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January 10, 2014
12:54 EDTAFLYY, AAWW, IAG, DLAKY, BAIRY, AAR, UALUnited, Atlas Air, British Airways among airlines fined by COMCO
Switzerland's Competition Commission, or COMCO, prohibits a price cartel in the context of air freight. Between 2000 and 2005 several airlines agreed on certain elements of the price for air freight transport. The COMCO fined the airlines 11 million Swiss Francs in total in connection with the agreement. The investigation of the Competition Commission revealed that the airlines had agreed on freight rates, fuel surcharges, war risk surcharges, customs clearance surcharges for the U.S. and the commissioning of surcharges. All those elements are part of the price that is charged for air freight transport. This is a horizontal price agreement case.The COMCO fines the following airlines: Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd., Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW), AMR Corporation (AAR), United Continental Holdings (UAL), SAS AB, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., Singapore Airlines Limited, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Cargolux Airlines International S. A., British Airways Plc (BAIRY) and Air France-KLM SA (AFLYY). The Deutsche Lufthansa AG, as part of the cartel, triggered the legal proceedings by self-denunciation. Thus this airline benefits from complete immunity from the sanction. As subsidiary of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLAKY), Swiss International Air Lines AG also benefits from full immunity from the sanction. After the initiation of the legal proceedings, British Airways Plc., Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., Air France-KLM SA and Cargolux Airlines International S.A. submitted leniency applications. These leniency applicants benefit from substantial reductions of the sanctions. Reference Link
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October 30, 2014
15:38 EDTIAGIAMGOLD says operations continue without interruption in Burkina Faso
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October 28, 2014
06:31 EDTAFLYYReport says Air France Dutch unit to cut 7.5K staff members, Reuters says
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October 23, 2014
10:59 EDTUALUnited Continental sees Q4 capacity up 0.5%-1.5%
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10:54 EDTUALOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:45 EDTUALUnited says hasn't seen meaningful impact on bookings to date from Ebola
Comment made on the Q3 earnings conference call.
09:34 EDTDLAKYVC suggests discussions with Lufthansa over wages, benefits, Reuters says
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09:10 EDTUALUnited Continental sees Q4 PRASM down 1% to up 1%
For fourth quarter 2014, the company estimates its consolidated system available seat miles to increase between 0.5% and 1.5% compared to the same period in the prior year. The company estimates its full-year 2014 consolidated system ASMs to increase between 0.2% and 0.4% year-over-year. The company expects its fourth-quarter 2014 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile to be between a decrease of 1.0% and an increase of 1.0% versus the fourth quarter of 2013. This guidance is negatively impacted by 1.5 percentage points related to certain interline ticket reconciliations the Company recorded in the fourth quarter of 2013. UAL estimates cargo and other revenue to be between $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter. Compared to the same period last year, for the next six weeks, mainline domestic advance booked seat factor is down 1.2 points and mainline international advance booked seat factor is up 0.6 points. Mainline Atlantic advance booked seat factor is up 2.1 points, mainline Pacific advance booked seat factor is up 0.4 points and mainline Latin America advance booked seat factor is down 1.4 points. Regional advance booked seat factor is down 1.2 points. For the fourth quarter 2014, the Company expects consolidated cost per ASM, excluding profit sharing, fuel, third-party business expenses and special charges, to increase 1.25% to 2.25% year-over-year. The Company expects full-year 2014 consolidated CASM, excluding profit sharing, fuel, third-party business expenses and special charges, to increase 1.2% to 1.6% year over year. The Company estimates non-operating expense to be between $190 million and $220 million for the fourth quarter and between $693 million and $723 million for full-year 2014. The Company expects between $1.00 billion and $1.05 billion of gross capital expenditures in the fourth quarter and approximately $3.1 billion for full-year 2014, including net purchase deposits. The Company estimates that its pension expense will be approximately $130 million for full-year 2014. This amount excludes non-cash settlement charges related to lump-sum distributions. The Company expects to make approximately $290 million of cash contributions to its defined benefit pension plans in 2014.
08:36 EDTAAWWAtlas Air announces placement of two additional Boeing 747s in ACMI Service
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07:34 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q3 PRASM up 3.9%
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07:33 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q3 EPS $2.75, consensus $2.68
Reports Q3 revenue $10.56B, consensus $10.56B
October 22, 2014
06:09 EDTDLAKYLufthansa nears agreement with IBM for IT infrastructure division
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October 21, 2014
11:02 EDTUALHertz, United Airlines upgrade partnership
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07:30 EDTUALU.S. airlines raise domestic one-way fares by $2 on average, Reuters reports
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06:37 EDTDLAKYVC could continue strikes if Lufthansa does not resume talks, Reuters says
A Vereinigung Cockpit board member Markus Wahl said that the pilots' union could continue demonstrations this week if Lufthansa does not restart retirement benefit discussions, according to Reuters, citing comments from Wahl. The move adds pressure on the airline's management, as this is the eighth strike that the union has commenced this year alone against Lufthansa. Reference Link
06:08 EDTAFLYYAir France, Delta, Alitalia look to resolve EC investigation
The European Commission has invited interested third parties to comment on commitments proposed by Air France (AFLYY), Alitalia and Delta (DAL) to address concerns that their transatlantic cooperation may harm competition for premium passengers on the Paris-New York route and for all passengers on the Amsterdam-New York and Rome-New York routes, in breach of EU antitrust rules. The three airlines have offered to make landing and take-off slots available at both ends of the Amsterdam-New York and Rome-New York routes to facilitate the market entry of competitors. They are also prepared to enter into agreements which would enable competitors to offer tickets on their flights and facilitate access to connecting traffic, as well as to provide access to their frequent flyer programs on all three routes. If the market test confirms that the proposed commitments remedy the competition concerns, the Commission may make them legally binding on the companies. At this stage, the Commission has concerns that the extensive cooperation between Air France/KLM, Alitalia and Delta in the framework of the Skyteam alliance, involving profit-sharing and the joint management of schedules, pricing and capacity, may result in higher prices on the following routes: Paris-New York, Amsterdam-New York and Rome-New York. The parties have jointly offered a set of commitments, to alleviate the Commission's concerns. The commitments are primarily aimed at enabling competing airlines to start operating or extend existing operations on the affected routes by lowering barriers to entry or expansion. The airlines offered to make available landing and take-off slots at Amsterdam, Rome and/or New York John F. Kennedy/Newark Liberty airports on the Amsterdam-New York and Rome-New York routes. The companies committed to enter into fare combinability and special prorate agreements with competitors who start operating new non-stop services or increase their non-stop services on the three routes. For Paris-New York, this also applies to existing non-stop competitors on the route.
October 20, 2014
08:15 EDTIAGIAMGOLD announces positive drilling results from Boto Gold Project
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06:43 EDTDLAKYVC union broadens Lufthansa demonstrations, Reuters says
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06:10 EDTDLAKYLufthansa publishes timetable in response to VC planned strike
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06:07 EDTDLAKYLufthansa sees over 1,000 flights canceled due to pilot strike, LA Times reports
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