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Alaska Airlines is the launch customer of Boeing 737 Space Bins

Boeing and hometown partner Alaska Airlines celebrated the first 737 featuring Boeing’s new Space Bins, which increase the room for carry-on baggage by 48 percent. Alaska is the launch customer of Space Bins. “Alaska is relentlessly focused on making the travel experience better,” said Sangita Woerner, Alaska Airlines vice president of marketing. “We’ve been o...

450 Southwest Airlines flights impacted yesterday due to computer systems, may persist today

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) yesterday (October 11) experienced computer problems that delayed approximately 450 flights (out of 3,600 scheduled flights). The airline is warning the problems could persist today. The airline has issued this statement: We’re continuing to use back-up systems around the country to check-in Customers arriving at our airports without printed or mobile boar...

Boeing Acquires Leading Provider of Pilot Training Software

Enhances Boeing capability to train pilots for international airline customers  Boeing today announced it has acquired Peters Software GmbH ("Peters Software"), a market leading provider of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) based training content for early stage ("ab-initio") pilot training. Located in Cologne, Germany, Peters Software specializes in c...

Southwest Airlines Says Technology Disruption Forces Delays

Southwest Airlines Co. delayed several hundred flights Sunday as a technology glitch affecting its reservations forced the airline to manually process travelers. Customers were being asked to arrive at least two hours before their scheduled departure times and use self-service kiosks to print boarding passes and tags for luggage they plan to check, the Dallas-based airline said in a statem...

Allegiant Flight Catches Fire in Las Vegas, No One Injured

A plane caught fire during takeoff at McCarran International Airport on Sunday afternoon. A McCarran spokeswoman identified the plane as Allegiant Air flight 516 to Fresno, Calif. The plane was on the ground when it caught fire. A Clark County Fire Department crew responded to the airport at 1:18 p.m. The blaze was small and quickly extinguished, according to the department. No one was...

South Dakota FBO Unveils New Facility

Westjet Air Center, the only full-service FBO at South Dakota’s Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), held the grand opening for its new facility. With a stone exterior and copper ceilings, the 5,000-sq-ft terminal included in the $1 million-plus project is designed to resemble a luxury home or hotel. The facility offers a flight-planning center, pilots’ lounge with a pair of sn...

Incident: United Airlines A320 at Las Vegas on Oct. 9, 2015, Nose Gear Problem

A United Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration N417UA performing flight UA-519 from Chicago O'Hare,IL to Las Vegas,NV (USA) with 157 people on board, was descending towards Las Vegas when the crew reported they had no nose wheel steering and needed to stop on the runway. Emergency services were called to their stand by positions for the arrival. While the A320 was maneouvering for the...

United Airlines Promises to Order 100 New Planes if Pilots’ Union Caves

United Airlines plans to order a fleet of 100-seat jetliners from either Bombardier Inc. or Embraer SA if it can agree on terms for a two-year contract extension with pilots in expedited bargaining. Reaching a deal would assure labor peace with a crucial union for new Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz and bring back some flying now done by regional partners with cramped, less- efficient 50-se...

U.S. Airline Traffic Is Up But Airlines Want More Revenues

Airline traffic is up and planes are full, though carriers still expect a key revenue measure to decline because of lower average fares. Investors remained focused on bustling activity for airlines, however, and airline shares rallied Friday. American Airlines traffic rose 7.2 percent in September compared with the same month last year. The average flight was 82.7 percent full, a record for...

United ready for rival's overseas flights from Houston: executive

United Airlines (UAL.N) will be competitive in Houston even as budget rival Southwest Airlines (LUV.N) launches its first international flights from the Texas city next week, the company's chief revenue officer said Friday in an interview. United Continental Holdings Inc intends to compete on price when necessary, add destinations and offer easy connections to keep customers, Jim Compt...

Delta Air Lines becomes the first U.S. airline to allow customers to pay for flights with Apple Pay

Delta is the first U.S.-based airline to allow customers to purchase tickets using Apple Pay, making the booking process even easier for iPhone users. Delta customers can now book and pay for flights via Apple Pay, the easy and private way to pay that the company says is safer than credit cards, using the latest version of the Fly Delta app. Delta is the first U.S.-based airline to allow its cu...

New United chief Munoz ready to ‘act’

United Airlines new chief Oscar Munoz will act soon to address some of the issues that he is hearing about from employees and customers, says the carrier’s chief revenue officer Jim Compton. “You’re going to see him act,” says Compton on the sidelines of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Fall Conference in New York today. “Some things you&rs...