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An airline in Afghanistan says it just flew the country's first flight with an all-female crew - here's what it was like onboard

Afghanistan's first all-female flight on Kam Air. Josh Cahill Afghanistan's Kam Air says it performed the first all-female crewed flight in the country's history. The Boeing 737-500 flew from Kabul to Herat with two female pilots and four female cabin crew. YouTuber Josh Cahill was onboard to capture the flight as part of an International Women's Day documentary.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A routine 90-minute flight in Afghanistan just made history.The cou...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, America, Trends, European Union, Iran, Afghanistan, Flying, Taliban, Middle East, Kabul, Aviation


An expert explains what would've happened if United flight 328 experienced its scary engine failure over the ocean

A United Airlines Boeing 777. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty Images United Airlines flight 328 landed safely after experiencing an engine failure over Denver over the weekend. Even if the engine failure had occurred over water while en route to Hawaii, the aircraft likely could have landed safely.  Wide-body aircraft like the Boeing 777 are rated to fly for more than five hours on a single engine. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A United Airlines flight from Denver...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, News, Air Travel, Colorado, Planes, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Flying, Canada, Atlantic, Hawaii, Aircraft


Experts say the plane and engine used by United have a safe track record - and the scary landing in Colorado should have minimal impact on the airline

The United Airlines Boeing 777-222 that experienced an in-flight engine failure. AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images A United Airlines jet made an emergency landing after an engine failure on Saturday. Three aviation regulators have effectively grounded Boeing 777s with PW4000-112 engines pending an investigation.  Experts say the issue isn't likely systemic with the plane or engine, given the track record of both.  Only 69 aircraft in the world are affected, and United is the only US carrier w...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Japan, News, Colorado, US, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Hawaii, Aviation, Airlines, Engines, Faa, General Electric


United just sent JetBlue a shot across the bow with a new route to London on its ultra-premium jet

A United Airlines Boeing 767-300ER. Lukas Wunderlich/Shutterstock.com United Airlines is adding a new route between Boston and London later this year. The start date is still unknown as travel between the countries is restricted due to the pandemic.  JetBlue Airways, which just expanded a partnership with American Airlines, will also fly to London this year from Boston. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. United Airlines is growing its transatlantic presence later this ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, Florida, UK, New York, London, News, Air Travel, Boston, Planes, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago


I flew on United Airlines' first Boeing 737 Max flight in nearly 2 years and it was just the boring flight the airline needed

Flying on a United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9. Thomas Pallini/Insider United Airlines became the second US airline to resume Boeing 737 Max flights on Thursday. The first flight flew from Denver to Houston in the first step to rebuilds consumer confidence.  United plans to fly the jet across the US initially from bases in Denver and Houston. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. United Airlines resumed flying the Boeing 737 Max on Thursday after a 23-month hiatus that bega...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Air Travel, Colorado, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Flying, George Bush, Aviation, Airlines, Houston, Boeing


American is adding 10 new warm weather routes including 8 international as the vaccine rollout continues - here's the full list

An American Airlines plane departing Los Angeles. REUTERS/Mike Blake American Airlines is adding 10 new routes to its network starting in April. Miami is the center of the expansion with more flights to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Israel.  The airline blamed a poor summer outlook and slow vaccine rollout for impending furloughs. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. American Airlines just added 10 new routes to its network for the spring and summer, including eight ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, New York, News, Air Travel, Mexico, Planes, Israel, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, Trends, Flying, Dallas, Miami, Aviation


Delta will block middle seats through April as competitors continue to fill planes

Delta Air Lines will block middle seats until April 30, 2021. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Delta Air Lines is blocking middle seats on its aircraft through April 30. Delta is the only major US airline that still blocks seats as most abandoned the practice in 2020. CEO Ed Bastian had said in October 2020 that the policy may come to an end by mid-2021. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Delta Air Lines will continue blocking middle seats through the end of April, the ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Flying, Delta, Aviation, Airlines, Pacific Northwest, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Bastian


The new world's longest flight is getting an upgrade as Singapore Airlines builds back up in the US - see inside the luxurious plane

Onboard a Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900ULR. Thomas Pallini/Insider Singapore Airlines is upping its three US routes to daily service, including the world's longest flight.  New York and San Francisco flights are being upgraded to an all-premium Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft. The two-cabin aircraft consists solely of premium economy class and business class cabins. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Singapore Airlines is pressing forward to build back up its US route net...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Singapore, Planes, New York City, Americas, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Flying, United States


