Regional airlines want to hire less experienced pilots. And other aviation links

Many of the nation's regional airlines say they cannot find enough qualified pilots. Photo: Republic Airways.

Many of the nation's regional airlines say they cannot find enough qualified pilots. Photo: Republic Airways.

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Here are some airline and airport stories I have enjoyed this week.

U.S. regionals airlines are having so much trouble attracting pilots that they are asking regulators to reduce the number of flight hours prospective hires must have before they fly. Wall Street Journal. 

Maya Leibman was the American Airlines executive in charge of merging the US Airways and American computer systems. She spoke with the Wall Street Journal about the process, which went well. On the day of the cutover, American did not cancel a single flight. 

United Airlines was unusually reliable and on-time over the Thanksgiving Week. Chicago Business Journal. 

A dog was supposed to fly American Airlines from Dallas/Fort Worth to Jackson, Mississippi. Instead, it flew to Honolulu. How? CBS Dallas.

Behind the scenes at Los Angeles International Airport, a photo series. USA Today's Today in the Sky. 

A TAM pilot, an American citizen, was busted in Peru for carrying nearly 22 pounds of cocaine in his luggage. His says it was not his. Yahoo Travel.

Airlines have finally realized passengers like craft beer. APEX. 

How to make the most of your frequent flier miles. New York Times. 

One industry group says Air New Zealand is the top airline in the world. Do you agree? CNN.