What we’re reading: JetBlue’s disruptions, Icahn buys Fontainebleau Vegas, NextGen could ease air traffic gridlock

Icahn buys Fontainebleau Las Vegas in auction, NextGen could ease air traffic gridlock through technology, JetBlue's disruptions

Air New Zealand introduces the Skycouch — a couchette in the air?

Air New Zealand has introduced a new sleeping seat for long-distance travel. It is called the skycouch. It is the first step up from coach. Basically, it allows two passengers to share what amounts it seems to a twin bed.
By |January 27th, 2010|Today|7 Comments|

Air France plans to inaugurate a low-cost carrier

Air France is planning to go head to head with Easyjet and Ryanair by inaugurating a low-cost network of domestic flights linking French cities. Air France has yet to comment. But its business model will make that Nice the base of operations and the airline won't utilize Paris airports.
By |January 27th, 2010|Today|3 Comments|

Is JetBlue taking the first step towards playing well with others?

Now, JetBlue is moving a step closer to the mainstream by joining ARC. This will make life easier both for travel agents and for their clients. Besides simpler refunds and exchanges, unused e-tickets can be traced in the system and record keeping will be much easier.
By |January 27th, 2010|Today|5 Comments|

Now I know what tefillin are

Sometimes you learn things the darnedest ways. Until a USAirways LaGuardia to Louisville commuter flight was diverted to Philadelphia for an emergency, possible terrorism landing I had never heard of this word — tefillin. Evidently the flight attendant on US 3079 had never seen one either.
By |January 27th, 2010|Today|21 Comments|

What we’re reading: Delta plans $1B fleet upgrade, seeking a place at airports, BA prepares for strike

Delta plans $1B fleet upgrade, Virgin America seeking a place at airports, British Airways prepares for strike

How long will hotels keep charging for Internet connections?

While many of the lower-cost and mid-cost hotels do not charge for Internet connections, the most expensive still are charging for connections to the Web. But the days of Internet access are numbered. The only question is when will the charges be totally eliminated.
By |January 26th, 2010|Today|18 Comments|

Airline merchandising on the increase

Once upon a time, the only airline merchandising was via the airline magazines and the SkyMall catalogs. But today the airlines with their unbundling are beginning more and more merchandising.
By |January 26th, 2010|Today|4 Comments|

American Airlines jumps on the increased-baggage-fee carousel

As predicted, American Airlines has matched the other legacy carriers with increased fees for checked baggage. Now, AA, Continental, Delta, United and USAirways all are charging $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second checked bag.
By |January 26th, 2010|Today|8 Comments|

What’s in a name? Delta makes an exception for careless client

Delta actually went out of their way for a client when they didn't have to, so let's give credit where credit is due.
By |January 26th, 2010|Today|2 Comments|