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Southwest Airlines, City of Houston Break Ground on International Terminal

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Southwest Airlines broke ground September 30th on their first international terminal.  The terminal, located at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), is projected to cost $156 million and take two years to complete.  The completion of the HOU terminal is expected to coincide with Southwest's plans to expand into international travel in 2015 -...

DFW Gets First Airbus A380 Double Decker Visit Due to Thunderstorms Near IAH

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Lufthansa's Airbus A380 - the largest passenger jet in the world - made its first appearance at Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) on September 19th.  Rather than representing a new route flown by Lufthansa, the flight was diverted from Houston Intercontinental (IAH) due to thunderstorms in the area.  The Airbus A380-800 flown by Lufthansa is...

Bombardier’s CSeries Takes It’s First Flight

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Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft made its first flight this week, its entry into the 100-seat to 149-seat markets – a big regional jet at its smallest, a small mainline jet at its biggest. The CSeries boasts Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan, which promises better fuel efficiency and less noise than previous generations of jet engines. Bombardier...

Hawaiin Airlines Is Adding IPad Minis To Boeing 767 Flights

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Hawaiian Airlines customers will soon be able to include iPad minis as part of their in-flight entertainment options. The carrier will add the devices to its Boeing 767-300 flights beginning this Sunday (Sept. 1). The iPad minis will be complimentary in business class on Boeing 767 flights. In coach, the devices will come with a fee and will be available...

Nothing To Read? Airport Libraries Cater To Readers On The Go

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It's appropriate that a book celebrating the 75th anniversary of Nashville International Airport includes a page -- and a charming photo -- documenting the library branch that opened on-site in 1962. Staffed by a librarian who received an extra $4 in her paycheck to cover airport parking, the Nashville Public Library reading room was the first time...

Food Trucks: A New Dining Option At Airports

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Airport cellphone waiting areas are starting to look like fast-food drive-ins. A number of airports are allowing food trucks to set up shop in or near cellphone lots where people wait to pick up passengers. The trucks, which often showcase regional foods, cater to travelers, those picking them up and airport employees. The trucks let airports shed...

Traveler’s Aide: Be Sure And Check Your Itinerary Even After Booking

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In December 2012, I bought Hawaiian Airlines tickets via Orbitz for a summer trip from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia, connecting in Honolulu. Less than two weeks before my departure date, I reviewed my reservation online and discovered that Hawaiian changed the departure time of my San Francisco flight. The new departure time cut my connection...

TSA Adds Speedier Check Outs At Several Airports, Hopefully Nationwide

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As the Transportation Security Administration expands its speedier screening program at airport checkpoints, the agency expects nearly 400,000 travelers to join in the first year. TSA is expanding Pre-check, which has separate screening lines at 40 airports where travelers can leave on their shoes and keep laptops in their bags. Frequent fliers at...

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