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December 21, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Mokulele Airlines is offering fares as low as $39 each way for inter-island flights in Hawaii. The airline, which many folks haven't heard of if they haven't traveled to the Aloha State, connects Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and the Big Island. The deal: The $39 rates include tax and are good on selected dates (see below) during the holiday period. It's an online-only special, and seats are expected to go fast. Use the code "SHOLIDAY" when making a reservation. When: The offer is good for flights Dec. 24, 25, 30 and 31, and Jan. 1, subject to availability.
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WORLD
April 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - They fled Kasab at daybreak, amid the clamor of artillery and word that Islamist rebels were advancing toward them from Turkey. About 2,500 residents, most of them ethnic Armenians, gathered documents and what few possessions they could carry. They piled into cars and minibuses that carried them 40 miles down mountain roads to the government-held city of Latakia. Only some elderly remained behind, residents said. "We escaped with the clothes on our back," said one of those who eventually made it to Lebanon.
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BUSINESS
November 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
If your grim financial situation means you have to choose between flying for Thanksgiving or the December holidays, you may get a better deal for Turkey Day. The average price for a round-trip domestic flight in the days surrounding Thanksgiving is $420, about the same as last year, according to airline ticket data analyzed by travel website Priceline.com. But the average fare during the time that includes Christmas and New Year's is up 3%, to $444. If you had booked Thanksgiving reservations back in early October, you would have paid $393 on average, while the average December holiday airfare was $430, according to Priceline.com.
WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - An Australian ship hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has picked up two more transmissions similar to those of the jet's "black boxes," and the coordinator of the search said Wednesday the "pings" were helping to narrow the search area significantly. The vessel Ocean Shield, towing an acoustic detection device lent by the U.S. Navy, recorded pings of five and seven minutes' duration Tuesday afternoon and evening, said Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search efforts from Perth, Australia.
NEWS
February 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Free movies and TV in economy class and free beer, wine and spirits in what the carrier calls Economy Comfort are among new services and amenities coming to Delta Air Lines flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The airline also plans to expand its entertainment library to offer up to 100 movie selections. "We've been making an investment in our transcontinental service, phasing in full flat-bed seats [in BusinessElite class]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Australia-based Qantas Airlines grounded flights across the globe Saturday amid an intensifying labor dispute that is disrupting international travel for thousands of passengers. The company's domestic and international departures were canceled after Qantas announced that it is locking out workers represented by three of its employee unions, including those that represent pilots and baggage handlers. Qantas advised its customers not to go to the airport until further notice and said a full refund will be available to any customer who chooses to cancel a flight.
NATIONAL
July 11, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
A federal program that flies deported immigrants back to Mexico resumes Thursday, with 133 Mexicans scheduled to board a plane from El Paso to Mexico City. The Mexican government will transport the deportees to their hometowns. The repatriation flights , which began in October and ended after two months, are intended to give would-be immigrants a better chance of resettling, rather than becoming victims of violent crime in border towns or trying to illegally cross into the United States again.
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Hawaiian Airlines will debut nonstop daily service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Maui's Kahului Airport (OGG) on May 2, a month earlier than scheduled, because of "robust demand," the airline said in a statement Wednesday. It also will add a second daily flight on the route for summer. The year-round daily service on Airbus 330s between L.A. and the Hawaiian island had originally been scheduled to begin on June 1. Flights from L.A. leave at 11:15 a.m. and arrive at 1:40 p.m.; return flights will depart Maui at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in L.A. at 11:55 p.m. A second daily flight to Maui will operate from June 30 to Sept.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martin, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Computer problems have forced American Airlines, one of the nation's largest air carriers, to keep hundreds of its flights from departing across the country. The Fort Worth-based airline said it has been struggling with intermittent computer problems for a while. Because of the latest glitch, all American Airlines flights that are on the tarmac will remain there until at least 2 p.m. PDT. [Updated , 12:45 p.m. PDT April 16: American Airlines said it would waive the change fees for passengers whose flights were delayed and who wanted to book another flight.
