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August 31, 2005

Nothing To Lose

northwest airlines advertisement Hard to strike against a carrier that has nothing to lose.

A couple days ago I commented on the stock market's odd reaction to the Northwest Airlines strike. I stand by my comment, and apparently The Economist does too. While British Airways has cut $1.8 billion/year in costs and is in a strong financial position, they have been crippled by their recent strike. Northwest Airlines, on the other hand, anticipated the likelihood of a strike, and on the verge of bankruptcy with little to lose, didn't give much in their union negotiations.

 

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Posted on August 31, 2005 09:51 AM by northw137.
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August 29, 2005

United Tests RFID At The Border

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Approximately 300 United employees stationed on international flights received the new passports in mid-June as part of a three-month, three-country test of IDs equipped with RFID chips. The chips can be read at a distance at border crossings by special readers installed for the trial.

 

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Posted on August 29, 2005 04:42 PM by united140.
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August 25, 2005

Alaska Airlines Fan

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I’m willing to board like Southwest Airlines or continue to hope there will be an First Class upgrade that I can buy at the last minute. I’m willing to accept that I’ll only get nuts or a cookie when I used to get a little sandwich. I’ll overlook their baggage handling uncertainty. I’ll even put up with the rude and annoying ticket agents (I’m experiencing them more and more). I’ll ignore it all and stick with the brand if it means Alaska Airlines Management and Leadership keeps key strategic assets like their pilots, but more importantly, their flight attendants. That’s how much I appreciate the flight attendants. Oh, the trials and tribulations of brand loyalty; it sucks, but sometimes we have to believe in something. I don’t believe in Airlines Airlines, but I believe in their flight attendants who are the heart and soul of the Alaska Airlines brand.

 

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Posted on August 25, 2005 03:44 PM by southw138.
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Northwest Strike

travel northwest airlines jets Funny what happens during a strike.

Employees of Northwest Airlines reported finding two deflated landing gear tires during preflight inspection of a passenger jet yesterday morning at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, on the fifth day of a nationwide mechanics’ strike against the company.

 

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Posted on August 25, 2005 10:42 AM by northw137.
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Travelocity And Hurricanes

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Due to the Hurricane Emily (July 2005) we have received a travel alert and changed our departure date two days after the ones originally booked. Prior to our departure, on the morning of July 18th and right before boarding our American Airlines flight, we contacted your customer service to confirm that everything was ok with our reservations and at that time no negative information was provided about the hotel that we were going to stay, Viva Wyndham Maya – All Inclusive.
 

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Posted on August 25, 2005 01:31 AM by bcs. .
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August 24, 2005

Spate Of Crashes

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What’s causing all these crashes? Bad weather caused the Air France mishap in Canada and for the most recent one in Peru. But maybe some of these planes are just too old, so they’re more sensitive to weather problems! Look at the recent Helios Airliner crash in Greece–even bad weather wasn’t needed for that plane to just fall from the sky!

 

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Posted on August 24, 2005 07:41 PM by Air Fr115.
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August 19, 2005

Rule 240: The Rules Have Changed

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Northwest Airlines has a very traditional contract, little changed from the days of regulation. Northwest will put you on another airline’s flight, in first class if necessary, without any of the provisos included by Delta and Continental.

 

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Posted on August 19, 2005 09:42 AM by northw137.
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Jet Blue To Orlando

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Oh, and a small light in middle of the darkness, Jet Blue has announced that it’s flying out of Newark nonstop to Orlando starting in October, so it looks positive that we’ll definately be able to swing WDW for M’s birthday in the spring. (Free condo, cheap airflight, now if HC will direct me to where I can find discount park tickets we’ll be golden!).

 

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August 18, 2005

Runaway Locations

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Hawaii...because I have not been there yet...I would love to explore the volcanoes there and spend some time soaking up the sun on the beach

 

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Posted on August 18, 2005 04:39 AM by hawaii130.
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August 17, 2005

United Versus Southwest

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Tom Peters' blog has a great story about a recent experience on United Airlines: A grandmother was supposed to fly to Denver to meet her 13 year-old grandaughter and fly on to Washington D.C. for a vacation together. When the grandmother's flight to Denver was cancelled and arrangements were made to meet up w/ the grandaughter in Washington, the mom asked United to provide services for the unaccompanied girl free of charge. United's response: "We can't waive any fees because we are in bankruptcy"!

 

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Posted on August 17, 2005 05:42 PM by united140.
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August 11, 2005

Mass Transit

travel mass transit Oil prices hit $67 a barrel this week. Luckily the price for a barrel of beer was unchanged.

