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Chinese airlines permit mobile phone use on board

January 18th 2018 4:30AM
Two of China's major airlines will be the first to permit passengers to use their mobile phones in flight mode while airborne starting from today. Hainan Airlines and China Eastern Airlines are the first Chinese airlines to make the adjustment, and are expected to be quickly followed by other domestic ...

Malaysia Airlines flight from Sydney makes emergency landing at Alice Springs

January 18th 2018 3:56AM
A Malaysia Airlines flight travelling from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur has been forced to make an emergency landing at Alice Springs. The airline released a statement on Thursday night saying Flight MH122 was diverted for "technical reasons". "The A330-300 aircraft safely landed in Alice Springs Airport at ...

'Brace for impact': Passengers terrified as Malaysia Airlines flight makes emergency landing in ...

January 18th 2018 3:50AM
A terrified passenger has told of how she "thought she was going to die" after crew on board a Malaysia Airlines flight told passengers to brace for impact when the plane started vibrating. Flight MH122, an Airbus A330 heading to Kuala Lumpur from Sydney, was four hours into the flight when a "massive ...

Malaysia Airlines flight MH122 to Kuala Lumpur forced to divert to Alice Springs

January 18th 2018 3:48AM
The husband of a passenger onboard a Malaysia Airlines flight forced to divert to Alice Springs, says his wife has described the experience as "hell". Flight MH122 was travelling from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur this afternoon when one of the Airbus A330-300 plane's engines is believed to have been shut ...

Thomas Cook Airlines has cheap return flights to San Francisco from £300 - but you need to be ...

January 18th 2018 3:45AM
Thomas Cook Airlines has cheap return flights to San Francisco from £300 - but you need to be VERY quick. Thomas Cook Airlines has a sale on cheap return flights to San Francisco with fares from £300 but you'll need to act quickly to get the holiday deal. Share; Comments. By. Julie Delahaye. 09:55 ...

American Airlines passengers shown bracing for impact in emergency landing

January 18th 2018 3:33AM
Passengers on an American Airlines flight suffered some tense moments on Thursday after they were instructed to brace for impact as their plane made an emergency landing due to mechanical issues. The entire frightening incident was recorded by a passenger.

Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing at Alice Springs airport

January 18th 2018 3:25AM
The jet returned to Alice Springs while it was flying above Derby in remote Western Australia, due to “technical reasons”, the airline said. Passenger Madhu Alasyam said on Twitter the incident “scared the hell” out of him. “Kudos to pilot for safe landing in #AliceSprings, after a brace-for-impact call.

China Loosens Government Grip on Airlines

January 18th 2018 3:22AM
China will relax restrictions on private investment in the airline industry, reducing the required government ownership of the country's three biggest airlines to be less than 50%. The rule — which also said the government still needs to be the largest shareholder — will take effect Friday. The ruling follows ...

The Death of Free Checked Airline Baggage

January 18th 2018 3:11AM
This type of economy-class fare segmentation has become the primary weapon of “full-service” network airlines such as Delta and United in their battle with low-cost rivals. Their expansion of no-frills fares is aimed at upstarts such as Norwegian and WOW Air, which charge to check any bag as part of ...

Taiwan's EVA Air and China Airlines ranked in the top five most fuel efficient airlines operating ...

January 18th 2018 2:37AM
TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—EVA Air and China Airlines were ranked in the top five most fuel efficient airlines among 20 airlines operating transpacific routes, while Qantas was ranked as the least efficient, according to an International Council on Clean Transportation's (ICCT) transpacific airline fuel ...

Airlines UK calls for Heathrow passenger charges to be kept at current levels

January 18th 2018 12:11AM
Airlines UK CEO Tim Alderslade added: "We look forward to seeing further detail from Heathrow as to what we are our customers will be asked to pay for, and are committed to continuing to work with the airport and the Civil Aviation Authority to bring down the cost of the scheme further so that charges ...

Thomas Cook Airlines flight attendant dies in Phuket hotel room

January 17th 2018 11:03PM
After an initial investigation the hotel staff told the police that the Thomas Cook Airlines rented the hotel for their 11 cabin crews from January 15 – 19. At noon, when the housekeeping staff knocked the door to clean the room, there was no one to answer, so the house keeping staff used the back-up key ...

Passengers prepare for crash landing on American Airlines flight

January 17th 2018 9:22PM
Passengers prepare for crash landing on American Airlines flight. Lexi Sutter ... A flight operated by Mesa Airlines out of Phoenix Wednesday had to prepare for a rough landing at its final destination in Dallas. ... An airline spokesperson confirmed to ABC15 a fan issue prompted the emergency landing.

Spirit Airlines Raises Guidance: Will 2018 Be Even Better?

January 17th 2018 9:11PM
Many other airlines have increased their unit revenue outlooks over the past month and a half. That said, Spirit Airlines and United Continental had two of the bigger forecast improvements in the sector. This suggests that an easing of the fare war between Spirit and United provided some benefit during ...

Spirit Airlines Raises Guidance: Will 2018 Be Even Better?

January 17th 2018 8:37PM
On Tuesday, Spirit Airlines (NYSE:SAVE) joined its airline industry peers by raising its fourth-quarter unit revenue forecast. This suggests that a fare war that broke out between Spirit and United Continental (NYSE:UAL) last summer may be petering out. Even with this guidance increase, Spirit Airlines ...

United Airlines makes super heroes of Olympians and employees

January 17th 2018 7:07PM
“The tie between superheroes and Team USA athletes is clear – they are regular people who use their exceptional talents to accomplish the incredible,” said Mark Krolick, vice president, marketing at United Airlines. “For close to four decades, our employees have called upon their unique skills ...

Budget airlines push traffic to record 4.1 billion passengers

January 17th 2018 6:56PM
A Turkish Airlines aircraft flies over the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Turkey January 17, 2018. Murad Sezer, Reuters. MONTREAL, Canada - Budget carriers continued to push global air traffic to new record levels last year, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said on Wednesday. Scheduled ...

Every Change to Expect From Alaska Airlines as It Completes the Merge With Virgin America

January 17th 2018 6:45PM
Now that Alaska Airlines and Virgin America are officially considered a single airline by the FAA, Alaska is one giant step closer to completing the merge. Though Virgin America's name and logo will be retired by 2019, travelers can expect to see many of their favorite brand elements integrated ...

Frontier Airlines lifts COS traffic upward

January 17th 2018 6:22PM
Part of the surge was due to Frontier Airlines adding numerous destinations in the last year, including Chicago O'Hare; Los Angeles; San Diego; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Fort Myers, Florida; and Tampa Bay, Florida. Before those additions, Frontier already flew from COS to Las Vegas, Phoenix ...

See if airlines owe you money from up to 3 years ago with AirHelp's new tool

January 17th 2018 5:48PM
It's hard enough getting airlines to reimburse you for that hellish trip you had to endure last night, much less last year. But now, one app is helping you set wrongs right, even if those wrongs occurred in the not-so-recent past. AirHelp, which last year announced a boarding pass scanner to give real-time ...