Tiny toilets on B737 MAX cause complaints

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Tiny Toilets on 737 MAX Trouble Flight Attendants, Passengers

 

By Bob Curley

 

Trying to wedge yourself into an airline toilet can be a minor act of contortion, and the “water closet” on the newest class of 737 jets is more confining than ever, Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelgoldstein/2018/01/22/tiny-toilets-on-american-airlines-737-max-annoy-flight-attendants/#53f927894f42) reported January 22, 2017.

 

Trying to wedge yourself into an airline toilet can be a minor act of contortion, and the “water closet” on the newest class of 737 jets is more confining than ever, Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelgoldstein/2018/01/22/tiny-toilets-on-american-airlines-737-max-annoy-flight-attendants/#53f927894f42) reported January 22, 2017.

 

American Airlines flight attendants are complaining about the cramped lavatories on the new class of 737 MAX jets, which are designed for longer range and low-cost operation. Airline personnel reportedly told CEO Doug Parker that the sinks in the restrooms are so small that passengers can only wash one hand at a time, and that water splashes everywhere when the sinks are used.

 

Also, flight attendants say that they are temporarily corralled in the galley whenever both lavatory doors are opened.

 

Passengers also have lodged complaints about the diminutive rest rooms, which were shrunk to allow the airline to fit an additional dozen seats into their 737 MAX aircraft. “I fit but my sides touch the wall and the sink while facing the toilet,” noted Gary Leff of View from the Wing. 

 

American Airlines has restricted the flow of water into the sinks to reduce the splashing, but the other issues remain unresolved.

 

 

 

American Airlines unveils NY-Chicago shuttle

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American Airlines Unveils NY-Chicago Shuttle, Other New Service

 

By Bob Curley

 

New air shuttle service between New York’s LaGuardia International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare international Airport will debut on April 4, 2018, American Airlines has announced.

 

New air shuttle service between New York’s LaGuardia International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare international Airport will debut on April 4, 2018, American Airlines has announced.

 

The business-travel oriented shuttle will depart hourly, with a total of 15 flights daily from dedicated gates and featuring extended check-in times for travelers and luggage, and free beer and wine service in the main cabin.

 

American also operates air shuttles between LaGuardia and Boston Logan International Airport, LaGuardia and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and between Reagan and Logan.

 

The shuttle service debuted alongside a major expansion in American’s flight schedule, with the addition of new routes and 52 new nonstop flights coming in 2018. These will include new flights from Philadelphia International Airport to Oklahoma City, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Pensacola, Florida; flights from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth to Panama City, Florida and South Bend, Indiana; and service between O’Hare and Walkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Pennsylvania.

 

The new flights will commence on June 7.

 

Vasu Raja, vice president of network and schedule planning for the airline, said that with the additions, American is “serving smaller cities more frequently [and] visiting places we’ve never flown before.”

 

The airline also recently announced new international service to Budapest, Hungary, Prague, Czech Republic, and Reykjavik, Iceland.

 

 

American Airlines moves to eliminate cash transactions

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Credit Cards Required to Pay Fees at More AA Ticket Counters

 

By Bob Curley

 

American Airlines is moving to eliminate cash transactions at airport ticket counters.

 

American Airlines is moving to eliminate cash transactions at airport ticket counters.

 

The Miami Herald (http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/business/airline-goes-cashless-at-miami-airport-20180117) reported January 17, 2018 that the airline has stopped accepting cash to pay for checked or overweight bags at Miami International Airport and more than 50 other locations, including New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

 

Travellers who don’t have credit cards are directed to nearby, ATM-like ReadyStations, which convert cash to debit cards for a $5 fee. The machines will dispense debit cards with up to $1,000 in value.

 

“Moving away from cash allows American to assist customers more efficiently. It also reduces the complexity of work for our agents who will no longer have to worry about handling cash, find exact change or close out a cash drawer at the end of the day,” airline spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello said in a statement. “In general, our ticket counter agents support the transition to a cashless environment.”

 

United Airlines went cashless at Miami International Airport about three years ago, and also refers passengers with cash to ReadyStation kiosks. Many are international travellers who carry cash to avoid steep transaction fees charged to their credit cards when they are in the U.S.

 

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IndiGo launches three-day sale

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IndiGo has launched a three-day special offer for passengers planning their summer travel.

Until January 10, 2018, IndiGo passengers can purchase discounted tickets for travel between February 01, 2018 and April 15, 2018. Airfares start from ₹999 for domestic routes and ₹1399 for international routes.

Customers will also be offered vouchers (minimum and maximum values of ₹100 and ₹600 respectively) for its ancillary services, in lieu of discounts on air tickets.

