Monthly Archives

Monthly Archives for July 2011.

American, Qantas, Southwest make cuts, hotel fierceness and promos, Chicago’s on top, and jet passes plus Visa cards

In other airline, hotel and travel industry news this week… A survey of the 50 most popular U.S. destinations conducted by the Global Business Travel Association found Chicago to be the city charging the highest total taxes for travelers. Not to worry, New York was number two so don’t get your hopes up for an…

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Vintage Airline Seat Map: American Airlines Boeing 747-100

It’s time for another edition of Vintage Airline Seat Maps and I’ve selected the American Airlines Boeing 747-100 appearing below. This map was published in 1977 and shows the reconfigured layout after American took out the piano bar and lounge in coach. Seating a total of 396 passengers with 66 seats in first class and…

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The politics behind funding the FAA

Politicians disgust me. The idealism of the democratic process our nation runs on is a lovely principle in theory, but in practice it’s just ridiculous. I used to expend energy on being an active engaging citizen, but I gave up that position years ago. Yes I still vote, but I absolutely cannot be entertained into…

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Trip Report: United Airlines inaugural 777 flight DEN-ORD June 7, 1995

I was going through my photos yesterday and came across the batch of pictures I took when I flew on the inaugural United Airlines Boeing 777 flight from Denver to Chicago on June 7, 1995. Knowing there are a ton of aviation geeks out there like me, I figured it would be worth it to…

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Airline ticket tax “holiday” reduces all-in airfares effective midnight last night

[Midnight on Saturday 7/23: It looks like Alaska Airlines, Frontier & Virgin America are the only three airlines remaining who haven’t increased their fares to compensate for the tax break. It was nice while it lasted.] Due to congressional gridlock, a deadline was passed at midnight last night without resolution causing several federal air travel…

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In other airline, hotel and travel industry news this week…

Several smaller stories in the airline, hotel & travel industry caught my attention this week and I’ve summarized them below: A Canadian couple sued Air Canada and won an award of C$12,000 (plus an apology) from the airline failing to serve them “in French” aboard their flights to the United States. Records show the passenger,…

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American Airlines orders jets, posts Q2 loss, closes a call center and prohibits primates

As widely reported, American Airlines announced an industry record aircraft order yesterday for 460 jets spread across Boeing and Airbus. American’s tweets came alive in the morning and I clicked through one and watched part of the live stream from a Dallas Admirals Club where American’s Chairman & CEO Gerard Arpey made the formal announcement…

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Vintage Airline Seat Map: Eastern Airlines L-1011 TriStar

It’s time for another edition of Vintage Airline Seat Maps and I’ve selected the Eastern Airlines Lockheed L-1011 TriStar appearing below. The L-1011 was the DC-10 alternative with both aircraft exhibiting nearly the same design and passenger volume. Eastern Airlines took delivery of the very first L-1011-1 in early April of 1972 and began passenger…

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United Airlines Red Carpet Club survey

Yesterday I received an email inviting me to “share your opinions about being a Red Carpet Club member,” as it was so titled. Fantastic, I thought, that United Airlines wants feedback from current RCC members and I was hoping to give some praise and criticism since I figured they’re gathering direct input for the eventual…

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