October 13, 2013 |
An arms race is heating up among airlines battling to lure passengers with a taste for luxury. Etihad Airways fired a volley in the war recently when it announced that it is offering the services of nannies and onboard chefs on long-haul flights from Los Angeles. The chefs will serve made-to-order meals only for customers in the “diamond first class” seats, but the “Flying Nannies” will help clean, pamper and entertain children throughout the plane. “It's all about how to differentiate yourself for regular travelers,” Etihad president and chief executive James Hogan said about the new services.
July 14, 2013 |
With Madrid-based Iberia Airlines, you can now bag it and tag it yourself. The airline claims it is the only carrier to let passengers print out luggage tags at home. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines tested the idea of home tagging for passengers flying from Seattle to Hawaii last year but has not continued the program. Alaska, along with several other carriers, lets passengers print out luggage tags from airport kiosks. Iberia passengers can print their luggage tags at home and download their boarding passes onto their smartphones.
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July 6, 2013 |
San Francisco International Airport was closed after a Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing on Saturday. It's unknown when the airport will reopen. Photos taken by a passenger on the plane shows people on the runway with smoke coming from the aircraft. In a brief phone interview, a passenger from the flight who didn't want to give his name told the Los Angeles Times that most of the passengers on the flight were unharmed. “I just want their families to know,” he said.
June 13, 2013 |
The furlough of air traffic controllers imposed by the federal sequester in April lasted only a week. But statistics released Thursday show that the resulting delays hurt the on-time performance of the airline industry for the entire month. The on-time rating for the nation's airlines dropped to 77.3% in April, compared to 86.3% for April of 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The carriers also reported canceling 1.8% of their flights in April, up from 1.0% in the same month in 2012, according to the federal agency.
June 3, 2013 |
The "nude scanners" are gone. The full-body scanners that used X-rays to create what look like nude images of passengers have been packed away and removed from airports across the country. The 250 or so machines were removed about two weeks ago, before the June 1 deadline set by Congress. But privacy advocates aren't satisfied, noting that the Transportation Security Administration is still using full-body scanners that employ a different technology. "They've never made a case that these scanners are better than using metal detectors or swabs to detect the use of explosives," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a research center that sued the TSA in 2010 over the use of all full-body scanners.
May 31, 2013 |
A Texas woman who claims she was injured by spilled coffee on a Continental Airlines flight is suing for $170,550. The suit by Lourdes Cervantes asks a U.S. District Court in Houston for a jury trial to seek damages against United Continental Holdings Inc., which took over when Continental merged with United Airlines. In the suit, Cervantes said the incident took place on a flight from Madrid to Newark, N.J., with Houston as the ulimate destination. She claims in the court document that a flight attendant was placing a hot cup of coffee on the seat-back tray in front of her when the passenger in the seat in front reclined, sending the coffee spilling onto her lap. Cervantes said she suffered second-degree burns on the inner thighs, resulting in permanent scarring and disfiguration.