Gold and platinum members of Flying Blue – Air France/KLM’s frequent flyer program – can reserve seats in the so-called comfort zone, where the pitch is somewhat larger than in the rest of coach class, without paying a fee.
Recently, they got the possibility to include their seat preferences (window or aisle) in their profiles. Several members wrote us that KLM
One of them asks the...
Global airline safety performance is better than ever according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the industry's mouthpiece. This is based on "hull losses", accidents in which the aircraft is destroyed or substantially damaged and is not subsequently repaired.
However, hull loss is an insurance term that is more relevant for airlines’ balance sheets than for passengers’ safety.
A relatively old plane with minor damage, for example, may be a hull loss, whereas a new aircraft with comparable damage is not. Yet, there is no difference between the 2 cases...
Othon Cortes (73) feels discomfort and pain when he arrives in New York on American Airlines from Barcelona, Spain. Yet, he boards a connecting flight to Miami.
Shortly after departure his health is taking a turn for the worse and the captain decides to make an emergency landing in Norfolk, VA. Regrettably, it is of no avail. Mr. Cortes is pronounced dead on arrival.
An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 737 carrying 117 people nose-dived and went almost belly-up over the Pacific on September 6, 2011.
The co-pilot wanted to open the cockpit door for the captain returning from a restroom break. However, he mistook the rudder trim knob for the cockpit door lock.
The rudder knob and the door lock switch are no more than 3.9 inches (10 cm) apart. As the picture shows, unlocking the door (the small