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June 23rd, 2011
11:00 AM ET

JetBlue CEO discusses the state of the airline industry

JetBlue is launching their kids' summer reading program today, aimed at keeping kids reading over their summer vacations.

JetBlue CEO Dave Barger joins Christine Romans this morning to talk about the company's new program and to comment on the state of the airline industry, the impact of oil prices on airfare costs, and the nature of summer air travel.

Filed under: Airlines • Education • Transportation • Travel
April 13th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

Pilot: JFK collision shows airports need to revisit jumbo jet safety

What likely went wrong when an Air France jumbo jet’s wing plowed into a smaller commuter plane at John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday night?

Can JFK safely coordinate the arrivals and departures of the massive Airbus 380 planes that seat 525 passengers, or are they just too big to land at such a busy airport?

Today on American Morning, John Lucich, a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor who has landed at JFK before, analyzes the incident with Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans. He describes the feasibility of landing jumbo jets at bigger airports.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • Transportation • Travel
April 6th, 2011
07:12 AM ET

Emergency 737 inspections broaden talk of aging aircraft

(CNN) - The Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive Tuesday mandating operators of at least 80 older Boeing 737s to conduct inspections for wear and tear. The order comes days after a Boeing 737 flown by Southwest Airlines made an emergency landing with a hole in its fuselage. The planes must be inspected every 500 cycles, which are take-offs and landings, until more can be learned about a Friday incident when a Southwest Airlines plane landed with a hole in its fuselage.The FAA mandate affects about 80 U.S.-registered 737-300s, 737-400s and 737-500s, mostly operated by Southwest. Another 95 or so aircraft are registered outside the United States.

How safe are our planes? Do low-cost carriers planes that fly frequent, shorter flights need more maintenance? Today on American Morning Peter Goelz, former National Transportation Safety Board managing director, explains the meaning behind the emergency inspections.

Filed under: Airlines • Transportation • Travel
April 4th, 2011
07:11 AM ET

Aircraft cracks not found in routine inspections

Southwest Airlines canceled 100 flights Monday and about 600 over the weekend to conduct inspections, following an incident Friday when a hole opened in the roof of one of the company’s Boeing 737 planes during flight and caused an emergency landing in Arizona.

Initial inspection of the plane and the 5-foot by 1-foot hole showed cracking in the plane’s skin, which the National Transportation Safety Board says would likely not be visible during routine inspections. Weekend examinations of other aircraft found found “small, subsurface cracks” or indications of cracks in three other planes.

Why are Southwest planes having this problem, and is it specific to the airline's fleet? Today on American Morning, former FAA chief of staff Michael Goldfarb talks about the Boeing 737-300 plane's maintenance track record with AM’s Ali Velshi.

Flying Southwest? The company says to check its site to see if your flight is among the canceled trips.

Read CNN's coverage of Friday's emergency landing here.

Filed under: Airlines • Transportation • Travel
December 31st, 2010
07:59 AM ET

Did NYC sanitation supervsiors order a slower snow cleanup?

New York (CNN) - Four days after a monster blizzard blanketed much of the northeastern U.S., New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he will investigate whether sanitation workers intentionally delayed cleanup efforts over frustrations regarding citywide budget cuts.

"It would be an outrage if it took place," Bloomberg said Thursday, stressing that his administration's primary focus is clearing streets in the city's outer boroughs. Some neighborhoods remained snowbound for days after the storm.

Rumors swirled across New York on Thursday that sanitation officers ordered rank-and-file workers to slow down cleanup efforts in retaliation for the city's belt-tightening measures.

City councilman Dan Halloran said three sanitation workers and two Department of Transportation supervisors came to his office saying their supervisors ordered the slowdown, telling workers "The mayor will see how much he needs us" and that "there will be plenty of overtime."

Councilman Halloran addresses how large the problem was on American Morning.

Filed under: Transportation • Weather
December 29th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

NY State Senator: NYC will face new problems in snow removal

New York State Senator Carl Kruger tells Kiran Chetry and Joe Johns that New York City will face new challenges in removing snow from unplowed streets from because what remain "isn't snow anymore" but "calcified rock."

Yesterday he released a press release saying that cleanup efforts have been a "colossal failure" and calling for "immediate action" from Council Sanitation Chair Letitia James. James spoke with American Morning yesterday saying she would respond to Senator Kruger and hold emergency hearings.

Filed under: American Morning • Transportation • Weather
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