AirAsia Flight from Indonesia to Singapore Missing

An AirAsia Flight, flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with Air Traffic Control. There were 162 people onboard. This year has been a year when we have asked the question too many times…how can a plane go missing in this day and age? We hope the end to this story is not…

Orders Dry Up for Big Planes

The people over at Jalopnick’s Flight Club have noted that orders for both the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A380 are minimal. No one ordered the Boeing 747-8 this year, and they have two cargo versions they did build waiting for a buyer. Boeing is reducing production to 16 per year, from 24 over a…

Swine Flew – Emotions Run High

An emotional support pig was kicked off a US Airways flight for being disruptive. The large brown pig allegedly stank up the aircraft before defecating in the aisle. Emotional support animals have become an increasingly common thing, especially since the DOT ruled that emotional support animals qualify as service animals. There are legitimate emotional support…

US Government Set Record for Fines in 2012

  While 2012 may have been the safest year in decades, the Department of Transportation levied a record number of fines against airlines for consumer rules violations, assessed 49 fines and $3,610,000 in penalties, up from 47/$3,264,000 in 2011, and 27/1,700,000 in 2010.   The airlines are not doing business in a significantly different manner,…

Flying was Safer in 2012

Air fatalities worldwide are down to 23 fatal crashes in 2012, down from 28 last year, down from an average of the last decade of 34 fatal crashes per year. Those 23 crashes generated 470 fatalities, down from an average of 770 people over the last decade. The U.S. hasn’t had a fatal accident of…

New Interline Baggage Rules Make Sense

Earlier this month, Janice Hough at Consumer Traveler wrotethat coming anti-consumer “interline” baggage rules were worse than baggage fees. With all respect to Ms. Hough, who is a travel agent, in this regard, we believe she is wrong, although we can understand her point of view. Let’s go over the issue. Interline baggage refers to…

Airplane Seatbelts are Pointless?

Is there anything Michael O’Leary won’t do for publicity? He’s gone on record claiming that seatbelt rules for aircraft are pointless. Apparently, he’s never heard of something called turbulence, or thinks it doesn’t apply to him…This is surprising. Back in September of this year, for example, turbulence hit a Ryanair flight from Dusseldorf to Palma Majorca,…

Codesharing: Why Bother?

Back in July of 2011, we made the Case against Codesharing. But lately, we’ve seen a few articles that have made us revisit the issue. Codesharing is where the airline that operates a flight(operating carrier), allows a second airline(marketing carrier) to place its flight number on the flight, and sell it as if it was…