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May 31, 2005

Virgin Atlantic Expands to Jamaica

travel jamaica montego bay If you're stuck in London and want to get somewhere tropical, Sir Richard has the answer: Jamaica.

Virgin Atlantic Airways plans to launch services to Jamaica following successful bilateral air services talks earlier this month in Kingston between the UK and Jamaican governments. Subject to final approval from the Jamaican government Virgin Atlantic plans to launch two services a week between London Gatwick and Montego Bay. Sir Richard Branson, Chairman of Virgin Atlantic, said:

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May 30, 2005

High Fly WiFi

travel american airlines cabin More flyers want WiFi in the air:

The article was good, and I recommend you reading it. But, since I am at 35,000 feet typing this on my B-Berry I can not tell you the web address. On that note, when is American Airlines going to have WiFi? And where is the web address for the magazine? How hard can that be?

 

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Posted on May 30, 2005 07:28 PM by americ125.
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Amtrak From A British Point Of View

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The national rail system in America is called Amtrak, the train pictured here is the "California Zephyr" which runs from Chicago to San Francisco, and it's reckoned to be one of the worlds outstandingly scenic rail journeys. Today is April 29th 2004, and I am planning to take this train myself in less than a week.

 

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Posted on May 30, 2005 07:28 PM by amtrak126.
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United Airlines Asks Illinois To Cap Fuel Tax

travel united ohare terminal $8 million here, $9 million there. Pretty soon you're talking about some big savings:

Bankrupt United Airlines has asked its home state of Illinois to cap the tax it pays on fuel at 2004 levels — a move that could save United $8 million. Other airlines that refuel in Illinois would also benefit. Experts disagree over whether the cap — if approved — should be a short-term or long-term measure. Read more.

 

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Posted on May 30, 2005 05:31 PM by united140.
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Guess Where I Am?

travel delta airlines in flight A little hard to tell from the picture, but the commentary helps:

My trip began Friday night on a late flight (10:45 p.m.) on Delta Airlines. First stop: Atlanta, Georgia. After a one-hour layover there, I was back on the plane for my final destination: Fort Meyers, Florida. Here is a picture of the view from up above. The clouds sure are pretty!

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Posted on May 30, 2005 12:26 AM by delta 129.
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May 29, 2005

Hoax Travel Ads

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i discovered through chryde and hoaxbuster, that this is not less not more than a fake ad by SNCF to promote they flight between NY and Paris. Smart Marketers: if i was not so curious about reading other blogs i would have never discovered the truth and the buzz around your ad would have been a total flop on me. At any moment there is a possibility to understand who is the advertiser: it could have been air france/ easy jet/ lastminute.com. So think twice : a hoax can be good if it can be related directly and simply to the advertiser and its brand...

 

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'Prophet' Summons UFO To Las Vegas

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An ABC-TV affiliate in Las Vegas broadcast images of a UFO summoned by a self-styled "prophet" who predicts many more will be seen throughout the area next week.

 

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May 28, 2005

Moving Wright Along

travel american airline 777 at DFW gate Lots of mudslinging aroudn the DFW terminals lately.

American Airlines’ pathetic campaign to protect its monopolistic practices in Dallas-Fort Worth has reached a new low with this jaw-droppingly asinine press release that actually accuses Southwest of monopolistic behavior.

 

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Posted on May 28, 2005 07:27 PM by americ125.
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Defending Commercial Aircraft Against MANPAD's

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In an airplane hangar north of Fort Worth, technicians are preparing to mount a fire-hydrant-shaped device onto the belly of an American Airlines Boeing 767. It is an effort that could soon turn into a more than $10 billion project to install a high-tech missile defense system on the nation’s commercial planes.

 

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United T-Shirts

travel united airlines stewardess calendar Stripped of savings, United flight attendants have stripped for a calendar:

United Flight Attendants Forced to Sell T-Shirts: This is how pathetic United Airlines is to its workers. I already reported on the attack on the workers' pensions and how a judge gave permission to United to terminate pensions for 134,000 workers. To dramatize their plight, a group of flight attendants put together a calender where...they don't wear a whole lot. They are also selling T-Shirts. While it's truly sad that workers have to resort to this, the flight attendants have got a political mission in mind. Here's what they say is their mission:...

 

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Posted on May 28, 2005 04:25 PM by united140.
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Northwest Airlines

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Today Northwest Airlines announced that effective June 9th they would no longer offer pretzels for free in their coach sections. This move, not serving pretzels, will save Northwest $2 million dollars a year. Northwest is currently in bankruptcy and lost $458 million last quarter. A 3 oz bag of trail mix will be available for $1.

