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October 26, 2006

A Bad Day for Oasis Hong Kong Airlines

Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, the new budget carrier offering $128 tickets from London to Hong Kong, was supposed to have its inaugural flight yesterday.  I say "supposed to" because after having passengers sit on the plane at the gate for 5 (yes 5) hours, the airline learned that Russian authorities never granted flyover rights to the airline.  Oops.  For its part, the airline says that that isn't their fault.  Which doesn't matter at all if you're a passenger who just sat on the runway for 5 hours.  The carrier put passengers up in a hotel and offered less than $100 in compensation. 

October 26, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2)

October 25, 2006

A Bad Day for JetBlue

Not one of JetBlue's best days:

First, they announce that they had a loss (a slight loss, to be honest, but a loss nonetheless) in a quarter when other airlines were reporting profits.  They also said they were scaling back growth plans, which sounds like a bad thing but is actually a good thing, as they weren't able to grow as quickly as they wanted to profitably. 

Then (or perhaps before), the FAA reprimanded the carrier for performing its own little study (without the FAA's permission) where they allowed pilots to fly 11 hours in a day -- instead of the normal 8 -- to study how alert they were when they flew the additional hours.  You probably didn't want to know that.

October 25, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 23, 2006

A Few Notes...

The next time my friends consider asking me for travel advice, I'd like them to please keep this in mind:  I am currently in the middle of a 9 hour and 15 minute layover in Dubai.  This trip will include a 4:35 am flight, a 4:15 am flight, and a 2 am flight (all in coach).  I have a 9 hour and 15 minute layover and a 6 hour and 30 minute layover.  There is no way you could construct an itinerary worse than the one I am on now.  If you're so inclined, I'd like you to find me an itinerary that includes worse flights than these.  For a guy who thinks about flights/fares/schedules as often as I do, you would think I could've avoided 15 hours and 45 minutes of layovers.  In the middle of the night. 

On the plus side (and I've written about this before, so I'll leave it at this), this is a pretty cool airport to be stuck in.  For about an hour and a half.

October 23, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (3)

Terrorists Don't Get Frequent Flyer Miles

The New Yorker has a little piece about Jeppesen International Trip Planning, a division of Boeing, that provides flights for suspected terrorists being extradited to the ends of the earth.  Most interestingly, is that one of the flight crews bringing a suspected terrorist to Kabul, then spent 2 nights at a luxury resort in Majorca on your dime.  Sweet gig.

October 23, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)