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  • German court bans night flights at Frankfurt

    10/11/2011 4:20:58 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 5 replies
    Air Transpor World ^ | October 12, 2011 | Kurt Hofmann
    A German court in Hessen ruled Tuesday that night flights will be banned at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) when the fourth runway opens Oct. 21 (ATW Daily News, Oct. 5). The ban, which runs from 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., will affect 17 movements of mainly cargo flights. Lufthansa Cargo, which operates 11 scheduled nighttime slots, is expecting considerable financial damage from the night ban as it must now reschedule or cancel several flights beginning with the winter schedule. Resident complaints of aircraft noise from nearby Russelsheim and Offenbach were the reason for the court ruling. During the summer season, FRA...
  • United Continental CEO says Boeing 787s coming in 2012

    09/30/2011 8:09:33 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 30, 2011
    As Japan welcomes the first Boeing 787, the world's largest carrier is patiently and anxiously waiting for its order. Jeff Smisek, head of the parent company for United and Continental airlines, on Thursday said he was last told by Boeing that the first of the 50 aircraft ordered by the company will be delivered to have in service in the second half of 2012. "We ordered that aircraft in December 2004. So I've been a very patient person," said Smisek, the president and CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc.

    09/28/2011 5:44:34 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 58 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | 9.28.201128 | Dick Morris And Eileen McGann
    For twenty years – long before 9/11 – the danger of terrorists armed with surface to air missiles shooting at passenger planes has been the secret fear of many top political leaders. In the late 90s, a terrorist network was nabbed trying to bring them into Newark Airport, but the airline industry and the government have done nothing to equip passenger airplanes with any defense against these always deadly missiles. Now Barack Obama has committed the ultimate sin: He has let 20,000 surface-to-air missiles escape from military depots in Libya. According to ABC News “U.S. officials had once thought there...
  • 'L-Word' star kisses girl, gets escorted off plane

    09/27/2011 8:05:12 AM PDT · by rjsclassics · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/27/2011 | TRACIE CONE
    A lesbian actress who starred in "The L-Word" said she kissed a girl — and got escorted off of a Southwest Airlines flight on Monday for doing it. Leisha Hailey took to Twitter to call for a boycott of the carrier after a flight attendant told them other passengers had complained after witnessing the affection. Her first tweet said: "I have been discriminated against." She later added, "Since when is showing affection to someone you love illegal?" Southwest Airlines Co. responded on its website that Hailey was approached "based solely on behavior and not gender." The airline's four-sentence response said...
  • How We Pay $3,700 Per Passenger to Subsidize Airline Tickets

    09/23/2011 9:53:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 22, 2011 | Richard Polluck
    For how much longer will one be able to fly the friendly skies with the people's tax dollars?Every day in 22 cities around the country, commuter planes take off with so few passengers that the pilots and crew outnumber the passengers. Each passenger pays a fare that’s less than $100. However, the federal government subsidizes the rest of the cost and pays airlines as much as $3,700 for each person on board. The controversial subsidy program is called Essential Air Services. It was enacted by Congress in 1978 as a “temporary” measure to help rural communities that were facing the...
  • How We Pay $3,700 Per Passenger to Subsidize Airline Tickets

    09/23/2011 9:53:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/23/2011 | Richard Pollock
    Every day in 22 cities around the country, commuter planes take off with so few passengers that the pilots and crew outnumber the passengers. Each passenger pays a fare that’s less than $100. However, the federal government subsidizes the rest of the cost and pays airlines as much as $3,700 for each person on board.The controversial subsidy program is called Essential Air Services. It was enacted by Congress in 1978 as a “temporary” measure to help rural communities that were facing the loss of air travel when small airports were to be closed due to airline deregulation.Instead, Congress has temporarily...
  • 'I was kicked off flight because I'm black': Barbershop star threatens to sue United Airlines

    09/02/2011 6:54:45 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 58 replies · 11+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | September 1, 2011 | David Gardner
    Comedian Michael Colyar has blasted United Airlines for allegedly booting him off a flight because he is black. The 'Barbershop' star claimed he was forced off his flight at Dulles International Airport in Virginia after accusing a stewardess of giving a white passenger preferential treatment. The race row blew up after Mr Colyar, who won the talent show 'Star Search' 21 years ago, reportedly refused to allow his bag to be moved from an overhead storage bin so that a white woman could stow her bags there instead.
  • Gerard Depardieu 'Sorry' To Have Urinated On Plane Carpet

