December 29, 2010 |
It's a two-Hershey-bar trip for Kristen Heller. Nine flights hopscotching six cities over 48 hours; for fliers, it's an itinerary that reads like a dare. For Heller, it's long enough to earn her two of her guilty-pleasure treats. But the 6,450 air miles aren't an unusual "sequence" for the American Airlines flight attendant to fly. As the breadwinner in her family at the moment, Heller flies as many hours as she can each month because flight attendants, like pilots, get paid only for the time the planes are moving.
September 20, 1985
Douglas Aircraft, a unit of McDonnell Douglas, said that American Airlines has exercised options to purchase the more fuel-efficient aircraft. The transaction is worth about $200 million. In February, 1984, American agreed to buy 67 MD-80s and took options on 100 more. The entire package was valued at about $3.3 billion.
August 4, 2000 |
Seven months after one of its MD-80s crashed off the coast of California, killing 88 people, Alaska Airlines is grounding up to 18 MD-80s in its fleet, the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday. The FAA said Alaska Airlines had decided to stop flying the planes until it could further check the jackscrew controlling the MD-80's tail-mounted horizontal stabilizer after learning that some of the tools it used in previous tests may not have met the manufacturer's design specifications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1985
Local newspapers have tended to describe the recent John Wayne Airport agreement as a cause for celebration and as a "compromise." It was neither. The county won, hands down. A number of Newport Beach homeowners are upset and outraged by the Newport Beach City Council's decision. In my statement to the council opposing the agreement, I said: "The approval of the airport agreement was not fair to Newport Beach residents and in the long run may well be seriously damaging to our city.
March 12, 1992 |
McDonnell Douglas Shares dropped $3.875 in trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange. Analysts attributed the action to a series of disclosures made earlier this week to the Securities & Exchange Commission. Securities analysts cited the firm's disclosure in its quarterly 10K report that it has trimmed its planned production of MD-80 jetliners at its Long Beach plant to 90 aircraft in 1992 from 100.
July 9, 2008 |
The Federal Aviation Administration is ordering U.S. airlines to conduct safety inspections to look for cracking on overwing frames on certain MD-80 series aircraft, a directive that could be a headache for an industry reeling from soaring fuel prices. The airworthiness directive, listed in the Federal Register on Tuesday, affects 670 MD-81, MD-82, MD-83, MD-87 and MD-88 aircraft registered in the United States. American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp.
April 13, 2008 |
American Airlines said it expected to resume a normal schedule today, ending a series of flight cancellations the airline was forced to make to inspect its MD-80 jetliners for compliance with federal safety rules. The airline said it canceled 200 flights Saturday as it completed the inspection of wires in the wheel wells of its aircraft.
August 5, 2000 |
Alaska Airlines completed all 17 inspections of MD-80 aircraft midday Friday, the day after announcing that a tool used to measure stresses on the jets' tail sections may have given the wrong readings. Alaska spokesman Jack Evans said measurements did not show any additional wear and tear and the planes were back in service. Alaska said the tool, which the airline makes, could measure stresses on jackscrews in the MD-80s' horizontal stabilizers incorrectly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1992 |
John Wayne Airport authorities will soon seek to increase permissible jet takeoff noise levels by lobbying neighboring homeowner groups and the Newport Beach City Council to amend a 1985 court settlement that ended decades of anti-noise lawsuits.
August 15, 2008 |
American Airlines flew two MD-80 airplanes 58 times in December after pilots reported problems with the autopilot systems, a violation of safety regulations that potentially endangered passengers and crews, the government alleged Thursday. The Federal Aviation Administration slapped American Airlines with a heavy $7.