Tagged With "airlines"

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Spirit's New Plan: Higher 'Rush Hour' Bag Fees!

PHeymont ·
Spirit Airlines--the one that sometimes makes Grinch seem like a good guy--is planning a new revenue-squeezer. It's planning to raise checked bag fees at high-travel times such as Christmas and other holidays. Spirit already has some of the...
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United's Award Chart: Premium Award Cost Goes UP

PHeymont ·
United Airlines has released a new award chart that bumps up the miles required for nearly all business and first-class awards, and (for the first time) makes flights on its Star Alliance partner airlines cost more miles than on United. Details HERE
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Fast Start for New Inflight Device Rules

PHeymont ·
Apparently anticipating yesterday's FAA announcement of new rules for inflight electronics, Delta and JetBlue had already submitted their compliance documents to the FAA, and may begin the new rules as early as today or tomorrow (Nov. 1-2). American...
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Thanksgiving Flyers: More than 25 Million!

PHeymont ·
According to industry source Airlines for America, domestic airlines expect 25.1 million passengers over the Thanksgiving break--more than last year, and almost equal to 1 in every 12 Americans. With that many on the road, who's cooking the turkey?...
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AA Plans to Squeeeeeze More Seats into 737s and MD80s

PHeymont ·
American Airlines will go into its new merger with a plan that may merge your knees with the seatback...it's announced to its flight attendants that it will begin squeezing more rows into its narrow-body MD-80 and 737 fleets. The FAs got the word...
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AA-USAir Merger: On fast track to wrap it up soon

PHeymont ·
Now that the Department of Justice has okayed the American Airlines/USAir merger, the two companies are rushing through needed steps to become one. They expect the deal to close next month, although merging all operations will take as much as two ...
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KLM speeds boarding

DrFumblefinger ·
One of the most tedious processes or air travel, besides the TSA screening process, is boarding of aircraft.  Royal Dutch airline, KLM, will begin a new boarding program at it's Schiphol hub.  Here's that link.
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AA starts to roll out its new Airbus fleet

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, which has been pretty much a Boeing shop except for legacy MD80s is getting the first of its Airbus 321 transcontinental models in the air, starting with flights between NY and LA. American put out a huge aircraft order, split...
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USAir Frequent Flyer Mile-Share Bonus: Up to 100%

PHeymont ·
Buying frequent flyer miles is usually not a great deal, since the airlines sell them at a premium and charge a fee for the transaction (usually only makes sense if you need that last couple of thousand to claim an award). But, through Dec. 6, USAir...
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Southwest, Virgin America buy LGA gates from AA, new service soon

PHeymont ·
Southwest, now the biggest U.S. domestic carrier, and Virgin America will expand service from New York's Laguardia Airport using gate slots bought from American Airlines. The sale was part of the requirement for merger approval of AA and USAir, which...
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AA-USAir Wedding Complete, Lots of Work for the Honeymoon

PHeymont ·
The merger of American Airlines and USAir took place today; the new company, with American's name and location, and mostly USAir management in its future, began trading on NASDAQ this morning. Over the next months, they will still have to merge...
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I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

WorkerBee ·
I am traveling Spring 2014 from the US to Spain. I wanted to use my American Airlines frequent flier (AAdvantage) miles to best advantage, so to speak. I learned that it is possible to incorporate free domestic layovers into my journey. As I have family in Dallas, that intrigued me. AA's website showed available flights from San Francisco (SFO) to Madrid (MAD) that connect through Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, New York or Miami. AAdvantage rules require that the layover stops must be on...
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"New AA" Details Dates for Alliance, Loyalty Change-overs

PHeymont ·
Now the American Airlines and USAir have closed their merger, they've begun rolling out more details of the merger planning. Scott Kirby, who was USAir president and is now president of AA, announced dates for joint operations, for aligning loyalty...
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Southwest Pulling Out of Smaller Cities

PHeymont ·
Southwest Airlines, the upstart that is now the biggest domestic-only U.S. carrier, is pulling out of a number of smaller cities, including Key West, Jackson MS and Branson MO and shifting its planes to cities where they can fly fuller. It's leaving...
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Qatar Airways Joins OneWorld and AAdvantage

PHeymont ·
http://www.frequentflier.com/blog/american-and-qatar-are-now-frequent-flyer-partners/
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Venezuelan Currency Manipulators Clog Air Ticket System

PHeymont ·
http://skift.com/2013/09/25/ve...es-are-almost-empty/
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Airline Seats Shrink While Passengers Expand

PHeymont ·
Airlines have recently begun replacing many of their seats with lighter, slimmer seats that allow them to either offer more legroom or...surprise!...jam in more seats. As this article from the Sydney Morning Herald points out, it's not just that space...
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Say it isn't so! Southwest to charge for bags???

