|by Kate Appleton||Airfares & Flying, Airlines, Questions and Opinions||77|
We've been tracking the collapse of low-cost carriers like Skybus, Aloha, and Oasis Hong Kong as well as American Airlines' cancellation of thousands of flights. AA is one of many U.S. carriers that have failed technical compliance with FAA rules for the outdated, fuel-inefficient MD-80 jets.
Factor in months of headling-grabbing delays, record highs for lost luggage, and unpleasant coach conditions, and we're left wondering: Is it time for travelers to pay higher fares so that airlines can invest in their fleets and improve quality of service?
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