Monthly Archives: January 2007

Is the US Airways/Delta Merger Finished?

US Airways’ CEO said yesterday that they have made their final offer for Delta and that if Delta’s board doesn’t want to approve it, the offer will expire February 1.  He also dismissed speculation that US Airways would up the bid by $1 billion.  So, with Delta off the table, is Northwest next?  If Delta and Northwest made sense, and Delta and US Airways made sense, wouldn’t US Airways and Northwest make sense (as much as any of these ridiculous rumors make sense)?  When we will start hearing those rumors?

(UPDATE: IT’S FINISHED.)  US Airways frequent flyers who were dreaming of using their miles to fly to Kiev or Dakar should shelve those dreams and book their free flights to Elmira or Franklin-Oil City or wherever US Airways flies.

Did a Passenger Help Land a 757?

Remember that Continental Airlines flight that had an emergency landing after its pilot died in the cockpit?  According to this article, a passenger (who flies Cessnas) helped to land the plane.  Well, "helped" is probably going a bit far.  He sat in the cockpit and helped with the radio and checklists.  The best part, though, is that the co-pilot who was landing the plane had gotten on the PA and asked if there was a pilot on board.  Which sounds like a scene from Airplane, but actually happened.  Oddly, nobody freaked. 

Is US Airways a Liquor Bootlegger?

The State of New Mexico has accused US Airways of being a liquor bootlegger because it has been selling liquor on flights to and from New Mexico without a New Mexico liquor license.  I know, it doesn’t really make sense.  Maybe if you read the linked article it will (but I doubt it).

There’s No Free in Outer Space

In case you were wondering, if you win a trip to outerspace you DO have to pay taxes on it.

British Airways Strike Called Off

The strike scheduled for tomorrow that would’ve crippled British Airways has been called off.  On the plus side, other strikes were scheduled for February and now will not take place.  On the negative side for BA, it was too late to re-instate all of the flights they cancelled on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  If you had travel scheduled on BA for this week, call the airline — your flight may be flying after all.

Man Denied Boarding Because of T-Shirt

A man was not permitted to board a Qantas flight from Melbourne to London because he was wearing a t-shirt that had a photo of George Bush with the phrase, "World’s #1 Terrorist."  The passenger had been asked to remove the shirt a couple of days earlier on a Qantas domestic flight and, because of that, asked Qantas staff if he could wear the shirt on the international flight.  He could not.  I wonder if he could’ve worn the shirt if it said "World’s #17 Terrorist."  What number would have been acceptable?  Hm.

$64 Fares from Fort Lauderdale to Costa Rica

Spirit Airlines is launching three-times-a-week service from Ft. Lauderdale to San Jose, Costa Rica with fares starting at $64 each way.  Yes, there are some 8 cent fares available, but the dates are so sporadic, you can’t make a reasonable round trip with them.  But $128 (plus tax) round trip is still an incredible bargain. 

British Airways Cancels 2 Days of Flights

British Airways has cancelled all of its flights from Heathrow on January 30-31 because of a labor dispute.  All flights to and from Gatwick also will not fly.  More than 1,400 flights will be affected.  This is probably good news for little-known Silverjet, which launches today (and at Eos, where I’m doing some work, it should also benefit).

Hey…Machu Picchu Isn’t in Nepal

(Thanks to Gloomy Joe, as always)

Royal Nepal Airlines has apologized to the country of Peru after using pictures of Machu Picchu in its advertisements.  Oddly, Nepal’s embassy put out this statement, "As a consequence, the Nepalese airline fired an employee in the rank
of a manager…" Why did they include his level?  And why bother noting that they fired a low-to-mid level employee over this?  The story also notes, "From a distance, some mountain temples in the Himalayas could be mistaken for Incan ruins."  So there ya go.

3 Year Old Kicked Off Flight for Crying

(Thanks to blog DC Night Out for the heads up)

Every time you’ve been on a plane with a screaming child you’ve probably thought to yourself, "Gee, couldn’t they just drag the little brat off the plane?"  Well, it actually happened, and it wasn’t nearly as satisfying as you’d have hoped. 

A 3-year old traveling with her parents from Ft. Myers to Boston was kicked off the flight by an AirTran employee after she threw a bit of a fit before takeoff.  Really.  That’s it.  3-year old throws tantrum, employee comes on board and says girl has to leave.  AirTran realizes that this was not a particularly nice thing to do, as there’s not much you can do if your kid is screaming like that except wait it out, and has refunded the airfare to the family.  They’ve also apologized.  Which is nice.