Airline, Hotel and Travel Industry News: September 6, 2012

  • The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that airlines place anti-collision devices on large aircraft thinking such equipment would reduce the likelihood of bumps and scrapes on the tarmac. It might not be a bad idea.
  • Lufthansa is having a hell of a week. The airline cancelled 1,200 flights on Friday, including many from Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart. The cancellations stem from ongoing flight attendant labor disputes.
  • United Airlines now says it will operate all mainline flights from Terminal 3 at SFO. This after the carrier initially announced only certain intra-California (and other) flights would arrive/depart from Continental’s former location in Terminal 1.  It didn’t happen that way, according to reports. I hope this new plan sticks.
  • Today’s candidate for “air traveling idiot of the week” actually goes to the person who called in a hoax (well, and the person it was intended for). A passenger’s ex-girlfriend called into US Airways mentioning he was trying to smuggle something into Texas. That turned out to be fake, but the passenger ended up having several outstanding warrants, so was subsequently arrested when he eventually made it to Texas on another flight. You win some, you lose some.

Previous news:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012


  1. Why have I thought that they were only operating RJs out of T1 this whole time? And I have a fair number of RJ flights out of SFO in the next couple months, so I’m looking forward to T1 transfers so I can go on the shuttles, and get some good views of planes.

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