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Feb 18th
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Huffing and puffing its way along the track, a steam engine from the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Rail Road pulled away from the depot April 8, opening the attraction's 2011 season after heavy snow storms delayed the original start date.

Max Stauffer, owner of the popular historic railroad just south of the Highway 41 entrance to Yosemite National Park, had planned on opening March 19. The next day, however, a series of storms dropped anywhere from five to nine feet of snow along the four-mile route the train runs through the Sierra National Forest, he said.
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UPDATE: Southwest Airlines said on Monday it expected to cancel approximately 70 flights from its April 4 schedule as part of its ongoing inspection of Boeing 737 aircraft.

The airlines said passengers should continue to check www.southwest.com schedules before heading to the airport to get specifics about their particular flight. Southwest said it expects to complete the inspections of 79 Boeing 737 aircraft by late Tuesday.

ORIGINAL STORY: Southwest Airlines is working closely with federal agencies to determine the cause of a depressurization event on one of its Boeing 737s during a Phoenix to Sacramento flight on Friday that diverted to Yuma, Ariz., the airline said April 2.

Southwest expected to cancel approximately 300 flights on Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, to accommodate the inspections. The Dallas-based airline said it is working to minimize customer delays as crews inspect the aircraft.

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Denver, Colo.-based Frontier Airlines announced it is adding five new routes and three new cities, along with increasing its frequencies, as part of its summer schedule for 2011.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc., Frontier said it plans to add Knoxville, Tenn. (TYS); Provo, Utah (PVU) and Sioux Falls, S.D. (FSD) to its route map with the addition of nonstop service from its Denver hub.
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