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How bad can economy class be?

Traveling coach class is not pleasant, but how bad can it be? Business Insider Australia tries to answer this question by ranking the worst airlines based on their economy class.

However, they use data compiled by Skytrax on such measures as seat comfort, inflight entertainment, meals, and inflight service. Therefore, Business Insider Australia’s list is unreliable.

When the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA)

investigated complaints about Skytrax’ ranking method, it upheld all complaints.  

ASA told Skytrax not to imply that the reviews on their site...

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Is Turkish Airlines islamizing?

Turkey is a secular parliamentary republic even though 99.8% of the population is Islamic and prime-minister Erdoğan's Islamic AKP party received 49.8% of the votes in the 2011 general elections.

The Turkish state holds a 49.12% stake in Turkish Airlines and there seem to be at least 3 signs that the carrier is subject to Islamic influences to an increasing extent.

First, the carrier has launched a cabin uniform design project that stresses traditional Turkish values. So far it did not yet present the new cabin outfit.

Second, the...

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Smart upgrades

Airlines in Europe have problems in filling the front of their planes. Premium travel to the Far East and the Pacific is almost 5% down on a year ago.

Austrian Airlines responds by introducing 'smart upgrades'. If you purchase an economy ticket you can bid for an upgrade (unless you bought it in China, India, Israel, Japan, Thailand, Turkey or United Arab Emirates).

You can bid either immediately when you book or later on up to 72 hours before departure. The question is whether it is worth for passengers...
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British Airways and Lufthansa change rules

Lufthansa has changed its baggage rules by switching to the number of bags rather than the weight alone for tickets purchased from June 1, 2011. The free baggage allowances are now differentiated according to the service class flown.

If you fly economy you can check 1 bag weighing up to 23 kg (50.5 lbs). Frequent travelers (silver) and senators (gold) can check 2 bags.

Business class passengers can check 2 bags up to 32 kg and senators 3. First class passengers can check 3 bags up to 32 kg...
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Fine print

Astrid added a comment to the article “Can I be denied boarding?”. At Cheaptickets she purchased a KLM-ticket with several segments of which the first leg is the train ride to the airport. She wonders whether KLM Royal Dutch Airlines can legitimately deny her boarding if she would not arrive at the airport by train. Nowhere on the site, she argues, you can find that you really must take the train.   Most likely she means Cheaptickets’ site. However, whether an airline can deny you boarding depends on its conditions...
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The sexiest flight attendants

Virgin Atlantic has the most attractive cabin crew. This is the result of a survey that the Business Travel & Meetings Show in London carried out among 1,000 British business travelers.

The Virgin flight attendants wear red hot uniforms and are therefore often called “red hotties”. Virgin also portrays them as sexy and glamorous in its advertisements.

Other airlines’ cabin crews hardly count with the British business travelers. The result of the vote is as follows:

1. Virgin Atlantic (53%)
2. Singapore Airlines (18%)
3....
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