American and United are warning employees of furloughs as a slow vaccine rollout dampens expectations for recovery this year

American Airlines and United Airlines planes at Los Angeles International Airport. Kit Leong/Shutterstock.com American Airlines and United Airlines are warning thousands of workers to prepare for furlough come April. Executives are blaming a lack of demand on new travel restrictions and a slow vaccine rollout. Hawaiian Airlines also informed labor authorities that over 800 employees may be furloughed. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Two of the country's largest airl...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Congress, Planes, US, Trends, Cnn, Flying, Hawaii, Aviation, Capitol Hill, Airlines, Anthony Fauci, United


JetBlue founder David Neeleman's new airline is almost ready for takeoff with the addition of new aircraft - here's what we know about Breeze Airways

Breeze Airways founder David Neeleman. Paulo Fridman/Corbis/Getty Images David Neeleman's Breeze Airways is launching flights this year after a pandemic-induced delay. The low-cost airline is Neeleman's fifth and plans to fly direct routes between secondary markets. Breeze's first aircraft arrived in December 2020 and more are on the way, on track for a 2021 debut. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Breeze Airways, the new start-up airline founded by David Neeleman of ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, Air Travel, Life, Air Canada, Planes, Time, US, Trends, Tech, Flying, New York Times, Jim Murphy, Aviation, Airlines


JetBlue just unveiled its new Mint business class suites that will soon take passengers to London - take a look

A rendering of JetBlue Airways' Mint business class suite. JetBlue Airways JetBlue Airways unveiled the new business class "Mint Suites" that will be used for flights to Europe later this year. Each suite features lie-flat seats and is fully enclosed with a door for maximum privacy.  The new product is also accompanied by the revised service offering JetBlue introduced in late 2020.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. JetBlue Airways is making its European debut this y...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, New York, London, News, Planes, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Airplane, Airlines, First Class, Jetblue, Business Class


The Boeing 737 Max has flown over 2,700 flights since its November ungrounding as the EU gives the green light

Boeing test pilot Jim Webb gives a thumbs-up from the cockpit of a 737 MAX 7 at Boeing Field, on March 16, 2018 in Seattle, Washington, after completing the plane's first flight. The aircraft is the shortest variant of fuel efficient MAX family. Stephen Brashear/Getty Images The Boeing 737 Max has flown over 2,700 passenger flights across 5,500 hours since November 2020.  Five airlines currently fly passengers on the Max in the US, Canada, Brazil, Panama, and Mexico.  The European Unio...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Mexico, China, Boston, Planes, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, Flying, Canada, Ireland, Alaska, Ryanair


Airliners are on their own with no air traffic control at a Florida airport for 12 days after FAA staff contracted COVID-19

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in Florida. Shutterstock.com The air traffic control tower at St Pete-Clearwater International Airport in St Petersburg, Florida is closed until January 31. The FAA closed the facility for cleaning after personnel tested positive for COVID-19.  Allegiant Air is the main carrier at the airport that also sees high general aviation and private jet traffic.   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The phrases "cleared to land" or "cleared ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, New York, News, Air Travel, Planes, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Aviation, Airlines, Faa, St Petersburg, Federal Aviation Administration, Tampa International Airport


2 airlines are adding non-stop flights between Kansas City and Tampa for the Super Bowl with fares climbing over $700 one-way

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines planes. HMBSoFL Photography/Shutterstock.com Southwest Airlines and American Airlines are adding non-stop flights to the Super Bowl. A one-way ticket from Kansas City to Tampa on Southwest costs over $700 at the time of writing.  Tickets to the big game will be limited to 22,000, split between the general public and healthcare workers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Super Bowl LV is approaching as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prepar...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, Trends, Flying, Super Bowl, Aviation, Airlines, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City, Southwest Airlines, Tampa, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, American Airlines


Boeing will stop making the 747 after more than 51 years of passenger flight. Here's the history of how the iconic plane changed the world.

