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Engine Troubles Causes Emirates-Sydney Flight to Turn Back

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Emirates Flight EK413, which was flying from Sydney to Dubai, UAE, was forced to turn back when engine trouble occurred shortly after takeoff on Sunday.  The airline confirmed the information on Monday.  Local media reported that passengers said they heard a loud noise and saw a bright flash of orange light.

 

All passengers on the Emirates flight disembarked and were re-booked on other flights.  For those passengers that had to stay overnight, hotel arrangements were made.  The aircraft the flight was operating on was an A380 superjumbo.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Flight Delays and Cancellations Due to Snow in Winnipeg

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

On Friday, Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning for Manitoba that extended into Saturday.  Winnipeg was expected to be hit the hardest, but by morning they only had about 4 inches of snow, which was less than expected overnight.  However, they were expecting a lot more over Saturday night, between 10 and 20 cm, as a result of a Colorado low that moved east from Montana.

 

The winter weather over the weekend was enough to cause a number of collisions on the road, including a transport truck that collided with an SUV, and a number of flight delays and cancellations at Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.  Flights that were due to arrive from Alberta were cancelled on Saturday and a travel advisory was issued for anyone planning to travel from Winnipeg over the weekend.  Officials at the airport encouraged people to contact their airlines before making their way to the airport.

 

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New Storm Means Cancellations in US Northeast

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Just over a week ago, New York and New Jersey were hit with the powerful Superstorm Sandy and now they are faced with a second powerful storm.  In light of this, major airlines have already begun cancelling flights. United and American Airlines are suspending operations in the region as of this afternoon.  Other airlines are trying to get passengers to reschedule their flights without having to pay a fee.

 

Airlines often cancel flights well ahead of a storm in order to prevent having aircraft and crews stranded and to lessen the financial losses the airline incurs.  By 8:45 am this morning a total of 360 flights had been cancelled at New York’s three major airports, with half of those being from Newark Liberty.  United Airlines is the largest airline in the world and they warn that in addition to the cancellation of flights in the New York area, there will likely be other cancellations and delays throughout the northeast.

 

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Another Storm Causes Hundreds of Flight Disruptions in New York

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

United Airlines and American Airlines have suspended flights in New York starting later today as another storm approaches the northeast U.S.  American and American Eagle have also suspended flights in Philadelphia, effective at noon today.  Delta Airlines has not yet called off any flights, but anticipates the need to do so may arise.  Southwest Airlines is currently tracking the storm, but has not yet made any decisions regarding flight status.

 

Hurricane Sandy caused the cancellation of 20,000 flights in the American northeast just over a week ago and now the approaching storm system is forecast to pack a punch and is headed right for the regions affected by Sandy.  United was the first airline to respond to forecasts, leading the flight cancellations.  Long-haul and international service as well as flights to other hubs will operate out of Newark Liberty, although other operations there, as well as those at LaGuardia and JFK will be halted.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

US Airways Launching Flights from Philadelphia to Shannon

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Next summer, US Airways will be launching flights from Philadelphia to Shannon, Ireland.  These flights will be operated at the height of the Gathering Ireland, which is a tourism theme for Ireland in 2013.  The flights will operate from May 3 to September 3, 2013 aboard Boeing 757 aircraft.  As of this time, prices for these flights have not been set, although the flight schedule has been entered into the US Airways system.

 

The flights will depart daily from Philadelphia at 9:15 am and arrive in Shannon at 8:40 am.  The return flight will depart Shannon at 11:35 am.  United Airlines will also be operating a Chicago to Shannon route during the summer next year, from June until September.  The goal behind these flights is to help in the separation of the Shannon airport from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), something for which the Department of Transport is seeking Cabinet approval.

 

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First Dreamliner Flight with Passengers in the U.S.

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The long-awaited first Dreamliner flight carrying passengers in the U.S. has finally made its first flight, arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Sunday morning.  It was a United Airlines flight, making the carrier the first in the U.S. to fly a composite-plastic-fuselage aircraft.  The plane has two aisles and is designed to be 20% more fuel efficient.  Boeing had to delay the release of the aircraft by more than three years due to production problems.

 

The Dreamliner planes will be cheaper to operate than smaller planes because of its lighter weight, with half the plane, including fuselage and wings, being made of strong, lightweight composite material rather than metal.  Starting on January 3, United will begin flying the Dreamliner on daily nonstop from Los Angeles to Narita, Japan and on March 30 they will also begin operating daily nonstop flights to Shanghai.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Allegiant Now Flies to Hawaii

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Those who live in and around Vancouver will find it a little easier to get to some fun in the sun as Allegiant Airlines will be flying to Hawaii, starting over the next two weeks.  The service will begin on November 14 from Bellingham, Washington to Kahului Airport on Maui and service from Bellingham to Honolulu International Airport begins the next day, on November 15.  Allegiant Travel Company President Andrew C. Levy said they are pleased to give residents of Northwest Washington and Vancouver this opportunity.

 

Levy also made mention that the airline’s nonstop service to Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay area, San Diego, the and Phoenix/Mesa have been extremely popular, especially with Canadian travellers.  He says they are confident the same level of appreciation will be present for the nonstop flights to Hawaii.

 

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Flights Resume in New York

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

As residents of New York and surrounding regions begin to clean up after Sandy and the subway begins some service again, flights at most major airports in New York resume.  Flights into and out of the city are still limited, but those between Ireland and New York are in full swing as Aer Lingus plans to operate seven flights to New York today, including an extra flight that will depart from Dublin to JFK at 1:15 pm.

 

In addition, United Airlines and Delta Airlines flights from Ireland to JFK are expected to depart on schedule.  However, there were two flights that were due to depart from New York for Dublin last night and these were cancelled.  Even thought flights are beginning to operate once again, all passengers are advised to check with their airline prior to making their way to the airport.  New York’s LaGuardia Airport has not resumed operations.

 

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