Southwest to cut nearly 20 direct routes by January

Southwest Airlines is dropping nearly 20 nonstop routes in January to free up planes for flights with stronger demand. Airlines routinely eliminate flights with weaker-than-expected performance but don’t trumpet the cutbacks like they do new flights. Southwest’s flight cuts were part of its latest schedule extension. Effective Jan. 6, Southwest will eliminate nonstop flights between…

Air Canada has to pay $15,000 to a couple because the word ‘lift’ was not engraved on seatbelts in French

The Federal Court ordered Air Canada to pay more than $15,000 ($21,000 CAD) and send formal apology letters to a French-speaking couple in Ottawa for repeated language equality violations. The lawsuit concerned more than 22 complaints that Michel and Lynda Thibodeau filed against the airline in 2016. The couple complained the word “lift” was engraved…

Cathay Pacific suspects a sabotage possibility amid Hong Kong protests after Cathay flight found with empty oxygen tanks

The officials consider a sabotage possibility amid Hong Kong protests after Cathay flight found with empty oxygen tanks before take-off. As a precaution, dozens of flight attendants who were on three Cathay flights with empty oxygen tanks were suspended. To prevent similar incidents, Cathay introduces a new security policy called “In-flight Cabin Monitoring Program”. According…

Terminal 2 of Birmingham Airport evacuated after a ‘gun’ was discovered in luggage… which turned to be an antique replica

Passengers at Birmingham Airport was evacuated today after a ‘gun’ was discovered in a traveller’s suitcase – but it turned out to be a replica antique. The scare unfolded at Terminal 2 of the airport, near Solihull, this afternoon when security staff discovered the ‘weapon’ and became suspicious. Police were called and passengers in the…

A cargo door ‘flew off’ fuselage during high pressurization test of the new Boeing 777X at Everett

A cargo door of the new Boeing 777X ‘flew off’ the fuselage in Boeing hangar during a test yesterday. The incident happened during “high blow” test, a standard procedure required ahead of first flights. UPDATE Boeing announced it had suspended load testing of its new widebody 777X aircraft following the incident. The fuselage was pressurized…