Beancounters beat the marketing department on this one.
 

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Most Popular Destinations For Brits

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But despite this, France remains the most popular holiday destination for Britons, with 83 per cent of people having visited the country, followed by Spain at 77 per cent. The USA is the third most-visited country for people in the UK, with Italy and Greece making up the rest of the top five.

But while European destinations dominate the top 20 most-visited countries, Canada, Australia, Tunisia, Thailand and Malaysia also make it on to the list. Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, Egypt, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, India and Jamaica are all in the top 30.

 

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May 27, 2005

Frequent-Dier Program

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Continental Airlines has flown about a dozen Florida funeral directors to its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport "to show us how they track and handle the deceased," says Bart Way, director of operations at Southerland Family Funeral Homes in Panama City, Fla.

 

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May 26, 2005

What Not to Watch While Flying

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One of the nice things about flying Jet Blue is DirectTV at every seat. But I have a suggestion for whoever is in charge of program selection: don’t show National Geographic’s Air Emergency. It’s just probably not a great idea to show programs—well-done ones at that—about fatal airplane incidents while flying.

 

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Location, Location, Location

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Perfect hotel location - Located at Lafayette and Canal, this Holiday Inn is right smack in the middle of SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy, and a five-minute walk from the LES or East Village. Walk maybe 10 or 15 minutes up Broadway and you're at Union Square. Walk 15 minutes the other way and see TriBeCa and Ground Zero. The rate averaged about $240/night, but the savings on cab fare is substantial.

 

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May 25, 2005

Real ID Rebellion

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Avoid doing business with people who demand government-issued ID — including, where possible, banks (you may want to get an offshore account), federalized mass transit services such as Amtrak and the airlines, etc. Use cash, gold or electronic currencies where you can. Buy a pre-loaded debit card that can be reloaded on the Internet or at local kiosks — and buy it before you’re required to present your new internal passport for the privilege of doing so. If possible, get it with a fake name (if you’re doing that, don’t...

 

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FareChaser Beta

travel cheap airline tickets Might want to check out the new FareChase service a Yahoo:

Other than Messenger, I recommend playing with FareChase beta — I’ve used it to buy airline tickets for a couple trips and it has some unique features for a travel application.

 

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Deutsche Lufthansa

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Germany’s Deutsche Lufthansa is Europe’s #3 passenger airline. It is also the world’s #2 cargo airline behind FedEx. Including code-sharing agreements, Lufthansa serves about 330 destinations in more than 90 countries. It flies about 370 aircraft. With hubs in Frankfurt and Munich, the carrier is part of the Star Alliance that includes United Airlines, Air Canada, and All Nippon Airways. Lufthansa also has interests in travel-related businesses, including ground services, catering, and leisure travel services. Lufthansa owns a stake in Amadeus, one of the world’s largest computerized airline reservation systems.

 

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May 24, 2005

Prescott Bound!

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Our dates are somewhat flexible, and since there’s no such thing as a direct flight there from Hawaii anyway we’re trying to evaluate what city is best for a stop-over (“best” = cost effective since there’ll be four of us). Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego ... too many choices ...

 

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May 23, 2005

Bus Or Train?

travel amtrak california car A train has a roomier interior than a bus, but it might be easier to get from A to B on a bus.

On a final footnote, I would have taken the Amtrak train to Washington Dc because I like the roominess on the train and the ability to walk and relax and get a bite on the train. Sine I was on a time crunch and needed to get their ASAP, I had to take Greyhound. As for taking another trip next time, I will take Amtrak more often and I will take Amtrak more than Greyhound.

 

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Fit For A Pygmy

travel american airlines md80 I have broad shoulders and these tiny seats are so uncomfortable on long flights.

And all I can say is “I hate American Airlines, and I hate Boeing’s stupid S80 aircraft.” Goddamn, that thing is the worst. The 737, that’s a fine plane, I can ride in that plane. The S80, it’s murder. It’s incredibly cramped, and by cramped I mean that a Baka pygmy could not stretch out in these seats. I had to take a red-eye out of LAX, and fly all night in this damned plane. In fact, just to rub it in, I had a stop in Chicago to change planes, and hope against hope, I prayed for a different aircraft for the...

 

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Posted on May 23, 2005 07:28 PM by americ125.
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Saying Goodbye

travel saying goodbye Nice story about saying goodbye to a dear friend ... travel is a beginning and an end.

