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‘Violent’ Tornadoes and Flash Floods Threaten 2 Million People in Oklahoma and Texas

‘Violent’ Tornadoes and Flash Floods Threaten 2 Million People in Oklahoma and Texas

Over two million people are in the path of a series of storms that are bringing heavy rain and “violent” tornados to Texas and Oklahoma.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a “high risk” warning for northwestern Texas into western and central Oklahoma.    The high-risk threat level 5 out of 5 is rarely invoked.
“This event should result in a significant threat to life and property,” the agency said in …

Air Canada to Acquire Leisure Carrier Air Transat Parent

Air Canada to Acquire Leisure Carrier Air Transat Parent

Air Canada announced Thursday it plans to acquire tour operator Transat AT, owner of Canadian leisure airline Air Transat, for 520 million Canadian dollars ($387 million).
“A combination with Transat represents a great opportunity for stakeholders of both companies,” said Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu. “The acquisition presents a unique opportunity to compete with the very best in the world when it comes to leisure travel.”
The move will also allow Air …

How to Evacuate an Aircraft After a Crash

Images of passengers emerging from a burning Aeroflot regional jet at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, luggage in hand, made me recoil: Have we learnt nothing in the past few years about how to safely evacuate an aircraft?
Frequent Business Traveler last tackled this very important topic three years ago and little has changed, including the behavior of passengers exiting a plane after an emergency landing or crash landing with many …

United to Relocate to New Concourse at LaGuardia on June 2

United to Relocate to New Concourse at LaGuardia on June 2

United Airlines announced a timeline for its move to the newly built Eastern Concourse in the new Central Terminal Building at LaGuardia Airport.
The move will take place on June 2, 2019.
The structure, also known as Terminal B, first opened on December 1st, 2018, when Air Canada, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines moved in. It features 13 shops and restaurants including an FAO Schwarz.
The airline will open a new United Club …

JetBlue Posts Increase in Traffic and Capacity for April

JetBlue Posts Increase in Traffic and Capacity for April

JetBlue Airways announced operational results for April 2019. The carrier’s traffic and capacity were up for the month.
The New York-based airline’s passenger traffic was 4.59 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 6.6% from 4.30 billion RPMs in the same period last year.
JetBlue’s capacity increased by 7.4% to 5.39 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 5.02 billion ASMs in April 2018.
Meanwhile, the carrier’s passenger load factor …

American Airlines Plans 8 New Domestic Routes from Dallas, Miami, and JFK Hubs

American Airlines Plans 8 New Domestic Routes from Dallas, Miami, and JFK Hubs

American Airlines announced multiple new domestic routes on Thursday.
The airline will offer new non-stop service from three cities – Columbia, South Carolina; Oklahoma City; and Northwest Arkansas, to Miami International Airport, the airline’s gateway to Latin American and the Caribbean.
The flights are timed to allow for connections to multiple destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The carrier will also start the only daily non-stop service between Dallas/Fort Worth and St. …

Hawaiian Airlines Sees Modest Increase in Traffic, Capacity for April

Hawaiian Airlines Sees Modest Increase in Traffic, Capacity for April

Hawaiian Airlines announced operational results for April 2019.
The airline reported that it carried 947,438 passengers in April, a year-over-year decrease of 1.5% from 961,431 in 2018.
Traffic for the Honolulu-based carrier during the month was 1.48 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 3.7% from 1.39 billion RPMs in April 2018. The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 3.9% to 1.69 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, …