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Jan. 3, 2014, 7:06 AM
- U.S. airliners face a new challenge with the start of federal rules on pilot rest.
- Staring tomorrow, the FAA mandates that the hours of the day that a pilot works and how many time zones they have traveled will be part of the matrix for how much rest they will need between flights.
- Most airliners have plans to hire extra pilots to address the new regulations.
- Related stocks: DAL, AAL, LUV, JBLU, ALK, RJET, HA, SAVE, UAL.
Jan. 3, 2014, 5:05 AM
- A severe snow storm on the Eastern Seaboard has caused around 1,300 flights to be canceled and over 200 to be delayed.
- The governors of New York and New Jersey have declared states of emergency and urged residents not to venture out.
- However, New York's MTA expects all subway services to run local through most of AM peak, which should mean that financial workers have a way to get to work.
- Related tickers: LUV, UAL, DAL, AAL, JBLU, LCC, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET,
Dec. 27, 2013, 10:19 AM
- Airline stocks dip in early trading after a government report shows U.S. crude oil supplies stayed in a downward trend. Violence in the South Sudan has also been a recent factor in oil prices.
- Besides the prospect for higher prices for aviation fuel, the airline sector was ripe to blow off a little steam after rallying before and after the merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways, note analysts.
- Decliners: United Continental (UAL) -3.2%, Delta Air Lines (DAL) -2.6%, Spirit Airlines (SAVE) -2.4%, JetBlue (JBLU) -1.5%, American Airlines (AAL) -1.5%, Southwest Airlines (LUV) -1.3%.
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Dec. 18, 2013, 11:00 AM
- Delta Air Lines (DAL -0.7%) won't allow cell phone calls during its flights after polling from frequent fliers indicated they thought the practice would be disruptive.
- Southwest Airlines (LUV +1%) and Virgin America have already stated that they are almost certain not to allow in-flight calls, but JetBlue (JBLU +0.2%) appears to be leaning in the other direction.
- On the regulator front, the FCC supports a proposal which would allow in-flight voice calls while the DOT has tipped if it's leaning in the other direction.
- Share of airline wifi-provider Gogo are diving today, but the move appears unrelated to the in-flight calls issue with post-IPO lockup drama in place.
Dec. 12, 2013, 12:08 PM
- Airline stocks shoot higher as the sector continues to see the pieces fall into place for higher profits (Previous: IATA forecast).
- Lower fuel costs and higher fares are lining up just as the industry looks settled for a period of tight capacity discipline. It's already been a banner year for a number of airline stocks which have put in audacious gains.
- Advancers: JetBlue (JBLU) +3.8%, Southwest Airlines (LUV) +3.5%, Republic Airways (RJET) +2.1%, United Continental (UAL) +1.9%, Delta Air Lines (DAL) +1.8%. Spirit Airlines (SAVE) +1.7%, Hawaiian Holdings (HA) +1.6%.
Dec. 12, 2013, 6:47 AM
Dec. 5, 2013, 1:41 PM
- Southwest Airlines (LUV +1.3%) cuts three small cities out its network.
- The carrier will no longer serve the Branson Airport, Key West International Airport, and Jackson-Evers International Airport.
- The move follows an analysis of how new routes adding when AirTran was integrated are performing.
Nov. 29, 2013, 10:30 AM
- Airline stock are under-performing the market on some concerns of valuation and a new OPEC rift which could unsettle oil prices.
- The sector was due for a little trimming with it currently the third-best performing sector in the S&P 500 for the year on optimism that capacity discipline in the industry will stick.
- Decliners: Southwest Airlines (LUV) -1.4%, US Airways (LCC) -1.1%, Delta Air Lines (DAL) -0.8%, JetBlue (JBLU) -0.7%.
Nov. 25, 2013, 3:35 AM
- Hundreds of flights have been canceled due to a storm that has been dumping rain and snow across the south-western part of the U.S. after originating off the coast of California and then heading east.
- The storm is expected to combine with another one and then make its way up the east coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, and cause further disruption in what is one of the busiest weeks in the year for travel.
- AMR (AAMRQ) is one of the worst affected airlines, with others including Southwest (LUV), JetBlue (JBLU) and Delta (DAL).
Nov. 21, 2013, 3:21 PM
- Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) declares $0.04/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
- Forward yield 0.87%
- Payable Jan 2; for shareholders of record Dec. 12; ex-div Dec. 10.
Nov. 21, 2013, 11:58 AM
- Southwest Airlines (LUV +1.7%) will offer gate-to-gate wi-fi coverage for $8/day (per device) on ~400 of its 600 jets. The price compares favorably to Gogo's $14 daily rate.
- The airline will also offer movies through Southwest's partnership with Dish Network for $5 per device.
- The news may be an omen of things to come for in-flight wi-fi provider Gogo (GOGO -1.7%), as airlines search for new ways to monetize fliers through service charges.
Nov. 18, 2013, 10:56 AM| Nov. 18, 2013, 10:56 AM | 5 Comments
Nov. 8, 2013, 6:51 AM
- A judge in the federal lawsuit filed by the DOJ against American (AAMRQ) and US Airways (LCC) says Southwest Airline (LUV) can file a brief in the case on why consumers would benefit if the airliners were forced to give up rights at key airports.
- The carrier is expected to make a run at landing slots at New York's LaGuardia and DC's Reagan National Airport.
Nov. 7, 2013, 11:55 AM| Nov. 7, 2013, 11:55 AM
Nov. 7, 2013, 7:04 AM| Nov. 7, 2013, 7:04 AM | 1 Comment
Nov. 4, 2013, 2:20 PM
- Attorney General Eric Holder confirms an earlier report that the DOJ will require American Airlines (AAMRQ) and US Airways (LCC +3.7%) to divest assets in order to settle a lawsuit with the department and proceed with their merger.
- Though specific details on landing slots and airports in play weren't disclosed by the AG, news of a potential settlement has shares of American parent AMR up 23% in OTC trading.
- Airline stocks in general are reacting favorably to the news the merger may take off on the premise that tighter capacity discipline could benefit the entire sector.
- Advancers: Republic Airways (RJET) +4.1%; Delta Air Lines (DAL) +3.2%; JetBlue (JBLU) +3.2%; Southwest Airlines (LUV) +2.6%.
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