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Re: 12 Countries ask vouchers instead of refunds

PHeymont ·
In a conversation with Travel Rob last week, I set out my minimum conditions before a bailout or other relief can be discussed: 1) All boarding to be by efficiency, no priority for anyone except physical need 2) minimum one free checked bag for all flights over 250 miles (under 250, you should drive or take a train, anyway) 3) elimination of most nuisance fees 4) minimum 32" pitch with no more than 2" recline 5) 20-year cap on exec salaries...CEO to earn max 20x full-time flight attendant...
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Re: Crowded Sky: Boeing finds more room overhead

DrFumblefinger ·
I was aware that Boeing was working on this idea and it sounds like a real winner. A carry-on bag is almost a necessity for people who fly. Boeing deserves full credit and thanks from consumers for this innovation.
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Re: Crowded Sky: Boeing finds more room overhead

Travel Rob ·
The Dreamliner has a lot of overhead space compared to the planes I'v flown, so this will even be better!
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Re: AA Plans to Squeeeeeze More Seats into 737s and MD80s

Former Member ·
Everyone was right the other day when they suspected that BA was charging for the seat in the restroom. BA finds new Revenue Stream ?
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Re: The search for the right-sized airplane

DrFumblefinger ·
I believe that's the best summary of modern jet development I've ever read. Interesting and fun, thanks!
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

DrFumblefinger ·
I flew on Spanish budget carrier, Vueling, this past spring. It was a pleasant enough flight, but the aircraft had the tightest pitch of any airline I've ever been on. The pocket in the seat in front of you, where magazines and the air sickness bag are stored, was removed to allow for crowding of rows and even my knees were wedged in tightly to the seat back in front of me (seats couldn't be reclined, for obvious reason). I'm not sure how a seriously tall person could ever fit in.
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

GarryRF ·
I'm flying on an Airbus 330 next month. 4,414 miles non-stop on each leg. So I've booked extra legroom near the exit. Wise investment for 9 hours 21mins. If only I could get those aerobics fans to stop tripping over my feet when I'm asleep.
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

PHeymont ·
Which airline, Garry? I'll be interested to compare in a couple of months; in July we'll be on AirBerlin's A330 NYC to Berlin...and I'm hoping for comfort. My wife's cousin, who's logged more passenger miles than most pilots have flight miles, has advised us to give up our window preference for aisle-and-aisle, across from each other...
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

GarryRF ·
Thomas Cook charter flight Paul. I think they give 31" per seat. (Says on my ticket) So I've gone for the extra space.
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

PHeymont ·
Was just reading in the Telegraph this week that Thomas Cook is the most-complained-about airline in the UK...hope they give YOU no reason!
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

GarryRF ·
Thomas Cook do charter flights - they sell you a complete vacation. Hotel, food, car rental, adventure tours from your hotel and flights. Probably find something in there that's not up to scratch. But complain ? No... not I. I'm looking forward to your report from Berlin. Maybe we'll do a long weekend from Liverpool to Schoenefeld (nr. Berlin) Easy Jet do it for £25 - £45 each way. And for that price I'll sit on the wing for 2 hours !! Would TravelGumbo sponsor you to write a report on this...
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

Travel Rob ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Was just reading in the Telegraph this week that Thomas Cook is the most-complained-about airline in the UK...hope they give YOU no reason! What struck me when I saw that article is that Ryanair was the least complained about airline of the 37 listed.
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

PHeymont ·
Perhaps it has to do with expectations. There has been so much negative buzz about Ryanair for years that perhaps passengers simply know they won't be happy about anything but the price and getting there!
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

Travel Rob ·
Besides being happy with the low price I got, I thought their service was good the last time I flew them. And, as they let you know about, they have a great on time rate.
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Re: Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

DrFumblefinger ·
Ryanair has also been using a "softer" sell which seems to be working. An article recently in the Guardian points out a 28% growth rate (comparing March 2015 to 2014), a truly impressive gain! I've never flown Ryanair and before I would I would need to talk with someone like Rob and Garry to make sure some of the perceptions I've got about them aren't fact-based anymore.
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Re: Max Gate - home of British author Thomas Hardy

Mac ·
Max Gate seemed to me to be very much more about 'Hardy, the man and his life' whereas his cottage, whilst small and pretty, was I suppose, just his early days. Max Gate was interesting to see. PS I am very impressed that you walked to his cottage from Dorchester!
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Re: Boeing ramps up 737, cuts back 747, 777

DrFumblefinger ·
I presume the reduced 777 and 747 production at the Everett plant will be taken up with new 787 production.
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Re: American to drop seatback entertainment

PHeymont ·
DrF, not everyone has their own streaming service, but the theory is that nearly everyone has a screen, usually better resolution than the seatback. American is, in essence, providing a streaming service for those who don't have it. As for being small: those seatback screens go for north of $10,000 each because of all the issues involved in aircraft safety, etc. Not to mention the systems they are attached to. About $3 million average per plane saved this way, and American's order for the...
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Air India uses 787's to the Max

DrFumblefinger ·
After a bumpy roll-out, the Boeing 787 is gaining acceptance with some carriers and their passengers.  Air India uses its fleet of 787s more heavily than most carriers because the cost of operating the plane 30% less than the rest of its fleet....
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Boeing squeezes 50% more bags in overhead

