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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 12/10/2011

October snow causes flight delays

The federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that airlines recorded seven domestic flight tarmac delays of more than three hours and 11 international flight delays of more than four hours during October. The tarmac delays all occurred on Oct. 29 and involved flights bound for John F. Kennedy International or Newark Liberty airports, according to DOT, which said it is investigating.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  11:23 AM ET, 12/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 11/09/2011

BWI expanding; AirTran and Southwest consolidating in one terminal

Baltimore Washington-International Marshall Airport will begin a major expansion of passenger areas over the next two years.

By Ovetta Wiggins  |  11:24 AM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Council of Governments to receive briefing on proposal to change airports authority board

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is scheduled to receive a briefing Wednesday on a proposal from a federal lawmaker that would give Virginia more seats on the authority that operates Dulles and Reagan airports.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  11:16 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airlines

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 08/12/2011

Bat on a plane prompts rabies alert

Health officials say a bat on a flight from Wisconsin to Atlanta last week has sparked a national search for passengers to protect them against possible rabies.

By Associated Press  |  02:04 PM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airlines

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Test moves airlines toward paperless cockpits

American Airlines and the Allied Pilots Association are testing the use of tablet computers “from gate to gate during all phases of flight,” according to a spokesman for American Airlines.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:04 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airlines

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Dulles flight diverted to Arkansas Sunday

A report of an engine fire forced an American Airlines flight to make an emergency landing Sunday, though no fire was found when the plane safely landed in Arkansas, authorities said. The twin-engine MD 80 jet was traveling from Dallas to Washington.

By Associated Press  |  09:32 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Airlines

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Flight to National diverted to S. Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. — An American Airlines flight to Reagan National Airport from Miami was diverted to South Carolina after electrical fumes were reported in a lavatory on the plane.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:20 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Airlines

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Airlines attempt price increase

NEW YORK — At least two major U.S. airlines are again raising round-trip ticket prices by $10 on some domestic routes as they try to counter rising fuel costs.

By Associated Press  |  11:58 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Southwest repairing planes with cracks, returning them to service

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines says four planes being repaired for cracks in their aluminum skin will probably return to service Saturday.

By Associated Press  |  12:54 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Southwest patching hole in plane

PHOENIX — Southwest Airlines is patching a large hole in a Boeing 737 that made an emergency landing in southwestern Arizona last week, but the company won’t say when or if it will be back in service.

By Associated Press  |  08:13 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Airlines canceled Feb. flights to avoid delays

There were no U.S. planes stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours in February despite massive winter storms across much of the country, the government said Tuesday. But cancellations soared, reaching the second highest for any February on record.

By Associated Press  |  12:31 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Plane from National forced to land in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio — Two flight attendants reported dizziness and four passengers fainted aboard an American Airlines flight Friday, forcing the pilot to drop the jet’s oxygen masks and land in Ohio, an airline spokesman said.

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Categories:  Airports, Aviation, Airlines

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Diverted flight from Dulles finally lands in Oregon

United Airlines flight diverted to Chicago for security concerns; passengers rescreened and three booted. Plane lands about 1 a.m. in Portland.

By Associated Press  |  10:16 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 02/01/2011

Airlines speed up cancellations

United Continental, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are speeding up decisions on canceling flights and easing travel rules ahead of snowstorms as they heed the lessons of winter snarls.

By Mary Jane Credeur and Mary Schlangenstein and Bloomberg News  |  11:10 AM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Flying? Prepare for snow delays.

Video: The coming storm A big snowstorm moving through the Midwest, along with a forecast for mixed precipitation in the Mid-Atlantic over the next couple of days, means air travelers will see delays and cancellations. Airlines, such as Delta and...

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:17 PM ET, 01/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 01/27/2011

Airport delays plague Northeast

Heavy snow has forced the closure of two major New York-area airports. The Federal Aviation Administration Web site says Newark Liberty International is expected to reopen to flights at noon Thursday. Kennedy airport is expected to open at 10 a.m. Thursday.

By Associated Press  |  07:45 AM ET, 01/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Flying? Check with your airline.

[This post has been updated] Crews at Washington's three major airports planned to continue working through the night Wednesday to ensure that runways are open Thursday morning. Even so officials warned that widespsread cancellations would affect travelers intending to depart...