On Tuesday night, it was off to wave goodby to my mate John from Scotland - that's him with me above. I hadn't seen him in about a year, so I went out to Heathrow to see him, as he'd jetted in before going off to live in Perth, Australia. It was really good to see him again - he's a very good mate, and very funny, but it was a shame I was just seeing him to say cheerio ! However, I have enough miles now with American Airlines to fly out to Australia first class (woo hoo!) so I feel a bit of a holiday coming on later in the year! Hopefully we'll be able to spend some time in Japan as well. John did let himself down a bit in typical fashion though by re-inforcing his love for all things Radio 2. You can see it for yourself here - Download john_and_radio_2.3gp . I felt a bit sorry for John 'cos it's a big move, and I always find things like that a tad unsettling. That was until I saw where he was staying anyway! Rent free I might add !

 

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Posted on May 23, 2005 07:28 PM by americ125.
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Dealing With The Pension Fund

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While UAL Corp. was getting approval this week to dump United Airlines' pension woes on the federal government, Congress was working to make that a harder act to follow for other companies with underfunded pension plans. In dealing with the growing problem, though, legislators face a tough balancing act.

 

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The Cash-Poor Firm

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As Larry points out, in the airline industry, the airlines in bankruptcy or on the brink of bankruptcy are not hedging, but the profitable Southwest Airlines (my "hometown airline") is profitable, and so is able to hedge. Because it is able to hedge, it becomes even more profitable. The airlines who cannot afford hedging programs incur more losses.

 

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Funny Flight Demo

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From a disgruntled Southwest Airlines employee.... "Welcome aboard Southwest Flight XXX, to YYY. To operate your seatbelt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seatbelt, and if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised. In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with two small children, decide now which one you love more. Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, noboby loves you, or your money, more than Southwest Airlines."

 

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May 20, 2005

Airline Hedging And The Future Of The Industry

travel jet refueling Hedging oil prices mitigates the short-term risk of price spikes, but it doesn't solve long-term price increases nor does it solve underlying operational inefficiencies.

Hedges also cost money, like any insurance. Some cash-strapped carriers, like Delta Air Lines, have sold their hedges to raise money. Other U.S. carriers, including Continental Airlines, Northwest Airlines and US Airways Group, are opting to forgo hedges and pay market prices for fuel this year. Profitable, low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines still hedges aggressively, however.

 

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Airbus Buying Into The Airlines?

Airplane manufacturers and airlines have a cozy relationship regardless of ownership issues. That's normal in industries with few players and high ticket capital items like planes.

Northwest Airlines (NW), and Continental Airlines (CO), are the two major American carriers to order the 787. With teh 767 fleets operated by Delta (DL), American (AA), US, and UA pushing retirement, the airlines need new airplanes. The next round of 787 v A350 is coming up, with about 30 airlines around the world expected to announce new fleet choices.

 

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May 19, 2005

Air France KLM Profit Up Despite Oil Prices

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Air France KLM, the world’s largest airline by revenues, posted a 20.7 percent rise in full-year operating profit, exceeding market expectations despite the increased impact of high oil prices.

 

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Japan Loosening Up ?

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We changed rooms after checking into the Tobu Narita Holiday Inn last night, because the first room was too loud. The bellboy came to our room to help us move to the next room. He pulled the bed covers straight, even though we never touched the bed. He checked the bathroom amenity kits for completeness and put the room information literature back in the exact position on the dresser. Only after doing all this, was he ready to carry our suitcases to the next room.

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Tragically Unfunny

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When I was 5, my dad - who is a pilot for Delta Airlines - came home from a trip late one Christmas Eve and told me and my brother that there wasn’t gonna be a Christmas this year because he hit Santa with his plane and he was dead. I mention this because Lindsay Lohan is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend and I’ll be forced to watch it and I was trying to think of something as tragically unfunny as SNL these days. NBC could probably save a lot of money and just show a live feed of a little kid with cancer in bed while he cries and hugs...

 

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Delta To New York: Lighten Up

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Flickr user, Talker, posted this Delta Airlines outdoor board to his photostream recently. He doesn't like it much.

 

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Delta Gets An Upgrade

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For the first time in at least four or five months, Delta Airlines (DAL) has been upgraded by one of Wall Street’s big firms…

 

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May 18, 2005

More Is Often Less

travel agent A lot of travel agents are also turning domestic business over to the airlines and the online sites and focusing on international travel where they can add more value.

Picked this up off the news wire. The point of the release is that more and more "boomers" are turning to travel sites like Travelocity, Expedia, etc., for their travel needs, and abandoning travel agents in the process.

