• CARTAGENA, Colombia, April 24- Engineering work ordered by Colombia's constitutional court that would allow the country's main coal railway to operate at night was blocked by protesters shortly after the work got under way this week, a Mines and Energy Ministry official said on Friday. The Fenoco railway, owned and operated by a consortium of coal miners...

  • Cheaper fuel has airlines soaring to record profits Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 2:17 PM ET

    At American Airlines, passengers flew fewer miles and revenue declined 2 percent in the first quarter. —United Airlines posted record first-quarter earnings of $508 million, even though revenue dipped 1 percent; it saved more than $1 billion on fuel. —Southwest tripled its profit to a record $453 million; fuel savings were $437 million.

  • American's shares traded up almost 4 percent, reflecting bolstered investor confidence in the carrier, the world's largest after it merged in 2013 with US Airways. Rivals Delta Air Lines Inc and United Continental Holdings Inc have also announced cuts for travel outside the peak summer season. American's President Scott Kirby said growing capacity and...

  • Midday Glance: Airlines companies Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:36 PM ET

    Delta Air rose$. 73 or 1.6 percent, to $47.16. JetBlue Airways Corp. rose$. 08 or. 4 percent, to $19.83. Southwest Airlines Co. rose$. 26 or. 6 percent, to $43.52.

  • NEW YORK— The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the nation's largest commuter rail network, is on track to receive a nearly $1 billion federal loan for safety improvements meant to avoid a repeat of a 2013 derailment that killed four people, New York Gov. "It is the state-of-the-art safety design for the system and it is something that is very important,"...

  • Top private-jet routes of the rich Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 11:39 AM ET
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    Like migrating birds, private jet setters follow a basic instinct when it comes to their flight paths: They follow better weather.

  • *Airbus not ready to decide whether to upgrade the A380. *Airbus, Rolls-Royce may seek European loans for project. PARIS, April 24- Europe's Airbus pledged on Friday to boost sales of its A380 superjumbo, as the world's largest passenger jet prepares to celebrate a bitter-sweet 10- year anniversary in the skies having booked no new airline orders since 2013..

  • Early Glance: Airlines companies Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    Delta Air rose$. 48 or 1.0 percent, to $46.91. JetBlue Airways Corp. rose$. 02 or. 1 percent, to $19.77. United Continental Holdings Inc. rose $1.20 or 1.9 percent, to $64.00.

  • Brazil trucker strike sputters on second day Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:15 AM ET

    SAO PAULO, April 24- Participation in a trucker strike in Brazil weakened on Friday, its second day, as the number of blockages on highways fell to 11 from 17 the night before, according to police. Truckers in Brazil resumed roadblocks across the country's main farm belt early on Thursday, after failing to reach common ground in talks with the government and freight...

  • Wild weather to worsen as twister threat intensifies Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 9:27 AM ET

    The wacky weather that slammed the South this week is expected to get worse on Friday, NBC News reports.

  • April 24- American Airlines Group Inc on Friday reported first-quarter profit above analysts' expectations and declared a $0.10 dividend as cheap fuel continued to help its bottom line. Excluding special items, it earned $1.2 billion, or $1.73 per diluted share, compared to analysts' average estimate of $1.71 per diluted share, according to Thomson Reuters...

  • American Airlines beats Street 1Q forecasts Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    FORT WORTH, Texas— The fuel bill at American Airlines fell by nearly half in the first quarter, helping the company set a record profit despite a dip in revenue. The combination of cheaper fuel and steady demand for flights within the U.S. is boosting all the major domestic airlines, with American joining Delta, United and Southwest in posting sharply higher...

  • The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority offered the free rides on all modes of transportation, including trolleys, buses and commuter rail trains. Patricia Varon, of Somerville, said she appreciated the free ride but felt the T needed to be better managed. I don't really particularly think so, "said Varon, outside the Park Street station in downtown...

  • Uber launches air and water services in China Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 7:42 PM ET

    Taxi app Uber has set its sights beyond the roads of China with a push into the air and on water. The Financial Times reports.

  • Final Glance: Airlines companies Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:05 PM ET

    Delta Air fell$. 10 or. 2 percent, to $46.43. JetBlue Airways Corp. rose$. 08 or. 4 percent, to $19.75. Southwest Airlines Co. rose$. 41 or 1.0 percent, to $43.26.

  • SAO PAULO, April 23- Truckers in Brazil resumed roadblocks across the country's main farm belt early on Thursday, after failing to reach common ground in talks with the government and freight companies in recent weeks regarding pay and fuel prices. Highway police estimated 14 protests blocking roads Thursday morning, that mainly affected the movement of...

  • Texas transportation officials have unveiled a bold plan to reconfigure a major interstate through downtown Houston that would place lanes below ground level, alleviate congestion and give the city a dramatic face lift. Lenz, whose nonprofit association represents businesses and other groups north of downtown, said the segment of I-45 through Houston is...

  • April 23- Southwest Airlines Co will explore new functions enabled by a new reservation system after it is in place, such as codesharing flights and assigning seats to passengers, Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said in an investor call on Thursday. He said, however, that the low-cost carrier has not committed to any changes currently and has "absolutely no...

  • Midday Glance: Airlines companies Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:24 PM ET

    Delta Air fell$. 11 or. 2 percent, to $46.42. JetBlue Airways Corp. fell$. 02 or. 1 percent, to $19.65. Southwest Airlines Co. rose$. 65 or 1.5 percent, to $43.50.

  • CHICAGO, April 23- Union Pacific Corp is scrambling to cope with opposing trends across its network after a drop in freight volumes in the first quarter, the No. 1 U.S. railroad's top executive said on Thursday. All had been rosy for Union Pacific just months earlier, in the fourth quarter. A similar drop-off in coal has affected other railroads- CSX Corp, Norfolk...

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