PHeymont ·
This week is the big aircraft interiors show in Hamburg, so you can expect all sorts of news about new seats and more...but this one looks like a no-brainer. In a world of narrower seats, reduced legroom, here's MORE something!   Boeing's...
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Budget airlines pushing seat squeeze on new planes

PHeymont ·
Think your airline seat is tight now? Wait for the next generation of planes being bought by  Ryanair and other budget/short-haul carriers. They're adding seats, and the space for them has to come from somewhere...   And, for the Airbus...
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Airlines, Airports split over new fees

PHeymont ·
You'd think the airlines had never heard of a fee they didn't like, but now they've found one. Maybe what they don't like about it is that the money goes to airports, not airlines. The charge, which the airlines call a "tax" is the Passenger Facility...
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Boeing makes first 737 MAX delivery

PHeymont ·
Boeing's first 737 MAX delivery goes to an unexpected customer
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Southwest has its eyes on Hawaii

PHeymont ·
Southwest's passengers are eager for Hawaii, and the airline wants to, but not just yet.
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New options in discount Europe flights

PHeymont ·
British Airways affiliate Level and Norwegian announce new routes and planes for trans-Atlantic discount fliers.
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American backs off (a little) on seat squeeze

PHeymont ·
Under pressure, American backs off...just a little...from a seating squeeze that would have matched the Spirits and Frontiers of the industry.
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Boeing launches a new 737 stretch

PHeymont ·
Boeing is stretching the 737 yet again, trying to win a sales battle with Airbus's A320neo line.
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Boeing throws a 50th birthday party for 737

PHeymont ·
Boeing's 737 had its first flight 50 years ago, and had a birthday party Sunday at Seattle's Museum of Flight.
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Paris Air Show: New technology and single-aisle planes

PHeymont ·
New technology and new orders for single-aisle jetliners dominate the news from the show.
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Art loan will give Spain 2 new museums

PHeymont ·
Cuban-American collector lends 7,000 artworks to Spain, which will open 2 museums to house what may become a permanent donation.
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China's competitor for Boeing, Airbus nears flight

PHeymont ·
China's hopes of competing with Boeing and Airbus take a step forward as its first large commercial jet is cleared for flight testing.
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Boeing test flight draws 22-state 787 pix

PHeymont ·
Boeing tests a plane, using a flight plane that puts art in the sky...
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Veteran fliers: Planes with a long history

PHeymont ·
Airliners have a longer life than you might think. Meet some of the oldest in service and why they're still flying.
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Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota (Where Gumbo Was #231)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the plane exhibit outside the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. An impressive assortment of military hardware can be viewed (for free), a treat for anyone interested in the history of flight.
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CARES: Travel winners and losers

PHeymont ·
The airlines are sharing out a big chunk of the emergency money, but the outlook is less rosy for other travel businesses.
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Boeing back to building 737Max

PHeymont ·
Boeing is taking a step forward and resuming production of the 737 Max, which has not been cleared yet to resume flying. Will its gamble pay off?
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China takes big stake in Norwegian

PHeymont ·
Norwegian gets a new financial lease on life, but the future could still be rocky as it tries to regain business.
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Boeing rolls out MAX 10 despite hold

PHeymont ·
Boeing's latest model makes its debuts, but like other 737 MAX models, it isn't going anywhere just yet.
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Emirates juggles its future fleet

PHeymont ·
Emirates firms up an order for 787s, while changing models. It's also buying A350s as part of its prep for the post-A380 era
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United gives Airbus a big nod

PHeymont ·
United signs up with Airbus for 757 replacements while Boeing continues to consider a new 'mid-market' plane.
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Boeing puts 737 MAX on hold

PHeymont ·
Boeing gives in and calls a halt to 737 MAX production until the plane is recertified.
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Frontier plans dramatic growth

PHeymont ·
With new Airbus A320neo family planes arriving, the low-cost carrier plans to double in size within five years.
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Behind the Doors of Basel

PHeymont ·
PHeymont shares some of Basel's loveliest doors, and some of the history behind them.
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Airports and Airplanes: New parking problem

PHeymont ·
With most flights grounded, airports are closing runways to park all the planes.
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Ryanair: at the top, but troubles ahead

PHeymont ·
The discount airline is now Europe's largest carrier, but faces financial and regulatory issues.
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Airbus boosts U.S. production

PHeymont ·
Airbus is increasing production in Alabama from about 60 A320s a year to 84, as well as adding a production line for the A220.
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Air Italy: Another airline dream crashes

PHeymont ·
Ironically, the airline that hoped to replace bankrupt Alitalia is gone, while Alitalia continues, somehow, to fly.
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The squeeze goes on: more plans for more seats

PHeymont ·
When the New York Times printed this cartoon a few years ago, the trend was just beginning. Squeeze in more has become the order of the day, with extra space to be had only at a premium price.   And the squeeze goes in both directions. Not only...
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Why your airline chose your plane

PHeymont ·
  As you settle down into your seat, comfortably at the front of the plane (above) or squeezed into the last inches at the back (below), you must have sometimes wondered how the airline chose the plane you’re sitting in or why the schedule...
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The search for the right-sized airplane

PHeymont ·
The plane that never was: Boeing's Sonic Cruiser concept helped pave the way for 777/787   Photo: Boeing   Will there be a 797 in our future? Is there a future for the A380 or the 747? And what’s happening with the rest of the ranges...
 
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