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In audio released last week, the actor was heard making mistakes during radio communication with air traffic control in the minutes leading up to his close call. He responded to the control tower by fumbling his words and telling them that he was flying a helicopter rather than his single-engine plane. The American Airlines pilots were aware of the incident, prompting the airline to alert the FAA and NTSB. A spokesperson confirmed the FAA is opening an investigation into the incident. The FAA considers that a very major violation of the federal air regulations. They are going to go after him basically to take his license away. Fortunately for him, no one was hurt, Captain Ross Aimer, a retired United Airlines pilot and CEO of Aero Consulting Experts , tells PEOPLE . (Aimer is not involved in the investigation.) A rep for the actor has not commented.
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It also increased its holdings in Delta Air Lines by over 800 percent, to 60 million shares. The company now owns 43.2 million shares of Southwest Airlines, and it increased its stake in United Continental to about 28 million shares. A March rate hike now looks all but imminent. Many economists—including the Goldman Sachs economists I had the pleasure to hear speak this weekexpect to see at least three such hikes this year alone. Gold responded accordingly, closing above $1,240 for the first time since soon after the November election. Below you can see the gold price charted against the inflation-adjusted 10-year Treasury yield, which is now in subzero territory. Read full story here... Interested in learning more about physical gold and silver? Call GoldCore and speak with a Gold and Silver Specialist today!
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Most folks already know that if a particular airline sees a good chunk of your annual travel, it's a smart move to apply for its corresponding co-branded card. But that's not the only reason to add an airline card to your wallet. Some benefits can apply well beyond travel just on that particular carrier, especially when you consider each airline's partners and redemption perks. So when we assembled our list of the best airline co-branded cards for this year, we made sure to consider the extra value each card can bring, whether you're flying on that airline or not. Because with so many varying benefits , it's important to know which card will best match your own travel needs and preferences. Top Airline Co-Branded Cards 1. Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card 2. Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card 3. JetBlue Plus Card 4. United MileagePlus Explorer Card 5.
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United is now the final Big 3 legacy carrier to roll out Basic EconomyAmerican did so earlier this morning and Delta has had them in place for several years already . Obviously in an industry in which everyone follows the leader (mostly Delta), it's not surprising to see other legacy carriers trying the same techniques, even though each airline has implemented its own variation of what Basic Economy means. The other question is whether these Basic Economy fares, designed to compete with low-cost carriers such as Sprint and Frontier , will be lower than United's previous standard coach fares, or whether the cost of standard economy tickets will simply be increased. Additionally, it's also not clear whether United's new fares will actually be competitive with the low-cost carriers. While it's not a fair comparison since United is only flying Basic Economy on hub routes at the moment, here's a quick glance at all the airlines flying one-way from Minneapolis to Denver on April 18, the first day of United Basic Economy.
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A PASSENGER was thrown off a United Airlines flight after he allegedly asked a man of Middle Eastern appearance if there was a bomb in his bag.
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In an attempt to better compete with low-cost airlines, major air carriers like American Airlines, Delta and United have been rolling out basic economy fares no-frills fares that charge fees for amenities that would otherwise come standard, like seat assignments or the right to use the overhead bin space, for example. But this unbundling has also made it difficult for... Read More
Daily Mail - USA
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The man was on a United Airlines Flight awaiting take off at Chicago O'Hare airport when it is alleged he asked a fellow passenger whether he was carrying a bomb in his bag.
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Picking the Best Program Deciding which benefits matter most to you is the best way to determine which high-tier status fits your travel needs. Given these differences, which program is best for high-tier elites? Unfortunately there's no easy way to answer this, since everyone's travel situation varies significantly. While American falls behind in some key categories above, those may not matter much to you. In addition, if you live in (or near) a major hub like Atlanta or Houston, you may be forced into loyalty to the primary carrier out of that airport. However, if you do have some flexibility in choosing a preferred airline, there are a few things that can help you make the decision. First, determine the benefit that matters most to you. Many of the perks outlined above are constant across airlines, but there are a few key differences.
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It’s been more than a month since Carrie Fisher was l aid to rest, but RadarOnline.com has learned that the Star Wars actress had secretly predicted she would be dead by February 2017. PHOTOS: Carrie Fisher’s Last Photo Before Tragic Death According to a new interview in the Sunday Times Culture magazine, singer-songwriter James Blunt revealed new details about his last days with the late star. The 42-year-old, who had named Fisher as his one-year-old son’s godmother, was staying with her in Los Angeles at the time to work on his album, Back To Bedlam. “She put a cardboard cutout of herself as Leia outside my room with her date of birth and date of death on her forehead,” he told the publication, claiming it was around this time of the year. “I remember thinking it was too soon.” As Radar previously reported, the 60-year-old actress suffered a massive heart attack on a United Airlines Flight from London on Dec.
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has been ranked first among four countries with the best healthcare this year, according to InternationalLiving.com. It noted that Malaysia’s medical tourism is booming, following a stronger US dollar currency, cheaper air travel and mounting healthcare costs in Western countries. Two cities, George Town in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, were named as the two main medical centres which services international airlines from around the world. The report also accredited Malaysia having some of the best-trained doctors in Asia, with the large number of them being trained in the US, Australia, or the United Kingdom. The mileage of them being able to speak English puts a feather in the country’s cap too. The report also commented that hospitals in the two cities are among Southeast Asia’s first recipients of the United Statesprestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) certification – a benchmark for healthcare service providers globally.
