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Lancaster, CA man in custody after pointing laser light at 2 planes

A 27-year-old Lancaster man has been arrested for pointing a laser light at a commercial aircraft, then pointing it at the Los Angeles Sheriff's airplane that came looking for him, endangering both planes, Sheriff's officials said Saturday. The pilot of a commercial aircraft flying over t...

Pakistan: First Domestic Drone Strike

Pakistan has claimed that it has carried out its first drone strike by a domestically produced drone on Monday (NYT, BBC). According to a tweet by Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa, a Pakistani military spokesman, the Burraq drone killed three high-profile militants in Shawal Valley in North Waziristan. Thi...


Alaska Airlines Inaugurates Service Between Los Angeles and Baltimore

Alaska Airlines inaugurates new service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Baltimore today, offering introductory one-way fares of $134.* Customers must purchase their tickets by Sept. 18 and travel by Nov. 18, 2015 to take advantage of the introductory fare. "Our new non-stop Los Angeles-Baltimore service provides our Southern California&n...

Virgin America Reports August 2015 Operational Results

Virgin America Inc.today reported its preliminary operational results for August 2015. The airline's traffic (measured in revenue passenger miles) increased 1.5 percent on capacity (measured in available seat miles) that was 4.0% higher from the same month in 2014. Load factor was 83.6 percent, a decrease of 2.0 points from August 2014. The number of onboard passengers increased 1...

Finnair Uses IBM Industry Expertise, Cloud and Services to Drive Digital Transformation, Support Expansion

IBM today announced a five-and-half-year services agreement to help Finnair, Finland's largest airline, provide its customers with new, digital services such as mobile on-flight services. The agreement will continue Finnair's work to use IT to further its business strategy, transforming the airline's current technology infrastructure into a flexible, hybrid cloud platform....

Swedish Steward Cheers Sky High Sex Couple

A cabin crew member stunned passengers arriving in Stockholm by making an announcement to ironically congratulate a couple caught "reproducing" in a bathroom during a flight from Paris. Travellers on Norwegian's evening flight from France to the Swedish capital were left giggling after a member of the company's cabin crew offered a special message to two passengers, who had ap...

Rwanda Airline to Open New Int'l Flights to Europe, Asia in 2016

Rwanda's flag carrier, RwandAir Express, plans to open several international flight routes to Europe and Asia including China and India by next year, an official statement said Tuesday. The announcement came after RwandAir concluded an aircraft purchase agreement worth US$160 million with the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank), it said. Two new Airbus...

Woman Dies on Flight from China to Los Angeles

A woman died while on a Delta Airlines flight from Shanghai, China to Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon. Delta Airlines flight 186 arrived at Los Angeles International Airport shortly after 6:00 p.m. The woman appeared to have an unknown medical condition, according to airline officials. One of the passengers on board was a doctor and attempted to assist the woman. She died b...

Austrian Airlines Returns to Shanghai

Austrian Airlines will relaunch flights to Shanghai next year, nine years after it suspended the service. The national carrier will commence the new direct service from Vienna to Shanghai's Pudong International Airport on April 4, 2016, initially with five weekly flights. The frequency will then be increased to daily on May 1, with the addition of new Tuesday and Saturday departur...

31 New Aircraft Delivered to China in August

In August 2015, 16 Chinese carriers including Air China (CA) and China Eastern Airlines (MU) have taken delivery of 31 new passenger and cargo aircraft totally, including 15 Boeing 737s, three 777s, 10 Airbus A320s, two A330s and one CRJ900, according to aviation database website xmyzl.com. Among the 31 new aircraft delivered in August, four were delivered to China Eastern, China Sout...

United Airlines' Computer Woes Return with Website Not Working

United Airlines' website stopped working for 2 1/2 hours Tuesday, prompting the carrier to guide passengers to mobile apps and airport kiosks to check in for flights. The problem, the most recent in a string of computer woes to beset the airline, didn't cause any flight delays or cancellations, said spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm. United notified customers of the outage via its Twitter...

Lucky Air Welcomes Its 10th Boeing 737-800 Aircraft

Lucky Air (8L), a regional subsidiary of HNA Group, welcomed a new Boeing 737-800, Registration B-6016, on Sep. 3, which brings its fleet size to 10 aircraft. The 737-800 aircraft, leased from AerCap, is the second new plane to be delivered to Lucky Air in 2015, followed by another 737-800, Registration B-6800, pending on delivery. Now, the Kunming-based carrier operates a fleet of 28 p...

Emergency Landing of Air India Airbus A320 Plane Brings to Fore Pilots' Concerns

The emergency landing of a 21-year- old Airbus A320 aircraft of Air India in a close shave for 159 people on board here yesterday brought to the fore concerns raised by pilots that these "lethal snag-prone" aging planes endangered passenger safety. As the incident triggered a debate over passenger safety, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma today refuted allegations that Air India was operat...

Court Allows Lufthansa Pilot Strike

Lufthansa failed in a legal bid to halt a pilot strike planned for Wednesday which resulted in about 1,000 flights being cancelled. Pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) staged a strike on long-haul routes on Tuesday and has called another walkout for Wednesday on short-haul flights - and warned there could be more pain to come. "We cannot rule out further strikes this week,"...

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