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Flight Attendants Being Called Heroes For Their Actions in Asiana Flight 214 Crash

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Asiana Airlines attendants are being lauded as heroes for their role in helping passengers to safety after the crash-landing of Flight 214 at San Francisco on Saturday. Lee Yoon-hye, described by The Associated Press as the "cabin manger" who was "apparently the last person to leave the burning plane," was among those being called out for her efforts...

Allegiant Air Hits The Jackpot On Small-town America

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There are no sure things in Las Vegas — with one exception: Allegiant Air. While other U.S. airlines have struggled over the past decade from the ups and downs of the economy and the price of jet fuel, Allegiant has been profitable for 10 straight years. The tiny airline focuses on a niche ignored by other airlines: It only flies from small cities...

Pratt and Whitney Pioneers Quieter Jet Engine

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A quiet innovation in aviation is expected later this month. Bombardier Aerospace plans to test-fly a new plane with quieter engines from Pratt & Whitney. The companies say the geared turbofan engines are projected to burn 20% less fuel and reduce noise, and Bombardier could be the first to use planes with the quieter engines a year from now. While...

American Airlines Offers Answers To Questions Before US Airways Merger

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As part of its regulatory filings in connection with the US Airways merger, American Airlines disclosed three sets of communications sent to American’s customer relations people to help them answer customers’ questions. The basic points: Nothing changes immediately in your flight, your frequent-flier program or anything else. Later, things may...

Mini Suites and Business Class Coming to Jet Blue

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JetBlue appears primed to add business-class seating that also will include four "mini-suites" on some of its Airbus A321 jets, according to an Airbus filing with the Federal Aviation Administration. Miller says Airbus made the filing to the FAA on behalf of JetBlue because it needs an exemption to outfit the aircraft in an atypical seating configuration....

Robots Are Painting The New Boeing Planes In Record Time

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Inside a sealed building in Boeing's Everett widebody-jet assembly plant, two robotic machines glide along tracks on either side of a 106-foot 777 wing laid flat, their heads reaching out like animatronic dinosaurs nibbling at the giant wing. These new robot-painting machines can wash, apply solvent to remove dirt, rinse and then spray two different...

United Makes Flying The Friendly Skies More Pet Friendly

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United Airlines has opened a new, on-airport kennel facility at its Chicago O'Hare International Airport hub. The kennel provides exceptional accommodations and amenities for animals traveling via United's acclaimed PetSafe service. The kennel, which is located inside United's new cargo facility, has 28 individual enclosures and allows different species...

If You Travel Light, American Will Let You Board First

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American Airlines has extended preferential boarding to customers flying with small or no carry-on bags. Beginning today, the carrier says customers not needing to stow a bag in its overhead storage bins will be able to board between the Group 1 and Group 2 boarding queues. American gives boarding priority to its first-class and elite-level fliers...

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