 

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May 17, 2005

Flight From Italy to Boston Diverted

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It was the second time in less than a week that a Boston-bound European flight was diverted to Bangor. On Thursday, an Air France flight from Paris landed there because someone on board had nearly the same name and birth date as a person on the list of suspected terrorists.

 

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Ride Amtrak, See Butts

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Every July 9th, Laguna Niguel locals get together and moon passing Amtrak trains. The Amtrak trains usually fill to capacity on the day of the show.

 

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AARP Passport A Work In Progress

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Earlier this spring, Travelocity launched AARP Passport, an online travel-booking site that claims to offer AARP members exclusive travel discounts plus access to all of Travelocity's regular deals. The site does provide members with some exclusive deals and easier access to certain long-standing AARP discounts, but Passport is still a work in progress.

 

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Jamaica Travel

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Jamaica is the ultimate vacation spot. It’s charm comes from the untouched beauty of the island and the warmth of the people. Tourism is Jamaica’s biggest industry but the island is not ruined by over industrialization. Because of this, visiting certain parts of the island will take you back in time. The cane fields, the animals, the houses, the guy on the donkey selling his goods, almost everything is done the same way as years ago. The Economy in Jamaica is not so good. Most of the people are poor but, as you will see, are very...

 

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No More Paper

travel continental airlines take off Don't usually think of Continental Airlines as a trend setter, but this is a good trend in my mind:

On the cutting edge of this trend, Continental Airlines took the first step a year ago toward eliminating paper tickets by terminating more than 50 of its interline agreements with airlines that don't plan to convert to compatible e-ticket systems..

 

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May 16, 2005

Major U.S. Airlines Boost Fares

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In an effort to stem huge losses, the big U.S. airlines increased their domestic ticket prices heading into the weekend by $10 to $20 round trip, depending on the length of the flight. … another by Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways Group, America West Airlines and Continental Airlines …

 

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May 15, 2005

DFW Airport

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While there is technically no smoking in DFW airport, if you are a member of American Airlines Admirals Club (~$350 per year) there is a smoking room in the Terminal A club. The Admirals club also allows smoking at several other clubs throughout the country.

 

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May 14, 2005

Amtrak President Warns Bankruptcy May Happen In Months

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At a Senate hearing, David Gunn, Amtrak’s president warned that bankruptcy was possible unless the federal government provides subsidies. Amtrak’s premium Acela service has been derailed for a month because of cracks in brake discs and Amtrack could lose up to $1 million per week without Acela service. Amtrak requested up to $1.8 billion in federal subsidies — but so far a Senate subcommittee has refused to approve any subsidy plan until Amtrak makes changes that would reduce its dependence on federal subsidies in the future....

 

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Federal ID On The Fast Track

travel passport omar sharif My opinion? We'll have a lot more hassles getting IDs and have a false sense of security because of the hassles.

If the act's mandates take effect in May 2008, as expected, Americans will be required to obtain federally approved ID cards with "machine readable technology" that abides by Department of Homeland Security specifications. Anyone without such an ID card will be effectively prohibited from traveling by air or Amtrak, opening a bank account, or entering federal buildings.

 

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American Airlines Ad Critique

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Please read this. When you're done, ask yourself this. Why would you pay someone to write stuff like this? Why would you allow your company to be portrayed in this way? Why would anyone think that African-Americans, women, or anyone else would feel anything but disdain for a company who thought the best way to communicate with them with was through inane prose and images like these?

 

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Airlines Raise Airfares $10 To $20 Round-trip

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In an effort to stem huge losses, the big U.S. … losses, the big U.S. airlines increased their domestic ticket prices heading into the … increases was launched by American Airlines, which increased ticket prices systemwide Wednesday …

 

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Vegas, Baby.

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(By the way, if you you want to go but haven’t booked your trip yet, Expedia has a $100 off coupon right now for flight + hotel trips booked on American Airlines. Use coupon code SAVE100 when you’re getting ready to check out. I know it helped to tip the scales for me being able to go.)

 

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United Airlines And Unions Near Deal

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United Airlines and its ramp workers and machinist unions are reportedly near a deal to settle their disputes over lowering costs on existing union contracts. No details on the purported agreement are available. If a deal is reached, it would settle the matter that is currently at trial before Judge Eugene Wedoff and get United Airlines that much closer to exiting bankruptcy.

 

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May 13, 2005

How Hard Could It Be To Make An Airline Reservation

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Every day, millions of travelers research fares and hundreds of thousands buy airline tickets over the Internet, sometimes with just a few clicks of the mouse. They could be forgiven for not knowing that air-fare searching is an astonishingly complex computer task ÷ or that it took a small software company, founded a few years ago by a procrastinating graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to help simplify the process.

