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United Airlines to Offer New Service to Tokyo Haneda Airport from Chicago, L.A., New York, and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines to Offer New Service to Tokyo Haneda Airport from Chicago, L.A., New York, and Washington, D.C.

United Airlines announced plans for four new non-stop routes to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport late Friday.
Starting March 28, 2020, the airline will begin to offer service from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. to Haneda.  Through its partners, United will offer connecting service from Haneda to 65 destinations in Asia.
The move follows last week’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation to award five slot pairs to Delta Air …

U.S. Customs Recovers from Major Systems Outage

U.S. Customs Recovers from Major Systems Outage

Travelers arriving in the United States on Friday were greeted by snarled lines following a nationwide failure of computers at the nation’s borders for several hours.
The United States Customs and Border Protection agency said shortly after 6:30 p.m. that its systems were closely being restored.
“The affected systems are coming back online and travelers are being processed,” the agency said in a tweet.  “CBP will continue to monitor the incident.”
While …

American Airlines to Launch Flights to Tel Aviv, Casablanca, Budapest, Krakow, and Prague

American Airlines to Launch Flights to Tel Aviv, Casablanca, Budapest, Krakow, and Prague

American Airlines announced five new international seasonal routes on Thursday, including its first flight to Africa.
The world’s largest airline will add thrice-weekly non-stop service from Philadelphia to Casablanca starting June 4.  In addition, it will place Israel back on its destination map with thrice-weekly non-stop service to Tel Aviv from its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport starting September 9.
In May, American will launch service from its Chicago O’Hare hub to …

United Express Carrier ExpressJet to Open Base at Chicago O’Hare

United Express Carrier ExpressJet to Open Base at Chicago O’Hare

United Express carrier ExpressJet Airlines announced plans to open a flight crew base at Chicago O’Hare International Airport for its new fleet of Embraer E175 aircraft.
ExpressJet is in the process of hiring 600 pilots in 2019, in part to operate the E175s.
The Embraer E175 is a stretch version of the E170 and can seat 76 passengers in a dual-class configuration. It competes with the Bombardier CRJ900. The version delivered is …

‘Excessive’ Heat Wave Grips Much of U.S.

‘Excessive’ Heat Wave Grips Much of U.S.

Extreme heat is blanketing a large swath of the United States this weekend and relief is not expected until Sunday night at the earliest. The blistering heat will affect tens of millions of people from the Midwest to Maine.
An “excessive heat warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday,” the National Weather Service said.
The heat wave is already being blamed for six deaths, four in Maryland, one in Arizona, and …

Air France to Offer New Business Class Menu on Flights from the U.S. and Canada

Air France to Offer New Business Class Menu on Flights from the U.S. and Canada

Air France announced plans for new menu items in business class on its North American flights.
The dishes were created by Chef Daniel Rose owner of two restaurants in Paris and one in New York City.
The entrées will be served in rotation and updated every few months.  Poultry gratin with onions will be served in September and October 2019 and then again in March and April 2020.  Warm poultry pâté with …

Chicago O’Hare to Get New Runways, Other Upgrades

Chicago O’Hare to Get New Runways, Other Upgrades

Chicago O’Hare International Airport will receive new runways and other upgrades as part of a $65 million investment from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The investment in the world’s fourth busiest airport was unveiled by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao.
“These construction of runways will help Chicago maintain its status as one of the busiest in the world,” said Federal Aviation Administration Assistant Administrator Bailey Edwards.
In total, the FAA will …