Why Airline Travel Sucks (It’s Partially Your Fault)News from Co.Design:
We’ll call him Mr. X. He has decades of experience working with some of the biggest players in the airline industry. And he hates flying every bit as much as you do.
The difference, though, is that Mr. X is probably more pragmatic than you or I. So while he originally agreed to this interview to expose the dirty laundry of the airline industry, what he ended up doing was offering a more nuanced explanation of why things were so bad. Thanks to the Internet, air [...] Continue Reading…
End summer vacation with aircraft and pancakes at Dawn Patrol Fly-inNews from MLive.com:
GRAND HAVEN, MI — Pancakes, helicopters and classic cars are an odd combination, at best, but the three go hand-in-hand at the annual Dawn Patrol Fly-in.
The aviation spectacle begins at 7 a.m. on Aug. 29 at the Grand Haven Memorial Airpark, 16446 Comstock St. Admission to airport grounds is free. Prices on food and other activities vary.
Sponsored by the Grand Haven Aviation Association, the event will display vintage aircraft and offer rides in a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, a bi-plane and other [...] Continue Reading…
Air Travel News: ‘Star Wars’ Planes Take Flight and MoreNews from New York Times:
ANA’s “Star Wars” fleet. Credit Lucasfilm Ltd.
Our Monday morning air travel news digest, with deals, tips and anything else that travelers may want to know.
âSTAR WARSâ TAKES FLIGHT
The expansion of the âStar Warsâ empire isnât limited to the Disney theme parks announced last week. The Japanese airline ANA said it will launch two airplanes decorated with the filmsâ characters, including the beloved robot R2-D2 and a new droid, BB-8, to be introduced in the forthcoming âStar Wars: The Force Awakens.â A [...] Continue Reading…
Air Travel News: More Flights to the CaribbeanNews from New York Times:
Osobuco and side dishes served on LAN.
Our Monday morning air travel digest, with deals, tips and anything else that travelers may want to know.
LAN AND TAM GET A NEW NAME
As part of their merger, the South American airlines LAN and TAM are changing their name to Latam. The unified airline expects to spend the next three years rolling out its new identity in aircraft, airports, offices, website and uniforms, beginning in the first half of 2016. Latam will unite passenger and cargo airlines [...] Continue Reading…
Why Air Travel Complaints Are on the RiseNews from Condé Nast Traveler:
Spirit Airlines’ inclusion may have bumped the number of traveler complaints.
Airlines are losing fewer bags and getting more customers to their destinations on-time, and yet complaints are on the rise, according to the latest report on air service for the first half of 2015 from Department of Transportationâs Bureau of Transportation Statistics. According to the report, overall complaints about air travel rose to 9,542 in the six-month period between January and June 2015, up 20 percent from the same period in 2014 (when [...] Continue Reading…
The pathetic state of airline travel today was predicted long agoNews from Fortune:
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Keep air travel competitive, fairNews from Detroit Free Press:Detroit Free Press Editorial Board 12:08 a.m. EDT April 24, 2015
The Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, is a 544-seat superjumbo that Middle Eastern airlines are buying up left and right.(Photo: Airbus via Associated Press)
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Apple is also transforming air travelNews from Computerworld:
Appleholic, (noun), æp·əl-hɑl·ɪk: An imaginative person who thinks about what Apple is doing, why and where it is going. Delivering popular Apple-related news, advice and entertainment since 1999.
The impact of Apple on air travel extends beyond Apple’s iOS Passbook app – the company’s solutions are appearing across the air flight ecosystem.
In the air
When you take you flight it’s possible your pilot will be using an iPad to replace their flight manual and (since Apple and IBM began working together) you’ll see flight attendants using the Ancillary Sale [...] Continue Reading…
‘Good Old Days’ of Air Travel Weren’t All Good, Bad Times of Today Not All BadNews from ABC News:
Webster’s defines “quality” as a degree of excellence or superiority. Think today’s airlines have a problem in this area? So does the new Air Quality Rating report.
According to the respected AQR, airline performance has declined in terms of lost bags, on-time planes and passenger complaints. As the report dryly notes, this “does not send a positive message to consumers that see an industry enjoying positive economic times.”
Gather ’round, youngsters, while I regale you with tales of [...] Continue Reading…
Mutual Funds Make Air Travel More ExpensiveNews from Slate Magazine:
A plane arrives at O’Hare International Airport on May 19, 2012, in Chicago.
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The great drama of our time is the rise of the 1 percent. Thomas Piketty has done more than anyone else to put this question on the public agenda. But while his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century documents the growth of inequality, he does not offer much of an explanation or a solution. He thinks that capitalism naturally favors investors over workers, and proposes as a remedy a [...] Continue Reading…
Air travel is getting even more unpleasantNews from MarketWatch:
One might assume that with all the competition, airlines would be stepping up their game to woo weary travelers.
They’re not. Or if they are, it’s not working. In fact, according to the longest-running study on airline performance, it’s getting worse.
More delays, more lost luggage, and, of course, more complaints. Passengers probably don’t need a bunch of statistics to tell them that, but here they are anyway.
The study, conducted by a Wichita State professor and the dean of Embry-Riddle’s College of Aviation, found the percentage of on-time [...] Continue Reading…