delta airlines http://michiganradio.org en Muslim religious leaders file suit against airlines http://michiganradio.org/post/muslim-religious-leaders-file-suit-against-airlines <p>Delta Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines are being sued by two imams who were asked to leave a Delta flight last May (Atlantic Southeast contracts with Delta on some flights).</p><p>According to CNN, Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul were cleared to board by TSA officials twice. The flight originated in Memphis and was going to Charlotte. Both men were wearing traditional Muslim attire.</p><p>The suit alleges that the pilot of the plane, after leaving the gate, returned to the gate and refused to fly with the men on aboard.</p><p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/19/travel/us-airlines-imams-suit/?hpt=hp_t3">CNN reports</a> a Delta manager tried to intervene on the men&#39;s behalf, but could not convince the pilot to fly:</p><p>From CNN:</p><blockquote><p>The manager told the men that the pilot, &quot;despite acknowledging that both plaintiffs were cleared to board, was personally objecting to the plaintiffs being on his flight. The pilot indicated that he believed the mere presence and perception of the plaintiffs on his plane would make other passengers feel uncomfortable.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Rahman and Zaghoul are seeking damages from the airlines through a trial. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:58:34 +0000 Mark Brush 5476 at http://michiganradio.org Muslim religious leaders file suit against airlines Delta profit falls, 2,000 taking buyouts http://michiganradio.org/post/delta-profit-falls-2000-taking-buyouts <p>Delta Air Lines says some 2,000 workers have taken voluntary buyouts. In a cost-cutting move in response to high fuel prices, it will scale back its flight schedule more than planned this year.</p><p>The high cost of jet fuel was the main reason Delta&#39;s second-quarter net income fell by 58 percent compared to a year ago. It earned $198 million, or 23 cents per share. Fuel costs were up 36 percent.</p><p>At the same time, revenue rose 12 percent as Delta raised fares to try to pay the increased fuel costs.</p><p>Delta would have earned 43 cents per share if not for one-time items including severance costs and reducing its facilities. On that basis, profit was below forecasts. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:50:45 +0000 The Associated Press 3490 at http://michiganradio.org Delta profit falls, 2,000 taking buyouts AP: Rising jet fuel prices motivate buyouts at Delta http://michiganradio.org/post/ap-rising-jet-fuel-prices-motivate-buyouts-delta <p>Delta Air Lines is planning to offer &quot;voluntary early retirements and buyouts&quot; to its workers.</p><p>The reason? Rising jet fuel prices.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/business/article/Delta-plans-buyouts-and-early-retirement-offers-1369036.php">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Delta Air Lines Inc. says it will offer voluntary early retirements and buyouts to its employees because it must shrink to cope with high jet fuel prices.</p> Fri, 06 May 2011 17:44:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2383 at http://michiganradio.org AP: Rising jet fuel prices motivate buyouts at Delta Traveling soldiers, sailors get a place to relax http://michiganradio.org/post/traveling-soldiers-sailors-get-place-relax <P>A special lounge at <A href="http://www.metroairport.com/">Detroit Metro Airport </A>is open for members of the military and their families traveling over the holidays.</P> <P>David Pope checked into the lounge before his return flight to Okinawa, where he serves in the <A href="http://www.navy.mil/swf/index.asp">Navy</A>. Thu, 23 Dec 2010 22:13:27 +0000 Sarah Hulett 693 at http://michiganradio.org Traveling soldiers, sailors get a place to relax