Aviation News

December 20, 2011

Final Call: Virgin America Flight Attendants Remain Union-Free, Dirtiest Parts of the Plane Revealed

A Florida West International Airlines Boeing 767-300F N316LA taxis for departure in Miami.

Photo of the Day: A Florida West International Airlines Boeing 767-300F (N316LA) taxis for departure in Miami. (Photo by Mark Lawrence)

• A pair of Muslim men who were kicked off a Delta regional flight in May are suing the airline for compensatory and punitive damages. [Associated Press, via Yahoo News]

Virgin America flight attendants vote against unionizing. [Dallas Morning News]

• AirTran will soon remove XM satellite radio service from its planes as part of its restructuring under the Southwest Airlines banner. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

Boeing may soon move most of the defense work it does in Wichita, such as the KC-46 tanker and Air Force One, to Washington. [KING 5]

• We know that planes are full of germs. Here’s an infographic illustrating the dirtiest nooks and crannies. [WSJ]

• Australian authorities blame the tail strike of an Emirates Airbus A340 on a typo entered into the flight computer. [The Age]

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