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US, EU regulators ask airlines to probe engines; Jet Airways to inspect four

In a statement, Jet Airways said it has commenced the required comprehensive checks to ensure “full compliance of the directives within the …

Aviation

The top safety mistakes we make when we fly, according to pilots and flight attendants

While the chances of being involved in a flight-related accident are low, these experts say it pays to listen to and follow the safety rules on every flight.<p>I've always been an anxious flyer, yet when on a plane, I tend to pay little if any attention to the pre-takeoff emergency demonstration, and …

Demonstration

Boston flight heading to San Francisco diverted to Chicago

A Virgin America plane headed for San Francisco from Boston was diverted to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Friday night after a …

San Francisco

"Filthadelphia" - American Is Unhappy With The Cleanliness Of Their PHL Hub

<b>Well there’s a headline!</b><p>I haven’t travelled through Philadelphia myself yet, and this week’s news means I won’t plan to anytime soon. American …

Flying

An Apple Results in a $500 Fine for a Delta Airlines Passenger

DENVER — An Arvada woman said she’s facing a $500 fine from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol after she saved a free apple she received from an airline …

Flying

Two Air NZ Dreamliner 787-9 aircraft out of service for repairs

Two Air New Zealand planes have been removed from service to undergo urgent repairs.<p>Thousands of passengers had their flights delayed or cancelled …

New Zealand

Embraer Looks To JetBlue, United Airlines After Successful E2 Launch

Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is hoping the hype surrounding its newly launched E-Jet E2 will translate into a string of orders for the regional jet, which has so far secured just seven publicly identified customers.<p>Norway’s Widerøe took delivery of the first E2 this month in what …

Aviation

Finnair And Alaska Airlines Hook Up In New Codeshare Partnership

Alaska Airlines flyers on the US West Coast will now be able to connect to Finland and the rest of Europe this summer, thanks to a new code-sharing agreement between Alaska and Finnair.<p>From May through December, Finnair operates a three-times weekly non-stop between Helsinki and San Francisco that …

American Airlines

Transport Workers Union, Highly Visible In New York, Looks To Organize More JetBlue Workers

Transport Workers Union President John Samuelsen says he welcomes JetBlue’s flight attendants to the union, he is eager to negotiate a contract for them and he looks forward to organizing the carrier’s mechanics and passenger service agents.<p>On Tuesday, TWU won an National Mediation Board election …

JetBlue

Air France launches new talks to end strike, with chief's job at stake | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Air France (AIRF.PA) launched on Friday a new consultation period with staff members to try to end a strike dispute over pay that has so far cost it 220 million euros ($271 million), with the company’s head saying his job was on the line.<p>Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chief Executive …

Air France-KLM

Staples’ new partnership aims to make TSA PreCheck signup easier

Massachusetts-based office-supply retailer Staples has plans to make it easier for travelers to sign up for TSA PreCheck.<p>The company, which was …

Flying

Price tag to Chicago taxpayers for O’Hare, Midway maintenance work soars

Two contracts the Emanuel administration awarded to a Northlake company for work at O’Hare and Midway airports have ballooned in cost because of …

Corruption

Alaska Airlines adopts a tougher policy for emotional support animals

Responding to a rash of mishaps involving animals on planes, Alaska Airlines plans to impose new requirements for passengers flying with emotional support animals.<p>Starting May 1, the Seattle-based carrier will require passengers who want to travel with emotional support animals to provide proof …

Flying

Southwest gives $5,000 checks to passengers on Flight 1380

<b>(CNN) —</b> Some passengers aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 received a $5,000 check after a deadly engine failure that led to an emergency landing in Philadelphia.<p>The jet's engine failed Tuesday about 20 minutes into its flight from New York City to Dallas. Debris from the engine blew out a …

Airplanes

Passenger claims Southwest Airlines lost her mother's prosthetic foot

A woman is claiming Southwest Airlines lost her luggage, which held her 97-year-old mother’s new prosthetic foot.<p>Margaret Crawford was traveling to Belize from Florida to visit her mother on March 30, WFLA reported. Crawford paid $75 to check her bag at Tampa International Airport, and when she …

Flying

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an engine failure that left a passenger dead.<p>The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of certain fan blades …

