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Bigger Planes for Jamestown Flights

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Flights between Jamestown and Minneapolis will now be operated on larger aircraft.  Great Lakes Aviation will now be using the EMB-120, a plane that seat 32 passengers rather than those that they previously used that would only seat 19 passengers.  They have nicknamed the new plane the Brasilia and it has a galley, a washroom, and a beverage service onboard.  This plane even has a flight attendant, something the 19-seater the Beech 1900.

Jamestown Regional Airport Authority Chairman Jim Boyd said the upgrade in aircraft is welcome new to the region and mid-March will see the launch of twice-daily flights from Jamestown to Minneapolis, flights that will be subsidized under the Essential Air Service Program.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Flights Grounded by Air Australia

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Air Australia, the budget carrier based out of Brisbane, has grounded all flights effective immediately, having gone into voluntary administration on Friday.  The has said that it has no funds for the operation of the airline at the current time and they have appointed John Park and Mark Korda of KordaMentha as voluntary administrators.

The airline is not expecting to resume flights in the immediate future or in the short-term or medium-term.  The airline flew to a number of destinations in Western Australia, including Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Derby, and Port Hedland.  It also flew to international destinations in Hawaii, Bali, and Thailand.  The administrator has indicated that there are currently approximately 4000 passengers abroad who have return tickets with Air Australia and they have been advised to make alternative travel arrangements.

See the original Google News article for more details.

US Airways Launching Cincinnati-Washington Flights

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

US Airways announced on Monday that they will be offering three daily flights from Cincinnati to Washington and three daily flights from Washington to Cincinnati , with the exception of Saturday.  These new flights are scheduled to begin in May.  The airlines subsidiary PSA Airlines will operate the flights on a Canadair Regional Jet that seats 50 passengers.

The new flights have come as a result of an increase in landing and takeoff slots that US Airways have acquired at the Reagan International Airport.  They acquired the slots through a trade with Delta Airlines, giving up slots at New York’s LaGuardia International Airport.

See the original Google News article for more details.

One-Third of Frankfurt Flights Affected by Strike

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Frankfurt Airport is the third busiest in Europe and it is about to see a disruption of one-third of its flights as a result of a strike that is set to take place tomorrow by the airport’s runway-area controllers.  Peter Schmitz, Chief Operations Officer of Fraport AG, the company that owns the airport, said they are working hard to ensure that two-thirds of the 650 flights tomorrow go off without a hitch.  He also said that the company might seek a court injunction in an effort to stop the strike from happening.

Matthias Maas, a spokesman for the Gewerkschaft der Flugsicherung (GdF) union, said that after talks broke down strike action was set and they will be off the job between 3:00 pm and 10:00 pm.  This airport is the hub of Lufthansa, Europe’s second largest airline.  There has been a mediator to assist with the negotiations and GdF has accepted their recommendations.  However, the airline is standing by their offer.

See the original Google News article for more details.

One in Five Times are the Delays of 390 Mumbai Flights

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Mumbai is not improving on the number of flight delays that occur.  A total of 390 flights have been delayed one in five times in the month of January.  Of these flights, a larger number of them were delays for arriving flights rather than for departing flights.  A breakdown of the data shows that 167 flights that took off from the Mombai airport were delayed 20% of the time, where as 223 arriving flights were delayed 20% of the times they were schedule to touch down.

The data was collected by Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) and it shows that Kingfisher came out on top with only 33 delayed arrivals, as compared with 51 late arrivals by Air India and 62 late arrivals by Jet Airways.  In terms of departures, once again Kingfisher came out on top with only 23 late departures.  Jet Airways had a total of 41 late departures and Air India had 47.  Airport officials said that the number of delays is proportional to the number of flights the carrier offers so the larger carriers have more.

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Dubai to Connect with Lisbon, Portugal

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

On July 9 Emirates will begin service from Dubai in the UAE, to Lisbon, Portugal.  The airline released a statement that indicates that they will launch daily flights from Dubai to Lisbon, a new service that comes in the immediate wake of their launch of flights to Barcelona in Spain.  Emirates will use a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft to service Lisbon and first class, business class, and economy class seats will be available.

Emirates president, Tim Clark, said that Lisbonhas been in their sites for some time now and it will become the airline’s 31st European destination.  Emirates will be the only Middle Eastern carrier that will offer service in PortugalPortugal is has a population of 10 million people and there is an estimated 200 million Portuguese-speaking people living around the world.  Emirates services other destinations with Portuguese-speaking people, such as Angola, Brazil, and Hong Kong.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Amsterdam Flights Delayed Due to Bomb Threat

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam saw the delay of dozens of flights due to a bomb threat.  A man claimed to have a bomb and locked himself in a washroom.  This caused the evacuation of two terminals and once the authorities moved in and spoke with the man, it became clear that he had no explosives on him.  However, despite this and the speed of the evacuation of the terminals, it took much longer to re-open them and get the schedule back to normal.

Rob van Kapel, a spokesman for the military police, said that the suspect did not pose a threat, but according to security protocols the bomb squad searched the entire building.  A criminal investigation has been launched, but it is too early to say what charges the man will face or what his mental state might be in light of his action.

See the original Google News article for more details.

US Airways Forced to Make Emergency Landing in Charlotte

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

A US Ariways passenger jet departed Charlotte at 2:30 pm on Sunday, bound for Charleston, and a spokesperson for the airline said that shortly after takeoff the crew heard a loud noise.  The crew was unsettled and as a precautionary measure they turned the aircraft around and went back to the Charlotte /Douglas International Airport.

The plane had only departed an hour before it returned to the airport and there were 44 passengers on board, all of whom were accommodated on different flights so that they could reach their destinations.  There has been no word as to what caused the noise, but the airline is investigating the situation.

See the original Google News article for more details.

New Seasonal Flights Denver to Bellingham

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Frontier Airlines will be offering seasonal flights between Denver and Bellingham this summer.  The flights will run from May 24 to September 16.  The announcement was made on February 9 and the flights will be non-stop to the airline’s hub in Denver.

The reason for the seasonal service is to test the market to see if the route is viable for the airline.  The aircraft to be used is the 124-seat Airbus A319 and the flight will arrive in Bellingham at 10:10, departing the city at 10:55.  The airline is offering an introductory fare starting at $90 for a one-way ticket.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Oscar Arrives in Los Angeles

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Oscar traveled on United Airlines flight 531 and passengers were able to have their pictures taken with him.  Oscar was accompanied by academy president Tom Sherak and rode first class all the way.  The flight was on Thursday and Sherak had not one, but two Oscars with him, both to be presented for Best Picture.  He spent the entire five-hour flight posing for pictures.

Passengers were using cell phones and cameras to get photos with the Oscars and the flight attendants held a trivia contest, giving away memorabilia from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The 84th Annual Academy Awards is going to be held on February 26th.  Sherak said it’s fun to let Oscar visit with the passengers and he was even allowed in the cockpit before takeoff.

See the original Google News article for more details.

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