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Plane Crash Kills One of Russia's Richest Women

Natalia Fileva co-owned Siberia Airlines

(Newser) - A double tragedy in Germany: Authorities say Natalia Fileva, one of Russia's richest women, died along with the pilot and another passenger when a small plane crashed into an asparagus field near Frankfurt on Sunday, the New York Times reports. A police car rushing to the scene then collided... More »

Airline to Passengers: Sorry, We Don't Exist Anymore

Passengers on 2 continents stranded as WOW Air abruptly folds

(Newser) - It's not the kind of update passengers want to get from their airline: "WOW Air has ceased operation." The Icelandic budget airline did indeed cease operations on Thursday, stranding passengers across two continents, per the AP . In a statement on its website , the airline, which had earlier... More »

Flight Turns Back After Mom Forgets Baby

'Can we come back or what?' pilot asked

(Newser) - Flights don't tend to turn back just because a passenger left something behind in the waiting area—but it's a different story when the forgotten item is a baby. A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur had to turn around Saturday after a woman told... More »

Major Airline Drops Mandatory Makeup Rule

Virgin Atlantic attendants are also being provided with pants

(Newser) - Female cabin crew at Virgin Atlantic can now follow the same rule as their male counterparts: If they don't want to wear makeup, they don't have to. The airline says makeup is now optional, but female flight attendants are welcome to choose from the "existing palette of... More »

Collapse of British Airline Strands Hundreds

Airline Flybmi blames Brexit 'uncertainty'

(Newser) - Hundreds of passengers throughout Europe have been stranded by the abrupt collapse of a British regional airline. British Midland Regional Limited, which operates as Flybmi, said it is filing for administration—a British version of bankruptcy—because of higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by Britain's upcoming departure from... More »

AeroMexico Ad: Actually, You're Mexican

The airline's commercial offer goes viral

(Newser) - An AeroMexico ad with a cheeky offer for Americans has gone viral nearly two weeks after being posted on Twitter , reports ABC 7 . In the commercial , Texas residents are asked whether they want to travel to Mexico—"That's not my cup of tea" is an answer that sums... More »

Flight Attendant Helps Passenger by Breastfeeding

Patrisha Organo writes, "I felt a pinch in my heart"

(Newser) - Anyone who's griped about airline service, check this out—a flight attendant who says she breastfed a passenger's baby. The attendant, Patrisha Organo, heard the infant crying on a recent Philippine Airlines flight and asked if the mother was okay, CNN reports. "Teary-eyed, she told me that... More »

LAX Flight Plunges Into Nosedive

A380 aircraft runs into terrifying 'wake turbulence'

(Newser) - A Qantas flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne plummeted into a 10-second nosedive a few days ago that left passengers terrified, Australia's News Network reports. Seems flight QF94 ran into a "vortex" or "wake turbulence" caused by a flight that had left two minutes before. "It... More »

Airline Contest: Hole Up in Iceland, Travel, Get Paid

You'll have to win Wow Air's contest, though, and do quite a bit of content creation

(Newser) - If you have a BFF and no big summer plans, an Icelandic airline is making a tempting offer. Per Business Insider , Wow Air will set up one lucky duo in a fully furnished apartment in downtown Reykjavik, which will serve as home base from June 1 to Aug. 15, with... More »

Airline Cancels 220 Flights After Running Low on De-Icer

Southwest axed all flights from Chicago airport

(Newser) - 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... More »

Plane Skids Off Runway, Barely Avoids Sea

It was a scary landing for Pegasus Airlines in Turkey

(Newser) - A commercial plane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey ended up dangling precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea, reports the AP . Some of the 168 people on board the Boeing 737-800 described it as a "miracle"... More »

Secret Gov't Airline Needs Someone to Fly to Area 51

You'll need top secret security clearance, of course

(Newser) - Looking for an exciting new employment opportunity? A secret airline tasked with delivering people to some of the most closely guarded locations in the US apparently has an opening. Janet Airlines—a classified government airline USA Today notes "sort of doesn't exist"—is seeking a Las Vegas-based... More »

New Airline Is Apparently for 'Stereotypical Millennials'

Organic juice, VR among Joon's perks

(Newser) - A new airline is boasting of virtual reality headsets and vitamin-enriched fruit juices aboard its flights in an effort to appeal to millennials—or rather "the stereotypical millennial," notes Mashable . Air France has launched the airline Joon, which will begin offering cheap European flights in December and longer... More »

Delta Flight Escapes Between Bands of Hurricane Irma

They raced the storm and won

(Newser) - A Delta Air Lines flight managed to make it from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and back Wednesday by navigating through Hurricane Irma . The flight took off from JFK International Airport at 8:12am, heading toward the rapidly approaching Category 5 storm, reports USA Today . After making a... More »

Flight Attendants Still Have No Answer on What's Ailing Them

Thousands of AA attendants have had bad reactions since new uniforms arrived

(Newser) - American Airlines flight attendants demanded a full recall of their new uniforms last month, convinced the new attire was making many of them sick—but after a slew of testing, the airline still can't definitively say what the issue is, or if the uniforms are involved at all, Bloomberg... More »

Latest Turbulence in the Skies: Kid-Free Zones on Planes

Some say they're great, others say they're discriminatory

(Newser) - You can now fly on one of India's largest airlines without fear you'll get stuck in front of a screaming baby or a kid who likes to kick seats. IndiGo is the latest airline to offer "Quiet Zones" on each of its flights, with two sections of... More »

South America Can't Find Ex-Gitmo Detainee

Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab, who had been resettled in Uruguay, goes missing

(Newser) - A South American airline is asking its employees to be on the lookout for a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was resettled in Uruguay after being freed by US authorities, the AP reports. The alert about Syrian native Abu Wa'el Dhiab adds to a growing mystery about his whereabouts.... More »

Flight Turns Back After Passengers Spot Rat

Rodent, stray dog, catering van made it a bad day for Air India

(Newser) - An Air India plane flying to London was forced to return to Mumbai after passengers spotted a rat on board, the airline said Thursday. Though the rat wasn't found, the pilot headed back to Mumbai on Wednesday keeping passenger safety in mind, Air India said in a statement. Passengers... More »

After Disasters, New Airline Works to Avoid 'Allah's Wrath'

Rayani Air is Malaysia's first Islamic airline

(Newser) - Malaysia's Rayani Air has taken to the skies with a clear bailiwick. It is the country's first Islamic airline, offering flights that adhere to Islamic rules, including prayers, no serving of alcohol or meals with pork, and a strict dress code for Muslim female flight attendants. The idea... More »

Airline Plans to Offer $69 Flights to Europe

Norwegian Air wants to tap into lower fees at smaller US airports

(Newser) - It's hard to find a one-way ticket domestically for $69, but if the CEO of Norwegian Air has his way, a ticket for that much may soon be available between Europe and the US, NBC News reports. Bjorn Kjos' master plan is to connect flights from smaller coastal US... More »

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