A&E’s Airline Boarding Jan. 5


A&E Network reality series Airline is poised for takeoff Jan. 5.

The series -- chronicling the duties of Southwest Airlines Co. pilots, flight attendants and airport employees and their interactions with passengers at Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago’s Midway International Airport -- will run in back-to-back half-hours beginning at 10 p.m.

All told, A&E has ordered 18 installments from Granada Television.

Airline is based on the U.K. series of the same name that has consistently pulled in strong ratings during its six-year run on Britain’s ITV Network, according to A&E officials.