Air Travel News 7.24.12

Air Travel News, Hawaii, Travel Products & Services — By on July 24, 2012 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

LG Air Travel Editor

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird….it’s a plane! No….it’s your weekly air travel news! Here’s what’s happening in the world of aviation, from the ground up. 

Stolen SkyWest Jet

Last week a truly horrifying incident took place at Utah’s St. George Municipal Airport. An extremely disturbed SkyWest pilot hijacked an empty jet and drove it around the airport to a secluded area then proceeded to take his own life. This same man is suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend just the week before. Almost as alarming as this series of events is the fact that he was so easily able to breach airport security.  Source:  USAToday

New Flight Arrival Tracker

There are a lot of flight tracking apps out there and some are far more useful than others. This latest one, called Just Landed, is of less use for the flyer than it is for the friend/husband/wife waiting for the flight to arrive. This free app currently supports all major airports in the US, UK, France and Canada. It does use GPS so there have been some complaints about battery drain, but that’s a small price to pay. Source:  Gadling

Upgrades At Island Air

Hawaii’s inter-island carrier, Island Air, is enhancing and enlarging. They plan to introduce an entire fleet of larger, more fuel efficient aircraft. The airline, in business for over 30 years, is rebranding and is on course to become the islands’ largest regional carrier. The project should be completed by the fall.  Source:  IslandAir

More $$ To Fly The Friendly Skies

United Airlines is attempting an airfare hike, the 7th attempt this year by US airlines. 3 of these have taken, so it remains to be seen if this one will or not. There hasn’t been an attempt in over 3 months, so I guess it was about time. If the other US airlines don’t follow suit, the whole price increase could just fade away. No airline can afford to be the only one raising prices.  Source:  Yahoo

Photo credit: IslandAirGroup,cliff1066/flickr

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