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sued American Airlines for $7 million today, claiming that the airlines illegally revoked his lifetime passes. The airlines seemed to have revoked the passes in December 2008 claiming that he was fraudulently using them.

Steven Rothstein paid American Airlines $250,000 to be able to fly first class anywhere for the rest of his life. Two years later he paid an addition $150,000 to take a companion with him.

It might be possible that he used his pass for speculative bookings and would cancel it at the last moment which is a nightmare of an airline.


There are lot of problems with airlines with regards to speculative booking. American Airlines has the following policies on its website

Policies

  • Duplicate Bookings – AA will monitor booking activity at the travel agent level in order to identify duplicate bookings. American Airlines definition of a duplicate booking is the use of the same passenger name for an additional flight for the same market, date, IATA number, regardless of flight number, class of service or status code. You should never book duplicate space, as this is a waste of your time and a loss to us.
  • Fictitious Bookings – Fictitious bookings could include those with name field items that read test / traveler / tourist or a surname with fictitious initials, i.e. A / B / C / D / E. Please avoid the practice of holding space under speculative passenger names. We will monitor booking activity at the travel agent level in order to identify fictitious bookings.
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    Today Qantas became the first airline to fly a commercial flight to USA (Los Angeles) on the world’s largest commercial aircraft, Airbus A380. The current flight numbers for the the Airbus A380 are QF 11 and QF 12. The flight will allow passengers to fly Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) or Brisbane (BNE). The airplane will also fly a weekly flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles.  Currently the airlines is running a limited seat pricing for a round trip on the Airbus A380 for less than $1000.

    The flight landed at LAX on runway 25L in the South Airfield at 7:26 am. After landing the plan head over to Tom Bradley International Terminal for arrival procedures.

    The A380 Welcome Party

    The A380 Welcome Party

    The flight was welcomed by “Qantas Ambassador-at-Large John Travolta, Australian
    entertainment legend Olivia Newton-John and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R.
    Villaraigosa.

    Features of the Qantas Airbus A380 (from Market Watch Article)

    • 14 single private suites in First Class featuring a 17 inch LCD wide screen video monitor, a unique touch screen control unit, and a seat (manufactured by B/E Aerospaces’s VIP jet group) that swivels into a comfortable armchair and a fully flat, extra long and wide bed;
    • the next generation of Qantas’ award-winning sleeper seat Skybed in Business Class, which now offers an extra long and fully flat bed with ergonomically enhanced cushioning, a larger in-arm entertainment screen, additional storage options and more privacy;
    • a private lounge area in the upper deck Business Class cabin featuring leather sofas, a self-service bar, large video monitor with laptop connectivity and a feature display cabinet;
    • Premium Economy seats by Recaro, with fully adjustable, in-arm, digital wide screen television monitors, and a self service bar dedicated to the upper deck Premium Economy cabin;
    • Recaro seats in Economy Class featuring a sliding base that moves with the seat back to create a more comfortable, ergonomically tested position to aid sleep and eliminate pressure points and a foot net to stop sliding during sleep;
    • four self-service bars in Economy Class; and
    • state-of-the-art Panasonic inflight entertainment system with more than 100 on demand movies, 500 television selections, up to 1,000 audio CDs, 30 PC style games, and a selection of audio books, language tutorials, destination information, business education and radio channels.

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    Vietnam’s finance ministry is cutting down import duty on fuel and oil products from 15% to 5% to maintain the same cost of air travel. I wonder if the US government can step in to decrease some taxes on fuel and/or other things on airlines to allow airlines to offset the loss?

    From Reuters UK

    Fuel costs, which account for a third of Vietnamese
    airlines’ operating expenditure, have been driven up by rising
    world oil prices, while the government said it wants to keep
    prices of essential commodities including airfares unchanged
    through June.

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    Today (April 4th 2008), Jetblue Airways announced the customers can buy tickets via Paypal (Acquired by Ebay in October 2002 for $1.5 billion)

    Advantages –

    • Customers do not have to share their financial information with the airlines.
    • Helpful for consumers who do not want to fill out forms of data.

    Makes me wonder, shouldn’t an airline website should be secure enough not to make customers uneasy about sharing their information.

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    Virgin Blue group launched its three class premium international airliner, V Australia with daily service from Sydney to LA.

    Mr Branson claimed, “With Virgin Blue flying within Australia and to New Zealand and the
    South Pacific and Virgin Atlantic between Australia, Hong Kong and
    London, V Australia flights to the United States are the obvious last
    piece of the puzzle

    Currently, the airlines is offering return fares of $999 between Sydney and US.Facts about V Australia –

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