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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 ...

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:10:18 GMT

Here is this week's "name that airport" photo. 

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.

Interview: Emirates remains 'bullish and confident about U.S.'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:43:16 GMT

Emirates remains committed to the U.S., airline president says in interview with AP.

One of the last airworthy Boeing 747-200s flies into retirement

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:21:52 GMT

“I tell ya, this is a nice airplane. It’s old-school,” says Kalitta Air Capt. Scott Jaykl.

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

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:41:26 GMT

Airlines add routes and ax underperforming ones.

Copa Airlines picks Denver to be its 13th U.S. destination

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:01:54 GMT

Panamanian carrier will fly to its Panama City base, which it calls the “Hub of the Americas.”

List: The world's 20 busiest airports (2016)

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:39:59 GMT

Atlanta topped the busiest airports (by passengers) for the 19th consecutive year.

World's busiest airport in 2016? It's Atlanta, again

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:48:25 GMT

Also: LAX moved past Chicago O’Hare to become the USA’s second-busiest airport (by passengers).

Emirates cuts U.S. flights; cites 'weakened' demand after Trump travel policies

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:30:37 GMT

Emirates will not cut any routes, but will reduce flights to five of its U.S. destinations.

Delta leads airline pack in latest on-time arrival figures

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:13:57 GMT

But the latest figures are from February and don't capture Delta's operational meltdown earlier this month.

United: Too early to say if bookings hurt by passenger-dragging incident

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 02:06:14 GMT

United says it's too early to tell if bookings have been impacted by the Flight 3411 fallout.

JetBlue to add a fourth route to Haiti

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:30:11 GMT

JetBlue says it "will connect more U.S. cities with Port-au-Prince than any other airline."

United changes policy, crew can't displace seated passengers

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 01:22:51 GMT

Change in policy comes amid a firestorm of controversy that has enveloped the company.

Delta will now offer up to $9,950 to fliers on overbooked flights

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 04:42:26 GMT

Delta Air Lines began Friday offering agents greater flexibility for dealing with overbooked flights, including compensation up to $9,950 to...

Austin airport's new indoor/outdoor South Terminal is now open

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 03:11:07 GMT

South Terminal will have a strikingly different feel than the airport's main terminal.

Spirit becomes third U.S. airline to call it quits in Cuba

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 01:53:01 GMT

Ranks of U.S. airlines flying to Cuba thinning out; Spirit joins Frontier, Silver in leaving.

Name that airport ... (Bismarck, N.D.)

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:12:03 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this "name that airport" post is of North Dakota's Bismarck Municipal Airport.

Boeing's 737 MAX 9 completes its maiden flight

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 03:41:29 GMT

Plane is the second, and currently largest, installment in the company's 737 MAX family.

2017 FlyerTalk Awards: The top loyalty programs are ...

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:30:10 GMT

Alaska Airlines and Qatar Airways scored big wins at the expense of American and Cathay Pacific.

United Airlines to refund fares to all Flight 3411 passengers

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 03:50:25 GMT

The flight has topped news reports since Sunday, when a man was dragged off the plane.

Storm cancellations that dragged on for days to cost Delta $125 million

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:56:55 GMT

Delta Air Lines projected Wednesday that its five-day crisis of canceled flights after storms at its Atlanta hub will cost $125 million in r...

Delta says bumping rules not needed, touts its own record

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:57:14 GMT

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said Wednesday says industry doesn't need laws or regulations to limit overbooking, just that airlines need t...

United Airlines CEO: ‘This will never happen again’

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:43:48 GMT

Oscar Munoz's comments came during a Wednesday interview with ABC's 'Good Morning America.'

Alaska Air targets Dallas Love Field for big expansion

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:04:13 GMT

Alaska is adding routes from Dallas Love Field to four new West Coast destinations.

United Airlines CEO issues second apology, 'I promise you we will do better'

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:12:20 GMT

"I promise you we will do better," United CEO Oscar Munoz says in a Tuesday statement.

United 'clarifies' that Flight 3411 was not oversold

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:05:30 GMT

Flight gained notoriety when flier was dragged off the when he refused to give up his seat.

United Airlines had a right to remove that flier. But should it have?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 01:03:16 GMT

Issue rises to the fore after video shows man being dragged off United flight.

