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Recent articles by Ben:

Airlines to begin adding new gender option for 'non-binary' flyers

Some U.S. airlines are on track to add a new gender option for “non-binary” passengers amid evolving best-practices suggestions for the industry. → Read More

Norwegian Air adds new Athens, Barcelona routes; fares from $159

With the new Athens and Barcelona service, Norwegian will offer nearly 60 combined nonstop routes to Europe from 17 different U.S. airports. → Read More

United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hub

United Airlines will add three new domestic routes at its Denver hub, all of which will go head-to-head against budget rival Frontier Airlines. → Read More

No more A380s? Why Airbus' bet on 'superjumbo' jets failed

It’s official: Airbus will pull the plug on its A380 double-decker jet. The latest A380 is now expected to roll off the assembly line in 2021. → Read More

Winter storm: Flight woes ease after Tuesday's mess

Flight schedules appeared to be on the rebound Wednesday after widespread weather delays a day earlier. Still. a few trouble spots remained. → Read More

Norwegian Air: U.S.-Caribbean routes will not return

European low-cost giant Norwegian Air will not return to the Caribbean once its current seasonal service to Guadeloupe and Martinique comes to an end. → Read More

Fast-growing Spirit Airlines expands to Charlotte

Spirit Airlines will make its debut there on June 20, launching nonstop service to four destinations. City will be Spirit's fourth in North Carolina. → Read More

Allegiant Air announces new seasonal Nashville routes

Allegiant Air announced six new destinations for Nashville, including flights to Pennsylvania, Cleveland and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. → Read More

Winter storm: Flight cancellations now at 2,500+, extend into Wednesday

Large system brought snow, ice and rain from Midwest to New England. Nearly all big airlines were waiving change fees for airports in the storm's path. → Read More

Allegiant announces 19 new routes; big winners are Florida Panhandle and Nashville

Allegiant’s bases at Destin, Florida, and Nashville, Tennessee, were the biggest beneficiaries of the latest expansion with 13 of the 19 routes. → Read More

New York's long-awaited TWA Hotel to begin taking reservations

The property on the grounds of New York JFK Airport will begin taking reservations at noon ET on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) for stays beginning May 15. → Read More

Royal Air Maroc adds Boston-Casablanca nonstops

Boston becomes the second U.S. destination to be announced by Royal Air Maroc since last summer. The carrier also will begin flying to Miami in April. → Read More

Now flying for Delta Air Lines: The Airbus A220

The Airbus A220 seems a candidate to become a passenger favorite with large overhead bins and two-by-three seating in economy, meaning fewer middle seats. → Read More

Southwest's Hawaii flight tests continue: Honolulu-Dallas is today

Southwest Flight 8725 marks the return of the aircraft the carrier flew from California to Honolulu a day earlier, part of an 'ETOPS' certification effort. → Read More

Alaska Airlines puts Captain Marvel on one of its Boeing 737s

Alaska Airlines has added the comic-themed special livery in advance of the new 'Captain Marvel' movie, which is to debut March 8. → Read More

United adds upgrade-friendly premium seats in battle for big spenders

Looking for an upgrade? Tired of cramped regional jets? United wants to be your airline. → Read More

Chicago overtakes Atlanta as USA's busiest airport ... sort of

Chicago O’Hare moved past Atlanta with the most 'flight operations' in 2018. But Atlanta is expected to remain No. 1 as measured by passengers. → Read More

Southwest Airlines: First Hawaii test flight is Tuesday

Southwest Airlines appears to be inching ever-closer to launching its long-anticipated service to Hawaii with its first overwater validation flight. → Read More

February's #avgeek gallery: 34 cool aviation photos

Check out our latest batch of fun airplane and aviation photos. The highlight this month: a day of photos from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport. → Read More

Southwest Airlines extends schedule, adds new seasonal routes

Southwest announced addition of two weekend-only seasonal routes. It also confirmed the return of seven seasonal routes that will resume in August. → Read More