Elementary math will tell you that only 20% of the monies in the bill was allocated for other transportation projects - bus, rail (this does not include Amtrak, about which more eventually), light rail, bike and pedestrian ways and trails. Alternative transportation remains a stepchild of the 21st century evidently. This despite the fact that all signs point to the rapidly approaching end of cheap available oil and gas. With gasoline prices around the country, even here in DE where they have remained relatively low in comparison to, say, the West Coast, creeping towards the $3.00 a gallon mark, mass transport looks like a better and better idea for those of us whose wallets are not bottomless.

 

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Posted on August 11, 2005 07:40 PM by amtrak126.
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Wandering Through O'Hare

travel united airlines o'hare airport You can have an entire vacation at O'Hare airport just finding your next flight.

We get into O’Hare airport at some time that does not even correlate with anything I am used to and of course went to get on a different flight, since it would take off six minutes after we get to the gate. With that in mind why wouldn’t we hurry. Well, O’Hare has this problem with being bigger than required of a human structure. After walking the length of SJC four or five times we finally get to the gate where there is, in fact, a plane that is going to leave. Well, it did leave, but without us.

 

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Posted on August 11, 2005 07:40 PM by united140.
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Delta's Credit Card Problems

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The high cost of fuel has made a bad situation even worse, and Delta finds itself in a disturbing position in not having enough upfront cash to cover all those customers who have already bought their airline tickets for future vacations. Credit card processing companies demand enough up front cash reserves to cover credit card processing, and Delta does not have the cash reserves.

 

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Posted on August 11, 2005 07:40 PM by airlin124.
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August 06, 2005

Logan Wants To Shut Down Free Wireless

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I hope the FCC smacks Logan International Airport in the face on this one, they deserve it.

 

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Posted on August 6, 2005 12:42 AM by contin128.
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August 05, 2005

Airplanes Are Scary For Women

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Really, there should be special planes for women only. Those planes should be designed for the special needs of women. And, the tickets should be cheaper, or maybe even free.

 

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Posted on August 5, 2005 05:45 PM by united140.
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Transit Delay Alert System

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A few months ago, I thought of a great way the CTA could improve its service. If the El is delayed, I'd like to get a message on my cell phone, and I'd like the CTA to provide a service for sending out SMS messages. I envisioned a service where I would indicate my interest in a rail line (Red Line, Purple Line), days of the week (M-F), and perhaps type of delay (major/minor).

 

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Posted on August 5, 2005 03:42 PM by southw138.
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August 04, 2005

Air France Flight 358 Crash

travel air france demolished jet toronto An update on the Air France crash in Toronto. Amazing that no one was killed.

The aircraft that crashed was an Air France A340 carrying 297 passengers and 12 crew members. Air France flight 385 took off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France and crashed at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada. The A340 is less than six years old and had only 28,418 hours. There were no passenger of crew fatalities and only 43 injuries. The reason for the crash is still unknown, but the recovery of the black box is reportedly going to give to insight into the reason of the crash. The Air France flight landed with an applause but 10 seconds after the touchdown the passengers noticed the plane was not stopping, when the aircraft ran out of runway it crashed into a ravine. The plane was able to deplane in 2 minutes with three quarters of the passengers deplaned in 52 seconds. After all the passengers had deplaned a fire started which took 12 hours for ground crews to extinguish.

 

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Posted on August 4, 2005 07:42 PM by Air Fr115.
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Did You Miss Me?

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We got back yesterday from a trip to Pennsylvania to visit the in-laws. Steve had a business trip, so Emily and I tagged along on my Companion Pass and a reward ticket. Gotta love Southwest Airlines! Well, some of the time, anyway.

 

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Posted on August 4, 2005 03:41 PM by southw138.
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August 03, 2005

A Few Extra Days

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Then, we’d decided, since we were spending the money on a plane trip down (although not that much through an amazingly cheap travelocity plane/car deal) that we might as well hang out for a few extra days. So we headed to Asheville to a B&B that was nice but not fantastic. Went hiking in Chimney Rock Park and saw where Last of the Mohicans was filmed. The waterfall there is twice as high as Niagra - but nowhere near as wide or as loud. It was rejuvinating to be outside and hiking and to spend the time together.

 

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Posted on August 3, 2005 05:49 PM by travel139.
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August 02, 2005

Flight 309 Wiki Page

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There is a great Wiki page on the crash of Air France Flight 358. I can't believe how quickly this went up.

 

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Posted on August 2, 2005 07:43 PM by Air Fr115.
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Two Dead In Raleigh Amtrak Train Derailment

travel amtrak derailment raleigh north carolina This unfortunate accident caused more loss of life than the plane crash in Toronto today.

WRAL says two people are confirmed dead after an Amtrak train hit a dump truck in Raleigh, North Carolina:

 

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Posted on August 2, 2005 07:43 PM by amtrak126.
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