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Old November 19th, 2008, 05:16 PM   #81
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US opens air lanes to Thanksgiving traffic
18 November 2008
Agence France Presse

US President George W. Bush Tuesday opened military air lanes to commercial air traffic ahead of the next week's busy holiday season and announced new consumer protections for air travelers.

"This year we are going to expand what we call the Thanksgiving express lanes in the areas of the Midwest, the Southwest and the West Coast, including the skies over Phoenix and Los Angeles," he said.

Noting that congested holiday travel can be especially difficult, Bush said officials were working with agencies and airlines "to make more staff available to speed check-in and boarding, and to help passengers affected by cancellations and delays."

The president also announced increased compensation for lost bags and "tougher penalties when airlines fail to notify travelers of hidden fees."

"These efforts represent our commitment to making this year's holiday travel season as smooth as possible," he said.
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If we want to reduce congestion in the skies over America's biggest cities, we must fund the full scale implementation of GPS navigation and flight control technology and rid ourselves of the dinosaur radar technology that airplanes and air traffic controllers currently use.

Second, building HSR from the major air hubs to smaller markets would reduce congestion in the skies. And building HSR between the major markets would do the same as well.
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EU begins developing new air traffic system
8 December 2008

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - The European Union launched a program Monday to develop a new air traffic management system to help cope with an increasing number of flights over Europe.

Europe's air space has reached its limit with 28,000 flights a day, but that number is nevertheless expected to double by 2020, according to the Eurocontrol air traffic management agency.

The EU is developing the euro2.1 billion ($2.7 billion) "SESAR" system using satellite navigation and data links that would transmit digital messages directly to cockpit displays.

The new system is expected to be up and running by 2020, replacing the radar and radio-based system that dates back to World War II. The current system forces planes to take longer, zigzagging routes that cost airlines about euro4 billion ($5 billion) annually in wasted fuel.

The EU said the new system should make flights safer, shorter and less polluting by helping air traffic controllers direct planes more efficiently.

In addition, the EU hopes the new system will enable a tripling of capacity, cut air traffic management costs by 50 percent, curb greenhouse gas emissions and achieve an overall punctuality rate of 95 percent, officials said.

"This is one of the most complex research and development programs ever launched in (Europe)," said Antonio Tajani, vice president of the European Commission, the EU head office. Its impact will include fewer delays and increased airport capacity, he added.

The new program will enable so-called "continuous-descent approaches" to the runway -- effectively coasting down from cruising altitudes with the throttle on idle -- thus decreasing fuel consumption and minimizing CO2 emissions.

"Compared with today's way of managing aircraft, SESAR represents a paradigm shift," said Eurocontrol's director general David McMillan. "We will change the way we manage air traffic -- no more skyways, just the most efficient trajectory to save fuel and time."

The planned system will be similar to the new NextGen network being set up in the United States by the Federal Aviation Administration. NextGen also aims to replace the obsolete method of air traffic management where jetliners move in single-file lines along narrow highways in the sky marked by radio beacons.

The European project, like NextGen, has been planned for years but faced repeated delays due to funding shortages and the complexities of the switch-over to the new technology.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 02:20 PM   #84
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Carrier has best on-time percentage since 2005
11 December 2008

PHOENIX (AP) - US Airways posted an on-time percentage of 87.5 percent in October, its best since the 2005 merger with America West Airlines.

The percentage put Tempe-based US Airways third among the nation's 10 major airlines, behind Northwest at 90 percent and Southwest at 89.6 percent, according to the Department of Transportation's monthly Air Travel Consumer Report released Wednesday.

A flight is considered on time if it arrives within 14 minutes of schedule.

US Airways' 34,000 employees are paid $50 each month the airline ranks in the top three among its peers in on-time arrivals, baggage handling or fewest customer complaints.

In October, the airline ranked 6th of 10 in baggage handling and had the most customer complaints of all carriers in the report.

Company executives have pinned the blame on the airline's poor recovery from bad weather and other factors that force flight cancellations and long delays and frustrate customers.
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UAL offers bonuses for top on-time performance
19 December 2008

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - United Airlines, which struggled in on-time rankings over the summer, said it would offer rank-and-file workers up to $1,200 bonuses in 2009 for top-rated performance.

Of the six big hub-and-spoke carriers, UAL Corp.'s United was last or second-to-last in on-time rankings in July, August, and September. It improved to third place in October, when 86.3 percent of its flights met the government's definition of on-time. Government numbers for November aren't out yet, but United said its on-time performance for the month was 85 percent, an improvement of 9 percentage points from November 2007.

