Archive for March, 2008

Aloha Airlines to stop service Monday

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Aloha Airlines is bankrupt and service will end after Monday, presumably with no more passenger or other services.

http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080331/aloha_bankruptcy.html?.v=2

Heathrow Terminal 5 Baggage problems

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Reports are coming in that the brand new Terminal Five at Heathrow is having baggage handling problems, and this has led to the cancellation of 33 flights so far.

Flights Cancelled as American and Delta do safety checks

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Delta has cancelled several flights to inspect them in line with the FAA rules that may not have been followed as closely as required:
Delta Grounds 133 Aircraft for Inspections Brian Finnegan at JetBlog! reports:
The airline is not sure how long the inspections will take but Delta cancelled about 56 flights out of Hartsfield Airport Wednesday evening. No flights to Tampa were affected but flights to Tallahassee, Sarasota, and Pensacola were …JetBlog! Interactive – http://pamablog.typepad.com/pama/

American cancelled some 200 flights over the past few days for similar reasons. This from the Huffington Post:

American Cancels About 200 Flights
26 Mar 2008 by The Huffington Post News Editors FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines canceled about 200 flights on Wednesday so its crews can inspect some wire bundles aboard its MD-80 aircraft.

There appears to be no reason for alarm on the part of travelers. These are fairly routine type inspections to make up for what may have been compromised inspection processes in the past. Air Travel is, in my opinion, actually far *too* safe. Risks more in line with what we experience with car travel would bring down the cost of flying dramatically, especially in the areas of security where the TSA’s massive, bloated budget and inefficient procedures threaten to cripple the American and perhaps even global Airline and Airport industry.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Lawsuit

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport has been sued by the family of a woman who died while in police custody. http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/law/03/26/airport.death/index.html

Our take on this tragic story is that the police are not the primary ones to blame here. The woman was acting inappropriately, was detained, and in attempts to escape from detention she died. A tragic case, but not a negligent one.

Aloha Airlines files for bankrupcy…again

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Aloha Airlines, which serves Hawaii, has filed for bankrupcy for the second time in three years.

More here

Hong Kong Airport to …

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

The Hong Kong Airport HKN, is actually on Lantau Island which is some 60 miles from the city of Hong Kong. But no need to worry because Hong Kong offers an excellent transportation sytem, many parts of which lead to and from the Hong Kong International. The ride into the city costs 100 HK dollars, or about $15 US. This takes you to the Hong Kong Central station where you can catch the metro to the many parts of the city which are located along the line from there. The massive ferry docks are also near Central Hong Kong and offer service to many parts of the islands around Hong Kong. Hong Kong International also has ferry service to many of the surrounding islands right from the airport.

Airport Codes and Distance Calculator

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

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Heathrow Terminal 5 opens for passengers

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

No lesser mortal than the Queen of England opened Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, a facility that cost amost 9 billion US dollars and will allow the processing of some 35 million passengers annually. Initially the terminal will only serve British Airways passengers.

India Airport Strike …. NOT!

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

The India Airport Strike has been called off, reports the Business Standard: http://www.business-standard.com/common/news_article.php?leftnm=lmnu2&subLeft=1&autono=316858&tab=r

The Standard reports that:

The Airport Authority Employees’ Union (AAEU) called off its two-day “non-cooperation” movement after claiming that Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel has assured them that contracts like those with airport developers in Hyderabad and Bangalore would not be signed in the future and that jobs in these airports would be protected.

India and China’s rapid expansion of airport capacity is an unparalled event in transportation history, and it remains to be seen if the substantial costs do not have many more unintended consequences.

Airlines to BAA – we want to break you!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

The UK Aviation authority that manages many of the key airports in the UK is under fire from several angles, not the least of which are many of the top Airlines in England.

The Times Online reports that most of England’s top carriers: BMI, EasyJet, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic are now calling for the breakup of BAA.

The angry airlines appear to be responding in part to BAA’s recent decision to increase airport fees.