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Airlines, feds may resolve DCA dispute

Delta Air Lines, US Airways Group and federal officials have told a U.S. appeals court they may be able to resolve a dispute over airport landing slots in New York and Washington that prompted a lawsuit.

By Bloomberg News and Staff Reports  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Lasers an increasing hazard for pilots

The number of reported incidents where lasers have been pointed at airplanes almost doubled from 2009 to 2010, according to a report Wednesday from the Federal Aviation Administration. "The FAA is actively warning people not to point high-powered lasers at aircraft because they can damage a pilot's eyes or cause temporary blindness," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a statement. "We continue to ask pilots to immediately report laser events to air traffic controllers so we can contact local law enforcement officials."

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:56 AM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 01/18/2011

Flying today? Check with your airline

If you're planning on flying today and tonight, you should check with your airline to see if your travel plans may be affected by ice and snow. Delta, for example, has already canceled many flights in the Northeast. Many of...

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:17 AM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Flights might be impacted by snow

If you're flying today, check with your airline to see if your travel plans may be affected. Here are some resources to use if you are supposed to head out today:

By Mark Berman  |  08:37 AM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Airfare increases likely to stick

The airlines are at it again, imposing the first fare increase of the new year and the third within a month.

By Associated Press  |  02:01 PM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/11/2011

Flying today? Check with your airline

If you're planning on flying today and tonight, you should check with your airline to see if your travel plans may be affected by looming snowfall. Here are some resources to utilize.

By Mark Berman  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 01/07/2011

FAA to order inspections of 757s

U.S. airlines must inspect 683 Boeing 757 planes for cracks after a hole opened on an American Airlines plane in October, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a directive to be published Monday. The hole in the 757-200 plane opened...

By Bloomberg News  |  09:50 AM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 12/30/2010

Flight to DCA diverted to Dulles

A worker checks a wing of American Airlines Flight 1068 after an emergency landing at Dulles on Dec. 30, 2010. (Mark Berman/The Post) 1:24 p.m. Update: American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Sanderson said the flight had 147 passengers and six crew...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:50 PM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 12/29/2010

Travel returning to normal

Travel along the East Coast gradually appears to be returning to normal. There are no reported flight delays at any of the major airports; Amtrak has resumed its normal schedule; and the intercity buses that run between New York and Washington are on the road again.

By Washington Post Wire and Staff Reports  |  10:58 AM ET, 12/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 12/28/2010

Planes bump at St. Louis airport

ST. LOUIS -- Inspectors are examining two US Airways planes that bumped each other on a runway while preparing to de-ice at Lambert Airport in St. Louis. Lambert director Rhonda Hamm-Niebrugge (Hahm-noo-bray-gee) says the minor collision happened Tuesday morning. No...

By Associated Press  |  11:27 AM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 12/28/2010

Chaos, fights in Moscow airports

Thousands of flights were canceled in the U.S. due to the recent snowstorm, with stranded passengers in many airports, but nowhere did the situation disintegrate into what happened in Russia this week. Irate holidaymakers beat up Aeroflot staff at a...

By Alissa de Carbonnel and Reuters  |  09:09 AM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Quiet at local airports, crowds on roads

A look at travel conditions as folks head out for the holidays.

By Mark Berman  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 07:53 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Airlines offer free WiFi for holidays

AirTran Airways, Delta and Virgin America airlines are partnering with Google to offer free wireless Internet sevice on their flights through Jan. 2.

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:53 PM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Tough travel in Europe

LONDON -- Britain's prime minister offered troops to help clear airport delays on Tuesday and Europe's top transportation official said the failure to keep flights operating in winter weather was unacceptable, as exhausted and outraged passengers struggled to get home for the fourth day. Prime Minister David Cameron said his government had "offered military assistance" to the company that operates Europe's busiest airport and others in Britain. Heathrow said it was grateful for the offer and didn't need the help, but still would be unable to restore full service until at least Thursday morning.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  11:55 AM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 08:16 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Fliers stranded at National Airport

A storm that's dropped a few inches of snow on Washington has some passengers stranded at Reagan National Airport.A spokeswoman for Delta says the airline has canceled its 15 remaining flights Thursday from Reagan.Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokeswoman Courtney Mickalonis said Thursday that crews at Reagan and Dulles International Airport are working to clear the snow.</p

