Hooters Air calls it quits


Hooters Air calls it quits — After a three-year run, Myrtle Beach’s homegrown airline, Hooters Air, is bowing out of regularly scheduled air service. The airline will cease its public charter flights April 17 and will run only private charters out of Winston Salem, N.C. (The Sun News)

U.S. airlines jostle for China routes — After a 14-year wait to get into the world’s most populous country, American Airlines is understandably eager to start flying from Chicago to Shanghai. The airline on Sunday is scheduled to start flying up to 245 passengers a day to the fast-growing U.S. trading partner. (Reuters)

Canadian pilots say traction tests beat U.S. system — Pilot groups and safety advocates in the U.S. have long called for a more precise way to measure how much traction a plane gets on landing. Canada already has such a system, known as the Canadian Runway Friction Index (CRFI). That information is passed on to pilots, who use it to calculate how much distance they need to stop after touchdown. (USA Today)

Like your hotel’s furnishings? Buy it for your own home — Used hotel furniture is flooding the market, proving a boon for liquidators and homeowners looking to decorate on the cheap. (USA Today)

1 million French take to the streets over labor law — More than 1 million people poured into the streets across France and strikers disrupted air, rail and bus travel Tuesday — even shutting down the Eiffel Tower — in the largest nationwide protest over a youth labor law. (AP)

FAA investigates third close call on O’Hare runways — Federal officials are investigating a possible safety breach involving two commercial planes at O’Hare International Airport, the third investigation of an apparent close call on the airfield’s runways in less than a week. (AP)

U.S., Venezuela hold talks on airline ban — The American ambassador said Tuesday that U.S. and Venezuelan aviation officials were close to a “permanent solution” averting a ban on U.S. airlines and ending a dispute over U.S. restrictions on Venezuelan carriers. (AP)

California hotel company to run Oregon Garden attraction — A California hotel developer will take over operations of the Oregon Garden tourist attraction in hopes of rescuing it, according to an interim agreement. Moonstone Hotel Properties plans a 100-unit hotel overlooking the Silverton attraction. (AP)

Hawaii legislators want to boot bedbugs from the islands
— Tourism is the lifeblood of Hawaii’s economy and local legislators don’t want bedbugs to suck it dry. Hawaii legislators have introduced resolutions urging the state Department of Health to mount a prevention and education campaign against the insects. (AP)

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