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.
September 19, 2012 |
In the first such fine of an international carrier, the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a $150,000 fine against Pakistan International Airlines for stranding passengers in Washington for more than four hours. Under federal rules, domestic airlines are prohibited from keeping passengers stranded on a grounded flight for more than three hours without allowing them to return to the terminal. On international flights, the limit is four hours. Airlines that violate the rules can be fined up to $27,500 per passenger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 |
Passenger Elliott Stone, who was returning from a martial arts tournament in South Korea, told CNN that he was sitting in the middle of the Asiana jetliner when it crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport. “All of a sudden the engine is just off,” he said. He said that after a jolt, the plane seemed to tip over and then burst into flames. “Everyone was pushing, rushing out,” he said. While fire officials said emergency chutes deployed, Stone told CNN, “there wasn't any slides or anything.
January 19, 2014 |
"Slim-line" seats, with thinner seat-back cushions, are increasingly popular with airlines because they weigh less and help squeeze more passengers into a plane. But the seats may not be so popular with passengers. A new survey by the travel website TripAdvisor shows that many passengers who have tried slim-line seats are not fans. In the survey of 1,391 travelers, the website found that nearly half weren't sure whether they had sat in slim-line seats. But of those who said they had tried the seats, 83% said they were less comfortable than traditional seats, 8% said the slim-line seats were more comfortable, and 9% said they couldn't tell the difference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2013 |
In the aftermath of a shooting at LAX on Friday that left one Transportation Security Administration dead and three others wounded, stranded air travelers were trying to make new plans or find their way home. The roads are blocked off near the intersection of Century and Sepulveda boulevards, and one of the main thoroughfares into Los Angeles International Airport and freeways leading into the airport were also closed. Terminals 1 and 2 are slowly reopening, with airport employees and concessionaires being allowed to enter first. Hundreds of people stood milling outside of the nearby Radisson hotel, spilling onto the sidewalk and into the street.
April 25, 1989
Robert Knisely, a Transportation Department official, told a congressional panel today that passengers, not the federal aviation trust fund, should pay for better aviation security.