 

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Retirement Package Masquerading as Merger

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Really now, how likely is this company to effectively compete with the likes of rabidly lean, entreprenurial, price-slashing, and profitable Jet Blue (which, by the way, has earned repeated accolades for customer service)? Southwest Air is already eating US Air’s lunch at Baltimore-Washington and is steadily chomping away at US Air’s traditional stranglehold in Philadelphia. Against these and other trim, agile, hungry, low-fare "roadrunners", how in the world is a US Air/America West "wile e. coyote" supposed to attract a bevy of new customers with profitable growth?

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The Bathroom Is Huge

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I also finished "Running Money". It was a good read, and I've placed the author's other books on my Amazon wishlist. I also managed to finish my slides for tomorrow on the plane, so I should be hitting the sack soon. However, I might take a really steamy shower, in hopes that the steam might be able to mute the crazy cleaning agent smell in this room. Oh yeah, Holiday Inn put me in a special handicapped room, so the strange proportions of the room are really wigging me out. The bathroom is huge.

 

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Low-cost Airlines Seen Taking Half of US Market

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Low-cost airlines are likely to double their market share in the US over the coming decade, capturing 50 pct of the domestic market, a study by Standard and Poor’s said. … traditional carriers, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, US Airways …

 

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May 12, 2005

Air France Flight Diverted to Maine

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This story is still developing: An Air France Flight from Paris to Boston was diverted to Bangor, Maine about a half hour ago so that Feds could check on a passenger whose name appeared on the U.S. no-fly list of possible terrorists.

Air France Flight 332 landed at Bangor International Airport at around 2:40 p.m. EDT. Federal agencies including the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration met the flight when it landed.

 

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How to Have Fun at Work

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So how do we have fun at work? First, stop taking yourself too seriously, advises Veeck and Goodman. "We're all enamored with the idea that what we're doing is terribly important," says Veeck. Just let that go, they say. To that end, Goodman recommends that workplaces should applaud mistakes to reduce the fear of failure. He mentions Southwest Airlines as a great example of an organization that encourages employees to have fun and has reaped huge business benefits, including a reputation for great customer service, as a result.

 

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Aloha, Mahalo, Whatever

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David and I just got back from 5 days in Hawaii. By ourselves. It was our Uh-oh-once-#2-is-here-we're-not-going-to-get-so-much-free-babysitting from-safta-&-grandpa so-we-might-as-well-enjoy-ourselves-while-we-can vacation.

 

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Delta Airlines Warns Of Bankruptcy In SEC Filing

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Delta Airlines warned of possible bankruptcy filing and that it expects to record a substantial loss for the rest of the year. Bankruptcy will be necessary if Delta’s cash reserves fall too low or its lenders demand immediate payment of its debts. Delta blames high fuel and low ticket prices.

 

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May 11, 2005

Train WiFi

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I've been thinking lately of re-locating from the District to Baltimore. Housing is less expensive and the lifestyle and people are more to my taste. The only thing keeping me from a serious look-see is the commute. Now, if Amtrak or the MARC train had wifi, I'd be in business.

Great idea.
 

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Amtrak Across The Southwest

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Before that time, we will first make a little trip through south west USA. We both leave our “homes” on May 14 to meet up at Dallas/Ft. Worth Aiport, where, hopefully, my aunt will pick us up and take us to her place in Anna, TX. We will stay with my aunt and uncle until May 20. On that say we will take the AmTrak train from Dallas via San Antonio to Tucson, AZ. This trip will take us almost one and a half day, but at least we get to see the country. The day after we arrive in Tucson, we will rent a car and drive to Julie’s host...

 

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Death or Lateness?

amtrak death on train Never thought of this as a marketing tactic before. Before jumping to conclusions, though, I believe airlines follow the same procedure in case of an in-flight death.

I ride on Amtrak on the Philadelphia to New York line pretty frequently. On three instances now when the train has been late, I've overheard, while on the train, that it's due to a fatality. (Specifically ON the train, not getting hit by it) The next comment from the train staff is always "I don't know any details."

Amtrak never mentions the fatality thing unless someone directly asks, which is why I feel it may in fact be all about the marketing.

 

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Detroit Adds Flights, Carriers

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Two airlines Frontier and Air France are starting new service from the airport with routes competing directly with Northwest Airlines, the dominant passenger air carrier at the airport and in Michigan.

