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Allegiant : 28 new routes, 3 new cities part of its biggest expansion ever

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 03:04:02 GMT

Allegiant bills news as “largest-ever announcement of new service in the company’s history.”

Weather delays: Monday turned out to be a terrible day to fly

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 03:52:50 GMT

Air travelers faced major headaches Monday afternoon as a long line thunderstorms blocked flight paths from New England to the Gulf Coast. 

Qatar Airways CEO warns of 'lasting wound' from 'blockade'

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:48:08 GMT

CEO: Fliers are returning and again using Qatar as aviation hub after initial hit to business.

Paris Air Show day 1: A bigger 737, huge Airbus order and the president

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 02:03:13 GMT

See all the stories that made news from the opening day of the Paris Air Show.

Boeing unveils a bigger 737 in fight against Airbus

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:59:34 GMT

Boeing's plans for 'stretched' version of its 737 Max aircraft came at the Paris Air Show.

Paris Air Show 2017: Airbus lands first big deal on Monday

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:24:43 GMT

Airbus has clinched a deal for 100 single-aisle A320neo planes in its first big move at the show.

Paris Air Show: What to look for in 2017

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:36:35 GMT

Boeing-Airbus rivalry will again be huge, but there are other interesting story lines.

New era of budget travel? Norwegian begins Boeing 737 flights to Europe

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 01:37:58 GMT

Discount airline will be flying 12 Boeing 737 routes to Europe from small U.S. airports by fall.

Name that airport ... (Bangkok Suvarnabhumi)

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:12:02 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of Thailand's Suvarnabhumi Airport near Bangkok. 

Spirit Airlines adds new routes from Pittsburgh, Hartford

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:00:39 GMT

The budget carrier is growing at two of its newest cities with more flights to Florida.

Airline complaints spike since United Flight 3411 incident

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:58:19 GMT

Complaints by U.S. airline fliers surged in April, increasing nearly 70% from the same month in 2016.

China fines Emirates after plane flew at wrong height

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:59:27 GMT

China's civil aviation also barred it from adding new routes over the next six months.

United employee appears to push flier to ground in video from 2015

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:50:33 GMT

The video is nearly two years old, but has surfaced as part of a lawsuit against the airline.

Delta's first Airbus A350 rolls out of the paint shop

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:48 GMT

Delta Air Lines will be the first U.S. carrier to fly Airbus’ new A350 widebody jet.

American backtracks on legroom plan after 'a lot of feedback'

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 03:01:34 GMT

American will still trim legroom on its new 737s, but has altered its plan after 'feedback.'

United makes a play to become the top airline to Hawaii

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:04:20 GMT

Carrier is bolstering service on a number of routes between Hawaii and the mainland U.S.

These are the world's 20 longest Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:00:56 GMT

See the 20 longest Dreamliner routes currently flown by the world's airlines.

Nashville airport expects record travel after CMA Fest, Bonnaroo, Stanley Cup Final

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 03:40:33 GMT

Music festivals and the presence of the Stanley Cup finals have sent demand soaring.

Former President Carter shakes hands with everyone on his Delta flight

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:57:41 GMT

There’s another airline video going viral. This time it’s for all the right reasons.

Qatar Airways profits $540 million, braces for Gulf crisis

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:44:37 GMT

Qatar Airways' disclosure came before airline was blocked from flying to major Arab states.

Name that airport ... (Madrid)

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 12:10:11 GMT

The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of Spain's Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport.

First black chief pilot at a major airline retires

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 07:33:30 GMT

Nobody at Southwest told Louis Freeman he would be the first black pilot in the airline's history when he was hired in 1980.

Small plane hits giant gator while landing at Orlando airport

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 11:45:00 GMT

Pilot of a private aircraft likely got more than he bargained for when landing at an Orlando airport.

June's #avgeek gallery: 30 cool aviation photos

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 06:45:08 GMT

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

More sub-$100 airfares? Rivals match Southwest's sale prices

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 10:03:03 GMT

Among those matching at least some of Southwest's fares: American, Alaska, Delta, United and JetBlue.

72-hour sale: Southwest fares fall below $100 round-trip

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 06:35:17 GMT

Southwest’s big twice-a-year fare sale was rolled out Tuesday morning.

