March 12, 2008

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.