November traffic at Alaska Airlines was up 5.5%, representing an additional 80 million revenue passenger miles compared to the same month last year. Capacity was up just 1.3%, and planes flew nearly 80% full.
The Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee took a break from tackling the cap-and-trade concept to explore other policy options, including a carbon tax or even industry-specific cuts on power plant emissions. People now view the cap-and-trade plan as a measure that would increase the prices of basic commodities, said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. This should prompt lawmakers to seek cheaper carbon-reduction alternatives, she added.
The Association of European Airlines said that new passenger-rights proposals in Europe would unfairly penalize carriers. The European Commission has been asked to submit a proposal to protect passengers affected by an airline failure. Dozens of carriers have failed in Europe during the past decade. The proposal is due by July 1.
AirTran Airways has reported a 10.5% jump in November traffic, accompanied by a 9.2% increase in capacity. For the year to date, AirTran's traffic is off 2.5%, to 17.05 billion revenue passenger miles.
American Airlines upped the stakes Thursday in its battle to woo Japan Airlines, offering a support package, including a $1.1 billion investment. Combined with a proposed trans-Pacific joint venture, American claimed its package was worth $1.8 billion, compared to the $1 billion being offered by Delta Air Lines. Delta President Ed Bastian said his airline might sweeten its offer, though he refused to provide details.
Alaska Airlines reports a 3% rise in October traffic, with revenue passenger miles hitting 1.46 billion even as the carrier trimmed capacity by 1.6%. October's load factor was 77%, an increase of 3.4 percentage points.