United said the new payments are designed to strengthen the connection between pay and performance on goals like on-time arrivals.

On Friday, United said it would pay its workers an extra $100 in each month it ranks first for on-time performance among its competitors. They'll get $65 in each month where the airline is in second place or meets an internal goal.

United Teamsters, Machinists, and flight attendants have all approved the program. Pilots are set to discuss it at their next Master Executive Council meeting in January.

The program is aimed at U.S. union workers. United said its salaried and management workers, as well as many of its overseas workers, would get a different incentive based on financial goals.

United shares rose 8 cents to close at $11.09 on Friday.
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Flight Cuts Are Slated for New York's La Guardia
23 December 2008
The Wall Street Journal

Washington -- The Federal Aviation Administration is reducing the number of flights at New York's La Guardia Airport in a bid to improve the airport's dismal on-time record.

Transportation Secretary Mary Peters on Monday said the FAA will reduce the number of takeoffs and landings permitted each hour to 71 from 75. The number of hourly flights at the New York area's Kennedy and Newark airports is also capped, but at higher levels.

The FAA's move to further reduce capacity at La Guardia is an acknowledgement that little can be done over the near term to cut into the airport's chronic delay problem other than limiting the amount of traffic it can handle. In 2007 and so far in 2008, La Guardia ranks last among the 32 largest U.S. airports in on-time arrival performance, with only 61% of flights arriving on time, Ms. Peters said. Reducing the number of flights to 71 from 75 will reduce delays by as much as 41%, she said, saving up to $178 million in delay-related costs each year.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates La Guardia as well as Kennedy and Newark, criticized the move.

"Our position on this issue has not changed: Reducing capacity, especially in the current economic climate, is the wrong way to go. Instead, the FAA should focus on replacing its 1950s-era air-traffic-control system to provide travelers with the relief they need," the Port Authority said in a statement.

The administration has tried other steps to reduce congestion in New York, including opening a new westbound departure route out of the area. Another Bush administration idea -- taking some takeoff and landing rights from airlines serving New York and auctioning them to the highest bidder -- has been blocked by a federal court. The new La Guardia restrictions will be open to comment for 10 days. They are scheduled to take effect in April and last until October.
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Airlines ask US to withdraw NY airport slot sales

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - U.S. airlines have asked the Obama administration to withdraw a government plan for boosting competition and reducing congestion by auctioning takeoff and landing rights at New York-area airports.

The chief lobbying group for the major carriers asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to swiftly rescind last year's Bush administration initiative.

"As you noted at your confirmation hearing, auctioning slots does not make sense as a tool to address congestion," James May, chief executive of the Air Transport Association, said in a letter to LaHood dated Jan. 22.

May urged LaHood to act before further litigation on the matter. Airlines sued to block the auctions on grounds the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lacked the authority to carry them out.

A U.S. appeals court stayed the auction plan last month pending further court review.

The Bush administration had sought to sell up to 10 percent of rights for takeoffs and landings at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports in New York, and Newark in New Jersey, as a way to streamline operations and facilitate new service.

LaGuardia, Newark and JFK, all popular with business travelers, are among the worst airports in the United States for delays and congestion. Airlines tend to pack their schedules and run many flights with feeder aircraft, especially at LaGuardia.

The tie-ups add millions of dollars annually in industry operating costs, and tend to ripple across the country and affect flights in other cities.

US Airways Group , Delta Air Lines , Continental Airlines Inc , American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp , and United Airlines, a unit of UAL Corp , all have hubs or other operations at one or more of the three airports.
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A look at US airlines' on-time performance in February
By The Associated Press
9 April 2009

The following are the rankings of 19 airlines' on-time performance in February, according to data provided by the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics:

Carrier On-Time Arrival Pct.

Hawaiian 91.20

Southwest 88.33

Pinnacle 86.79

Frontier 83.32

Delta 82.62

US Airways 82.21

American Eagle 81.98

United 81.81

SkyWest 81.75

Northwest 81.48

AirTran 81.46

American 81.29

JetBlue 81.18

ExpressJet 79.89

Mesa 79.82

Atlantic Southeast 78.96

Continental 77.68

Comair 76.58

Alaska 76.29
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Airlines' on-time performance, baggage handling improves in February, compared to year ago
9 April 2009

ATLANTA (AP) - U.S. airlines' on-time performance and baggage handling improved in February, while cancellations declined, compared to the same month a year ago, government data released Thursday showed. Complaints to the Department of Transportation also dropped year-over-year.

