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Online Travel Agencies: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Online travel agencies, or OTAs, have populated the internet since Internet Travel Network popped up in June 1995 with the goal to transact airline bookings for a small number of routes. Since then, dozens more have popped up, including Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz, and numerous others. Priceline.com is currently the largest, with a market cap of just over $80 billion as of mid-day Tuesday. Each year, millions of people book their travel on OTAs, thinking those sites will allow them to…

The World’s Busiest Airports: What the Rankings Mean

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) announced over the weekend that they have retained the title of world’s busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers. The airport moved more than 104 million passengers in 2016, a 2.6 percent increase over 2015. They kept the title as Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) came in…

An Ongoing Struggle: International Aviation Authorities and FAA Safety Ratings

Back in August 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that Indonesia had received the Category 1 rating necessary for airlines in other countries to fly to the U.S. This marked a huge milestone for the country’s aviation programs, as carriers could begin the application process for flights to the U.S.…

How Airlines and Airports Are Dealing With the Latest U.S.…

As numerous citizens of various predominately Muslim countries stepped off their flights at various U.S. airports on Saturday, they were greeted with the news they would no longer be able to pass through customs to enter the United States. As a result, they were detained, as airport, airline, and some law…

AirAsia X Cleared for Takeoff to the US by FAA

AirAsia X has received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin flying to the US. The Malaysia-based affiliate of AirAsia is now the first Asian low-cost carrier certified to fly to the States. The airline, which effectively operates as AirAsia's long-haul division, currently operates a fleet of 22 Airbus…

The Crash of TK6491: What We Know

A Boeing 747-400F crashed just outside of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Monday, killing all four crew in addition to dozens of people on the ground. The aircraft had attempted to land at Manas Airport during a period of low visibility due to heavy fog. The aircraft, currently flying under the registration…

CWA Campaign to Further Protect Airline and Airport Employees Ends…

Since 2001, the Communications Workers of America has been a large part of a campaign to prevent violence against flight attendants and other airline and airport workers. On Jan. 5, the office of the Attorney General sent a letter out to congressmen who had expressed concerns that a law passed…

Southwest Announces Key Executive Changes

Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines announced Tuesday new changes to their executive ranks, promoting Thomas Nealon to President and Michael Van de Ven to Chief Operating Officer. Nealon, who rejoined Southwest a little over a year ago in the then-newly created position Executive Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, had previously…

The “Guide” Animal Conundrum Plaguing The Airline Industry

I was recently on a two-hour domestic flight aboard a major U.S. carrier out of Eagle County Regional Airport in Colorado. The airport sees a lot of pets pass through, as owners want to bring their furry family members along for their weeklong ski vacations. A family member traveling with…

Russia Grounds Entire Fleet of Tupolev Tu-154 Aircraft

The Russian Ministry of Defense has announced the grounding of all Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft following the recovery of one of the black boxes from a Christmas Day accident involving a Russian military TU-154, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported Tuesday. The airplanes are expected to be out of commission until the…