Drone nearly collides with AA aircraft, SIA to launch premium economy, Alaska to sell Seattle-Cancun tickets


Drone nearly collides with American Airlines jet

There have been a lot of push for the FAA to allow commercial drones, but the FAA has been reluctant to allow them. An incident earlier this year between a drone and an American Airlines jet spotlights the growing risk of unmanned aircraft if the FAA changes it mind.

The pilot of the airliner told authorities a small, remote-control aircraft came dangerously close to his plane about 2,300 feet above the ground over Tallahassee Regional Airport, said Jim Williams, manager of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Office.

The aircraft, operated by an American subsidiary, did not show damage when it was inspected after the March 22 incident, Williams said.

Singapore Airlines to launch premium economy

Singapore Airlines has decided to launch premium economy in the second half of 2015.

The airline, facing growing competition from Middle Eastern carriers and falling demand from companies for business class travel, said it would initially roll the service out on its medium- and long-haul routes.

Alaska Airlines’ Seattle-Cancun flights now available for purchase

Customers can now purchase tickets on Alaska Airlines between Seattle and Cancun. Pending approval by the Mexico Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC), Alaska Airlines will start service on November 6.

Alaska is offering introductory $199* one-way fares on Seattle-Cancun tickets purchased by May 15, for travel between Nov. 6 and Feb 10, 2015. Flights are available for purchase today at www.alaskaair.com or by calling 1-800-ALASKAAIR (1-800-252-7522 or TTY/TDD line 1-800-392-0228).

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  • http://www.orlandolocal.com William Beem

    The “drone” was an RC airplane, the same as people have been flying around for years. Does the word “drone” make this kind of event more newsworthy when similar things have happened for years?