Tagged With "Airline seats"

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Good News: Airlines losing fewer bags. Bad News if it's yours!

PHeymont ·
2013 marked the lowest level of lost bags in 10 years, way down from the peak in 2007. Credit goes to better barcoding, scanning and tracking. The most common problem—bags that don't make your next flight when you change planes—accounts...
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Re: Seat Wars break out in the air...

DrFumblefinger ·
I think on short domestic flights (let's say 3 hours or less), we could do away with the reclining seats. For longer duration flights, more legroom would be a great addition and keep the reclining seats. But I can't see the airlines going this route. Space is so tight I can't even see the screen of my netbook if the traveler in front of me reclines their seat.
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Re: In-flight refueling for airliners? Worth a look!

PHeymont ·
I agree on the preference for not being refueled that way...I'm not going to be sitting in an ejection seat with a parachute attached. But the reason they're interested in doing this is not without merit. The idea is that the plane that flies that long route could take off on a shorter runway (reduce load on existing airports, more operations per hour, use other airports that are not now long enough), or replace fuel weight with payload (cargo or passengers). The tankers, obviously, wouldn't...
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Seat Wars break out in the air...

PHeymont ·
At least three U.S. planes have been diverted for unscheduled landings recently due to fights between passengers over an increasingly scarce commodity: seat space. Full planes and airline moves to add more seats have intensified the issue. Most...
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$35 Billion for Sandwiches and Seats...and airlines expect to double it!

PHeymont ·
The nation's airlines had over $700 billion in revenue last year, and 5% of it came from charges for snacks, seat assignments and entertainment...and they expect that to double! The seat assignment figure includes both "ups" for an inch or two extra...
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What to do to stay clean and not get sick on an airline

Travel Rob ·
In the last couple of months there's been a slew of articles about how dirty planes really are and what passengers can do to stay clean and not get sick. Tips given are steering clear of coffee, tea and anything that requires tap water because the tanks are hard to clean and have a higher likelihood of bacteria. And clean food trays and seat back trays with anti bacterial wipes because they are often used as baby changing stations. I've also read to bring your own blanket, because they are...
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An airline seat that twists to match your best position

PHeymont ·
A new idea for airline seats: Imitate the human spine and make the seat fit the passenger instead of forcing the passenger into the seat. Read more within...
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Airlines' 2013 On-Time Record...oh, please!

PHeymont ·
On-time performance by U.S. airlines took a hit in Dec. 2013, with on-time arrivals dropping to below 70%. The Department of Transportation's figures include 16 major and regional carriers...but not Spirit or Allegiant. On-time arrival for the year...
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Condor Airlines sale to Europe as low as $170.00 OW

Travel Rob ·
Condor Airlines is having a sale to Europe until July 24th with prices starting at $169.99 one way
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Ensure the Safety of the Airlines?

james ·
Travelling via the air is becoming more often for the explorers to explore the horizons of any part of the earth, then the reason or purpose of the visit does not matter. For the ones who think a lot about money before travelling to other shores, the headache is lowered down to some extent by the wide span of the airline network. The widespread of airlines have eventually affected the airfares, if not much, but yes to some extent. The lowering down of the air tickets arise other questions...
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Re: Discounts top all in passenger perks survey

DrFumblefinger ·
Everything has relative value -- a hungry person would pick the free meal, for instance -- but at some point people pay for comfort. Many already pay a little extra for legroom by sitting in the exit row (or use points to do so). There comes a point where, especially on longer flights, you want to be comfortable and are willing to pay a little more to achieve that. I definitely consider the pitch and width of airline seats when making purchases, especially overseas purchases. I'll pay a...
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Re: Discounts top all in passenger perks survey

PHeymont ·
I'd agree...in fact, the issue of space is what keeps me from considering some longer flights...and I have been known to change flights for the possibility of a 2-seat row rather than 3...better an aisle and a window without a middle!
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Re: Air Miles vs Low Fare Airline

PortMoresby ·
The website states the limits for a carry-on bag are (approximately, stated in cm) 21 x 16 x 9 inches, and 10 kilos/22 pounds. Plus a "small" item that fits comfortably under the seat. Were your bags within these guidelines, Rob?
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Re: Now an airline charge for NOT flying!

GarryRF ·
If you do call the airline to cancel your return ticket you get no refund. They will probably sell your seat for more than your two-way ticket cost. If you try to reschedule your return for another day they will charge full price with no discount for being polite and doing the right thing. So you just walk away and find another airline. The Philosophy of W.C. Fields. "Never give a sucker an even break"
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American's MD80s on their way out of the sky

PHeymont ·
American retires another chunk of its once-huge fleet of MD80s, which are being replaced by newer, more efficient 737s and A320s.
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Now an airline charge for NOT flying!

PHeymont ·
Korean Air has found a way to ding passengers who don't fly, even beyond keeping the price of their tickets!
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Just how much tax is in your ticket?

PHeymont ·
How much of your fare goes for taxes and airport fees?      Photo: Alexander Nieswandt / Wikimedia   If you've been vexed by all the charges the airlines add on top of your ticket for baggage, changes, seat choices and just plain...
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Re: Is it time to regulate airplane seats? Chris Elliott thinks so!

