America’s second busiest airport LAX plans $5bn expansion

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The on-going reinvention of Los Angeles International airport (LAX) will move into its next phase in 2015, with initial works beginning on $5.25 billion in further improvements to the southern California aviation hub. A $4 billion automated people mover and the up to $1.25 billion midfield satellite concourse were approved at a meeting of the airport’s […]

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PICTURE: American’s US Airways hybrid heritage livery

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Updated with a better picture of the US Airways heritage livery from American American Airlines has rolled out its latest heritage livery, an Airbus A321 painted in the US Airways livery but bearing the “American” name. The aircraft (registration N578UW, also seen here) joins the small but growing fleet of popular heritage aircraft in the […]

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Washington DC punches above its weight in air service

Updated with data on Baltimore/Washington International and comments from MWAA The Washington DC metropolitan region punches above its weight in terms of nonstop air service to points around the globe. The region’s three primary airports, Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National, sport nonstop flights to 151 destinations on five continents […]

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A Norwegian Controversy Comes To Town

For all the verbal sparring between Norwegian and its US critics in recent months, an airline industry lunch that hosted Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos in Washington DC yesterday was surprisingly civil. But underneath the polite smiles and applause, it was clear that the chill on both sides has yet to thaw – and it wouldn’t […]

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Eastern’s first 737-800 shows its colours

The first Boeing 737-800 bound for start-up Eastern Air Lines has rolled out of a paint shop in Ireland, adorned in the former US trunk carrier’s iconic livery.   Two photos of the aircraft – seen here and here – which will be registered N276EA but continues to operate under the registration 5Y-KYB of former […]

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Delta’s second in command goes 42.2

Marathon Sunday broke cold and blustery in New York this year. The previous day’s rain had cleared as roughly 50,000 runners massed on Staten Island for the 44th annual New York City Marathon. Among them was Ed Bastian, president and second in command of Delta Air Lines who was instrumental in the carrier’s recent growth […]

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What used aircraft could United buy?

An Air Canada E190. (Air Canada)

United Airlines is on the market for used aircraft with a focus on narrowbodies to replace its rapidly shrinking fleet of 50-seat regional jets. The move comes nearly two years after the Chicago-based carrier’s pilots ratified a contract that allows it to add a “new small narrowbody aircraft” to its mainline fleet and more than […]

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Lufthansa joins the premium economy club

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Lufthansa has added premium economy to the roster of product offerings on its long-haul widebody fleet at long last, joining many of its competitors in the four-cabin space. The new class features many of the standards found on similar products elsewhere – seats with additional width (up to 23.5in versus up to 20.5in) and legroom […]

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BA superjumbo launches at Washington Dulles

A water canon greeting for BA's first A380 arrival at Dulles airport.

The US capital now sports two flights on the world’s largest passenger aircraft the Airbus A380, with the arrival of a British Airways superjumbo this week. The 469-seat aircraft takes over one of the carrier’s existing flights from a Boeing 747-400 resulting in a roughly 10% increase in seat capacity on the London Heathrow-Washington Dulles […]

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Piecing together American’s first 787

Want to know the status of American Airlines’ first Boeing 787? Look no further than the carrier’s Facebook page or Twitter feed. The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline has taken the unique approach of sharing pictures on social media of the 787-8 as it moves along the final assembly line at Boeing’s Paine Field factory in […]

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