By Washington Post Staff and Wire Reports  |  08:16 PM ET, 12/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Southwest to order larger planes

Southwest Airlines will order 20 new, larger versions of the Boeing 737 that could pave the way for the all-domestic airline to offer international flights. CEO Gary Kelly said Wednesday that Southwest will change an existing order with Boeing to get new 737-800 jets beginning in early 2012

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  02:07 PM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Delta tops U.S. airlines for fees

U.S. airlines collected more than $4.3 billion in fees for checking baggage and changing tickets so far this year. New data from the Transportation Department on Monday shows that Delta Air Lines collected the most, hauling in $1.26 billion in fees so far this year. That's more than the $922 million collected by United Continental Holdings, which is bigger than Delta by traffic volume.

By Associated Press  |  04:55 PM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 12/13/2010

DOT fines JetBlue $600,000

JetBlue Airways was fined $600,000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Monday for violating rules protecting travelers with disabilities and for failing to disclose when flights it sold were operating under a code-sharing agreement with another carrier.

By Reuters  |  04:24 PM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 12/08/2010

Southwest's on-time performance slips

Southwest Airlines Co., the U.S. industry leader in on-time arrivals since record-keeping began in 1987, finds itself in an unprecedented spot this year: eighth place. Second a year ago, Southwest is slipping as it expands at congested airports such as New York's LaGuardia while US Airways, Alaska Air and other rivals improve their performance, according to federal data released Tuesday for the 12 months ended in October. The 2010 slide marks a blow for the carrier with the best cumulative rating since the U.S. started tracking results 23 years ago. With the drop, Southwest loses the "corporate prestige" from being at or near the top of its peers, said Steve Martin, senior vice president at InterVistas Consulting in Bethesda.

By Bloomberg News and Staff Reports  |  11:45 AM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 11/24/2010

Thanksgiving travel 2010

By Michael Bolden  |  09:45 AM ET, 11/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines, Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 07:41 AM ET, 11/23/2010

Delta eyes refunds over screenings

Delta Air Lines says it will consider refunds in rare case-by-case scenarios for passengers who cancel travel plans because of new airport security measures. Some passengers have complained loudly about the Transportation Security Administration's new screening procedures, which can include intimate pat-downs of passengers who bypass scanners that produce a virtually naked image of the body.

By The Associated Press  |  07:41 AM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Feds recommend child seats on planes

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urged people flying with children for the Thanksgiving holiday to secure the children in safety seats. The news was posted to LaHood's Fast Lane blog Monday morning as a recommendation from the Federal Aviation Administration. "Aboard the plane, the safest place for your child is in a child safety seat or device based on your child's weight--not in your lap," the post said.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  12:40 PM ET, 11/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 11/08/2010

Airlines offer free WiFi for holidays

12:48 p.m. Update: The Associated Press reports that Google will also sponsor free WiFi on AirTran for the same holiday period. 10:50 a.m. Update: Virgin America followed Delta's announcement with one of its own. The airline is also going to...

By Michael D. Bolden  |  09:50 AM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 11/08/2010

US Airways to recall furloughed workers

US Airways says it will need 500 flight attendants and pilots next year mostly to cover planned retirements and attrition. US Airways Group said Monday it will offer the jobs to furloughed employees first and then hire from outside the...

By The Associated Press  |  09:41 AM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/29/2010

Operations normal at D.C. airports

No suspicious packages have been reported so far on cargo planes at the Washington region's three airports, authorities said Friday, but it was still unclear if security had been heightened in the wake of reports that suspicious packages had been...

By Michael Bolden  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 10/29/2010

Hole found in plane from Miami

A 1-foot-by-2-foot hole was found in the fuselage of a commercial airliner that suddenly lost cabin pressure shortly after taking off from Miami, authorities said. Passengers aboard American Airlines Flight 1640 were hysterical when the Boston-bound flight lost cabin pressure Tuesday night, a passenger said.

By Michael Bolden  |  10:31 AM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 10/28/2010

Southwest to offer $5 WiFi

Southwest Airlines, which announced a deal in September to buy AirTran for $1.4 billion, will offer WiFi on its planes for an introductory rate of $5. Airline executive Dave Ridley made the announcement Thursday on a company blog. That rate will apply for trips of any duration and to both laptops and handheld devices, he said.

