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April 30, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Virgin America, California's hip and high-tech airline, is pulling its flights from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and San Francisco, and flying the airplanes instead to more lucrative corporate travel markets - between Dallas and New York City and Washington. The airline began Philadelphia flights two years ago. It said the service will end Oct. 6. The Burlingame, Calif., carrier said Friday that it had been awarded two gates at Dallas' Love Field by the Justice Department and planned to begin flights in October to New York LaGuardia and Reagan Washington National Airports.
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August 7, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Soon the only thing that might distinguish first class from economy travel on some shorter US Airways and American Airlines flights will be roomier seats, more leg room - and free cocktails. One more accoutrement of air travel is disappearing: the complimentary three-course meal in the "premium" cabin on many domestic flights. Starting Sept. 1, American, which recently merged with US Airways, Philadelphia's dominant airline, will offer snacks instead of a full meal in first class and business class on most flights of less than two hours and 45 minutes in duration.
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June 8, 2011 | By Michael Warren, Associated Press
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Stiff winds blew ash from a Chilean volcano Tuesday in a widening arc across Argentina to the capital, grounding most air travel in the country for much of the day. Airborne ash can severely damage jet engines, and the state-owned airlines Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral canceled all flights. At least six international carriers also suspended flights between Buenos Aires and cities in the United States, Europe, and South America, and flights from Chile over Argentine territory also were suspended.
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May 19, 1995 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An airline subsidiary of Air Canada, airAlliance, plans to start flights between Philadelphia and Montreal June 4, with introductory round-trip fares of $183. The twice-daily flights are scheduled to take one hour, 40 minutes to Montreal and one hour, 55 minutes to Philadelphia. The airAlliance service using 37-seat Dash-8 turboprop airplanes will go head-to-head with three daily USAir jet flights, which fly the route in about 1 1/2 hours. United Airlines will handle ground servicing for airAlliance at Philadelphia International Airport.
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June 27, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
The U.S. government is planning to propose a new rule that, for the first time, would limit the number of flights planes can make in their lifetimes, the New York Times reported today. The newspaper said the proposal by the Federal Aviation Administration focuses on the number of flights that metal-fatigue tests show a given type of plane can safely endure. Each type of aircraft would be allowed to make half that number of flights. Work on the proposal began months ago, the newspaper said, but was speeded after an accident in which an Aloha Airlines jet lost part of its roof during a flight over the Pacific Ocean on April 28. If the proposed rule had been in effect, the Aloha jet would have been grounded prior to the flight.
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July 3, 2008 | By Linda Loyd INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Passengers traveling from Philadelphia International Airport after Labor Day will be spared the deep cuts in flight schedules that some other cities will see as airlines grapple with soaring fuel costs. Published airline schedules for October show domestic flights and seat capacity here will be reduced less than 2 percent, compared with October 2007. "Philadelphia will lose 1.8 percent seat capacity in October compared to a year ago," said deputy aviation director James M. Tyrrell.
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September 26, 2010
Is there room for another search engine for flights? If Hipmunk.com can truly save us time, then absolutely. The "agony" sort feature takes into account the price, duration and number of stops. I tested Hipmunk for an October round trip between Los Angeles and New York. It returned a great $279 fare on three airlines, matching results from another search site, Travelocity.com . (That fare may no longer be available.) - Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times
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May 12, 1991 | By Donald D. Groff, Special to The Inquirer
The Philadelphia area is the No. 3 source of visitors to the Bahamas - nearly 50,000 of them in the first nine months of 1990 - and that's enough to prompt Carnival Air Lines to offer regular service between here and Nassau, starting Thursday. Flights will depart and return every day except Wednesday. A down-and-back "play day" package costs only $99 round-trip, including airfare, transfers and a buffet. The flights are designed mainly to carry customers to Carnival's Crystal Palace Resort & Casino, but air-only service also is available for $240 round trip.
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August 20, 1989 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Staff Writer
LATE NEWS. Planes are stacking up over European airports in record numbers this summer, causing delays for connecting flights to such distant destinations as New York. In June, 30.8 percent of flights landing in Europe were more than 15 minutes late, the worst monthly figure ever. (Last June, 22 percent of flights were delayed.) Pan Am reported almost 20 percent of its July flights from Europe to Kennedy Airport were more than 15 minutes late. Analysts blame the backups on ever-increasing traffic and a poor, fragmented European air-traffic control system.
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December 26, 2004 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Francisco Rojas desperately wanted to attend his mother's funeral in the Dominican Republic this week. But yesterday, like hundreds of others, he found himself at Philadelphia International Airport, wondering what to do about his canceled U.S. Airways flight and his family's six missing pieces of luggage. With no hope of flying out of Philadelphia, he spent more than $1,000 to book a flight on another airline out of New York. His son was driving from their home in Passaic, N.J., to pick up Rojas, his wife and his sister and take them to Kennedy International Airport.