Happy birthday, 737! Boeing’s workhorse turns 50

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:19:10 GMT

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

Delta meltdown over? Monday flights better, but some delays

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:36:54 GMT

That would end a five-day run of extreme disruptions to the carrier’s schedules.

Scandinavian carrier SAS battles for U.S. marketshare

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:01:00 GMT

Scandinavian Airlines says it's in the midst of its biggest long-haul expansion in its history.

Delta meltdown: Delays drag into Sunday, improvement is slow

Sun, 9 Apr 2017 11:49:56 GMT

Delta still struggling to get flights back on time days after storms hit its Atlanta hub.

Flight chaos, cancellations persist at Delta days after storms

Sat, 8 Apr 2017 11:43:52 GMT

Delta still struggling after Atlanta thunderstorms threw a wrench into operations four days ago.

Name that airport ... (Los Angeles)

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 12:10:03 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this "name that airport" post is of California's Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

United moving 787 flying from Houston to Washington Dulles

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 10:41:57 GMT

The move, meant to increase United's utilization of its 'Dreamliners,' begins this winter.

Alaska Air: We're keeping Virgin America's gates at Dallas Love Field

Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:04:07 GMT

Decision will have Alaska flying from each of the Dallas-area's major airports, including DFW.

Flying today? Expect delays almost anywhere in the East

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 02:48:17 GMT

Fliers faced headaches across large swaths of the East on Thursday as stormy weather hit the region. 

April #avgeek gallery: 30 cool aviation photos

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 08:06:15 GMT

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

Norwegian Air expands to Denver, Seattle; $199 one-way fares

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 07:04:02 GMT

Norwegian Air is again expanding its U.S. footprint, announcing new routes to London Gatwick.

Alaska Air keeps up cross-country push, adds three more transcontinental routes

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:37:46 GMT

New routes will fly from Los Angeles and Portland, Ore., and will start by year's end.

JetBlue's lie-flat seats now on sale on more flights

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 02:11:57 GMT

Airline is expanding its “Mint” lie-flat seating to more of its route map.

A Rikers Island terminal for LaGuardia Airport?

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:07:41 GMT

LaGuardia could dramatically increase flight, passenger capacity by expanding to notorious island.

8 senators urge DOT to reverse delay in bag reports

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 03:37:39 GMT

Eight Democratic senators wrote Monday urging Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to reconsider a delay in better airline reporting on mish...

American Airlines ending New York JFK-San Juan flights

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 12:29:46 GMT

Move will take American off a route it has flown since the early 1970s.

Guide-dog training: Dozens of dogs fill Newark airport terminal

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 08:15:00 GMT

Effort was part of a training exercise to ready guide dogs for the visually impaired.

Boeing's new 787-10 Dreamliner completes its maiden flight

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 03:07:35 GMT

The "dash 10" variant is the newest and biggest variant of Boeing's Dreamliner widebody jet.

Flight headaches await fliers in Northeast on Friday

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:16:43 GMT

Stormy weather meant headaches for air travelers Friday. It could get worse Saturday.

Name that airport ... (Nairobi, Kenya)

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:10:03 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport that serves Kenya's capital city of ...

JetBlue back in Atlanta after absence of more than 13 years

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:50:18 GMT

But a spat with the airport over gate space could blunt JetBlue's expansion plans there.

Travel analyst: Mexicans fly less to U.S., more to Canada

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:22:34 GMT

For the past year, Mexicans have been flying less the U.S. and increasingly to Canada, according to data out from a travel industry analyst ...

Alaska Air facing fight from Branson on ending Virgin licensing fees?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:53:50 GMT

Alaska Airlines, Virgin founder offer different opinions about contract details.

Kayak adds tool to help fliers compare economy, 'Basic Economy' fares

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:44:23 GMT

It’s become harder for casual travelers to keep up with exactly what’s included in their tickets.

Airline group urges U.S., Britain to drop electronics bans

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:02:27 GMT

Airlines urge U.S., Britain to drop their electronics bans for carry-on luggage on nonstop flights from the Middle East and Africa.        [...]

Virgin Atlantic's Richard Branson bashes Alaska Airlines at Seattle launch

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:49:03 GMT

Virgin Atlantic’s service replaces the flight currently operated by partner Delta Air Lines.        [...]

Frontier Airlines adds Puerto Rico to its route map

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:10:46 GMT

Service will give Frontier 25 non-stop routes from Orlando and 18 from Philadelphia.        [...]