Airline & Travel Newsletter

Drunken passenger causes security breach at Sea-Tac

/ April 10, 2014 11:49

A drunken passenger was taken into custody Monday night after breaching security to make his flight at Sea-Tac Airport. An airport spokesman said after going through security as required on Apr. 7, the passenger wandered through an exit and into […]

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Cebu Pacific awaits EU decision on banned airline exclusion

/ April 10, 2014 11:39

The European Union (EU) will announce on Thursday Apr. 10 its decision on the plea submitted by low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific for its removal from the 28-member state body’s list of banned airlines, a ranking official of the air safety […]

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NATO satellite photos show Russian deployments of 40,000 troops near the Ukrainian border

/ April 10, 2014 08:51

NATO presented satellite photographs on Thursday Apr. 10 it said showed Russian deployments of 40,000 troops near the Ukrainian frontier along with tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and aircraft ready for action. “This is a force that is very capable, at […]

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The Airbus A350 XWB makes its first landing on British soil

The Airbus A350 XWB makes its first landing on British soil

/ April 10, 2014 08:25

The new Airbus A350 XWB has made its first ever landing on British soil, visiting Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire as part of routine certification tests. The aircraft, MSN3, was flown by London-born experimental test pilot, Frank Chapman, and is one […]

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China plans to add 80 new airports by 2020 is spurring demand for low-cost airlines

/ April 10, 2014 08:02

The low fares and no-frills airline model now popular in China was pioneered by Southwest Airlines in the early 1970s and successfully emulated in Europe and Asia by Ryanair, EasyJet and AirAsia. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) plans […]

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US FAA has upgrades the Philippine civil aviation safety status

US FAA has upgrades the Philippine civil aviation safety status

/ April 10, 2014 07:44

The US FAA has upgraded the civil aviation status of the Philippines to let its airlines operate new direct flights to the United States while the European Union lifted a ban on Cebu Pacific Air. The US Federal Aviation Administration’s […]

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Kevin Spacey will be the GBTA Convention 2014 featured speaker

/ April 9, 2014 18:14

GBTA is honored to announce that Kevin Spacey will be a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2014: Business In Motion. Spacey won Academy Awards® for his performances in “The Usual Suspects” and “American Beauty.” His production company, Trigger Street Productions, […]

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The increasing use of tablet technology in-flight by passengers is a hot issue this year

/ April 9, 2014 09:34

Exhibitors at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg started on April 8 demonstrated these ideas and more as they sought to win airline customers with new seats, lighting and entertainment systems. Much of the new technology at the fair was designed with […]

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New Boeing F-15E can deploy microsatellites into space

New Boeing F-15E can deploy microsatellites into space

/ April 9, 2014 09:33

A modified Boeing F-15E is a new satellite launch vehicle concept designed by Phantom Works Advanced Space Exploration for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) called the Airborne Launch Assist Space Access or ALASA. Under an 11-month, $30.6-million contract […]

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Tourism to Russia will be hit hard by terrorist attacks and the revolution in Ukraine

/ April 9, 2014 09:32

Tourism to Russia will be hit hard by terrorist attacks and the revolution in Ukraine, according to market research company Euromonitor International. The company told a WTM Vision Moscow conference that the events could impact on inbound tourism which the […]

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American Airlines will eliminate free checked bags for passengers with full-priced economy tickets

American Airlines will eliminate free checked bags for passengers with full-priced economy tickets

/ April 9, 2014 09:15

American Airlines said on Tuesday Apr. 8 that it would eliminate free checked bags for passengers with full-priced economy tickets and make other changes to its baggage and loyalty program mileage redemption policies. American Airlines Group was formed in December […]

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World War One artillery shells found in the checked baggage at ORD

/ April 9, 2014 08:18

Two World War One artillery shells packed in the checked baggage of two American teenagers returning from a European trip were confiscated by security officers at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The 75-mm military grade shells, which were determined to be inert, […]

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The new Learjet 85 takes off for the first time

The new Learjet 85 takes off for the first time

/ April 9, 2014 08:13

Bombardier’s new business jet, the Learjet 85, took off from Wichita, Kansas, for the first time on Wednesday Apr. 9, following setbacks that pushed the aircraft behind schedule by six months. The Montreal-based company was set to fly the Learjet 85 […]

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Skymark Airlines’ first A380 completes its maiden flight

Skymark Airlines’ first A380 completes its maiden flight

/ April 8, 2014 12:27

Skymark Airlines’ first A380 has successfully made its maiden flight, following completion of the airframe assembly and system tests in Toulouse, France. The carrier’s A380 will be entering the next phase of production, covering cabin installation and painting at Hamburg, […]

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Airline industry warms to costly real-time tracking after flight 370

/ April 8, 2014 10:42

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is prompting leaders of the global airline industry to warm up to a safety measure they long have resisted as too expensive: real-time satellite tracking of practically all airliners. With the multinational hunt […]

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Two UN workers shot dead at Somalian airport by Islamist group

/ April 8, 2014 09:35

A Briton and a Frenchman working for the United Nations were shot dead on Monday Apr. 7 at an airport in north-central Somalia, officials said. A UN mission spokesman said it was not clear who was behind the killings. But […]

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Airbus unveils first cabin design the A350 XWB

Airbus unveils first cabin design the A350 XWB

/ April 8, 2014 09:25

Airbus has unveiled the first cabin for its new A350 XWB vowing to avoid a repeat of the delays caused by cabin design changes on its bigger A380 superjumbo. Airbus delivered the first A380 two years late, hit by delays […]

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US airlines received fewer complaints from passengers in 2013

/ April 8, 2014 09:22

US airlines received fewer complaints from passengers in 2013 but did a poorer job handling baggage, a study has shown. The annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR), which ranks airlines on several metrics based on US Department of Transportation figures, also […]

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