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1. United CEO Smisek: "We're now a business"

Airlines for America SmartBrief | Jul 31, 2015

United CEO Jeff Smisek responded to critics of the airline's sliding fare structure by reminding them that it is a business. Reuters (07/30)

2. Delta customers will soon be able to upgrade to private jets

Airlines for America SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Delta's Medallion-level customers will soon be able to upgrade their tickets to a whole new level. The program is available only at Delta's East Coast hubs as a trial run, but it may expand worldwide. USA Today (07/27) Bloomberg (07/27)

3. Take a look at Southwest's commemorative belt buckles

Airlines for America SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

Preserving culture is a priority for most companies, and Southwest has taken a unique approach. The airline has issued commemorative belt buckles over the years with designs reflecting major moments in the company's history. Nuts About Southwest blog (07/24)

4. Southwest is expanding Texas service despite Dallas disputes

Airlines for America SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Southwest Airlines is vigorously expanding its presence in its home state of Texas, with a new international terminal at Houston Hobby airport. USA Today (07/23)

5. American Airlines CEO credits employees for record-setting quarter

Airlines for America SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

American Airlines has announced its highest quarterly earnings ever, posting $1.7 billion. CEO Doug Parker gave credit to the American Airlines team in his announcement, while noting that American will invest its windfall in a $2 billion stock buyback. "These results are especially remarkable considering the significant and successful work underway to integrate two airlines. The more than 100,000 dedicated team members of American Airlines are doing a phenomenal job and we are grateful for their commitment to our customers," said Parker. Investor's Business Daily (07/24) The Dallas Morning News (free content) (07/24) Reuters (07/24)

6. Delta makes significant investments at LaGuardia Airport

Airlines for America SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Delta Air Lines announced plans for joint public/private investment in LaGuardia airport. The project will unfold in two phases, and Delta Air Lines will fund the second half of the expansion. "This doesn't happen without Delta Air Lines," Cuomo said. Delta President Ed Bastian said the carrier has spent more than $2 billion on infrastructure at NYC area airports. "The initiatives announced today are aligned with our ongoing commitment to providing an exceptional experience for anyone traveling through New York for business or pleasure," said Bastian. BBC (07/28) USA Today (07/28) The Dallas Morning News (free content) (07/27) Bloomberg (07/27)

7. American Airlines is adding flights Down Under

Airlines for America SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

American Airlines will begin daily service between LAX and Sydney in January. (U.K.) (07/27)

8. American Airlines "Going for Great" with purser training program

Airlines for America SmartBrief | Jul 31, 2015

American Airlines is offering a purser training program to build soft skills with the airlines' flight crews and help them deliver transformational service - service personalized to each individual passenger. Airways News (07/30)

9. American is close to completing merger with US Airways

Airlines for America SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

American Airlines is eliminating the US Airways flight center in Pittsburgh and moving those operations to its headquarters in Fort Worth as it completes the merger between the airlines. More than half of the 650 employees at the flight center will make the move. American City Business Journals (07/29) (Woodland Park, N.J.) (free registration) (07/29)

10. Delta Air invests in China Eastern

Airlines for America SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

Delta is extending its international strategy in overseas airlines by investing and strengthening ties with China Eastern Airlines. China is the second largest long-haul travel market for U.S. passengers and the move -- if approved -- will strengthen the existing alliance between the two airlines. Investor's Business Daily (07/27) Bloomberg (07/27) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (07/27)

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