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Pirate ships, UA’s LAX upgrade, AA/US combining res systems

It’s a pirate’s life for me! Set sail on the Columbia River this summer aboard historic, battle-ready tall ships Want to know what it’s like to be a pirate? You’ll get a chance to find out this summer. One 18th century tall ship replica and one interpretation of a typical early 19th century trading vessel […]


Frontier complaints soar, Uber drivers threatened, Cactus call sign to go away

Frontier Airlines complaints soar amid tech changes; outsourcing begins A rash of complaints regarding Frontier Airlines has led the Better Business Bureau to investigate the carrier’s A+ rating. The Denver Post’s Laura Keeney quotes a BBB spokeswoman as saying it has “seen a significant spike in complaints just in the past month.” In early March, […]


AA integration, parking costs more than flights in London, Qantas retires 747-400

American Air gears up for single reservations, frequent-flyer systems American Airlines is gearing up to integrate its reservations and frequent-flyer systems with US Airways. 2015 is the year American goes to a single reservations system and frequent-flyer program, said [American Airlines President Scott] Kirby, noting the airline is already operating under a single system for […]


Delta raises elite FF requirements, FAs challenging FAA, USAir flight problems

Delta announces changes to SkyMiles Medallion qualification requirements Delta announced that it is raising one of its requirements to qualify for Medallion status in 2016. The MQD requirement for Silver Medallion members will increase from $2,500 to $3,000, for Gold Medallion members from $5,000 to $6,000, for Platinum Medallion members from $7,500 to $9,000, and […]


Westjet to expand in US, crabs delay US Air flight, turkey day travel guide

WestJet Encore prepping for U.S., East Coast expansion WestJet’s regional carrier, Encore, is expanding to Eastern Canada and the United States. Encore hopes to double its fleet of 14 Bombardier Q400 turboprops by 2016 and is already adding to its nearly 100 flights per day to 18 destinations, mainly in Western Canada. A route was […]


Are there "reasonable" airline kidnapping safeguards?

In April, according to police, a 29-year-old California man met a 14-year-old girl on the Internet to develop a dating relationship with her. In August, the man allegedly met the girl at her Connecticut home, took her to the local airport, and flew with her to Sacramento, where he was arrested and charged with kidnapping […]


Frontier starts at O’Hare, AA/US integrate fare codes, Newark Liberty to get upgrade

Frontier launches first of 7 O’Hare routes with $29 fares Frontier Airlines launched seven new O’Hare routes on Monday, the first being to Washington Dulles. But Frontier — which also announced a new paint scheme for its planes last week — has big plans for O’Hare, too. The airline will add six additional destinations from […]


Faster TSA checkpoints, AA pilots agree on seniority, airline claims app

Faster US airport security checkpoint delays The number of passengers waiting 20 minutes or more at TSA checkpoints dropped by 64 percent at US airports. The Transportation Security Administration attributed the drop to the growth of its TSA Pre program, which allows passengers considered low-risk to go through an expedite screening process. The program, begun […]


AA CEO misleads his passengers on transparent airfares

I just returned from a trip to Madrid, Spain. I flew on American Airlines on a US Airways plane from DC to Charlotte and then on to Madrid. In my seat-back pocket I found a US Airways magazine. Opening it, I was immediately greeted with the smiling face of Doug Parker and his Perspective article, […]