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3 years 11 months ago

Southwest Airlines to buy AirTran for $1.4B

Southwest Airlines is buying AirTran for about $1.4 billion as it seeks entry into a number of smaller markets. The announcement comes about a week after Continental Airlines and UAL Corp. combined. The companies said Monday that the new Southwest-Airtran operation would operate from more than 100 different airports...

4 years 3 days ago

Airlines back in profit in second quarter

The International Air Transport Association says 47 major carriers it monitors to assess the industry's financial health reported a net profit of $3.9 billion in the second quarter. The results contrast with the $881 million net loss posted by carriers a year earlier. IATA says airlines in North...

4 years 1 month ago

FAA places DIA injuries at 30

It felt like dropping down an elevator shaft. That's how one passenger described the turbulence aboard a United Airlines jet that made an emergency landing in Denver Tuesday night. One woman was jolted out of her seat so forcefully that she left a crack in the wall when she...

4 years 1 month ago

Congress looks at untaxed airline fees

All those extra fees that consumers are paying to fly add up to billions of dollars for the nation's airlines and a House panel is taking a closer look. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics says airlines collected $7.8 billion last year in ancillary fees -- more than a third...

4 years 1 month ago

Jet makes emergency landing in Aleutians

American Airlines says one of its jets made an emergency landing on an island in Alaska's Aleutians after a fire warning light went off. Company spokesman Tim Smith says Flight 175, en route from Dallas-Fort Worth to Tokyo, landed safely on Shemya Island shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday. It...

4 years 1 month ago

Solar plane completes historic 24-hour flight

An experimental solar-powered plane landed safely Thursday after completing its first 24-hour test flight, proving that the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night. Pilot Andre Borschberg eased the Solar Impulse onto the runway at Payerne airfield about 30 miles...

4 years 3 months ago

2nd Iceland volcano issues ominous warning

A second, much larger volcano in Iceland is showing signs that it may be about to erupt, scientists have warned. Since the start of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption, which caused cancellations of thousands of flights in Europe because of a giant ash cloud, there has been much speculation about neighboring...

4 years 3 months ago

FAA: Planes must have GPS-based equipment

The Obama administration is taking a major step toward an air traffic control system based on satellite technology. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has released an order Thursday that requires all aircraft that use the nation's busiest airports to have equipment by 2020 that continually broadcasts their location to other...

4 years 3 months ago

Sleeping woman left on plane for 4 hours

Airline officials are trying to figure out how a sleeping passenger was left aboard a flight for four hours after it landed in Philadelphia. According to police and the Transportation Security Administration, the passenger didn't wake up when her United Express flight from Dulles airport outside Washington landed shortly...

4 years 3 months ago

Turbulence injures 10 on London to LA flight

Ten people suffered injuries, including broken bones, during severe turbulence on a flight from London to Los Angeles that was diverted to Montreal. United Airlines spokeswoman Sarah Massier says United Flight 935 reported severe turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday and landed in Montreal around 1:15 p.m. The airline...

4 years 3 months ago

Volcanic ash clears out of Atlantic air space

If you're heading to Europe soon--good news--flights over Europe and the North Atlantic have returned to normal after ash spewing from an Icelandic volcano caused widespread disruptions this week. The European air traffic management agency says patches of high ash concentrations in the Atlantic are clear of the routes...

4 years 4 months ago

Southwest fined $200,000 for bumping passengers

Southwest Airlines, which bumped more passengers than any U.S. carrier last year, has been fined $200,000 for violating rules on kicking passengers off oversold flights. The Transportation Department said it reviewed passenger complaints and found many cases of Southwest failing to promptly pay bumped passengers and give them written...

4 years 4 months ago

Airplane hit-and-run in Colorado

Authorities say the pilot of a small plane left the scene on foot after crash-landing and hitting a car near Boulder Municipal Airport. Boulder County sheriff's Cmdr. Rick Brough says the crash occurred at about noon Wednesday as the pilot appeared to be landing. No injuries were reported. ...

4 years 5 months ago

FAA issues safety warning for homemade planes

Federal officials say high-performance homemade planes like the one that killed a beach jogger last week in South Carolina are likely to stall at higher speeds and have been involved in a disproportionately large number of fatal accidents. The Federal Aviation Administration warned pilots on Thursday that the Lancair,...

4 years 6 months ago

Denver flight halted by threat

A United airlines flight from Denver to San Francisco has been diverted to Salt Lake City because of a bomb threat. Salt Lake City Superintendent of Airport Operations Dave Korzep says the FBI and airport police are on scene searching the plane. Korzep says the 193 passengers and...

4 years 6 months ago

NY plane crash anniversary observed with walk

The Newark-to-Buffalo trip of Continental Connection Flight 3407 ended tragically early in a fiery crash into a home last Feb. 12. Now, relatives and friends of the passengers killed plan to complete the journey. Joined by "Miracle on the Hudson" co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles, about 500 people are expected to...

4 years 6 months ago

Watchdog: FAA safety initiatives lagging

A government watchdog says eight of 10 safety initiatives promised after a regional airline crash last year are behind schedule or are not meeting goals. Transportation Department Inspector General Calvin Scovel also said stepped-up inspections of airline pilot training intiated after the accident were not effectively put in place....

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