Aviation

Ethiopian Airlines says serves over 4,000 Chinese passengers daily

Ethiopian Airlines says serves over 4,000 Chinese passengers daily<p>Photo taken on Oct. 27, 2017 shows the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Bole …

China

Air France unions to stage more strikes in 'early May'

Unions called on staff at Air France to step up the pressure on the airline's bosses by staging more industrial action in May.<p>Air France pilots, …

Air France

These Pilots Say the Captain on Southwest Flight 1380 Wasn't Really a Hero. Here's What I Say to Them

I've got two words, and the second one is "you."<p>Most people are calling Southwest Airlines Captain Tammie Jo Shults a true hero after the emergency landing of Flight 1380 this week. However, there's also a minority opinion on social media, including at least some professional pilots, who think …

Heroism

Delta plane makes emergency landing in Atlanta

FAA officials say the Airbus A333 returned to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport shortly after takeoff when smoke was spotted billowing from an engine.<p>A Delta Air Lines plane made an emergency landing Wednesday at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport shortly after takeoff when smoke was …

Airplanes

Southwest Airlines Gets More Bad Luck As A Flight Of Birds Forced An Emergency Landing

A Southwest Airlines plane traveling to Phoenix had to make an emergency landing in Tennessee on Wednesday morning. Shortly after departing the Nashville International Airport at 5:13 a.m., Flight 577 was forced to turn around due to a flight of birds who flew into the path of the craft and …

Southwest Airlines

What The Southwest Flight Can Teach Us About Oxygen Masks

Photos and video footage from Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 indicate that many passengers were not wearing their oxygen masks properly ― a problem that suggests a real lack of airplane safety knowledge among fliers.<p>On Tuesday, the Southwest plane had to make an emergency landing after an engine …

Southwest Airlines

Delta flight makes emergency landing: 'We left a tire in NYC,' says passenger

A Delta flight out of LaGuardia Airport was forced to make an emergency landing at Dulles due to the plane having “left a tire” back in New York, according to a passenger.<p>The Delta Connection flight, which was operated by ExpressJet, was headed from New York to Richmond, Va., on Tuesday when the …

Airports

FAA will order engine inspections after deadly Southwest Airlines flight

An eerily similar incident occurred in 2016 involving a Southwest flight and the same type of engine.<p>Aviation authorities will begin ordering airlines to inspect a certain type of jet engine after this week's midair explosion that forced a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to make an …

Aviation

Tammie Jo Shults, who calmly landed the Southwest flight, broke barriers as a fighter pilot

The pilot's voice was calm yet focused as her plane descended with 149 people on board.<p>"Southwest 1380, we're single engine," Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, a former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy, said. "We have part of the aircraft missing so we're going to need to slow down a bit." She asked for …

Southwest Airlines

Dem calls for aviation safety hearing after death on Southwest flight

District of Columbia Del. Eleanor Holmes NortonEleanor Holmes NortonHouse Dems demand rationale for adding citizenship question to 2020 census DC …

Aviation

Cool ideas – and one dud – from the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg

HAMBURG, Germany — Hundreds of exhibitors gathered here last week at the mega trade show called the Aircraft Interiors Expo.<p>Exhibitors used the event to show off the latest products, innovations and — in some cases — wacky ideas for everything from airplane seats and in-flight entertainment systems …

Qatar Airways

'Almost everyone' in a photo of Southwest's emergency landing wore their oxygen masks 'wrong,' says a former flight attendant

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 suffered a major engine failure on Tuesday, forcing its pilot to make an emergency landing.<p>Shrapnel reportedly pierced the airplane's fuselage, blew out a window, and caused the cabin of the airplane to depressurize. The incident left one passenger dead. Tammie Jo …

Southwest Airlines

Meet the rising budget airline that's taking on the world - from Stansted

People are getting smart, they are willing to travel, and travel should become more affordable,” explains Anastasija Visnakova, chief commercial officer at Primera Air.<p>“The technology is there, so why not share it with the customer and give them the opportunity to travel.”<p>The low-cost airline this …

Flying

Thousands to be affected by Air NZ engine maintenance

Thousands of Air New Zealand passengers will be affected by cancellations and rescheduled flights until the middle of next week because of urgent …

Air New Zealand