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High jet fuel prices have protected existing airlines from startups, prevented fare wars

NEW YORK - Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.In the past six years...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-04-16/high-jet-fuel-prices-have-
Airlines shift focus from baggage fees

...You're either going to go out of business or find a way to cover" your costs, says Robert E. Jordan, Southwest Airlines' executive vice president and chief commercial officer.Southwest has held off charging for most checked bags. But it sells...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-09-30/airlines-shift-focus-bagga
Obama budget could boost fees on air travelers

...Airlines are also fighting the proposal, saying it amounts to a $2 billion tax increase on the flying public. Airline executives argue the increase could discourage more people from flying.Todd Hauptli, a lobbyist for the American Association...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2011-02-15/obama-budget-could-boost-fees-air-t
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Airline fuel costs continue to rise

...drove down prices for passengers.With oil close to $100 a barrel, fuel has become the expense that preoccupies airline executives more than any other. It is the reason airlines started charging for checked baggage in 2008 and why they have raised...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2011-05-30/airline-fuel-costs-continu
Planes flying fuller and passengers get squeezed

...summer. With 130 million people flying, little perks such as empty middle seats or flying standby were rare.Airline executives used to add flights and routes to protect market share. This often meant there were more seats than travelers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2011-09-13/planes-flying-fuller-and-p
Boeing's 787 jetliner makes first test flight

...the end of the runway while warming up its engines, adding to the tension for Boeing employees, customers and airline executives standing on the tarmac. Although the runway was lined with fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, the first...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/12/16/bus_559636.shtml
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Airline officials face questions

...Reserve would be a good idea, echoing some of lawmakers' own ideas. During more than four hours of hearings, the airline executives acknowledged that sustained high fuel prices could reduce the frequency of some less profitable routes, but said...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2008/04/25/bus_196280.shtml
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American, partners boost JAL support offer

...sell orders. But JAL is still Asia's biggest airline and its access to the region is a prized asset for other airlines. Executives from oneworld alliance members American, British Airways, Qantas Airways, and Cathay Pacific Airways told reporters...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2010/01/13/bus_562926.shtml
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Larger carriers may be doomed

...particularly Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., as they try to meet the challenge. But analysts, academics and some airline executives believe that might not be enough to save these carriers because of their size, the low ticket prices people want...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/07/17/bus_422384.shtml
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Oil prices squeeze airlines, but Southwest can gloat

...won't cause an airline to go under. Frank Shea, chief financial officer of World Fuel Services Corp., said airline executives are beginning to wise up about the importance of fuel hedges, but most are still exposed to a lot of risk. "If...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/05/08/bus_414908.shtml
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