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United Airlines Updates Window Shade Policy for Takeoff and Landing

United Airlines Updates Window Shade Policy for Takeoff and Landing

United Airlines announced several changes to its window-shade policy during critical phases of flight.
Starting February 1, 2020, passengers will be instructed to keep their window shades open during taxi, takeoff, and landing.
In addition, passengers will be permitted to leave their personal electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets plugged in during those three phases except for passengers in exit rows.
Researchers say that 80% of all plane crashes happen within the …

Air Canada, WestJet Extend Boeing 737 Max Cancellations into June

Air Canada, WestJet Extend Boeing 737 Max Cancellations into June

The two Canadian airlines that have had to ground their Boeing 737 Max aircraft – Air Canada and WestJet – said they had delayed its plans to restart flights of the aircraft June 2020, as the worldwide grounding of the beleaguered aircraft approaches the 11-month mark.
Air Canada said Wednesday it would begin 737 Max flights on June 30, while WestJet said it would extend the cancellation of 737 Max flights …

JetBlue to Offer Additional Flights for Super Bowl Fans

JetBlue to Offer Additional Flights for Super Bowl Fans

JetBlue Airways announced flights for football fans traveling to the Super Bowl in Miami.
The Super Bowl is scheduled to take place Sunday, Februrary 2 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The National Football Conference champion San Francisco 49ers will face the American Football Conference champion Kansas City Chiefs.
The New York-based airline will offer a dozen flights between San Francisco International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airports between January …

Southwest Airlines to Offer Additional Flights for Super Bowl

Southwest Airlines to Offer Additional Flights for Super Bowl

Southwest Airlines announced flights for football fans traveling to the Super Bowl in Miami.
The Super Bowl is scheduled to take place Sunday, Februrary 2 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The National Football Conference champion San Francisco 49ers will face the American Football Conference champion Kansas City Chiefs.
The Dallas-based airline will offer three additional non-stop flights to Fort Lauderdale from Kansas City on January 31, for a …

Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Today, Monday, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, a federal holiday.  King, a Christian minister and activist, was known for advancing civil rights through non-violent actions and civil disobedience in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.
King’s birthday is January 15, but the federal holiday celebrating the civil rights leader is observed on the third Monday of January each year.  The campaign …

Southwest, World’s Largest Operator of 737 Max, Delays Return of Aircraft to Early June

Southwest, World’s Largest Operator of 737 Max, Delays Return of Aircraft to Early June

Southwest Airlines, one of three U.S. airlines that had to ground its Boeing 737 Max fleet, announced that it has delayed its plans to restart flights of the aircraft until early June, as the worldwide grounding of the beleaguered aircraft approaches the 11-month mark.
Regulators grounded the jet in the aftermath of two fatal hull losses, an Ethiopian Airlines flight in March and last year’s Lion Air crash.
Southwest, the world’s largest …

Azul to Offer Daily Non-Stop Service to New York City

Azul to Offer Daily Non-Stop Service to New York City

Brazilian airline Azul announced plans to introduce daily non-stop service to New York City from São Paulo this spring.
The flights will operate from São Paulo’s Viracopos/Campinas International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The Big Apple will be the airline’s third destination in the United States, after Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
Azul will operate the flight using Airbus A330 aircraft. The A330 features 20 fully lie-flat seats in …