 

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Judge Terminates United Pension

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United’s biggest competitors would be under the most pressure to follow suit. American Airlines, the largest U.S. carrier and a unit of AMR Corp., has said it will keep its pension plans but is concerned about No. 2 United gaining a financial advantage with the elimination of its pensions.

 

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United's Pension Costs Could Fund Amtrak

I thought of this and here it is in a blog:

Oddly enough, the same logic does not extend to airlines. I've never quite understood why. By way of illustrating this point, it turns out that United Airlines is terminating its employee pension program because it can't afford to pay promised benefits, so the government is stepping in to help out. If railroad subsidies increased by a fraction of what airlines get from the feds, Amtrak could kick some serious ass. Instead, Republicans try to kill Amtrak time and time again. Fortunately, they haven't yet succeeded. But you have to wonder, if...

 

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ATA Frequent Flyer Program

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I not only flew ATA,I signed up for ATA's frequent flyer program. Now linked with Southwest Airlines, I can earn a companion ticket by just taking 3 trips. I can earn a free ticket with just 6 round trips. So my 6 trips to Chicago are as valuable to this airline as if I traveled 25,000 miles on Northwest. I like that.

 

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Who's Going to Mexico?

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Have I also mentioned that I’m thinking of a trip to Mexico this fall? I’m planning on a cost of about $3,000.. That’s including airfare for me and half of someone else. Cause I know that no one I know can afford it, so I think if I offer to pay half they could. Plus the hotel is only $25 american a night. So that’s dead cheap. I’m just not sure WHO to ask, or WHEN to go. I kinda want to ask Jed, or Jenkins, cause they would both be fun to go with. But I haven’t hung out with Jed in years, and well they are both...

 

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If Airports Were Food Providers

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I am sitting at the Long Beach Airport, waiting to fly home via Jet Blue. If airports were food providers, the Long Beach Airport would be like Cowgirl Creamery -- a pure delight, always surprising, and very low maintainence (well ... Cowgirl Creamery cheese is low maintainence in that it goes with so many things). LAX, on the other hand, would be Sysco -- a huge conglomerate, necessary sometimes but not often, and much more ubiquitous than Cowgirl Creamery. I could live on Cowgirl Creamery cheese.

 

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Amazing Race Cuisine

A cheap way to travel: follow the Amazing Race and cook the cuisine du jour. Much cheaper to watch the finale and serve jerk chicken than fly to Jamaica ... but probably not as fun.

My sister and I used to take turns cooking meals that corresponded to that week's TAR destination. It's too bad we didn't revive the custom for the finale, as I certainly would have enjoyed some Jamaican jerk chicken. At the very least, I would have liked to sip some tropical drinks while I watched Uchenna & Joyce (or as Phil calls them "Uchenner & Joyce) win the million dollar cash prize.

 

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93-cent Rooms At Disney World

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Thanks to a computer glitch, rooms at the Disney World Holiday Inn were advertised at 93 cents instead of $93, according to this article. And, in a move that is pure Disney, the hotel not only honored the mistaken rate, it "decided to extend its offer of the bargain rate in a special package to guests, who will receive the fifth night for 93 cents after staying four nights at the regular rate."

 

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May 10, 2005

The New Tropicana Poker Room Is Open

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The Tropicana poker operations are managed by long time Trop employee, Mark Karoll. He can always be found in the poker room watching over the action. Mark said the room will be offering single table SNG Hold'em tournament in the near future. As an added bonus two large screen plasma TV's are being installed so players can follow all the sports action. The Tropicana Poker Room is a welcome addition to the Las Vegas poker scene.

 

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May 09, 2005

Wynn Las Vegas And Technology

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PC Magazine checks out the unfulfilled promise (technology-wise) of the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

 

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Jet Fuel In Her Veins

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Beth Paschetto, is the managing director of customer products and services for Delta Airlines, she recently gave a presentation to the Boston Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Beth has worked for both American Airlines and the Walt Disney Corporation. She had left American for Walt Disney, but had to return to the airline industry, she thought, “Jet fuel must be running through her veins”.

 

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May 08, 2005

Slow Security Response

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The administration has spent more time trying to keep the people frightened, rather than focusing on securing our country. Only last week were lighters banned from airplanes, yet it has been a full 3 * years since "Richard Reed" tried to light his shoe bomb on fire with a match, while aboard an American Airlines flight to Miami. Even though lighters are now banned, matches are still permissible on airplanes. This is merely one example among many of how slow the Bush administration has reacted when presented with an opportunity to make Americans more secure.

