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January 6, 2014
These industry wide cancellations, on top of the previous days’ cancellations, have now left millions of air travelers displaced, struggling to find any available seat to get to their destinations. With planes already full with previously booked holiday travelers, remaining seats are quickly filled, (for some of the other guys, even overbooked), and some customers aren’t seeing available seats for nearly a week.
A message from JetBlue • Explaining its decision to essentially shut down most of its operations in the busy Northeast Corridor as the airline (and others) recover from the major winter storm that’s wreaking havoc on the country. All in all, JetBlue is shutting down its operations at four of the biggest airports in the country for 17 hours. Ouch.
18:38 // 8 months ago
September 2, 2013
22:10 // 1 year ago
July 6, 2013

Fatal commercial airline crashes relatively rare in the U.S. in recent years

  • 2009 The last time a commercial aircraft crash in the U.S. proved fatal—Colgan Air Flight 3407, which crashed near Buffalo, killing all 50 aboard.
  • 2001 The last time a fatal crash involving any of the major domestic carriers—American Airlines Flight 587, out of Queens to the Dominican Republic—took place. source
16:09 // 1 year ago
BREAKING: An Asiana Airlines plane, carrying hundreds of passengers, has crashed near San Francisco International Airport. Details to come. (photo via BuzzFeed)
EDIT: According to KABC News, 290 passengers, including one infant were on board. Follow our tag for more.

BREAKING: An Asiana Airlines plane, carrying hundreds of passengers, has crashed near San Francisco International Airport. Details to come. (photo via BuzzFeed)

EDIT: According to KABC News, 290 passengers, including one infant were on board. Follow our tag for more.

15:24 // 1 year ago
June 17, 2013

BREAKING: Passenger on Hong Kong to US flight claims to have poisoned every person on board

poorrichardsnews:

Thankfully, the passenger has been restrained and there don’t appear to be any signs that he successfully poisoned anyone.

from ABC News:

A Newark-bound United Airlines flight is carrying a passenger who reportedly informed the crew that he “poisoned everyone on board.”

United Flight 116, from Hong Kong, is set to land at 1:30 p.m.

The passenger is being restrained by other passengers.

Law enforcement officials in New York and Washington, D.C., are aware of the incident and are responding.

There is no evidence that passengers have been poisoned, and officials believe the man who made the claim is emotionally disturbed.

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I will update this story with any new developments.

Crazy stuff right there. Definitely not something you’d want to deal with on a flight.

12:35 // 1 year ago
August 4, 2012
17:39 // 2 years ago
June 4, 2012
Scoot introduces in-flight iPad rentals to cut fuel costs … by cutting weight
Even with 40 percent more seating, the two tons shed by removing in-flight entertainment systems helped the airline cut the total weight of each plane by about seven percent. Fuel costs account for nearly 40 percent of all expenses, and with prices up 36 percent in the last two years, Scoot hopes the savings will allow the airline to continue to offer ultra-low rates. Parent company Singapore Airlines Ltd hopes that the cuts will allow Scoot to take back a portion of the 26% market share lost to fellow budget airlines Jetstar and AirAsia Bhd.
400 seats available on Scoot’s modified Boeing 777’s
free iPad rentals offered to passengers in each flight’s 32 business seats
$17.00 rental fee will be charged to other passengers that would like to rent an iPad
$122 cost of a one-way flight from Singapore to Sydney on Scoot source
(Photo via John Karakatsanis, hat tip to The Verge)
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Even with 40 percent more seating, the two tons shed by removing in-flight entertainment systems helped the airline cut the total weight of each plane by about seven percent. Fuel costs account for nearly 40 percent of all expenses, and with prices up 36 percent in the last two years, Scoot hopes the savings will allow the airline to continue to offer ultra-low rates. Parent company Singapore Airlines Ltd hopes that the cuts will allow Scoot to take back a portion of the 26% market share lost to fellow budget airlines Jetstar and AirAsia Bhd.

  • 400 seats available on Scoot’s modified Boeing 777’s
  • free iPad rentals offered to passengers in each flight’s 32 business seats
  • $17.00 rental fee will be charged to other passengers that would like to rent an iPad
  • $122 cost of a one-way flight from Singapore to Sydney on Scoot source

(Photo via John Karakatsanis, hat tip to The Verge)

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17:03 // 2 years ago
November 27, 2011

falconieri says: I would also imagine that airlines WANT you to buy your stuff. Your movies and entertainment. Last plane I was on headphones from 1949 were still $8.

» SFB says: To some degree this is true, but on the other hand, it’s not like they’re without options. (Plus, the FAA arguably doesn’t have jurisdiction over business motives like this.) Do you know how much they charge for wi-fi on some flights? That certainly makes up for the headphones. And on top of this, they could totally run a Starbucks-style closed network with free Netflix or something, and sell ads against it. They have options. — Ernie @ SFB

21:15 // 2 years ago
June 18, 2011

United Airlines dodged a bullet with their system shutdown

  • 10k number of flights canceled after a December snowstorm
  • 9k number of flights canceled after a similar January storm
  • 31 number of flights canceled due to United’s data outage Friday source

» That doesn’t seem like many, right? Yeah, you’re right … while there were another 105 delayed flights worldwide, the fact of the matter is, it happened on a Friday night – the best possible time for a total system shutdown. While travelers were understandably angry, it was the difference between thousands of angry people and hundreds of thousands of angry people.

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18:04 // 3 years ago
1:20 // 3 years ago