Category Archives: Airlines

A religious airline

The Israeli carrier EL AL is a religious company because passengers are subject to religious rules. The airline doesn’t operate on the Jewish Shabbat and religious holidays (Friday night and Saturday). Women and men don’t have equal rights onboard as the carrier favors male passengers. There have been many incidents with ultra-Orthodox male passengers refusing to sit next to women. Such incidents may result in delays. That is why many passengers interpret El Al as the acronym for Every Landing Always Late.

Apartheid at El Al

Flight attendants facilitate this...
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Dress to impress

On October 6, 2020, Kayla Eubanks (22, pictured) has a ticket for a Southwest Airlines flight, but is denied boarding due to her attire. The gate agent tells her that passengers may look at her in her attire and be offended. When Eubanks asks her to be more specific, the agent says that her halter top is the reason she can’t be let on the flight. Next, Eubanks asks the agent to produce a copy of Southwest’s dress code. Although she seems to be looking for it, she...
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More state aid for airlines?

House speaker Nancy PelosiHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi (picture) is optimistic about bipartisan support for aid to the US aviation industry as part of a broader stimulus. Her optimism stems from the impression that Republican support for airline jobs relief seems to have grown lately. Nicholas Calio, president of the trade group Airlines for America, emphasizes the importance of bipartisan negotiations. They should shed light on the amount of the aid - possibly some $2 trillion - and the distribution over particular industries including aviation.

Stimulus package

Airlines are lobbying members of...
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A new aircraft: Flying-V

The aerodynamic shaped Flying-V is an energy-efficient and sustainable aircraft of the future. Its short history starts 1½ years ago. The Dutch Technical University Delft and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announce they are going to work on Flying-V. After extensive wind tunnel and ground tests a scale model is ready to fly. Therefore, a team of researchers, engineers and a drone pilot from TU Delft travel to an airbase in Germany. The first successful test flight is now a fact. Click here...
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No change fees, but be aware

American, Delta, UnitedAirline surcharges and fees are usually unrelated to cost. An exception is the fuel surcharge carriers collect when the oil price is high. The last time is already quite a few years ago. But when the oil price plummets a fuel surcharge loses its plausibility. Some carriers find a solution by changing the name into international surcharge.

Bogus fee

Obviously, it doesn’t matter that this name is meaningless for it is just a bogus fee. Airlines are creative in inventing new charges like seat reservation fees, etc. Most of them are unrelated...
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Emirates covers corona related cost

Emirates crewAirlines are experiencing problems to find passengers. Many people prefer to stay in the safety of their home rather than traveling the world. Although some carriers are offering inexpensive tickets, quite a few are still asking high prices. But rebooking a flight is now practically free.

Health insurance

Some airlines are trying to entice flyers by attaching new and in some cases interesting conditions to their tickets. One of them is Emirates. If you book your flight on Emirates you’ll automatically receive free cover for COVID-19 related cost. Thus, it does...
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