Qatar Airways has scheduled nonstop
service between Qatar's Doha International Airport and Houston's
George H.W. Bush Intercontinental Airport. The three weekly flights
will begin Nov. 10, increasing to daily service in December.
The Federal Aviation Administration is
trying to collect a $10.2 million fine from Southwest Airlines as
punishment for operating 46 planes without having conducted
mandatory inspections for fuselage-fatigue cracks. According to the
FAA, Southwest realized it had not been performing the required
inspections between June 2006 and March 2007 and yet continued to
use the planes. The particularly large fine "reflects the serious
nature of these deliberate violations," according to the FAA. When
the planes were finally inspected, fuselage cracks were discovered
on six of them.