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Bomb Threat In Lavatory Diverts Delta Flight

This morning Delta Air Lines Flight 1706, a Boeing 737-832 (73H), carrying 137 passengers, and 6 crew, departed Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)’s gate A23 at 8:37am, three minutes early, for its 4 hour 46 minute flight to San Diego (SAN), however somewhere over middle America, a Flight Attendant found a note that was…

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Delta Connection Flight Ejects Muslim Passengers

This morning Delta Connection flight 5452, a Bombardier CRJ-700 operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), pushed back from Memphis International Airport’s Gate B31 in a usual way, around its scheduled time at 8:40am … however what should have been a normal hour and a half flight has turned into the focal point for religious intolerance…

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Delta Air Lines & Virgin Atlantic Merger? It Can’t Happen

Today various news organizations have reported that Delta Air Lines is considering merging with Virgin Atlantic … however these news stories, ranging from Bloomberg News to Fox News, are leaving out a vital piece of information … the two airlines cannot legally merger. The global airline industry is heavily regulated; among these strict regulations are…

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The Lockheed L-1011 Flies Into It’s 40th Year

The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar took to the skies for the first time forty years ago today, November 16th 1970. To me is the L-1011 is the airplane that started my love of airplanes, airlines, travel and the smell of jet fuel.   The L-1011 was not only an airplane that flew over my house day and…

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Atlanta May Be Southwest Airlines’ Promised Land

Today during Southwest Airlines’ Media Day, after I enquired how the airline intended to handle Delta Air Lines and competition in Atlanta once they complete their acquisition of AirTran. The response I received was a bit unexpected.  While I expected the “we need to focus on own needs” response … I did not expect the…

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Airline Fee Profits On The Rise Again

This past Monday the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics released the 2010 2nd Quarter financial data for U.S. airlines and the news was not surprising … ancillary revenue profits are continuing to increase. I have been writing about the Bureau of Transportation Statistics findings for the past two years or so because I find this shift…

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How Will United Becoming The World’s Largest Airline Impact You?

A few days after the two-year anniversary of the Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines merger being approved, United Airlines and Continental Airlines will sign the closure papers on their merger on the 1st of October. Once United and Continental finalize their merger details and sign the closure papers they will eclipse Delta Air Lines…

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United Airlines In-Flight Meals…they’ll change your view of airline food

Ask passengers about airline food and you’re bound to get two consistent answers A) It’s horrible B) Do airlines still serve meals? Like the vast majority of passengers, I tend to fly in the back of the plane … where food is generally nonexistent or not exactly desirable … however “up front” in business class…

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Airplanes, Art and a Chicken Making Airplane Art

For many aviation enthusiasts airplanes are like fine art. We all have our favorites airplanes and airplanes we find aesthetically pleasing … for me its the Lockheed L-1011. For one aviation enthusiast … OK … let me try that again … for one significant aviation geek extraordinaire, the melding of airplanes and art has spawned…

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Airlines Earn Even More Money On Your Baggage In 2010’s First Quarter

The U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released the 2010 1st Quarter earnings for airlines in the United States. While earnings from checked baggage fees are in the stratosphere, the overall look at the ancillary revenue numbers show a surprising potential overall dip from last year’s annual totals. Back in the fourth quarter of 2008…

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