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6/26/2019

American Airlines will debut new daily seasonal fights from Arizona's Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to New Orleans; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Wichita, Kan., from Dec. 18 through April 6.

6/26/2019

The Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program will issue a $6.5 million grant to Texas' El Paso International Airport, which will be used to rebuild two of the airport's taxiways. "Access to safe and efficient infrastructure is critical as so many Texans travel for work, leisure, and visiting loved ones," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

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El Paso Times (Texas)
6/26/2019

American Airlines announced plans to retire its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 airplanes on Sept. 4 as a part of the company's ongoing fleet renovation. The airline has 26 planes still in service.

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TravelPulse
6/26/2019

International Air Transport Association Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, urged airlines to move away from paper-based processes and embrace data and digital transformation in order to enhance the air travel experience for consumers at IATA's Aviation Data Symposium. "Today we are on the cusp of a digital transformation with the New Distribution Capability and ONE Order" he said. "They will usher in a world of airline retailing that will drive value for the customer, airlines and the entire air travel value chain."

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TravelPulse
6/26/2019

Shantell "Shannie" Pooser, a teen with a contagious smile who lives with Down Syndrome and a life-threatening condition, finds joy as an honorary flight attendant for American Airlines. She has flown 20 flights in uniform and helps with tasks including passing out snacks.

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6/26/2019

Authorities in Paris are working with Airbus to see if it will be possible to use autonomous air taxis for transport during the 2024 Olympic Games. The idea is to transport visitors from Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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Electrive (Germany)
6/26/2019

At just 14 years old, Izzy Szczerbinski is taking flying lessons and has plans for a career piloting international flights. "I love flying," she said. "And making a lot of money for doing something that you love is a great idea."

6/26/2019

As part of AOPA's You Can Fly program to get more pilots flying and keep them flying, 23 scholarships have been awarded to student pilots and already certificated pilots to continue their primary and advanced flight training.

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6/26/2019

The Transportation Security Administration will send 600 more airport workers to the southern border, where they will help enforce immigration policy. "It will have no effect on aviation security," TSA Administrator David Pekoske told the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

6/26/2019

Georgia's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport within the next year will expand its South checkpoint from four lanes to nine lines, in an effort to better accommodate Transportation Security Administration passenger screening operations. "This place is getting busier and busier, so we've got to find relief," said the airport's deputy general manager, Greg Richardson.

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WSB-TV (Atlanta)