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World’s Oldest Active Flight Attendant to Retire

World’s Oldest Active Flight Attendant to Retire

A Delta flight attendant who recently celebrated his 90th birthday retired Saturday after 63 years in the skies.
Robert Reardon, known as Bob to friends, currently holds two Guinness world records, one for being the world’s oldest active flight attendant and the other for the longest career as a flight attendant, having recently surpassed Ron Akana, a former United Airlines crew member, by several months.
Reardon’s retirement was announced in an e-mail to …

Thai Airways to Get Emergency Line of Credit to Continue Operations

Thai Airways to Get Emergency Line of Credit to Continue Operations

Thai Airways International will need a 7 billion baht ($219 million) loan from the government in order to stay in business, sources revealed over the weekend.  The airline is the flag carrier of Thailand.
Thailand’s Ministry of Finance has asked the Government Savings Bank to lend the funds without collateral to the airline, according to a report in the Bangkok Post.
The bank’s chairman, Somchai Sajjapongse, told the Post that the bank …

U.K. Raises Terrorism Threat Level to ‘Severe’

U.K. Raises Terrorism Threat Level to ‘Severe’

The British government warned citizens that it sees “a greater threat to our security than we have seen before” and raised the terrorism threat level to “severe.”
Previously, the level was set at “substantial.”  The new level means that “a terrorist attack is highly likely, although there is no intelligence to suggest that one is imminent,” said Theresa May, the country’s home secretary.
The United Kingdom has five levels of threat ranging …

American Airlines Resumes Selling Tickets on Orbitz

American Airlines Resumes Selling Tickets on Orbitz

American Airlines announced it had reached an agreement with Orbitz for the travel website to resume selling the carrier’s flights.
The return of American Airlines fares on Orbitz is effective Friday.  The two companies signed a letter of intent earlier today.
American also said it no longer planned to remove US Airways’ flights from Orbitz on September 1.
On Tuesday, the airline had announced it would no longer sell tickets through Orbitz, saying it …

Malaysia Airlines to Receive $2 Billion Bailout, Make Substantial Cuts in Workforce

Malaysia Airlines to Receive $2 Billion Bailout, Make Substantial Cuts in Workforce

Malaysia Airlines announced plans to cut 6,000 jobs, roughly 30% of its workforce, on Friday in concert with a planned bailout from the Malaysian government.
The airline will receive almost $2 billion, according to the restructuring plan announced Friday.  Malaysia Airlines is still reeling from the unresolved disappearance of Flight 370 over the southern Indian Ocean in March and the more recent downing of Flight 17 over Ukraine last month, and losses at …

Labor Day Gas Prices Cheapest Since 2010

Labor Day Gas Prices Cheapest Since 2010

Filling your tank for the holiday weekend cost substantially less this Labor Day compared to any Labor Day this decade, and the number of people expected to be on the road will be the highest since 2008.
Across the nation, the average price of gasoline is down $0.18 to $3,45, down almost ten cents from a year ago and down from $3.50 earlier this month.  Meanwhile, the price of diesel fuel …

Iceland Lowers Alert, Reopens Airspace Near Bardarbunga Volcano

Iceland Lowers Alert, Reopens Airspace Near Bardarbunga Volcano

Iceland reopened the airspace near a volcano late Friday after an eruption caused a closure shortly after midnight.  The country’s aviation warning was lowered to orange, the second highest level.
The Ministry of Civil Protection said that the amount of airborne ash material in the center of the country from the Bardarbunga volcano appeared to have been minimal but left warnings in place for flights under 5000 feet near the site …