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May 05, 2014

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-The Gulf carriers continue to up their game for the premium traveler, unveiling private suites and premium cabins. According to this Wall Street Journal article, Emirates Airline "bedroom" costs around $26,000 one-way between New York and Dubai while Etihad Airways plans to charge $20,000 for a one-way trip in its "residence" between Abu Dhabi and London.

-U.S. airlines generated $3.35 billion in bag fees in 2013 with Delta Air Lines bringing in the most luggage fee cash at $833 million, Marketwatch reports. But bag fee revenues are down 4 percent from the previous year with Delta, United and American all taking in less in bag charges than they did in 2012.

-The teenager who stowed away on a Hawaiian Airlines flight two weeks ago is now back in California, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Yahya Abdi, who said he was running away to try to reach his birth mother who lives in an Ethopian refugee camp, has been placed in the custody of Santa Clara County's department of family and children services. Abdi spent ten days in the hospital after he climbed into the wheel well of the Boeing 767 and survived the 5 1/2 hour trip to Maui.

-Andrea Ahles

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