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Bad news for American Airlines’ Advantage program members, as the airlines is cutting some popular routes. Starting March 1st 2012, Airlines will stop flying the 14-hour direct flight from ORD-DEL-ORD.

Also, they will stop flying to Burbank, California.

The historical financial performance of the route and its future outlook given the global economic climate and high oil prices has resulted in a decision by American to cancel its New Delhi (DEL) – Chicago O’Hare (ORD) service.

o The last flight to leave for India from Chicago will be on February 28, 2012, while the last return flight from India to Chicago will operate on March 1, 2012.

o AA will continue to offer travel choices between the U.S. and India in conjunction with oneworld partners British Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and Finnair, via either London Heathrow or Helsinki (summer only), and through its codeshare partner Jet Airways via Brussels.

o The route is operated by three-class Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

DFW-Burbank Service

o Flights between DFW and Burbank will be cancelled effective Feb. 9, 2012.

o Unfortunately, the cancellation of the DFW-BUR flights will result in AA exiting the Burbank market and closing operations at the BUR station.

o Customers can continue to reach Burbank as a destination by flying into Los Angeles, one of American’s cornerstone markets.

o American does not maintain employees in Burbank, as ground handling operations are provided by a third party, Airport Terminal Service.

From Dallas News

Makes me wonder, at this pace, if the Airlines will go from World’s largest airlines to smallest?



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Lucie R, 47-year old Air France flight attendant dubbed as “Mile High Pickpocket“, is facing ten years in prison after admitting stealing from business class passengers as they slept on long-haul flights typically on flight from France to far east countries. She was finally arrested when she got off a Tokyo to Paris flight at 4.30am (local time)  last Friday.

‘It would all go missing on the routes she was working on,’ said a source close to investigators, who looked at 142 flights taken by the woman, who is married with children.

‘She knew that many of the passengers would fall asleep following a large meal and lots of alcohol.

‘This is the time that she would start rifling through their property, helping herself to whatever she could find.’

[Daily Mail]


She would steal credit cards, designer jewellery and cash as the passengers would fall asleep after having alcohol and big meal. The racket seemed to have been successful for her as despite her $61,000 annual salary, she would  regularly turned up for work in a top-of-the-range sports car and was buying plush apartments close to the airports where she worked.

Have you guys ever had any theft on flights? I have never seen or heard one before!


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United Flight 935 (Boeing 777) with 196 passengers, 12 crew and 3 pilots, was flying from Heathrow (London UK) to Los Angeles (USA) over the Atlantic Ocean when it hit turbulence. The turbulence resulted in 4 passengers suffering with fractured bones and 1 flight attendant spraining her ankle. The seat belt sign was off when the plane hit the bump that resulted in the rapid altitude loss. Since the sign was off, there were passengers walking in the aisles resulting in the injuries.

The flight ended up landing at Montreal (Canada) around 1:15 p.m. and aircraft was taken out of service. United Airlines provided another aircraft from passengers to be flown from Montreal to Los Angeles.

So, please whenever you are flying keep the seat belts on!


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Today (May 12 2009) Al Afriqiyah Flight 8U771 (Airbus 330-200) that was flying from Johannesburg (South Africa) crashed yards before the Tripoli Airport at Libya. Among the 104 passengers ( 93 passengers and 11 crew) only one person survived – one Dutch child aged between 8 to 10 years.


“The little boy has now come out of surgery, he was treated for fractures suffered during the crash,” a Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesperson told ABC News.

“We hope our colleagues will be able to see him soon to establish his identity,” she said.

Source: abcnews.go.com



With his head bandaged and breathing through an oxygen mask, this is the sole survivor of 104 passengers and crew on board a Libyan Airbus that crashed in landing at Tripoli airport this morning.

The Dutch boy, believed to be between eight and ten years old, is being treated at a Tripoli hospital after he was flung clear by the explosion as Afriqiyah Flight 8U771 disintegrated just one metre from the runway.

He appears to have escaped with minor injuries including broken bones. He is expected to survive.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk


It seems like a miracle that the boy was saved during the horrible plane crash.

There have been other cases of sole survivors of plane crash. Overall there have been 14 sole survivors of a plane crash and surprisingly 10 of them have been children.

Last June, a 14-year-old French girl was the sole survivor of a Yemeni plane crash off the Comoros Islands.

Bahia Bakari attributed her survival to being ‘ejected’ from the Airbus A310 which broke up on a flight from Paris.

She is thought to have escaped through a small gap in the broken fuselage.

Her size, youth, and good health were all viewed as vital factors in enabling her to survive.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

From mizozo.com

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The new tarmac rule of airline passengers goes into affect from today. The rule is – the airlines will be fined up to $27,500 per passenger for tarmac delays that exceed 3 hours. The rule does not apply to international airlines.

