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February 24, 2007 | William C. Rempel, Times Staff Writer
THE official end of the notorious Cali cocaine cartel came late last year here with little more commotion than the rap of a judge's gavel. The Colombian drug lords Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, 63, and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, 67, entered guilty pleas and were ushered off to federal prison for the next 30 years -- no Miami Vice-like dramatics, no bodies riddled with gunfire in the manner of Medellin rival Pablo Escobar.
April 27, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Four Season Hotels, the luxury five-star hotel company, is extending its extravagant service to air travel with the launch of private jet service. The Canada-based hotel company said it is retrofitting a Boeing 757 plane with Four Seasons luxury to give “discerning travelers a distinctly Four Seasons travel experience.” Translation: Starting in February 2015, the pimped-out jet will take well-heeled travelers to see some of the world's coolest destinations and stay in swanky Four Seasons rooms.
June 19, 2013
Re "F-22's rough ride," June 16 While spending hundreds of billions of dollars on the F-22 and the F-35 programs, we still have weapons systems that, despite their sophisticated schemes to avoid radar or thermally guided threats, are still vulnerable to conventional anti-aircraft shells, other ballistic ordnance and even accidental damage. What missions might justify risking such costly weapons and their crews? What might they achieve that could justify their loss? Even if we make the large assumption that we can get these aircraft to perform as designed, they just might be too expensive to hazard.
April 24, 2014 | By Mary Forgione
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts will use a private branded jet to take travelers around the world on bespoke tours starting next year, the chain announced Wednesday. The Four Seasons Jet is a Boeing 757 that has been adapted with leather flatbed seats, Wi-Fi and its own "globally inspired cuisine. " And, of course, Four Seasons service. For example, passengers will have access to an on-board concierge to book extras such as spa time or golf dates while traveling to their destination.
October 13, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- Flaming debris from the midair breakup of a military fighter jet Sunday rained onto a rural hamlet near Luxor, the site of some of Egypt's most celebrated ancient tombs and temples. One person was killed on the ground and two were hurt, officials said. The pilot of the Russian-made MiG-21, which was on a training flight, managed to eject and parachute to safety. Egyptian army spokesman Col. Ahmed Ali blamed a “sudden malfunction” for the crash, but gave no details. The Ahram website quoted Luxor's security director as saying that fiery wreckage plummeted onto agricultural fields and village homes, killing a farmer and some livestock and injuring two villagers.
September 26, 1996
Say what? A TWA jet was used for bomb training practice (Sept. 21)? Can this material detonate? Who inventoried explosives on and off the plane? Did they get it all? Why use real planes anyway? Wouldn't surplus out-of-service planes suffice? What did happen to Flight 800? What does the FBI know? Who investigates the FBI? What, me worry? STEVE CLOSE Montecito
August 9, 2008
Talk about a hard fall. Somebody yelled "Pull" and up went Brett Favre's ego and it was shot down in seconds. Enjoy playing for the Jets, Favre. Throw an interception in a crucial game in New York, and you will wish you would've taken that $20 million and bought a city in Mississippi. Jeff Calzada Monterey Park
December 6, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
One runway at Los Angeles International Airport was temporarily closed Friday after a Southwest jet blew a tire after landing. None of the 79 people on board Southwest Airlines Flight 1641 were injured when a main landing gear tire was blown when it landed at LAX around 8:40 a.m., said Los Angeles World Airports spokeswoman Nancy Castles. The passengers on board deplaned while on a taxiway and were bused to their gate, Castles said. No fire or hazardous materials were exposed during the incident, Castles added.
September 15, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Twenty five years ago, a giant black and white killer whale decorated the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines 737-300 as part of a promotional deal with Sea World. A decade later, All Nippon Airlines decorated the first of several planes with Pokeman characters. Southwest got heads to turn in 2009 when it put the image of a bikini clad supermodel on the side of one of its jets. On Wednesday, the latest attention-grabbing jet will land at Los Angeles International Airport: The Hello Kitty plane.
February 26, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question : In January, my husband and I flew to Rio de Janeiro from LAX, as we have done many times. But this time, something unusual happened. We had never had jet lag like this before, and we had it at both ends of the trip. If it had been just one of us, I might have thought one of us was coming down with something. The fact that it happened to both of us, both ways, same symptoms, makes me wonder whether they might be pressurizing the plane differently. Is it possible that caused our jet lag?
April 23, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Boosted by strong sales in its first financial quarter, Boeing Co. beat analysts' estimates largely due to an increased production rate of commercial jetliners. The Chicago aerospace giant reported a profit of $965 million, or $1.28 a share. That's down 12.7% from last year's first-quarter profit of $1.11 billion, or $1.44 a share. Boeing attributed the fall to a $330-million write-off related to changes in its pension plans and a one-time tax credit in 2013. The company's core earnings -- excluding retirement costs and the write-off -- rose to $1.76 per share, up from $1.73 during the same period a year ago. Analysts had expected core profit of $1.56 per share.
April 22, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Pilots for JetBlue Airlines, the nation's sixth largest carrier, voted Tuesday to unionize after rejecting two previous union votes. The more than 2,600 pilots, with a vote of about 71%, agreed to join the Air Line Pilots Assn. International, which already represents more than 50,000 pilots at 31 carriers in the U.S. and Canada. Until the vote, JetBlue was the last major airline without union representation. The New York-based airline was founded in 1999. Best airlines, worst airlines: JetBlue tops survey as scores slide “ALPA welcomes the JetBlue pilots,” said Capt.
April 21, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
The story of the 16-year-old Santa Clara, Calif., teenager who hopped a fence and stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound jet is terrifying and astonishing. That he survived such a journey is the stuff of miracles. As my colleague Kurt Streeter wrote , the FAA has reported that stories like these are plausible: Heat from hydraulic lines in the wheel well along with retained heat in the tires can help keep stowaways warm, the FAA reported. In addition, a plane's steady climb to high altitudes can allow passengers to drift into an unconscious state as oxygen becomes scarce.
April 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather
Some medical experts said that the teenage stowaway who survived a flight from San Jose to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jet is lucky to be alive. The 16-year-old had run away from home when he climbed the fence on Sunday morning and crawled into the left rear wheel well of  Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45. Authorities called it a “miracle” that the teen survived the 5 1/2-hour flight. The wheel well of the  Boeing  767 is not pressurized or heated, meaning the teen possibly endured extremely thin air and temperatures as low 80 degrees below zero when it cruised at 38,000 feet.
April 21, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
San Jose International Airport said it is reviewing how a teenager who stowed away on a flight from San Jose to Hawaii managed to get on the airport's runway without being detected by security. Authorities say security video shows the teen from Santa Clara hopping a fence at the San Jose airport and climbing into the wheel well of a jetliner.  It's unclear how long the boy was on the tarmac and why security officials didn't detect he was there. The 16-year-old survived the flight.
April 21, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Authorities said it was a "miracle" that a 16-year-old boy from Santa Clara survived a flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet. Security video from San Jose's Mineta International Airport verified that the teen hopped a fence and made his way to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45, then managed to climb up the wheel well of the plane and stow away without being detected. He emerged unharmed despite freezing temperatures and a lack of oxygen on a flight that reached an altitude of 38,000 feet, an FBI official said.
March 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A US Airways jet crashed when a tire blew out during takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday evening, but no injuries were initially reported, a company official said. "Plane just crashed. But we are ok," one apparent passenger, Dennis Fee, posted on Facebook, followed by a photo of passengers fleeing a US Airways jet that appeared intact but whose nose was in contact with the ground. Flight 1702 was taking off en route to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when a tire blew out, US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Hooks told the Los Angeles Times.
April 2, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Peter Jackson, the director of the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” film series, has lent his personal Gulfstream jet to the team searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Radio New Zealand reported. Australian authorities said Monday that a civilian jet was providing “communications relay” to 10 military planes involved in the search but did not identify it further. Radio New Zealand said Tuesday it received a tip that the civilian aircraft belonged to the director and New Zealand native, and confirmed with his representatives that the G650 aircraft was indeed his. Gulfstream describes the 650 as an “ultra-high-speed, ultra-long-range business jet” that can carry eight passengers and a crew of four on nonstop flights of 7,000 nautical miles.
April 21, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and James Rainey
The dark of night still draped San Jose Mineta International Airport when a 15-year-old boy from nearby Santa Clara made his way on to a secure airport ramp and toward a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767, then disappeared. The slight teenager, first seen on a security camera video, would not appear again until late Sunday morning, when airline workers spotted him, 2,350 miles to the west, wandering on another tarmac, this one at Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. In the interim, authorities say, the boy survived a perilous 5 1/2-hour odyssey - weathering frigid temperatures, oxygen deprivation and a flight compartment unfit for human habitation - as he traveled over the Pacific Ocean in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet. The transoceanic misadventure left authorities questioning both how the stowaway so easily gained access to the jumbo jet and how he survived with so little apparent trauma.
April 18, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
As the tourist season winds down in Alaska, airfare deals to Anchorage heat up: You can get a $276 round-trip fare, including all taxes and fees, from Long Beach to Anchorage. The fare is subject to availability; there is no minimum stay. You may travel any day of the week between Aug. 10 and Sept. 2. Info: JetBlue , (800) 538-2583 Source: Call Send SMS Add to Skype You'll need Skype Credit Free via Skype
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