American Airlines is awaiting approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to begin service between Los Angeles and Beijing. "American has been in regular contact with Chinese authorities concerning the availability of slots, and has made plans to send one of its senior executives to China to discuss the issue in-person," American said in a regulatory filing, noting that the airline "fully expects that its continued efforts will eventually prove successful."
Counterterrorism detectives arrested a man as he arrived at London's Heathrow Airport. "The 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts," the Metropolitan Police reported.
A host of US passenger and cargo airlines have been recognized among the world's most admired companies. Among the list for 2017 are Southwest, FedEx and UPS.
JetBlue Airways and Virgin America have led the way in increasing amenities on coast-to-coast domestic flights, treating them more like international flights.
According to Department of Transportation data, US airlines had a record-setting 2016, including the best rate of properly handled luggage in decades.
FedEx has partnered with the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., to carry giant panda Bao Bao to China as part of a conservation effort. Bao Bao is getting her own dedicated aircraft for the flight, stocked with fresh bamboo, apples and other treats.
United Airlines is proactively issuing travel waivers until Feb. 21 on some California flights due to an expected storm.
A bomb threat against United Flight 1965 from Orlando, Fla., to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport was deemed not credible, said Joseph Pentangelo, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The flight landed without incident Thursday at 1:45 p.m.
A Frontier Airlines jet pushing back from a gate Thursday at Arizona's Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport clipped wings with a taxiing Southwest Airlines plane. The impact caused a fuel leak and passengers were put on another flight.
Authorities evacuated Terminal 2 at the Czech Republic's Vaclav Havel Airport Prague Terminal on Thursday after receiving an anonymous bomb threat. The terminal was searched before travelers were allowed to return.
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