Allegiant Air's newest destination: Providence

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 04:02:02 GMT

The 'ultra low-cost carrier' will add three non-stop routes beginning this fall.

Laptop ban sparks debate at gathering of airline execs

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 06:46:40 GMT

Global airline head called for measures that are "logical, effective and efficient."

Flights through busy Qatar hub may be hit by diplomatic spat in Middle East

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 10:00:19 GMT

Air travelers could feel the fallout of a diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its neighbors.

Southwest Airlines is now flying from Cincinnati

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 07:47:44 GMT

Cincinnati had been one of the biggest U.S. cities not served by the giant low-cost airline.

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

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 04:33:50 GMT

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

Name that airport ... (Sydney, Australia)

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 12:10:02 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this "name that airport" posts is of Australia's Sydney Airport.

JetBlue, Delta will test biometric boarding passes​

Fri, 2 Jun 2017 08:15:08 GMT

Boarding passes could someday become quaint relics for air travelers.

New 18-hour United flight to contend for title of world's longest

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:00:59 GMT

United's planned L.A.-Singapore service would have one of world's longest flight times.

Disability complaints to airlines doubled in a decade, GAO finds

Wed, 31 May 2017 04:32:54 GMT

The number of complaints against airlines from disabled travelers doubled in a decade, according to a Government Accountability Office repor...

Lie-flat seat wars? United adds option to third domestic route

Wed, 31 May 2017 10:32:10 GMT

Addition of Boston option comes as United rebrands what it has called 'p.s. Premium Service.'

Norwegian Air to fly to Italy from three U.S. cities; $189 one-way fares

Wed, 31 May 2017 05:02:25 GMT

New flights will give Norwegian a total of 52 non-stop routes from the U.S. to Europe.

FAA proposes $435,000 fine for United

Tue, 30 May 2017 04:26:02 GMT

Agency alleges airline flew a Boeing 787 without inspecting its fuel pump after a repair.

BA debacle puts spotlight on airlines' old IT systems, cuts

Tue, 30 May 2017 01:48:05 GMT

Do older airlines focus on costs to the detriment of investment in new computer systems?

Memorial Day: Vintage B-25 bomber takes to the sky to honor fallen vets

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:14:07 GMT

Flyovers with the WW II-era aircraft started a decade ago and are now in high-demand.

Elite travel perks put to the test: Are they worth it?

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:48:56 GMT

Two reporters, one with perks and one without, compared notes from the same trip.

Name that airport ... (Paine Field/Everett, Wash.)

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:10:02 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of Paine Field in Everett, Wash. 

Southwest adds new routes to Mexico, Caribbean and Milwaukee

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:23:42 GMT

Southwest revealed the new service as it extended its booking schedule into early 2018.

TSA PreCheck additions: Singapore, Turkish and Silver among new airlines

Thu, 25 May 2017 04:46:52 GMT

The TSA's expedited security option for approved fliers is now up to 37 airlines.

Thursday flight headaches: Delays hit Northeast, California

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:41:38 GMT

Delays or cancellations were affecting a number of major airports on Thursday afternoon.

Allegiant to waive fees for military members, families

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:29:27 GMT

'Allegiant Honors' program will waive fees for items like bags and seat assignments .

Frontier's two newest cities: Providence and Long Island/Islip

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:32:36 GMT

The two new airports will join Frontier Airlines’ network this summer.

United 757 evacuated after apparent engine fire

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:34:45 GMT

Five people received minor injuries in Tuesday night incident at Newark Liberty airport.

Spirit Airlines opens $32 million hangar at Detroit airport

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:29:13 GMT

Spirit's new facility will primarily be used for overnight maintenance and repairs.

FAA: Airlines must remove unsafe seats from some regional planes

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:30:31 GMT

FAA targets specific kind of seat on smaller airliners; cites injury risk in survivable crashes.

May route roundup: Where airlines are adding (or cutting) service

Mon, 29 May 2017 03:12:01 GMT

Airlines add routes and ax underperforming ones.

Spirit Airlines adds two routes to Cancun

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:35:59 GMT

Flights to the Mexican beach resort will be Spirit's first international flights from O'Hare, BWI.

