Aug 22, 2017 03:14 PM (ET)
Delta Air Lines Will Take Some Customer Service Calls via Video Chat
Skift - Aug 22, 2017 05:31 PM (ET)
Delta Air Lines will handle some customer service calls via video chat under a pilot program announced Tuesday.
Alaska Airlines Will Finally Add Speedy Wi-Fi on All of Its Big Jets
Skift - Aug 22, 2017 05:30 PM (ET)
Fast Wi-Fi is finally coming to all Alaska Airlines and Virgin America planes, though passengers will have to wait almost three years before they’ll be guaranteed they can stream content from services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go at 30,000 feet.
Mid-Air Collision Jet Had Near-Identical Earlier Incident
FlightGlobal (U.K.) - Aug 22, 2017 05:29 PM (ET)
Senegalese investigators have detailed several occurrences involving incorrect altimeter readings on the British Aerospace 125 jet involved in a fatal mid-air collision with a Boeing 737-800.
United Continues to Evaluate 100-Seat Mainline Aircraft
FlightGlobal (U.K.) - Aug 22, 2017 05:25 PM (ET)
United Airlines continues to evaluate adding a 100-seat aircraft to its mainline fleet, less than a year after it cited the aircraft category's poor economics for the conversion of its Boeing 737-700 order to larger variants.
Alaska Airlines and Royal Caribbean Make a Show of the Solar Eclipse for Their Passengers
Skift - Aug 22, 2017 05:25 PM (ET)
Over the Pacific Ocean Monday, a group of about 100 people, including some contest winners, eclipse experts and journalists were on a special eclipse-chasing charter flight by Alaska Airlines.
Frankfurt Airport Provides Entertainment with Two New 'Movie Worlds'
Future Travel Experience - Aug 22, 2017 05:19 PM (ET)
Passengers flying from Frankfurt Airport can now watch full-length movies, documentaries and television series in the two new “Movie Worlds” that have been opened in Piers A and Z in Terminal 1.
Airports (Like Carriers) Use Twitter to Ease Travelers' Concerns
New York Times - Aug 22, 2017 05:06 PM (ET)
Before arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Joe Carella, the assistant dean of executive education at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona’s Phoenix campus, checks the airport’s Facebook page.
Man Questioned After He Made Bomb Threat at BWI; Major Airline Delays
Washington Post - Aug 22, 2017 05:05 PM (ET)
Authorities said they are questioning a man after he made a bomb threat at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport early Tuesday that caused an evacuation and hours of delays for travelers. No bomb was found after an investigation, and no one was injured, officials said.
Chip the Robot Checks In Sydney Airport Passengers
Yahoo News - Aug 22, 2017 05:02 PM (ET)
Air New Zealand has introduced a new ‘social robot’ that will help busy passengers at Sydney Airport, and his name is Chip.
JetBlue Flight Makes Emergency Landing in North Carolina
AP - Aug 22, 2017 05:01 PM (ET)
JetBlue says one of its commercial jets made an emergency landing at a North Carolina airport due to mechanical issues.
European Hubs Achieve Highest Traffic In A Decade
Travel Trade Daily - Aug 22, 2017 03:56 PM (ET)
In the first half of the year (H1), passenger traffic at European airports rose nine percent year-on-year, as revealed by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe.
$3.5 Million to Shorten SMO's Runway
General Aviation News - Aug 22, 2017 03:55 PM (ET)
The Santa Monica City Council has approved a $3.5 million contract to shorten the sole runway at the municipal airport by more than a third, a move meant to drastically cut the jet traffic neighbors have long sought to stop, according to a story in the Santa Monica Lookout.
Phase 3 of Airport Gets $1.3M Grant
Williston (N.D.) Herald - Aug 22, 2017 03:54 PM (ET)
Another federal grant has been awarded to build the Williston Basin International Airport, this time a $1.312 million award that will support phase three of the $231 million project.
Aviation Groups: Privatizing Air Traffic Control Hurts Florida Flight Training
News 13 (Orlando) - Aug 22, 2017 03:47 PM (ET)
As the Trump administration presses a plan to privatize the nation's air traffic control system, general aviation advocates are warning the proposal could all but decimate Florida's flight training industry and, in turn, exacerbate a growing airline pilot shortage.
Air Berlin Asks For Legal Cover In US After Bankruptcy
Law360 - Aug 22, 2017 03:45 PM (ET)
Air Berlin sought relief from a New York bankruptcy court on Friday to protect its business in the U.S. from creditors while the German airline winds its way through insolvency proceedings initiated last week in its home country.
Cathay Dragon to Turn Over Narrowbody Fleet
Air Transport World - Aug 22, 2017 03:25 PM (ET)
Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Group has signed an MOU with Airbus for 32 A321neo single-aisle aircraft, the airline group said Aug. 21. The aircraft will be operated by the group’s regional subsidiary, Cathay Dragon, on Asian services.
CEO Report: Airberlin Should Be Sold by September
Air Transport World - Aug 22, 2017 03:25 PM (ET)
Airberlin—which filed for bankruptcy last week—should be sold by September at the latest, CEO Thomas Winkelmann has told the German daily Bild am Sonntag.
Nepal's Shree Airlines Launches Passenger Jet Service with CRJs
Air Transport World - Aug 22, 2017 03:24 PM (ET)
Nepal carrier Shree Airlines has launched commercial passenger jet service following its acquisition of three Bombardier CRJ Series aircraft.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Completes AWAS Acquisition
Air Transport World - Aug 22, 2017 03:19 PM (ET)
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has completed the acquisition of Ireland-based lessor AWAS, quadrupling its aircraft portfolio.
Report: 30% of Norway's Aviation Fuel Could Be Sustainable by 2030
Air Transport World - Aug 22, 2017 03:18 PM (ET)
Research commissioned by Norwegian airports operator Avinor has concluded that 30% of Norway’s aviation fuel could be sustainable by 2030, but this depends on available funding.
Spring Airlines' 1H Net Profit Down 25% on Higher Operating Costs
Air Transport World - Aug 22, 2017 03:17 PM (ET)
Shanghai-based LCC Spring Airlines reported a net profit of CNY554 million ($81.7 million) in the 2017 first half, down 25.2% over net profit of CNY740.1 million in the year-ago half because of a sharp increase of operating costs.
UK Lessor Falko Boosts E190 Portfolio
Air Transport World - Aug 22, 2017 03:16 PM (ET)
UK lessor Falko Regional Aircraft, which focuses on the regional aircraft sector, has added four Embraer E190 regional jets to its portfolio, the company said Aug. 21.
Delta to Launch New Service to Nigeria
Air Transport World - Aug 22, 2017 03:15 PM (ET)
Delta Air Lines will begin 3X-weekly New York JFK-Lagos, Nigeria services from March 24, 2018. Delta said the new service will complement its 4X-weekly service from Atlanta to Lagos.