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Kelly Yamanouchi

Business reporter

Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport. She started at the AJC in 2008, joining the paper from the Denver Post. 

Latest from Kelly Yamanouchi

Atlanta airport spends nearly $170k to store useless furniture
 Atlanta airport officials plan to spend up to $168,850 on back payments for storage of old airport furniture that has turned out to be worthless — and another $10,000 to get rid of it. The furniture had long been kept in a basement of the old Georgia International Convention Center near the airport. The city-owned convention center...

Posted: 20 hours ago

Atlanta airport officials plan to spend up to $168,850 on back payments for storage of old airport furniture that has turned out to be worthless — and another $10,000 to get rid of it. The furniture had long been kept in a basement of the old Georgia International Convention Center near the airport. The city-owned convention center...
Delta CEO on meltdown recovery: “We’re going to get through this in good shape”
 Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian’s first year at the helm of the company has brought a series of trials, most recently a five-day meltdown due to a one-day thunderstorm. Bastian said the airline is fully recovered after the 4,000 flight cancellations earlier this month. “The operation is back. We’re making sure our...

Posted: 4 days ago

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian’s first year at the helm of the company has brought a series of trials, most recently a five-day meltdown due to a one-day thunderstorm. Bastian said the airline is fully recovered after the 4,000 flight cancellations earlier this month. “The operation is back. We’re making sure our...
Rough air tests Delta CEO in first year
 Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian’s first year on the job is testing his mettle, with two computer outages that led to mass flight cancellations and the recent five-day operational meltdown after one day of thunderstorms. And those are just the obvious challenges. Amid increased competition from ultra low-cost carriers, Delta and other...

Posted: 5 days ago

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian’s first year on the job is testing his mettle, with two computer outages that led to mass flight cancellations and the recent five-day operational meltdown after one day of thunderstorms. And those are just the obvious challenges. Amid increased competition from ultra low-cost carriers, Delta and other...
Suspect arrested in 2015 bomb threats against Atlanta flights
 More than two years after bomb threats sent via Twitter led the military to scramble fighter jets to escort planes to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, a suspect has been arrested in the United Kingdom. The FBI in Atlanta released a statement Thursday saying an individual was arrested April 13 for making the threats in January 2015...

Posted: 5 days ago

More than two years after bomb threats sent via Twitter led the military to scramble fighter jets to escort planes to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, a suspect has been arrested in the United Kingdom. The FBI in Atlanta released a statement Thursday saying an individual was arrested April 13 for making the threats in January 2015...
Hartsfield-Jackson retains title of world’s busiest airport
 Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport remains the world’s busiest airport, according to the latest ranking from Airports Council International. The airport group’s preliminary ranking based on 2016 traffic at airports around the world put the Atlanta airport in the No. 1 position for both passenger counts and flight counts...

Posted: 6 days ago

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport remains the world’s busiest airport, according to the latest ranking from Airports Council International. The airport group’s preliminary ranking based on 2016 traffic at airports around the world put the Atlanta airport in the No. 1 position for both passenger counts and flight counts...
UPS using beacons to prevent package-loading errors
 UPS is installing Bluetooth-enabled beacons on trucks to keep packages from being loaded onto the wrong vehicle -- and it’s applying for a patent for the system. While UPS is known for delivering packages, it also thinks of itself as a technology company. UPS says the beacons in its “Preload Smart Scan” system communicate...

Posted: 8 days ago

UPS is installing Bluetooth-enabled beacons on trucks to keep packages from being loaded onto the wrong vehicle -- and it’s applying for a patent for the system. While UPS is known for delivering packages, it also thinks of itself as a technology company. UPS says the beacons in its “Preload Smart Scan” system communicate...
Delta can now offer up to $9,950 to passengers willing to give up seats
 In the wake of the controversy over a United Airlines passenger dragged from a flight after he refused to give up his seat, Delta Air Lines is increasing the amount it offers to passengers who volunteer to give up their seats on oversold flights. That means being on an overbooked Delta flight could now be worth a whole lot more. Atlanta-based...

Posted: 11 days ago

In the wake of the controversy over a United Airlines passenger dragged from a flight after he refused to give up his seat, Delta Air Lines is increasing the amount it offers to passengers who volunteer to give up their seats on oversold flights. That means being on an overbooked Delta flight could now be worth a whole lot more. Atlanta-based...
Delta gives some passengers ‘20,000 miles to say we’re sorry’
 Thousands of Delta Air Lines passengers who got stuck in the carrier’s meltdown after a thunderstorm last week are getting 20,000 miles or $200 vouchers. But not everyone affected by delays or the 4,000 flight cancellations over five days is getting the miles or travel vouchers. They are going to those who were significantly delayed...

Posted: 11 days ago

Thousands of Delta Air Lines passengers who got stuck in the carrier’s meltdown after a thunderstorm last week are getting 20,000 miles or $200 vouchers. But not everyone affected by delays or the 4,000 flight cancellations over five days is getting the miles or travel vouchers. They are going to those who were significantly delayed...
Hartsfield-Jackson firefighters recount experience battling I-85 fire
 Firefighters from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport who responded to the I-85 fire last month recounted the experience during drills at the airport’s fire training center Thursday. Airport Rescue Fire Fighting striker units 7 and 8 responded to the March 30 fire that caused a section of the highway to collapse. The airport firefighters...

Posted: 12 days ago

Firefighters from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport who responded to the I-85 fire last month recounted the experience during drills at the airport’s fire training center Thursday. Airport Rescue Fire Fighting striker units 7 and 8 responded to the March 30 fire that caused a section of the highway to collapse. The airport firefighters...
Hartsfield-Jackson helps those with autism prepare to travel
 Dozens of people on the autism spectrum participated in a travel “rehearsal” at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this week to practice making their way through the airport and onto a plane. “The air travel experience can be particularly challenging for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders… We...

Posted: 12 days ago

Dozens of people on the autism spectrum participated in a travel “rehearsal” at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this week to practice making their way through the airport and onto a plane. “The air travel experience can be particularly challenging for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders… We...
Delta pledges ‘complete deep dive’ after meltdown
 Delta Air Lines’ top executive pledged fixes in the wake of last week’s storm-induced meltdown of operations, which he said stemmed from a highly unusual weather event that simply swamped the company’s ability to quickly recover. “To our customers, we apologize for the disruption to their schedules,” CEO Ed Bastian...

Posted: 13 days ago

Delta Air Lines’ top executive pledged fixes in the wake of last week’s storm-induced meltdown of operations, which he said stemmed from a highly unusual weather event that simply swamped the company’s ability to quickly recover. “To our customers, we apologize for the disruption to their schedules,” CEO Ed Bastian...