NEWS
August 29, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Me to JetBlue Airways: I'm blue without the BluePass . I bought one last year for $1,200 and hopped a dozen flights in and out of Long Beach, often on a same-day basis. Leaves changing in Seattle? I went. Cool art show in Chicago? Gone again. For three months last fall, I made like a mini jet-setter with an unlimited number of trips to numerous destinations, including Salt Lake City and San Antonio. Now JetBlue has changed the formula. On Tuesday, it rolled out the Go Pack , which features 10 nonstop trips for a flat rate in seven city-to-city combinations.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | By Julie Makinen, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
BEIJING -- An Australian ship towing a U.S. Navy "pinger" locator has twice picked up sustained signals that may be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's "black boxes," and searchers are likely to deploy an underwater exploratory vehicle soon to look for wreckage, authorities said Monday. The first acoustic event detected by the Ocean Shield lasted two hours and 20 minutes, and the second lasted 13 minutes, said Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating search efforts from Perth, Australia.
WORLD
April 2, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A British submarine joined the search Wednesday for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet as Malaysian police said their investigation of the 227 passengers found no personal or psychological problems or motivation to hijack or sabotage the aircraft. Authorities are continuing to investigate the pilot, copilot and 10 other crew members for clues to how and why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished March 8 en route to Beijing, police Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told Bernama, the Malaysian state news agency.
WORLD
March 31, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Crews continued searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean west of Australia on Tuesday as authorities emphasized ramped-up efforts to determine what happened to the airliner that went missing March 8. Officials said an Australian military ship towing a pinger locator - which can scan the sea for the sounds of a beacon attached to the plane's flight data recorder - left port for the search zone Monday night. It was expected to arrive in the search area about 1,250 miles west of Perth, Australia, on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
In documents filed with federal accident investigators, Asiana Airlines stated Monday that flawed automatic throttles and the pilots themselves failed to maintain enough speed and altitude to safely land at San Francisco International Airport in July. Asiana's assertion about the throttles was immediately countered by Boeing Co., which lodged its own report with investigators, saying that the pilots were solely to blame and Boeing 777's automated throttle system was working properly.
TRAVEL
March 30, 2014
Risks and warnings The State Department continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern areas of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk due to tensions in the region. The U.S. believes that Russia is likely to continue to take further actions in the Crimean Peninsula consistent with its claim of annexation. The State Department also warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully the risks of travel to Mali, given terrorist activity there.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Even before the disappearance of its Boeing 777, Malaysia Airlines faced financial turbulence and stiff competition from low-cost carriers in Asia. Still, airline experts say Malaysia's flagship carrier could survive the economic blow of the disaster by responding with new management and a safety campaign, among other changes. "The airline needs to show it is committed to safety, security and reliability," said Henry H. Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst for advisory firm Hudson Crossing.
TRAVEL
March 31, 2010 | Bloomberg News
(Bloomberg News) -- British Airways planned to get about 90 percent of its flights off the ground today at London Heathrow airport as the carrier recovers from a second walkout by cabin crew that ended at midnight. The airline, Europe's third largest, canceled 31 of 319 flights from Heathrow today, according to its Web site. .It scrapped hundreds of trips when flight attendants followed a three-day strike with a four-day stoppage. The carrier faces the threat of more walkouts in April if it can't resolve pay and staffing differences with 12,000 workers.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
A winter storm heading for the East Coast has forced the delay of thousands of flights and the cancellation hundreds more during one of the busiest travel periods of the year. As of Wednesday morning, the storm was responsible for delaying more than 3,000 flights and canceling nearly 900 others, mostly in Dallas, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Chicago and New York, according to airline tracking website Flightstats.com. The delays have yet to be felt at Los Angeles International Airport, the nation's fifth busiest airport.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | David Lazarus
Airlines will never win a prize for sensitivity to customers' problems. They typically won't budge on change fees and ticketing costs. But you'd think that even the most hard-hearted carrier would acknowledge that, all things considered, this isn't the best time for a family trip to Russia. The situation in Ukraine prompted the U.S. State Department to issue a travel advisory March 14 warning Americans about "the possibility of violence or anti-U.S. actions directed against U.S. citizens or U.S. interests.
WORLD
March 26, 2014 | By Barbara Demick and W.J. Hennigan
BEIJING - Malaysian authorities said Wednesday that they were encouraged by new images from European satellites showing 122 floating objects off the Australian coast that could be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. The discovery bolstered hope of finding wreckage from the Boeing 777, believed to have crashed March 8 in the choppy seas 1,500 miles southwest of Perth. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Thursday morning that 11 aircraft and five ships from the U.S., Australia, China and Japan had resumed the search, which will cover 30,000 square miles.
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