 

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World Airways Buys North American Airlines

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North American Airlines, a charter operation best known for ferrying vacationers to Club Med and soldiers to war zones, has been sold. World Airways, another operator of charter and cargo flights, has agreed to pay $35 million for North American.

 

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Home From St. Louis

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As for recommendations, the Residence Inn St. Louis Chesterfield was spacious and reasonably priced. Cheaptickets.com got us a good deal on the rooms and tickets (American Airlines) even with the incredibly short notice. The only hitch was dealing with Enterprise for our rental car -- they were pretty awful. Getting the car was the easy part, but returning it was a nightmare. They don't have a 24-hour phone information number, and since our flight left at 7am on Sunday morning it was impossible to reach anyone. We needed to drop the car off...

 

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Restaurant La Zygothèque

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Just how good can a restaurant be that is only a few doors down from a Holiday Inn in Paris? Well, pretty darn good.

Located near the Bibliothèque F. Mitterand Metro station, near the Holiday Inn.

 

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May 06, 2005

United Partnership In India

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United Airlines and Jet Airways of India today announced plans for a new codeshare agreement that enables both airlines to sell seats on certain Jet Airways and United flights – providing customers of both airlines with more connection options, Mileage Plus® opportunities and automated through check-in on travel to and from India.

 

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Northwest Airlines Replaces Bud Light

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Northwest Airlines Corp. has tapped Miller Lite, the nation’s No. 2 light beer, to replace top-selling Bud Light on all of its flights worldwide.

 

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May 05, 2005

Couldn't Have Happened To A Nicer Demagogue

A little less DeLay at American these days.

American Airlines, Verizon and Nissan Pledge to Stop Financing Tom DeLay’s Legal Defense Fund

 

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Airbus Taxies, But Boeing Takes Off!

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WHEN the new A380 took off from Airbus's French production base in Toulouse on April 27th, it should have been the European aircraft manufacturer's big week. The successful first test-flight of a 555-seat super-jumbo was quite an event. Instead, Airbus's American rival Boeing almost stole the show. On April 25th, Boeing said that, if all the options are taken up in a new order for widebody jets from Air Canada, the value at list prices would be around $15 billion—making it one of the biggest aircraft orders ever. The following day, Boeing landed a second huge order from Air India. Soon it will announce a third, this time from Northwest Airlines for its new 787 long-haul aircraft.

 

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May 04, 2005

Obesity: What's the Message?

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...though nobody on either side of the food wars has said the new report is a green light for gluttony, you would not know it at the buffet tables in Las Vegas, where the subtleties of the study were lost in the crossroads of excess.

 

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Las Vegas From Space

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Imagine what The Las Vegas Strip would look like from outer space. What about the Hollywood Sign? How about the Rainbow Bridge in Southern Utah? All of these sites look vastly different from above.

 

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Open Letter to Stewardess on Delta

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A guy was kicked off a Delta Airlines flight by a stewardess for wearing a profane t-shirt. The guy posted an entry on his blog about the event and is now working on a draft letter to Delta to get the flight attendent reprimanded or fired. It is quite aggrevating to read the story and it really makes you wonder about free speech and censorship. The comments on his blog that follow the post are also very thought provoking. As many pointed out, the t-shirt may have been inappropriate but censorship in the name of religion is a whole different issue.

 

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Risk Management - A Cautionary Tale

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Mr. Ghost writes "By now many people have heard about the fiasco and financial blunder Comair had over the 2004 Christmas holiday. An article on CIO provides a timeline of the decisions that led up to the system failure costing the division of Delta Airlines $20 million. The article points out the need for proper risk management and what can occur when a risk analysis is not performed or ignored. It goes on to mention that although this was a very public failure, this type of system failure can occur in other companies." From the article: "The prospect...

 

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May 03, 2005

Free Market Travel

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If you want change, then do it – don’t wait for the federal government. Stop driving your car, and use TriMet. Walk to the store instead of driving, and buy a cart for your shopping bags. On longer trips, consider Greyhound or Amtrak. If you currently own an SUV, trade it in for a smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicle, such as a hybrid.

 

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A380 Hype

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I remember American Airlines first transcontinental flight of a Boeing 747 in 1970. There, in the piano bar, was Frank Sinatra, Jr. entertaining. Hey, you can have a lounge in a 747!

I just hope there's good entertainment while they board everyone. It'll take days.
 

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Travelocity: Indian Outsourcing Done Right

An argument for outsourcing customer service to India ... if it's done right:

All companies that outsource should do as good a job of outsourcing to India as Travelocity does, and if all of the outsourcing firms hired such competent people, you'd have a lot less complaints. However, getting decent outsourced reps requires paying decent money, and most of the companies who outsource are so cheap that even though they're saving money by going overseas, they want to save even more by hiring the bottom of the customer service barrel.

