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On-Time Departures (30-Nov.): Fast Cars, True Love, and the TSA

November 30, 2007 | Posted in: Airline News | 2 comments

Some of my favorite bloggers covered stories that ran the travel industry gamut this week. You can get tips on meeting the guy or girl of your dreams while waiting for a plane, how to rent the perfect sports car, and much more. Keep reading to see what stories you might have missed…

On-Time Departures (30-Nov.): Fast Cars, True Love, and the TSA

NEW Top 12-List: Slowest Single “Wait Time” Per Airport

November 30, 2007 | Posted in: Airline News,Security,Travel Tips | 14 comments

As promised, we are revisiting the subject of the “slowest single security line in the busiest airports”.

Once again, the information on “wait times” comes from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Other data and criteria we used:

  • Airports: We selected our airports from a “Top 40″ list of U.S. airports, the “busiest” ones, based on passenger enplanement statistics from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  • Days/Times: We selected as our “target” Fridays from 2pm to 6pm (local times) during the weeks from Nov. 2 through Nov. 30 (in order to show a “busier” time than emerged from our earlier list)
  • Maximum “waits”: We purposefully chose to highlight the single slowest line, at a single security-check point, per airport. We did NOT choose to highlight multiple long lines at an airport or terminal; such a list might show only JFK in the Top 10. By highlighting a single “slowest line” per airport, we hope to show you a variety of “waiting in line” experiences.

And the airport with the longest “wait time” at a security-checkpoint? Top honors go to…JFK. Keep reading for the rest.

NEW Top 12-List: Slowest Single “Wait Time” Per Airport

Problem: Not Enough Pilots. Solution: Fewer Flying Hours?

November 30, 2007 | Posted in: Pilots,Travel Safety | 3 comments

I can’t say I’m with the International Transport Association (ITA) on this one; according to this article from the Wall St. Journal, the ITA (which represents major airlines worldwide) says there is a “looming crisis” because of a lack of pilots.

Okay, fair enough.

What I’m not crazy about, is their solution to this crisis. Maybe you’ll find it troublesome, too.

Problem: Not Enough Pilots. Solution: Fewer Flying Hours?

Northwest and US Airways Match Delta $20 Roundtrip Increase, Continental Last Legacy on the Sidelines

November 30, 2007 | Posted in: Airfare News,Airline News | 0 comments

Tonight in the 8:00pm EST U.S. domestic airfare distribution the FareCompare.com proprietary airfare processing system noted significant increase matching activity by Northwest Airlines, US Airways and Alaska Airlines.

Northwest Airlines significantly matched the $20 roundtrip increase (initiated by Delta late Monday) for both business airfares (those less than 14 days advance purchase) and leisure airfare in over 18,000 city pairs:

Northwest and US Airways Match Delta $20 Roundtrip Increase, Continental Last Legacy on the Sidelines

No Airbus A380 Dog & Pony Show for DFW

November 29, 2007 | Posted in: Airline News | 0 comments

Old media hands recognize a “dog & pony” show when they see one, and that’s what the “Traveling Airbus Tour” sure looks like.

One of the huge A380′s has been dropping in, here and there (Minneapolis, Orlando, Los Angeles) to strut its stuff (and just maybe, find some more buyers). Certainly, it’s got plenty of “stuff” to strut, including a wing span that’s just about as wide as a football field

One place not on the dog & pony trail was Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport; there were rumors that the A380 might pay a visit, but nothing was ever finalized. Kind of a pity, as DFW would be an exceptionally welcoming venue for the A380 …

No Airbus A380 Dog & Pony Show for DFW

American Eagle is Leaving the Nest

November 29, 2007 | Posted in: Airline News,News | 0 comments

The parent of American Airlines, the AMR Corp. says it will sell or spin-off its regional carrier, American Eagle, sometime next year.

And, as it often the case with such pronouncements, AMR’s stock promptly rose.

So what is American Eagle worth?

American Eagle is Leaving the Nest

Selling an Airbus Door-to-Door

November 29, 2007 | Posted in: Airline News | 0 comments

If you ask the folks at Airbus, their trip to Minnesota on Tuesday with an Airbus A380 superjumbo jet at their side was not a sales call. They simply wanted the good people of Northwest Airlines to see the plane up close. If you buy that, I have some oceanfront property in Arizona to sell you.

Keep reading to see if Airbus was able to close the deal…

Selling an Airbus Door-to-Door

United Airlines Begin Matching Delta $20 Roundtrip Increase

November 29, 2007 | Posted in: Airfare News,Airline News | 0 comments

Last night in the 8:00pm EST U.S. domestic airfare distribution the FareCompare.com proprietary airfare processing system noted significant increase matching activity by United Airlines.

United Airlines began a fairly significant match of the $20 roundtrip increase initiated by Delta Air Lines late Monday evening — $20 roundtrip increases from United are noted in over 12,000 city pairs (just less than 2/3 of a full match) for both leisure (14 or more days advance purchase) and business airfares:

United Airlines Begin Matching Delta $20 Roundtrip Increase

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