August 20, 2010

Weekly Airline News Roundup – A Plethora

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It feels like there was a plethora of news in the airline industry this week. TAM and LAN want to merge, which would form the largest airline in Latin America. What could have easily been a more gruesome incident, a plane crash in Colombia killed one person of the 124 on board when it split in two upon landing.

US Airways is beefing up its service out of New York, while analysts ponder whether it is a direct threat to Delta. American Airlines plans to charge extra for the front row. Lithium batteries may be the next threat to airline safety, though there is a fierce debate about whether cell phones are actually a risk to safety.

Talking Travel Tech site, Tnooz, talks about the top ten international airlines and how they use Facebook and EL AL is setting up a new international alliance.

Bellingham is becoming a more popular airport to fly out of because of cheaper rates. Where’s that, you ask? Southwest is thinking about flying bigger planes, but their flight attendants are demanding the airline consider their job duties and pay before moving forward with the decision.

Senators are looking to change airline pet policies. And everyone is mourning the loss of those puppies and trying to figure out how they died.

Pan Am fans (the airline, not the performer) want a museum built in Miami to honor its legacy.

Safi Airlines, in Afghanistan, doesn’t even try to sugar coat their travel experience with a scary inflight magazine, which includes, “an article on Kabul heroin addicts, photos of bullet-pocked tourist sites and ads for mine-resistant sport-utility vehicles.”

We signed our agreement with EL AL this week, rocked out with Daughtry, and sold out of our ever-popular All You Can Jet Pass in 60 hours flat!

As always, safe travels and have a great weekend! Thanks for reading!

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