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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.

American Airlines buys $200M stake in China Southern Airlines

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:01:52 GMT

American's deal is part of an attempt to win a bigger share of China's growing travel market.

Leggings, spandex, yoga pants: You can wear what you want on a flight, but beware ‘buddy pass’ rules

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:05:55 GMT

United Airlines found itself in the middle of a public relations kerfuffle this weekend after it did not allow two young girls to board a fl...

WOW Air, known for $99 Europe fares, adds first city in Midwest

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:26:56 GMT

Chicago O'Hare becomes WOW's eighth U.S. destination and 10th in North America.

Some airlines are trolling the ban on carry-on electronics

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:31:00 GMT

Airlines affected by carry-on electronics ban have faced choices on how to publicly react.

Name that airport ...

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:12:02 GMT

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

Delta plans New York JFK-Rio de Janeiro non-stops

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:32:31 GMT

Delta Air Lines will add service to Brazil from its hub at New York JFK.

March route roundup: Where airlines are adding service

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:14:34 GMT

Airlines add routes and ax underperforming ones.

Emirates: Use our new 'laptop handling service' to beat ban

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:15:59 GMT

Emirates airline will introduce a “laptop and tablet handling service,” a move that follows an electronics carry-on ban introduced by the Un...

By the numbers: Level, the new European budget carrier

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:02:39 GMT

Level will become the fifth airline brand for the International Airlines Group (IAG).

$149 Europe fares? British Air parent rolls out new budget airline

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:21:53 GMT

Level starts with four routes to Barcelona, including two from California (Oakland and L.A.).

Q&A: CEO dishes on new European discount airline Level

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:16:15 GMT

BA's parent company has directly joined competition in trans-Atlantic no-frills budget market.

Virgin America name will be phased out in favor of Alaska Air, 'likely' in 2019

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:07:53 GMT

Alaska acquired Virgin America in 2016, initially suggesting both brands could survive.

We shouldn't be included in ban, argue some airlines and airports

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:21:06 GMT

Airline and aviation officials reacted to new U.S. and U.K. laptop and electronics bans.

That's not carry-on: Loose snake surprises fliers in Alaska

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:25:25 GMT

Anna McConnaughy was flying to Alaska's largest city when the announcement came over the intercom: a passenger on a previous flight had brou...

Emirates: 'Who needs tablets and laptops anyway?'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:39:23 GMT

Airline reached out to customers with playful social media ad highlighting entertainment.

What fliers need to know about the airline laptop ban

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:59:10 GMT

See what airports and airlines are affected, as well as other details about the electronics ban.

Delta expanding again in Seattle

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:14:02 GMT

Airline's new Chicago O'Hare route will go head-to-head with several big rivals.

Laptops, electronics barred from cabins on some flights to U.S., airlines say

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 03:06:54 GMT

Prohibition would cover large electronics on flights from certain African, Middle East nations.

American latest to bring free food back to coach

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 01:14:33 GMT

So far, however, the effort is limited to two high-profile cross-country routes.

DOT postpones airline reports on bags, wheelchairs

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:40:06 GMT

Airlines will have an extra year to report more about mishandled bags and wheelchairs, after the Transportation Department delayed the start...

Strikes strand tourists, travelers at Italy's airports

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:17:34 GMT

Delays and cancellations are thanks to strikes by air traffic controllers, transport workers.

Airlines expect a record 145 million passengers this spring

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:57:57 GMT

Airlines expect a record number of 145 million spring travelers to fly from March 1 through April 30.

DOT: Airlines carried record 823 million passengers last year

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:27:48 GMT

U.S. airlines carried more than 800 million passengers for the first time last year, zooming past the record with 823 million.

Alitalia's new survival plan: deep cuts, budget flights

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:29:28 GMT

Management says changes are needed to " secure our long-term sustainability."

Name that airport ... (Pittsburgh)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:10:03 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of Pittsburgh International Airport. 

Alaska Airlines announces big San Diego expansion

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:19:04 GMT

With six new routes, Alaska Air will be flying to 28 destinations non-stop from its San Diego base.

Snow: Finally, a recovery day after 9,000 flight cancellations?

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:26:48 GMT

Flight schedules were improving Wednesday after schedules were snarled across the East this week.

March #avgeek gallery: 30 cool aviation photos

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:02:34 GMT

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

Long flight delays followed Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:29:52 GMT

Airlines suffered dozens of lengthy tarmac delays in January, with more than half blamed on the shooting in Fort Lauderdale that delayed one...

Tuesday: Blizzard flight woes peak; 9,000 cancellations since Sunday

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:22:08 GMT

Tuesday promised to be the worst travel day yet from a late-season winter storm.

Two airlines already calling it quits in Cuba

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 02:58:58 GMT

Frontier, Silver pointed to 'overcapacity' as a big reason contributing to their exit.

Blizzard: Cancellations soar past 7,000, stretch into Wednesday

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:07:20 GMT

Flight schedules take a hit in Northeast, Midwest thanks to a hard-hitting late-season storm.

Snow: More than 1,500 flights already canceled through Tuesday

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:05:25 GMT

A late-season winter storm is threatening to make a mess of air travel across the East.

