Several U.S. carriers including American Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Delta Air Lines announced flight cancellations Wednesday as the northeastern U.S. was threatened by snowstorms. FlightAware.com reports that 1,761 flights were called off Wednesday, and more than 310 scheduled flights for today have been canceled.
The work of Florida-based advanced-biofuel developer Applied Research Associates and its partners have been chosen by Popular Science magazine as one of its top 25 science stories of 2012. The company and Chevron Lummus Global joined forces with the National Research Council of Canada, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Agrisoma Biosciences to develop and demonstrate a drop-in biojet fuel. Applied Research Associates developed the fuel for the Air Force lab.
Production delays and then a couple of incidents with Boeing's Dreamliner 787 jets have generated criticism of the new jet, but the company says nothing out of the ordinary has occurred. "We're having what we would consider the normal number of squawks on a new airplane, consistent with other new airplanes we've introduced," said Boeing CEO Jim McNerney. Japanese airline All Nippon Airways has received 16 Dreamliners, which an airline spokesman said were performing "better than what we initially expected."
Smaller airlines are anticipating a shortage in qualified pilots once new Federal Aviation Administration rules go into effect next summer. The rules will roughly triple the amount of flight time new pilots must have before being allowed to fly commuter flights, and regional airlines fear the reduced workforce combined with more competitive salaries in other industry segments will render them unable to resupply the current workforce as it reaches retirement age.
Clearly viewing ancillary fees remains difficult when getting extra services such as checking a bag or extra legroom, Kate Rice writes. Travelers on many airline websites have to wait until the end of the booking process to see how much everything will cost.