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  • Airline industry poised to fly high in 2015

    Airline industry poised to fly high in 2015
    The airline industry in 2015 is likely to be healthy again thanks to mergers and falling jet fuel prices, and while consumers might be stuffed into slimmer seats in coach at least they will be able to enjoy new and upgraded planes and more onboard...
  • Retiring flight attendant looks back on nearly 50 years of change

    Retiring flight attendant looks back on nearly 50 years of change
    When Diane Hansen first clipped on her stewardess wings as an 18-year-old, "stews" couldn't be married and had to submit to weigh-ins, girdle checks and hairdo inspections before every flight. Their most important attributes were long legs and pretty...
  • Midway safety system will bring jets to grinding halt

    Midway safety system will bring jets to grinding halt
    Midway Airport is the first airport in the world to install a bed of lightweight glass rocks beyond the end of a runway that in an emergency crumbles to bring a landing jet traveling at 80 mph to a halt, according to aviation officials. The technology...
  • The real story behind the collapse in Southwest's on-time performance

    The real story behind the collapse in Southwest's on-time performance
    Starting last fall, passengers on Southwest Airlines' usually reliable flights began noticing a sharp deterioration in on-time performance. More flights arrived late, and more flights sat on the ground past their departure times, waiting for connecting...
  • A Lost Trip: Why Did Southwest Change Their AirTran Voucher?

    A Lost Trip: Why Did Southwest Change Their AirTran Voucher?
    An airline has no federally mandated obligation to compensate a passenger whose flight is canceled because of mechanical problems. In that respect, Michael and Ida Schnipper of Unionville were fortunate last September when they received two travel...
  • Private jet for $536? It's a SuiteDeal

    Private jet for $536? It's a SuiteDeal
    Southwest Airlines began revolutionizing the jet-setting world of air travel roughly four decades ago with its no-frills service and helped reshape the U.S. airline industry into the mass transit system of the sky — complete with overcrowding,...
  • From foreclosures to mergers, big changes afoot

    From foreclosures to mergers, big changes afoot
    Note: An earlier version of this column included an incorrect reference to the number of occupied buildings at Lake Nona's "medical city." What a difference three months can make. When I took a break in July to care for my newborn son, foreclosures were...
  • AirTran deal big loss to community

    AirTran deal big loss to community
    When the Orlando Magic plays its first regular season game in the Amway Center on Thursday, AirTran Airways will be featured as a prominent corporate sponsor, complete with its own private lounge in the swanky new arena. After the sponsorship deal was...
  • Southwest should heed complaints

    Southwest should heed complaints
    Every now and then you come across a story of customer activism against a corporate giant that makes you want to stand up and cheer or, in this case, moo. In a video, that has become a minor YouTube sensation called "Skip the Stampede," Southwest...
  • Orlando's top business stories in 2010

    Orlando's top business stories in 2010
    The good news for Central Florida is that 2010 can't be written off entirely as lost to a sour economy. This year's list of the region's top business stories begins and ends on a positive note. Joblessness, the housing slump and an overall slow recovery...
  • What, who to watch this year

    What, who to watch this year
    It would be nice if 2011 shaped up to be like the last stretch of a long road trip, when the kids start asking, "Are we there yet?" At least then we would have some assurance that our destination of economic recovery is just around the next bend. That...