What we’re reading: WestJet plans premium economy, needle found in Air Canada food, UA bird strike, A380 comes to Houston


WestJet profit up, premium economy coming

WestJet will introduce “premium economy” across its fleet to boost revenue.

For its premium economy offering, the airline will add extra leg room in the first four rows of its planes, or 24 seats, but not a separate cabin.

WestJet said it would begin reconfiguring its Boeing 737 fleet in August and expects to complete the work by December. The higher-fare seats will include priority boarding and complimentary on-board amenities.

Air Canada ups security after needle found in food

Air Canada is increasing security after a passenger found a needle in a catered sandwich aboard a flight from Victoria, BC to Toronto, ON.

The airline and law enforcement authorities have launched an investigation into the security breach on Monday’s flight. The catering service responsible for the in-flight food was immediately contacted about the incident.

United Airlines bird strike damages nose on approach to Denver [PHOTO]

A United Airlines bound for Denver struck a bird, creating a hole in the plane’s nose.

United Airlines flight 1475, a Boeing 737-900 aircraft, took off from Dallas Ft. Worth International (DFW) at 8:38 a.m. CDT and landed at Denver at 9:09 a.m. CDT, where it was escorted to the gate at Concourse B.

There were 151 passengers on board but there were no injuries.

Lufthansa Airbus A380 begins service at Houston Bush today

Lufthansa launched service between Houston Bush and Frankfurt on Wednesday using A380 aircraft.

To commemorate this historic occasion, Mayor Annise Parker has declared August 1, 2012, Lufthansa Airlines Day in Houston. Inaugural flight LH440 departed Frankfurt at 10:10 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive at George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 1:50 p.m.