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Southwest Airlines Price Hike: Major Airlines Follow Suit, Raise ...

Southwest Airlines Price Hike: Major Airlines Follow Suit, Raise ... | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
DALLAS -- Led by Southwest Airlines, several airlines are raising prices again. Southwest raised fares Wednesday by $10 per round trip on about 10 percent of its routes.
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Airlines Start to Cut Monday Service After Blizzard

Airlines Start to Cut Monday Service After Blizzard | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it

After canceling almost 7,000 weekend flights, airlines have started to cut Monday service as the ripple effects of driving snow and ice that brought many East Coast airports to a standstill drifted into the next...

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Russian airliners to fly for Air France – report

Russian airliners to fly for Air France – report | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
One of the biggest airlines in Europe, Air France-KLM, intends to wet lease Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft this May, Gazeta.ru reports, quoting a source close to the negotiations.
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Delta flight diverts after alleged 'fist fight' by attendants

Delta flight diverts after alleged 'fist fight' by attendants | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
Delta has apologized to customers on the L.A.-to-Minneapolis flight.
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British Airways makes a brave emergency landing at Heathrow - Travelandtourworld.com

British Airways makes a brave emergency landing at Heathrow - Travelandtourworld.com | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
British Airways pilot makes a brave emergency plane landing at Heathrow Airport after plane loses two sets of wheels. The BA295 flight, which was due to fly from Heathrow to Chicago, was diverted back due to a “technical issue” after it lost …
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Mysterious illness causes fainting and panic, forcing American Airlines flight to turn around

Mysterious illness causes fainting and panic, forcing American Airlines flight to turn around | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
The airline said maintenance workers could find nothing wrong with the Los Angeles-bound plane, which returned to London.
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Eastern Air Lines Stages a Comeback

Eastern Air Lines Stages a Comeback | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
A quarter century after abruptly shutting down late one January night in 1991, Eastern Air Lines is once again in the air.
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JetBlue unveils cabin overhaul for Airbus A320s

JetBlue unveils cabin overhaul for Airbus A320s | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
Overhaul includes Wi-Fi and power outlets, but also more seats.
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Thirty Years Overdue, It's Time to Rebuild America's Airports | Fox Business

Thirty Years Overdue, It's Time to Rebuild America's Airports | Fox Business | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
The nation's airports are badly in need of construction and technological improvements. FOXBusiness.com’s series 'Upgrading America' examines what’s being done to fix the problem.
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Former Alaska Airlines Pilot Accused Of Flying Drunk

Former Alaska Airlines Pilot Accused Of Flying Drunk | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it

A retired pilot is being accused of flying Alaska Airlines planes drunk in 2014. He had alcohol level readings of 0.134 percent 0.142 percent after he flew those flights.

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Turkish Airlines Chief Predicts Growth Despite Terror Attacks

Turkish Airlines Chief Predicts Growth Despite Terror Attacks | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it

A recent terror attack in Turkey isn't denting growth plans at the country’s flag carrier as it recorded only a small drop off in bookings in the wake of this month’s bombing in Istanbul, the chief executive of Turkish Airlines said.

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'Uber for Private Jets' Helps People Stranded After the Snowpocalypse

'Uber for Private Jets' Helps People Stranded After the Snowpocalypse | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
JetSmarter, a private jet alternative for the slightly less rich, has received a bump in interest following this weekend's winter storm.
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Airlines to enjoy low fuel in 2016, costs under spotlight

Airlines to enjoy low fuel in 2016, costs under spotlight | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
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Emergency Responders At Scene Of Reported Crane Collapse In Lower Manhattan

Emergency Responders At Scene Of Reported Crane Collapse In Lower Manhattan | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
It happened on Worth Street near Broad and Wall Street. Breaking News, Sports, Weather, Traffic And The Best of NY
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British Airways' New Brand Campaign – ‘FUELLED BY LOVE’ - Travelandtourworld.com

British Airways' New Brand Campaign – ‘FUELLED BY LOVE’ - Travelandtourworld.com | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
Having served the country for close to a century, British Airways continues to love India back. The real-life experiences of British Airways’ cabin crew reveal that whilst service is driven by purpose and efficiency, true care is ‘fuelled by love’. …

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Emirates launches world's longest regular non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama

Emirates launches world's longest regular non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
The Dubai-based airline says that the move will 'open doors in Latin American and beyond'
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‘Mega-Projects’ to Drive Panama’s Future Economy

‘Mega-Projects’ to Drive Panama’s Future Economy | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it

  While countries around the world are struggling to bolster their economies, Panama will continue to grow thanks to its “mega-projects,” economic experts said at a conference this week.


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Alaska Airlines chief executive apologizes for using "Meet our Eskimo" reference

Alaska Airlines chief executive apologizes for using "Meet our Eskimo" reference | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
Alaska Airlines issued an apology today for using the phrase “Meet our Eskimo” in a high-profile rebranding campaign this week.
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NetJets Adds Cessna Citation Latitude Demo to Fleet

NetJets Adds Cessna Citation Latitude Demo to Fleet | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
The aircraft will be on display throughout the U.S. ahead of deliveries of fractional-owned Latitudes beginning in June.
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AA Offering Refunds for Travel to Zika Areas

AA Offering Refunds for Travel to Zika Areas | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
American Airlines says it will give refunds to pregnant women who were planning to travel to parts of Central America that are affected by the Zika virus.
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Why airlines can bump Andie MacDowell from her seat — and you, too

Why airlines can bump Andie MacDowell from her seat — and you, too | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
It’s in their contracts of carriage: When you buy airfare, airlines do not “guarantee” a particular seat, schedule or flight. And airlines can be pretty persnickety about whom they fly and where they seat them. Back when I used to work for Eastern Air Lines, an employee flying on a company ticket had to wear a suit and tie in order to be accepted for transportation. We always flew in first class if there were seats, but one day I showed up at the check-in desk with a nice suit but no tie — and I was bumped back to economy. “The way you’re dressed, you don’t deserve to fly at all!” sniped the ticket agent.