DrFumblefinger ·
There are only two domestic airlines in the US that don't charge for checked bags -- Southwest and JetBlue.  Will Southwest start charging a baggage fee?  Click on this link to read more
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Please Don't Squeeze the Passengers: Airbus

PHeymont ·
Airbus, the big European planebuilder has urged airlines to go with 18"-wide seats, up from the standard 17" in use now. Their studies indicate that the extra width makes a BIG difference in passengers' ability to sleep on long flights (which are...
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Emirates Adds a 3rd US Frequent Flier Partner

PHeymont ·
Emirates Airways, which serves over 130 cities on 6 continents from its hub in Dubai, has added another U.S. frequent-flyer partner: Virgin America, which flies from 7 of Emirates' 8 U.S. cities. Emirates already has links with JetBlue and Alaska. The...
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Mediation for AA/US Airways Merger

PHeymont ·
The planned merger of American and USAir, which has been challenged by the Justice Department will go to mediation, in hopes of finding a solution that will be acceptable to the airlines and the Federal government. A mediator has been selected; if an...
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The World's Best Airlines

DrFumblefinger ·
Conde Naste has published this year's Reader's Choice Awards, a broad range of awards but the one people most notice are the ranking of airlines.  This year's top international airline, yet again, is Singapore Airlines.  This year's top...
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FAA: Now you can use electronics gate-to-gate

PHeymont ·
Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate.Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate. The change will let...
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Not just DC: Govt wants more concession from AA/USAir

PHeymont ·
Reuters reports the Department of Justice wants a broad range of promises and concessions in any deal to withdraw its objections to the merger of American and USAir. Read more HERE
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100th Birthday of Airlines...and CEOs predict the future

PHeymont ·
January 1, 2014 was the 100th anniversary of the first commercial passenger flight (St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line...pretty local!) and some airline CEOs took the occasion to predict the future for air transport. Hope it still includes ...
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Blizzard May Disrupt Northeast Travel: think Plan B

PHeymont ·
Heavy weather in the Northeast may disrupt travel plans, and not only in and out of the area, as airlines move planes around to avoid being grounded in the area. If you're traveling in the next couple of days, check with your airline on conditions and...
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American Adds 1st Class to NYC-LAX flights

PHeymont ·
American's new Airbus A321s will be flying a 3-class service between NY and LA--the only airline currently offering first class on the route. Up to now, only Business and Economy have been available on U.S. airlines. DETAILS
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AA "new tail" wins in close employee vote

PHeymont ·
By a margin of just over 2000 votes out of 60,000, American Airlines workers voted to keep the new tail design the airline adopted shortly before the AA/USAir merger. There's a while to go before it's everywhere: Painting a whole fleet takes time, and...
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Free Flights Everywhere: Is this the best employee benefit ever?

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, now with 100,000 employees from both AA and USAir, has rolled out a new version of free travel for employees: anywhere, anytime there's a seat in coach. Includes registered family members and parents as well. With a newly-merged...
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Airlines on a Plane-Buying Spree; Older Planes Retiring

PHeymont ·
Worldwide, airlines are buying newer, more fuel-efficient planes that fly farther on less fuel and have more of the amenities travelers demand. It's often cheaper to buy new planes than to invest in heavy maintenance and upgrades. So, it was goodbye...
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Huge Airfare Sale; Grab Tickets to GO FAR on QATAR

Travel Rob ·
Qatar Airlines is offering a truly vast sale from flights originating in Philadelphia to celebrate its launch there April 2.  Book by Feb 7th.  Make it sooner for the incredible prices.  Travel dates start April 2nd and end at...
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American Eagle Changes Name, But You Won't Notice...

PHeymont ·
American Airlines' regional subsidiary American Eagle is getting a new name: Envoy Airlines. The new name is to distinguish it from the other American Eagle, the name used for the flights operated for American by independent regional carriers...
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Post-Merger AA Route Changes at DCA, LGA

PHeymont ·
One of the impacts of the deal that allowed American Airlines and USAir to merge was a requirement to give up some takeoff/landing slots at DC's National Airport and NY's Laguardia, two of the busiest airports. Now, AA has announced which flights have...
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Chinese Airlines Looking for Bigger Share of Int'l Service

PHeymont ·
With nearly 100 million Chinese traveling abroad in the last year, China's airlines are looking to expand their share of the business with more planes, more destinations and more promotions. Up to now, most Chinese airlines have focused on the...
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Bid for Airline Seat Upgrades

PortMoresby ·
 This, from Condé Nast Traveler's Daily Traveler Newsletter...     The chance for a surprise upgrade to business class from steerage just become even more remote with the appearance of Plusgrade , a bidding site offering an...
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Update: Did complaints force out Frontier CEO?

