. Tribute to Concordeupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 15:27:00

A Continental Airlines mechanic was found guilty Monday in the Concorde crash that killed 113 people in 2000. John Taylor received a fine of 2,000 euros ($2,656) and a 15-month suspended prison sentence. Continental Airlines was fined 202,000 euros ($268,400).

Southwest tops Zagat airline surveyupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 12:59:00

There is one thing people seem to like about flying: Southwest.

Computer outage disrupts Continental flightsupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 01:30:00

A computer outage grounded more than three dozen Continental Airlines flights Wednesday, the airline said.

CNNMoney: United, Continental merger is officially doneupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 10:02:00

Continental and United officially joined forces Friday to create the world's largest airline - and their stock jumped on its first trading day.

Continental debuts food-for-purchase menusupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 16:30:00

Continental Airlines will no longer provide complimentary meals and snacks to economy passengers on domestic flights shorter than 6½ hours and some international flights.

CNNMoney: Southwest to acquire AirTranupdated: Mon Sep 27 2010 13:28:00

Southwest Airlines plans to acquire AirTran Holdings for $1.4 billion, the airlines said on Monday.

CNNMoney: United and Continental deal cleared for take offupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 19:27:00

The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that it has closed an investigation into the proposed merger of United and Continental, paving the way for the airlines to unite later this year.

Continental faces fine for FAA violationsupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 14:51:00

Continental Airlines faces a fine of $230,000 for violations of Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the agency said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Delta shares slide on disappointing revenueupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 13:52:00

Delta Air Lines shares retreated Monday after the world's largest carrier announced second-quarter profit that beat Wall Street estimates, but revenue that fell short of expectations.

Which airline has worst food? Rude staff?updated: Tue Jun 15 2010 18:07:00

Passenger satisfaction with domestic airlines continues to improve, according to one survey released Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Continental recalls some furloughed pilotsupdated: Wed May 19 2010 14:22:00

Continental Airlines is recalling some of the pilots it furloughed several years ago, as the company ramps up international flights and replaces retiring older pilots.

CNNMoney: Airline stocks take offupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 16:57:00

Airline stocks rallied Wednesday, riding a wave of investor sentiment that 2010 is shaping into a profitable year for the industry, experts say.

CNNMoney: Continental offers extra legroom - for a priceupdated: Wed Mar 03 2010 14:26:00

What are an extra seven to ten inches of legroom worth?

Airlines scramble after winter storm delays flightsupdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 03:26:00

Airlines were scrambling to accommodate passengers affected by the cancellation of hundreds of flights after a monster weekend winter storm that blanketed a swath of the East Coast.

Fortune: The airborne executiveupdated: Thu Oct 01 2009 09:20:00

I was one of those kids always intrigued by the whole idea of flying. I used to hang out at the airports whenever I could. In the summers between years at Wesleyan, I learned to fly around Cape Cod. The more I did it, the more I loved it. I took my last semester of college off to become an instructor and commercial pilot.

Fed-up fliers ready for rightsupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 09:59:00

Claustrophobia was not a condition Bill Johnson understood.

At least 26 hurt as airliner hits turbulenceupdated: Mon Aug 03 2009 18:21:00

Severe turbulence shook a Continental Airlines flight Monday, injuring dozens of passengers and forcing the aircraft to divert to Miami, Florida, according to the airline and a fire official.

U.S. airline apologizes for frisking ex-presidentupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 08:27:00

Continental Airlines Wednesday apologized to former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam for frisking him before a recent flight to New York.

2 would-be passengers feel relief, sadness: 'It could have been me'updated: Sat Feb 14 2009 17:19:00

One person credits bad weather and the other a long line.

Airline taking care of familiesupdated: Sat Feb 14 2009 17:19:00

CNN's Allen Chernoff reports from Newark International Airport on the plane crash in Buffalo that left 50 people dead. 50 People Die in Fiery Plane Crashupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 13:07:00

Among those lost was a 9/11 widow en route to celebrate her late husband

Recent major plane incidentsupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 06:56:00

The Continental Airlines plane that crashed in Clarence Center, New York, late Thursday is one of several major incidents over the past two months.

Airlines battle to survive soaring oil pricesupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 15:59:00

For every dollar that the price of fuel increases, costs to the aviation industry go up by $1.6 billion. And if oil hits $135 a barrel for the rest of the year, the International Air Transport Association says losses could hit $6.1 billion.

