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December 01, 2006

Take 2 Southwest Flights and Get a Free Ticket

(Via View from the Wing):

To promote its new Washington Dulles service, Southwest Airlines is offering 8 free Rapid Rewards credits for signing up and double  points for flights in and out of Dulles.  What's that mean to you?  Fly 2 round trips and get a free ticket on Southwest.  With Chicago flights starting at $44 each way, you can get a free flight for less than $200 of flights.  Not too shabby.

December 1, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ryanair Cannot Fire Napping Flight Attendant

Ryanair had fired a flight attendant who roped off a row of seats, read a book, then took a nap during a flight.  Seems reasonable enough.  But not to an Irish court.  An Irish employment court has forced Ryanair to reinstate the tired flight attendant, saying that the disciplinary action had "shortcomings."  Ryanair, to its credit, called the ruling "bizarre" and will appeal.

December 1, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Varig to Change Name to Nordeste

A great era in aviation is over:  Brazil's flag carrier Varig, which launched in 1927, will disappear and change its name to Nordeste following a reorganization.  On the plus side, it's going to double the number of aircraft it flies.  Sad to see a longstanding name in aviation disappear.

December 1, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 30, 2006

Please Go To the Bathroom Before You Fly

Chinese carrier China Southern has calculated that each toilet flush in the air eats up a liter of fuel.  So they've come up with a novel solution:  they're asking passengers to go to the bathroom before they fly. Or as they're saying, "spend your pennies before boarding the aircraft."  Or as I would've put it, "Don't piss away our fuel."

November 30, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

So What You Will About Your Local Airport, At Least You Don't Have a Jackal Problem

Pilots flying out of Calcutta's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport have run into a bit of an issue lately:  jackals on the runway.  Yes, jackals.  Not really an issue at LaGuardia, but a growing problem in Calcutta.  While you may complain about expensive parking at O'Hare or a lack of wireless access at your local terminal, at least you've never heard a pilot say, "Birds and jackals are the main problem," which is what has been said about the airport in Calcutta.  I don't know why I find the idea of jackals so funny, but I do.  And so should you.

November 30, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 29, 2006

Man Loses Stinky Lawsuit

(thanks USA Today):

A German court has ruled that British Airways did not have to pay compensation to a man who stunk so badly that he was removed from his Los Angeles to London flight shortly before takeoff.  The passenger, who said he stunk because he had to carry his bags in the heat prior to the flight, was asked to change shirts by flight attendants, who were alerted to his ripeness by other passengers.  The smelly guy had no clean shirts with him (they were in his checked baggage), so he was asked to leave the flight (much to the happiness, I must imagine, of the person sitting next to him).  The man may still appeal.

November 29, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1)

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