There are two exceptions –

  1. A pilot doesn’t have to deplane passengers if he determines there’s a safety or security issue.
  2. If air traffic control tells him that deplaning would disrupt the airport.

So, if you don’t have a gate available at the airport, then no fines, since passengers can’t walk on the tarmac.

So, should we rejoice? I say no! There is no reason for us to rejoice at all. My reasons –

  • Airlines will tend to cancel flights that might look like taking too much delays. This means that they will have to rebook all the passengers on other flights and if you are not high up on their frequent flier program, you can be stuck for a long time.
  • Some delays are genuine and understandable (like snow in Dallas, which results in a long wait time for deicing) and return to the gate will result in even worse delays.
  • If there are no gates available for the airline, then forget deplaning!
  • The passenger doesn’t see any part of the fine or does he/she?

Delay at the tarmac is just one fix to the whole line of problems. Before it, the government should have looked at the following –

  • Improving the air-congestion in areas like New York.
  • Imposing a rule that each terminal at the airport should have spare gate (s) to be used when all are occupied.
  • Airlines should not be allowed to overbook flights
  • Improve the tarmac congestion by better management of traffic – in and out.
  • Improve airport constructions to improve traffic – in and out. Example – Philadelphia’s parallel runways obstruct both in and off traffic.
  • Make airlines to post better departure times or arrival times.
  • Fine for missed bags

What do you guys think?

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This summer RyanAir is going to start charging for use of on-board toilets. This means that either –

  • You relieve yourself before the flight
  • Hold on till it lands
  • Carry coins, enough for the whole family (worst if you hate carrying coins like me)
  • Wear this – Adult Diaper

Last year, there was news about Ireland based low cost carrier RyanAir considering the idea to charge passengers to use the plane’s toilets. Well, the idea is now a reality!

RyanAir to start charging for toilets on their planes!

Starting this summer, all on-board toilets on RyanAir planes will become coin-operated, forcing passengers to pay £1 or one euro.


Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said: ‘By charging for the toilets we are hoping to change passenger behaviour so that they use the bathroom before or after the flight.

‘That will enable us to remove two out of three of the toilets and make way for at least six extra seats.’

The airline mooted the idea of toilet charges last year but backtracked after criticism.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk


What if it is an emergency call and I don’t have any coins left from my earlier use? Also, is there a time limit to each visit?

via Mizozo.com

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When will the airlines stop adding new ways of charging a passenger? Makes you wonder, what does an airline ticket mean to a person – is it just the seat on the plane for the flight?

Airlines seem to be trying to find new ways to add more costs for travellers. Airlines are already charging for in-flight food, blankets, headphones, checked baggage, pillows etc. but charging for carry-on luggage might be a little too much.

Spirit Airlines, ultra-low-cost US airline, has just done that! The airlines is charging $45 for each carry-on luggage on an airplane. The charge applies to anything that cannot be stowed under the seat. The fees goes into effect for reservations made for travel on or after Aug 1 2010.

The airline calls itself an ULTRA low cost airline, which means that in the age of low-cost airline, this airline is dirt-cheap!


Spirit Airlines’ ULCC (Ultra Low Cost Carrier) approach liberates customers from being forced into paying for services they do not desire or use. When customers are seeking the best value in travel they can choose a low fare at spiritair.com and select the services and options appropriate for their travel needs. Spirits ultra low cost model driven from numerous efficiencies, new aircraft, advanced technology and dedicated staff allows the airline to take this approach offering savings to millions of customers in The Caribbean, Latin American and The United States.

Like the automobile, brokerage and computer industries, Spirit’s approach offers standard product features and options:

Spirit Standard ULCC Product Features
– Ultra low fares
– Largest ULCC network in The Caribbean & Latin America
– Online check-in
– One Carry-On Bag
– Reliable, on-time service
– Clean, new airplanes, the youngest Airbus fleet in the Americas
– Deluxe leather seating
– Friendly staff
Spirit Optional Services & Products
– Hotels, Cars, Vacation Packages & Cruises
– Event Tickets, Golf Tee Times & Tours
– Travel Insurance
– Onboard beverages and snacks
– Discounted Airport Parking
– Checked baggage
– Personal Cargo

Obviously we are proud to have broken the rules and created arguably the best airline in the Americas. But don t take our word for it; book Spirit for your next trip so you can see first hand what everyone is raving about. We must warn you however, you may kick yourself for not switching to Spirit years ago.

Source: www.spiritair.com


Not sure if other airlines will follow the lead or not. Though I would add that this would mean a serious revenue stream for any airline people will now have to pay for luggage – either for checked, carry-on or both.

But then, it is worth it? Wouldn’t the passengers feel that airlines are nickel and dime-ing them for everything? Is an “a la Carte travel ticket” the future of airline?


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