    08/17/2011 6:06:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 37 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | August 17, 2011 | Henry Samuel
    Gerard Depardieu 'Sorry' To Have Urinated On Plane Carpet Gerard Depardieu's entourage has said he tried to urinate into a bottle "as discreetly as possible" while on a flight, and said he was "sorry" to have spilt some on the plane's carpet. By Henry Samuel 17 Aug 2011 The French actor was caught short on a Paris to Dublin flight after the seat belt sign had been switched on for take-off. With the lavatories closed, the 62-year-old called out "I need to piss, I need to piss". But the cabin crew said no. So the corpulent star of Cyrano de...
  • Vanity...Yes, This Is A Real Airline And Real Livery

    07/30/2011 10:23:40 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 23 replies ^ | 31 July 2011 | NA
    I love it. A sense of humor in the airline industry.
  • EU set to charge U.S. airlines for carbon tax

    07/29/2011 11:43:19 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 21 replies
    Logistics Management ^ | July 28, 2011 | Jeff Berman
    An edict from the European Union (EU) focused on emissions reduction is drawing the ire of the United States Congress and the air cargo industry. Under its so-called Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU is calling all airlines to pay taxes to the EU as part of a “cap and trade” for carbon allowances in an effort to reduce air emissions created as a result of their flights in EU airspace. The EU ETS was created in 2005. According to the EU, the ETS places a cap—or limit—on the total amount of certain greenhouse gases that can be emitted by...
  • Brothers attack American Airlines pilot in Miami, police say

    07/28/2011 7:21:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 28, 2011 | Garett Franklyn
    MIAMI — Two brothers have been arrested after being accused of striking a pilot and a flight attendant onboard an American Airlines plane grounded at Miami International Airport. Luis and Jonathan Baez were waiting for their flight to depart to San Francisco when a flight attendant noticed Jonathan didn't have his seatbelt buckled during the taxi on the runway. She attempted to have him fasten it, but he was unresponsive and appeared intoxicated or on narcotics, according to the arrest report.
  • Frontiers of Insanity (What is going on with airlines?)

    07/21/2011 10:31:59 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 10 replies
    According to ^ | 20 July 2011 | Sarah Hoyt
    What is going on with airlines? I clearly don’t have all the facts, don’t even know where to start investigating, but something IS wrong with airlines in the US. Years ago, when reading PJ O’Rourke’s Eat The Rich, I came across his description of train travel in Siberia, where the train seemed to have been built to maximize discomfort and lack of hygiene. He compared this to travel in the US and I realized suddenly that Portugal, while not as bad as Siberian trains in the USSR was about halfway there: i.e. Portuguese trains had a restroom, but you’d not...
  • Scorpion on Airplane Stings Oregon Passenger

    06/30/2011 7:19:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    KGW ^ | June 30, 2011
    An Oregon passenger heading to Alaska said he was stung by a scorpion on the plane. Jeff Ellis of West Linn said he was trying to sleep on a red-eye Alaska Airlines flight June 17 when he felt something in his sleeve and tried to brush it away. He said he felt the crawling again, looked down and saw the culprit. Ellis says he grabbed the scorpion with a napkin, but not before it stung him on the elbow. He says it caused a burning sensation. "I kinda tried to go back to sleep and then I felt it on...
  • NAACP leader sees racism in sagging-pants saga

    06/25/2011 7:26:32 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 25, 2011 | Justin Berton
    The leader of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP said Friday that US Airways engaged in discriminatory conduct by requiring an African American passenger to pull up his pants before boarding a plane, but allowing a white man to board another flight wearing little but women's undergarments. The Rev. Amos Brown said the group's national leaders would contact airline officials to suggest sensitivity training for executives and ask them to "atone, repent and show their wrongness is understood." "The NAACP, in no uncertain terms, contends that this young man was profiled," Brown said in reference to Deshon Marman,...
  • Delta Sharia Airlines

    06/24/2011 1:21:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    atlas shrugs ^ | 6/24/11 | Pamela Geller
    While Delta Airlines obfuscates and dancing around the truth, they have really perfected the art of taqiya, their website tells the story. Go to Delta Airlines website and look at the information listed there. Delta doesn’t just work with Saudi Airlines, they post their info on the Delta website. Not only are Jews not welcome, but women are told to cover their arms and to to wear heavy clothing among other sharia compliant rules. Further Muslim women are restricted from travel without a husband or immediate member of the family. Oh, and no kissing. It's very easy to find this...
  • US Airways lets man fly wearing women's panties

