Transportation

American Airlines, US Airways boards OK merger

DALLAS — American Airlines and US Airways agreed Wednesday to a merger that will create the world’s biggest airline. The deal caps a turbulent period… Continue reading

2013 Audi Allroad gets more power, better mileage

The Audi Allroad is back on the job after a seven-year sabbatical during which it was replaced by the A4 Avant. For 2013 the Avant… Continue reading

Yakima County gives up interest in airport to city

Yakima County commissioners voted Tuesday to give up the county’s half-interest in the Yakima Air Terminal and turn the whole operation over to… Continue reading

Coal company rapped by research group

An environmental research group says an Australian company seeking to ramp up U.S. coal shipments to Asia has financial problems that could… Continue reading

Poland’s 787s grounded through October

WARSAW, Poland — Polish airline LOT said Thursday it is keeping its Boeing 787 Dreamliners grounded through October while the U.S. company tries to solve… Continue reading

Merged airlines affirm Boeing, Airbus orders to refresh fleet

American Airlines and US Airways said Thursday they will follow through on orders for new planes from Boeing and Airbus, rejuvenating fleets… Continue reading

American Air, US Airways announce $11 billion merger

US Airways CEO Doug Parker has landed the big merger he sought for years. Now the soon-to-be CEO of the new American Airlines… Continue reading

Inspector: Energy Dept. mismanaged battery grant

The Energy Department gave $150 million in economic Recovery Act funds to a battery company, LG Chem Michigan, which has yet to manufacture… Continue reading

FBI: Man charged with assault after slapping toddler on plane

ATLANTA — A 60-year-old Idaho man has been charged with simple assault for allegedly slapping an infant aboard an Atlanta-bound flight. In an affidavit filed… Continue reading

Airship makers float new craft to erase Hindenburg blot

LONDON — Airship builders say the development of lighter, stronger materials will allow them to deliver on a century-old ambition of making craft capable of… Continue reading

Is new ferry a pricey sea-going lemon? And why?

A simmering debate on the design, durability and cost of the Chetzemoka ferry is heating up and may be nearing the boiling point.… Continue reading

Oregon woman named to lead state transportation office

Lynn Peterson can count on a bumpy ride when she takes the helm at the Department of Transportation next month. The Oregon woman… Continue reading

Passenger train service resumes north of Seattle

Passenger train service has resumed north of Seattle, following yet another mudslide. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said service was suspended for 48 hours… Continue reading

Man appears in court in airplane toddler slap case

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — An Idaho man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight made an initial appearance in federal court Tuesday. Joe… Continue reading

Man indicted for alleged airplane hijack hoax

A federal grand jury has indicted a Hawaii man on charges he lied to authorities when he said a possible hijacker was aboard… Continue reading

Unemployed mom loses award miles

Question: My 16-year-old son and I have had our US Airways miles taken away from us. He had 27,893 miles and I had 829 miles.… Continue reading

Sequester would slow air traffic

The White House warned Friday that hundreds of air traffic control towers could be closed and travelers could expect lengthy flight delays beginning… Continue reading

State DOT admits mistakes on floating-bridge pontoons

SEATTLE — The Washington Transportation Department said Tuesday that mistakes were made in the construction of pontoons for the new Highway 520 floating bridge across… Continue reading

State reconsidering build-in-state rule for ferries

Frustrated with the high cost of building state ferries, lawmakers set out Tuesday to impose stricter control on contracts and possibly end a… Continue reading

Boeing outlines 787 battery fix for Japan regulators

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner met with Japan’s transport minister and other officials here on Thursday to explain the company’s proposal for… Continue reading