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Eclipse-viewing party in the air; special airline flight had a sky-high look

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:03:59 -0400

While millions of people get ready to watch today’s total solar eclipse from the ground, Alaska Airlines hosted an eclipse-viewing party at 40,000 feet.

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JetBlue expands in Atlanta, adds three new routes

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:07:19 -0400

The service will put JetBlue into head-to-head competition with Delta in that airline's hometown market. Delta is by far the dominant carrier there.

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Frequent-flying: Airlines make it harder to earn free flights for loyalty

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:16:09 -0400

Airline loyalty programs are losing much of their allure even for frequent fliers, and the rules for navigating the system have changed.

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Remembering Virgin America’s first flight on its 10th birthday

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:26:47 -0400

Normally, the 10th anniversary for a carrier like Virgin America would be feted with great fanfare. But it passed last week with little notice.

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Florida airports battle over using the name 'Orlando'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:50:54 -0400

There's a battle brewing among three Florida airports about which can use the word "Orlando" in its name.

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Another airline says goodbye to the Boeing 747 passenger jet

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:31:29 -0400

Throngs of aviation enthusiasts gathered in Hong Kong to see EVA Air's final passenger 747 take off on its last revenue flight.

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The 'boneyard': Where airlines send old planes to be scrapped

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:59:04 -0400

The museum-like quality of the "boneyard" delights enthusiasts, though access is hard to get.

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American adds Budapest and Prague to its route map

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:10:05 -0400

American also will add a second route to Venice, Italy. The carrier already flies to Venice from Philadelphia.

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Frontier Airlines adds two more new routes from San Antonio

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:22:24 -0400

The new routes grow Frontier's presence in San Antonio, where it will soon be flying non-stop to 13 destinations.

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Name that airport ... (San Diego)

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:22:10 -0400

This week's may be a bit challenging, but we're guessing one of our readers will recognize this view.

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Drinking problems? Ryanair wants airports to curb alcohol sales

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:39:24 -0400

Ryanair is calling on British airports to curb alcohol sales following sharp increases in the number of incidents involving disruptive passengers.

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Southwest elite frequent-fliers hit by computer glitch will get bonus points

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:05:45 -0400

Southwest Airlines' elite frequent fliers are fuming because a computer glitch is taking away a treasured perk: early boarding.

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Hong Kong Airlines to begin flying to U.S. mainland with new Airbus A350s

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:38:26 -0400

The line-up of international airlines flying to the U.S. mainland will grow this winter.  The latest to announce service is Hong Kong Airlines.

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Air Berlin files for bankruptcy after Etihad pulls plug

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:35:56 -0400

For now, airline will continue to fly thanks to a $177 million loan from the German government. However, it's long-term future is unclear.

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Reviving Midwest Express: $100 million and a good cookie recipe

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:28:44 -0400

Bringing back the beloved airline, as two Wisconsin businessmen are proposing, will be extremely difficult.

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August's #avgeek gallery: 30 cool aviation photos

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:35:24 -0400

Check out our latest batch of fun airplane and aviation photos from around the globe.

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Ask the Captain: Can pilots change their route for a better view of the eclipse?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:14:04 -0400

How much leeway will a captain have to give passengers a good view of the eclipse while in the air?

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European budget airline expands to U.S., promises $99 one-way flights

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:17:10 -0400

Little-known in the U.S., Primera Air will start here with six Europe routes in 2018. Fliers should be wary of fees and the low availability of $99 fares.

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Flier's battery caught fire on Lufthansa A380 with 410 people on board; all safe

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:16:55 -0400

German carrier Lufthansa says a travel battery belonging to a passenger caused a small fire aboard a trans-Atlantic flight to the United States last week.

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Delta celebrates groundbreaking for new $4B terminal at LaGuardia

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:13:45 -0400

The overhaul will ;eave Delta with a rebuilt 37-gate operation in the C and D terminals.

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These are the 20 longest flights flown by U.S. airlines

Sat, 3 Jun 2017 12:36:41 -0400

See the 20 longest routes currently flown by airlines based in the United States.

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J.D. Power: Alaska Air, Southwest are the USA's best airlines for 2017

Thu, 11 May 2017 10:41:56 -0400

Alaska Air best traditional carrier for 10th year, but low-cost Southwest had top overall score.

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And the world's top frequent-flier awards for 2017 go to ...

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:39:04 -0400

Southwest remained on top while Marriott and Starwood performed well among hotels.

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Happy birthday, 737! Boeing’s workhorse turns 50

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:16:38 -0400

Boeing made its first flight on its first prototype of the aircraft on April 9, 1967.

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Everyone wants better airports, but who pays?

Sat, 1 Apr 2017 16:03:05 -0400

There are a finite number of sources available for funding. And each is problematic in its own way.

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Why do we dress so badly when we fly?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:55:10 -0400

You will feel better about yourself, and you will get more respect if you make a little sartorial effort.

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Boarding area no-nos: Bad behavior before takeoff

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 11:11:12 -0500

Now more than ever, what happens in the boarding area sets the tone for the entire trip.

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How early should you really arrive for your flight?

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:28:50 -0500

Do you go with the TSA recommended arrival times, which are more generous, or the airline times, which cut it a little closer?

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This 17-hour flight is now the longest in the world

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 16:02:06 -0500

Qatar Airways is new titleholder for the world’s longest regularly scheduled airline flight.

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Which seat is better: Window or aisle?

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:17:18 -0500

For air travelers, it's an enduring question, if not a source of countless arguments.

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Your guide to the new 'basic economy' airfares

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:53:41 -0500

The price difference between basic economy and regular economy may not be worth the perks you surrender.

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How to avoid an in-flight medical incident

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 07:48:32 -0500

Here are some of the conditions for which fliers should pay special attention.

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The fleet and hubs of United Airlines, by the numbers

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:35:58 -0500

United Airlines is the world's third-largest carrier as measured by both revenue and by passenger-miles flown. 

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Fliers' rights: You have fewer than you think

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:49:00 -0400

You may have an outdated idea of what you’re entitled to when your flight is delayed or canceled.

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