Alaska Airlines, a unit of Seattle-based Alaska Air Group Inc., had the worst on-time arrival rate in February, while Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time performance in the month.

The DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics said the 19 carriers reporting on-time performance recorded an overall on-time arrival rate of 82.6 percent in February, an improvement over both February 2008's 68.6 percent and the 77 percent recorded in January of this year.

In February, the carriers canceled 1.2 percent of their scheduled domestic flights, a lower rate than both the 3.6 percent cancellation rate of February 2008 and the 2.3 percent rate posted in January of this year.

The airlines overall had a mishandled baggage rate of 3.56 reports per 1,000 passengers in February, an improvement over both February 2008's rate of 6.41 reports per 1,000 passengers and the rate of 5.2 reports per 1,000 passengers posted in January of this year.

The DOT said that in February it received 576 complaints about airline service from consumers, down 38.5 percent from the 937 complaints filed in February 2008 and 34.8 percent fewer than the total of 884 complaints received in January of this year.

Alaska Airlines had the lowest on-time arrival rate in February, at 76.3 percent. The most frequently delayed flight in the month was Delta Air Lines flight 2008 from Savannah, Ga., to Atlanta, which was late 94.1 percent of the time.

Regional carrier Comair Inc., a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Delta, had the second-lowest on-time arrival rate in February, at 76.6 percent, while Houston-based Continental Airlines Inc. had the third-lowest, at 77.7 percent.

Hawaiian Airlines had the highest on-time arrival rate in February, at 91.2 percent, while Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. had the second-highest, at 88.3 percent, and Memphis, Tenn.-based carrier Pinnacle Airlines had the third-highest, at 86.8 percent.

Among legacy carriers, Delta's on-time arrival rate was highest in February, good for fifth-best overall. For discount carriers, Southwest had the best on-time arrival rate in February.
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Summer air-travel forecast: Easier ; New York hub seen as major traffic hump
5 May 2009
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Travelers this summer can expect recent record airline delays to ease as sharp cuts in flight schedules reduce congestion across the nation, according to federal data and aviation experts.

Airlines cut schedules by 8%-10% in September. On-time performance has improved significantly in all but one month since then, according to federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics data. The two years before September 2008 saw record-breaking flight delays.

From September to February, the most recent period available, 80% of flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled time. In the same period a year earlier, 74% of flights were on time.

Even with the improvements, airlines and federal aviation managers are girding for the usual disruptions that occur when thunderstorms block normal flight routes.

Nancy Kalinowski, the Federal Aviation Administration's vice president for air-traffic operations, said the agency has opened new flight routes for spring and summer in the New York region in an attempt to stem delays during bad weather.

Despite the reductions, New York City's three congested airports could trigger delays that ripple through the aviation system -- particularly when thunderstorms hit the area.

The New York region, where Newark Liberty International, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports are packed closely together, is particularly susceptible to weather complications because its clogged airways allow limited flexibility for rerouting planes, Kalinowski said.

"It's becoming more and more clear that the key constraint in the system right now is New York," said John Hansman, an aviation professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "That's where most of the problems are going to center over the summer, and there will be some bad days."

In January and February, only 59% of flights arrived on time in Newark, despite federally imposed flight reductions at the airport last year designed to reduce delays, according to federal data.

Airlines said they welcomed recent improvements, but said the government needed to speed the pace of improvements to the air- traffic system.

"We have to address the matter now," said David Castelveter, spokesman for the Air Transport Association, which represents large carriers. "And we have to see improvement for the summer travel period."
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Downturn Creates Drag on Traffic at Region's Airports
25 May 2009
The Washington Post

The recession has landed at Washington's local airports.

All three major hubs -- Dulles International, Reagan National and Baltimore-Washington International Marshall -- have reported drops in the number of passengers and fewer flights departing their runways this year as the global economic downturn leaves some business travelers and pleasure hoppers sitting at home.

The result for these local economic engines has been tight budgets, staff cuts, furloughs and the delay of certain construction projects. Dulles and National have both instituted hiring freezes while BWI has had layoffs.

"Airports all over the country are experiencing the same decline in traffic as we are locally," said Debby McElroy, executive vice president of policy and external affairs for the Airports Council International-North America, a trade association. "As all responsible businesses do when confronted with a decrease in revenues, airports are looking to cut their expense levels."

