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American Airlines employees given $150 to beat Delta

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Employees of American Airlines and US Airways were told by their parent company they can earn up to $150 each month if they outdo Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and two other big rivals in on-time arrivals, baggage handling and customer satisfaction.

American Airlines Group, which formed Dec. 9 when American Airlines and US Airways merged, delivered the message to workers on Thursday.

The other rivals are Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.

If the workers beat all three rivals in all three categories, they receive $150. If they place first in two categories, they get $100. And if they place first in one category, they get $50.

13 Ga. bars make 100 Best Bars list

13 Ga. bars make 100 Best Bars list

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Thirteen Georgia bars have made Southern Living magazine's list of 100 Best Bars in the South.

Says Southern Living, "We sipped our way through the South to compile a list of our 100 favorite Southern bars. From down-and-dirty dives to sleek and buzzy cocktail lounges, these spots are sure to liven up any Friday night."

Georgia bars on the list are:

* The National, Athens
* Normal Bar, Athens
* The World Famous, Athens
* Argosy, Atlanta
* The Brookhouse Pub, Atlanta
* H. Harper Station, Atlanta
* Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta
* One Flew South, Atlanta
* The St. Regis Bar, Atlanta
* Kimball House, Decatur
* Paper Plane, Decatur
* Pinkie Master's Lounge, Savannah
* The Sparetime, Savannah

Delta reports record profit in 2013

ATLANTA -- Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines had a very successful 2013.

According to financial results released Tuesday, the airline posted a net income of $2.7 billion, excluding special items, last year. That's a $1.1 billion increase over 2012.

Operating revenue improved $474 million in December 2013 compared to December 2012, while traffic increased 2.0 percent on a 2.9 percent increase in capacity.

"Across the board this was an outstanding year, and all credit for these achievements goes to the 78,000 Delta employees worldwide," Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said in a statement.

Delta also reported a net income of $558 million for the December 2013 quarter, as well as $5 billion of operating cash flow and $2.1 billion of free cash flow last year, allowing the company to reduce its adjusted net debt to $9.4 billion and return $350 million to shareholders.

Delta retires DC-9 Monday after last flight to Atlanta

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Delta Air Lines is retiring its last DC-9s, the oldest passenger plane in the fleet of the big U.S. airlines.

Delta operated the final passenger flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta Monday evening.

McDonnell Douglas delivered the first DC-9s in 1965, and eventually built 976 of them. The plane was noteworthy at the time because it was small enough to fly to airports in smaller cities that had previously been served by propeller-driven planes. Its low-to-the-ground profile put its cargo door at about waist height, so ground crews at smaller airports could load it without special equipment.

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

Grocery is the #1 holiday purchase! Research shows where consumers are spending this holiday season

With all the hype and Black Friday campouts at Best Buys and Toys R Us, you'd guess that the majority of holiday shopping budgets go to purchases like electronics, toys and clothing. But according to new research, the biggest share what comes out of your holiday wallet actually goes to ... groceries and restaurants.

New data from Card-Linked Marketing leader Cardlytics -- collected from millions of U.S. households over the past two years -- shows what consumers actually spend their money on during the holiday season.  When it comes to holiday shopping Americans are spending 24% of their budget on groceries followed by restaurants and apparel.  Toy purchases are actually at the bottom of the list.

The Top 10 Share of Wallet (see link/attached for graphics and pie charts for 2011 and 2012 holiday spending):

1. Groceries - 24%

Corner Bakery Café opening location at Hartsfield-Jackson

ATLANTA - Corner Bakery Café is opening its newest Metro Atlanta location at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Tuesday.

The new eatery becomes the only airport location for the chain, which has locations in 15 states and Washington, DC.

Corner Bakery Café serves baked goods, salads, pasta, sandwiches and other foods in a fast casual atmosphere. The chain started on Chicago's north side in 1991.

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

LittlePINKBook.com invites women to join conversation Nov. 12 with top female executives

ATLANTA -- LittlePINKBook.com, America’s No. 1 digital platform for career women, will host its 9th Annual Fall Empowerment Event on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Top-level female executives will share their experiences with rising through the corporate ranks to an audience of like-minded, successful women motivated to get there.  

Executives on the panel will be asked questions from the event’s moderator, Carol Costello, anchor at CNN Newsroom, Little PINK Book’s CEO and Founding Editor Cynthia Good as well as attendees. Panelists include: