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June 30, 2014

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-The emergency slide on Boeing 737 deployed mid-flight at 38,000 feet as the United Airlines flight was on its way from Chicago to Orange County on Sunday. The flight made an emergency landing at Wichita, Kansas and there were no injuries, ABC News reported. It is unclear why the slide inflated.

-With international flights starting on Tuesday, Southwest Airlines is entering a new phase as an airline. USA Today examined the changes made by CEO Gary Kelly in this article. "That transformation also has left Southwest at something of a crossroads. For much of its 43-year history, the carrier cut its teeth as a scrappy upstart looking to carve out market share against established legacy rivals like American, Delta and United. Now, buoyed by a fleet of nearly 700 Boeing 737s, Southwest flies more passengers within the U.S. than any other carrier," writes Ben Mutzabaugh.

-The Wall Street Journal took a look at the battle for Seattle between Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines. "Delta, the No. 3 U.S. airline by traffic, and Alaska Air Group's Alaska Airlines are going head to head, pouring money into improvements at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and touting their civic credentials as they fight for market share," the article says.

-Andrea Ahles

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