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DOT Says FAA Allowed Southwest To Endanger Passengers

A report released Feb. 11 by the inspector general at the Department of Transportation says Dallas-based Southwest Airlines put millions of passengers at risk by flying aircraft that did not adhere to basic U.S. safety standards. The 27-page report published Tuesday details how the airline operated "more than 150,000 flights on previously owned aircraft that did not meet U.S. aviation standards," a fact that supposedly put 17.2 million passengers at risk over the course of that same period. That information…

Argentina and U.S. Lift Restrictions on Frequencies and Capacity

The United States and Argentina yesterday ratified a new amendment to the bilateral 1985 Air Transport Services Agreement immediately lifting previously established reciprocity restrictions. The new agreement between U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Argentinian Minister of Transportation Guillermo Dietrich liberalizes the U.S.-Argentina to the extent that any U.S.…

DOT Grants New Daytime Slots at Haneda, Further Connecting U.S.…

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has provisionally approved for 12 new daytime routes between the U.S. and Tokyo's Haneda Airport. The routes are expected to be operated during next year's summer schedule, just in time for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. [caption id="attachment_33720" align="aligncenter" width="540"] New slots…

United, Air India Marketing New Delhi Flights as Nonstop Despite…

With Pakistan restricting access to its airspace, airlines operating in the region have been forced to take indirect flight paths to get to their destinations. While this may mean an extra hour or so flying time and a brief delay for some, it means fuel stops for those flying the…

Qantas Hit with U.S. DOT Fine Regarding New York to…

Qantas Airways, Australia’s national carrier, has been fined $125,000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The fine involves the carrier's route between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. The carrier operates the leg as a tag-on to one of its daily services between Los…

Cathay Dragon Approved for United States Service

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on June 29, 2017 that Cathay Dragon has been approved to begin service from to the United States under exemption code 49 U.S.C. §40109 and amended foreign air carrier permit under 49 U.S.C. §41301. The Hong Kong-based carrier filed to operate flights to…

DOT Tentatively Approves American for Los Angeles to Beijing Route

On March 14, Delta began petitioning the DOT for a daily flight from Los Angeles to Beijing. A mere two weeks later, American requested the same seven weekly slots. Both carriers said in their applications that the route would be operated by a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. They both said their…