Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Air Carrier Association of America

Air Carrier Association of America
Founded in February 1997, the members of the Air Carrier Association of America have brought affordable airfares to the American traveler. The deregulation of the airline industry was based upon new entry, open markets, and a level playing field. Our goals include enhancing security and safety requirements while improving the travel experience. In order to expand opportunities for airline competition, the Association works with airports, business travelers, consumer groups, and local officials to eliminate barriers that block meaningful competition by low-fare carriers. We want to ensure that carriers have the ability to compete at all airports throughout the U.S. We also want to ensure that all travelers have low-fare options. To achieve these results, we continue to urge Congress and government agencies, including the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, to take all steps necessary to promote the future of deregulation.

By promoting the availability of low-fare service, we have allowed American travelers to:

* Visit family members
* Go away to school
* Take hard-earned vacations
* Receive important medical treatment
* Visit hometowns and see old friends
* Provide valuable travel experiences for children and families
* Be there for the birth of a child or to be with a loved one
* Make valuable face-to-face contacts for business
* Take last minute trips

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

U.S. airlines halt most service in Japan after quake

U.S. airlines
U.S. airlines canceled most of their flights to and from Japan on Friday, although limited service remained after the country suffered a major earthquake that hobbled operations at Tokyo's main international airport at Narita.

The exact number of flight cancellations was unclear and airlines cautioned that the situation was rapidly changing after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and a resulting tsunami.

AMR Corp's American Airlines said it has canceled all of its Japan operations for Friday. The carrier said it had six flights inbound to Tokyo at the time of the earthquake.

"All of our flights that were leaving Tokyo did so prior to the earthquake," AMR spokesman Tim Smith said.

AMR flies to Narita International Airport and Tokyo Haneda and partners with Japan Airlines.

United Continental Holdings, formed from a merger last year of United and Continental, said it diverted seven United flights and two Continental flights from the United States to Narita. United has a hub at Narita.

The company has canceled 10 United U.S.-to-Narita flights for Friday and one U.S.-to-Narita for Continental, although limited service remains, spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said.

She said flights to Hawaii and Guam were unaffected so far.

Delta Air Lines said it had flight cancellations at airports in Japan. But the carrier, which has a hub at Narita and operations in Haneda, did not have an immediate total number of cancellations.

The earthquake was the most powerful since Japan started keeping records 140 years ago. It rocked the northeast coast and triggered a monster tsunami that hit Japan and threatened the entire Pacific basin.

Press reports said 13,000 people were stranded at Tokyo's Narita Airport and 10,000 people were stranded at Haneda Airport. Some outbound flights have resumed from Narita.

Major U.S. carriers in recent years have beefed up service to Asia to capture more of the business travel market.

U.S. airline shares were broadly higher on Friday with the Arca airline indexup 1.26 percent. Oil, which directly affects the price of jet fuel, slid more than $3 a barrel after the earthquake.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Jetstar’s inflight iPad app revealed

Jetstar’s inflight iPad app revealed
Jetstar is pushing ahead with plans to use the iPad for in-flight entertainment on its domestic and international flights beginning next month.

(The airline will be using the original first-generation iPad, not the latest iPad 2 model – so hopefully Jetstar is moving fast to take advantage of the cut-price deals now available to pick these up for less than $400 each!)

The iPads will be fitted with a custom case containing a second battery so they can run for over 20 hours between recharges.

The cases will be swapped out during the aircraft's turn-around time, although the iPads themselves will remain on board, with freshly charged battery packs being brought on board and fitted to the iPads for their next leg.

A flip-stand on the case will allow passengers to rest the iPad horizontally on the seat’s tray table, while the case also contains an RFID (radio frequency identification) chip to help prevent the iPad being stolen by light-fingered passengers.

Jetstar has also signed a "48 hour replacement agreement" with "an authorized Apple repairer" to ensure that problematic iPads are quickly fixed.

Each iPad will come preloaded with music, TV shows and music videos, games, ebooks and magazines. However the latest-release movies could be missing from the menu according to Stellar Inflight, the company tasked with lining up content for Jetstar’s inflight iPads.

In a presentation on Jetstar’s iPad plans during an aviation industry conference late last month (and snaffled by Mary Kirby at her Runway Girl blog), Stellar Inflight batted down questions over the available of ‘early window content’ – current screening or recent-release movies which have to be issued on DVD.
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Monday, April 4, 2011


San Antonio International Airport (SAT) has placed 1st in two separate categories of Airport Revenue News ’ (ARN) 2011 Best Concessions Poll. SAT was named the Airport with the Most Unique Services in the small airports category (4 million enplanements or less) and tied for 1st with Edmonton International for the Airport with the Best Concessions Management Team.

The award for the airport with the Most Unique Services is awarded to the airport that has responded best to passenger demands for convenient, high-tech business services such as high speed fax and internet, wireless capabilities, conference rooms, business service centers and/or other business amenities.

“ Our hard work and dedication to quality airport services is paying off." said Aviation Director Frank R. Miller. “ We strive to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction by not only providing our customers with a wide array of national retail brands but also incorporating the local flavors of San Antonio by partnering with regional restaurants and retailers. ”

The airport was also named the Airport with the Best Concessions Management Team, which is currently contracted with Unison Consulting. “ Unison is pleased that the airport ’ s excellent concessions program has been recognized by the industry, ” said Anthony Q. Drake, Executive Vice President of Unison Consulting. “ San Antonio is a great example of what happens when the City and its management company work together, with concessionaires, to meet the needs of the traveling public. ”

ARN ’ s Best Concessions Poll is voted on by a panel of industry experts, who choose from stores, restaurants and airport programs that have been nominated in an earlier process. Airport Revenue News is the airport industry ’ s leading trade magazine covering airport revenue issues. The ARN Best Concessions awards are one of the most coveted recognitions in the industry and are reflective of the excellence the airport and concessionaire winners bring to the business

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

DHS Secretary Napolitano Statement on Northwest Flight 253

Northwest Flight 253
"I am grateful to the passengers and crew aboard Northwest Flight 253 who reacted quickly and heroically to an incident that could have had tragic results. The Department of Homeland Security immediately put additional screening measures into place- for all domestic and international flights- to ensure the continued safety of the traveling public. We are also working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement on additional security measures, as well as our international partners on enhanced security at airports and on flights.

The American people should continue their planned holiday travel and, as always, be observant and aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior or activity to law enforcement officials.

Passengers flying from international locations to U.S. destinations may notice additional security measures in place. These measures are designed to be unpredictable, so passengers should not expect to see the same thing everywhere. Due to the busy holiday travel season, both domestic and international travelers should allot extra time for check-in."