It's getting ugly. The controversy brewing between bankrupt
United Airlines and its unions over pensions has now spilled over
into open court. The Machinists Union is suing the world's
number-two carrier for stopping payments to the pension plan.
This just hasn't been a very good year for fare hikes. More than
a half-dozen times so far this year, airlines have tried to
increase ticket prices and each time the effort has been shot down
by low-cost carriers' refusal to match the hikes.
Republic Airways Holdings says its Republic Airlines subsidiary
has received authorization from the US. Department of
Transportation to engage in air transportation using the Embraer
170 aircraft as a member of the United Express family under a code
share agreement with United Airlines. This authorization is subject
to the airline meeting the specific requirements of the FAA in
order to receive its Air Carrier Certificate. Nonetheless, this is
a critical step in the airlines efforts to begin commercial