Boeing announced plans to design its 777X with input from engineers in five states and Russia -- but not from employees in its headquarters of Washington state. "The announced structure will allow for an efficient use of resources and enable Boeing to resolve design issues effectively the first time," said Boeing executives in a memo to engineers.
According to a forecast by IdeaWorksCompany, passenger fees and other so-called ancillary revenues are expected to represent 6% of all revenues for airlines worldwide in 2013, with frequent-flier programs accounting for 60% of all ancillary revenues. "These fees have become, for many airlines, the difference between a profit and a loss, and that is not lost on airline executives all over the world," said Jay Sorensen, president of IdeaWorksCompany.
Columnist John Goglia credits Delta Air Lines for helping increase efficiency while boarding by empowering flight attendants to manage the process. "What I mean by this is that on my Delta flights every flight attendant assigned to the coach cabin was in the aisles during boarding assisting passengers in storing their overhead belongings," he writes.
During the first quarter of 2014, Chicago's Midway International Airport is expected to receive an Automated Passport Control program that will expedite passport screening for airline customers. The self-service technology has reduced wait times by 16 minutes at nearby O'Hare airport.
US Airways and American Airlines are in talks with the Justice Department over a settlement for their proposed merger, sources say. "We attempted to settle the case before it was brought and have publicly indicated our willingness to consider alternative approaches to settlement," said Ed Stewart, a spokesman for US Airways. "We continue to believe there ought to be a realistic possibility of settlement."