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High-tech Virgin America again rated top airline

High-tech Virgin America again rated top airline

If you want to fly the friendly skies in the best airline possible, Sir Richard Branson's fleet of state-of-the-art aircraft might be the ticket you're looking for. His Virgin America line was rated the number one domestic airline in the US for the fifth year in a row. Could it be the free in-flight video games?

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Delta expanding WiFi access to international flights starting next year

Delta expanding WiFi access to international flights starting next year

Delta Airlines will be expanding WiFi access to more than 150 international aircraft including Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus 330 and transoceanic Boeing 757 starting at the beginning of 2013. Existing air-to-ground service has been conveniently available on domestic flights within the US, but international access has always been constrained by this ground-based technology normally used by airlines.

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Virgin Atlantic to offer in-flight cell service

Virgin Atlantic to offer in-flight cell service

Usually, whenever there's a story about more mobile phone service being added, it's a good thing. Bringing reception to rural America, third-world countries, and underground subway stations are all fantastic. In fact, we can only think of one situation where making it possible to place cell phone calls would be a bad thing - on an airplane. Nevertheless, Virgin Atlantic is forging ahead with plans to do exactly that on a number of its flights by the end of 2012.

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JetBlue says computer glitch puts 18-month-old on ‘do not fly’ list

JetBlue says computer glitch puts 18-month-old on ‘do not fly’ list

After a family was escorted off of a JetBlue plane because they said their 18-month-old daughter was on the "Do Not Fly" list, the airline has apologized but said its employees followed "appropriate protocols." It blamed the misunderstanding on a computer glitch, though the parents believed they were singled out because the mother was wearing a head scarf. They said they were too embarrassed to re-board once the misunderstanding was taken care of.

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Flight of the Century project aims for electric plane that never needs to land

Flight of the Century project aims for electric plane that never needs to land

If you think the idea of owning a car that never needs to fill up on gasoline - but instead needs to be charged at an electric outlet every day - is cool, then just think how much cooler it would be if there was a car that could run forever, and had a power supply that was autonomous and always recharging itself. Pretty cool, right? Oh, but that's not what world record-setting engineer Chip Yates is designing. No, he's taking that concept and putting it to work toward something even more grand - an airplane.

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Cathay Pacific Airways gives VIP treatment to high-Klout members

Cathay Pacific Airways gives VIP treatment to high-Klout members

If you're one of those people who has to tweet every 10 seconds, never keeps your Facebook page outdated, and always checks out up and coming platforms like Instagram and Pinterest? If so, then you probably already know about Klout, a startup that ranks individuals based on their social media presence. It is largely just a way to brag about yourself online - but one airline is starting to turn it into something more.

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North Korea GPS jamming affecting civilians in and out of South Korea

North Korea GPS jamming affecting civilians in and out of South Korea

The incredible and completely unnecessary technology that North Korea is using to block GPS signals within the country is having effects that are felt outside the boundaries of the mysterious nation, according to statements from South Korean officials. The bordering country says that although those GPS-jamming signals are having impacts on civilian and government flights out of South Korea, citizens are not in any danger.

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United Airlines blames computer glitches for massive loss

United Airlines blames computer glitches for massive loss

United Airlines posted its quarterly earnings at the end of last week, showing a very unimpressive $448 million net loss. Among the many factors that the company pointed to, it blamed computer outages and glitches as being one of the most costly. It is also, of course, one of the things that was most preventable. Airlines can't choose how much fuel is going to cost over the next several months, but it can be sure it has a robust computer system.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner now running US passenger flights

Boeing 787 Dreamliner now running US passenger flights

For the first time, Boeing's amazing 787 Dreamliner aircraft landed at a US airport. The plane, owned by Japan Airlines, took its voyage from Tokyo nonstop to Boston. Japan Airlines doesn't get to earn credit as the first passenger craft to fly the large jet. That honor goes to All Nippon Airways, always a Japan-based company. But All Nippon has not taken the airplane onto US soil with customers on board.

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Space shuttle Discovery comes to rest at the Smithsonian

Space shuttle Discovery comes to rest at the Smithsonian

The space shuttle Discovery has finally come to rest in what may be the last location it ever travels to - the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex in northern Virginia. This shuttle has been covered by the news so many times in the past week that it's quite unlikely that you've not already seen it in one way or another - likely on the gigantic Boeing 747 that carried it on its back across the country. This shuttle is known as the world's most traveled spaceship and will essentially represent NASA's 30-year space shuttle program as it sits in its show space near the Dulles International Airport for the foreseeable future.

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