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Wake me up in San Francisco (KSFO): airport allure

San Francisco International airport (SFO) is located 13 miles south of downtown San Francisco, CA, accessible via the Bay Area Rapid Transit rail. SFO is the second busiest airport in the State of California (after LAX), the tenth busiest in the United States, and the twentieth largest airport in ...

airberlin, SAS, United and Lufthansa: Rohan on Routes (Version 2.0)

Newest OneWorld member airberlin to commence Chicago operations in Spring 2013 Quite possibly the most exciting news I have heard all week: German carrier airberlin announced today that it will launch new nonstop services between Chicago and the Capital city of Deutscheland. No air carrier has ever ...

Changes To Singapore Airline's KrisFlyer Program

Yesterday I wrote to you to inform you that Singapore Airline is updated their reservation systems on July 6th and 7th. Singapore airlines will join over 115 airlines that currently use the Amadeus Altéa suite syste, in fact the majority of  Star Alliance carriers already uses this ...

Singapore Upgrades Their Reservation System - Recipe For Disaster

Attention Singapore Airlines (SIA) flyers! On July 7th Singapore Airlines will shut down their current reservation system and not come back online until July 8th! From the 7th of July at 6pm Singapore local (6am Est) time to July 8th at 10pm (10am EST) SIA will transition from their current ...

Bangor International Airport in Maine: airport allure

"This job is 98% boredom and 2% sheer terror."
-Eugene Foren, Chief Dispatcher at Bangor Airport.
Check out the images below. Can you notice anything in common about them?

Off the top of my head, I don't believe any single airport handles scheduled services from ...

TSA: Groping is Okay, Unless it is One of Our Agents

Carol, a former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screener, arrives at the airport security checkpoint in Ft. Myers, where she's on her way to a funeral Cleveland. She is chosen for additional screening. A screener collects her belongings and leads her a few feet away to conduct the ...

LAN and TAM Airlines officially launch LATAM Airlines Group S.A.

LATAM board of directors chair Mauricio Rolim Amaro, LAN CEO Ignacio Cueto, TAM board chair Maria Claudia Amaro, LATAM CEO Enrique Cueto. Courtesy, LAN Airlines. Image courtesy of Air Transport World.
It's official: LAN and TAM Airlines have finally completed their merger transaction to create ...
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Free Wi-Fi Coming to LAX in July

After years of gouging--yes, gouging--customers wishing to access internet at Los Angeles International Airport, T-Mobile's reign ends next month and the LA City Council has voted to make internet free for all passengers. 
LA City Council’s Trade, Commerce, and Tourism Committee ...

SkyTeam Grows and Synergizes

The Skyteam has been rapidly growing over the last couple of years trying to gain on the larger Star Alliance.  Recently Saudia joined the SkyTeam and a number of airlines have been annouced as future members. With all the growth, the SkyTeam recognizes they need to improve their "alliance ...

Another Crate of Bad Apples at the TSA - Bribery at PHL

Gary brings us the latest example of how the TSA is keeping us safe: bribery and falsifying results on proficiency exams. Whodathunkit?
An investigation has revealed that seven employees at Philadelphia International Airport were involved in a bribery scandal in which a supervisor demanded ...

Checked Baggage Fees for First Class Passengers on Alaska Airlines

While "low-cost" Spirit Airlines may be leading airlines on a race to the bottom (with "optional" fees like the mandatory $2 Unintended Consequences of DOT Regulations Fee or mandatory $10 ticket booking fee), Alaska Airlines will soon become the first airline to charge first class passengers to ...

Air France Captain "Diverted" on Flight 447?

Facts are still emerging about what exactly happened in the final moments leading up to the crash of Air France flight 447 in 2009, but one new piece of information has recently emerged--it seems the Captain was not traveling solo:
In the final chaotic moments before Air France flight 447 ...

Saudia Airlines joins SkyTeam

Saudia's new logo
Today's post evaluates Saudi Arabian Airlines' official entrance into the SkyTeam global alliance, which occurred on May 29, 2012. The airline, which has since been re-branded and renamed to "Saudia" or "Saudi Airlines" is the official flag carrier for the Kingdom of ...

Analysis: Legality of EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)

Here's a short paper I wrote recently on the legality of the European Union's ETS. Enjoy!
What happens when an airline suddenly finds itself forced to break a law? It has two possible courses of actions—one action violates law in one jurisdiction and the other violates law in another ...
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Jeff Smisek's "Passionate Plea" to United Pilots

Jeff Smisek assumes the "good cop" role in a letter to United Airlines pilots concerning ongoing contract negotiations. Still, the United CEO does not dance around the highly contentious, primary issue of dispute: the scope clause. 
Dear Pilots:
I want to thank you for your ...
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American Airlines Hints at Potential Merger with US Airways

After weeks of repeated denials that it was even considering a merger with US Airways, American Airlines has agreed to "study" the prospects of a marriage between America's third and fifth largest air carrier by traffic.
American Airlines says it is agreeing with creditors to consider ...

Sacramento Opts Out of TSA Screening

After months of exploration, Sacramento International Airport has decided to replace federally-employed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport screeners with private contractors. This is an opt-out I support.
As a compromise to House Republicans over a decade ago, language in the ...

United Airlines Pulls a "Newark" at SFO

Responding to robust demand and added flights to Newark, Cleveland, and Houston, United Airlines has pulled a "Newark" on us at San Francisco International Airport.
To understand what it means to "pull a Newark" you must be familiar with United's operations at Newark's Liberty International ...