Trump administration to block Chinese airlines from mid-June

Politics 06/03/20, 17:36

The Trump administration has decided to punish the Chinese Communist Party for failing to comply with a transport agreement with the United States, saying it would suspend all flights by Chinese airlines to and out of the country. In a statement issued on June 2, the Transportation Department said the U.S. ...

Lawmakers will hear from pilots who have criticized Boeing

U.S. 06/18/19, 23:10

The president of the pilots' union at American Airlines says Boeing made mistakes in its design of the 737 Max and not telling pilots about new flight-control software on the plane.Daniel Carey says Boeing's zeal to minimize pilot-training costs for airlines that would buy its 737 Max jet contributed to ...

Judge grants American Airlines an order against 2 unions

U.S. 06/14/19, 20:01

A federal judge on Friday ordered unions that represent American Airlines mechanics not to interfere in the airline's operations.The judge's order came after American asked for a temporary restraining order to end what it considers an illegal work slowdown by mechanics that is causing delayed and canceled flights.Judge John McBryde ...

WAS THERE: 1979 Chicago American Airlines crash kills 273

U.S. 05/24/19, 11:14

Decades after American Airlines Flight 191 crashed moments after taking off from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, it remains the deadliest aviation accident in U.S. history.The DC-10 was destined for Los Angeles when it lost one of its engines on May 25, 1979, killing 273 people, including all 271 people onboard ...

China to support airlines seeking compensation from Boeing

Business 05/24/19, 04:48

China's airline industry association has thrown its support behind 13 Chinese carriers seeking compensation from Boeing for groundings of the 737 Max 8.The China Air Transport Association said in a statement Friday that the groundings and delayed deliveries of the planes were causing "serious damage" to the companies' businesses. It ...

American Airlines sues unions, accusing workers of slowdown

U.S. 05/20/19, 17:44

American Airlines is accusing its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks, and the airline is asking a federal judge to stop the activity.The airline says mechanics have caused about 900 cancellations or long delays since early February by taking an ...

United Airlines to lay off 100 in Houston, outsource jobs

U.S. 05/17/19, 13:03

United Airlines says it will cut about 100 accounting jobs in Houston in July and shift the work to a contractor.The airline reported the layoffs in a letter this week to the Texas Workforce Commission. It did not identify the contractor that will handle accounting of revenue from passengers.A United ...

Boeing finishes software update for grounded airliner

Business 05/16/19, 16:47

Boeing says it has finished with its updates to the flight-control software implicated in two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max, moving a step closer to getting the plane back in the sky.Aviation regulators still have more questions about how pilots interact with the plane's controls under different circumstances, and ...

Trump nominee to lead FAA faces aircraft safety questions

Business 05/14/19, 16:27

Stephen Dickson flew military jets then went on to pilot five different jetliners during a 27-year career at Delta Air Lines that was capped by running the company's daily operations. On paper, he checks all the boxes to become the next head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. But at a time ...

Boeing 737 Max 8 woes crimp Asian airlines’ growth plans

World 05/06/19, 22:55

Asian airlines are cutting routes, revamping their schedules and leasing extra aircraft to fill gaps left by the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8s after deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.So far, regional carriers have managed to avoid major disruptions, but analysts expect that idling the Max ...

Recent airline crashes run against trend toward safer flying

Business 05/06/19, 17:17

After a long trend toward greater safety in air travel, there has been an uptick in airline accidents and deaths in 2018 and 2019.Many aviation experts regard that recent increase as a statistical blip, however. They note that accidents and deaths remain a fraction of the numbers from as recently ...

At least 40 dead in Russian plane’s fiery emergency landing

Europe 05/05/19, 19:16

A Russian airliner burst into flames while making an emergency landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport Sunday evening, and at least 40 people died, officials said. The Sukhoi SSJ100 operated by national airline Aeroflot had 73 passengers and five crew members on board when it touched down and sped down a runway ...

Boeing didn’t tell airlines that safety alert wasn’t on

U.S. 05/05/19, 18:49

Boeing said Sunday that it discovered after airlines had been flying its 737 Max plane for several months that a safety alert in the cockpit was not working as intended, yet it didn't disclose that fact to airlines or federal regulators until after one of the planes crashed.The feature was ...

SAS, pilots reach 3-year deal ending strike

Europe 05/03/19, 02:50

Scandinavian Airlines and its pilots have reached a three-year collective bargaining agreement that put an end to a six-day strike that grounded more than 4,000 flights and affected hundreds of thousands of passengers.CEO Richard Gustafson says the deal "provides stability for the future" and gives "more flexibility."Pilots' spokesman Christian Laulund ...

Grounded Max jets could contribute to higher summer fares

Business 05/02/19, 11:19

The grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets likely means that fare increases this summer will be larger than already expected and airlines will struggle to handle disruptions such as storms that shut down hub airports.With Max jets grounded after two deadly accidents, U.S. airlines will operate about 200 fewer daily ...

Under Trump change, Cuba business partners can now be sued

America 05/01/19, 23:34

In 1958, José Ramón López's father owned Cuba's main airport, its national airline and three small hotels. All were taken in Cuba's socialist revolution. Conchita Beltrán's family had about 2,160 acres (874 hectares) of sugar and tobacco fields. They were taken, too. Both moved to the United States and abandoned hope of ...

Strikes grounds hundreds more Scandinavian Airlines flights

Europe 04/30/19, 05:57

Scandinavian Airlines says it will cancel another 504 flight departures across the Nordic region on Wednesday, affecting about 47,000 passengers, due to a pilots' strike.The cancellation comes on top of 546 flights canceled Tuesday and hundreds more since pilots began an open-ended strike on Friday due to the collapse of ...

Scandinavian Airlines strike in 4th day, affecting thousands

Europe 04/29/19, 04:51

A strike among pilots at Scandinavian Airlines has entered its fourth day with the carrier being forced to cancel 1,213 flights Monday and Tuesday, affecting some 110,000 passengers.The flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden says more than 170,000 passengers have been affected since the open-ended strike started Friday. The ...

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