Countries and carriers around the globe ground the 737 Max 8

Business 03/12/19, 05:05

A growing number of airlines around the world have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 jets following the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people on Sunday, five months after a similar Indonesian Lion Air jet plunged into the ocean, killing 189. Here is a list of ...

Deadly plane crash puts dent in Ethiopia’s grand designs

World 03/12/19, 03:07

The crown jewel in Ethiopia's transformation to continental power in recent years is Ethiopian Airlines, the state-owned company that calls itself "the new spirit of Africa."Sunday's crash that killed 157 people also puts a dent in Ethiopia's grand designs, spurred on by a dazzlingly reformist new leader. He vows to ...

2nd crash renews safety concerns for Boeing’s prized new jet

World 03/11/19, 23:06

The second deadly crash of a prized new airplane in five months has renewed safety concerns about the 737 Max that could shape Boeing's fortunes for many years.The 737 Max is the newest version of the 737, the best-selling airliner ever. Since debuting in 2017, Boeing has delivered more than ...

Update: Oman Air questions Boeing over MAX 8 planes

Europe 03/11/19, 08:36

The Latest on Boeing's 737 MAX 8 model after a crash in Ethiopia (all times local):7 p.m.State-run carrier Oman Air says it is in close contact with Boeing after the crash of an Ethiopian jetliner, the same model that it uses widely.Oman Air tweeted Monday that is talking to Boeing ...

Update: Plane’s black box is found but is damaged

World 03/11/19, 05:40

The Latest on Ethiopian Airlines crash (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Ethiopia's state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reports that the black box has been found from the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane. An airline official, however, tells The Associated Press that the box is partially damaged and that "we will see what we can retrieve ...

China grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after Ethiopia crash

U.S. 03/10/19, 22:57

China's civilian aviation authority ordered all Chinese airlines to temporarily ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes Monday after one of the aircraft crashed in Ethiopia.The Civil Aviation Administration of China said the order was issued at 9:00 a.m. (0100 GMT) on Monday and would last nine hours.It said the ...

Turbulence injures 30 on flight from Istanbul to New York

New York 03/10/19, 03:02

Severe turbulence tossed terrified passengers and crew around a Turkish Airlines plane cabin as it passed over Maine on Saturday, with 30 people suffering bumps, bruises, cuts and a broken leg before the flight landed safely at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials said. Dozens of ambulances lined up ...

British Airways makes big order for Boeing jets

Europe 02/28/19, 08:27

The parent company of British Airways is buying up to 42 Boeing 777 long-haul passenger jets in a multi-billion dollar deal.Thursday's announcement by the International Airlines Group consortium comes days after Boeing's European rival, Airbus, announced it would stop making its A380 superjumbo from 2021 due to a lack of ...

Air France-KLM: Macron wants clarification from Dutch state

Europe 02/27/19, 10:13

French President Emmanuel Macron says the Dutch government must clarify why it bought more than 12 percent of shares in the holding company for the Air France-KLM airline alliance.Speaking at a news conference in Paris, Macron said the French government hadn't been informed ahead of time of the Dutch move. ...

Cargo plane crashed near Houston was being operated for Amazon

Texas 02/23/19, 20:03

The Latest on the crash of a cargo jetliner near Houston (all times local): 7 p.m. A cargo flight that crashed Saturday afternoon into a bay just east of Houston was being operated for Amazon by Atlas Air, according to a statement from the airline. Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne gives an update ...

Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Tech 02/22/19, 17:58

Now there is one more place where cameras could start watching you — from 30,000 feet.Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it's likely they are also on planes used by other carriers.American and Singapore both said Friday that they ...

Airlines need better info before flying over conflict zones

Europe 02/21/19, 06:23

More than four years after a Malaysian passenger jet was shot down over conflict-ravaged eastern Ukraine, airlines around the world still need more and better information to make risk assessments about flying over war zones, a Dutch safety watchdog said Thursday.The Dutch Safety Board's comments came in a report following ...

Hundreds stranded as British airline Flybmi collapses

Europe 02/17/19, 05:21

Hundreds of passengers throughout Europe have been stranded by the abrupt collapse of the British regional airline Flybmi.British Midland Regional Limited, which operates as Flybmi, said it's filing for administration — a British version of bankruptcy — because of higher fuel costs and uncertainty caused by Britain's upcoming departure from ...

Airlines to give customers ‘nonbinary’ choice under gender

Business 02/15/19, 17:15

Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers the option of identifying themselves as other than male or female.The gender option on airline sites will soon include choices such "undisclosed" or "unspecified." There could also be the optional title of "Mx."The airlines say they ...

Pilots at Taiwanese liner strike during Lunar New Year rush

Business 02/08/19, 03:37

Pilots from Taiwan's China Airlines went on strike Friday in the middle of the Lunar New Year travel rush, forcing the cancellation of at least 18 flights over coming days and stranding thousands of passengers.Hundreds of the state-owned carrier's 1,300 pilots were believed to have joined the action over complaints ...

Expedia, Orbitz stop selling Venezuela tickets amid turmoil

America 02/07/19, 18:58

Travel websites like Expedia and Orbitz have quietly stopped selling airline tickets for Venezuela amid recent political turmoil, further isolating the socialist-run country after years of declining flight service.On Thursday, it was impossible to find on the popular websites any Venezuelan cities in the drop-down list of booking options for ...

Discounts to insurance: Many ways seniors can save on travel

Business 02/06/19, 15:24

Most seniors have more free time for leisure activities including travel, but money is tighter when the paychecks stop at retirement.Retirees who want to travel can make those trips more affordable by taking advantage of senior discounts and through less obvious strategies.Many of the tips offered by travel experts work ...

United to pursue high-fare travelers with more premium seats

Business 02/06/19, 00:06

United Airlines will woo high-fare passengers by retrofitting more than 100 planes to add more premium seats on key routes.The airline also plans to start using a new 50-seat jet with mostly premium seats on some key business-travel routes.United announced the moves Wednesday. They are part of an industry trend ...

German airline Germania files for insolvency, grounds planes

Europe 02/05/19, 02:46

German airline Germania filed for insolvency Tuesday and grounded its planes after failing to secure short-term financing to stay aloft.The Berlin-based airline, which carried more than 4 million passengers a year on scheduled and chartered short- and medium-haul flights, blamed factors such as an increase in fuel prices last summer.The ...

Ryanair’s longtime CEO gets a new 5-year term

Europe 02/04/19, 08:10

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary will remain for another five years, after the company overhauled its corporate structure and gave its longtime leader a new contract.Europe's biggest airline by passengers said Monday it will move to a group structure called Ryanair Holdings PLC. O'Leary will be CEO, agreeing to a new ...

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