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United Rehires Flight Attendants Fired For Insubordination

Last January I wrote about the story of 13 United flight attendants who were fired for insubordination. They were working United flight 869 from San …

New Bill Aims To Limit “Ridiculous” Airline Fees For Checked Bags, Cancellations

Most airlines now charge fees for everything from checked bags to changing your itinerary, resulting in billions of dollars of revenue for carriers …

Check Out the Glorious Guts of an Airbus A320 Being Ripped Apart

The twelve-year-old plane has taken all the trips it can, and it's time to be scrapped for parts.<p>Touchdown Aviation (TDA), a company that stocks and distributes aircraft parts, just recently got a new arrival in the shop. The Airbus A320—formerly MSN 2137 of Air Asia—was born in October of 2003; …

Boeing just gave United a massive discount

This is in addition to the 40 737-700s the Chicago-based airline ordered in January.<p>This marks the second time this year that United has turned down fresher models such as the Bombardier C-Series in favor of the 737-700 that will soon be discontinued.<p>One major driver may be the serious discount …

Aviation

Lightning hits wing tip of Boeing 777 plane

Dramatic video shows lightning striking the wig tip of a Boeing 777 on its approach to Paris<p>Video shows the dramatic moment lightning strikes the wing tip of a plane on its approach to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport.<p>In the footage, the passenger captures the moment on board an Etihad Boeing 777.<p>It …

This Is Why No Airline Will Ever Dominate LAX

It’s a battle for Los Angeles that may never have a clear winner.<p>American Airlines Group Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. are fighting to be the biggest …

British Airways resumes direct flights to Iran

British Airways has confirmed it is resuming direct flights from London to Iran – the first British airline to offer the service in four years.<p>The announcement follows last month’s international deal lifting sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program.<p>Travelers will be able to fly direct from …

5 Signs That United Airlines Is Finally Getting Better

Let’s just say upfront that during the past 25 years, anytime anyone has written that United is finally making substantial improvements in its culture and operations, subsequent events have proven them wrong.<p>The last truly exceptional CEO at United was Steven Wolf. He left in 1994, forced out by …

Revealed: The best and worst airlines for skiers and snowboarders

Budget airlines can be more costly than premium carriers when the price of ski carriage is factored in, new research has shown.<p>EDreams, a site that allows customers to book flights, hotels and cars, compared the costs of flying with 22 European carriers with skis in tow. It found that so-called …

American Airlines Announces Expanded Route Plans, Hollywood Bowl Partnership

American Airlines is adding two new gates at LAX and an additional 200 team members to its staff.<p>On the heels of American Airlines' sponsorship …

Big American Announcement Tomorrow?

Lots of juicy tidbits abound from Flyertalk about tomorrow’s American Airlines press event (11am PST) from the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, but …

Some United employee quotes....

I ran into some, erm, interesting United employees over the weekend while traveling, so here are a few (random) quotes:<p>“I’ll leave you with my …

Southwest Loses Gate Skirmish With Delta Over Dallas Love Field Slots

Delta Air Lines Inc. can keep flying out of crowded Dallas Love Field, a federal judge ruled, thwarting a bid by Southwest Airlines Co. to control 90 …

Why American Airlines Is, At Best, Second Place To Delta

Last month, I recommended Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) as a strong buy due to their compelling fundamentals and the recent 50% dividend increase, which …

The world's most punctual airports and airlines | CNN Travel

(CNN) — People who claim that traveling is better than arriving have clearly never passed through an airport in Japan.<p>New stats published by travel analysts OAG reveal that if you're flying into one of two major Japanese airports, you're more likely to experience a punctual touchdown or …

How a 23-year-old beat United Airlines

He was a whiz kid up against a $21 billion company.<p>Aktarer Zaman, now 23, didn't back down when United Airlines (UAL) and Orbitz sued him a little over a year ago for opening a website called Skiplagged.com to help travelers find cheap plane tickets.<p>Zaman says his site is now flying high and he's …

Flying

US Air Force allows enlisted ranks to fly drones

The US Air Force is hurting for drone pilots, and it's willing to take an unusual step to make sure its unmanned aircraft are well-staffed: it's letting the enlisted ranks fly. As of next year, non-officers can pilot the RQ-4 Global Hawk recon drone once they have the necessary training. The move …

Name that airport ... (Chicago O'Hare)

<b>UPDATE</b>: The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of Chicago O'Hare.<p>Congratulations to Today in the Sky reader Steven Mohan of Pueblo, Colo., for being the first to correctly identify the airport.<p>The photo comes courtesy of The Associated Press (Nam Y. Huh).<p>Be sure to come back on Friday …

Sheriff: Jet hits plow in crash landing at closed Telluride airport

Authorities in San Miguel County say no one was injured when a small jet crashed into a snowplow Wednesday afternoon while trying to land at the …

Airbus Gets $2.27 Billion China Southern Airline Plane Order

China Southern Airlines Co., Asia’s biggest airline by passenger numbers, said it agreed to buy 10 Airbus Group SE A330-300 aircraft valued at $2.27 …

This might be the reason a British Muslim family was kicked off the plane to Disneyland

There is no indication that any member of the Walthamstow, London-based Mahmood family has done anything illegal.<p>ITV News, which first reported the Facebook links, said the page appeared to be a joke. Mahmood gave a quote to ITV that indicated he had no clue about the Facebook page:<p>The account, in …

Jokes

American Lands in Sydney for First Time in 23 Years - Video & Pictures

Last Thursday, American Airlines flight 73 departed LAX at 9:50PM for the airline’s first scheduled flight back to Sydney since 1992. The world’s …

News for December 2015

VW Dirty Diesel Scandal tops the list of 2015 consumer outrages<p>Cellphones, airbags, for-profit colleges, football, and floors were also in the …

A fake bomb forced an Air France plane bound for Paris to emergency land in Kenya today

Air France's Flight AF 463 was heading to Paris from Mauritius but it was forced to land in Kenya after a suspect package was found in the toilets.<p>The package in question looked like "a stopwatch mounted on a box," an unnamed police official told the Associated Press. At the time, the official told …

U.S. airlines set to swoop as deal allows 110 scheduled Cuba flights a day

The United States and Cuba have struck a deal to allow as many as 110 regular airline flights a day, allowing a surge of American travel to Cuba that …

Cuba

8 people were injured after a Southwest Airlines plane skidded off the runway in Nashville

At least eight people were injured, according to a report from WTVF-TV in Nashville.<p>Southwest Airlines Flight 31 had been traveling to Nashville from Houston when it skidded off the runway.<p>Citing FAA officials, WKRN-TV reported that the Boeing 737 "rolled off the taxiway into the grass and got …

Airplanes

11 hidden costs of travel you probably overlook

From overpriced Wi-Fi to hidden departure taxes, you don't want to be strapped for cash when it comes to these often-overlooked fees.<p>Make sure you include these 11 items when budgeting for your next trip.

Budgeting

Boeing's Newest Plane Comes Without the Dreamliner Drama

Boeing Co.’s latest 737 airliner is gliding through development with little notice, and that may be the plane’s strongest selling point.<p>Even the …

United Airlines will stop flying to Dubai, in latest installment of dispute with Middle Eastern airlines

The move comes after the U.S. government awarded a government contract for travel on the route in 2016 to rival JetBlue Airways Corp and its codeshare partner Emirates, which will operate the Washington-Dubai flights, parent United Continental Holdings Inc said in an Internet posting.<p>Dubai-based …

United Airlines