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First flights for Boeing and SpaceX crew capsules are delayed again

August 3, 2018 |

U.S. astronauts face a longer wait before American-made crew capsules are ready to transport them to the International Space Station.

The first flights of the two capsules, one being developed by Boeing Co. and the other by SpaceX under NASA contracts, have been delayed again, according to a flight…


L.A. Times – Business

The trend of bare-bones ticket sales is spreading to transatlantic flights

May 26, 2018 |

Over the last few years, Delta, American and United Airlines have been forced by ultra low-cost carriers to offer bare-bones fares to compete for price-conscious travelers.

Now that trend is spreading across Europe.

German airline Lufthansa has become the latest European carrier to announce the…


L.A. Times – Business

Aloha! Southwest Airlines to fly to Hawaii, but no flights from LAX — yet

May 5, 2018 |

The nation’s most popular domestic carrier has announced plans to fly to Hawaii from four California airports — but those initial routes do not include flights from the country’s second busiest airport, Los Angeles International Airport.

At least, not yet.

Southwest Airlines said it plans to fly…


L.A. Times – Business

Shock Winter Storms Kill 2, Snarl Flights

April 14, 2018 |

A storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes buffeted the central US with heavy winds, rain, hail, and snow, forcing flight cancellations, creating treacherous road conditions, and killing at least two people, including a sleeping 2-year-old Louisiana girl, the AP reports. In the upper Midwest, the…
Newser

ACLU asks in lawsuit: Why is the TSA searching digital devices on domestic flights?

March 17, 2018 |

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have increasingly searched digital devices carried by travelers on international flights, as they look for data in cellphones, laptops and other electronic gadgets that can provide clues to possible terrorist attacks.

Now, the American Civil Liberties Union…


L.A. Times – Business

SpaceX Mars ship could make short test flights in 2019, Musk Says

March 11, 2018 |

Entrepreneur Elon Musk said a rocket ship that his company is building for trips to Mars could make short flights by as early as next year.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is “making good progress on the ship and the booster,” Musk said at the South by Southwest event in…


L.A. Times – Business

Airlines invest in tech startup to prevent booting passengers from overbooked flights

March 10, 2018 |

Following the ugly case of David Dao, the Kentucky doctor who was dragged from an overbooked United Airlines flight, the U.S. airline industry vowed to fix the problem of oversold planes.

Now some airlines seem to be backing up their promises with money.

The parent company of British Airways and…


L.A. Times – Business

Airline Cancels 220 Flights After Running Low on De-Icer

February 12, 2018 |

Thousands of travelers booked on Southwest Airlines flights out of Chicago’s Midway Airport had to change their plans after the airline found out that it didn’t have enough de-icing fluid—for the second time this winter. An airline spokesperson said Southwest had “actively worked to manage” its level of glycol,…
Newser

Smart suitcases on Delta flights spark confusion, manufacturer says

February 10, 2018 |

Most of the nation’s major airlines began enforcing a policy last month that bans checked luggage with built-in batteries out of fear that the lithium ion power supply will start a fire in the cargo hold.

At least one luggage manufacturer is already reporting confusion with the new rules.

American,…


L.A. Times – Business

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,…
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