Archive Transportation: Leisure

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    The worst job market since the Great Depression has stunned millions of Americans. Unemployment is having a huge impact on the individual, family and community.

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    Every day India’s cities hum with the sound of hundreds of motorcycles precariously weaving their way through traffic. For most riders the two-wheeler is the cheaper and more flexible alternative to a car but for a growing band of more affluent Indians owning a customised superbike has become the ultimate symbol of the country’s new-found wealth. The FT reports.

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    Southwest Airlines is known for its low-priced fares and unmatched profitability in the industry—38 profitable years in a row, according to the company. Part of the profitability comes from Southwest’s ability to get  airplanes in and out of the gate faster than its competitors.

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    CNBC's Jane Wells reports that JetBlue is offering $4 plane tickets to avoid Carmageddon, but Stephanie Howard found out too late.

  • Wireless Driving

    Insight on what automakers are allowing drivers to use without being distracted, with Brian Cooley, CNET.com.

  • If you live in Los Angeles, you know that this weekend the 405 freeway will be completely shut down—completely—between the 10 and the 101 freeways. They're calling it "Carmageddon," and it is the end of the world as we know it. This is a town where freeways are more important than world peace.

  • When the Wright Brothers successfully launched their airplane from the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, N.C., on a chilly day in December, 1903, they likely never imagined the enormous global industry that would follow.In 2010, commercial airline industry revenues topped $554 billion and are forecast to hit $598 billion in 2011, according to the International Air Transport Association. The growth over the last 108 years has been enormous, and so have the changes. Some were born of necessity, others of

    Here, we take a look at the evolution of air travel: the good, the bad and the inbetween — they're all "firsts" that changed the industry.

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    Forty years ago, Southwest Airlines made its debut as a small airline in Dallas, Texas, struggling to keep pace in the business. Today, Southwest is the top domestic carrier in the United States. But on the way to becoming the travel bellwether it is now, Southwest has been met with plenty of tension and turbulence.

  • Southwest suffers from the same ills that plague the rest of the industry: cycles of boom followed by bouts of financial Armageddon, severe competition, and overregulation. Our exception is attributable to the way our employees have responded to these challenges by taking care of each other and taking care of our customers.

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    Chesapeake Energy is spending $1 billion on a three-pronged plan to  "break the headlock" of OPEC oil dependency, CEO Aubrey McClendon told CNBC Tuesday.

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    Don't expect cramped seats or endless delays on these flights. These airlines were ranked as the world's best.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook

    The week's top business news and investment advice, including retail picks, gaming stocks and railway bets.

  • Rolling with the Transports

    Can the rally continue in the face of rising unemployment? Insight with Donald Broughton, Avondale Partners and Jason Seidl, Dahlman Rose & Co.

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    Our special report, "NASA: The Next Generation," explores  the impact of the space shuttle's end to the future of the agency and America's place in space.

  • Space Shuttle Endeavour

    From Florida's Space Coast to contractors in Connecticut and Georgia. jobs and business will be lost — some, probably forever.

  • Buzz Aldrin stands on moon surface with US flag during Apollo 11 mission.

    The end of NASA’s space shuttle program will limit U.S. manned flight in the short term but is unlikely to threaten the country's long-term competitiveness in the space sector.

  • Artist rendering of the Sierra Nevada Corp. Dream Chaser, which justreceived $80 million from NASA. It is one of the new generation ofprivate-sector space vehicles that will carry humans and cargo to theInternational Space Station.

    The space agency is leaving the low-orbit travel to the private sector and focusing its R&D efforts on exploring deep space.

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    With the final space shuttle flying, many wonder, what’s next? Well, tighten your seat belt. The second great space race is about to begin and it could shave two to three years off astronauts' down time without something American to fly.

  • Options Desk: MS Bullish on Autos

    GM to rally on near-term earnings revisions, with Brian Stutland, Fast Money trader.

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    The U.S. government has warned domestic and international airlines that some terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into humans to carry out attacks, The Associated Press has learned.