Delta Air Lines will begin serving passengers on non-stop flights out of Dallas Love Field in Texas in Oct. 2014, and is already selling seats on 22 flights to multiple Delta hubs. "We're very excited to be able to offer this service to people, and there's absolutely demand from our customers in Dallas," Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter said.
Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic have released their joint schedule for their trans-Atlantic joint venture, which starts in the summer of 2014 and seeks to "offer maximum customer convenience, particularly for business travelers." The schedule includes "seven daily flights from Heathrow to New York-JFK, including two late afternoon and early evening departures," the airlines said.
Airline consolidation over the past 10 years has not resulted in the significantly higher average airfares that some analysts predicted, says a report from professional services firm PwC US. Domestic fares increased an average of 1.8% per year between 2004 and 2011 and carriers have had some of their best performance results, the report says.
The International Air Transport Association has raised its 2012 and 2013 profit forecasts for global aviation. The original forecast, made in October, was increased from $4.1 billion to $6.7 billion, an increase of 63%. The forecast for 2013 was also increased by $900 million, and North American airlines are expected to post a combined profit of $3.4 billion.
Southwest Airlines plans to launch new routes in November and take over some routes flown by AirTran Airways. Southwest acquired AirTran last year, and eventually plans to absorb all AirTran flights into the Southwest brand. However, Southwest does not plan to add service in Memphis, Tenn., this year.