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Want to see the latest flight deals as soon as they’re published? Follow The Points Guy on Facebook and Twitter , and subscribe to text message alerts from our deals feed, @ tpg_alerts . Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia , which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card , you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points . Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia ’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family. Great news for folks in the Pacific Northwest! United Airlines is running a sale on flights to the Aloha State, with tons of availability at the terrific price of just $362 round-trip to Honolulu (HNL) or Maui (OGG) from either Seattle (SEA) or Portland (PDX).
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Earn 75,000 Points When You Sign Up for the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card You have until February 28 to take advantage of an elevated sign-up bonus from the Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Card . The usual bonus is 40,000 Honors points, but for a limited time you can earn 75,000 points after spending $2,000 within the first three months of account opening. Amex is offering a pretty lucrative offer when you purchase airfare from Air France. Amex Offer: Get 20,000 Membership Rewards Points for Spending $1,000+ With Air France If you have an eligible American Express card, enroll in this Amex Offer that will earn you a hefty 20,000 Membership Rewards points for spending at least $1,000 with Air France between now and April 14. Several US airlines have routes to the Caribbean that feature planes with lie-flat seats. Fly in a Lie-Flat Seat Between the US and the Caribbean If you want to kick off your Caribbean vacation in style, look no further than these routes from the US that feature lie-flat seats at the front of the plane.
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A time-lapsed video shared on social media shows the work that went into building the aircraft, from start to finish. Boeing 787-10 #Dreamliner debuts today! Here's a sneak peek of the first 787-10 being built. https://t.co/5AwmggCMEo #Boeing #avgeek pic.twitter.com/Q92pjWvpEb Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) February 17, 2017 With the plane showing all signs of operational functionality, the aircraft manufacturer will now prepare the first 787-10 for testing in the coming weeks. Boeing has not announced a timeline for the first flight of the new Dreamliner. The 787-10 Dreamliner variant is expected to take its first delivery in 2018 , with Singapore Airlines as the launch customer. Overall, the aircraft has earned 149 orders from nine customers, including ANA , British Airways , Etihad Airways , EVA Air, KLM and United Airlines . Statistics from Boeing claim over 140 million people have flown aboard a Dreamliner across 530 routes since the launch six years ago.
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First, determine the benefit that matters most to you. Many of the perks outlined above are constant across airlines, but there are a few key differences. If all you need is a better seat with more legroom, you may not want to play the upgrade game with Delta. However, traveling with a lot of checked baggage could make Gold Medallion the best option, while needing to book several economy awards might lead you to choose United thanks to the program's better award availability. Identifying the benefit(s) that are most important to you is critical in choosing a program. In addition, be sure to consider the service of each carrier (and their respective partners) from your primary airport. No sense in trying to earn status if you aren't able to use the perks at least somewhat regularly! Finally, ask yourself if any of these benefits are even worth going out of your way to earn.
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Unfortunate though it may be, the reality is that earning elite status with the three major US airlines now requires meeting a spending threshold in a calendar year. If you aren't a business traveler who's always on the road or if you tend to book cheaper fare classes, this can make qualifying or re-qualifying for your desired tier quite challenging. Luckily, though, there are some workarounds for meeting the elite-qualifying dollar requirements with the big three US carriers: American , Delta and United all offer EQD/MQD/PQD waivers when you meet certain spending thresholds on their co-branded credit cards . While we've published overviews of each airline's elite-qualifying dollar waiver options, given that you can now earn an increased sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles on the United MileagePlus Explorer Card and the United MileagePlus Explorer Business Card , let's take a closer look at how this strategy works for aspiring United MileagePlus elite members.
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In all, based on data from the entire year, here's ( PDF ) how the 12 reporting US carriers fared in 2016 for on-time arrivals: 1. Hawaiian Airlines91.1% of flights on time 2. Alaska Airlines87.3% 3. Delta Air Lines86.5% 4. SkyWest Airlines82.3% 5. United Airlines81.7% 6. Southwest Airlines80.8% 7. ExpressJet Airlines79.8% 8. American Airlines79.4% 9. Virgin America76.2% 10. Frontier Airlines76.0% 11. JetBlue Airways75.0% 12. Spirit Airlines74.3% Hawaiian was the clear winner for the year in on-time performance, with Spirit bringing up the rear, coming in 16.8 percentage points behind the top spot. The DOT considers a flight to be on time if it lands less than 15 minutes after the scheduled arrival time. To read the full findings of the DOT's report, including incidents involving animals and complaints about discrimination, go to the agency's website .
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I’ll be completely honest: I havent been a big United Airlines fan over the years. It really started to go downhill in 2012 when I redeemed miles for an award on Swiss Airlines and something went wrong with the ticketing , which used to happen A LOT with United on partner awards. I was denied boarding and had to scramble to book on another carrier at my own expense. I was stonewalled by customer service and even senior management, and it was clear to me United didnt really care about frequent flyers (I was United Platinum back then — from a status match, but still). Later that year I had a hair-raising experience with United’s (or, should I say Continental’s) gate agents at Newark and it made me think I’m better off sticking with American and Deltaimperfections and all. However, over the past couple years, and most significantly with new CEO Oscar Munoz, United has tried to turn things around.
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