By Michael Bolden  |  02:37 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 10/26/2010

Holiday travel? Expensive, crowded

Airline passengers can expect ticket prices to be 7 percent to 18 percent higher this holiday season than last year, as an economic recovery -- however modest -- spurs growing demand for air travel. Travelers can also look forward to more crowded flights: The airlines have added few new planes or routes in the past several years. "I expect prices to be quite high compared to the last couple years, as demand is strong and supply is weak," said Rick Seaney, chief executive of the travel website FareCompare.

By Michael Bolden  |  04:14 PM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 10/26/2010

NTSB probes airline partnerships

A federal panel is examining whether regional airlines are being held to the same safety standards as their major carrier partners. The National Transportation Safety Board is holding a two-day forum at its L'Enfant Plaza headquarters beginning Tuesday on "code sharing" agreements that allow major carriers to sell seats on flights operated by smaller carriers.

By Michael Bolden  |  09:23 AM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 07:54 PM ET, 10/18/2010

Flight delays hit the wallet

Flight delays don't come cheap. That's the word from researchers who outlined the costs in a report to the Federal Aviation Administation on Monday. The Washington Post's Jia Lynn Yang reports that the delays cost passengers $16.7 billion, but the total cost to the economy was almost double at $32.9 billion. The amount includes money spent by passengers on food and hotel rooms.

By Michael Bolden  |  07:54 PM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 10/18/2010

Airline may let fliers use cellphones

Early next year, Singapore Airlines will begin to install technology in dozens of planes to let passengers surf the Internet and send e-mail from 35,000 feet in the air, the airline has announced. The circuitry it plans to install in at least 40 long-haul jets by 2013 would also allow passengers to make airborne cellphone calls. But Singapore Airlines remains undecided whether to allow cellphone calls. "As we get closer to the launch date, we will decide whether voice calling in the cabin will be activated," said James Boyd, a spokesman for Singapore Airlines. One consideration, he said, is whether passengers want to make calls in flight.

By Michael Bolden  |  09:23 AM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 10/15/2010

On-time departures down at BWI

Baltimore's major airport ranked better for arrivals, with more than 81 percent of flights coming in on time, 17th in the country. The Delta Air Lines partner Comair flight from BWI to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York arrived on time just 37 percent of the time in 2009, according to the department, while the AirTran Airways flight from Baltimore to Logan International Airport in Boston arrived as scheduled 42 percent of the time last year.

By Michael Bolden  |  11:12 AM ET, 10/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 10/14/2010

Southwest may fly larger jets

Southwest Airlines and leaders of its pilots union have agreed on tentative contract terms that would allow the largest low-fare carrier to bring the Boeing 737-800 into its fleet. The 5,800 members of the Southwest Airlines' Pilots Association will vote on the proposal from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, the union said today in a statement. If approved, the plan would set pay and work rules for flying the plane; extend the union's contract by a year, to August 2012; and add possible wage increases tied to the carrier's financial performance, the Dallas-based airline said.

By Michael Bolden  |  11:14 AM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 10/12/2010

Airline performance improves

The government says just one flight stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours in August, as the peak summer travel season wound down. U.S. airlines also were better at getting travelers to their destinations on time. The nation's airlines reported an on-time rate of 81.7 percent in August, better than the month before and a year ago.

By Michael Bolden  |  11:34 AM ET, 10/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 10/08/2010

FAA warns airlines about batteries

Federal aviation officials are warning air carriers that new research shows lithium batteries are sensitive to heat and can ignite in flight if transported in cargo compartments that get too hot. The Federal Aviation Administration also acknowledged publicly for the...

By Michael Bolden  |  02:25 PM ET, 10/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 10/05/2010

Flight safety demo a YouTube hit

Flight attendants for a low-cost Philippine airline who dance to Lady Gaga to keep passengers from snoozing through an in-flight safety demonstration are the latest YouTube sensation. A video of stewardesses performing a choreographed routine aboard a Cebu Pacific flight last week to demonstrate safety procedures has received more than 6.5 million hits after being posted on the popular video sharing Web site.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:15 PM ET, 10/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 09/29/2010

Delta warns of flight delays

Delta Airlines warned passengers who might be flying to or from the Washington and New York City regions Wednesday night and Thursday that flight delays and cancellations are likely as heavy rains move up the Eastern Seaboard.

