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Soldier Takes 10 Flights to See Daughter’s Birth

January 7, 2018 |

Nothing, it seems, was going to keep Francois Clerfe from witnessing the birth of his first child. On Dec. 30, Clerfe, a combat engineer in the US army, was at his post in Iraq. Ten flights and thousands of miles later, he was in a California hospital with his wife,…
Newser

Free WiFi on 100% of domestic flights gives JetBlue top ranking for onboard internet service

December 24, 2017 |

In the heated competition between airlines in the U.S., JetBlue Airways offers an extra perk that is pretty alluring to most travelers: Free, high-speed wireless internet.

For that reason, an internet comparison site named JetBlue as the top domestic airline for overall WiFi service, followed by…


L.A. Times – Business

Incidents of severe disturbances on commercial flights climb

December 8, 2017 |

Fewer passengers became unruly on commercial flights last year but a bigger share of those incidents involved serious behavior problems such as fighting or threatening passengers and crew members.

That was the assessment by the International Air Transport Assn., the trade group for the world’s…


L.A. Times – Business

Pilots say they will staff all scheduled American Airlines flights for Christmas

December 2, 2017 |

American Airlines’ pilots have reached an agreement with the carrier to staff every scheduled flight during the upcoming holiday season, avoiding cancellations that were threatened by a computer error.

American Airlines, the world’s biggest carrier, was forced to scramble this week because a computer…


L.A. Times – Business

‘Santa Claus’ Glitch Leaves Flights Pilot-less for Holidays

November 30, 2017 |

An airline pilots union says a computer glitch at American Airlines left approximately 15,000 scheduled flights during the busy December holiday travel season without a captain, co-pilot, or both, USA Today reports. The Allied Pilots Association tells CNN it learned about “a failure within the pilot scheduling bidding system”…
Newser

Bali Volcano Erupts, Thousands Hit With Canceled Flights

November 27, 2017 |

Eruptions at a volcano in Bali disrupted thousands of holidaymakers’ plans after flights to and from the popular resort island were canceled, even though the airport was operating normally.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Educators book flights early and save money, lawyers and consultants wait and pay more

November 25, 2017 |

Airlines reserve a handful of seats on each plane for those last-minute travelers who will pay top dollar to get to an important meeting or event.

Those last-minute travelers tend to be in the professional service fields, such as lawyers and consultants, a new study concluded.

Of the tickets purchased…


L.A. Times – Business

CNN

N. Korea accuses US of ‘nuclear strike drill’ after bomber flights

November 3, 2017 |

US Air Force B-1 bombers, accompanied by fighter jets from South Korea and Japan, conducted a flyover near the Korean peninsula on Thursday, according to a statement from the service — a move that has drawn harsh criticism from North Korea ahead of President Donald Trump’s trip to the region.
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Trump OKs test program to expand domestic drone flights

October 25, 2017 |

Americans could see a lot more drones flying around their communities as the result of a Trump administration test program to increase government and commercial use of the unmanned aircraft.

President Trump gave the go-ahead Wednesday, signing a directive intended to increase the number and complexity…


L.A. Times – Business

Will the ‘Southwest Effect’ lower the cost of Hawaiian flights?

October 12, 2017 |

Since Southwest Airlines began to challenge the established major airlines in the 1990s, the low-cost carrier has forced its competitors to lower fares in what industry insiders call “the Southwest Effect.”

Fans of Hawaii are hoping that “the Southwest Effect” happens next year when Southwest Airlines…


L.A. Times – Business