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Facing FAA furloughs, fliers could be looking at long delays and canceled flights

NBCNewsTravelNBC News Travel – With furloughs for the nation’s air traffic controllers set to begin on Sunday, fliers may need to rethink their travel plans — and their traditional weekend rallying cry.

“What happened to TGIF?” asked Faye Malarkey Black, senior vice president – legislative affairs for the Regional Airlines Association (RAA), during a press conference on Friday. “I guess now we can just say, Thank God it’s not Sunday yet.”

SAA claims top awards

TimesLiveTimesLive – South African Airways said yesterday that it had received two awards, from an independent information service and a German trade magazine. Spokesman Tlali Tlali said SAA was honoured as “the most on-time airline in the world” and as “best business-class product”.

Bad week to fly via O’Hare; cancellations top 2,200

USA TodayUSA Today – More than 1,700 flights have been canceled since Wednesday at Chicago O’Hare, which has been hammered by a persistently stormy weather pattern.

Go back to Tuesday — when a computer outage at American Airlines snarled its operations — and more than 2,250 flights have been canceled during that period.

SAA the most on-time airline in the world

MoneyWebNewsMoneyWeb – South African Airways (SAA) has received two major endorsements from respected industry experts. In the first, SAA topped the list of the most on-time airlines in the world in a report produced by an independent entity, FlightStats, Inc., the leading provider of global flight and airport information services.

Gulf Air Ranked First for Punctuality in Middle East

eTravelBlackboarde-Travel Blackboard – Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has been ranked the first full-service carrier for the third month in a row for on-time-punctuality (OTP) in the Middle East region for the month of March 2013.The airline has also maintained the second position, globally, for its on-time-punctuality in March 2013.