Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Although this mandate for airlines is effective November 1, 2010, some airlines have announced they will begin enforcing the SFPD requirements as early as July 1, 2010, to ensure compliance with the TSA.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
SEATTLE (AP) -- Boeing Co. is halting flight tests on its new 787 jet after finding that some of the planes have improperly installed parts in the tail.
"This is not a design issue or a flight testing finding. It's a workmanship issue," said the head of the 787 program, Scott Fancher, in a news conference on Friday.
Here's a sample of fares:
Washington-Beijing Round-trip First Class $29443
New York-Sydney $26312
Taking London and Paris as examples, these are 6-7 hours flights (eastbound), and 7-8 hours (westbound) with fares of $16737-$17531.
Passengers usually use upgrades to sit in first and pay as little as $1800 for a round-trip business class seats.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
By Amon Cohen BTN
JUNE 21, 2010 --
The agreement commits the two to standardizing their air traffic modernization programs, which have until now been developed separately. FAA's NextGen and Commission's SESAR projects both seek to introduce satellite-based navigation that would enable commercial aircraft to fly more direct routes and shorten the separation between aircraft, thus improving air traffic control safety and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Airlines had expressed fears that the U.S. and European Union might develop incompatible systems, requiring them to fit two sets of satellite navigation equipment.
"Harmonization is the key to the future of air travel over the North Atlantic," said FAA chief operating officer Hank Krakowski, who signed the memorandum with European Commission director for air transport Daniel Calleja in Madrid last week. "This agreement allows us to work together to give the airlines a seamless transition between our airspaces."
The agreement details 22 specific areas of cooperation, which also include research into alternative fuels and better ways to coordinate on safety issues, such as responding to volcanic ash clouds. The Commission hopes to obtain approval from member states and the European Parliament to allow the agreement to take effect early in 2011.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Flight operations, which have been suspended since June 12, will resume June 18, the carrier said on its website.
It's 10 p.m. and you and your immediate family arrive at the airport for a connecting flight, only to find that your flight has been cancelled. Who can assist you with finding new flights in order to arrive at your destination on time?
You arrive at your destination but your luggage doesn't. If it's lost, who will help you find it? If it's delayed, who will pay for your necessities? If your luggage stolen, who will pay to replace it?
You're driving your rental car and are involved in an accident. Who can help you find a physician?
Other recent examples include the volcanic ash disruption, strikes, and bad weather that have grounded passengers around the world and caused hardships on many travelers.
While the results of these actions are mixed and the final outcome is unknown, one thing is becoming clear. The unions representing airline workers in the U.S. as well as Europe are agitated after years of cuts in pay and benefits, and as the air travel demand has seen a healthy rebound, the unions are getting vocal about restoring some of the wages and benefits. This trend will likely continue while the airlines are trying to recover from the worldwide recession of 2008 and 2009.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Spirit Airlines is canceling all of its flights through Tuesday, stranding thousands more passengers as a pilot's strike continues into its second day.
The discount carrier said on its website Sunday that all Spirit Airlines flights have been cancelled through June 15. Spirit pilots walked off the job Saturday amid an ongoing contract dispute with the airline that has lasted for more than three years. Spirit pilots have said their pay lags behind competitors such as AirTran Airways and JetBlue.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Pensacola and the neighboring resort towns are getting cancelations at an increasing rate. Restaurants, hotels and condo rentals are feeling the impact. The continuous coverage of the oil gushing out and the effect on wild life is taking a toll. Florida stands to lose the most in tourism as it is the top destination for vacationers and relies on tax revenue from hotels, lodging, restaurants and entertainment for their budget.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
“Airlines have a variety of different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routings. ACBR will put all of that information in one place so passengers can have a complete understanding of baggage fees before they buy their tickets—even for complicated journeys.”
Travel Management companies and airlines will have the database to disclose clearly and accurately to the passengers the baggage policy as it pertains to specific itineraries and class of service.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Examples include charging higher rates if you return the car earlier than expected. A fee if you do not drive the car enough (in the form of a "re-fueling fee"), a premium for younger drivers, extra drivers, child safety seat surcharge and the punitive refueling fee, heaven forbid, if the vehicle is returned 100% re-fueled.
There is also a semantic issue growing as car rental companies re-define the size of the vehicle. What used to be small/compact is now defined as intermediate, and the new large is the old intermediate.
What to do: Check your insurance policy coverage. Chances are you are covered for auto rental as well with minor exceptions. Do not fall for the hard sell pitch and go for the $24.99/day coverage. Inquire about the rate if you return the car early or late, as some companies charge a full additional day for a mere one hour overage. Return the car fully fueled and avoid the exhorbitant re-fueling fee that can go as high as $6/gallon. Finally, make sure that you get a confirmation for the actual vehicle size or the "equivalent" that you desire...
Friday, June 4, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Washington, DC – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today proposed new consumer protections for air travelers, building on the Department of Transportation’s recent rule banning carriers from subjecting passengers to long tarmac delays and other deceptive practices.
Specifically, the new proposed rule would:
• increase compensation for passengers involuntarily bumped from flights
• allow passengers to make and cancel reservations within 24 hours without penalty
• require full and prominently displayed disclosure of baggage fees as well as refunds and expense reimbursement when bags are not delivered on time
• require fair price advertising
• prohibit price increases after a ticket is purchased
• mandate timely notice of flight status changes
“Airline passengers have rights and should be able to expect fair and reasonable treatment when they fly,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. “With this rulemaking, we’re proposing to strengthen the consumer protections enacted last month and raise the bar for airlines when it comes to treating passengers fairly.”
The rule published last December, which adopted a three-hour limit for airline tarmac delays for domestic flights, also required U.S. carriers to adopt contingency plans for lengthy tarmac delays at large-hub and medium-hub airports and to publish those plans on their websites. Today’s proposed rule would expand the requirement for having contingency plans to include foreign airlines’ operations at U.S. airports and would require carriers to adopt contingency plans for small- and non-hub airports.
The rule also would require the reporting of additional tarmac delay data to DOT. The Department would collect this data from all U.S. and foreign airlines operating aircraft of 30 or more seats on flights to and from the United States and charter flights. Currently, the Department collects this data only for the domestic scheduled flights of the 18 largest U.S. airlines.
The proposed rule also would increase the potential compensation for being involuntarily bumped from oversold flights. Currently, airlines may limit compensation for involuntary bumping on flights to $400 if the carrier arranges substitute transportation scheduled to arrive at the passenger’s destination one to two hours after the passenger’s original scheduled arrival for domestic flights, or one to four hours for international flights, and to $800 if the substitute transportation is scheduled to arrive more than two hours later for domestic flights, or more than four hours later for international flights. The proposed rule would quickly increase these limits to $650 and $1,300, respectively, and thereafter adjust the amounts for inflation every two years.
The Department also proposed a number of measures to make it easier for consumers to know how much they will have to pay for air transportation. Carriers would be required to provide special notice any time baggage fees are increased, and to notify passengers buying tickets whether they must pay to check up to two bags. It also asked for comment on several alternatives under consideration to provide greater access to air transportation to persons with severe peanut allergies.
To support President Obama’s open government initiative, the Department has partnered with the Cornell eRulemaking Initiative in a pilot project, Regulation Room, designed to improve the public’s ability to understand and participate in this rulemaking through a web-based discussion format. Information on the Regulation Room can be found at www.regulationroom.org.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Even if your bag exceeds the overhead bin size, you may want to "gate check" it...
Most airlines are not equipped to charge passengers at the gate, so they will be happy
to speed up the boarding process by checking your oversized bag at the gate for free.
Posted by travelguru at 2:30 PM