CNNMoney: United, US Air close to merger: Sourceupdated: Mon Apr 28 2008 14:59:00

United Airlines and US Airways are in very advanced talks towards a merger and an announcement is expected within two weeks, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

This month's show: Open Skiesupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 15:55:00

This month, CNN Business Traveller is on board the first transatlantic flight to London Heathrow under the new Open Skies treaty between the E.U. and the United States.

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CNNMoney: Continental to hold early talks with pilotsupdated: Mon Jul 02 2007 01:55:00

Continental Airlines and its pilots union have agreed to start early talks on changes in the non-economic portion of their contract at the request of the union - a relatively rare union victory in the battered airline industry in recent years.

CNNMoney: Monday's active moversupdated: Mon Apr 30 2007 11:24:00

The following stocks were among the most actively traded on Monday morning:

CNNMoney: Thursday's moversupdated: Thu Apr 19 2007 12:46:00

The following are some of Thursday's most actively traded stocks:

Sickness on Hong Kong flight non-threatening updated: Mon Mar 26 2007 16:20:00

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday released passengers on board a flight from Hong Kong after determining that the flu-like symptoms in some of them were normal.

CNNMoney: Stocks on the move Thursdayupdated: Thu Mar 15 2007 11:00:00

The following shares were among the most actively traded Thursday:

CNNMoney: Wednesday's late moversupdated: Wed Dec 13 2006 15:29:00

Here are some of the companies whose shares were active in late trading on Wednesday:

CNNMoney: Stocks jump on retail sales, merger talkupdated: Wed Dec 13 2006 09:25:00

Stocks bounded higher Tuesday after a surprisingly strong retail sales report and more news of potential airline consolidation.

Fortune: Continental Airlines ranks No. 207 on the 2006 FORTUNE 500updated: Mon Apr 24 2006 13:28:00

Continental Airlines ranks no. 207 on this year's list of the FORTUNE 500, with $11,208 million in revenues, up 15% from the previous year. The Houston-based company was ranked no. 232 on the 2005 list. Its 2005 profits were -$68 million.

CNNMoney: Airlines using uncertified repair shopsupdated: Tue Dec 20 2005 07:15:00

Airlines are using uncertified workers for critical maintenance work, which operate without enough oversight of either the carriers or the Federal Aviation Administration, according to an agency investigation.

Concorde chief faces crash probeupdated: Tue Sep 27 2005 05:42:00

The former head of the Concorde program is reported to have been put under judicial investigation for manslaughter in the case looking into the 2000 crash of the supersonic jet that killed 113 people.

CNNMoney: Southwest bets fuel profits, stock jumpsupdated: Thu Jul 14 2005 06:54:00

Southwest Airlines' profits jumped 41 percent in the second quarter despite a sharp rise in fuel costs -- a surprisingly strong performance that sparked a rally in the low-fare carrier's stock.

Continental faces Concorde probeupdated: Thu Mar 10 2005 14:44:00

Continental Airlines says it has been placed under investigation by a French magistrate judge for the suspected role played by one of its jets in the July 2000 crash of the supersonic Concorde that killed 113 people.

CNNMoney: Stocks inch higherupdated: Thu Dec 30 2004 09:20:00

Stocks crept higher early Thursday, supported by sliding crude oil prices and a surprise drop in jobless claims.

Two screeners reassigned over fake bomb incidentupdated: Fri Dec 17 2004 19:00:00

Two baggage screeners have been reassigned pending the outcome of a federal investigation into how a bag containing a simulated bomb made its way aboard a Continental Airlines flight bound for Holland, a Transportation Security Administration official said Friday.

Business 2.0: A Field Day for Executivesupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 00:01:00

Earlier this year my wife and I flew into Newark Airport on a Continental Airlines flight from Madrid. We had less than two hours to make a connecting flight to San Francisco, but 70 minutes later ...

Business 2.0: This Call Is Being Monitored Software that listens in on customer calls helps Continental Airlines gather insight about its flieupdated: Thu Jul 01 2004 00:01:00

If you've ever placed a call to any big company's customer service department, you've heard the caveat: "This call may be monitored for quality assurance purposes." But is anyone really listening? ...

CNNMoney: Which airline is next?updated: Tue May 25 2004 14:21:00

With new threats of bankruptcies, and appeals for labor concessions and government assistance, the nation's major airlines are facing a crisis that may well spell the end for one or more carrier in the next few years, according to industry executives and experts.

CNNMoney: Continental Airlines raises U.S. faresupdated: Fri Feb 27 2004 11:20:00

Continental Airlines Inc., the nation's fifth largest commercial carrier, said Friday it increased fares on domestic tickets to offset higher fuel costs.

CNNMoney: Tech answers no prayersupdated: Wed Feb 25 2004 10:43:00

Whenever I teach executive seminars on the importance of building a great company culture, I spend most of the time, strangely, listening to reasons the participants are so reluctant to give it a try: Changing the culture takes too long. People don't like change. It requires too much time from top management. Seems risky -- I don't see the payoff.

Business 2.0: Tech Answers No Prayers CEOs seeking a software fix overlook the biggest--and possibly easiest--problem a updated: Thu Jan 01 2004 00:01:00

Whenever I teach executive seminars on the importance of building a great company culture, I spend most of the time, strangely, listening to reasons the participants are so reluctant to give it a t...

Business 2.0: How To Succeed In 2004 We asked leaders from business (and elsewhere) how they do what they do better than anyone elupdated: Mon Dec 01 2003 00:01:00

The economy is looking up--finally--but let's face it: A rebound only changes the kind of problems you encounter. Competition doesn't stop. Neither do cost pressures, disruptive technologies, or th...

Business 2.0: How To Create Fanatically Loyal Customers GORDON BETHUNE Chairman and CEO, Continental Airlinesupdated: Mon Dec 01 2003 00:01:00

We're trying to reestablish the concept that if you pay more, you get more, which is kind of a novelty in our business. After 9/11, our competitors took food off the airplane, they took off pillows...

Business 2.0: Don't Believe The Hype About Strategy The best way to build a company for the future is to cut back on meetings updated: Thu May 01 2003 00:01:00

There I sit, at yet another board meeting, listening to an executive drone on about sales strategy and product strategy as he points to slick overheads filled with analyses of potential markets and...

Fortune: Aftermath: IPOsupdated: Mon Oct 15 2001 00:01:00

IPOs, as bankers like to say, have two classic enemies: uncertainty and volatility. On Sept. 11, a supply of both flooded the market.

Fortune: Continental Airlines Changes The Rulesupdated: Mon Feb 02 1998 00:01:00

Feel as if you're paying more for air travel and getting less? You are. Airfares keep going up for business travelers (17% over the past year), but cost cutting means you probably ride in the back ...

Fortune: SUMMER FARES: DEJA VU OF 1992?updated: Mon May 31 1993 00:01:00

Is the U.S. airline industry headed for another suicidal fare war? Last summer a 50%-off sale filled the sunny skies, and the players are still smarting from the losses. America West Airlines and N...

Fortune: THE WORRISOME SHORTAGE OF AIRLINE MECHANICSupdated: Mon Aug 28 1989 00:01:00

The nail-biting crash landing of Piedmont Airlines flight 1489 showed once again that air safety can be as simple as proper maintenance. But just as air travel is surging, airlines face a shortage ...

Fortune: AN ARMCHAIR SPIN AROUND THE MALL updated: Mon Jan 16 1989 00:01:00

Marketers, looking for a way to reach those upscale couch potatoes? Consider It's Only Money, a board game now available at Bloomingdale's for $29.95. Players will be able to traipse through an ima...

Fortune: AIR FARES: UP, UP . . . AND DOWN AGAIN?updated: Mon Dec 19 1988 00:01:00

Do the recent air fare hikes really mean all that much? Industry security analysts say they are nonplused by the blaring headlines that followed the wide cancellation of discounts in November. ''It...

Fortune: Who's on first?updated: Mon Feb 29 1988 00:01:00

It's a familiar situation: There are only so many major league teams and so many good managers, and the managers are always moving from team to team. Only it isn't baseball, it's airlines. In the p...

Fortune: Equine Efficiency, Nudity Prevention, Virginal Space, and Other Matters. Great Moments in Marketingupdated: Mon Feb 01 1988 00:01:00

Continental Airlines struck a blow at the concept of first-class service yesterday, announcing that passengers who belong to its frequent-flier program and pay the full coach fare could get first-c...

Fortune: COMPANIES THAT SERVE YOU WORST updated: Mon Dec 07 1987 00:01:00

Everyone has a special horror story about customer service. The most infuriating these days probably concern air travel. Runaway traffic growth and many carriers' difficulty in adapting to mergers ...

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