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If you were planning to join or re-affirm your membership to the Mile High Club using UK’s Mile High Flights, then you are out of luck. UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), equivalent of  FAA, has refused to re-certify Mile High Flights, over fears distracted pilots could crash.  Mile High Flights is a Gloucestershire (UK) based air charter company that allowed passenger to have sex while in-flight on its Cessna C208 Caravan airplanes. The aircrafts are fitted with a queen size bed in the rear of the aircraft. The company was started in 2008 by Mike Crisp



Mike Crisp doesn’t plan to give up that easy as claims he has invested more than $15,000 in equipping the aircraft with fire-retardant sheets, upholstery and bedding.

Mike Crisp who founded the company in 2008, reported “I’m not giving up on what was a popular business idea because someone at the CAA doesn’t like the sound of what goes on in our plane.

“Joining the Mile High Club is something a lot of couples dream of and we were providing the chance to fulfill that particular fantasy. In our two years trading we had people from all walks of life wanting to join the club, from 21st birthday flights to 60th birthday ones.” (Source: avstop.com)

The company offers its passengers the option of two flight packages, “The Big One” at $854 (£640) for a 40 minute flight and the “VIP” for a 60 minute flight. In addition for a third person to travel along there is an additional passenger charge of $166.  

Mile High Flights reports on their website that the fight time “will provide you and your partner ample time to indulge in your ultimate fantasies and experience an adventure fit for Hollywood.” The site also states once you arrive that the airport (Staverton) you will be greeted by the pilot who will answers questions, assist with boarding and provide safety instructions before takeoff. Once on aboard, the passengers are provided with chilled champagne and strawberries, an aphrodisiac. When airborne the pilot will inform the passengers when it is safe to engage in sex.


What is Mile High Club?

The Mile High Club (or MHC) is a slang term applied collectively to individuals who have sex while on board an aircraft in flight. There is no known formally constituted club so named. However, since “membership” of the “club” is really a matter of an individual asserting they have qualified, the qualifications for membership are open to some interpretation.

Or an alternate definition – the term “Mile High Club” refers to two or more people engaging in sexual activity (sexual intercourse) at an altitude of no less than 5,280 ft (a mile high above the earth) in an airplane.


Why would someone like to join this Club?

  •  Bragging rights
  •  Vibration of the plane for easier arousal
  •  Fantasy of being a pilot or flight attendants
  •  Plane/Metal Fetish
  •  Taboo/Thrill

 

 

I would normally be OK with charter sex flights, but this time I agree with CAA. Cessna is a little too small for the sex act as the cockpit is right next to the make-shift bed. There is no way that a pilot will not get distracted with the sounds, visuals and movement! What do you think?

(from Mizozo.com)

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Starting sometime this month, Australian Airline Jetstar Airways will offer the iPad for passengers to rent for $10 on selected domestic routes. The iPad provided on the flight will have movies and television programs as well as games, e-books and music.

Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan said he expected the iPads to prove very popular onboard.

“Given the demand for the iPad so far, I anticipate it will have strong appeal amongst our passengers,” Mr Buchanan said in the statement.

“Based on demand for the iPads as part of the trial, we’ll be looking to roll out the devices across our entire domestic and international network later in the year.”

Source: news.smh.com.au

The company says the system will even allows for the iPad to be used during take-off and landing, when other electronic devices have to be shut off.

It is currently under trial and if it is successful, it might become standard on all flights.

It does make you wonder if US Airlines will consider a similar trail? A lot of airlines have cut back on the in-flight entertainment on domestic flights. It does make sense to rent out iPads that are light and are, if not bigger, almost the same size as a standard in-flight tv screen.

Is anyone listening????

From Mizozo.com

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Air New Zealand has come up with a new way of generating more revenue. Letting people buy 3 seats for 1 or 2 passengers on long haul flights. These seats are called “Skycouch” and the seats fold out to fill the space between the next to make a nice and comfy couch. Check the pictures below –

From Mizozo.com

The ‘Skycouch‘, a specially designed row of three seats, has been engineered to create a lie-flat, flexible space all the way to the seat-back in front, providing a place for the kids to play, or the holy grail of economy travel – a flat surface for adults to relax and sleep.

Twenty-two sets of Skycouch seats will be available, being the first 11 window rows in the Economy Class cabin.

