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Passengers on Southwest flight get Nintendo Switch

Jul. 19, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight got more than a small bottle of water when they boarded their plane. They received a Nintendo Switch system and a download code for the digital version of the "Super Mario Maker 2" game to enjoy as Flight 2246 traveled from Dallas to San Diego on...

Boeing to take a $4.9 billion charge over grounded jet

Jul. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Boeing said Thursday it is booking a $4.9 billion charge to cover possible compensation to airlines that have canceled thousands of flights since the 737 Max jet was grounded after two deadly accidents. The airplane builder also said the Max-related fallout will cut $5.6 billion from its...

Men who lost family members in Max crash seek safety changes

Jul. 17, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

Two men who lost family members in the crash of a Boeing 737 Max airliner in Ethiopia called on Congress to change Federal Aviation Administration procedures that let company employees perform safety inspections on planes as they are being built. Paul Njoroge, who lost three children, his wife and mother-in-law...

Relatives of victims mark 5th anniversary of MH17 downing

Jul. 17, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

VIJFHUIZEN, Netherlands (AP) — With songs, speeches and solemn silence, relatives and friends on Wednesday commemorated the 298 passengers and crew killed five years ago when a missile blew Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 out of the sky above war-torn eastern Ukraine. Central to the memorial service at a Dutch...

Despite grounding of Boeing plane, United 2Q profit rises

Jul. 16, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

United Airlines glided through the first part of summer, as strong travel demand pushed average fares higher, but the grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets will become a bigger challenge in the months ahead. United said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit soared 54%, to $1.05 billion. The results beat expectations,...

6 minutes: Man haunted by family's final moments on 737 Max

Jul. 16, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

When Paul Njoroge gets on an airplane, he becomes fixated on the first few minutes after takeoff. "I have to look at my watch and see when I reach the 6-minute mark," Njoroge says. That is the length of time that a Boeing 737 Max carrying his wife, three young children and mother-in-law was airborne before...

Boeing jet trouble leads to cuts at Europe's busiest airline

Jul. 16, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Europe's biggest airline, budget carrier Ryanair, will cut flights and close some of its bases beginning this winter because of the delay to deliveries of the Boeing 737 Max plane, which has been grounded globally after two fatal crashes. The airline also warned Tuesday that its growth in...

Sudden turbulence that injured dozens is hard to predict

Jul. 12, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Passengers on a flight from Canada to Australia said they had no warning about turbulence that suddenly slammed people into the ceiling of the plane and injured more than three dozen — a phenomenon that experts say can be nearly impossible for pilots to see coming. The Air Canada...

Airport runway project to affect some passengers' flights

Jul. 12, 2019 6:22 AM EDT

SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (AP) — Officials say reconstruction work on a secondary runway will affect Sioux Gateway Airport flight plans for some American Airlines passengers who've already booked trips. The airport will be shut down for portions of seven days in August and two days in September. The shutdowns...

The Latest: Brush fire disrupts flights to Hawaii airport

Jul. 12, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on a brush fire on the Hawaii island of Maui (all times local): 6 p.m. The Hawaii Department of Transportation says flights are being diverted from the Kahului airport on the island of Maui because of a brush fire. The agency said on Twitter Thursday the fire was affecting...