PHeymont ·
Dave Siegel, CEO of Frontier Airlines is out; the airline says his resignation was for "personal reasons," but Frontier Barry Biffle told the Denver Post that the changes at the top are meant to help fix the carrier's operational issues.  ...
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Panama's Copa adds SFO, links to 55 Latin America cities

PHeymont ·
Panama's Copa Airlines is adding San Francisco as its 12th U.S. destination, connecting California to its "Hub of the Americas" in Panama City. From there, Copa's 737s fly to 55 cities in Latin America.   San Francisco is a strategic move; Copa...
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Boeing's next seat squeeze...in the lavatory!

PHeymont ·
    Say goodbye to this much space as Boeing plans to squeeze the toilet to install more seats.    Photo: Kristoferb / Wikimedia   If you thought seating in economy is getting too tight, get ready for this one: Boeing has...
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Airline ratings: Frontier is worst and latest

PHeymont ·
Frontier and Southwest planes pass each other at Seattle. Photo: Wikimedia / rsocol   In two different surveys recently released, Frontier takes the cake...sort of. On one, it was the airline garnering the most complaints; on the other (perhaps...
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United celebrates flying women with all-female crew

PHeymont ·
There are many women working in aviation these days, but there's room for more. And many of the women now working are not in the high-end jobs, including cockpit crews and mechanics. So, United Airlines recent selection of an all-woman crew to take...
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And the squeeze goes on: are carry-ons next?

PHeymont ·
The battle of the overhead bins may take on a new look   Good things often come matched with bad things. This week, the International Air Transport Association, which represents about 250 airlines worldwide, has proposed new baggage standards....
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Love at first flight: Wedding's up in the air

PHeymont ·
A year ago, Serbian actress Vjera Mujovic and German doctor Stefan Preis met while seated next to each other on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Ulan Bator. Last week, occupying the same seats on the same flight, but surrounded by friends...
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They believe they can fly...but signs are not good!

PHeymont ·
America's most persistent attempt at starting a new airline is out there again, looking for crowdfunding to get off the ground. First as Family Airlines, and since 2010 as Avatar Airlines, they've been trying for take-off since 1992, with plans for an...
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Busy summer predicted for U.S. air travel

PHeymont ·
2015 could be the busiest summer for air travel in U.S. history, breaking a record set in 2007, before the big recession. Airlines for America, the lobbying arm of the major U.S. carriers, is predicting 222 million travelers between June 1 and August...
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Free checked bags and paid overhead? Maybe...

PHeymont ·
Virgin America cabin...which space is up for sale next?    Photo: Virgin America   If you're wondering what comes next in the world of airline fees, check this interview with airline execs at the Phoenix International Aviation...
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AA talks tough on discount competition, sees change ahead

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, the world's largest air carrier, isn't planning to let any Davids mess with its Goliath market share. CEO Doug Parker says that if smaller rivals take advantage of fuel price drops to add seats and then discount them to take market...
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Is Delta trying to become a "stealth airline?"

PHeymont ·
Above, Delta flight takes off. Below, Delta takes off flight info from ticket agencies     Delta, which earlier this year stopped posting its award charts so that its Skymiles members can no longer plan ahead how many "miles" they'll have to...
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Ryanair's profits surge 66%: did 'charm offensive' do it?

PHeymont ·
Ryanair, the Irish-based airline that practically invented budget flying in Europe, and also nearly invented the reputation of low-cost airlines as cheap but unfriendly, has hit record profits this year. While others have also done well as fuel costs...
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NASA tests ways for airliners to "bug off"

PHeymont ·
NASA's best known for its space missions, and bugs are best known for buzzing your barbecue and irritating hikers—but now we learn that bugs also slow down jetliners and increase fuel consumption. And NASA is doing something about it.  ...
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New technology will track flights every 15 minutes

PHeymont ·
Map of theoretical search areas for MH370. New technology would track planes every 15 minutes   A new system that will "ping" flights every 15 minutes, and could have helped located missing flights such as last year's Malaysia MH370, is on the...
 
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