For two adults travelling, purchasing the Skycouch will be based on buying two seats at standard prices with the third seat at approximately half price. Full airfare details will be announced when it goes on sale from late April.

Mile high club possibilities in Economy Class?

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A Best Buy executive, Armando Alvarez,  was denied first class upgrade at Washington DC’s Dulles Airport because he was too casually dressed for it. He was wearing a track suit.

From Mizozo.com

Best Buy’s corporate vice president Armando Alvarez was flying from Washington DC Dulles Airport to Connecticut on a October 26th 2009 on a United Airlines flight, when he was denied an upgrade request because he was wearing a track suit. He was using his miles to get the upgrade.
When he arrived at the gate and walked up to the counter, the agent told him he couldn’t fly first class because he was dressed too casually. He was wearing a tracksuit. And let’s be clear here: It was a Puma track suit. He says he packs his suits so they don’t get wrinkled during the flight.

Alvarez says he isn’t looking for compensation, but wants to call out United for his embarrassment.

“If this happened to me and I’m a United Airlines Red Carpet Club member then I believe it’s happening to other people and this must stop,” Alvarez said on Fox.

A day after the story made national headlines, a United Airlines spokesperson returned repeated calls from FOX 5. A spokesperson says they’ve identified the gate agent and he is a contract employee who works for Air Wisconsin.

The spokesperson says the employee was interviewed and security footage from the terminal is being reviewed as officials for both airlines investigate the incident.

United says there is no passenger dress code, but they cited two rules. Ticketed passengers can not be barefoot and must be clothed.

Aren’t airlines already losing enough money to get bad rep? Maybe next time I will have to wear a suit and tie while flying to Hawaii?

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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, JetBlue welcomed its new home at New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport. The airline moved from the old Terminal 6 to the new $743 million Terminal ($663 of which is covered by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey), Terminal 5.  The first flight into the terminal arrived at 5:05 am which was greeted by “balloons and cheering JetBlue staff members“. Yesterday night the airline sent an update on Twitter – “Flt 194 LAS-JFK taxis to its gate: Our last flight into JFK’s T6. ”
    (Translated, that was Flight 194, from Las Vegas to J.F.K., arriving at
    Terminal 6.)

    Highlights of the new terminal –

    • 26 Gates (can handle 500 daily flights)
    • 20-Lane security checkpoint
    • Free Wireless Internet Access
    • Children’s Play Area
    • 1,500 space Parking Garage

    For Architectural Details please read the Bloomberg Article. Some excerpts –

    JetBlue Airways has invented a loyalty-inspiring bargain brand with smart customer service and meaningful design touches — like bigger seats — that actually improve today’s degraded flying experience. A few of those touches still can be found within Terminal 5, but that savvy goes missing in the architecture of the building itself by New York-based Gensler, one of the largest architecture firms in the U.S.
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    Ryanair, Europe’s largest low cost airline headquartered in Dublin and well known for its cheap fares within Europe, is planning to launch a transatlantic “budget” airline between US and Europe in less than 3 years time. The airline will be operating a fleet of new aircrafts by picking up cancelled aircraft orders at Airbus and Boeing. Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, mentioned that the airline launch can be expedited if the there is a sharp fall in aircraft price due to a possible global aviation industry crisis.

    O’Leary added, “The business plan is done . . . but it has been parked until there is a
    big downturn in the industry and Boeing and Airbus are parking
    long-haul aircraft, so we can get a deal on prices
    ” (from here)

    This might be an interesting market (low cost transatlantic airline), becase a lot of airlines offer very cheap economy seats. The real pofit is in premium seats (business, first, envoy, etc.) where the customer who buys the seat  expects an “all-frills” service. Currently every airline seems to be investing the most in upgrading this service or even increasing the number of these seats to maximize profits.

    From The Guardian

    He added Ryanair would be “distinctly separate” from the new carrier,
    which will attempt to make a better fist of the low-cost transatlantic
    market than Zoom, the Canadian-British carrier that fell into
    administration in August. O’Leary also ruled himself out of running the
    new business, but said he might join other Ryanair investors such as
    Prudential and private equity firm TPG in backing the venture.

    O’Leary is also expected to offer a business-class cabin with flat beds
    at a lower cost than BA or Virgin Atlantic. The Ryanair boss added that
    he expected at least one British airline and two continental carriers
    to go bust within weeks as any benefit from falling fuel costs will
    come too late to save the least profitable businesses.

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