Monthly Archives: April 2007

Virgin Atlantic Goes for Fewer Engines, Fewer Emissions, Less Fuel

It seems like just yesterday Richard Branson was touting how his (Virgin Atlantic’s) planes were better because they all had four engines, unlike those British Airways 777s. He even painted it on his planes. 07_04_27 4engines4longhaulYou might recognize the picture on the left as a former integral part of the livery …

Ryanair’s Southwest Knockoff

I’m guessing that most of you who read this blog know about Southwest’s “Ding!” application. In short, you download a program that stays open on your computer. If you’re connected to the internet, you will receive an alert when Southwest publishes special sale fares. These can sometimes be …

Insanity in the LBC

Ok, ok. I know I sometimes talk too much about aviation in Southern California, but I’ve been trying to cut back. This time though, I have to comment.

It’s not LAX that’s causing problems this time. Nope, it’s a mere 375 hours down the 405 (20 minutes on those rare …

Thank You for Flying Amtrak

No, Amtrak did not have an airborne derailment as far as I know. The subject is actually referring to the increasing number of travelers bypassing airplanes for trains. Unfortunately, that is VERY rare in the world of Amtrak, but in Europe it’s happening all the time.

Why is it happening …

Skybus Launches

Head on over to Skybus.com and you’ll see the brand new website launched this morning. (It’s been timing out on me a lot – not a good start.) They’re now taking reservations, and true to their word, they’re going to be flying by the middle of May. Initial promo fares …

A Rough Month for PIA

It’s always fascinating yet sad to watch a airline self-destruct. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the flag carrier of Pakistan, is well on its way.

After a handful of incidents, the European Union added PIA to the dreaded black list (PDF). This is a list of airlines that are banned at …

US Airways On the Clock

Is there an echo in here? Once again, an airline is under fire for poor performance. I swear, I don’t understand why columnists bother to write these stories over and over. They could just take the first one, slap a new airline name on it, and publish it again. So …

It’s Dork Time!

Sometimes, I just find the need to dork out. When a friend passed along the link to flightmemory.com, I knew it was time to get cozy with my computer. This is the result (click to see details):

The site lets you input every flight you take and plots it …

Spirit Officially Joins the Ryanair Club

I believe Spirit’s transformation is now complete. Yesterday they launched what I believe is the first $0.01 sale they’ve run (it ends tonight). I know they ran a $0.05 sale, but this could be the first time they’ve tried to prove that a penny isn’t irrelevant. (Actually, it still is …

The Power of the Corporate Blog

I must admit that as a reader, I’m not a fan of corporate blogs. Any time a company is in charge, it inevitably restricts what bloggers can say. (As you can tell, I’m clearly not sponsored by anyone.) There are plenty of companies who just put corporate blogs out there, …

Random Bits of Info – Happy Tax Day

It’s tax day here in the US, and even though we got two extra days this year, there is no such thing as a “happy” tax day. If you got a refund, that means you gave the government a no interest loan. Booooo. If you owed tax, well, you had …

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