Sunday musings: Jesters in hotels? Hotel wishes, NY Subway construction

Would a hotel jester change the way you look at booking lodging? What about one of these amenities that Wendy Perrin describes? Then come underground with us to see what is happening beneath the street of New York City.

When an airline is fighting against itself — Allegiant vs. Allegiant

Everyone has heard the staying, "It takes to tango." In the airline business it takes management working together with labor to create a good atmosphere for customer service and for on-time operations. Unfortunately, ultra-low-cost-carrier Allegiant is on the outs with its flight attendant union. Here are the questions they are raising.

Is Spirit Airlines the McDonald’s of the sky? Not quite

The CEO of Spirit Airlines defends himself against critics. His basic stance is that they sell cheap and no one can expect classy service when the product is cheap. Just like no one would compare Smith and Wollensky's with McDonald's — they are two different classes of service. Both fill you up, but they do it with different quality of food, ambiance, amenities and service.

What we’re reading: BA gets first Boeing 787, Air Canada rouge ready to launch, Air Pacific becomes Fiji Airways

Boeing delivers British Airways’ first 787 Dreamliner

The first British Airways 787 departed Paine Field in Everett, Wash., on June 26 and arrived in London at 12:10 pm local time.
British Airways has announced that the airline will operate the 787 from Heathrow to Toronto from Sept. 1 and Heathrow to Newark from Oct. 1.

“The delivery of the first of BA’s 787s is an exciting milestone for Boeing and British Airways,” said Todd Nelp, Vice President of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Privacy? There’s no such thing on the road

Recent revelations of the National Security Agency’s sweeping domestic surveillance programs may have angered many Americans, but for most travelers, it was nothing new.

What we’re reading: TAs may get compensation from airlines for ancillary sales, Americans plan to hit the road, FBI probes missing cash

Margins have airlines selling more ancillaries through agents

Travel agents are increasingly able to sell ancillary products, so now some airlines are thinking about giving them compensation.
Sabre is currently booking ancillary services for nine airlines, with three more soon to be online and 21 more in the pipeline.

Travelport’s Agencia product enables retailers to sell all of Air Canada’s products, including its fare families. Travelport offers ancillary products from four carriers, with more in the pipeline.

US Airways is worried about its takeover of American

US Airways is worried about their takeover of American Airlines. They should be. The study prepared for the Consumer Travel Alliance (CTA) on competing overlapping one-stop routes alerted regulators to a possible problem. Now, a new study just released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has shown the competitive overlap is even more severe than anticipated.

What we’re reading: Airlines with the best economy cabin, what we no longer see on airplanes, Hertz takes top spot in survey

Top 10: Airlines with the best economy class cabins in 2013

Jonny Clark, founder of thedesignair.net, shares his top 10 economy class cabins.
10. Porter
Porter is an airline that knows how to deliver. A boutique short-haul airline that lives its tagline, ‘Flying Refined’. The airline offers stylish cream leather seats, free food and drink, including tipples from local micro breweries, and free lounge access for all its passengers.

5 tips about weather delays that could save your trip

As I write this post, it's not a great weather day for San Francisco International Airport — to put it mildly. It's a cool, very cloudy day, and with the airport's parallel runway configuration, that means they can only use one runway at a time.
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What we’re reading: US Airways to keep Charlotte hub, Unruly passenger taken off US Airways plane, Dreamliner faces image concerns

US Airways defends future of Charlotte hub

Despite a report from the Government Accountability Office that Miami would be a better hub than Charlotte, US Airways is intent on keeping the hub.
US Airways told its employees in a newsletter that the GAO report did not “provide anything to support its assertions about closing hubs.” In an interview Friday, the airline said that a key factor in keeping Charlotte a large hub in a newly merged airline is geography.