Fuel Costs, Passenger Demand Down

Falling fuel costs help out airline operators.
Yet, fewer consumers are able to justify the cost of a plane ticket with unemployment rising and employers growing stingy about expense account travel.
In the coming months, airlines are expected to do all they can to make sure that flight demand takes-off faster than the price of jet fuel.
Two airlines reported quarterly losses in as many days with discount carrier Southwest Airlines, posting a larger-than-expected adjusted loss of 3 cents a share on the heels of a loss of $1.30 a share that was better-than-expected from AMR — the parent company of American Airlines, according to reports.
On Monday American unveiled its next line of jet carriers, the 737-800.



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