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February 02, 2007

What the Hell Is Going on at MAXjet?

I've finished up my project at Eos, so I feel a bit more comfortable talking about MAXjet now. 

A couple of suspicious things have happened over in MAXjetville...

-- The MAXjet forum over at airlinequality.com is well worth a read.  It would appear (unless ALL of those people are lying.  And they're not.) that they constantly cancel or delay flights for mechanical reasons.  You can also do your own research at flightaware.com to see how often their flights actually depart on time or at all.  It's not pretty.

-- As I didn't mention when it was announced, MAXjet cancelled its 4 weekly flights from Washington to London to add 1 additional flight from Las Vegas to London.  What happened to the plane that was flying the additional frequencies to London?  Is it even in service anymore? 

-- Airlines --both public and private--need to report financial data to the government, which is then published in a consumer unfriendly format here.  If you care, you can find Eos' financials in there.  But more importantly, you will not find MAXjet's financials in there.  Why?  I have no idea.  Though it would be interesting for someone who is a reporter (ie, not me) to do a little digging and find out why they are allowed to not disclose financial data, but every other airline must.  Hm. 

So, not to speculate (oh wait, yes I am speculating), when you add up frequently cancelled flights + inability to serve 3 cities + CEO departing + financials not disclosed, this would suggest a bit of a mess.   There's a story here..

I'm certainly interested in hearing any MAXjet passenger tales if you have them...

February 2, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

February 01, 2007

JetBlue May Reserve Good Seats for High Paying Passengers

You may remember that JetBlue is in the process of removing seats from its planes to give the first 11 rows of seats 36" of pitch.   As said before, well done.  But they are also considering holding some of those seats for higher paying passengers, effectively creating a first class area.  It's not a done deal (nor is it a bad idea) but if you're flying JetBlue after mid-February, grab those seats up front now.

February 1, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Woman Sues JetBlue Because She Had to Vomit

Just another run-of-the-mill lawsuit:  A woman is suing JetBlue because it refused to let her board after she asked a flight attendant for a plastic bag to vomit into (yes, I know, dangling preposition.  Sue me too.)  I'm sure there's more to the story than that, but the NY Post isn't bothering to report it.

February 1, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

January 31, 2007

Is the US Airways/Delta Merger Finished?

US Airways' CEO said yesterday that they have made their final offer for Delta and that if Delta's board doesn't want to approve it, the offer will expire February 1.  He also dismissed speculation that US Airways would up the bid by $1 billion.  So, with Delta off the table, is Northwest next?  If Delta and Northwest made sense, and Delta and US Airways made sense, wouldn't US Airways and Northwest make sense (as much as any of these ridiculous rumors make sense)?  When we will start hearing those rumors?

(UPDATE: IT'S FINISHED.)  US Airways frequent flyers who were dreaming of using their miles to fly to Kiev or Dakar should shelve those dreams and book their free flights to Elmira or Franklin-Oil City or wherever US Airways flies.

January 31, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (4)

January 30, 2007

Did a Passenger Help Land a 757?

Remember that Continental Airlines flight that had an emergency landing after its pilot died in the cockpit?  According to this article, a passenger (who flies Cessnas) helped to land the plane.  Well, "helped" is probably going a bit far.  He sat in the cockpit and helped with the radio and checklists.  The best part, though, is that the co-pilot who was landing the plane had gotten on the PA and asked if there was a pilot on board.  Which sounds like a scene from Airplane, but actually happened.  Oddly, nobody freaked. 

January 30, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Is US Airways a Liquor Bootlegger?

The State of New Mexico has accused US Airways of being a liquor bootlegger because it has been selling liquor on flights to and from New Mexico without a New Mexico liquor license.  I know, it doesn't really make sense.  Maybe if you read the linked article it will (but I doubt it).

January 30, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

There's No Free in Outer Space

In case you were wondering, if you win a trip to outerspace you DO have to pay taxes on it.

January 30, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

January 29, 2007

British Airways Strike Called Off

The strike scheduled for tomorrow that would've crippled British Airways has been called off.  On the plus side, other strikes were scheduled for February and now will not take place.  On the negative side for BA, it was too late to re-instate all of the flights they cancelled on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  If you had travel scheduled on BA for this week, call the airline -- your flight may be flying after all.

January 29, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)