    06/22/2011 2:28:55 PM PDT · by Jaded · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 6/22/11 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO – Days before a college football player was arrested on a US Airways flight at San Francisco airport following a dispute over his saggy pants, the airline allowed another man wearing skimpy women's panties and mid-thigh stockings to fly, according to a passenger and airline spokeswoman.
  • Grieving New Mexico safety hauled off plane, booked for baggy pants

    06/17/2011 7:59:33 AM PDT · by Conservative145 · 62 replies
    A college football player was pulled off a flight and arrested because he was wearing his pants too low. Deshon Marman, 20, a University of New Mexico player was boarding a flight back to college yesterday when he was stopped because his pants were ‘below his buttocks, but above the knees, and his boxer shorts were showing’. Police said the man who was flying back to Alberqurque from home in San Francisco, California, was told by a U.S. Airways employee to pull up his pants, but he refused. Read more:
  • Saudi Arabian airline accused of serving 'donkey meat'

    06/13/2011 11:08:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, June 13, 2011
    Airline official says some of the imported meat served is diseased or donkey fleshSaudi Arabian Airlines could have served its passengers donkey meat, ignoring warnings by a local government food control body that imported meat from Tunisia could be diseased or is donkey meat. A Saudi Airlines executive made the accusations in a television interview this week, prompting many Saudis to write to local newspapers calling for the prosecution of those responsible for such an act. Abdullah Al Bubou, a senior inspector at the supply division in the Airlines, said Saudi Arabia’s General Food and Drugs Authority had repeatedly warned...
  • Delta plane catches fire at Hartsfield (question on the tail cone)

    05/29/2011 3:23:56 PM PDT · by rawhide · 33 replies ^ | 5-28-11 | Kristi E. Swartz
    A Delta Air Lines flight coming from Pittsburgh caught fire as it landed on the runway at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport late Saturday afternoon. Four passengers sought first aid for minor injuries, but no one was hospitalized, according to Atlanta Fire Capt. Jolyon Bundridge. The flight had 44 passengers and five crew members, according to information from Delta. The brakes on the plane -- #2284 -- overheated on the taxiway, which caused the fire, Delta said, using information from their operations control center. FAA officials reported that the plane blew a tire while landing. The plane has been taken out of...
  • Another Too-Fat-To-Fly Controversy Hits Southwest Airlines

    05/19/2011 8:19:16 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 85 replies · 5+ views
    CBSNew ^ | 05/18/11 | CBSNew York Staff
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Southwest Airlines has apologized to a mother and daughter who said they got rough treatment at the airport. Kenlie Tiggeman, a 30-year-old political strategist and weight loss blogger in New York City, said it was humiliating, being told she was too fat to fly, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery. “It was rude. It was in front of lots of people,” said Tiggeman, who’s originally from New Orleans. Tiggeman said the incident happened in Dallas over Easter. She and her mother were told by a gate agent they each had to purchase two seats. “And said that...
  • ValuJet crash into Everglades that killed 110 is remembered

    05/12/2011 7:41:31 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | May 11, 2011 | Mike Clary
    MIAMI — Robert Woodus III never met his father, who died eight months before his birth in 1996. But on Wednesday the 14-year-old eighth-grader stood near the place his father died, in a watery Everglades prairie where ValuJet Flight 592 plunged to earth in a fiery crash just north of U.S. 41. "I was thinking about this place, and what happened before I was born," said Woodus. His father, Robert Woodus Jr., was one of 110 people who died in what remains Florida's deadliest air crash.
  • Airline hooligans getting free ride

    05/12/2011 4:14:55 AM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies ^ | 05/12/2011 | Chris Cassidy
    A dozen people charged with disrupting inbound flights to Boston — including threatening and assaulting airline staff — since 9/11 have faced virtually no punishment even as pilots and flight attendants demand tougher justice on out-of-control passengers who frighten fellow flyers and cost airlines thousands of dollars. A Herald review of court records on the mid-flight mischief has found the testy travelers — sometimes attributing the bad behavior to booze, medication and mental instability — have had cases dismissed with apologies or received probation but hardly ever jail time. The review comes after Robert J. Hersey Jr., 43, of Arlington...
  • Breast cancer sufferer who wanted to die at home denied seat on Korean Airlines flight

