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JetBlue Airways announces major expansion of service including Los Angeles, Austin and Seattle

Posted by stephen on February 14, 2008

On self-proclaimed customer-favorite JetBlue Airways’ website, it’s announced a major expansion of service in the western United States, with new premium low-fare service at Los Angeles International Airport plus new intrawest routes from other Southern California regional airports to Austin, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Jose, and Seattle, all beginning this May.
Award-winning JetBlue already offers [...]

US Airways frequent-flier change: Short flights earn fewer miles

Posted by stephen on February 14, 2008

US Airways will end its practice of awarding at least 500 miles per flight, something frequent-flier critics will likely point to as what they say is yet another sign of the diminishing value of the airline loyalty programs, according to http://blogs.usatoday.com/sky/. Of all the U.S. carriers that use mileage-based loyalty programs, US Airways becomes the [...]

Delta-Northwest, United-Continental mergers soon?

Posted by admin on February 7, 2008

photo by Cubbie_n_Vegas

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a merger deal between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines could happen as soon as next week. Talks between the two were previously strained as the senior management of both carriers disagreed over whom would keep high-ranking management positions, but they have since come to [...]

Ryanair in trouble over ads

Posted by admin on February 6, 2008

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Irish discount carrier Ryanair is facing a bit of trouble after recently running two advertisements. The first features French president Nicolas Sarkozy with his girlfriend, French singer Carla Bruni. “With Ryanair,” thinks Bruni in the advertisement, “all of my family can come to my wedding.” This is a reference to the [...]

United would consider leaving Star Alliance

Posted by admin on February 6, 2008

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According to United Airlines CEO Glenn Tilton, if United had to leave Star Alliance in order to finalize a merger, it was prepared to do so. “You can assume that absolutely everything goes into the mix of consideration,” he said in a Chicago Tribune article published [...]

United’s luggage fees: a mixed bag

Posted by admin on February 6, 2008

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United Airlines recently announced that, “as part of its continuing effort to offer customers choice, flexibility, and low fares,” it will start charging passengers who purchase nonrefundable economy tickets for US/Canada flights $25 to check a second bag (the first one is still free). Exempt from the fee are passengers who have Premier [...]

Branson to start Virgin Russia

Posted by admin on February 6, 2008

photo by Cubbie_n_Vegas
The man that brought you Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, Virgin Blue, Virgin Nigeria and others is preparing to do it again.
Billionaire Richard Branson has announced plans to start an airline in Russia, tentatively called Virgin Russia. He plans to take advantage of the oil-fueled Russian economy, which has given the average Russian more [...]

A319 service to Antarctica

Posted by admin on February 6, 2008

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The Australian government has started air service from Hobart, Australia to the Wilkins Runway in Antarctica. The route is flown by a single Airbus A319-115LR, which is capable of flying from Hobart to Antarctica and back without refueling (the flight takes about 4.3 hours). The first flight, which was made earlier [...]

ATA to challenge NY’s passenger bill of rights

Posted by admin on February 6, 2008

The Air Transport Association (ATA), the US airline industry trade group, is going to try to block New York state’s airline passenger Bill of Rights. Scheduled to take effect January 1, it would require airlines to provide adequate food, water, and access to waste removal if a New York-based flight has to wait more than [...]

Aeroflot retires Tupolev 134

Posted by admin on February 6, 2008

photo by Leonid V. Kroujkov
First off, happy new year! It’s been a while since my last post, so here’s a short story that might be of interest: Russian carrier Aeroflot retired the Tupolev Tu-134 on Monday, December 31, with a flight from Kaliningrad to Moscow. The 14-strong fleet of 134’s will be replaced by Airbus [...]


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