-Qatar Airways announced it will expand service to three more cities in the U.S. in 2016, a move likely to upset U.S. airlines who are fighting to limit flights from Persian Gulf carriers, Reuters reports. Qatar said it plans to add direct flights from its hub in Doha to Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta as well as a second daily flight to New York.
-The Federal Aviation Administration has not delivered the “NextGen” system that it has been promised, according to a report released by the National Academies of Sciences. A panel of specialists concluded that the FAA needs to reset expectations and airlines have not been motivated to spend money on equipment and training for NextGen, the system that is supposed to replace a radar-based navigation system developed during World War II.
-A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by United Airlines against the founder of Skiplagged.com, a website that helps travelers find cheaper tickets by looking for “hidden city” ticketing. USA Today reports that the judge said United could refile its claims elsewhere.
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