Booking Amount for each way 

Voucher details

Less than 1,000 One voucher worth 100
Between 1,000 and 1,500One voucher worth 150
Between 1,500 and 2,000Two vouchers worth 100 each
Between 2,000 and 2,500Two vouchers worth 150 and 100
More than 2,500Two vouchers worth 150 each

Further, HDFC credit card holders will be given a cash-back of up to ₹300 on one-way tickets and up to ₹600 on return tickets.

The special fares will be available on first-come-first basis and are non-refundable.

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IndiGo has launched a three-day special offer for passengers planning their summer travel.

Until January 10, 2018, IndiGo passengers can purchase discounted tickets for travel between February 01, 2018 and April 15, 2018. Airfares start from ₹999 for domestic routes and ₹1399 for international routes.

Customers will also be offered vouchers (minimum and maximum values of ₹100 and ₹600 respectively) for its ancillary services, in lieu of discounts on air tickets.

Booking Amount for each way 

Voucher details

Less than 1,000 One voucher worth 100
Between 1,000 and 1,500One voucher worth 150
Between 1,500 and 2,000Two vouchers worth 100 each
Between 2,000 and 2,500Two vouchers worth 150 and 100
More than 2,500Two vouchers worth 150 each

Further, HDFC credit card holders will be given a cash-back of up to ₹300 on one-way tickets and up to ₹600 on return tickets.

The special fares will be available on first-come-first basis and are non-refundable.

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New US domestic routes for premium Delta One

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Premium Delta One Service Coming to New U.S. Domestic Routes

 

By Bob Curley

 

Delta One, Delta Air Lines’ premium service featuring lie-flat beds, will be added on six new domestic U.S. long-haul routes in spring 2018.

 

Delta One, Delta Air Lines’ premium service featuring lie-flat beds, will be added on six new domestic U.S. long-haul routes in spring 2018.

 

Delta announced on November 20, 2018 that Delta One will become the premium service offering on flights between Boston and Los Angeles, New York/JFK and San Diego, JFK-Seattle, and JFK-Las Vegas beginning on May 1, 2018.

 

Delta One also will be offered on one daily flight each between Atlanta and Honolulu and Minneapolis and Honolulu beginning on April 1, 2018.

 

Delta Sky Miles Medallion Members will be eligible for unlimited day-of-departure upgrades to Delta One cabin on all domestic flights, the airline also announced.

 

The new premium service, which takes the place of First Class on these flights, was rolled out beginning in 2016 (https://www.businesstraveller.com/airlines/2016/08/17/delta-introduces-worlds-first-suite-business-class/) on long-haul international flights and transcontinental flights between JFK and Los Angeles, JFK and San Francisco, Washington, D.C. (Reagan) and LAX, and Boston and San Francisco.

 

Delta One is widely viewed as Delta’s response to JetBlue’s popular Mint service.

 

Delta One includes 180-degree flat-bed seats, chef-curated menus with seasonally rotating wines selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, In-seat power and USB outlets, seat-back entertainment screens, noise-cancelling headsets, and a TUMI amenity kit with Kiehl’s products. Travellers also will get complementary Delta Sky Club access, Sky Priority check-in, security, and baggage handling, priority boarding, and — in Los Angeles — Delta ONE at LAX check-in service.

 

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Airline mergers bad news for passengers says US report

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Report Says Travellers Lose When Airlines Merge

 

By Bob Curley

 

Airline consolidation leads to less competition, fewer choices, and reduced service to rural communities, making mergers bad news for consumers, according to a recent report from The Eno Center for Transportation (https://www.enotrans.org/etl-material/effect-airline-consolidation-passengers/).

 

Airline consolidation leads to less competition, fewer choices, and reduced service to rural communities, making mergers bad news for consumers, according to a recent report from The Eno Center for Transportation (https://www.enotrans.org/etl-material/effect-airline-consolidation-passengers/).

 

The Washington, D.C. based transportation think tank said that airline mergers have helped drive a 15 per cent increase in traffic at large hub airports, while traffic declined at small and medium sized airports.

 

“Airlines typically concentrate their traffic in a few large airports because of the efficiency advantages of connecting passengers,” the report noted. “Passengers using small and medium hub airports could be worse off as airlines have reduced service in several smaller markets.”

 

Consolidation also makes it harder for new airlines to enter the market, further hindering competition, the report said.

 

The Eno Center used the findings to argue against the proposal to give airlines control over the U.S. air-traffic control system. “Privatizing air traffic control would give even more power to the big airlines, allowing them to further concentrate flights and resources at the largest hub airports, and restrict access for low cost competitors,” according to the report.

IndiGo and Jet Airways add daily flights from Kozhikode to Doha and Mumbai respectively

 

IndiGo and Jet Airways have added daily flights from Kozhikode to Doha and Mumbai respectively. Flights commenced mid July onwards.

Flight 6E 1711 departs Kozhikode at 1225 and arrives in Doha at 1410. Return flight 6E 1712 departs Doha at 0350 and arrives in Kozhikode at 1035.

