What we’re reading: Crowd foils airline stunt, experts debate impact of Republic deals, NTSB investigates A330s


Crowd grabs goodies and foils airline stunt

Crowds at Budapest, Hungary foiled Wizz Air’s plan to release a thousand balloons when they found out what was attached.

Onlookers spied coupons worth 10,000 forints ($49.45) attached to each balloon and a free-for-all of popping and grabbing commenced before the balloons could be officially released from a giant net in the center of Budapest.

Members of the crowd scrambled about chasing balloons and collecting as many coupons as they could. One young woman kneeled over a grill in the gutter, furiously trying to pick as many coupons as she could out of the rainwater underneath.

Frontier Airlines’ future up in the air

Although Frontier Airlines will keep its name, what is uncertain is whether they will still be based in Colorado.

“We have no preconceived notions about where anything will be performed,” [Republic spokesman Carlo]Bertolini said. “It’s too early to say.”

Frontier spokesman Steve Snyder echoed the comment, saying: “It’s too early in the process” to know what Frontier — with 90 percent of its flights flowing in or out of Denver International Airport — may look like as a Republic subsidiary.

Analysts do agree that “a new chapter in U.S. aviation appears about to be written.”

“The world is changing,” said William Swelbar, a former airline consultant who now is a research engineer with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s International Center for Air Transportation.

“New market economics may force restructuring in the industry, where the winners are those, like Republic, with flexibility and agility,” Swelbar said.

NTSB investigating two A330 incidents with echoes of AF447

Last week the US National Transportation Safety Board said that they are investigating two incidents involving two airlines, TAM, and Northwest, with similar speed anomalies as Air France 447.

NTSB said the TAM incident took place on May 21 while Flight 8091 was en route from Miami to Sao Paulo. “Initial reports indicate that the flight crew noted an abrupt drop in indicated outside air temperature, followed by the loss of the Air Data Reference System and disconnections of the autopilot and autothrust, along with the loss of speed and altitude information,” the board stated.

NTSB said it also became aware of “another possibly similar incident” that occurred on June 23 and involved an NWA aircraft flying between Hong Kong and Tokyo.

  • The Good Doctor

    “Wizz Air?!?” Now THERE’S an airline that isn’t likely to impose restroom usage surcharges!!! :-D