Australian Web Crash Leads to Stroppy

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, there’s a huge airfare sale going on in Australia, with Virgin Blue and Qantas’ new low fare carrier going at each other. I’m letting you know because the response was so great that it crashed each company’s website, with more than 600,000 hits per hour. Even better is this quote from an Australian travel agent:

“They all came flooding in this morning – and got stroppy and left.”

Stroppy. Does it get any better than that?

In unrelated and un-stroppy news, the WSJ (reg req’d) reports that UPS is in talks with Airbus to cancel more than $1.5 billion worth of A300-600 orders over the next 10 years. UPS says that as customers have grown to prefer the cheaper ground service, the company no longer needs the 20 aircraft it ordered from Airbus. Unfortunately for UPS, they put in no provision for cancellation in their contract. The article notes that negotiations about cancellation terms have gotten stroppy. D’Oh!

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