Fifth-Graders’ Flight is Canceled, So Delta Sent A Private Jet

Written by Nicolas Avalle @ The Points Guy

Teacher Shantell Barbour feared her fifth-graders carefully planned class trip to nation’s capital was about to unravel. The American Airlines flight that was supposed to take Barber’s 41 students from Oklahoma City to Richmond, Virginia, on June 2 was canceled because of weather. But the trip to see Virginia and Washington, DC, was saved after …

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United Tries Compostable Cutlery, Recyclable Coffee Cups on Special ‘Eco’ Flight

Written by Nicolas Avalle @ The Points Guy

United Airlines put the spotlight on the environment last week with its “Flight for the Planet” Chicago O’Hare to Los Angeles. The airline used the flight to demonstrate measures the industry can take to be more sustainable, including carbon offsetting, using biofuel and a zero cabin waste effort. Passengers aboard the flight received a meal service …

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Passenger Causes 7-Hour Delay by Mistaking Emergency Exit for a Bathroom

Written by Nicolas Avalle @ The Points Guy

A Pakistan International Airlines flight was severely delayed leaving Manchester, England, on June 8, but not because of poor weather or aircraft maintenance. Instead, PIA has stated that a passenger opened an emergency exit while the flight was on the tarmac. According to the airline, the passenger mistook the exit for a restroom, causing the …

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Icelandair Lays Off All Its Boeing 737 MAX Pilots Amid Grounding Uncertainty

Written by Nicolas Avalle @ The Points Guy

Nearly 50 Boeing 737 MAX pilots are losing jobs in apparent fallout from the plane’s extended grounding. Icelandair says it has dismissed 24 Boeing 737 MAX pilots and cancelled training for an additional 21 who had been scheduled to begin flying for the carrier later this summer. Icelandair spokesman Michael Raucheisen confirmed the move to TPG …

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Qantas’ First Revamped Airbus A380s To Begin Flying in September

Written by Nicolas Avalle @ The Points Guy

The first of Qantas’ refurbished Airbus A380s will begin flying in September, with the remaining 11 A380s in the carrier’s fleet set to be overhauled during the next year. That’s according to Australian Business Traveler, which sat down with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce for the latest details on the carrier’s “We’re reconfiguring the A380s nearly …

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Involuntary Bumps on the Rise, Partially Due to 737 MAX Groundings

Written by Nicolas Avalle @ The Points Guy

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines each blamed the Federal Aviation Administration’s grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX for an increase in involuntarily “bumped” passengers during the first quarter of 2019, according to a monthly report by the US Department of Transportation. Bumping —”involuntary denied boardings,” in the DOT’s vernacular — previously had been on the …

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Frontier Airlines Halts Portsmouth Service After Just 6 Months

Written by Nicolas Avalle @ The Points Guy

Frontier Airlines is suspending its service from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, saying it will end its only route from the city on July 6, Seacoastonline reports. Frontier had just launched its Portsmouth-Orlando route in December. Frontier suggested the change was due to poor sales. “In this instance, demand did not materialize to support the service,” Frontier …

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Spirit Airlines to Begin Service From Nashville With Six New Routes

Written by Nicolas Avalle @ The Points Guy

In a fittingly musical press release, Spirit Airlines CEO Ted Christie announced six new routes from Nashville, Tennessee, while hunched over an acoustic guitar. The carrier’s expansion into the Music City includes flights between Nashville and Baltimore; Las Vegas; New Orleans and Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando. Spirit’s service on those routes …

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