Mar 29, 2009
If you plan to travel outside the U.S. this summer, there are new passport rules that you should be aware of. Effective June 1st, that any individuals crossing the borders over the age of 16 need to have a passport or passcard. The changes were made to tighten security at the borders. A passport is needed if you travel internationally by air, but if you decide to travel by land, by driving to Canada or Mexico, you can apply for a Passcard instead. Mar 28, 2009
The Federal Communications Commission has outlawed in-flight phone calls after airline crew unions and potential passengers complained about possible distractions of calling. The no-calls anathema in the U.S. airline industry runs counter to the experience in Europe, where OnAir's in-flight communications services, including calling, have been welcomed by passengers and crews. Mar 28, 2009
From checked luggage to in-flight food service and everything in between, travelers have been forced to pay extra for the 'extras' when flying. But if you're hoping those fees where a fleeting moment, think again. The reality is that those little extra airline fees resulted in millions of dollars of revenue for airlines, and at little stress to the traveler, according to airline executives. Mar 27, 2009
The world's airlines have scheduled 4.9 percent fewer flights for March 2009 compared with the same month last year, with a 3.3 percent drop in seat capacity, according to the latest statistics from OAG (www.oagaviation.com), the world's leading aviation data business. According to OAG, this is the eighth successive month of declines, and represents a reduction of more than 122,000 flights and 9.8 million seats year on year. The total number of flights scheduled to operate worldwide this month is 2.38 million, offering 289.8 million seats to travelers around the globe. The figures are revealed in the March 2009 edition of OAG FACTS (Frequency & Capacity Trend Statistics), the dynamic monthly market intelligence tool providing the latest data on current passenger airline activity around the world. Global airline schedules for the first quarter 2009 have dropped by 6.7 percent, or 491,000 fewer flights. This is the first time we have seen a downturn in Q1 figures since 2002, when the industry was absorbing the double impact of 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US and an economic meltdown from the burst of the dot.com bubble. Capacity for this quarter also has fallen by 4.4 percent, representing a reduction of 38.6 million seats. Mar 26, 2009
The US Federal Aviation Administration is considering adopting a new requirement concerning "self-help" escape exits if and when the European Aviation Safety Agency moves on a final rule. "EASA is working on a final rule that, among other things, would require Type III exits to have a fixed stowage point, similar to other types of exits," says the FAA. "This means that the Type III exits could not be removable hatches that require a person to find somewhere to place them [for example, on seats or on the wing]." Mar 26, 2009
US FAA officials will consider adopting a new requirement concerning self-help aircraft exits if and when the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) moves on a final rule. "EASA is working on a final rule that, among other things, would require Type III exits [to] have a fixed stowage point, similar to other types of exits," says a FAA spokesman. "This means that the Type III exits could not be removable hatches that require a person to find somewhere to place them (for example, on seats or on the wing)." Mar 25, 2009
The world banking crisis is making the risk of a major airline failure more likely because carriers will not be able to access funding for a rescue if they fall into trouble. "Airlines are now in a very weak situation - they have debt of $170 billion so we are in a much worse position - we don't have cash," says Giovanni Bisignani, director...