    05/11/2011 6:38:18 AM PDT · by rawhide · 3 replies
    She had been due to fly to South Korea with her daughter for a special mother's day treat. But it had also been Crystal Kim's last wish to 'die at home' after being diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in February. Instead Ms Kim found herself in a hotel at the weekend after being turned away by Korean Airlines for looking 'too frail' to fly. The dying mother had approval from two doctors and a note clearing her to fly over the weekend from Seattle, but the carrier still thought Ms Kim may not be up for the long haul...
  • Attorney: Airlines should apologize to Imams

    05/10/2011 12:31:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2011
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- An attorney said Tuesday that some Muslim religious leaders wearing traditional Arab garb were humiliated and embarrassed when they were wrongly kicked off two commercial flights as they sought to travel to a national conference. Imams in Memphis, Tenn., and New York were headed to the Charlotte conference when they were asked to leave the planes Friday. The imams had already passed through security at the airports before being stopped by airline personnel.
  • Imam Claims Racial Profiling by American Airlines

    05/10/2011 11:51:39 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 31 replies
    WNYC ^ | 5/9/11 | Arun Venugopal
    One of the city's most prominent Muslim leaders claims he was prevented from boarding two American Airlines flights en route to a conference on Islamophobia last week because of his appearance. Imam Al-Amin Abdul-Latif — who heads the Majlis Ash-Shura, or Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York, a representative body that includes dozens of area mosques — said he was twice denied by officials when he tried to board an American Airlines flight from La Guardia to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday to attend a conference on Islamophobia.
  • Did Yemen man yell 'Allahu Akbar' in incident outside cockpit door?

    05/09/2011 11:41:16 PM PDT · by Heuristic Hiker · 12 replies · 1+ views
    SF Examiner ^ | May 9th, 2011 | Ed Walsh
    Did Yemen man yell 'Allahu Akbar' in incident outside cockpit door near San Francisco Airport? Police said Almurisi had no known ties to terrorist organizations. He was subdued by flight attendants and passengers who assisted the flight attendants in handcuffing the man to a seat. The incident happened as the jet was over Modesto, about 15 minutes outside of San Francisco. Almurisi was arrested when the plane landed at San Francisco International. He was taken to San Mateo County Medical Center where he was treated for abrasions to his elbow and chin that he got as the result of being...
  • The Abuse of Our Women & Children Continues as Miss USA Gets Sexually Molested By TSA Agent (Video)

    04/28/2011 7:51:03 AM PDT · by OneVike · 44 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 4/28/11 | Chuck Wolk
    Ever since 9/11, Americans have been forced to undergo humiliating searches at airports that have left many wondering whether the terrorists really did win in the end. We have all seen the videos of American children, little old ladies, and even nuns getting fondled, under the reasoning that we need to prevent terrorists from getting on our planes ever again. In the meantime, we have also seen videos and photos of people who actually fit the profile of the terrorists be given a free pass with minimum or no frisking as they are allowed board airplanes. These are the...
  • In aircraft years — how old is too old?

    04/17/2011 6:31:10 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 63 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 16 April 2011 | Scott Mayerowitz
    A well-maintained plane can fly for decades. Older planes do need more repairs, but experts say an aircraft's age never has been the cause of a passenger death. Pilot training and fatigue, as well as frequency of aircraft maintenance, are larger safety issues. The average age of jets flown by U.S. airlines is 11 years old, slightly above the world average of 10 but far shy of the 28 for Venezuela's fleet — the oldest of any country with more than a handful of jets. Theoretically, a jet could continue flying indefinitely as long as an airline maintained it, says...
  • Southwest Airlines grounds 81 planes after emergency

    04/02/2011 9:16:29 AM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 144 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Apr 2, 2011 10:57am EDT | David Schwartz
    (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines grounded 81 aircraft from its Boeing 737 fleet for inspection after a gaping hole in the fuselage forced one of its planes to make emergency landing in Arizona on Friday, the company said on Saturday. Southwest (LUV.N) and Boeing (BA.N) engineers will inspect the aircraft to try to determine the cause, Southwest said in a statement. Passengers heard a loud noise and suddenly saw a hole about mid-cabin. Southwest Airlines is working with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration on the ground in Arizona to determine the cause of a sudden drop...
  • UPDATE - Southwest Cancels 300 Flights After Emergency

