It’s been a busy last few days on the aviation beat here in Los Angeles. But here are some of the best stories from elsewhere during the past week:
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he wants to resolve the American Airlines/US Airways lawsuit short of trial, writes Ben Mutzabaugh of Today in the Sky. A sticking point, apparently, are the slots the combined airline would own at Washington Reagan National, New York JFK and New York LaGuardia. Justice does not want the combined carrier to be too strong at those airports.
Here’s another take of Holder’s preferences from David Koenig of the Associated Press. “We will not agree to something that does not fundamentally resolve the concerns that were expressed in the (lawsuit) and do not substantially bring relief to consumers,” Koenig quotes Holder as saying.
The standalone US Airways is growing its traffic, but its revenue is not rising accordingly. That’s according to this Associated Press story posted on Skift.
In light-hearted news, Jaunted takes a look at how 4 airlines are celebrating “Movember.” This has become the month, apparently, in which men grow mustaches.
“Airline Lost Your Luggage? Let Your Phone Find It.” An interesting story about the possibilities of baggage tracking services by Bloomberg Business Week’s Justin Bachman.
And finally, Brett Snyder of Crankyflier.com interviews Frontier’s Senior Vice President — Commercial about the airline’s strategy going forward. There’s some inside baseball stuff here, but if you want to delve into the issues of what it takes to run an airline, you should read this.