For passengers, there has been one silver lining: The number of delays has declined. Last week Nancy D. LoBue, an administrator with the Federal Aviation Administration, told Congress that the economic downturn has resulted in lower passenger demand across the country and a decline in delays, though certain heavily congested areas are not experiencing as much of a drop.

In the Washington area, airport managers said most airlines continue to serve all of the major cities they did before the slump began, though some carriers have dropped routes, scaled back the number of flights offered and, in some instances, used smaller planes.

At Dulles, the largest of the region's airports, the number of commercial passengers dropped by 10.2 percent in March, the most recent month for which data are available, compared with a year ago.

"March was not a particularly robust month," said Mark Treadaway, vice president of air service, planning and development at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The number of flights declined 2.44 percent for the first two months of the year compared with the same period last year, according to the most recent data kept by the Transportation Department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, to 22,512 from 23,074.

One of the biggest carriers scaling back at Dulles is Continental Airlines. The airline cut the number of scheduled departing flights for June by 57 percent, to 157 from 365 in June 2008, according to an analysis by the consultancy Official Airline Guide.

The cut is the result of Continental's decision to serve only Newark from Dulles last year, thus eliminating its service to Cleveland and Houston, OAG's vice president of market intelligence, David Beckerman, said in an e-mail.

Low-cost carriers JetBlue and AirTran Airways also cut their scheduled flights.

Some airlines are adding flights. Northwest is increasing flights by 21.8 percent, to 285 from 234, as it adds a flight to its third-largest hub, Memphis, and increases its Detroit service, Beckerman said.

The declines began last year, and as a result, the local airports authority began to cut back on spending at Dulles. Last September the authority's board of directors voted to defer several construction projects, the largest being a new midfield concourse at Dulles.

Reagan National, the closest airport to the District, reported a drop of 8.5 percent in the number of commercial passengers in March.

Flights declined 3.51 percent during the first two months of the year when compared with the same period last year, to 20,954 from 21,716, according to the government, while U.S. Airways, Reagan National's largest carrier, is cutting its scheduled flights for June by 4.6 percent, to 5,295 from 5,551, according to OAG.

BWI logged a 7.5 decline in passengers in March.

"That is pretty grim," said Timothy L. Campbell, executive director of the Maryland Aviation Administration. "Revenues are down this year and probably will continue to be down for the rest of this year until we get to see a turnaround in passenger numbers."

The number of flights declined by 8.8 percent during the first two months of the year, to 16,659 from 18,266.

Midwest Airlines, facing competition from AirTran and Southwest, dropped service out of BWI. American Airlines and the leisure carrier USA 3000 Airlines also cut scheduled flights.

BWI's largest carrier, Southwest, cut its scheduled flights for June by 4.5 percent, to 4,668 from 4,890, but that airline has said it will increase service to Boston and New York.

To deal with the drops, Campbell said that BWI has cut or frozen 16 positions this year and that his employees have also taken furloughs, or unpaid days off. The airport has also delayed replacing some fire trucks, as well as upgrades to its terminals and its parking ticket system.

"We have reduced travel to just the bare minimum. Our marketing budget has taken pretty severe cuts this year," he said. "We just don't see a lot of uptick in passenger activity until 2010."
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Stranded China Eastern Airlines passengers finally depart for Shanghai

More than 70 China Eastern Airlines passengers stranded in Los Angeles since the weekend because of mechanical problems with their plane finally departed for Shanghai Tuesday night.

The Airbus A340 took off at 11 p.m. and is scheduled to land in China in about two hours, according to an airline spokesman. The plane was originally scheduled to take off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday but was grounded after problems with its landing gear were discovered.

Many of the initial 282 Shanghai-bound passengers took direct flights to Beijing on Monday and Tuesday, while others canceled their trip.

After mechanical problems were discovered on the plane Sunday, passengers remained onboard for about four hours while crews tried to fix the landing gear. The passengers were eventually told to disembark.

Crews worked through the night to fix the plane. Passengers returned Monday, but the same problems arose when the plane began to taxi, according to officials with China Eastern Airlines in Los Angeles.

Some of the passengers on Monday staged a mini sit-in at the ticket counter after they were told to disembark for a second time. Airport police were called, but there were no arrests.

The stranded passengers were put up in a hotel and given meals by the airline, but there were complications in giving full refunds because many of the tickets were sold through agents who added their own markups, according to officials with the airline.

