Posts Tagged ‘Richard Branson’

The complaint letter was supposed to be sent to Sir Richard Branson and is supposed to be world’s funniest passenger complaint letter. Sir Branson has been confirmed to have called the author of the letter to thank him for the letter.

The letter goes like follows (from Telegraph) –

Dear Mr Branson

REF: Mumbai to Heathrow 7th December 2008

I love the Virgin brand, I really do which is why I continue to use it despite
a series of unfortunate incidents over the last few years. This latest
incident takes the biscuit.

Ironically, by the end of the flight I would have gladly paid over a thousand
rupees for a single biscuit following the culinary journey of hell I was
subjected to at thehands of your corporation.

Look at this Richard. Just look at it: [see image 1, above].

I imagine the same questions are racing through your brilliant mind as were
racing through mine on that fateful day. What is this? Why have I been given
it? What have I done to deserve this? And, which one is the starter, which
one is the desert?

You don’t get to a position like yours Richard with anything less than a
generous sprinkling of observational power so I KNOW you will have spotted
the tomato next to the two yellow shafts of sponge on the left. Yes, it’s
next to the sponge shaft without the green paste. That’s got to be the clue
hasn’t it. No sane person would serve a desert with a tomato would they.
Well answer me this Richard, what sort of animal would serve a desert with
peas in: [see image 2, above].



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Allied Pilots Association (American Airlines’ Pilots Association) has been vocal about their opposition to the proposed American Airlines and British Airways alliance. Recently, they have put on billboards around the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) Airport to display their opposition.

The application is – “BA and AA have applied to regulators in the United States and Europe for
antitrust immunity that would permit them to combine their route networks,
pricing, sales, marketing and purchasing power
. Iberia, the Spanish airline;
Finnair and Royal Jordanian are included in the submission but are secondary

From “Aviation Blog at Dallas News” –

One says:
AA’s Joint Venture? Higher Fares, Lost Jobs.

Good for Executives, Bad for America.

The other says:
AA’s multinational joint venture:

Is it good for America?

The billboards also include a web address to get more information, www.AmericanJobsAtRisk.com.

I do understand the big concern for other airlines at London’s Heathrow Airport like Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic. Richard Branson believes that the alliance will make a monopoly at London’s Heathrow airport and will drive smaller airlines out of the market. The biggest concern for Branson is that together the airlines can get even more market share.

But I don’t understand the American Airlines’ pilots, unless –

  • They beleive that some of flights to London will be removed, but then I don’t think there is enough overlap between BA and AA in those markets.
  • AA might not fly some of the potential future markets like middle east, asia, etc. This might be a legitimate concern.

Since this will be an alliance, none of the pilots can fly other airlines’ planes.

There is a big issue with old companies in US with unionized labor. It seems like the Unions and managment seem to have new philosophy  – “a company within a company safeguarding their own interests” rather than the original concept of “disallowing any labor exploitation”.

Maybe I am missing something?

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Kingfisher Airlines (merged into Deccan Aviation) became the second major private Indian Airlines after Jet Airways to get the permission to fly to foreign destinations. The aviation ministry of India has approved the airlines for seven flights a week between Bangalore and London on a Airbus A330 from August 26th 2008.

Kingfisher Airlines is run by Vijay Mallya who seems to be the Sir Richard Branson of India.

From Wikipedia – “Kingfisher is one of six airlines in the world to have a five-star rating from Skytrax, along with Asiana Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways.

From Press Trust of India

According to guidelines an Indian
carrier can fly abroad only after serving the domestic market for five
years and having a fleet of 20 aircraft.

Kingfisher Airlines was merged into Deccan Aviation with the
sanction of the Karnataka High Court. Following this, all the 43
aircraft on the Scheduled Operators Permit (SOP) of Kingfisher were
transferred and endorsed on the SOP of Deccan Aviation with the
approval of the DGCA.”

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In the times of ridiculously high oil prices and airlines losing millions every day, when all airlines are cutting down capacity and raising fares, there is one airline in US that is still bold enough to add more routes.

Virgin America, 75% owned by VAI parteners LLC and 25% owned by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, has announced a new service between New York’s JFK Airport and Las Vegas McCarran Airport. The service will start on September 4, 2008 and the fares will be priced at US $159 each way.

From M2

Virgin America is also planning to fly from San
Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport
to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport later this year, subject to
government approval.

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Virgin Atlantic‘s president Sir Richard Branson is considering axing the famous on-board massage (and manicure) treatments. He mentioned that the Upper class passengers (who are currently offered the service) would rather go to sleep, then use the service.
It was reported last week that all of the 280 beauty therapists had been called for a meeting. If the service is axed, the therapists will be offered regular cabin crew jobs or “be moved to an expanded
spa facility at Virgin’s Upper Class lounge at Heathrow.”

According to Wikipedia article –

Upper Class

Upper Class is the equivalent of business class on all Virgin Atlantic Airways’ flights. Virgin does not offer a traditional First Class cabin service and Upper Class is denoted by the International Standard of Service class code J, meaning “Premium Business Class”.
The Upper Class seat is claimed by the airline to be the biggest fully
flat bed compared with any other airline’s business class service (it
is approximately 202 cm long and 84 cm wide), however Singapore
Airlines has made a similar claim. The seat offers in-seat laptop power and power leads for iPods and Upper Class passengers have access to a chauffeur, the clubhouse (lounge),
a larger menu than that of Premium Economy and Economy passengers, an
in-flight bar, and in-flight massages. All but one aircraft (G-VSUN) in
Virgin Atlantic’s fleet have the Upper Class suite, and as with the new
Premium Economy product, G-VSUN will not have the suite until 2008.

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