The Department of Transportation (DOT) has released, for
the first time, monthly data on the causes of airline
delays, showing that weather in October was a major factor in
flight delays by larger U.S. airlines.
Of the nearly 550,000 flights operated in October by the reporting
carriers, almost 1,700 were delayed by extreme weather which
interfered with flight operations, and more than 13,000 were
delayed by weather that prevented the aviation system from
operating at full capacity. Other flights were delayed when the
previous flight using the same aircraft was delayed by weather and
The airline wanted 30 percent. Instead, the most well-paid
pilots in the business Thursday offered just nine percent in wage
concessions -- their contribution to improving the airline's ailing
bottom line. Pilots also offered to give back a pay raise
contracted for next year. Delta says that's going to mean its costs
are about $1 billion higher than its competitors.
Committee members think Delta wants wage concessions along the
lines of those granted by bigger bankrupt airlines like American
The union's negotiating committee said it "does not believe
(Delta's) pilot costs must be aligned with the pilot costs at
restructured or bankrupt airlines for our company to be
First (Ever) Such Agreement Between the Two Countries
As part of the continuing effort to strengthen US-Vietnam
relations, ease travel and expand trade between the two countries,
US Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Vietnamese
Transport Minister Dao Dinh Binh today signed the first-ever
comprehensive US-Vietnam air services agreement.
"Since our two countries signed a bilateral trade agreement late
last year, our economic ties have become stronger," said Secretary
Mineta. "Last year, the United States and Vietnam engaged in almost
$3 billion in direct trade. Today's agreement solidifies that
partnership and lays the groundwork for even greater growth and
success in our economic relationship."