Lufthansa sues passenger who missed his flight
SubmittedA method commonly used by airline passengers to get cheaper fares is at the center of a court row between a German airline and one of its customers. Lufthansa has taken a passenger, who didn't show up for the last leg of his ticketed journey, to court in an apparent bid to clamp down on "hidden city" ticketing. The practice involves passengers leaving their journey at a layover point, instead of making a final connection. (edition.cnn.com) More...
Airbus Plane Economy Seat Prototype: Are these the future of airline cabins?
SubmittedTravelling for long distances cramped in the economy cabin of a plane can often be an uncomfortable experience. But a British-based designer has come up with a concept for a new airline seat, where passengers can control the comfort of the chair, including its shape and temperature, using their mobile phone. Benjamin Hubert, of London-based design agency Layer, has created the economy class seating, called Move, that could be used on short to mid-haul Airbus aircraft, and it will even tell… (www.itravelapp.net) More...
A Pilot Spent 17 Years And 40,000 Hours Building A 1:3 Scale B-17 Flying Fortress
SubmittedJack Bally was a veteran and aviation enthusiast with a knack for building and flying kit planes. His list of builds includes a bush plane and a parasol monoplane. But in 1999, he would take on his greatest challenge yet, spending 17 years and 40,000 man hours building a near-perfect replica of a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress in 1:3 scale. (jalopnik.com) More...
Window in the bathroom and more bin space: Delta's brand-new A220 planes finally take off
SubmittedDelta Air Lines' new Airbus A220 jets have finally taken off, the carrier's latest offensive in the battle for business travelers. Delta is the first U.S. operator to offer the roomier, fuel-efficient planes. The first flights of the single-aisle, twin-engine planes took off Tuesday morning from New York's LaGuardia Airport with one flight to Boston and another to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. (www.cnbc.com) More...
Delta Flight Aborts Takeoff After Another Plane Appears On Runway
SubmittedA Delta flight was forced to abandon a high-speed takeoff today after another plane appeared at the end of the runway, according to the Chinese aviation authority. (www.aviationrepublic.com) More...
Ethiopian Airlines CEO sees ‘clear similarities’ between crashed 737 MAX jets: Xinhua
SubmittedThe crashed Boeing Co 737 MAX jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia appear to have a common connection, Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebremariam told China’s state news agency Xinhua on Friday. Investigators have found a piece of a stabilizer in the wreckage of an Ethiopian jet with the trim set in an unusual position similar to that of a Lion Air plane that crashed last year, sources have told Reuters. (www.waytoimprove.net) More...
Cathay Sells $16,000 Premium Seats for $675 in Ticketing Blunder
SubmittedAll eyes are on Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. as it decides what to do with the tickets that it appeared to have sold in error at a fraction of their prices. Asia’s biggest international carrier sold business-class tickets from Vietnam to Canada and the U.S. at economy prices earlier this week, according to bloggers. Return fares in the premium cabin from Da Nang to New York started at $675 for travel in August, Gary Leff, a travel and loyalty-program blogger on View from the Wing, wrote on Dec.… (www.bloomberg.com) More...
Kids Up To Age 14 Can Now Fly Free On Frontier Airlines
SubmittedFlying with kids is often expensive, stressful, chaotic — and did we mention expensive? That’s why a new deal with Frontier Airlines is looking like a welcome way to make flying friendlier and cheaper. For a $60 annual fee, you can join Frontier’s Discount Den and get free domestic flight tickets for each child aged 14 and under traveling with a paying adult. The Discount Den membership also allows you to get the lowest airfare rates on up to six people in one booking. A few other details: There… (www.itravelapp.net) More...
Several major US airlines are reporting flight check-in issues
SubmittedCustomers across the U.S. are reporting airline computer issues at a number of airports. A flood of tweets began to roll in a little after 11am ET (8am PT) of computer or network issues. Passengers on the ground said the issues related to the flight check-in systems and were unable to issue boarding passes. (flip.it) More...
Terrifying moment a British Airways passenger spots a FIGHTER JET flying next to her window
SubmittedThis is the terrifying moment that a passenger travelling from Dubai to London spotted a fighter jet next to her window. Sabrina Fawaz was travelling with her husband on the British Airways flight BA108 on Saturday when the plane temporarily lost communications with air traffic control as it entered Hungarian air space causing two Hungarian Air Force Gripens to be scrambled. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...
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