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Monday Midday Must-Reads

-U.S. airlines reported record profits last week, but Wall Street analyst Hunter Keay is concerned that American Airlines’ low fares are hurting the domestic airline market. According to this article in, American is trying to win business by offering deeply discounted connecting fares versus their competitor’s cheap nonstop fares. “In 24 markets involving Delta hubs where Delta offers the cheapest non-stop fare -- averaging $350 -- American offered a one-stop connection averaging $154. That represents a 56% discount,” the article says.

-Investigators are still working to determine if a piece of debris that washed up on Reunion Island is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. However, the tiny French island has become instantly famous as locals continue to comb the beaches for flotsam, the New York Times reports in this article.

-Sunday marked the 30th anniversary of the crash of Delta 191 at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. The pilots of the L-1011 lost control of the aircraft a few seconds as it tried to land at the airport. Investigators determined that a microburst forced the plane to the ground just north of the runway. One hundred-thirty five people were killed, including one motorist, in the incident. Another two people died of the injuries years later. Local ABC-affliate WFAA posted these videos from the day of the incident on August 2, 1985.