Passengers had the option of getting a refund on a one-way fare, buying their own tickets to China on another airline or waiting until the problem was resolved.
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Ah ... another sit-in for a mainland airline ... seems more and more common nowadays.
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US court refuses to block new jet routes around NY, Philadelphia; residents worry about noise
12 June 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - A plan to modernize jet routes in the country's most congested airspace has cleared a key legal hurdle.

A federal appeals court in Washington this week rejected several lawsuits challenging the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to alter the paths airliners use as they fly in and out of major airports in Philadelphia, New York and Newark, N.J.

The changes are designed to help reduce flight delays throughout the Northeast, but residents in several states worry the new routes will expose them to more aircraft noise. They had asked the court to block the plan.

A three-judge panel said in a decision filed Wednesday that the FAA had followed proper procedures for making the changes. The court did not weigh in on whether the project would either help with congestion, as the FAA claims, or result in unacceptable noise.

The New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise called the ruling "highly biased."

Some airspace redesign opponents, including Connecticut's attorney general, have vowed to appeal. Other plaintiffs in the lawsuits include more than a dozen cities, towns or counties in northern New Jersey, western Connecticut, southern New York and southeastern Pennsylvania.

The FAA maintains that the new routes, drawn across a 31,000-square-mile area, are sorely needed. Many of those air highways were laid out in the 1960s and airlines have been asking for upgrades for many years. In recent years, nearly three quarters of all flight delays nationally have been caused by backups in New York and Philadelphia.

Some changes called for in the program have already been implemented.
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United Air says O'Hare computer outage addressed

ATLANTA, July 2 (Reuters) - United Airlines said on Thursday that a computer outage that had caused flight delays with its operations at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport was being resolved, but advised travelers to continue to check the status of flights on its Website.

"United's check-in systems have been addressed and the number of flights arriving and departing O'Hare is improving," United spokeswoman Jean Medina said in a statement.

"While we continue to expect some delays, we expect to resume scheduled operations this afternoon," she added.

Earlier on Thursday, local media had reported that long lines of passengers were stretched from inside United's terminal to the sidewalk outside O'Hare after a computer problem resulted in flight delays and some cancellations ahead of the busy July Fourth holiday.

The carrier, a unit of UAL Corp, said customers could take advantage of United's travel waiver, which would allow changes without some penalties, if they wanted to change their travel plans.

"We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience this morning and recommend they continue to use united.com to check flight status and check-in," Medina added.
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Airlines' on-time arrivals improve
80.5% of flights landed on schedule in May

10 July 2009
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U.S. airlines are doing a better job this year of getting passengers to their destinations on schedule.

The Transportation Department reported Thursday that 80.5% of the flights operated by the nation's 19 largest airlines arrived on time in May, compared with 79.1% of the time in April and 79% in May 2008.

The airlines improved their on-time arrival performance every month this year except March and did better than in the first five months of last year, the department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported.

Helping drive the improvement: a reduced number of flights, which eases airport congestion. Airlines are making fewer seats available because fewer people are traveling during the recession.

Despite the improvement, there's no guarantee fliers are getting to their destinations any faster.

Aviation consultant Michael Baiada says airlines have lengthened the estimated flight time published on their schedules. That makes it easier for the airlines to report being on time, though it takes longer to travel than in the past, he says.

Also, flights are considered on time if they arrive within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival. Baiada estimates that if that time is counted, then the airlines' on-time arrival rates would drop by 12 to 15 percentage points.

It's "an industry that delivers 40% of its products late," he says.

Comair, a regional carrier owned by Delta, posted the worst arrival rate in May, being on time 65.7% of the time. Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a Delta connection carrier, followed with 70.8%. Among major carriers, AirTran (75.6%) had the worst rate. Alaska posted the best on-time rate among major carriers, with 85.7%.

Also reported:

*Tarmac delays. In May, 25 flights waited three hours or more in taxi lanes before departing. Mesa, American Eagle, Southwest and JetBlue each reported a flight that had a ground delay of four hours or more. Two of them occurred at the congested New York JFK airport.

*Mishandled baggage. The airlines posted a rate of mishandled baggage of 3.56 per 1,000 passengers in May. That was an improvement over both the May 2008 rate of 4.6 and April's 3.79 rate.

*Customer complaints. The department received 656 complaints from consumers about service in April. That's down from 885 in May 2008 and 781 in April.

