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United delays planned return of grounded Boeing 737 Max

Nov. 15, 2019 1:00 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines is removing the grounded Boeing 737 Max from its schedule until March 4, two months longer than previously planned. The change follows similar moves by American and Southwest, and reflects further delays in Boeing’s work to fix the plane after two deadly crashes....

Strike begins at South Africa’s state-owned airline

Nov. 15, 2019 8:43 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Workers began striking Friday at South Africa’s troubled state-owned airline over nearly 1,000 expected job cuts, with flights now canceled until at least Tuesday. South African Airways, Africa’s second-largest carrier, has warned that the strike “endangers the...

Leader of pilots’ union blasts Boeing over grounded plane

Nov. 14, 2019 3:54 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The union president of Southwest Airlines pilots worries that Boeing may be rushing the 737 Max back into service, and he says Southwest should consider buying planes from another company. The union president, Jon Weaks, says Boeing may be raising the threat of shutting down the Max assembly...

South Africa’s troubled airline cancels flights pre-strike

Nov. 14, 2019 2:24 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s troubled state-owned airline has begun canceling flights after two unions announced their workers would go on strike to protest nearly 1,000 expected job cuts. South African Airways has warned that the strike that begins Friday morning “endangers the future...

Winter already? Snow, deep freeze from Rockies to East Coast

Nov. 11, 2019 9:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An arctic air mass that brought snow and ice to an area stretching from the Rocky Mountains to northern New England on Monday was poised to give way to record-breaking cold temperatures. In mid-Michigan, three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash that the Eaton County sheriff's...

The Latest: About 1,200 flights cancelled at O'Hare airport

Nov. 11, 2019 9:18 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the winter storm in the Midwest (all times local): 8 p.m. Between 2 and 6 inches of snow fell in northern Illinois, forcing the cancellation of about 1,200 flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The National Weather Service said Monday night that snowfall has ended...

Southwest pushes back return of troubled Boeing Max, again

Nov. 8, 2019 3:21 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines has again pushed back the return of its Boeing 737 Max jets as Boeing tries to fix the aircraft following two deadly crashes. Southwest said Friday that it will keep its Max out of its schedule until March 6, about a month longer than previously planned , citing continued...

German airline Lufthansa's crews on strike for 2nd day

Nov. 8, 2019 2:38 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's flagship airline, Lufthansa, has canceled hundreds of flights as a strike by cabin crews enters its second day. Some 600 flights, primarily from the Frankfurt and Munich hubs, were canceled Friday, the dpa news agency reported. On the first day of the 48-hour strike, 700 flights...

American Airlines CEO upbeat about return of Boeing Max jets

Nov. 6, 2019 1:11 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says his airline is feeling more confident that its grounded Boeing 737 Max jets will soon be approved to fly again. Boeing expects the Federal Aviation Administration to approve the plane's return to service by year-end, and Parker says that sounds like a...

Germany's Lufthansa cancels 1,300 flights because of strike

Nov. 6, 2019 7:57 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Lufthansa is canceling around 1,300 flights on Thursday and Friday because of a planned strike by a union representing cabin crew in Germany. The UFO union has called members out on a 48-hour strike starting at midnight. It is part of a bitter dispute with Germany's biggest airline about pay...