By Michael Bolden  |  05:57 PM ET, 09/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 09/27/2010

Storms causing flight delays

Airports throughout the Northeast are experiencing both arrival and departure delays due to thunderstorms. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, delays are increasing for flights bound for airports stretching from Philadelphia to Boston.

By Michael Bolden  |  05:56 PM ET, 09/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 09/23/2010

NTSB probes near-collision of planes

Federal regulators are investigating the near-collision of a US Airways jet and a small cargo plane over Minneapolis. The National Transportation Safety Board says the planes came within 50 to 100 feet of crashing near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport last week.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:19 PM ET, 09/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 09:30 PM ET, 09/16/2010

Senators hammer Washington airports

Members of the Senate Commerce Committee weren't happy with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on Thursday, as a years-delayed federal aviation funding bill appeared to face long odds for passage this year. At issue is the proposed expansion of the...

By Derek Kravitz  |  09:30 PM ET, 09/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 09/13/2010

NTSB to hold child safety forum

The National Transportation Safety Board plans to hold a forum later this year on the safety on children traveling in cars and aboard airplanes.

By Michael Bolden  |  11:25 AM ET, 09/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 09/08/2010

BWI sets all-time passenger record

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has set an all-time monthly passenger record when more than 2.17 million travelers passed through in July.

By Luke Rosiak  |  12:39 PM ET, 09/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines | Tags:  BWI

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 08/30/2010

Pulled a plane lately?

The annual Dulles Day Family Festival and Plane Pull is scheduled for Sept. 25 this year.

By Michael Bolden  |  11:27 AM ET, 08/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 08/23/2010

'All-You-Can-Jet' auction

If you missed a chance to buy one of JetBlue's "All-You-Can-Jet" passes before they sold out last week, here's another chance.

By Michael Bolden  |  09:19 AM ET, 08/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 08/17/2010

JetBlue brings back 'All-You-Can-Jet'

JetBlue is bringing back its popular All-You-Can-Jet pass that allows customers to travel to an unlimited number of cities over a one-month period.

By Michael Bolden  |  09:59 AM ET, 08/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 08/16/2010

Talk back on airline regs

It seems everyone has an opinion on the stresses of flying, just as airlines find another way to nickel and dime seemingly every month, from charging for seat selection, extra leg room, blankets, pillows, beverages and meals; on top of that are proposals for more rules stemming from security threats, incidents or crashes, such as the idea of banning peanuts to prevent allergy attacks or the NTSB's recommendation that child seats should be required for babies.

By Luke Rosiak  |  11:02 AM ET, 08/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines, Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 08/12/2010

Emergency for BWI-bound plane

An AirTran Airways flight from Indianapolis bound for Baltimore has instead landed in Ohio because pilots got a warning about a possible electrical problem.

By Michael Bolden  |  09:46 AM ET, 08/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 08/05/2010

Leaking Nigerian bag briefly shut BWI

BWI Airport officials say the baggage claim area and the lower level roadway were closed off after a bag was found leaking. Airport spokesman Jonathan Dean says it happened Thursday about 12:30 p.m., when Delta flight 2224 from Atlanta arrived. A Delta employee noticed the bag was leaking an unknown liquid.

By Luke Rosiak  |  05:13 PM ET, 08/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 08/02/2010

Delta to add DCA nonstops

Delta Air Lines will add nonstop flights out of Reagan National Airport to seven cities this fall as part of the company's push into East Coast markets.

By Luke Rosiak  |  04:58 PM ET, 08/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airlines | Tags:  DCA, Delta Airlines

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 07/30/2010

FAA bill delayed over DCA flights

A funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration, stalled in Congress, was put off again Friday morning, avoiding once more the question of whether Reagan National Airport should accommodate more long-haul flights. The 60-day extension is the 14th since the last FAA authorization bill expired in 2007.

By Derek Kravitz  |  03:50 PM ET, 07/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 07/27/2010

IAD flight makes emergency landing

A United Airlines jet headed to California made an emergency landing in West Virginia after pilots reported smoke in the aircraft. The Boeing 757 landed at Charleston's Yeager Airport about 9 a.m. Tuesday. No injuries were reported among the 178...

By Michael Bolden  |  12:28 PM ET, 07/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 07/26/2010

Weather causing flight delays

The Federal Aviation Administration is reporting delays for flights bound for Atlanta, Newark and Houston due to weather in those areas. Delays range from about 30 minutes for Newark-bound flights to 50 minutes for Atlanta and more than an hour...

