As we enter week two of the Air France pilots' strike, the French flag carrier continues to warn passengers of possible flight disruptions. Last week, the airline grounded more than half of its flights, and the company is losing tens of millions in revenue by the day.
As of today, Air France is operating just 41 percent of its regularly scheduled flights. There's no end to the strike in sight.
The airline's pilots' unions went on strike after Air France-KLM announced its plans to beef up its low-cost carrier, Transvania. In short, the pilots anticipate the move to a low-cost model will affect pay and working conditions. The strike is huge: This is Europe's second-largest carrier, and it's the biggest labor dispute that Air France has seen since 1998. ... read more»
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JetBlue's announcement that Dave Barger will be stepping down as the company's CEO on February 16, 2015, comes as a shock. More shocking still may be changes to the airline itself.
This week, ground was broken on the 30-year-old Terminal 1 at LAX, home to Southwest, and the scourge of millions of air travelers whose flights departed from the overtaxed facility. ... read more»
Although it's no surprise -- the rumors have been circulating for months -- JetBlue's announcement that Dave Barger will be stepping down as the company's CEO on February 16, 2015, still comes as a shock.
Barger has been with JetBlue for 16 years, and is widely credited, together with company co-founder David Neeleman, with creating an airline that has inspired enviable levels of customer loyalty with its singular mix of high style, upgraded service, and value pricing. From a flyer perspective, JetBlue has been a huge success.
Wall Street has a different take on Barger. ... read more»
Los Angeles International Airport, the country's third-busiest, seems as busy reinventing itself as it is busy hosting arriving and departing passengers. The renovations to Tom Bradley International Terminal are ongoing. And the $300 million upgrade of Terminal 2 is due to be finished in 2015.
But the best -- or at least the most needed -- is just beginning.
This week, ground was broken on the 30-year-old Terminal 1, home to Southwest and AirTran, and the scourge of millions of air travelers whose flights departed from the overtaxed facility.
The terminal was used by 9.65 million passengers last year, the most of any LAX terminal. And its inability to handle that volume was clearly visible in the long lines of fuming flyers snaking out the doors and down the airport access road. ... read more»
What is it: Griffin Skyview hands-free travel mount for smartphones, e-readers, and tablets
Attach this device to the airplane tray-table latch to create a stable and adjustable mount for hands-free use of a smartphone, e-reader, or tablet.
Pros: The Skyview is easy to set up, and holds smartphones and tablets (up to 5.25 x 8 inches) equally well. It nicely spares users the neck pain that comes from looking down to read or watch a movie for extended periods of time. Really, it ends up delivering a very similar experience to a built-in seatback screen. And it's adjustable so when the person in front of you reclines, it still works. Also, it keeps your tablet off the germy, sticky tray table. ... read more»
Until yesterday, there was just one employee group at American Airlines that was not represented by a union: customer-service workers, including reservations and airport agents.
On September 16, in what the union calls "the largest labor organizing victory in the South in decades," 86 percent of American's 14,500 agents voted to be represented by the Communications Workers of America-Teamsters Association. Negotiations between the union and management on a new contract will begin shortly.
The pro-union result reverses a previous vote, in January 2013, when workers narrowly rejected the CWA's bid to represent them. What's changed? ... read more»