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March 24, 2014

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-Malaysia Airlines informed family members of the passengers and crew on its missing jet that the plane likely crashed into the southern part of the Indian Ocean. The Malaysian prime minister said new analysis of satellite data shows the aircraft was far from any possible landing sites, according to this Wall Street Journal article (subscription required).

-American Airlines is trying to win back business customers with their new Airbus A321 on its transcontinental routes and it's using old Hollywood glamour to sell their product. This New York Times article shows the black-and-white images that feature stars like Grace Kelly and Gregory Peck flying the airline back in the 1950s next to images of present-day stars including Neil Patrick Harris and Julianna Margulies flying the carrier today.

-A new study shows that U.S. carriers lowered airfares slightly as they instituted bag fees, partly to make it more palatable to fliers paying the new charge. "The fact that the airlines are doing it must mean they are coming out ahead," study co-author Jan Brueckner told the Los Angeles Times.

-Andrea Ahles

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