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April 08, 2013

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-A new airline study places Virgin America in the top spot for air service quality. As reported by Forbes, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines ranked 8th while Fort Worth-based American Airlines came in 10th. Fourteen domestic airlines were measured in the survey by two professors at Wichita State University and Purdue University.

-The Chicago Business Journal reports that US Airways chief executive Doug Parker jetted in to Chicago to meet with Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel last week. The two discussed operations at Chicago O'Hare airport which is one of American's largest hubs. Parker is expected to head up the new carrier once American-US Airways' merger closes later this year.

-Who says the 50-seat regional jet is dead? Not Cranky Flier. In this blog post, he looks at the operating costs related to the small RJs that are being shifted out of fleets at carriers like Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. "Depending upon what oil does (huge spikes would be a problem), it wouldn’t surprise me if we see 50-seaters make a comeback," Brett Snyder writes.

-Andrea Ahles

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