 

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The World's Funniest Flight Attendant

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If you ever fly Southwest Airlines, ask for Brenda, the funniest flight attendant I've ever seen (or heard.) During the pre-flight safety instructions, she went through the usual smoking not being permitted in the lavatories: "There is a $2000 fine for smoking. For that price, you could've flown Delta. If you really want to smoke, you can go out on the wing. If you can light a cigarette, you can smoke it." She also said, "For those of you travelling today with small children, I'm so sorry."

 

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Older Pilots

travel older pilot It's hard for the government to raise the age for social security eligibility on the one hand and cap the age for pilots on the other.

The pilots' appeal was backed by low-fare carrier Southwest Airlines, which argued in a friend-of-the-court filing that FAA data shows older pilots are "as safe as, and in some cases safer than, their younger colleagues."

"The 1950s-era age 60 rule, coupled with the FAA's rigid implementation of it, arbitrarily deprives Southwest Airlines of some of its best pilots at the peak of their careers," the airline wrote.

 

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Rule requiring more young, green commercial pilots in the skies affirmed

Posted on May 3, 2005 03:33 PM by southw138.
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TSA Incompetence

travel security check point Does it surprise anyone that people perform poorly in boring, repetitive jobs?

Before boarding her flight to Mexico, she notified authorities about the .25-caliber handgun in her fanny pack.

 

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Posted on May 3, 2005 09:26 AM by mexico136.
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Home Exchange

travel home exchange hawaii Want a long trip to Hawaii or other exotic destinations? Consider a house swap. Try craigslist.

In fact, many members like to swap to homes that are very different from their own. Your townhouses in both Anchorage or Hawaii will seem very 'exotic' and therefore, attractive, to many members. If you are fairly open yourself on exchange destinations, you should certainly find interest in both of your condos.

 

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Posted on May 3, 2005 05:22 AM by hawaii130.
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May 01, 2005

Trains Jumping Tracks

train wreck Tip to Joe Greenlight for a great article about how (among other things) Japanese and Americans view (and cause) train disasters. He takes the long view.

When I board a plane, I am generally confident it will get me there in one piece, but hey, shit happens. And I'll accept that inept, poorly-trained, sleepy or even drunken pilots (or air traffic controllers) are to blame for such misfortunes. But as cut-throat as the airline industry can be, the actual flying of the plane is no place to flex competitive muscle by cranking it up a few m.p.h. (Besides, in the case of Amtrak, lack of competition and being on the government dole doesn't seem to make it a better rail service.)

 

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Posted on May 1, 2005 07:28 PM by amtrak126.
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Overheard conversations - trouble in the air

united airlines union Rick is talking about (meta-analytically) about the state of the company based on the language of its employees. Of course, it is not news that United is in trouble, so I take this to be merely a symptom of the obvious.

I fly Air Canada from Toronto with a change of planes in Denver to arrive in Burbank. The Denver flight was on United Airlines. It must have been one of those flights where a bunch of crew were heading in the the LA area with it's zillion airports as almost every seat around me was a United Airlines crew member.

 

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Posted on May 1, 2005 06:10 PM by united140.
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several things

travelocity I'm getting more and more disenchanted with the "values" I'm getting on travelocity. If it seems like a good deal, it probably isn't available. What brought this to mind was that I came across this blog entry this morning (tip to Rachel), in part:

- Travelocity has some good deals on airfare. At first glance. But then when you actually try to get specific information you find out that either a) all of the flights are sold out for then entire time period for which they are advertised or b) they may be offering round trip flights from New York to Frankfurt but the particular airline doesn’t actually have service from Frankfurt to NYC, only NYC to Frankfurt. So in both cases I’m left wondering why they advertised something completely useless in the firstplace and why it’s...

 

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Posted on May 1, 2005 06:10 PM by travel139.
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Why Should I pay for United's Pensions?

airplane Over at Anchor Rising, I saw this long and informative rant on the pathetic state of the U.S. airline industry, but this one bit really ticked me off:

United Airlines is in bankruptcy because of its unsustainably high cost structure. In an effort to become cost-competitive, it has just proposed turning its pension obligations of nearly $10 billion over to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation of the United States government. I.e., all taxpayers will now be paying some portion of the overly generous pension commitments made by the company. This proposed action has now led to threats of strikes by the union.

 

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Posted on May 1, 2005 06:10 PM by united140.
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