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Bunny strike

  A diorama of the US Airways A320 ditching made of marshmallow candy has been named a finalist in The Washington Post’s third annual Peeps contest. “We thought it was the most memorable image from the past year,” co-creator Brady Gordon tells the newspaper. The aircraft landed in New York’s Hudson River on 15 January after […]

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Cow emissions not cool

The environmental debate has been one of very deep concepts and very long, nay sesquipedalian, words. So, it was quite pleasing to hear the issue brought down to monosyllables, and by none other than Allan McArtor, the former FAA administrator who is now chairman of Airbus Americas. McArtor explained why airlines are such an easy […]

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Airports get new lobbyist

As the new administration readies to lead the United States, Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) named Jane Calderwood its chief lobbyist. Calderwood is currently vice president for lobbying firm Brown and Company. She will begin working for ACI-NA on 26 January. As ACI-NA vice president of government and political affairs, Calderwood will monitor congressional actions […]

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Battaglia to oversee all JetBlue airports

After leading JetBlue Airways’ move to Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International airport this fall, Alex Battaglia has been named vice president of airports. Most recently vice president of Kennedy operations, Battaglia’s responsibilities have been expanded to include all airport-related functions across the low-cost carrier’s network. Marisa von Wieding, previously JetBlue’s director of Kennedy […]

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Atlantic City airport readies for more gamblers

New Jersey’s Atlantic City International airport will gain new service from Spirit Airlines. The low-cost carrier will announce new destinations to the gambling city his week, a carrier spokeswoman tells me, declining to identify city pairs. The company will also grow international offerings, but I’m guessing Atlantic City will only gain domestic flights. Spirit is […]

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All business, all the time.

All-business airlines are popping up all over the place, the latest being Calgary-based Corporate Jet Air. The newest Corpac Canada brand will offer six daily flights between Calgary and Toronto starting in late spring, VP and general manager Roger Cross tells me. The carrier will fly Bombardier CRJ200LRs configured with 18 passenger seats instead of […]

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Dulles has Dubai bragging rights

Washington Dulles International airport will be the only airport in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with direct flights to Dubai. United Airlines will inaugurate daily service to Dubai on October 26 using a tri-class Boeing 777. United also starts daily service to Moscow on the same day. In the past two years the Chicago-based carrier […]

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Destination Nowhere

A handful of airlines have closed shop in recent weeks. While this is a difficult time for airline employees and passengers, airports lose out as well. New Hampshire’s Portsmouth International Airport lost its only commercial carrier when Skybus Airlines shuttered operations after April 4. Gone are flights to Columbus, Ohio and Greensboro, North Carolina, as […]

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Celeb unhappy at airport

You know something has to give when fashion blogs are chiding the aviation industry.

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Busy busy at Austin

I will be touring the new low-cost terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Wednesday. The terminal opens Thursday with the arrival of Mexican budget startup VivaAeroBus. VivaAeroBus will link the Live Music Capitol of the World with Monterrey and Cancun. On the same day, Air Canada will begin nonstop service to Toronto; JetBlue Airways will connect […]

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