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December 08, 2006

Cheap Trip to Turkey

Gate 1 Travel has a great deal on a cheap trip to Turkey:  $599 gets you a flight from New York and 4 nights hotel in Istanbul.  Packages are available through March.  It's not high season, but March in Turkey is much better than March in New York.  Other departure cities are available for a reasonable add-on charge.

December 8, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 07, 2006

El Al Causes Fury After Friday Night Flights

The Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel is quite angry that El Al recently flew several flights after sundown on a Friday night because of an airport strike that would've potentially stranded many passengers.  El Al
typically doesn't fly on the Sabbath, which has made Israel's religious leaders quite happy (this is an amazing feat for an industry that is so fixed-cost-intensive.  Not flying 7 days a week is nuts.)  However, with this supposed transgression, religious leaders are now calling for a boycott of the carrier.  Which makes no sense whatsoever, as no other airline is willing to forgo 7-day-a-week flights.  It's a long drive from Tel Aviv to London.  For its part, El Al execs said they won't fly on the Sabbath again.

December 7, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Don't Worry, Northwest's DC-10s Aren't Disappearing

For geeky (in a good way) airplane people, there's some good news:  Seven of Northwest's ancient DC-10s, which many (?) thought were headed for the Arizona desert, will be sold to ATA, which must've bought the old birds for next to nothing.  Good for them. 

December 7, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 06, 2006

Farts Lead to Flight Diversion

(Thanks to Nicole at Hitwise for the heads up...)

Every once in a while, a story comes along the reminds me why I get up an write this stupid thing every day:

An American Airlines flight from Washington to Dallas was forced to divert to Nashville after passengers smelled smoke on the airplane.  I'll cut to the chase:  they smelled smoke because a woman lit matches in the bathroom to cover up the smell of her farts.  While she was not charged with any crime (has the TSA banned gas? -- it's not a liquid), American has banned her from flying the airline. 

I almost feel like I should just shut down this website right now because there is no way I will ever EVER find a better story than this.  All the other blah blah blah I write in here every day pales in comparison to a woman trying to cover up her flatulence and forcing a plane to divert.  I will spend the rest of my life chasing another story like this one.  Bravo.

December 6, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 05, 2006

Use of a Real Flight Simulator: 300,000 Miles (so far)

(Thanks to reader Gloomy Joe for the heads up):

You have 300,000 or so Mileage Plus miles?  You want to spend 2 hours in one of United Airlines' flight simulators?  Yes?  Good.  You can bid on that experience here.

December 5, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

JetBlue Will Slow Their Growth, Put Off Embraer Deliveries

You may remember a couple of years ago when JetBlue announced that they would be taking delivery of a whole bunch of Embraer 190s, observers said that they were growing too fast.  Turns out the observers were correct.  JetBlue announced that they would take 10 190s next year instead of the previously announced 18.  They also added that they plan to grow capacity 14 to 17 percent, rather than 18 to 20 percent.  This is a good thing -- measured growth leads to success.

December 5, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Island Air to Cut Flights, Employees Because of go!

I'm not sure why I'm fascinated with the airline situation in Hawaii, but I am -- which means that you'll have to bear with me a bit.  With the entrance of go! into the intra-Hawaii marketplace, it's been a bit of a bloodbath over there, with fares being slashed and money being lost (and whining being heard).  We're starting to see the first casualties:  Island Air has announced that it's cutting 5 routes and 65 jobs because of the competition.  Island Air was able to happily co-exist with Aloha & Hawaiian through codeshares and by staying out of their way.  Hawaii is littered with failed airlines -- we'll see if Island is next.

December 5, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Continental Says No to Cockfighting

Continental Airlines is taking a brave stand against, um, cockfighting.  Yes, the Houston-based carrier has decided that the only reason they have been flying so many adult roosters to Guam is because people are using them to fight other roosters.  Because of that, they've decided that they will no longer ship live adult poultry.  Because they will be used in cockfights.  Don't worry, shareholders -- the airline said the cock-ban will have minimal impact on revenue.

December 5, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 04, 2006

All-Business Class Airline to Fly Newark to Paris

It's looking like 2006 will be remembered as the year of the all-frills, low-cost airline.  With Eos, Maxjet and soon-to-launch Silverjet flying between New York and London, a new airline called L'Avion has announced it will begin flying between Newark and Paris on December 27.  If you care about this kind of stuff, you may recall an announcement a few months ago about Elysair -- L'Avion is the new name for that airline.  The carrier will feature 90 seats in a 757-200 and charge about $2100 round trip.  Good luck with all that.

December 4, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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