By Michael Bolden  |  04:48 PM ET, 07/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 07/22/2010

A boost for pilot experience?

U.S. pilots would need at least 1,500 hours of flight experience to get a job in an airline cockpit, six times the current minimum requirement, under a House-Senate agreement disclosed Tuesday by a passenger advocacy group.

By Michael Bolden  |  10:51 AM ET, 07/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 07/21/2010

Local flyer recounts turbulence

A DC resident described "bloody heads and noses" on the United Airlines jetliner that hit severe turbulence while flying over Kansas, injuring 30, one critically. Deborah Atwood, of northwest DC, was on the plane travelling first class for business in LA. She snapped the below picture with her cell phone from the window by her seat. She sent her husband, Robert Hyman, an e-mail account of the ordeal:

By Luke Rosiak  |  12:06 PM ET, 07/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 07/19/2010

Dreamliner lands in England

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner touched down in Britain on Sunday on its first trip outside the United States, thrilling hordes of eager planespotters who came out to see the breakthrough carbon-composite plane.

By Michael Bolden  |  12:31 PM ET, 07/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 07/16/2010

DOT: Short-muzzled dogs at risk

The Department of Transportation released data Friday morning that shows about half of the dogs that have died while being transported as air cargo over the last five years were breeds such as pugs and bulldogs.

By Michael Bolden  |  10:19 AM ET, 07/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 07/13/2010

N.Y. geese gassed for air safety

The dramatic landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River last year brought significant attention to what can happen when a bird strike cripples a plane. But some Brooklyn residents were surprised recently to realize that hundreds of geese in a popular park had disappeared.

By Michael Bolden  |  10:22 AM ET, 07/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 07/13/2010

Weather causing flight delays

The Capital Weather Gang is forecasting more storms today, but we're already seeing weather have a significant impact on flights.

By Michael Bolden  |  07:55 AM ET, 07/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 07/05/2010

Timeline: Coverage of plane mishaps

The Post's Ashley Halsey III reports Monday on close calls between planes over the Washington area.

By Mike McPhate  |  01:50 PM ET, 07/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 06/30/2010

Not quite snakes on a plane...

Okay, this is in Atlanta, but it's so odd, we had to share: US Airways says maggots falling from an overhead bin from a container of spoiled meat forced a plane to return to the gate in Atlanta. US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher says a passenger brought the container onto the plane and passengers noticed the maggots on Monday on the flight bound for North Carolina.

By Michael Bolden  |  04:52 PM ET, 06/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 06/28/2010

Weather causing flight delays

Severe weather moving into the area is causing problems across the region for air traffic. The Federal Aviation Administration is reporting delays at all of the Washington area airports. There are currently departure delays at Dulles of more than 60...

By Michael Bolden  |  02:29 PM ET, 06/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 06/16/2010

Spirit Airlines, union reach a deal

The union for striking pilots at Spirit Airlines says it has reached a tentative agreement with the airline.

By Michael Bolden  |  04:27 PM ET, 06/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 06/16/2010

Plane from Dulles skids off runway in Canada

The Canadian Press is reporting that United Express Flight 8050 skidded off the runway at Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa

By Michael Bolden  |  04:02 PM ET, 06/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 06/15/2010

Spirit Airlines cancels Thursday flights

Spirit Airlines says it won't fly on Thursday, as a pilot strike continues. Pilots walked out on Saturday in a dispute over pay. The airline has not flown since then.

By Michael Bolden  |  03:28 PM ET, 06/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 06/14/2010

Spirit Airlines cancels more flights

Spirit Airlines is canceling all flights through Wednesday because of a pilots' strike.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:42 PM ET, 06/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 06/03/2010

Weather delays affecting airports

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, departure delays due to thunderstorms are affecting the Boston, Newark and Washington-area airports. Airport officials advise that you check with your airline to see if you're affected. BWI airlines | Dulles airlines | Reagan-National...

By Michael Bolden  |  04:10 PM ET, 06/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 06/03/2010

More flights on time in April

U.S. airlines operated more flights on-time in April and far fewer passengers were stuck in long tarmac delays, the government said Thursday

By Michael Bolden  |  12:43 PM ET, 06/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines