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Airliner roundup: Labor troubles at Southwest, American exits Orbitz, Delta hiring

  • Southwest Airlines (LUV -0.8%) says it's "shocked and disappointed" by a request from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for mediation over a new contract. Talks between the two parties have become heated.
  • American Airlines Group (AAL -0.7%) pulled its listing from Orbitz in a development that could create a divide in the online travel industry. Several other carriers have hinted about a similar move.
  • Delta Air Lines (DAL -1.1%) says it will add 1,800 flights attendants in order to keep up with its expanded flight schedule. A few cracks on a tightened capacity stance in the sector have started to emerge on top of Delta's aggressive plans.
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  • Pony01
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    I believe these labor troubles for LUV is just the tip of the iceberg. More groups are organizing and LUV's negotiations with their in-house pilots union are going poorly as well. I could see LUV starting to charge a bag-fee if their labor costs start to spiral - Which they will each year hence.
    26 Aug 2014, 03:51 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    What happens if oil spikes?
    26 Aug 2014, 11:02 PM Reply Like
  • Pony01
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    If oil spikes it will be a constant throughout most of the US carriers. They all will be dealing with it. AAL does not hedge since merging with USAIR; they are at the worst end of the constant. DAL has an aggressive hedging department and own a refinery with some pipeline right-of-ways in the busy Northeast corridor; they are at the best end of the constant. LUV falls about in the middle with a solid hedging position.
    27 Aug 2014, 07:58 AM Reply Like
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