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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 …

Cathay Pacific to Retire Boeing 747-400 on North American Routes

Cathay Pacific to Retire Boeing 747-400 on North American Routes

Cathay Pacific announced it will fly its last Boeing 747 passenger flight to the United States on August 31.  The airline currently uses the 747-400 to operate its second of two daily San Francisco-Hong Kong flights.
Beginning September 1, both of Cathay’s daily flights between the two cities will operate using 777-300ER aircraft.  After the 747-400 is retired, the airline will serve all of its North American gateways, including Chicago, Los …

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 …

Boeing Delivers Xiamen Airlines’ First 787 Dreamliner

Boeing Delivers Xiamen Airlines’ First 787 Dreamliner

Xiamen Airlines announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  The carrier is the third Chinese airline to operate the aircraft.
Xiamen plans to use its 787-8 on long-haul routes between China and Europe, North America, and Australia.  The airline currently has a five more 787s on order.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is a member of the Boeing 787 family, which also includes the 787-9 and the 787-10. The …

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 …