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Four Seasons selling vacations on a 52-seat 757

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The Four Seasons 757 has 52 lie-flat seats and is part of a package vacation with multiple stops around the world, $120K PP. (www.fourseasons.com) More...

VIDEO Southwest Airlines The Making of Florida One

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An amazing time lapse showing the building through first flight of Southwest Airlines' 73 "Florida One" (www.youtube.com) More...

Delta Reports Increase in First Quarter Profit

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Delta Air Lines announced financial results for the first quarter of 2014. The Atlanta-based airline reported a profit of $281 million, an increase of $196 million from $85 million in the first quarter of 2013. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

RCMP selling their Piaggio Avanti P180 in online auction

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$8 million Piaggio Avanti P180 C-GFOX bought for RCMP is for sale on Canadian government auction website. Starting bid $2.5 million. Link to website in CBC news item. (www.cbc.ca) More...

Russia To Allow Airlines To Hire Foreign Pilots

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President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that allows Russian airlines to hire foreign pilots, a move the Kremlin said was needed to end a shortage of pilots on civilian flights as passenger numbers grow. The law comes five months after 50 people were killed in the crash of a Tatarstan Airlines jet, blamed on pilot error, which highlighted concerns that Russia does not have enough pilots to meet growing demand. (news.airwise.com) More...

United Flight Diverts To LA With Engine Problem

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to San Diego diverted to Los Angeles International Airport because of an engine issue. FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says United Flight 284 landed without incident at 7:27 a.m. Wednesday. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) More...

JetBlue joins Air Line Pilots Association

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What are some thoughts of your about the news that jetBlues pilots are joining ALPA (investor.jetblue.com) More...

GOL to Launch Buenos Aires-Fortaleza, Brazil Service

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Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes announced it will commence once-weekly non-stop service between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Fortaleza, a city in northeastern Brazil, on May 10. The flight will operate on Saturdays, using Boeing 737-800 aircraft. (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

The Dumb Way We Board Airplanes Remains Impervious to Good Data

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There are many ways to board a plane, with “back-to-front”—the chosen boarding process of most U.S. carriers—the slowest. It is so ineffective that timed research shows that simple random boarding ends up being faster. (www.businessweek.com) More...

Pilots reveal death-defying ordeal as engines failed on approach to Chek Lap Kok

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When both of Flight CX780’s engines failed on approach to Chek Lap Kok, tragedy looked certain to its pilots, who hadn’t trained for such an emergency. However, outstanding airmanship led to a safe – if not smooth – landing for the 322 people on board. (www.scmp.com) More...

Undisclosed airline orders two Bombardier Q400s

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An undisclosed Middle East/African operator has inked a firm order for two Bombardier Q400s, valued at $62 million at current list prices. Announcing the deal, Bombardier said its customer in the Middle East and Africa region has requested to remain unidentified at this time. (atwonline.com) More...

Textron Aviation starts laying off 750 employees, 575 in Kansas

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Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft are laying off hundreds of employees at each company, a company official said. About 750 full-time and contract employees will be laid off, including 575 in Kansas, the company said. Cuts will take place in all areas of Beechcraft and Cessna businesses and will affect salaried and hourly employees. It will span from management to non-management positions, the company said. The employees are receiving 60-day layoff notices Wednesday morning. (www.kansas.com) More...

Malaysia on the Fence on Making First Flight 370 Investigation Report Public - No Way ‘We Can Avoid It’ Versus ‘Have Not Made Any Decision’

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As the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner gets close to the two-month point, the Malaysian government is debating whether to make public an initial report that it submitted to international aviation authorities. Malaysia has filed a preliminary report on the incident with the International Civil Aviation Organization, said Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the country’s director-general of civil aviation at a news conference Wednesday... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...

American Airlines First Quarter Profit Takes Off After Merger

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American Airlines Group announced financial results for first quarter of 2014. The new American was formed by the merger of American Airlines’ parent AMR and US Airways Group late last year. The Dallas-based carrier reported a net profit of $480 million.... (www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com) More...