JetBlue paints Airbus A320 in colors of New York City police

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:11:35 GMT

Livery features a bright blue fuselage before ending with the NYPD flag across the tail.

Sorry, paparazzi, celebs now get private treatment at LAX

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:40:14 GMT

Celebrities sick of being stalked by photographers at LAX now have refuge of luxury terminal.

Name that airport ... (Queenstown, New Zealand)

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:10:18 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of New Zealand's Queenstown Airport. 

Southwest Airlines says Hawaii flights are a 'priority'

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:05:11 GMT

In contrast, CEO says Canada flights are on the airline's radar, but aren't a priority.

Alaska Airlines expansion would give Seattle a secondary airport

Wed, 17 May 2017 01:29:41 GMT

Everett is best known for Boeing's assembly line; Alaska Air said flights would begin in 2018.

American Airlines tweaks upgrade process for elite fliers

Wed, 17 May 2017 01:03:23 GMT

American Airlines’ elite frequent-flier member will have some new calculus to crunch in figuring out how they’ll be upgraded. 

Boeing delivers its first 737 MAX

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:20:51 GMT

The first MAX jet went not to Southwest or Norwegian, but rather to Malaysia's Malindo Air.

Southwest 737 diverts because of Pittsburgh air show

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:20:36 GMT

Instead of Pittsburgh International, Flight 3316 landed at small Allegheny County Airport.

AmEx Platinum Card holders can now access Escape airport lounges

Mon, 15 May 2017 04:17:52 GMT

Escape currently has three U.S. locations: Hartford, Conn.; Minneapolis/St. Paul and Oakland.

Icelandair has a new glacier-themed Boeing 757-200

Mon, 15 May 2017 02:42:44 GMT

Icelandair's latest special livery is tribute to the glacier that covers 8% of Iceland.

Delta to test facial-recognition tech on new self-service bag drop

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:07:56 GMT

Delta Air Lines will begin testing facial recognition technology this summer in Minneapolis.

Airline 'shuffle' underway at LAX one of biggest in U.S. history

Sat, 13 May 2017 06:08:28 GMT

More than a dozen airlines are moving terminals in the dead of night to avoid disrupting flights.

Sun Country adds winter routes from Minnesota to Aruba, Tucson

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:16:24 GMT

Routes will give Sun Country seasonal or year-round service to 41 destinations from MSP.

Name that airport ... (Houston Hobby)

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:10:03 GMT

The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of Houston's Hobby Airport.

American Airlines curbs those electric carts at its Charlotte hub

Fri, 12 May 2017 06:16:09 GMT

Fliers will no longer have to look back for an electric cart rolling through the terminal.

Southwest reports few snags with switch to new reservation system

Thu, 11 May 2017 10:15:56 GMT

Airlines appear to be getting better at updating their technology systems.

Reports: Airline laptop, electronics ban could be extended to Europe

Wed, 10 May 2017 04:33:17 GMT

Reports suggest the United States may act soon to ban in-cabin laptops.

J.D. Power: Despite recent news, airlines are doing great at customer service

Wed, 10 May 2017 06:04:26 GMT

Passengers' happiness with service on U.S. and Canadian airlines continued to rise into 2017.

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

Wed, 10 May 2017 06:04:26 GMT

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

May #avgeek gallery: 30 cool aviation photos

Thu, 11 May 2017 09:13:52 GMT

Hello Today in the Sky readers! It's time for the May 2017 edition of our "#avgeek photo gallery." For the uninitiated, it's a batch of fun ...

United-Alaska Air turf war? United expands 18 San Francisco routes

Tue, 9 May 2017 10:31:14 GMT

A Bay Area battle appears to be brewing in San Francisco between United and Alaska airlines.

Angry passengers brawl after Spirit cancels flights

Tue, 9 May 2017 07:43:43 GMT

Spirit responded by suing its pilot union, which it accuses of "purposefully" disrupting flights.

Delta postpones media day in wake of bad airline press

Mon, 8 May 2017 11:20:43 GMT

Delta cited Congress' focus on 'customer service issues that have gone viral on social media.'

El Al will return to Miami with service to Tel Aviv

Mon, 8 May 2017 09:27:52 GMT

Miami will become El Al's fifth U.S. destination once it rejoins the carrier's route map.

