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7/26/2017

Alaska Airlines is studying whether to continue to operate a mixed fleet or to return to its pre-merger practice of flying only Boeing planes. Alaska Airlines acquired Virgin America, which flies Airbus planes, late last year.

7/26/2017

Hawaiian Airlines will begin using Airbus A321neo planes on some routes early next year. The airline's first commercial flight using the new planes is set for Jan. 8, 2018.

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7/26/2017

Airlines have hired 2,426 new pilots so far this year, according to pilot advisory service FAPA.aero.

7/26/2017

Carbon War Room and SkyNRG have released a study outlining steps Seattle-Tacoma International Airport can take to make affordable biofuels available to the airlines it serves. "The information contained in this study will help us take the next steps toward our goal of making the biofuel available, cost-effective and practical for all airlines at Sea-Tac," said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton.

7/26/2017

A4A is urging senators to oppose the unreleased Senate Appropriations subcommittee effort that would raise the federal cap on passenger facility charges from $4.50 to $8.50 per flight, or $34 for a connecting round trip. "Choosing to increase this tax is a completely unnecessary poke in the eye and wallet of air travelers," said Nicholas Calio, CEO of Airlines for America.

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7/26/2017

American Airlines' full fleet of Boeing 777-200 aircraft has been retrofitted with a two-class configuration. The shift allows the carrier to offer passengers a more consistent product.

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7/26/2017

Officials at Michigan's Detroit Metropolitan Airport said operations in the airport's North Terminal were limited for a short time on Tuesday while police investigated an unattended bag. The bag was deemed nonthreatening and operations returned to normal.

7/26/2017

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport plans a $30 million project to install automated security lanes, designed to speed up lines at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints. The lanes will allow up to five people at a time to load their carry-on items into bins for inspection.

7/26/2017

The new T4 terminal scheduled to open this year at Singapore's Changi Airport will use facial recognition technology to allow travelers to go from ticketing through boarding without interacting with a human worker. "One of the objectives for T4 was to use it as a test bed for new concepts, new technology and new equipment," said Changi Airport Group executive Poh Li San.

7/26/2017

Miniature horses Harvey and Wendy travel to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport twice a month to calm stressed passengers. "I must have died and gone to heaven," said Karen Rodriguez, an anxious traveler. "I just love them."