    04/02/2011 12:50:50 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 52 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/02/11 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines (LUV.N) said it expected to cancel 300 flights scheduled for Saturday to allow inspections of 79 aircraft from its Boeing 737 fleet, after one of its planes made an emergency landing with a gaping hole in the fuselage. Passengers aboard Southwest Flight 812 from Phoenix to Sacramento on Friday heard a loud noise and the hole appeared suddenly at about mid cabin, forcing the pilot to land at a military base in Yuma, Arizona. [Read more at link]
  • Radiation From Japan Detected on Planes That Landed in Chicago, Dallas

    03/17/2011 1:32:09 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 40 replies
    Chicago - Fears of nuclear radiation in Japan have now hit Chicago, after a plane landing at O'Hare Airport tested for positive for radiation, but an expert in the field cautioned that there was no risk to the public from the incident. A spokeperson for American Airlines confirmed that two planes from Tokyo tested positive for radiation Wednesday, one at O'Hare and one landing in Dallas. The radiation at O'Hare was coming from a routine medical shipment that was bound for Mexico. U.S. Customs said the radiation test was positive, but at no time was the radiation at unsafe levels....
  • Overheard locker tot outrage(VIRGIN BLUE Flight Attendant Puts 17 Month Old In Overhead Bin)

    03/06/2011 6:01:33 PM PST · by rawhide · 43 replies ^ | Tony Sheahan
    Angry mum Natalie Williamson with her son Riley. Source: Herald Sun VIRGIN Blue has sacked a male flight attendant and offered an angry mother free flights after her toddler was put in an overhead locker. Natalie Williamson claims she, her 17-month-old son, Riley, and her now estranged husband were on a Virgin flight from Fiji to Sydney, when the flight attendant picked up Riley, placed him in the locker and closed the latch. Virgin has admitted an incident did take place, but claims Ms Williamson's husband was playing a peek-a-boo game with Riley involving the overhead compartment when the flight...
  • Delta is fined $2 million for poor handling of disabled passengers

    02/17/2011 4:04:06 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 18, 2011 | Hugo Martin
    The U.S. Transportation Department fined Delta Air Lines $2 million for failing to adequately assist disabled passengers, in violation of federal rules. The fine against one of the nation's largest air carriers is the biggest non-safety-related penalty ever imposed on an airline by the department. Delta has agreed to pay the fine by signing a consent agreement. In a statement, the air carrier said the airline takes "the responsibility of serving customers with disabilities seriously and has made significant investments in technology, feedback assessment and training." In response to complaints by disabled passengers, the Transportation Department's Aviation Enforcement Office investigated...
  • City-to-city luxury buses cropping up in Florida

    02/13/2011 8:53:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | February 13, 2011 | Ted Jackovics
    TAMPA - Luis Mercado was on his way from Tampa International Airport to Miami International Airport last week. Instead of heading to an American or Continental Airlines flight, he rode an elevator downstairs to board a RedCoach luxury bus. The half-million dollar coach is equipped with 27 individual leather seats in a bus designed to accommodate twice as many seats, a spacious arrangement with WiFi connections, LCD movie screens and a GPS tracking system. The amenities primarily target business travelers on intrastate trips to compete with air service bedeviled by baggage fees, security line waits and crowded airliners. "I have...
  • Newly-formed Thai airline recruits 'Ladyboys' as air hostesses

    01/28/2011 9:55:20 AM PST · by vimto · 22 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 01/28/11 | Ian MacKinnon
    PC Air, which has yet to take to the skies, selected three "Ladyboys" in its first round of hiring this week to promote equal opportunities for what is dubbed the "third sex" in Thailand. Peter Chan, the new airline's boss, is enthusiastic about his groundbreaking move because of the opportunities it would afford transsexuals. "I think these people can have many careers – not just in the entertainment business – and many of them have a dream to be an air hostess," he said. "I just made their dream come true. Our society has changed. It's evolution. I'm a pioneer...
  • Qantas has another mid-air drama

