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14 Injured After Hyatt Regency London Gas Explosion

14 Injured After Hyatt Regency London Gas Explosion

A gas explosion in the basement of the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill hotel resulted in the evacuation of over 500 guests overnight on Friday.
The explosion, which took place at 11:40 p.m. local time, caused part of the building to collapse.
Reports in the London press indicated that 80 firefighters were at the scene, including specialists in dealing with collapsed buildings.  All guests were accounted for, according to a statement …

Delta to Launch Philly-London Service in 2015

Delta to Launch Philly-London Service in 2015

Delta Air Lines announced it will begin new daily, non-stop service between Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and London, England next spring.
Flights will depart Philadelphia International Airport at 7:04 p.m. and arrive at London Heathrow at 7:30 a.m. local time. From London, flights will depart at 12:30 p.m., and arrive in Philadelphia at 4:01 p.m.
Delta will operate the flights using a Boeing 757-200.  The service will commence on April 8, 2015.
The aircraft is configured …

American Airlines’ Envoy Unit to Transfer 50 Jets to Other Carriers

American Airlines’ Envoy Unit to Transfer 50 Jets to Other Carriers

American Airlines announced plans to move a minimum of 50 regional jets from Envoy Air, its recently renamed regional subsidiary, to other regional airlines.
The news was announced in a letter to Envoy employees by Kenji Hashimoto, American’s senior vice president responsible for regional carriers, Frequent Business Traveler obtained a copy of which.
Hashimoto cited “an insufficient number of pilots at Envoy in 2015 to operate our planned schedule” in the letter, …

Japan Airlines to Debut New 767-300 Sky Next Interiors

Japan Airlines to Debut New 767-300 Sky Next Interiors

Japan Airlines announced it is rolling out completely new aircraft interiors and as well as in-flight Internet on its domestic fleet of Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.  The new interiors are also destined for domestic Boeing 777s and 737-800s.
The newly-configured Boeing 767-300ERs will begin to fly the Tokyo-Osaka route starting December 8, 2014.
JAL currently offers four daily flights between the two cities.
Osaka International Airport, also known as Osaka-Itami, serves the Kansai region …

JetBlue to Reduce Legroom, Add Fee for Checked Bag

JetBlue to Reduce Legroom, Add Fee for Checked Bag

JetBlue Airways announced plans to add more seats and reduce legroom on most of the seats in its planes and to begin charging for checked bags, a practice it has eschewed up until this point despite broad industry support for such charges.
The airline revealed its plans at a meeting with investors earlier in the week.
As part of the move, JetBlue is introducing three fare classes for its economy cabin.  The …

United to Renovate Terminal C at Newark Hub

United to Renovate Terminal C at Newark Hub

United Airlines announced plans for a $120 million upgrade to its terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday.  Terminal C is one of the busiest air passenger terminals in the nation, handling roughly 20 million passengers per year.
When complete, the refurbished terminal will have 55 new restaurants, numerous new retail shops, 6,000 iPads for use by passengers, and 10,000 electrical outlets for charging personal electronic devices.
OTG, which is managing …

Lake-Effect Snow Results in Thousands of Flight Delays and Cancellations

Lake-Effect Snow Results in Thousands of Flight Delays and Cancellations

Severe winter weather continued after a lake-effect snowstorm left as much as four feet of snow in some parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.   Forecasters are predicting as much as five feet of accumulation for parts of upstate New York by the time the storm ends.
The snow severely impacted western and central New York, northwest Pennsylvania, northern Ohio, western Michigan, and northern Wisconsin.
The storm arrived on a …