Name that airport ... (Orange County, Calif.)

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:16:02 GMT

The photo in this week's "name that airport photo" is of the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif.

DOT: Delta fined $90,000 for lack of snacks during tarmac delays

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:20:03 GMT

Delta agreed to $90,000 fine for failing to provide food during four tarmac delays last July.

Battle for O'Hare? American expands Chicago route map

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:11:37 GMT

American's eight new Chicago routes come after a similar expansion by rival United.

Major expansion: Alaska Air adds 13 routes from Bay Area

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 09:26:22 GMT

Alaska Airlines says flights part of "single largest new-market announcement” in its history.

'Nobody is winning' the airline boarding nightmare

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:08:03 GMT

Stressed out when it comes time to board your flight? You're not alone. 

Southwest Airlines expanding in Phoenix

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:34:23 GMT

Southwest's already strong presence in Phoenix is set for major expansion with new concourse.

Airlines boost tech spending to combat glitches

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 01:55:31 GMT

Airlines are bolstering their technology, but travelers deserve better compensation for flight cancelations, a House panel heard Wednesday.

Another setback for Berlin's long-delayed new airport?

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:05:00 GMT

Management shake-up is latest disruption for project that's become a national embarrassment.

Frontier up to 10 routes from Colorado Springs, 20 from Las Vegas

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:35:12 GMT

Frontier announced 11 new routes Tuesday, growing in both Colorado Springs and Las Vegas.

Airline will paint Airbus A380 like a giant sea turtle

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 07:19:09 GMT

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) selected the design from a paint-the-plane contest.

Boeing rolls out first 737 MAX 9

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 01:11:15 GMT

Jet is the second and (so far) largest installment in Boeing's 737 MAX family of aircraft.

Black women pilots make historic flight for Delta

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 04:10:16 GMT

Captain and First Officer piloted Flight 555 - an Airbus A320 - from Detroit to Las Vegas.

Survey: Air travelers frustrated with waiting in lines

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 12:04:19 GMT

Airline passengers may be satisfied with their overall travel experience, but they still have a few bones to pick.

DOT wants to open Mexico City up to U.S. low-cost airlines

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 11:21:14 GMT

JetBlue, Southwest and Alaska Airlines would be among big winners in DOT proposal.

Name that airport ... (Winnipeg, Canada)

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:08:32 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in the Canadia...

AmEx adds Platinum perks as high-end cards court travelers

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 06:30:32 GMT

New benefits include more travel points, $200 Uber credit. But annual fee jumps to $550.

DOT to stop collecting comment on airfare, fee proposals

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 05:19:57 GMT

The Trump administration moved Thursday to indefinitely stop collecting comments about a pair of Obama administration proposals dealing with...

Airline group urges Trump to keep borders open

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 02:56:06 GMT

The head of an international airline group brought a message favoring open borders to the Trump administration Thursday, while awaiting an u...

Hawaiian Airlines joins international climate change study

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 11:14:02 GMT

The project is run by an international not-for-profit organization based in Belgium.

Mouse delays London-to-San Francisco flight for 4 hours

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 08:12:39 GMT

British Airways apologized for the delay, which came after a rodent scurried onto the Boeing 777.

Lightning strike briefly shuts LaGuardia runway as storms delay flights

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 01:48:27 GMT

Lightning damage was quickly repaired; Delays were reported at airports across Northeast.

Avianca increasing Los Angeles-Bogota service

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 08:12:02 GMT

Colombian carrier will move to daily service from its current offering of four weekly flights.

JetBlue plans to expand in Worcester

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:31:28 GMT

New route to New York JFK contingent on airport upgrade expected to be finished by year's end.

Photo tour: Behind the scenes at Boeing's 787 factory in South Carolina

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:15:44 GMT

Boeing broke ground on its line there in 2009 and commenced operations in 2011.

Allegiant Air adds five routes for summer schedule

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 03:14:02 GMT

Expansion grows carrier's presence in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Mid America/St. Louis Airport.

Survey: Airlines get better grades as service improves

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:08:28 GMT

As airlines improved their performance last year, more people than at any time since the airline industry began polling in 1971, according t...

United ‘back on offense,’ unveils 22 new routes

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:22:11 GMT

Expansion plan is latest step in a turn-around effort by the USA’s No. 3 airline.

List: United announces four new cities, 22 non-stop routes

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:39:14 GMT

United Airlines announced a major expansion Monday, adding 22 year-round and seasonal routes.

Indianapolis airport considers updating 9-year-old terminal

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 05:00:28 GMT

Airport is attempting to update the $1.1 billion passenger terminal that opened in 2008

St. Louis airport could soon get booze-to-go policy

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 01:13:49 GMT

St. Louis airport looks to join handful of others that have enacted similar policies.

Name that airport ... (Copenhagen)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:12:10 GMT

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

Spirit CEO: Rivals' new 'basic economy' fares will confuse fliers

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:20:02 GMT

"They're not kind of being honest about what they're trying to do," says Spirit's CEO.

February route roundup: Where airlines are adding service

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:54:11 GMT

See where airlines have added new routes and axed underperforming ones.

