What we’re reading: Holiday flash mob, Virgin America/Singapore codeshare, UA 787s grounded, ATC union layoffs? Kittyhawk



WestJet surprise Christmas flash mob

WestJet decided to surprise travelers waiting in Calgary with a little holiday cheer. In the following stories, Virgin America codeshares with Singapore Airlines, United Airlines is forced to ground their second Boeing 787 because of electrical problems and air traffic controllers claim job lost from the fiscal cliff.

Virgin America launches codeshare with Singapore Airlines

Virgin American announced that it will codeshare with Singapore Airlines on certain flights.

Virgin America, offers seamless booking using the Singapore Airlines code (SQ) on a single ticket for guests traveling between Asia and multiple Virgin America destinations in the U.S. including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago (ORD), Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, Seattle and Washington DC (IAD).

United Airlines sidelines another Boeing 787 after electrical issue

United Airlines is grounding a second 787 for a problem with the electrical panel.

In a statement Friday, the airline traced the earlier flight’s problem to an electrical panel issue, though it minimized the issue as merely a “nuisance,” rather than anything serious.

Air-traffic controllers union warns of layoffs if ‘fiscal cliff’ isn’t avoided

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is warning that if a deal isn’t reached to avoid the fiscal cliff, it could mean layoffs.

NATCA said that if the Federal Aviation Administration has to absorb the mandated 8.2 percent funding reduction next year, it could result in 2,000 to 2,200 of the 15,200 controllers being laid off.

Photo: National Park Service

Wright Brother’s first flight 109 years ago today

A dream of the ages became reality 109 years ago today, on a windswept sand dune at North Carolina’s Outer Banks, as the Wright brothers made the world’s first powered flight. With Orville and Wilbur alternating as pilot, the plane made four flights that day. The longest distance covered was 852 feet in 59 seconds — an average speed of 31 miles an hour.