What we’re reading: Spirit fined by DOT, Superfly takes on Kayak and Google, Boeing talks to pilots in flight


Spirit fined for deceptive ticket price advertising

The US Department of Transportation has fined Spirit Airlines “$50,000 for advertising fares that did not include or disclose details on taxes and fees.”

According to a DOT statement, Spirit used billboards and hand-held posters in June to advertise new service from Los Angeles that contained an asterisk next to the advertised fare. On the billboards, the asterisk led to small print which stated that additional taxes, fees and conditions would apply, but did not disclose the amount of those taxes and fees. The posters did not include any information about the taxes and fees or their amounts, DOT said.

Superfly takes on Google and Kayak with personalized flight search

Superfly expanded their service of organizing travel rewards to allow travelers to book flights on their website “and receive personalized recommendations based on status, miles and more.”

Once you sign in with your accounts, Superfly will display miles earned over time, spending patterns, and more. While on many travel sites you can search flight inventory by cost, time, or airline; Superfly’s engine adds an individual’s data, including frequent flyer miles, elite statuses, rewards programs and individual preferences into the decision-making process of choosing a flight.

Boeing talks to pilots in flight to save fuel

Boeing is communicating with pilots in flight by helping them better manage fuel use.

The plane maker is promoting a new program that funnels real-time updates on wind and routes to cockpits, where crews can tweak their flight plans to shave minutes and cut costs.

“It taps a different aspect of the business that airlines haven’t yet tapped into,” said Derek Gefroh, program manager for Boeing’s InFlight Optimization Services.

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