Norwegian Air's $65 fares to Europe: What’s the catch?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:44:57 GMT

The $65 one-way prices are “introductory” fares, but it's the fees that really add up.

Norwegian Air: $65 one-way fares from Northeast to Europe now on sale

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:06:27 GMT

Bargain fares comes as Norwegian expands to airports in three airports in the Northeast.

Korean Air shows off new Boeing Dreamliner in South Carolina

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:26:37 GMT

Korean Air is using the same seats for first- and business-class cabins; service will be different.

Spirit Airlines expands to Pittsburgh, adds 7 new routes

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:16:39 GMT

Flights will give Spirit big presence in western Pennsylvania, where it already serves Latrobe.

'Basic Economy' fares now on sale at American, United

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:54:35 GMT

Airlines match rival Delta in effort to fight back against encroaching budget carriers.

JetBlue rolls out special 'Blueprint' livery on Embraer E190

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:27:02 GMT

The Blueprint-painted plane – JetBlue’s 12th special livery – was unveiled in Boston.

JetBlue is third U.S. airline to reduce capacity to Cuba

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:34:29 GMT

Schedule changes reflect the challenge of starting service to such a new and unknown market.

Trump on hand as Boeing unveils newest, biggest Dreamliner yet

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:12:44 GMT

The roll-out was celebrated by a throng of Boeing employees and other dignitaries Friday.

Name that airport ... (Green Bay, Wis.)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:10:04 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this week's "name that airport" post of the Green Bay-Austin Straubel International Airport in Wisconsin. 

New-look Air Canada woos Americans

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:18:58 GMT

Air Canada hopes to convince U.S. fliers to connect through its hubs when flying overseas.

Southwest, Frontier planes clip wings in Phoenix

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:52:29 GMT

Nobody was injured, but each aircraft appeared to suffer damage in the collision.

United's new Boeing 777, 'Polaris' biz class now officially in service

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:28:05 GMT

Aircraft is United’s first to include its updated “Polaris” business-class seats.

Delta: Free meals returning in coach on 'select' cross-country routes

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:20:00 GMT

Meal option coming on routes where Delta goes head-to-head with some of its fiercest rivals.

Lufthansa in deal to end lengthy, bitter dispute with pilots

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:09:22 GMT

Dispute has cost airline an estimated $500 millon in more than a dozen strikes since 2012.

American regional jet hits deer on takeoff, returns to airport

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:03:23 GMT

No injuries were reported among the 44 passengers and four crewmembers on AA Flight 5320.

February #avgeek gallery: 30 cool aviation photos

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:41:10 GMT

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

United's new Boeing 777-300ER, Polaris cabin gets splashy debut flight

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:45:52 GMT

United's four-hour demonstration flight comes ahead of official Feb. 16 entry into service.

Border war: Can Kansas 'steal' K.C. airport from Missouri?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:15:04 GMT

Kansas has proposed building its own Kansas City airport as existing Missouri one struggles with terminal plan.

Minneapolis/St. Paul airport to get automated security lanes

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:43:15 GMT

Lanes are expected to make it easier for air travelers at the Minnesota airport.

Boeing flies giant ‘MAX’ in the sky on 737 test flight

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:14:08 GMT

You can’t accuse Boeing’s test pilots of lacking imagination, as evidenced by this unique flight plan.

Drone taxis? Dubai plans roll out of self-flying pods

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:56:26 GMT

Middle East city eyes Chinese-made drones to fly people across its skies.

United pilot’s ‘bizarre’ speech about her divorce, Trump spooks fliers off the plane

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:21:18 GMT

Several passengers expressed concern about the woman’s mental stability.

Air France celebrates network 'heart' at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:59:58 GMT

Air France celebrated the 20th anniversary of the creation of its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

AirAsia announces $99 fares for first-ever U.S. destination

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 03:33:35 GMT

AirAsia X's Hawaii route continues influx of international budget carriers to U.S. airports.

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

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:10:03 GMT

The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of the Hector International Airport in Fargo, N.D.

Storm fallout: Airline schedules recovering on Friday

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:27:09 GMT

U.S. airlines appear to be getting back on track Friday after a fast-developing snowstorm forced thousands of cancellations on Thursday. 

Airport, airline CEOs hear Trump support for construction, modernization

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 02:43:04 GMT

Airport and airline executives who met Thursday with President Trump heard support for upgrading terminals and privatizing air-traffic contr...

Air Canada unveils new paint scheme, employee uniforms

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 01:06:09 GMT

"Inspired by Canada," new look comes amid that nation's 150th anniversary.

Boeing wins $13.8 billion order from Singapore Airlines

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:09:08 GMT

Singapore Airlines says deal will help the carrier expand flights, refresh its fleet.

Thursday: Snowstorm snarls flights; 3,500 cancellations and growing

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 07:25:32 GMT

Fliers faced severe disruptions Thursday thanks to a winter storm moving across the Northeast.        [...]

Snow: Airlines have already canceled 2,300 flights for Thursday

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 02:22:46 GMT

Preemptive cancellations come ahead of heavy snow forecast at many bust Northeast airports.        [...]