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April 15- For business flyers like Adam Kubryk, who is on the road about 200 days a year, one of the perks of flying often and using the same airline regularly is getting upgraded from coach to business class when a seat is available. The issue: in March, the airline stopped offering upgrades for flights between New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle.
DALLAS— Southwest Airlines says employees will get a record $228 million in profit-sharing this year, nearly double the payout of a year ago. Dallas- based Southwest also owns AirTran Airways and is the nation's fourth-biggest airline operator. Employees own about 4 percent of Southwest's stock.
1. Hawaiian Airlines, 90.1 percent. 2. Alaska Airlines, 85.7 percent. 3. Delta Air Lines, 77.5 percent.
The "Fast Money" traders share their final trades of the day.
DALLAS— Airline travelers are adjusting to constant turbulence in frequent-flier programs. American Airlines is the latest to tinker with its program.
April 8- American Airlines Group on Tuesday said flight cancellations due to bad weather hurt its first-quarter results, joining other carriers that blamed the weather for a drag on business during the period.
"We temporarily pulled limes about two weeks ago, due to skyrocketing lime prices," says Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Halley Knigge. The average advertised price of a lime in U.S. supermarkets was 56 cents last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Researchers at Wichita State and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical universities who conducted the study said airlines delivered their best performance in 2013 in the 23- year history of the quality rating.
Despite profits soaring to levels not seen in years, airline service was a mixed bag in 2013, according to the latest Airline Quality Ratings.
NEW YORK, April 6- Companies across America are blaming the brutal winter for weak first-quarter results, but investors are expecting a quick rebound in the second quarter and will likely judge harshly companies that are less optimistic about a recovery.
*Delta's 49 pct in Virgin, Etihad's 29 pct in Air Berlin eyed. *Air Berlin says Etihad does not control it.
WASHINGTON, April 3- Delta Air Lines is looking at buying as many as 50 wide-body jets, the airline said on Thursday, opening a contest between Airbus and Boeing Co for business worth well over $10 billion at list prices.
*MannKind shares soar as diabetes drug gets FDA backing. NEW YORK, April 2- The S&P 500 closed at another record high on Wednesday as signs of steady private-sector hiring suggested that the economy was slowly building momentum after a winter-related pullback.
*MannKind shares soar as diabetes drug gets FDA backing. NEW YORK, April 2- U.S. stocks inched higher on Wednesday, pushing the S&P 500 to another intraday record, after data suggested the economy was slowly building momentum after a winter-related pullback earlier in the year.
WASHINGTON, April 2- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that an airline customer cannot sue after being thrown out of a frequent flyer program. On a 9-0 vote, the court said Rabbi Binyomin Ginsberg cannot pursue his claims against Northwest Airlines Corp, which ceased operations in 2010 after merging with Delta Air Lines Inc.
NEW YORK, March 31- Last year's spike in the price of ethanol blending credits cost independent refiners at least $1.35 billion, more than three times as much as the year before, according to a Reuters' review of securities filings.
*Business travelers splash out on New York- London route. ATLANTA, March 30,- Delta Air Lines has been making inroads in the dogfight over the lucrative market for business travel between New York and London, but the newly merged American Airlines Group is fighting back.
SweetWater is partnering with Delta to offer the brewery's 420 Extra Pale Ale on Delta's 34 daily flights between Atlanta New York.
AmEx Platinum cardholders are losing some lounge access, but gaining free Wi-Fi. When does the $450 annual fee pay off?
A new program with Delta and LinkedIn pairs up-and-coming professionals with an innovator in their field for a free first-class trip.