    01/24/2011 5:34:18 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 26 replies
    Sky News ^ | January 25, 2011
    Qantas's mechanical woes continue, with an aircraft flying from Adelaide to Melbourne forced into rapid descent after its cabin depressurised. Oxygen masks dropped in the Boeing 737 400 with 99 passengers onboard after its cabin lost pressure about 30 minutes out from Melbourne on Tuesday morning. 'The flight crew requested a rapid descent to 10,000 feet,' a Qantas spokeswoman told AAP. 'The aircraft landed without incident and no medical assistance was required.' She said the cause of the depressurisation was not known, but it could have resulted from an air conditioning fault. One passenger told ABC radio the depressurisation caused...
  • High court denies man's gun arrest appeal

    01/18/2011 7:34:29 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 12 replies
    Williamsport Sun-Gazette ^ | 18 January 2011 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - For most people, a missed flight is simply an inconvenience. But for Utah gun owner Greg Revell, a missed connection meant 10 days in jail after he was stranded in New Jersey with an unloaded firearm he had legally checked with his luggage in Salt Lake City.</p>
  • NASA unveils extraordinary ideas for the aircraft of 2025

    01/16/2011 11:08:16 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2011 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    "They are the sort of striking images that wouldn't look out of place in a scene from a sci-fi movie. However, one of these could soon be the face of modern aviation with the unveiling of a new generation of passenger aircraft. NASA has revealed three concept designs for quiet, energy efficient aircraft that potentially could be ready for flight as soon as 2025...."
  • Airbus says it has landed largest jet order in history

    01/11/2011 7:14:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Herald Net ^ | January 11, 2011 | Michelle Dunlop
    Airbus says it has landed largest jet order in history Michelle Dunlop, Herald Writer Airbus said today that it has landed a $16 billion deal with India's IndiGo for 180 aircraft. The European jet maker says this is the largest single order for aircraft in commercial aviation history. The tentative order includes 30 of Airbus original A320 single-aisle jets and 150 of Airbus's new engine option A320s, due out in 2016. This is Airbus's first order for the A320 neo, which Airbus says will save carriers 15 percent on fuel costs. "The A320 Family is the recognised market leader. The...
  • TSA warns scanner-proof apparel will trigger a pat-down

    01/09/2011 5:09:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 9, 2011 | Michael Santo
    Those companies who see the full body scanners at airports as an opportunity to create garments to block the scanners, and make a pretty penny, will be sadly disappointed. The TSA's blog has the bad news. Blogger Bob, from the TSA Blog Team, said. If there is something shielding an area and we don’t know what’s under it, we have to conduct a pat-down. So basically, passengers should be aware that the use of these types of products will likely result in a pat-down. Some might think this is TSA’s way of getting back at clever passengers. That’s not the...
  • Drop the gloves with UAE

    01/09/2011 4:43:54 AM PST · by Doe Eyes · 2 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | Colin Kenny
    The United Arab Emirates has gone into a princely snit over our refusal to grant it more landing rights in Canada for its airline, and has decided it can bully us into changing our minds. I suggest that we push back, firmly, because the UAE has not realized that Canada has options, too. ... When the Canadian government refused, the UAE proceeded to: a) kick Canada out of our staging base for Afghanistan that was located on UAE soil; b) refuse our minister of national defence and our chief of the defence staff permission to fly through its airspace after...
  • Expert's take: What new airline fees might come in 2011?

    01/06/2011 12:27:30 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/6/2011 | A. Pawlowski
    It may seem like airlines have thought of every possible way to squeeze more money out of air travelers, charging extra for everything from early boarding to checking bags. But hold on to your wallet: There's probably room for more fees. Might you eventually pay for holding your baby on your lap during a flight? Or talking to an airline employee during check in? The trend of a la carte pricing -- charging rock bottom prices for base fares, then adding fees for anything extra -- helped domestic airlines deliver the biggest profits in a decade last year. The industry...
  • Architect of airline deregulation dies in NY at 93 (Alfred Kahn)

    12/31/2010 8:50:56 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 7 replies
    AP via Wall Street Journal ^ | December 27, 2010 | Associated Press
    Alfred E. Kahn, who presided over the historic deregulation of the airline industry during the Carter administration, paving the way for JetBlue and other low-cost carriers, died Monday. He was 93. Kahn, an economics professor at Cornell University, died of cancer at his home in Ithaca, N.Y., the school said in a statement. University spokeswoman Claudia Wheatley confirmed his death. A leading scholar on public-utility deregulation, Kahn led the move to deregulate U.S. airlines as chief of the now-defunct Civil Aeronautics Board in 1977-78. The board had to give its approval before airlines could fly specific routes or change fares....
  • Too Tall To Fly? Passenger Forced to Stand for Entire Flight

