Delta/Virgin Atlantic joint venture starts Jan. 1. What does it mean for LAX?

Delta and Virgin Atlantic begin their joint venture on Jan. 1. Photo credit: Delta.

Delta and Virgin Atlantic begin their joint venture on Jan. 1. Photo credit: Delta.

Delta will essentially begin flying from Los Angeles to London Heathrow on Wednesday — but not in the traditional manner.

The nation’s third largest airline company begins its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic on Jan. 1. The airlines have anti-trust immunity, which means they can coordinate on schedules and pricing across the Atlantic. They will share revenues.

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What airline has the best uniforms? And other interesting stories of the past week.

Among my favorite stories was Sassy Stew's ranking of the top 15 flight attendant uniforms. Here are the dudes sported on Air Canada's "Rouge" brand.

Among my favorite stories was Sassy Stew’s ranking of the top 15 flight attendant uniforms. Here are the duds sported on Air Canada’s “Rouge” brand.

What’s news in the world of aviation? Read on to see some of the stories I’ve found interesting the past week or so.

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LAX: Minor mishap in November causes two aircraft engine dents

A regional jet struck a luggage cart at Los Angeles International Airport last month causing minor engine damage to the plane, according to a Federal Aviation Administration report.

The incident happened on Nov. 1 when a Embrarer E-170 struck an “unattended” American Airline baggage cart, the report shows. The luggage cart struck the airplane’s left engine. It caused “two baseball sized dents.”

The report does not state which airline was operating the plane. But there are relatively few E-170s at LAX, and many of them appear to be operated by Compass Airlines for Delta Connection.

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Report: TSA will continue to monitor airport exit lanes under budget deal

Transportation Security Administration officers should continue to monitor exit lanes at Los Angeles International Airport according to an analysis of the proposed Washington budget deal conducted by Kevin Robillard at Politico.

Plans had called for airports to lose TSA officers at exits during 2014.

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