I wonder if that’s why Eastern went out of business.Also on:
Flying in the 1970s, even in coach, was nothing like today, as many airlines add lounges for all passengers. Here are some of the most glamorous lounges!
They’ll keep doing it until we get another American 191, JAL 123, ValuJet 592, or worse.
In the last decade, most of the big U.S. airlines have shifted major maintenance work to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are F.A.A. certified and inspections have no teeth.
More than four years have passed since Dallas-based Southwest Airlines struck a deal to acquire AirTran Airways. With balloons, a photo booth and DJ at the gate area, Southwest officials said the event commemorates AirTran’s departure and the nearly complete integration of operations into Southwest.
Suppose that an airline offers a 100-seat flight from Philadelphia to Chicago, and that it costs $40,000 to cover the costs of the airplane, fuel, pilots, flight attendants, landing fees, insurance, and so on. The airline needs to make at least $40,000 in ticket revenues for the flight to be worth flying. If the airline were to offer just one fare for all tickets on that flight, what should that fare be?
Most airlines board back-to-front, an approach that makes sense, at first glance. But Steffen argues boarding back-to-front is actually one of the worst ways to board a plane. The problem, as he sees it, is this method creates traffic jams as people stuff their stuff into the overhead bins above their seats. Even if the line were perfectly ordered, only one or two people at a time would be able hoist their bags into the bins. Meanwhile, those who share their row wait behind them, blocking the overhead bins for several rows.
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Try treating her … or him … to something delicious, using the new seat-to-seat feature, the Virgin America in-flight entertainment system.