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Shifting Tides: Delta Unblocks Middle Seats

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has announced it will resume selling middle seats for flights departing May 1. It is the last U.S. airline to end the policy, originally created by select airlines at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to give travelers extra space and peace of mind on their flights. Ever since Delta join Southwest, JetBlue and Alaska in blocking seats in April 2020, debates have arisen over how effective the system really is. Airlines did not block out…

United Announces May Schedule and New Leisure Routes

United Airlines has announced its May schedule, including the addition of 26 new leisure routes to destinations across the United States. The new routes are mainly point-to-point and are focused on connecting Midwest markets to areas in the South and New England. Along with the new routes, United will resume…

EAS Round Up – Part 3

Essential Air Service (EAS) has been in the news frequently the past couple of months, and large airports aren’t the only airports that have news to report on. This is a continuation of the series, titled ‘EAS Round up’, and will touch on any news regarding the contracts in the…

NTSB Provides Update on United Airlines 328

The NTSB has released an update on its investigation into the catastrophic engine failure on United Airlines flight 328. The incident received widespread media attention when the engine cowling from the Boeing 777 landed in the front yard of a house in a Denver suburb. None of the passengers or…

Joplin Drops American for United, Favoring Chicago Opportunity

For the first time in a decade, the service provider at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Missouri will change hands. The route, which is current serviced by American Airlines and its regional partners, will be dropped on June 1 as the Essential Air Service contract was up for renewal. American…

United Airlines Pays $49 Million for Mail Fraud

Many of the airlines in the United States got their start decades ago hauling mail across the country. It was only much later when enterprising individuals realized they could add some seats onto their planes and bring people along as well. This led to the birth of passenger airlines in…

Trip Report: Chicago to St. Louis on the Cessna 208…

It is once again time for another Essential Air Service (EAS) trip report. While it is true that the EAS program connects small communities in the United States to larger cities, a select few are connected to two large cities instead of just one. What this means is that passengers…

United, Japan Suspend Operations of PW4000 Boeing 777s

Through a Notice to Airmen released Sunday, the Japanese aeronautical authority reported that it had decided to prohibit the operations of Boeing 777s with Pratt & Whitney 4000 engines until further notice. This prevents the operation of 32 aircraft owned by Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways as well as…

United Airlines Boeing 777 Suffers Uncontained Engine Failure

A United Airlines Boeing 777-200, registered N772UA, suffered an uncontained engine failure during its departure from Denver International Airport. Flight UA328 bound for Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport was forced to return to Denver just a few minutes into the flight after the right-hand engine malfunctioned. The incident led…

United Airlines Expands Hawaii Options With Three New Routes

United Airlines has announced new flights from the United States mainland to the Hawaiian Islands. The airline will add three new routes, including two completely new routes that have not been previously operated by another airline. The additional flights to Hawaii continue the industry-wide trend of expanding flight options to…