    12/30/2010 1:24:18 PM PST · by rawhide · 58 replies · 141+ views
    abcnews/travel ^ | 12-30-10 | By LAUREN EFFRON
    When Brooks Anderson boarded a Spirit Airlines flight from Chicago to Ft. Myer's, Fla., to spend Christmas with his family, he said he didn't expect to be standing for the next two-and-a-half hours. "I was in an aisle seat and I clearly didn't fit into the seat at all," he said. "I couldn't even stuff myself in there." The 25-year-old is 6'7" and as he tried to squeeze his knees under his chin, his tall frame proved to be too big to fit into Spirit's tiny coach seat. "This is the most crammed I've been by far," Anderson said. Even...
  • Used Parts Demand On The Rise

    12/07/2010 1:06:59 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/7/2010 | Max Kingsley
    growing acceptance and availability of used parts is helping to drive down overhaul costs, say leading engine maintenance specialists. However, the leasing sector is less receptive to the concept, due to concerns over asset values. Alain Berube, who is SVP Asset Management and Operations at aftermarket spares specialist Volvo Aero Services (VAS), told delegates at Aviation Week’s Engine MRO forum in Munich on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 that the use of used material in engine overhauls is five or 10 times greater than 10 years ago. “This is because of cost constraints, availability and operator demand,” he says. Berube says that...
  • Continental guilty over 2000 Concorde crash

    12/06/2010 1:14:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies ^ | Dec 7th 2010 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - – A French court fined Continental Airlines Monday over the 2000 Concorde crash in which 113 died, but did not jail anyone for the disaster that effectively ended commercial supersonic air travel. The court found the US airline criminally responsible for the Paris crash, caused by a piece of metal that fell from a Continental DC-10 and later shredded the supersonic jet's tyre, which led to a fire in the fuel tank.
  • Why Airline Security Doesn't Work

    11/25/2010 8:40:52 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 12 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Daniel Greenfield
    Our security agencies are actually pretending that this hopelessly reactive approach is a "plan". It's not a plan, it's a high tech buzzword rich version of Keystone Kops. We don't have a plan. We have an approach. And our approach is to try and interdict weapons and bombs that terrorists might try to smuggle on board. Since we're focusing on the tools, not the terrorists-- everyone is a suspect. Imagine if after every stabbing, we disregarded the physical description of the perpetrator, and instead went after everyone who owns a knife. An hour later, there would be thousands of angry...
  • TSA 'Opt-Out' Bags Handed Out at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

    11/24/2010 11:19:58 AM PST · by Tucson_AZ · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Freedom's Phoenix ^ | 11-24-2010 | Ed Vallejo
    Freedom's Phoenix is reporting great interest in the TSA Opt-Out Bags they are handing out at Sky Harbor Airport - one of the first airports to "test" strip-search machines. The bags contain a clean pair of gloves for those inclined to a feel-up, so that the TSA agent won't give them whatever cooties are on the used gloves, but also a DVD of Rep. Dr. RON PAUL, the gentleman who introduced the Traveler Dignity Act in Congress, and the number of Marc Victor, esq., who will be happy to represent them in any false arrest or litigation stemming from the...
  • This Junk Won't Fly [Barfer]

    11/24/2010 8:00:04 AM PST · by Elwood P. Doud · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/22/10 | William Saletan
    This Junk Won't Fly The idiocy of airport-scanner "Opt-Out Day." By William Saletan Should you opt out of an airport body scan?In case you haven't heard, there's a big holiday coming up. No, I don't mean Thanksgiving. I mean the day before it. Wednesday is the busiest air travel day of the year, and a horde of paranoid zealots—techno-libertarians, Tea Partiers, rabble-rousers, Internet activists, and congressional demagogues—has decided to make it even worse. They're calling it "National Opt-Out Day."
  • Gloria Allred On TSA Pat-Down: "I Liked It"

    11/20/2010 12:17:10 PM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 11/19/10 | unk.
    SEAN HANNITY, HOST: "Did they touch your body parts?" GLORIA ALLRED: "Yeah, they did and it was a first time anybody touched them in a long time and frankly, I liked it," Gloria Allred."