American Airlines adds regional flights in Charlotte

Fri, 5 May 2017 08:08:22 GMT

American is bolstering regional network in Charlotte new with to small and midsize markets.

United exec Kirby says he's no stranger to flight delays or sitting in economy

Thu, 4 May 2017 03:20:14 GMT

Scott Kirby doesn’t need to be told about flying in economy class or getting frustrated about flight delays.

United debacle spurs a call for passenger rights

Thu, 4 May 2017 02:56:26 GMT

Several senators said United Airlines dragging a passenger off a flight will spur legislation protecting passengers from bumping, change fee...

Name that airport ... (Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Fla.)

Fri, 5 May 2017 12:10:13 GMT

The photo in shown in this "name that airport" post is of the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (airport code VPS) in the Florida Panhandle.

JetBlue, Icelandair begin new frequent-flier pact

Thu, 4 May 2017 12:16:31 GMT

JetBlue, Icelandair customers can now earn points on the other airline’s flights.

United Airlines adds new route to Buenos Aires, boosts Bogota flights

Thu, 4 May 2017 08:36:28 GMT

United will add a second route to Buenos Aires this fall, restoring one it ended in 2013.

American Airlines is taking away more legroom in economy, report says

Wed, 3 May 2017 11:38:20 GMT

Carrier will reduce legroom by up two inches in the economy cabin of its new Boeing 737 MAX jets.

Is the end finally near for Italian airline Alitalia?

Wed, 3 May 2017 07:58:30 GMT

It’s back to the brink for Alitalia, which has perfected the art of surviving the impossible.

Airline debacles spark questions about privatizing air traffic control

Tue, 2 May 2017 01:56:41 GMT

Airline debacles prompt some lawmakers to question Tuesday whether to move air-traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration to a...

WestJet's deal for Boeing Dreamliners signals global ambitions

Tue, 2 May 2017 10:49:36 GMT

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet announced an order for up to 20 Boeing 787 “Dreamliners."

Hawaiian updates its aircraft livery, logo

Mon, 1 May 2017 05:49:08 GMT

But the changes are more a tweak to the previous versions than a complete overhaul.

Extreme turbulence: Broken bones among injuries on Aeroflot flight

Mon, 1 May 2017 01:26:37 GMT

Incident occurred Monday as an Aeroflot flight neared landing in Bangkok.

Latest airline video: Pilot who hit flier was breaking up fight

Mon, 1 May 2017 10:48:33 GMT

Context is needed for latest airline video gone viral; pilot tried to stop brawling fliers.

United CEO: 'Many more' policy changes 'in the works'

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:33:13 GMT

CEO Munoz says "objective (is) to try to make traveling a little bit easier and better."

Name that airport ... (Long Beach, Calif.)

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:10:03 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of California's Long Beach Airport. 

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

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:32:30 GMT

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

Southwest will end practice of overbooking, CEO says

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:32:11 GMT

"It’s something we will be discontinuing very shortly,” CEO Gary Kelly told CNBC Thursday.

United Airlines pledges new protections for fliers in wake of passenger-dragging incident

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:04:11 GMT

The airline will pay up to $10K for volunteers who give up their seat on overbooked flights.

United Airlines is making these 10 customer-service policy changes

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:07:07 GMT

The changes are being implemented in the wake of the April 9 passenger-dragging incident.

JetBlue CEO keeps no-overbooking policy

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:07:32 GMT

JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes said Tuesday the carrier is sticking with its policy against overbooking, but high bumping statistics reflec...

Frequent-flier review: Southwest, Delta have 'cheapest' U.S. awards

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:37:21 GMT

Analysis looked only at economy U.S. tickets, excluding international and business-class data.

Qatar Airways plans new San Francisco route despite U.S. uncertainty

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:40:58 GMT

No precise start date was given for San Francisco; Las Vegas route reportedly faces a delay.

Name that airport ... (Lihue, Hawaii)

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:12:02 GMT

The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of Hawaii's Lihue Airport on the island of Kauai.        [...]

FAA: Turbulence injuries jolt twice as many flights in 2016

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:22:25 GMT

Injuries included a gashed face, a fractured spine and second-degree burns from scalding water.        [...]