Airlines

6:41am

Thu August 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Near Collision Near D.C.: Planes Were 12 Seconds From Possible Impact

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 12:42 pm

A passenger jet preparing for takeoff from Reagan National Airport in 2002.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images
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Update at 2:40 p.m. ET. FAA Disputes Report:

The Associated Press writes that "none of the three commuter jets that flew too close together near Washington was ever on course to collide head-on with the others, U.S. officials said Thursday. "During a news conference, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood strongly disputed media reports characterizing the incident as a near-miss."

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9:45am

Tue June 19, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Med Student Rescues Body Part From Airport Security

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 12:55 pm

The section of trachea with two days of cell growth, immediately before Castillo's implant surgery.
Harvard Bioscience

No, said airline security, you can't take this bottle onboard. It exceeds the 100 milliliter limit; it's forbidden.

But wait, said professor Martin Birchall of Bristol University. This is a medical container. Inside is a trachea, a carefully constructed human windpipe, seeded with 60 million stem cells from a very sick woman in Barcelona. We have just 16 hours to get it into her body. We pre-arranged this.

We have no record of your request, said the airline.

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3:28pm

Sun June 17, 2012
Business

Land, Air And Rail — Summer Travel Has Its Hiccups

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 5:05 pm

Summer travelers face higher gas prices and what seems like ever-increasing airfares.
Don Ryan AP

Across the U.S., temperatures are creeping higher, kids are out of school and the days are longer. This can only mean that summer is upon us.

For many, summer also means travel season. Whether you're traveling by plane, train or automobile for that vacation, you're likely to feel the pinch of rising travel costs.

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2:44pm

Wed June 6, 2012
Business

Good Times For Airlines, So Where Are The Deals?

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:29 pm

A Delta Air Lines flight takes off from the Ronald Regan National Airport in Washington, D.C. As the price of oil trickles down, the airline industry is projected to have a historic good year.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

The rest of the economy may not be doing great, but airlines are expecting a banner year. Profitability is up and fuel prices are declining, but that's not necessarily great news for consumers.

When Robert Herbst, a former pilot and industry consultant for many years, says the skies are blue, it sounds pretty convincing. And from Herbst's projections, this may be a historic year for the airline industry.

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11:24am

Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Delta CEO Pushes For National Airline Policy That Lets 'Free Market Work'

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:29 pm

A traveler walks by a Delta Airlines skycap kiosk at San Francisco International Airport.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

"Airlines are expecting a banner year," NPR's Yuki Noguchi is due to report on All Things Considered later today.

More planes are flying with full passenger loads, as any frequent flier will tell you. Mergers have helped cut costs. Ticket prices are up. Airlines are charging fees for bags. Fuel costs have eased a bit.

In these relatively good times, what does an airline CEO want?

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