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm not sure if "mandating" certain seat sizes would do anything but raise prices, but it might be nice if they introduced a simple grading system. "A" for business/first class, "F" for the sardine can seating in the most cramped airlines. If I was less than 5 ft tall and weighed less than 100 lbs the current seating system would work fine for me. For most folks it's much too crowded, especially on long flights. All the worse if you have to have your bag under the seat in front of you. Let's...
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Re: Is it time to regulate airplane seats? Chris Elliott thinks so!

PHeymont ·
I'm not sure it's the case that mandating a decent space would raise fares...in the past, we've certainly seen that fares have a resistance point, and airlines have backed down from increases at times. Also worth noting that fares seem largely based on competition rather than actual expense involved; that's why it's often cheaper to fly NY to LA than NY to Kansas City! And, as Chris Elliott points out, having people fighting over seat space has led to expensive consequences, too...
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Re: Is it time to regulate airplane seats? Chris Elliott thinks so!

DrFumblefinger ·
The trouble with a mandate is that it has deadlines and airlines who fly to the US would have to go through an expensive seat replacement program. That cost is one we share, or that puts the airlines in the red and in jeopardy. Makes sense to pressure them to improve, but that's just my opinion. But I do like the idea of "grading" seats. Helps me know what I'm buying. For example, Canadian airlines definitely have larger seats that American carriers. I'll preferentially fly Air Canada to...
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Re: Is it time to regulate airplane seats? Chris Elliott thinks so!

GarryRF ·
This debate seems to accept that the profit margins of Trans-Atlantic Flights are squeezed by costs outside the carriers control. The only solution they have is squeeze more seats in to control income. Last month I paid £759 ($1245) for 1 seat UK to Philadelphia - Return - with an American Airline. 7 hours in the sky. Each way. My £759 will also get me a flight to the Caribbean from the UK. 10 hours in the sky. 14 nights in a hotel. Food and drink included. And flight back. The Caribbean...
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Re: Coming soon: Adjustable-width airline seats?

DrFumblefinger ·
I would presume the wider seat arrangement would more likely be "Economy Plus" rather than business class. Say two large people buying a 3 row seat and the third seat would get squeeze down by the wider adjustment of the above. International business class nowadays is almost universally lie flat bed seats. To not have these would mean a loss of this lucrative market for the airlines.
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

WorkerBee ·
It required 40,000 miles for a round-trip economy ticket. All were in-seat miles and all were from a few years ago.
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Re: I get to Boomerang to Spain ! Cheap !

PHeymont ·
Originally Posted by WorkerBee: It required 40,000 miles for a round-trip economy ticket. All were in-seat miles and all were from a few years ago. That's one of the things I like about AA...aside from the one-way awards. When everyone else was 50K to Europe, they were 40K offpeak and 60 peak. Now everyone else is 60K peak, and AA still has the winter bargains. Hope it lasts!
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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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On-line in the Air: Rules still vary

PHeymont ·
Just back the other day from a week in Spain, flying both ways on Iberia. Unlike the U.S. carriers that now allow gate-to-gate use of electronics (as long as they're in airplane mode) Iberia very firmly told me to put away my phone and Kindle until the seat-belt light was off—just like the old days! Has anyone else had recent experience with non-U.S. airlines and their policies. I know the EU regulatory authorities have issued rules that are pretty much the same as the FAA's, but apparently...
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Frontier cuts fares 12% and cuts amenities to 0

PHeymont ·
Denver-based Frontier Airlines, whose goal is to become an "ultra low-cost" carrier, has dropped its fares by about 12% (which works out to about 18% below Southwest on competing routes).    The fare cuts come with a big "but" but with no...
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Coming soon: Adjustable-width airline seats?

PHeymont ·
Boeing has been granted a patent on what's possibly the answer to several questions: It's an airline seat with movable armrests that could turn 3 economy seats into 2 business-class, or could allow a thin person and a fat person to make a better...
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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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Can 'smart' seats make crowding bearable?

PHeymont ·
That's sort of the idea behind some new design initiatives for airline seating. Panasonic, and some others, are betting that by designing all the elements of a seat together (seat, inflight entertainment screen, power outlets and more) the elements...
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WOW! NY to Europe for under $300 round trip!

PHeymont ·
Iceland's WOW Air is adding flights to the NYC area, with tempting $99 one-way to Iceland and $149 to Europe limited fares.
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JAL is on-time airline champ for 2015

PHeymont ·
Japan Airlines is a 5-time winner for on-time performance. Check in here and see the rest of the regional champions!
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Is it time to regulate airplane seats? Chris Elliott thinks so!

PHeymont ·
In a column written for USA Today, travel consumer advocate Chris Elliott suggests that the only solution to the increasing air-rage incidents and fights over seat space is for the airlines to stop squeezing everyone closer and closer—and he's...
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Airlines' new strategy: Auctions for Upgrades

PHeymont ·
Airlines are turning to auction software to sell the upgrades they used to give free to their best loyal customers.
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Re: What if the exit row weren't a row?

