AA president Scott Kirby said this at today’s JP Morgan Aviation and Transportation conference: “What would happen if you did change the perimeter rule is, yes, we would fly transcon. We’d fly a lot of flights from LaGuardia to the West Coast, and we’d fly them with bigger aircraft. So one, there’d be less small-community service… Read full article

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United’s CFO told Reuters on Monday that UA could potentially swap 787 Dreamliner orders for 777-300ERs. United currently has no interest in the 77X, but it’s predecessor could be a “potentially good fit” for UA’s network and would help United in markets where they require additional seats to satisfy demand. “This isn’t necessarily a statement… Read full article

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New flight attendants who work for major carriers start out making $18,000-$20,000 a year. Flight attendants at smaller airlines and regional carriers? They make even less. Despite the reputation of the job, there’s nothing glamorous about life as a flight attendant, especially in the first few years. I couldn’t obtain any re-publishing rights besides the few sentences… Read full article

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Air Tahiti Nui, a redemption partner of both AA and DL, released a GoPro behind-the-scenes time-lapse video of flight operations from baggage loading to landing. It was filmed over a month following the airline’s A340 planes from Auckland (AKL) to Paris (CDG) via Papeete (PPT) and Los Angeles (LAX). The video was filmed by Matthieu Courtois, a… Read full article

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For 18 months, a UA operated 50-seat regional jet left Newark (EWR) every Thursday night for Columbia, S.C. (CAE). It would then return back to EWR on Monday mornings. Federal prosecutors want to know if United offered the flight because David Samson, then chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, spent weekends… Read full article

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In a January 9th bulletin to pilots, United’s senior vice president of flight operations issued a strong warning to pilots after four “near-misses”. The memo noted one UA flight that required a pull-up measure to avoid crashing and another that landed with fuel reserves below minimum regulations. A United spokesperson said: “We are open and… Read full article

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The WSJ is reporting that PANYNJ officials are considering lifting the ban of flights longer than 1,500 miles from LaGuardia. The perimeter rule has been in place since 1984 and would likely lead to many airlines (DL & AA) ditching their regional routes and using slots for the more lucrative transcontinental and European / Latin… Read full article

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During Etihad’s $0 mistake fare “xmas sale” several purchasers opted for connecting flights so that they could take advantage of a free stopover in a European city via one of EY’s partner carriers. Over the last week, Etihad has begun informing these customers that they are changing their itineraries to direct flights operated by Etihad. While… Read full article

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A trip report for Kuwait Airways? Not something we normally find on BoardingArea, but definitely quite a bit different than those reports for other ME carriers. The JFK-LHR route, which connects onwards to Kuwait (KWI), is operated by 2 aircraft – the A340 and B777. Neither is decked out with the latest amenities or goodies.  As per Gary Shteyngart’s from Travel… Read full article

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The first baby step in the delayed Central Terminal Building (CTB) redevelopment at LaGuardia has begun! The Port Authority of NY & NJ (PANYNJ) last week kicked off the demolition of hangars 2 and 4. The two buildings were over 70 years old and located between the current CTB and Delta’s C and D terminals. Hangar 2 has displayed the “Delta… Read full article

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Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoumheikh says that US Airlines should stop complaining to the Department of Transportation about Middle East carriers and their potential government subsidies (which the airlines deny), and should instead try to win customers back based on service quality. Lots of interesting quotes from the Bloomberg article: “Offer the… Read full article

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