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September 12, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Deborah Borza ran her fingers along the raised name of her daughter, Deora Bodley, on the plaque honoring the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93, killed when their plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field on 9/11. She does it every time she visits the Capitol. It was one personal tribute here on a day of gestures both grand and small in memory of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, 13 years ago Thursday. Wednesday morning began with a ceremony awarding the victims Congress' highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, in a stately event led by the nation's four most senior lawmakers.
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September 9, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Only about a half-dozen artifacts from Flight 93 are displayed in the intimate alcove at the National September 11 Memorial Museum. But each small item tells a powerful, emotional story of the Pennsylvania chapter of the 2001 tragedy: The smashed Rolex, its date indicator frozen on the number 11, that belonged to Todd Beamer, who rallied fellow passengers with the words "Let's roll!" as they steeled themselves for a cockpit assault. The mangled piece of a galley stove that became a weapon as quick-thinking flight attendants boiled water to attack the terrorists controlling their plane.
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August 20, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frontier Airlines will start flying to Nassau, Bahamas, from Trenton-Mercer Airport in November. The new route, the 19th nonstop and first international destination for Frontier from Trenton was announced Monday by Mercer County executive Brian Hughes. Flights begin Nov. 20 at an introductory fare as low as $79 each way, for travel through March 1, 2015, if booked on FlyFrontier.com through Saturday. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday on the airline website.
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August 7, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Soon the only thing that might distinguish first class from economy travel on some shorter US Airways and American Airlines flights will be roomier seats, more leg room - and free cocktails. One more accoutrement of air travel is disappearing: the complimentary three-course meal in the "premium" cabin on many domestic flights. Starting Sept. 1, American, which recently merged with US Airways, Philadelphia's dominant airline, will offer snacks instead of a full meal in first class and business class on most flights of less than two hours and 45 minutes in duration.
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July 26, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
US Airways resumed its nonstop flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv, Israel, at 9:10 p.m. Thursday. The first return flight from Tel Aviv will arrive in Philadelphia on Saturday morning. "Based on a thorough review of all information available," US Airways' parent company, American Airlines, said the carrier would fly Thursday night "as scheduled. " Delta Air Lines said it would resume its once-daily flight from New York John F. Kennedy Airport to Israel on Thursday evening. United Airlines restarted its flights to Tel Aviv starting with a 4:45 p.m. flight Thursday from Newark, N.J., and a second flight that was scheduled to depart Newark at 10:50 p.m. Thursday.
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July 25, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Federal Aviation Administration extended a ban for an additional 24 hours Wednesday on commercial flights to and from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport, while the FAA "continues to monitor and evaluate the situation. " The FAA said it was working closely with the Israeli government to "review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated. " The decision continued the original, 24-hour no-fly ban imposed Tuesday, in response to the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza and a rocket strike that landed near the main Tel Aviv airport.
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July 24, 2014 | BY CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
TRAVELERS HOPING to jet off to Tel Aviv yesterday were forced to reschedule plans after airlines suspended service to the Israeli city in the wake of a reported rocket attack. US Airways, the only airline with a direct daily flight between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, canceled Flight 797 to Philadelphia and Flight 796 to Tel Aviv. The cancellations were brought on by the news that a rocket from Gaza had landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a 24-hour ban on flights between the U.S. and Tel Aviv beginning at 12:15 p.m. yesterday.
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July 18, 2014 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
ONE MOMENT they were calmly cruising 6 miles high over eastern Europe - 15 crew members of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and 298 passengers from every corner of the globe. Some were AIDS researchers en route to a conference, while one carried a tour guide for the exotic beaches of Bali. A minute later - 4:21 p.m. local time, near the lawless border between Ukraine and Russia - their flying machine was in pieces on the ground. Witnesses described a horrific scene amid flaming bits of the Boeing 777 splayed across a drizzle-soaked wheat field - intact dead bodies crumpled like rag dolls interspersed with fragments of their luggage and laptops, amid an acrid stench.
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June 7, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines will break ground in the next 30 days to build a new center in North Texas to oversee daily flight operations of the combined American and US Airways which merged in December. American, in a letter to employees, said the flight operations center would be near the company headquarters and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. "A new, state-of-the-art facility that can house all of our team members and the technology needed for our daily demands" is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015, the company said.
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June 6, 2014 | By Jason Grant and Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Investigators are examining numerous possible factors in Saturday's jet crash outside Boston that killed Lewis Katz and six others, including whether the plane's tail flaps malfunctioned on takeoff, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Wednesday. Asked whether NTSB investigators were checking into whether the horizontal flaps on the tail failed to respond properly to cockpit controls, the spokesman, Peter Knudson, confirmed that they were, but cautioned that they were but one possible factor and line of inquiry.
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