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May 12, 2014

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-A US Airways regional flight had a close call with a drone in March, according to this USA Today article. Speaking at an aviation conference, the FAA's director of the unmanned aircraft office said the pilot "saw a camouflage-painted drone fly so close to the airliner that 'he was sure he had collided with it.'"

-Forbes contributor Ted Reed looks at how Delta Air Lines has followed a path to financial success. "Before the bankruptcy, Atlanta was squandered, used largely to connect passengers between the Northeast and Florida – a leisure market with little potential to provide revenue premiums. Now Atlanta has 970 daily departures to 210 destinations including 62 international destinations," Reed writes.

-Spirit Airlines is attempting to relaunch its brand after repeatedly getting bashed by consumers for its fees. "After routinely getting bashed in consumer surveys, Spirit Airlines is overhauling its brand to better explain its prices and policies. The gist is that travelers should lower their expectations," Time magazine says in this piece.

-Andrea Ahles

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