Airline and airport news: What you missed over the weekend


In what is likely more of a temporary setback than anything else, flight attendants at American Airlines failed to ratify a new contract. Photo: American Airlines.

In what is likely more of a temporary setback than anything else, flight attendants at American Airlines failed to ratify a new contract. Photo: American Airlines.

Good morning, everyone. I was following the weekend's airline and aviation news so you did not have to. Here's what you may have missed:

American Airlines flight attendants rejected a new contract, falling 16 votes short of ratification.  Bloomberg reports the final tally was 8,196 to 8,180. The process now moves to arbitration. 

Chicago Midway Airport has installed a bed of lightweight glass rocks at the edge of its runways that can stop a jet traveling as fast as 80 mph, the Chicago Tribune reports. "The technology is replacing a first-generation aircraft-arresting system built at Midway in 2006 and 2007 for more than $24 million."

Calling its story an "investigation," the Cincinnati Enquirer believes it has uncovered why Allegiant AIr offers such low fares. "Allegiant Air has a higher rate of complaints about tickets, reservations, boardings, refunds and dealing with disabled passengers than airlines generally," reporter Jason Williams writes in a ridiculously long article. Well, yes. But remember a good number of complaints are filed by people who expect a full-service airline at a cheap prices. Also, Allegiant's overall complaint rate -- 5.7 complaints per 100,000 passengers - is actually pretty low. 

The three airports serving New York City are finally getting some much-needed upgrades. USA Today. 

Andy Pasztor of the Wall Street Journal had some new information over the weekend on the Southwest Airlines 737 that crashed landed at New York LaGuardia in July 2013, injuring nine. The captain was fired. 

Virgin Atlantic brought its Boeing 787-9 to Boston for the first time and a Boston Globe reporter flew on the inaugural.  I don't want to ruin the piece for you, but he liked it. 

"American Airlines makes a move to dominate at LAX." Los Angeles Times.