Actress Andie MacDowell was, now famously, booted back to “tourist class” over the weekend for an equally silly reason: She carried a pet pooch on board. But because she was seated in the first-class bulkhead row, the dog and its carrier couldn’t fit under the seat in front of her. (There is no underseat storage in the first row of first class.)

Why the “Four Weddings and a Funeral” actress was sitting in that row while transporting an animal isn’t clear, but she was ignominiously booted back to an economy class seat. She wasn’t having it, and aired her thoughts on Twitter. “@AmericanAir HELP I paid for first class & they put me in tourist because of my dog that I pre-booked & paid for.”

But it’s not just airline employee dress codes and pets that can get you booted back to coach — or off the plane entirely.

1. The air marshal needs your seat.
These guys still fly to protect you, and they’re sometimes seated in first class without prior warning. If one of them shows up and needs your seat, you’ll either be bumped off the flight entirely or reassigned to economy class. And you won’t even get an explanation — obviously, the government doesn’t want you to blab that there’s an air marshal in seat 2A!

2. You pissed off a crew member.
When Bobby Abtahi, a Dallas attorney, was rushing through one of those large revolving doors at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, he supposedly “cut off” a Virgin America flight attendant who was attempting to enter at the same time. Abtahi was booted off his flight after the flight attendant complained to the captain of his plane. Virgin later apologized for the “misunderstanding” and refunded his fare.



3. You — or your child — won’t listen to crew member instructions.
Actually, if you do anything to annoy cabin crew or fail to obey their instructions and those “lighted placard signs.” When singer Sarah Blackwood of Walk Off the Earth couldn’t get her toddler to sit down and fasten his seatbelt just before takeoff, her United Airlines flight returned to the gate and both were invited to deplane. “That’s how babies are,” she reportedly said. Not a few other parents and their issue have been booted for unruly behavior — theirs or their progeny’s.

4. The airline oversells or double-books a seat.
Even in this era of sophisticated computer systems — or perhaps because of them — airlines oversell flights and even, on rare occasions, sell the same seat to two people. You’re now entitled to up to $1,350 in cash compensation if you’re “bumped” depending on the reason for the bump, the length of any delay caused and the price of your ticket. In 2013, Delta was fined $750,000 for, among other bumping violations, not informing passengers that they’re entitled to cash compensation rather than a travel voucher, and last year American paid a fine for similar infractions. The take-home message? Do not accept a travel voucher in place of the cash if this happens to you.

5. You’re not properly dressed.
Again, this is up to cabin crew, but if you wear a T-shirt with offensive wording, are exposing too much flesh, or are otherwise provocatively dressed, flight attendants and cockpit crew have been known to kick people off the plane. Spirit Airlines once deplaned a passenger for refusing to pull up his baggy, underwear-revealing pants, and Southwest has been known to refuse passage to passengers whose clothes reveal too much cleavage or other body parts. Thankfully, airlines no longer require employees to wear suits and ties when flying on company passes, but they’ll take it out on you if they don’t approve of your fashion sense.

6. You’re overweight?
In November, an Orange County man said he was kicked off an American Airlines flight for being overweight. According to press reports, Chris Shelley, who flies 100,000 miles per year in his job as an engineer, said an airline representative told him that “anyone over two inches in the seat cannot sit on the aircraft.” Ultimately, he convinced the woman next to him, whose complaint had prompted his ouster, to switch seats. American Airlines also sent out two apology emails and said it would investigate the situation.

George Hobica is the founder of airfarewatchdog.com.

 

Check out this video of an American Airlines crew kicking a seemingly innocent woman off a flight:
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Severe Turbulence Hospitalizes 7 Aboard an American Airlines Flight

Severe Turbulence Hospitalizes 7 Aboard an American Airlines Flight | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
Seven people were taken to the hospital after severe turbulence occurred on an American Airlines flight carrying 203 people to Italy.
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US East Coast blizzard: 10,200 flights cancelled, airports shut in major cities

US East Coast blizzard: 10,200 flights cancelled, airports shut in major cities | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it

The monstrous winter storm Jonas pummelling the US East Coast has caused travel chaos disrupting flight schedules and domestic transportation.

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Brighter Skies at Spirit Airlines -- The Motley Fool

Brighter Skies at Spirit Airlines --  The Motley Fool | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it

The budget carrier just dramatically raised its Q4 profit guidance.

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Iran plans to buy 114 Airbus jets on Rouhani’s Europe visit - FT.com

Iran plans to buy 114 Airbus jets on Rouhani’s Europe visit - FT.com | AIR CHARTER NEWS | Scoop.it
Iran is planning to sign a contract with European aircraft maker Airbus to buy 114 planes in what would be the first big deal to emerge from Tehran’s landmark nuclear pact with global powers. The Airbus deal is the highlight of a visit to Rome and
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