Ticket sales by travel agents during the first 11 months of 2012 reached a total of $79.8 billion, compared with $77.2 billion during the same period in 2011, Airlines Reporting Corp. reports. The consolidated dollar value of tickets sold by agents rose 3.35% year-over-year from figures in 2011. "The number of transactions for international flights shows a bit of a stronger performance year-over-year in comparison to U.S. domestic travel," said Chuck Thackston of ARC.
Hawaiian Airlines has announced plans to purchase 16 Airbus A321neo aircraft. The order, which also includes options for nine more jets, is worth up to $2.8 billion. The A321neos will be used to take passengers from Hawaii to the U.S. West Coast. The order will be finalized once Hawaiian reaches agreements with unions representing its pilots and flight attendants.
Australia-based algal oil producer Algae.Tec is planning a sale of up to $200 million in bonds in Europe to finance development of new production facilities in Texas and Brazil. Algae.Tec plans to begin the bond sale next month and finish it by the middle of the year, said Chairman Roger Stroud. Feasibility studies for the plants in Texas and Brazil are due for completion this month, Stroud said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a cabin fire aboard an empty 787 Dreamliner. The Japan Airlines aircraft had landed at Logan International Airport on Monday in Boston, and was preparing for departure to Tokyo. Boeing says it is too soon to tell what caused the fire. "We need to give our technical teams time to really understand the event," said Lori Gunter, spokeswoman for the 787 program.
Paying passengers flew 6.23 billion miles on Southwest Airlines in January, an increase of 13.2% from year-earlier levels. Capacity increased by only 7.5%, so planes flew fuller, with occupancy up nearly 4 points to 76%. Passenger revenue per available seat mile was up by 8% to 9% year-over-year, the company said.