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Southwest Takes Off Internationally – Part 2, Fort Lauderdale

After over forty years of connecting passengers with destinations across the United States, the low-cost leader Southwest Airlines stepped down a new path in 2010: flying beyond the border into international skies. The airline’s merger with AirTran Airways placed several new foreign dots on Southwest’s map, routes which the airline assumed in completely integrating the two compani...

Airlines rake in $5.5 billion, most profitable quarter since 2007

Lower fuel costs and steady travel demand continue to boost the nation's airlines, which enjoyed the most profita blequarter since 2007. Commercial airlines reported net income of $5.5 billion for the three months that ended in June, a 53% increase over the same period last year, according to financial data released Monday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. That's th...

Delta is putting its performance record against its competitors

Delta Air Lines is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to on-time performance and its record of completing scheduled flights. The Atlanta-based carrier will give its corporate business travelers credit toward future flights if its competitors — American Airlines and United Airlines — have a better on-time performance and rate of completing scheduled domestic flights w...

JetBlue expands U.S.-Cuba service ahead of expected travel opening

U.S. airline JetBlue will add a second charter flight from New York's John F. Kennedy airport to Havana, expanding charter service ahead of an expected opening of commercial air travel between the two countries, the company said on Monday. The new round-trip, non-stop flight will operate every Tuesday starting Dec. 1 in partnership with Cuba Travel Services, a travel provider licensed by th...

North State Aviation to Open Facility at Global TransPark

North State Aviation plans to open an aircraft maintenance center and create 109 new jobs at the Global TransPark in Kinston. The announcement was made earlier this week by Gov. Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John Skvarla III and representatives with the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. North State Aviation, which opened in Winston-Salem in 2010, plans to invest $900,000 and cr...

Kids hit the sky for Women in Aviation fundraiser event

Katelyn Guzman wore a huge smile as she walked across the tarmac, her thick braid fluttering in the wind. “It was cool,” said Katelyn, 10, who’d just taken a ride in a Glasair II airplane at Sun Valley Aviation. She and her mother Carolyn had come out to the “Hangar Fiesta,” a fundraiser for the new Women in Aviation Rio Grande Valley Chapter. Children were t...

Man earns aviation honor, inspires son to follow the same interest

Darrel R. Gibson follows in the footsteps of his father, Darrel W. Gibson. The son is Menomonie Municipal Airport manager and owns Gibson Aviation Services in Menomonie. His father was Eau Claire Municipal Airport manager and owned Gibson Aviation Service in Eau Claire. “He has big shoes to fill,” Darrel R. Gibson said. Indeed. The senior Gibson, who lives near Chippewa Valley...

Record Number of Guns Found in U.S. Airport Searches: TSA

U.S. airport security agents discovered a record 67 firearms in luggage passengers intended to carry on to airplanes during one week in September, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Of the 67 firearms found during the week ended Sep. 17, 56 were loaded and 26 had a round in the chamber, the TSA reported. The tally set a new weekly record. The prior record was 65 fire...

United Flight En Route from Denver Lands Safely at Mitchell Airport After Apparent Mechanical Issue

A General Mitchell International Airport spokeswoman tells FOX6 News United Flight 5330 en route to Milwaukee from Denver landed safely Sunday evening, September 27 after experiencing an apparent mechanical issue while on the taxiway. The aircraft landed safely as scheduled around 7:00 p.m. Once the aircraft landed, we're told the pilot reported an apparent mechanical issue whi...

Katherine Stinson – The Flying Schoolgirl

27 of September 1913 Katherine Stinson becomes the first woman in the United States to make an official airmail flight. So let's find out more about her. Known as the Flying Schoolgirl, Katherine Stinson became just the fourth woman in the U.S. to earn her pilot’s license on July 24, 1912. Born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1891 in Fort Payne, Alabama, Ameri...

American Airlines Faces Boeing Fines Over Delayed Dreamliner Seats

One of the reasons  American Airlines filed a lawsuit against its aircraft-seat vendor Zodiac Seats is that the airline is getting squeezed by Boeing and could face substantial penalties for delayed aircraft deliveries caused by Zodiac’s ongoing and tardy seat-structure shipments. As detailed in American’s complaint, obtained by Skift and embedded below, these potential fi...

Sea-Tac Airport Locked Down Briefly for Security Breach

Port of Seattle police briefly closed all entrances to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport while they responded to a security alarm. KING TV News reports that airport officials confirmed a post on Twitter saying police had closed entrances and stopped trains about 9:15 p.m. Friday. Police took a suspect into custody and lifted the lockdown after about 30 minutes. Planes con...