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Runway 18 at the international airport in Birmingham, Alabama is the vertical runway in the satellite image above, as it is due north and south in terms of direction. Imagery ©2014 TerraMetrics. Map data ©2014 courtesy of Google Maps.

Pilots of Two Airlines Not Allowed to Land Onto Shorter Runway 18 at Airport in Birmingham, Alabama

March 12, 2014 by Brian Cohen

At least two airlines have reportedly instructed their pilots to no longer land aircraft onto Runway 18 at the international airport in Birmingham, Alabama due to safety concerns. A decision was implemented from officials at Southwest Airlines because...

This Embraer ERJ-145 — which operated as American Eagle Flight 3400 on March 5, 2014 — diverted to Greenville, Texas for an emergency landing. Photograph courtesy of Jim and Vicky Flaherty. Click on the image above to access the original source of the photograph, which is a weblog authored by Jim and Vicky Flaherty.

FlyerTalk Member Aboard Airplane During Emergency Landing in Texas Due to Pilot Report of Smoke in the Cockpit

March 9, 2014 by Brian Cohen

An Embraer EMJ-145 regional jet aircraft — which operated as American Eagle flight 3400 on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — departed from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on its way to Quad City International Airport in Moline but was diverted to Greenville, Texas due to smoke reported in the cockpit as described by FlyerTalk member TestKing, who was aboard that flight with his wife...

Passengers board this Airbus A320 aircraft — which still sports the TACA livery but is now operated by Avianca — before dawn early one morning at Jorge Chávez International Airport which serves Lima. The destination for this aircraft that morning was Cuzco. Photograph by FlyerTalk member AlmostJesus. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by AlmostJesus.

Transfer LifeMiles and Recipient Receives Double the Amount

March 7, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Through March 17, 2014, for every 1,000 LifeMiles transferred from your account, the recipient will receive a 100 percent bonus with this promotion — capped at a maximum of transferring 75,000 LifeMiles per transaction — by Avianca. The cost to you to transfer your LifeMiles is...

This Airbus A330 aircraft operated by Garuda Indonesia awaits its passengers in Amsterdam for a flight to Jakarta via Abu Dhabi. Photograph by FlyerTalk member sperrgepaeck. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by sperrgepaeck.

Partnership Updates

March 12, 2014 by Brian Cohen

There have been several announcements concerning partners recently — both positive and negative — and links to discussions pertaining to them posted on FlyerTalk appear below...

An aircraft similar to this Boeing 777-200ER lost contact with air traffic control two hours into its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Photograph courtesy of Darren Koch.

Contact Lost With Malaysia Airlines Aircraft During Flight; Search and Rescue Effort Under Way

March 7, 2014 by Brian Cohen

A Boeing 777-200 aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 370 — carrying 227 passengers and 12 members of the flight crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — disappeared early in the morning on Saturday, March 8, 2014 somewhere over the Gulf of Thailand en route, according to a statement released from the airline. over the Gulf of Thailand en route, according to a statement released from the airline. Reports originally stated that the aircraft reportedly lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2:40 in the morning — two hours after the flight departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 in the morning; but now the timeline has been adjusted where the aircraft supposedly lost contact 41 minutes into the flight at 1:22 in the morning but was not reported until 2:40 in the morning. A search and rescue effort is currently under way to find the aircraft, which was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 in the morning local time — but it did not arrive. Here is the official media statement released in its entirety from Malaysia Airlines...

If you fly as a passenger in a seat in the Business Elite cabin of a Boeing 767-300ER on a domestic flight operated by Delta Air Lines, you will be required to pay 10,000 additional SkyMiles on a peak redemption — but you could pay as much as 25,000 fewer SkyMiles on certain international flights on a peak redemption. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

2015 Delta SkyMiles Award Charts Released Today

March 6, 2014 by Brian Cohen

The SkyMiles awards redemption chart effective as of January 1, 2015 for travel from the continental United States, Alaska and Canada was released today by Delta Air Lines — and FlyerTalk members are already currently discussing it. The highlights of the award charts for the redemption of SkyMiles in all classes include no price increases to the lowest award redemption levels, as previously reported here at The Gate — and of the 44 award level pricing changes...

This Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” Aircraft operated by Japan Airlines awaits its passengers at Beijing Capital International Airport for its flight to Narita International Airport, which serves Tokyo. Photograph by FlyerTalk member SAtraveller. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by SAtraveller.

Wife of FlyerTalk Member Stranded in San Francisco as Fleet of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” Aircraft Still Plagued With Problems

March 10, 2014 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk member GaryD reported that his wife was stranded at San Francisco International Airport but initially did not know the reason or the cause, which was due to the incoming flight — a Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft which operated as Japan Airlines flight 2 from Tokyo but was diverted to Honolulu on its way to San Francisco after the pilot reportedly declared an emergency due to either a “hydraulic issue” or an oil leak as indicated by a drop in engine lubricant pressure according to cockpit indicators. The girlfriend of FlyerTalk member daboogah was reportedly on the diverted flight...

This is one of several airplanes on which employees at the Technical Operations Center at Delta Air Lines work to ensure that the fleet of aircraft meet the most rigid standards of safety to earn your trust as a customer — but what about your trust in frequent travel loyalty programs, if any? Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Poll Results: Trust in Frequent Travel Loyalty Programs is Important

March 7, 2014 by Brian Cohen

How important to you is your trust in a frequent travel loyalty program? Almost 69 percent of FlyerTalk members who participated in a poll — posted on FlyerTalk on February 5, 2014 and closed earlier today — voted that trust in a frequent travel loyalty program is overwhelmingly very important; while an additional 17.67 percent of FlyerTalk members believe that trust in a frequent travel loyalty program is somewhat important. The final results of the poll are shown below...


2014 FlyerTalk Awards Results: And the Winners Are…

March 5, 2014 by Brian Cohen

A total of 18 trophies were awarded to the winners of the 2014 FlyerTalk Awards — sponsored once again this year by KAYAK — based on the vote by FlyerTalk members — and the results were announced earlier today on CNN. Voting for the 2014 FlyerTalk Awards began on January 14, 2014; and the polls were open through noon Pacific Standard Time on February 11, 2014. Here is a list of the winners, with those highlighted in green as having dethroned the winner of that respective category last year in the 2013 FlyerTalk Awards...

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