A Qantas Boeing 747-400 aircraft. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz Boeing's most iconic aircraft — the 747 — is celebrating 51 years of passenger service in January. Most of the world's airlines, however, are retiring their 747s in favor of new, fuel-efficient jets. The final models will be delivered to cargo giant Atlas Air in 2022, marking the end of the program. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the greatest feats of American aerospace engineering celebrated 50 years of pas...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, London, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, America, Trends, Features, Flying, United States, Qantas, Aviation, Airbus


Alaska Airlines just took delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max, becoming the 4th in the US to fly the controversial jet

An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max. Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max on Sunday, the last in the US to do so. Pilots and mechanics will undergo additional training while proving runs will be flown across the country. The first flight is scheduled for March 1 as AS482 from Seattle to San Diego.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Alaska Airlines on Sunday inducted a new aircraft into its fleet, the Boeing 737 Max. The first of a newly ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Washington, Planes, US, Trends, Flying, Alaska, San Diego, Miami, Aviation, Airlines, Houston, West Coast


Airlines have banned more than 2,500 passengers for not wearing masks - here are the carriers that have booted the most

A Delta Air Lines flight attendant. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider More than 2,500 passengers have been banned from US airlines for non-compliance with mask policies.  Delta Air Lines banned 880 passengers, including six on a flight where Mitt Romney was harassed.  President Joe Biden signed a mask mandate for air travelers on his first full day in office. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden just signed an executive order to mandate ma...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Minneapolis, Washington, Planes, Masks, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Flying, Hawaii, Washington Dc, Delta, Mitt Romney


Biden just signed an executive order that mandates mask-wearing while flying and utilizing most forms of mass transit

Then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds up a face mask at The Queen theater on October 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Drew Angerer/Getty Images President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday requiring air passengers wear masks. Airports and commercial aircraft are included, as well as other modes of transport including trains. New testing requirements to enter the US from abroad are also being reviewed.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Preside...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Politics, News, Air Travel, Cdc, Planes, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Flying, United States, Netherlands, Delta, Treasury, Aviation


American Airlines will now deliver wine to your door, and you can get air miles for every dollar spent. A 3-bottle monthly subscription costs $100.

American Airlines American Airlines is launching a wine delivery service. Members of American's loyalty program will earn two miles per dollar spent on each order. You can choose a pre-selected box of mixed wines, build your own box, or buy a $100-a-month subscription for three bottles. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. American Airlines is the latest industry giant to start selling its onboard food and drink to people stuck at home during the pandemic.The airline is lau...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Alcohol, Trends, Transport, Retail, Wine, Airlines, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, American Airlines, Finnair, American Airlines American Airlines, Grace Dean, American Airlines American


Biden will be the first president to use the new Air Force One - here's what we know about the $5.3 billion aircraft

Air Force One. w_p_o/Shutterstock.com The current Air Force One aircraft are scheduled to be upgraded with the replacements to soon be delivered to Andrews Air Force Base for use by the president and his staff.  The Boeing 747-8i aircraft will be replacing the aging models first used by President George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s. Despite cost-saving efforts by President Donald Trump, the replacement program is still estimated to cost $5.3 billion. The most recognizable plane in the worl...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Politics, Hollywood, Air Travel, California, Washington, Cbs News, Life, White House, Planes, US, Tel Aviv, Barack Obama, Trends, Bloomberg


Trump is planning to sneak away to Florida instead of attending the Biden inauguration, FAA data reveals

President Donald Trump boarding Air Force One. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP President Donald Trump appears to be heading south to Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida instead of attending Joe Biden's inauguration.  The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions over the private club for January 20, indicating the president's arrival. One of Trump's final tweets confirmed suspicions that he wouldn't be at the Biden inauguration.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, Politics, Texas, News, Air Travel, Washington, White House, Planes, Nbc News, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Flying, Gop


Allegiant Air is adding 21 low-cost leisure routes to this year with service to 3 new cities - here's the full list

An Allegiant Air Airbus A320 aircraft. Ryan Fletcher / Shutterstock.com Allegiant Air is adding 21 new routes and three new cities in 2021. The route expansion spans from coast to coast with the first routes launching in March. Regions with beaches, national parks, and/or mountains are among the main focus as that's where travel trends are now pointing. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Allegiant Air is continuing a nationwide expansion with 21 new routes planned for 2021...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Boston, Planes, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Flying, Wyoming, Missouri, Deutsche Bank, Vacation, Aviation, Airbus


The Indonesian airline that just suffered another Boeing 737 crash has a history of 4 accidents in the last 9 years - all with the same plane

A Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-300. CLARA PRIMA/AFP Indonesian carrier Sriwijaya Air has a track record of incidents with the Boeing 737, mostly from pilot error and aircraft overshooting the runway on landing.  Saturday's incident is the airline's fifth incident with the Boeing 737 since 2008 and the only one in which passengers lost their lives. The Boeing 737, however, has been a proven safe aircraft. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sriwijaya Air is still reeling from th...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, News, Air Travel, Indonesia, Planes, Trends, Spain, European Union, Flying, Belgium, Aviation, Malaysia Airlines, Plane Crash, Airlines


