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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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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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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 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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June 4, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ON SATURDAY night, Shelly de Vries got a call from her husband, who told her he'd be home later than expected. "He told me to go to bed, that he'd see me in the morning and that we'd have coffee," de Vries said last night from her home in Marlton, Burlington County. Hours later, she was awakened by police officers who delivered news that she has yet to fully process: Her husband, Bauke, had died in a fiery plane crash at a private airfield outside Boston that also claimed the lives of six others, including Daily News co-owner Lewis Katz.
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June 2, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
MACAU - During any Philadelphia Orchestra tour, the players need some means of retreating from the 24/7 reality of being on the road. Some play video games. Others practice Bach sonatas in their hotel rooms. But here, the siren call of Macau Tower and what claims to be the world's highest bungee jump - 764 feet - has been heeded by a handful of musicians. Last year, three - including assistant conductor designate Lio Kuokman, 32, a Macau native - did the jump. "I did not tell my mother," he said, guiltily.
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May 21, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
What a difference six days can make. The apparently drunk, unruly passenger who allegedly groped three women before air marshals arrested him after a US Airways flight to London was forced to return to Philadelphia International Airport last Tuesday appeared contrite, fresh-faced, and calm in federal court Monday on charges that he interfered with the flight crew. Robert John Coppack, 40, was led by U.S. marshals into the courtroom of Magistrate Judge Lynne A. Sitarski in handcuffs, and wearing olive-green slacks and shirt.
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May 16, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
TALK ABOUT the worst hangover ever. A 40-year-old California man was arrested yesterday after allegedly getting drunk on vodka, groping women and threatening federal air marshals on a flight from Philadelphia to London, causing the plane to turn around and return to Philly so he could be removed. Los Angeles-area resident Robert John Coppack, who told authorities he has dual citizenship in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, was one of 283 passengers on US Airways Flight 728, which left Philadelphia International Airport for London Heathrow about 10 p.m. Tuesday.
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