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Monday Midday Must-Reads

-Southwest Airlines’ Gary Kelly is considered one of the top 5 underrated CEOs by Fortune magazine. “Kelly received a raise of only 25% in 2014, based on figures provided to Fortune by Equilar, despite delivering a total stockholder return of more than 126% to shareholders,” the article said. Joining Kelly are the CEOs of Alaska Air, Avis Budget, CDW Group and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.

-U.S. airlines reported record earnings last week, mainly due to low fuel prices that have saved the airlines’ billions of dollars. But says consumers shouldn’t expect to see fuel savings passed on in the form of lower airfares. “For prices to go down, we will need a slowdown in economic growth or consumers will have to choose to drive for vacations and business meetings with cheaper fuel prices in tow. I don't see either happening for now. People are in a financial position to pay for conveniences once again,” the article listed as its first of five reasons on why fares won’t go down.

-And the Star-Telegram has rolled out a new product for the iPad called, ST Tonight. The new product features more videos and multi-media graphics including this interactive on airlines flying high while passenger satisfaction remains low.