JetBlue just unveiled the ultra-modern cabin of its latest plane - take a look inside its brand-new Airbus A220 jets

JetBlue Airways unveiled the cabin of its new Airbus A220 aircraft that will replace the aging Embraer E190 flight.  The 140-seat cabin is arranged in a unique 2-3 configuration with no shortage of the perks for which JetBlue is known including free in-flight entertainment and WiFi.  Flights begin in the spring starting on the Boston-Fort Lauderdale route before the aircraft expands to cities across the US. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. JetBlue Airways on Tuesday unveiled ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, London, News, Air Travel, Boston, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Flying, Delta, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines


The Capitol riots caused chaos in the skies as airlines flew protesters home from a violent day in Washington, DC

Pilots chatting in front of an American Airlines plane. Mike Stone/Reuters Airlines have been flying protesters home from last week's "Stop the Steal" rally-turned-riot and some continued rallying while in the air. An American Airlines flight turned into an aerial rally as passengers began chanting "USA," prompting the pilot to threaten to land the plane. Alaska Airlines reported banning 14 passengers after "non-mask compliant," "rowdy," and "argumentative" behavior on a flight from Washin...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Utah, Usa, News, Air Travel, Washington, Politico, Planes, US, Trends, Getty Images, Flying, Ronald Reagan, Alaska, Hawaii


The 20 safest airlines to fly in 2021, according to experts

An American Airlines Boeing 777-200 at Los Angeles International Airport. Markus Mainka/Shutterstock.com AirlineRatings just unveiled its list of the world's safest airlines for 2021, according to the site's experts, narrowing the top 20 from a list of 385. The US had a great showing with six of the 11 major American carriers making the top 20 cut while Asia performed poorly.  Carriers in Oceania and the Middle East also dominated the highest spots, continuing the trend from last year. Vis...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Hong Kong, New York, London, News, Air Travel, Safety, Boston, Singapore, Planes, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends


How airlines are responding to Wednesday's siege at the US Capitol as they're faced with the prospect of flying rioters home

The US Capitol Building seen from Washington, DC's Ronald Reagan National Airport. Douglas Litchfield/Shutterstock.com Airlines are preparing for the worst as protests in Washington, DC turned into riots on Wednesday, and some participants will now be boarding aircraft to fly home.  Some airlines are banning alcohol on their flights departing Washington and moving their flight crews out of downtown hotels. Protesters harassed and heckled Utah Senator Mitt Romney while on a Tuesday flig...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Utah, Politics, News, Air Travel, Congress, Washington, US, Trends, Flying, Ronald Reagan, Washington Dc, Delta, Mitt Romney, Aviation


American Airlines just ramped up its Boeing 737 Max operations after a week of successful trial flights

An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max. Joe Raedle/Getty Images American Airlines grew its Boeing 737 Max route network on Tuesday to include Washington, DC and Orlando, Florida, as well as New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The next few months will see the aircraft quickly expand across the US, Caribbean, and Latin America as American gets the newly-ungrounded fleet back to full strength.  American began flying passengers on the aircraft again on December 29, 2020, between Mia...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Indonesia, Boston, Planes, US, Trends, Flying, Washington Dc, Arizona, Brazil, Ethiopia, Miami


Emirates just unveiled the swanky high-end design for its new Airbus A380 as most airlines say goodbye to the enormous plane - see inside

An Emirates Airbus A380. Lukas Wunderlich/Shutterstock.com Emirates is giving its new Airbus A380s an interior upgrade with each cabin receiving an enhancement. Economy class will receive "ergonomically designed" seats with leather headrests and tray tables with wood finishes. Premium economy will also make its first debut at the airline with 56 recliner seats in an elegant cabin. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Emirates is one of the few airlines still flying the Airbu...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Hong Kong, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Flying, Emirates, Tim Clark, Korea, Dubai, Qantas, Aviation


Flights are being halted at 2 major airports in Texas to disinfect an air traffic control center where 2 workers tested positive for COVID-19 this week

An American Airlines plane at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Cassiohabib/shutterstock The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for flights departing and arriving into Dallas while a facility is being cleaned after two workers tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Flights are also temporarily barred from landing or taking off from any airport under the airspace, which extends across Northern Texas from parts of New Mexico to parts of Louisiana and Arkansas.  Exac...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Texas, News, Airports, Trends, Arkansas, Dallas, Aviation, New Mexico, Airlines, Louisiana, Faa, Southwest Airlines, Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines



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