*Cancellation. The carriers canceled slightly less than 1% of their scheduled domestic flights in May. That's lower than the 1% in May 2008 and 1.5% posted in April.
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Can anyone here fix this plane? Passenger repairs aircraft fault
7 July 2009
The Guardian

Scottish holidaymakers were spared an eight-hour delay on their flight after a passenger fixed a mechanical problem on their plane, it was revealed yesterday.

The Boeing 757-200 was on the runway on the Spanish island of Menorca on Saturday when the captain announced that there was a "technical problem".

Passengers on board Thomas Cook flight TXC9641 were told to expect an eight-hour wait while an engineer was flown from Manchester. One Scottish passenger then identified himself as a qualified aircraft engineer and offered to try to remedy the fault.

After a few minutes it was announced the Scot had been successful and the plane could take off. The plane landed at Glasgow only 35 minutes late.

Grateful fellow passengers told how they greeted the man back on board with "rapturous applause".

Keith Lomax, 62, who was on the plane with his wife, said yesterday the man had "worked a miracle".

Lomax, from Stirling, said: "We were due to leave Menorca at about 10.40am and everything was going great.

"We were told the delay could be six to eight hours. But a man from further forward in the plane put his hand up and told cabin crew he thought he could fix it.

"They did some checks and within about 40 minutes he'd managed to fix the fault and we were told we could leave.

"When he got back on, there was a great big round of applause.

"I hope he was well looked after on the way home and that they've offered him a really good holiday in return for his handywork."

A Thomas Cook spokeswoman said strict procedures were followed to ensure the man was qualified to fix the aircraft.

She said: " We are very grateful that he was on the flight that day."
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Airport suffers on-time drop
10 July 2009
The Atlanta Journal - Constitution

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport's on-time performance declined in May, when storms contributed to delays. The airport fell to 26th among the nation's major airports, down from No. 6 just a year earlier.

About 69.8 percent of flights arrived on time at Hartsfield-Jackson in May, down from 84.32 percent in the same month of 2008.

Among airlines, Atlanta-based Delta ranked No. 14 for on-time performance, with 77.4 percent of flights arriving on time in May. At the bottom of the rankings were Delta regional subsidiary Comair at No. 19; Atlanta-based Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a Delta partner, at No. 18; and AirTran Airways, which has its largest hub in Atlanta, at No. 17. Delta's merger partner Northwest Airlines took the No. 7 spot.

Comair also had the two most frequently delayed flights in the nation in May: a flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International to Minneapolis-St. Paul (late 96.8 percent of the time) and a flight from Kansas City to New York LaGuardia (late 92 percent of the time). An Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight from Baton Rouge to Atlanta was late 88.5 percent of the time.

Comair also had the highest rate of chronically-delayed flights, with 6.5 percent of its flights running late at least 70 percent of the time. The list of the longest tarmac delays included a Delta flight from New York JFK to Cincinnati, delayed on the tarmac for nearly five hours.

The report also showed AirTran had the best baggage handling performance among airlines ranked. Delta performed worst in the complaints category.
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Japan Airlines flight aborted for a second time in Mexico
8 July 2009
Agence France Presse

A Japan Airlines plane bound for Tokyo on Wednesday failed a second time to take off from Mexico City's airport after experiencing problems in one of its engines, the airline said.

"Yesterday and today we could not leave because of a problem with the engine. We're going to bring another plane tomorrow" so passengers can complete their journey to Tokyo, Yasushi Kimura, manager of Japan Airlines in Mexico, told AFP.

The Boeing 747-400 attempted its first take off on Tuesday, while carrying 322 passengers and 15 crew.

"It had just begun moving along the runways when the takeoff was aborted by mechanical failure in one of the plane's two engines," an airline source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The plane was inspected and then set for a Wednesday takeoff, carrying one less passenger, but the pilot identified the same problem again before the aircraft even got to the runway, the source said.
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Flights briefly delayed at NYC airport after 78 turtles emerge from bay, crawl onto runway
8 July 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - A runway at New York City's Kennedy Airport was shut down Wednesday morning after 78 turtles emerged from the bay and crawled onto the tarmac.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says grounds crews rounded up the wayward reptiles in about 35 minutes and deposited them back in the water, further from airport property.

The shutdown disrupted flight schedules, though, with delays climbing to nearly 1 1/2 hours.

Pilots reported the first turtle sightings at around 8:30 a.m.

The Port Authority identified the turtles as Diamondback Terrapins. They appeared to be about 8 inches long and weigh 2 to 3 pounds each.
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