Jetblue Inaugurates New Service

Jetblue began service from New York’s JFK Airport to Nashville Airport today. This service kicks off six weeks of inaugurations, with a new Jetblue destination every week. On September 7, they will begin service to Houston’s Hobby Airport. On September 15, service to Aruba. On September 21, Sarasota-Bradenton Airport. On the 28th, Tucson Airport…and finally…

Westjet Looks to Join Oneworld Alliance

Westjet, the second largest airline in Canada, is holding talks to join the Oneworld Alliance. The Oneworld Alliance consists of American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Lan, Finnair and Iberian. Aer Lingus is scheduled to leave the alliance later this season, but new members, Malev Hungarian Airlines, Royal Jordanian, and Japan Airlines will be…

Strikewatch ’06 Update

The Star-Tribune reported that the Northwest Flight Attendants union has told the federal judge who postponed their planned strike that Northwest has little incentive to negotiate. No negotations are planned, and there is no reason to believe there will be any before the judge issues his final ruling on the matter. Mollie Reiley, the president…

5 Dirty Secrets of Airfares as Told by CNN

We recently reviewed CNN Money’s ‘5 dirty secrets of airfares’. We have added our own commentary. 1. Low cost carriers don’t always have the lowest fares – Remember, the legacy carriers are competing with them. If their fares were not comparable to their competiition, they’d lose all business. Revenue or yield management, which determines how…

Policing the Skies

The Travel Security Blog reports on the training given to air marshals. Given reports of what has caused these highly trained individuals to break cover and take charge of a situation, ie passengers who don’t obey the fasten seatbelt sign…we are curious about how the recent news that the marshals will now be allowed to…

Fast Pass

As reported by the Seattle Times, Seattle-Tacoma Airport has decided not to apply for the government’s Registered Travel Program. The TSA’s Registered Traveler Program is set to provide expedited security screening for passengers who volunteer biometric and biographic information and successfully complete a security-threat assessment. The information is collected by private organizations licensed by the…

The Goal of Terrorists is to Create Terror

Bruce Schneier, author of several books on security technology, comments on his blog. We must agree with Mr. Schneier and suggest that all click through and read his thoughts on the subject. If terrorists can cause us to hurt ourselves, to panic and suspect everyone of being dangerous, they have succeeded in striking a blow…

More Potty Humor

CNN reports that the pilot on an Air Canada Jazz flight from Ottawa to Winnipeg on Saturday returned from the airplane lavatory to discover he was locked out of the cockpit. With 30 minutes to go, the pilot went to the bathroom, leaving the first officer in charge. When he tried to return, the door…

Katrina at One Year

In a press release yesterday, Airtran resumed service from Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. With this move, all nonstop markets served from Gulfport-Biloxi prior to Hurrican Katrina have been restored, and flights are 120 percent of pre-Katrina levels.

Freedom of Speech is Dead

It is reported that on August 12, Raed Jarrar was about to board a Jetblue flight from New York’s JFK Airport to Oakland, CA. Allegedly, four officials, either from the airline or security stopped him and informed him he could not board with the shirt on. One apparently told him, “Going to an airport with…

USAirways Lowers Fares

In a press release earlier today, USAirways has announced a reduction in fares from Huntsville, Alabama. USAirways has lowered its fares in various markets and eliminated Saturday night stayover and roundtrip requirements in various markets as part of its attempt to transition to a Low Cost Carrier(LCC) model. LCCs are categorized, among other things, by…

MAXjet to Launch Las Vegas Route

MAXJet, the all business airline with service from the US to London Stansted Airport announced today they will be beginning service from Las Vegas on Mondays and Thursdays effective November 2nd. A press release can be found here.

San Jose Airport

San Jose International Airport, in the heart of Silicon Valley, is the largest US city still operating a major commercial airline terminal without jetways, forcing passengers to walk across the tarmac to board their aircraft. Airport officials are in negotiations with construction companies to rebuild the airport. Construction would begin next year with a demolition…

Potty Humor

Our colleagues at our sister blog, opening this week, Gadget Wisdom sent us this link from Slashdot A passenger lost his Ipod in the airplane lavatory, and despite advising the flight crew some minutes later, the plane is diverted to Ottawa and a bomb squad is brought in, prompting an investigation. Once again, the most…

What You Shouldn’t Put in Your Luggage

Last week’s entry on Candidates for an Award for Travel Stupidity referenced a 21 year old man, one Howard McFarland Fish, who had a stick of dynamite in his checked luggage. on a flight from Buenos Aires to Houston and onward to Newark. Further information, provided by the Sun Journal, indicates Fish bought it at…

Insanity is Boundless

A USAirways flight from Philadelphia to Houston was diverted to Tri-Cities Airport in Tennesee after a bomb threat was found in a note on board. Reuters reports that although all 52 passengers were offloaded, it turned out to be another hoax. Meanwhile, this woman, Janet Gregory, Age 66, was arrested in Charlotte, after she refused…

Comair Tragedy

On Sunday morning, a Comair Flight bound for Atlanta took the wrong runway upon takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky. All but one of the 50 people onboard were killed. We mourn the loss of life in this tragedy. For more news on this investigation, a fuller report is available here. What does…

New Routes and New Planes

Toledo Express Airport has been awarded $400,000 in grants for air service. The Small Community Air Service Development grant will be used to secure non-stop passenger air service to New York City. The federal monies will be used to offset any loss an airline might incur. Toledo was one of 25 airports to receive a…

Darwin Award Candidates

The Darwin Awards are ones given to those who contribute to the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who remove themselves from it…essentially people whose stupidity gets them killed. Here at Flight Wisdom, we honor those whose stupidity or lack of forethought in the current security environment impacts us all. Today, we salute…

Strikewatch ’06 Part 2

As we reported earlier, the Federal Judge deciding on the case of the Northwest Airlines Flight Attendants and their right to strike blocked them from going on strike today. He has issued an injunction, stating that a delay was necessary so that the legal issues under the Federal Railway Act could be explored further. We…

Strikewatch ’06 Part 1

In the tradition of the major news networks, we present our coverage of the Northwest Strike… Late Wednesday night, the U.S. Department of Justice sought to block a threatened strike, maintaining it would violate the Railway Labor Act, which does not allow strikes without both sides of the conflict being released from mediation. The Association…

Confirmed Standby

Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines announced today the introduction of confirmed standby for its passengers. Confirmed Standby is a newer concept in the airline industry. Previously, airline policy was very black and white. Either standby was not permitted for earlier flights or airlines would allow you to standby for earlier flights that day for free, and get…

Mama’s Boy

A 29-year-old man in Chicago opted to face arrest rather than face the disappointment of his mother. We must commend Madin Azad Amin for not wanting to disappoint her, although we question his intelligence. He was stopped on August 16th on his way to Turkey when an item resembling a grenade was found in his…

Sweet Freedom

We reported yesterday that the Dutch were holding twelve passengers from a Northwest Airlines flight to Mumbai. No evidence could be found that they were anything but difficult passengers. It appears they were merely rowdy. It is a lesson to us all…stay in your seat when the fasten seatbelt sign is on, remain quiet, keep…

Thank you for Not Talking

The deprecated No Smoking Signs on aircraft may soon be replaced by “No Mobile Signs” on some planes next year, Reuters reports. This is not a new idea. Some planes have replaced these signs with “It is Now Safe to Use Portable Electronics” messages. But this is a small portion of the overall aircraft, despite…