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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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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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: $6 BILLION in bag and change fees!

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm not sure if it's a great business model to make most of your profits by annoying your customers. I think many have gotten their heads around the baggage fee (note coincidentally the increase in the number and size of bags rolling onto a plane), but some of the airline change fees are obscene. I point to Southwest airlines as one that still does the right thing. You get to check one bag without a fee. And ff you can't make your flight, they give you a credit on the airfare good up to one...
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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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Re: Hello Kitty is top draw for Taiwan-based EVA airline

DrFumblefinger ·
I could see planes like this being very popular with families traveling with small children. Anything that distracts the kids is good for the parents!
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Re: Hello Kitty is top draw for Taiwan-based EVA airline

PHeymont ·
If my circle of friends is any indication, it's not the kids who are drawn to Miss Kitty!
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Re: Airbus celebrates 10,000 planes

DrFumblefinger ·
That's quite a landmark! Congratulations to Airbus for contributing to our collective travel experiences.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Airlines Ramp up to Meet Demand

PHeymont ·
After a few years of reducing flights to force full planes, rising demand has caught up with the airlines, and they are adding planes and seats. According to this Forbes report, all of the major U.S. carriers have increased their "flying capacity"...
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Check your tickets: Industry turbulence changes schedules!

PHeymont ·
Most airlines sell tickets starting about 11 months ahead of flight time...but keep checking. It's not just bad weather that's causing rescheduling—airline mergers lead to changing schedules (sometimes by as much as 12 hours) or to flights no...
 
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