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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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February 20, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frontier Airlines, which has been aggressively expanding, announced new daily nonstop flights Wednesday from Philadelphia International Airport to Houston and Minneapolis, beginning April 30. Introductory one-way fares of $59 to Houston and $49 to Minneapolis will be available through 11:59 p.m. Saturday at www.flyfrontier.com for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from April 30 to June 10. Seats will be limited at these fares. The service will be seasonal until the fall.
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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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June 3, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
PERHAPS Charlie Wilson should be playing the Powerball lottery these days. After all, the guy is on a hot streak. Recently, Wilson, lead singer of 1970s R&B headliner the Gap Band, and four of his collaborators - including his brother Lonnie (another brother/co-writer, Robert, died in 2010) - settled with DJ/producer Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars and others who had claimed composing credits on Ronson's megahit, "Uptown Funk. " Wilson and his partners (and their legal eagles) successfully argued that the song was a little too similar to the Gap Band's "Oops Upside Your Head.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
JetBlue Airways will begin nonstop flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 19. The New York-based carrier will offer an introductory $49 one-way fare until midnight Tuesday, May 19. Currently, JetBlue has five daily nonstop flights between Philadelphia and Boston. The Fort Lauderdale flights will be twice daily, departing Philadelphia at 7:30 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. and leaving Florida at 9:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. lloyd@phillynews.com 215-854-2831  
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May 20, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. airlines are expecting their busiest summer ever, with 222 million travelers - or 2.4 million a day - expected to fly between June 1 and August 31, Airlines for America, the industry group for U.S. carriers, said Monday. The 4.5 percent increase from last summer will include 31 million travelers on international flights. To accommodate the anticipated busy summer travel season, airlines are adding flights and seats, and deploying larger aircraft, said John Heimlich, chief economist for the Washington, D.C. trade group.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
American Airlines will begin transferring US Airways passenger reservations to its own system this summer, with the goal of phasing out the US Airways brand by the end of the year. American, which merged with US Airways in December 2013, notified travel agents and online ticket sites Tuesday that it would begin the transition as early as July, with the final "operational cutover" 90 days later, in October, when flights with the US Airways brand will end. Getting to a single reservation system is one of the most complex steps in the merger that created the world's largest airline with 100,000 employees and 6,700 daily flights.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN Brent Celek shows up at the Linc on Sunday morning, he won't be there to play, or even to practice. He will, however, be there to work. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Birds' hunky tight end will be slinging sammies in lot K of Lincoln Financial Field. He's taking part in the Linc's debut "Flight Market. " The event is a daytime version of the Food Trust's always-packed, four-Thursdays-a-year Night Markets, wherein local gourmet trucks alight on a Philly neighborhood and foodies stand in line in a pay-as-you-go pig-out.
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April 11, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
It happens in a flash of feathers and fur. In one second - maybe two - it's over. There's either one dead rabbit, or one hungry hawk. The battle between avian predator and prey, waged and honed over evolutionary time, has captivated Haverford College professor Suzanne Amador Kane since 2009. What tactics are at work? How can a hawk fly in hot pursuit through a forest without breaking its neck? To find out, she worked with falconers worldwide and a goshawk named Shinta in the Netherlands, affixing tiny spy cameras to backpacks and helmets worn by the birds.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. airlines and travel groups will be watching as President Obama interacts with Cuban President Raul Castro this week at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, marking their first meeting since the White House announced new regulations that would make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba. It has been 54 years since U.S. airlines have flown commercial flights to Cuba, but that could soon change. American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant carrier, along with JetBlue, United, Delta, and Southwest Airlines have all expressed interest since Obama announced in December that the U.S. would move to renew diplomatic relations and expand trade and tourism with Cuba.
NEWS
April 1, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
An airplane crash in Chester County that ended in two deaths Sunday came during a routine flight review conducted every two years to test pilots' skills, officials said Monday. The two victims aboard the flight were both certified pilots, officials said. The pilot flying the fixed-wing, single-engine airplane was accompanied by a certified flight instructor with Federal Aviation Administration designations. On Monday, 24 hours after the crash, many questions remained - mainly, what caused a small plane to fall abruptly from the sky Sunday after traveling just two miles from the Brandywine Airport in West Goshen Township.
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March 2, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
"Those are the wing skins," Ira Weissman says, pointing to a short, sleek stack of pearly aluminum panels. "I brought them over here this morning in my Prius. " We're in the basement at Camden's Urban Promise Academy, where Weissman and three fellow aviation buffs and seven high school seniors are preparing to build an airplane. The single-seat BD-5B has a 21-foot wingspan and will be assembled from a kit. A second kit - containing a fiberglass Europa XS two-seater - has been donated as well and may be assembled at another school in the city.
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February 23, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth and Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writers
Heavy snow Saturday wreaked havoc on regional transportation systems, causing flight cancellations at Philadelphia International Airport, mass-transit delays, and a spike in motor-vehicle accidents. The Federal Aviation Administration imposed a ground stop for several hours barring flights from taking off from the airport. Airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery said the action was taken because of the reduced visibility and high winds in the storm. The FAA lifted the ground stop in the late afternoon, but about 20 percent of flights into and out of the airport were canceled, and flight delays persisted the rest of the day. A winter storm warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Sunday.
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