PortMoresby ·
Maybe the overhead bins have, as they say, been binned. Back to the days when it was considered a luxury to let someone else handle one's luggage. I still think it is.
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Re: What if the exit row weren't a row?

DrFumblefinger ·
I think that seating arrangement would work well in zero gravity. Think of the PanAm space cruises in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Unless planes will be designed in a flying saucer shape, I can't envision what the Europeans are planning.
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Re: Seat Wars break out in the air...

Travel Rob ·
The Daily Telegraph conducted a poll after the first 2 incidents on "Should Reclining Seats be Banned" and 70% of the respondents said yes. The lack of leg space is a big issue and I hope airlines enact more reasonable legroom space for coach. If the reported stories are true though, some passengers weren't acting mature or reasonable at all and really should face stiff penalties for their actions http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tra...seats-be-banned.html
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Re: Thanksgiving Flyers: More than 25 Million!

Travel Luver ·
Sadly, I'll be one of the throng. My least favorite time of the year to travel, but the most fun weekend of the year to be with family. Makes it all worthwhile All it will take is a bad snowstorm somewhere and things will really come undone. Expect all flights to be completely full, so good luck rescheduling. There's probably more people flying over the Christmas and New Year period, but this travel is spread out over 2 weeks, rather than just 4-5 days.
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Re: AA "new tail" wins in close employee vote

PortMoresby ·
Heavy sigh. Good taste seems always to be a minority attribute. I may be forced to rethink my frequent flyer situation, unless they opt to promote the minority to lifetime business class. It seems only fair.
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Re: The World's Best Airlines

DrFumblefinger ·
Grouchy, I thought you had a magic carpet and didn't need to bother with such trivialities as plane flights
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Re: Airline Seats Shrink While Passengers Expand

Travel Luver ·
Anyone who has flown for awhile knows sitting room is getting smaller and smaller. Seats are narrower and you have less legroom.
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Re: Euro airlines: Delays continue in compensation for delays

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm not sure how I feel about this. I like the idea of passenger's time having value, but the fines seem pretty steep to me. I'm not sure this wouldn't hurt the viability of several smaller airlines or cause increased fares for everyone.
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Re: Euro airlines: Delays continue in compensation for delays

PHeymont ·
Yes, the fines are steep. That's intentional...if they were set very low, the airlines would have no incentive to make the improvements and arrangements necessary to avoid them! Remember...these fines only apply to situations in which the airlines could have avoided the delay but didn't.
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Re: Euro airlines: Delays continue in compensation for delays

PortMoresby ·
I agree with DrF, the fines seem unnecessarily steep, especially when multiplied by a plane-load of passengers. Stuff happens, all we well-maintained car owners know. Not surprising the airlines are balking. The definitions could certainly be more clearly defined and the fine amounts reduced to an amount that deters but isn't quite as medieval in proportion to the crime.
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Re: Euro airlines: Delays continue in compensation for delays

PHeymont ·
I'm going to take the contrary view. First, remember that the short clip above doesn't reflect the detailed regulations or the deliberations of the court. But remember the circumstance quoted “which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken,” Reasonable measures guarantee that crews are scheduled so that even if illness befalls the scheduled crew, it does not take over 3 hours to bring a replacement crew on line. Reasonable measures to avert mechanical...
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Re: Euro airlines: Delays continue in compensation for delays

PortMoresby ·
Rules that may be perfectly reasonable for a large airline, the crew issue for instance, may be less reasonable for a small airline or a low-fare airline that needs optimally efficient practices to make money and continue to offer us the low fares. That may not include extra crews hanging around "just in case". As passengers, we can't have everything - low fares and no occasional delays, although those airlines appear better at avoiding delays than any others, of necessity. At the same time,...
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Re: Euro airlines: Delays continue in compensation for delays

PHeymont ·
I'd agree with those expectations...but I also think that if the penalties are too harsh, then the airlines should move to have them changed, and enlist passenger support, not just stiff the passengers by evading the rules. And passengers CAN be won to support campaigns; it was not British Airways' lobbying, but a broad popular sentiment, that has begun dismantling the Air Passenger Duty.
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Re: In-flight refueling for airliners? Worth a look!

DrFumblefinger ·
Existing planes can travel half way around the world now, without refueling. For example, from Texas to Singapore. I'm not sure I see the point to this. Having a plane full of fuel flying around waiting to refuel another craft has to be expensive, and while the low risk of fire and such for the military might be acceptable, I'm not sure it is for commercial aviation. I'd rather have my plane refueled in the usual manner.
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Re: Chinese Airlines Looking for Bigger Share of Int'l Service

PortMoresby ·
I have, indeed, noticed that Chinese airlines (China Eastern, China Southern) that I've used domestically or from other Asian countries to China, appearing on fare searches lately, usually with very competitive fares. I intend to pay closer attention. Thanks P.
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Re: Flying this week? Check your Airline!

GarryRF ·
As "Climate Change" continues to keep Western Europe in a warm Caribbean breeze - then crossing the pond will be fine. Presuming - of course - you get a take off from America !
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