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May 04, 2007

Havana Hijack Attempt Foiled

Not sure why we haven't heard much about this:

Two Cuban soldiers were arrested on Thursday after they attempted to hijack an airliner in Havana and fly it to the United States.  The two soldiers (who had actually deserted) took over a city bus and forced it to the airport, where they boarded a Cubana flight bound for Venezuela (though the aircraft was being leased from Spain's Hola Airlines.  Nice name).  While onboard they killed an unarmed military officer prior to being arrested. 

May 4, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 03, 2007

Bangaladeshis Live in Airport for 48 Days

In a case of life imitating art which was imitating life, 2 Bangladeshi men lived in the Delhi airport (yuck) for 48 days after they were turned back after arriving in Saudi Arabia without the required papers.  If you've been to Delhi's airport you would understand how little they had to do; apparently they asked airport staff if they could work for them for no pay just to keep themselves occupied. 

Bangladesh's consulate just gave the men new passports (gee they work quickly), and they were able to continue on to Saudi Arabia.

May 3, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

India Requires Seat Assignments

Looks like Southwest won't be flying to Mumbai...

India's government is requiring airlines to assign seats on all domestic flights.  They say it will improve safety (?) by keeping the "centre of gravity within limits" (? again) and help with "investigations" (ibid).  On the plus side, you'll get a seat before you board.

May 3, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

MAXjet Launches Los Angeles Flights

MAXjet announced that it will begin 4-times-weekly flights from Los Angeles to London with fares that start at $699 each way.  That is stupid cheap for the business class service.  They're also upping frequencies to Vegas and Washington, DC.  The airline has made a huge improvement in its operations over the past 3 months, so, for the sake of all of us cheapskates out there, that they're able to handle this service increase gracefully. 

May 3, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 02, 2007

Do Fare Increases Matter?

If you watch the news (or read the paper or whatever), you'll notice news organizations breathlessly noting that airlines have raised fares $5 or $10 and that we should be prepared to pay more.  Well, a noted airline analyst has a different feeling on the matter:  JP Morgan's airline analyst says that despite the fact that airlines have raised fares 11 times in the past 14 months, the fare hikes didn't actually result in passengers paying more.  In fact, for the first 3 months of this year, fares were .1% lower than during the same period last year.  (Interesting...or maybe there just aren't any fun airline stories this week...)

May 2, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 01, 2007

Nigeria Shuts Down 7 Airlines

In an effort to improve the pathetic safety records of its airlines, Nigeria has implemented new capital requirements for its licensed carriers.  What does this mean?  It means it shut down 7 airlines yesterday for being underfunded (Aviation Development Co. (ADC), Sosoliso, Fresh, Albarka, Chrome, Dasab and Skypower.  I like Skypower.  Solid name.)  Before yesterday, domestic airlines only needed about $160,000 in capital.  Considering the costs of safely maintaining an airplane, that is very scary, indeed.

May 1, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (1)

April 30, 2007

Delta Exits Bankruptcy

Delta emerged from bankruptcy 19 months after entering chapter 11.  The carrier said it has created $3 billion in annual financial improvements and cut its debit in half.  And if you really believe they'll do well, their stock begins trading again on May 3.

April 30, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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