Virgin America Soldiers On

Virgin America Soldiers On

vaporamericaYou would think that with the number of press releases Virgin America has sent out, they’d actually be flying by now. Of course, you’d be wrong.

This airline sounds exactly like what they call “vaporware” in the tech community. Defined by Webopedia, vaporware is “A sarcastic term used to designate …

You Vill Be Seated!

You Vill Be Seated!

Head on over to Lufthansa’s website and you’ll find that they’re getting strict with seatbelt use. The blurb from the current info page is as follows:

In the event of unexpected turbulence, injuries are often
the result on board passenger aircraft, whereby this could be prevented in many
cases if

Allegiant Makes You Pay

Allegiant Makes You Pay

Allegiant issued their first earnings report since going public today, and there were a couple of interesting tidbits in there worth talking about.

First of all, the amount of ancillary revenue per passenger rose from $13.99 in the fourth quarter of 2005 to $18.84 in the fourth quarter of 2006. …

Fabio Scaccia, My Hero

Fabio Scaccia, My Hero

alitaliaAs the bids for Alitalia came in yesterday, I must admit I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have. In the middle of the group of private equity investors and a lone airline was buried an individual named Fabio Scaccia.

Fabio is a high school teacher in a …

Holy Engine Problems, Batman

Holy Engine Problems, Batman

And now for a brief lesson on aircraft engines.

This is what a GE CF34-3B1 engine on a Mesa Airlines CRJ in America West Express colors is supposed to look like.

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Now, here’s a picture of that same type of engine after a flight from Denver to Phoenix last Thursday.…

ANA Goes Upscale

ANA Goes Upscale

anabjLooks like a sweet ride, huh?

To your left is what the first 737-700ER will look like in the colors of ANA. They’re going to start flying it on March 25 from Nagoya to Guangzhou (China).

What’s so unique about it? Well on a plane that Southwest fills with 137 …

Alitalia Plays the Dating Game

Alitalia Plays the Dating Game

Today was the deadline for showing interest in buying a share of my favorite whipping boy Alitalia from the Italian government. We had heard a lot of people object in the past to the onerous terms – no layoffs or real route restructuring – but there was still interest from …

BA Strike Called Off – Hooray!

BA Strike Called Off – Hooray!

Looks like the BA flight attendants have called off their strike after coming to agreement with management. This means there will be fewer disruptions this week, but there are still some problems.

BA says that if people changed their flights due to the strike, they can call back and have …

Airline Anger Rising Once Again

Airline Anger Rising Once Again

It always comes in waves.

Back before 9/11, air traffic had hit record high levels and airports were starting to feel the strain. Stories like the one where Northwest flights sat on the ground in Detroit for hours on end during a major snowstorm caused customer anger to reach new …

Busy Times in the World of AirTran

Busy Times in the World of AirTran

AirTran has a lot going on these days. First and foremost, they continue to beg and plead Midwest to let them buy the airline. But that doesn’t mean that everything else is standing still. Nay. In fact, they’ve announced some route expansion in the last couple of days. And once …

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