Mark is an attorney, professor, coach, runner, world traveler & coffee drinker, as well as the founder and chief blogger for travelblawg, inc. The goal of travelblawg is to provide visitors like you with a place to land to find guides, tips, news, and information related to travel + law, two of his biggest passions. Enjoy!

AA-US Airways Merger — More Barriers Added

As the clock ticks towards the federal bankruptcy judge’s review of American Airlines and parent AMR Corporation’s reorganization plan scheduled for August 15, 2013, barriers continue to pop up as to the merger of AA & US Airways, which is part of the proposed plan: At last count, 19 states have joined in the U.S. DOJ’s review of the proposed AA-US Airways merger for antitrust issues.  The joining of states, through their respective attorney general offices, is common to have a stake in the review process, meetings, testimony, and so forth to safeguard the interests of related air travel, employment, etc. in their states.  States include: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Washington DC, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. A new lawsuit is reportedly expected to be filed in Federal District Court in San Francisco today to stop the merger.  San Francisco attorney Joseph Alioto alleges, according to reports, that the merger would harm consumers by “charging higher airfares,” “reducing the number of flights and aircraft,” “eliminating air service to smaller cities,” “eliminating or curtailing hubs,” “reducing the quality of service” and “charging fees for things that were free.” Regardless of the source of these barriers and others, the fears, justified or not, seem to be painted with a broad brush of consumer protections, including issues of: Lost Hubs? — The...

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Delta Shareholders Approve Exec Pay; Re-Elect Board

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, Delta shareholders voted and approved: To retain all 14 of Delta’s Board of Directors. An executive compensation package (a non-binding vote required by law for publicly-traded companies). In addition to being named the World’s Most Admired Airline by Fortune magazine for the second time in three years, some of Delta’s major events in its corporate structure and operations included: Opening of Terminal 4 at JFK in May as part of a $1.4 billion redevelopment program (and Terminal 3 up next for remodeling) and Closing a deal with Sir Richard (read: Virgin Atlantic) for 108 routes and 66 destinations across North America and the United Kingdom, making it a more serious trans-Atlantic player.  (BONUS: SkyMiles and Flying Club loyalty reciprocity benefits!  @WanderngAramean reviews the...

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American Airlines, Delta Lead Airline Job Cuts In Past Year

In today’s U.S. Department of Transportation’s federal report on passenger airline employment data, several downward employment trends are noted from 2013: Number of F/T Employees* change from 2012 to 2013: US Airways up 491 Spirit up 467 Alaska up 409 JetBlue up 278 Allegiant up 171 United up 146 Virgin America up 27 — Southwest down 534 Frontier down 594 Delta down 2,795 American Airlines down 6,243 *Full-time Equivalent Employee (FTE) calculations count two part-time employees as one full-time employee. Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, June 25,...

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