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Qantas Tests 19.5-Hour Flight

London-Sydney flight equaled distance record airline set in 1989

(Newser) - Australia’s national carrier Qantas on Friday successfully completed a 19.5-hour non-stop flight from London to Sydney, which was used to run a series of tests to assess the effects of ultra long-haul flights on crew fatigue and passenger jetlag. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner took off from London’s... More »

38 Southwest Jets Lack Proper Paperwork

Airline is speeding up inspections after FAA raised issues about inspections

(Newser) - Southwest Airlines couldn't produce safety data for 38 jets, which caused the Federal Aviation Administration to consider—but ultimately delay—grounding those jets, the Wall Street Journal reveals. The airline brought 88 used foreign jets into its fleet between 2013 and 2017, and last year an FAA official uncovered... More »

JetBlue Gate Agent Could Get 20 Years for Ticket Scam

She upgraded tickets for more than 100 friends, relatives

(Newser) - A special code allowed former JetBlue gate agent Tiffany Jenkins to swap cheap plane tickets for expensive ones—and prosecutors say she did this for family and friends more than 500 times before she got caught. Jenkins, who was arrested in November last year, allegedly upgraded 505 tickets for more... More »

British Airways Has to 'Cancel Nearly 100%' of Flights

Pilots are striking for 48 hours amid pay dispute

(Newser) - British Airways says it has had to cancel almost all flights Monday and Tuesday as a result of a pilots' 48-hour strike over pay. In a statement Monday, the airline said it had "no way of predicting how many (pilots) would come to work or which aircraft they are... More »

Aviation Has Few Answers for 'Clear-Air Turbulence'

Some on Air Canada flight hit the ceiling

(Newser) - You can't see it coming. Clear-air turbulence, which evidently jolted an Air Canada flight Thursday over the Pacific Ocean, strikes out of the blue, with no visible signs in the sky ahead. An aircraft's radar can't spot it coming, either. When it hit the Air Canada flight,... More »

Delta's Suggestion: Keep Union Dues, Buy Booze, Video Games

The union isn't happy about it, calling Delta poster "insulting"

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines really doesn't want its flight attendants or ramp and cargo attendants to unionize. That seems to be the reason, at any rate, behind a Delta poster that's causing a ruckus. The poster, tweeted out Thursday by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, shows... More »

Here Are the Main US Airlines, Ranked

Alaska Airlines comes in at No. 1 overall, and it's also the safest

(Newser) - While it always feels like a win to score a cheap plane ticket, price isn't the only factor that makes an airline desirable. WalletHub looked at the nine biggest domestic airlines, plus three regional carriers, examining four categories: safety; incidents involving animals; in-flight comfort and cost; and baggage, departures,... More »

Delta Airlines Adjusts Its Seats—So You Can't

(Newser) - Love leaning all the way back on flights? Then you may take exception to a new Delta Airlines move to limit seat recline on its Airbus 320 planes—but the person behind you will likely be happier, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The airline is reducing main-cabin and Comfort+ recline from... More »

Delta Has a New Crown

Airline is top dog in US in annual survey

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines comes in first in a long-running study that ranks US airlines by how often flights arrive on time and other statistical measures. Researchers who crunch the numbers also say that as a whole, US airlines are getting better at handling baggage and overcrowded flights and are getting... 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 »

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 »

Delta: Don't Bring Emotional Support Animals on Long Flights

Service puppies are also banned

(Newser) - If you're planning a flight longer than eight hours, Delta Air Lines says you can't bring an emotional-support animal with you. The rules for pups are getting tighter, too. Neither support animals nor trained service animals will be allowed on any Delta flights if they are under 4... More »

Passenger Injured by Obese Fellow Flyer, Suit Claims

A man who flew British Airways two years ago is now suing the company

(Newser) - A plane passenger who flew British Airways from Bangkok to London nearly three years ago is now suing the airline over claims being seated beside an obese person has left with him lasting physical injuries. Per USA Today , Stephen Prosser told UK court officials that he was on a January... More »

Southwest Diverts From Policy That's Part of Its 'DNA'

No more peanuts on flights beginning Aug. 1

(Newser) - Get your free peanuts while you can. Beginning Aug. 1, Southwest Airlines will stop serving the complimentary snack offered on flights since the airline's founding in the 1960s, according to a rather wistful Monday statement. "Peanuts forever will be part of Southwest's history and DNA," the... More »

One Airline Just Ditched Windows in First Class

Emirates Airlines is giving them 'virtual windows' instead

(Newser) - This may not be good news to white-knuckle flyers, but Dubai-based Emirates Airlines is testing a new kind of flight experience—one without windows. Instead of looking through actual windows, passengers in the first-class cabin of Emirates’ newest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will view the outside via images projected by fiber-optic... More »

Airline CEO Offers 'Heartfelt Apologies' for Claim on Women

Qatar Airways' Akbar Al Baker originally said his job was too tough for a female to take on

(Newser) - The head of Qatar Airways is backpedaling after saying it takes a man to do his job. Akbar Al Baker attended Tuesday's annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association in Sydney, Australia, where he was named as the organization's new chairman. But it was his response to... More »

Airlines Apparently Caving to China's 'Orwellian Nonsense'

But major US airlines, including American, Delta, United, have not

(Newser) - International airlines are obeying Beijing's demands to refer to Taiwan as a part of China, despite the White House's call this month to stand firm against "Orwellian nonsense." The AP found 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways, and Lufthansa, now refer to Taiwan as a... More »

White House to China: Cut the 'Orwellian Nonsense'

Squabble brewing over Beijing's demand that airlines zap Taiwan references on websites

(Newser) - The Trump administration is again throwing down with Beijing, this time after China's aviation bureau sent letters to 36 foreign airlines demanding that references to the sovereignty of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau be zapped from their websites. Those airlines included American carriers, and the White House response on... More »

Report Raises Safety Questions About Allegiant Air

'60 Minutes' reports on maintenance issues, mid-air breakdowns

(Newser) - In the summer of 2015, Allegiant Air had a number of in-flight breakdowns—on one day in particular, there were five such problems. Between the beginning of 2016 and the end of October 2017, a 60 Minutes investigation uncovered more than 100 serious mechanical incidents the airline experienced: from hydraulic... More »

Southwest, American to Pay Bonuses After Tax Bill

And also order more planes

(Newser) - Airlines are sharing some of their tax-law windfall with employees and Boeing, the AP reports. American and Southwest said Tuesday that they will pay employees bonuses of $1,000 each, a gesture that American said would cost $130 million. Southwest also said that it exercised options to buy more new... More »

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