Flight 9W 426 departs Kozhikode at 1430 and arrives in Mumbai at 1620. Return flight 9W 425 departs Mumbai at 1020 and arrives in Kozhikode at 1210.

Currently, Kozhikode airport operates domestic flights to Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram and Delhi via Mumbai. Internationally, the airport operates flights to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Sharjah, Salalah, Al Ain and Riyadh.

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IndiGo and Jet Airways have added daily flights from Kozhikode to Doha and Mumbai respectively. Flights commenced mid July onwards.

Flight 6E 1711 departs Kozhikode at 1225 and arrives in Doha at 1410. Return flight 6E 1712 departs Doha at 0350 and arrives in Kozhikode at 1035.

Flight 9W 426 departs Kozhikode at 1430 and arrives in Mumbai at 1620. Return flight 9W 425 departs Mumbai at 1020 and arrives in Kozhikode at 1210.

Currently, Kozhikode airport operates domestic flights to Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram and Delhi via Mumbai. Internationally, the airport operates flights to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Sharjah, Salalah, Al Ain and Riyadh.

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IndiGo and Jet Airways have added daily flights from Kozhikode to Doha and Mumbai respectively. Flights commenced mid July onwards.

Flight 6E 1711 departs Kozhikode at 1225 and arrives in Doha at 1410. Return flight 6E 1712 departs Doha at 0350 and arrives in Kozhikode at 1035.

Flight 9W 426 departs Kozhikode at 1430 and arrives in Mumbai at 1620. Return flight 9W 425 departs Mumbai at 1020 and arrives in Kozhikode at 1210.

Currently, Kozhikode airport operates domestic flights to Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram and Delhi via Mumbai. Internationally, the airport operates flights to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Sharjah, Salalah, Al Ain and Riyadh.

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SpiceJet to launch third daily direct flight on the UDAN routes

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SpiceJet has announced its third daily direct flight on the UDAN routes of Hyderabad-Puducherry-Hyderabad, starting August 16.

The new launch is in harmony with the Prime Minister’s vision of enhancing regional connectivity in order to transform the lives of middle-class India.

With this addition, Puducherry will be connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Tirupati, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Vijaywada and Varanasi with onward connections from Hyderabad. 

Under the first phase of the Government of India’s UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme, the low-cost carrier has been awarded six proposals and 11 routes

Out of the six finalised proposals, four will cater to unserved markets of Adampur, Kandla, Puducherry and Jaisalmer while two will be for underserved markets of Porbandar and Kanpur. Flight operations have already commenced on Mumbai-Porbandar-Mumbai and Mumbai-Kandla-Mumbai routes from July 10.

“SpiceJet is glad to announce its third UDAN route and is proud to be a part of the nationalistic agenda of regional connectivity. The new flight will get Pondicherry closer to major destinations on SpiceJets’ network,” says Shilpa Bhatia, senior vice president, commercial, SpiceJet.

It will operate its Q-400 aircraft on this route. The airline owns a fleet of 20 Bombardier Q400 planes, which can seat 78 passengers. 

Flight No.

Origin

Destination

Departure

Arrival

Starting Fare

Frequency

SG 1004

Hyderabad

Pondicherry

1000

1120

₹3,040

Daily

SG 1005

Pondicherry

Hyderabad

1140

1310

₹2,800

Daily

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SpiceJet has announced its third daily direct flight on the UDAN routes of Hyderabad-Puducherry-Hyderabad, starting August 16.

The new launch is in harmony with the Prime Minister’s vision of enhancing regional connectivity in order to transform the lives of middle-class India.

With this addition, Puducherry will be connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Tirupati, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Vijaywada and Varanasi with onward connections from Hyderabad. 

Under the first phase of the Government of India’s UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme, the low-cost carrier has been awarded six proposals and 11 routes

Out of the six finalised proposals, four will cater to unserved markets of Adampur, Kandla, Puducherry and Jaisalmer while two will be for underserved markets of Porbandar and Kanpur. Flight operations have already commenced on Mumbai-Porbandar-Mumbai and Mumbai-Kandla-Mumbai routes from July 10.

“SpiceJet is glad to announce its third UDAN route and is proud to be a part of the nationalistic agenda of regional connectivity. The new flight will get Pondicherry closer to major destinations on SpiceJets’ network,” says Shilpa Bhatia, senior vice president, commercial, SpiceJet.

It will operate its Q-400 aircraft on this route. The airline owns a fleet of 20 Bombardier Q400 planes, which can seat 78 passengers. 

Flight No.

Origin

Destination

Departure

Arrival

Starting Fare

Frequency

SG 1004

Hyderabad

Pondicherry

1000

1120

₹3,040

Daily

SG 1005

Pondicherry

Hyderabad

1140

1310

₹2,800

Daily

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