Last night, an Air Canada A320 from Toronto (YYZ) to Halifax (YHZ) touched down short of the runway, clipping a power line. Media outlets first reported a runway overrun and then a hard landing with a “bump” (Air Canada’s official terminology), but it was a bit more extreme than that…the landing gear is no longer… Read full article

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In the wake of this week’s Germanwings tragedy, several airlines around the world have altered their policies to require two crew members in the cockpit at all times, a measure already mandatory for US carriers. Lufthansa, parent company of Germanwings, was originally not one of them, but reversed their position yesterday amid social media backlash…. Read full article

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Do you think you know flight attendant lingo? Can you define a pink eye, victory lap, or flip-flop? Flight attendants seem to have their own secret language, but how much of it have you picked up with all that frequent flying? Thanks to Mark from Yahoo for sharing with our readers! Check out three examples below and… Read full article

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Every wonder how the White House selects hotels and makes reservations for the president? What rates do they pay and are they points eligible? Thanks to Mark over at Yahoo for sharing Oliver Knox’s inside look: Yahoo News set out to pull back the curtain on the president’s day-to-day experiences with hotels after some readers noted… Read full article

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Earlier this week, American Airlines announced that the US Airways Dividend Miles and AAdvantage programs would merge on March 28 (Saturday) and that mileage redemption using US miles would be suspended as of March 25, 11:59 CDT. Well, it appears that they’ve kept their word. As of this morning, the “Use Miles” check box is still available on… Read full article

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According to AirlineRoute, Emirates will begin daily service between Orlando (MCO) and Dubai (DXB) starting September 1, 2015. The flight will be operated by a 3-class 777-200LR which features 8 First Class suites, 42 lie-flat Business Class seats, and 216 Economy Class seats. Remarkably, this is the second new flight that Emirates has announced today, in… Read full article

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An A320 operated by low cost carrier Germanwings, a Lufthansa subsidiary, has crashed in the French Alps. The plane was operating the route between Barcelona (BCN) to Dusseldorf (DUS) and was carrying 142 passengers and six crew. From the BBC: French President Francois Hollande said: “The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified,… Read full article

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How about this reason for a flight delay? A passenger on Urumqi Air flight 2505 from Urumqi (URC) to Zhengzhou (CGO) caused a 30-minute delay when he accidentally opened the overwing emergency exit. Mr. Xiong, 42, was traveling with his wife, Ms. Li, in seats 15E and 15F. Before even sitting down, Mr. Xiong was grabbing… Read full article

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That was a quick reversal…or maybe just a smart PR move. Ryanair made headlines this week when its board approved plans for transatlantic flights (see -Ryanair is Coming to America – Plans to Offer Transatlantic Flights), with fares set to start as low as £10. Well, a statement on Thursday directly from the company seems to… Read full article

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Award travel between the US and Australia is notoriously one of the most difficult routes to book—especially with OneWorld using American Airlines miles. AA’s restrictive routing rules and delayed award availability compared to other partners makes it a challenge to redeem on any of the Qantas operated direct US-Australia flights. We have previously covered a neat trick that would let you “hold” seats…. Read full article

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Airbus’ latest model, the A350, has seen much popularity among airlines that fly mid- to long-haul routes, including Qatar, Singapore Airlines, and Etihad. Qatar began commercial service with the A350 just two months ago. Via The New Zealand Herald, the fourth biggest customer of the A350, Cathay Pacific, has just revealed that it will be flying… Read full article

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