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March 09, 2007

First Class Cannot Use Business Class Checkin

(Via View from the Wing)

Enjoy this ridiculous tale of a Lufthansa flyer with a first class ticket who was not permitted to use the business class checkin line even though it was shorter than the first class line.

(yes, it's been a slow news week in airlineworld.)

March 9, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (2)

March 08, 2007

6 Night Package to Prague, $599

It's not too late to take advantage of GoToday's 6 night air/hotel package from New York to Prague.  $599 gets you 6 nights hotel, airfare, and breakfast.  This is about the same as a flight alone.  Nice.  Book by March 19th and depart by March 25th.

March 8, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 07, 2007

Spirit Airlines to Charge for Soda, Checked Luggage

It was early yesterday when I read about Spirit Airlines, so I missed the most important piece of news buried in their press release:  Soda and coffee will now cost $1, and checked bags will cost $5 if done in advance online or $10 if done at the airport.  In return, Spirit has said they have lowered fares across the board up to 40%.  Yes, this sounds like Ryanair.  Look for other carriers to follow soon enough.

March 7, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Indonesia Plane Crash Kills 23

In an event that's becoming all-too-frequent, a 737 crashed in Indonesia yesterday, killing 23 passengers.  The Gardua aircraft overshot the runway on landing, possibly because a tire blew out (video available here).

Indonesian airlines have had several crashes in the past year or so, causing the government to ban its airlines from flying aircraft more than 10 years old.  This basically accomplishes nothing, as aircraft more than 10 years old are no less safe than newer aircraft if they are properly maintained. 

March 7, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 06, 2007

Northwest Airlines Employee Accused of Onboard Sexual Assault

An off-duty Northwest Airlines employee was accused of sexual assault after a woman said that he sat next to her on an overnight flight, lifted up her shirt and touched himself.  And not in a good way.  The employee was taken into FBI custody after the flight landed, and he's been suspended from his job.

FOLLOW UP: Apparently the employee not only touched himself, he, uh, finished himself off on the woman he was sitting next to.  When Northwest reports higher load factors next month, this is NOT what they're talking about (allow me to apologize for that in advance)...

March 6, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Spirit Airlines Quietly Downgrades Its Business Class

Spirit Airlines has quietly downgraded its business class product to something it's calling  "Big Front Seat."  Basically, you get a business class (ish) seat with no frills.  Considering how cheap it is (NYC to Florida round trip can be in the $400 range, or less), it's still a great deal.  But I thought you'd want to know.

March 6, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (1)

US Airways Suffers Computer Glitch

US Airways switched its reservations system over to the America West SHARES system (unimportant detail) over the weekend and suffered some serious complications at Boston, Charlotte and Philadelphia (kiosk checkin didn't work).  Switching a reservations system is a major undertaking (having just gone through this on a much smaller scale), so you can cut them some slack.  But on the down side, less than 20% of US Airways' flights were on-time systemwide on Sunday.  If you're flying US Airways today, check in at home.

March 6, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 05, 2007

AirTran Offers Charter for Families of Bluffton Players

I just wanted to give AirTran a giant bucket of credit for chartering a plane for the famlies of the Bluffton University baseball team who were killed or injured in the horrible bus accident last week.  A couple of other airlines have also stepped up and offered flights to Atlanta for family members, but AirTran was the first to offer, chartering a plane from Toledo to Atlanta and flew about 30 family members down (and back) for free.  Bravo.

March 5, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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