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Flight attendants' union supports Frontier-Spirit merger

May. 17, 2022 20:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest union for U.S. flight attendants threw its support Tuesday behind Frontier Airlines' proposal to buy Spirit Airlines after it reached a deal with Frontier on how to combine cabin crews at the two carriers. The Association of Flight Attendants, which...

FAA to let United use jets grounded after engine failure

May. 17, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

Federal safety regulators have approved a path for United Airlines to resume using dozens of Boeing 777 jets that have been grounded since the engine on one plane blew apart over Denver last year. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Tuesday that it has approved steps...

Sri Lanka proposes privatizing national airline amid crisis

May. 16, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s new prime minister on Monday proposed privatizing the country’s loss-making national airline as part of reforms aimed at solving the country worst economic crisis in decades. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a message to the...

'Deeply sorry' Alaska CEO: Flight cancellations to continue

May. 13, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The CEO of Alaska Airlines says the high level of flight cancellations since April will continue through this month. The Seattle Times reports that Ben Minicucci said in a message to employees Thursday evening that stability should return in June. ...

Plane veers off runway in China and catches fire; 36 injured

May. 12, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese passenger jet veered off the runway during takeoff and caught fire on Thursday, sending black smoke billowing into the air and injuring more than 30 people. The Tibet Airlines flight with 122 people on board was departing from the southwestern city of...

Jury clears American in alleged assault of flight attendant

May. 11, 2022 21:41 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jurors in a civil lawsuit decided Wednesday that American Airlines did not bear responsibility for an alleged sexual assault against a flight attendant by a celebrity chef who was hired by the airline as an independent contractor. The jury in state court in...

Spirit Airlines plans June vote on Frontier's merger offer

May. 11, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

Spirit Airlines shareholders are scheduled to vote June 10 on a $2.9 billion buyout offer from Frontier Airlines. Shareholders will be voting, in effect, whether to take Frontier’s bid and reject a higher offer from JetBlue Airways. The special meeting was detailed...

German airline apologizes for excluding Jewish passengers

May. 11, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German airline Lufthansa has apologized for refusing to let any members of a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers onto a flight after some of them had refused to wear masks. In a statement late Tuesday, Lufthansa said that it “regrets the circumstances...

EU lifts mask recommendation for air travel as pandemic ebbs

May. 11, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union will no longer recommend medical masks be worn at airports and on planes starting next week amid the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the bloc, though member states can still require them, officials said Wednesday. The European Union...

Southwest invests in faster internet, outlets, overhead bins

May. 11, 2022 11:55 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines will spend more than $2 billion to improve the flying experience for passengers, promising faster internet service, power outlets at every seat on new planes and larger overhead bins for carry-on bags. The airline also said Wednesday that later this...