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July 22, 2013

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-World Trade Center developer, Larry Silverstein, will not be able to sue United Airlines and American Airlines for billions of dollars over the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a federal judge ruled last week. Reuters reported that U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said, "if this case were to go forward," the developer "would not be able to recover anything against the airlines." Silverstein was seeking to recover more than $3 billion from the airlines in addition to the $4 billion his company has already received from insurers.

-Delta Air Lines plans to hire 300 pilots through early next year, according to this Atlanta Journal-Constitution article. Furloughed pilots will have the first right of refusal on the new jobs, but the airline does not expect all furloughed pilots to return.

-Southwest Airlines is still having difficulty integrating AirTran, more than two years after the merger, according to the Wall Street Journal's Middle Seat blog (subscription required). "Travelers say Southwest agents struggle with AirTran Airways tickets and vice versa, sometimes leaving passengers who have been delayed and need rebooking in the lurch," the blog says.

-Andrea Ahles



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