Forbes’ business travel blogger, Andrew Bender, accurately predicted United Airlines unfriendly changes to its MileagePlus frequent flyer program. Following Delta’s lead, the updated program rules, which take effect March 1, 2015, make it significantly harder for passengers to accrue points on most flights. That’s because awards will be based on ticket price instead of mileage flown. According to the post, depending on the flyer’s status, points accrual may be lowered by as much as 50%.
Read the full story here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewbender/2014/06/10/united-airlines-changes-its-mileageplus-frequent-flier-program-and-basically-youre-hosed/
(CNN Special: 100 Years of Commercial Aviation)
We have traveled by air since 1914 — One hundred years of commercial flight. With all that experience and new technology under our belt, what will aviation advancements bring to the air travel experience over the next century?
CNN – 100 Years of Commercial Aviation
In a special week long series, CNN.com looks at possible futuristic enhancements and breakthrough fuel-saving solutions to get us off the ground in the 21st century.
According to the CNN post, Airbus’ vision of the future can be seen through its concept plane design, which includes an “eco-climb” feature, where take off is assisted by propelled acceleration for a steeper climb, so that planes reach efficient cruise altitudes sooner. “In the concept cabin, seats will use body heat to power aircraft systems such as holographic pop-up pods, while a futuristic cabin membrane can become transparent to give passengers open panoramic views.”
Read the full story here.
Cessna 207 (not aircraft from crash)
According to a Mashable.com report, Salt Lake City-based sightseeing-tours company, American Aviation, was attempting to land a Cessna 207 carrying six French tourists when heavy winds caused the plane to hit sand and flip over. It’s estimated that the plane crashed about 500 feet from the tarmac.
Read the full story here.
Luxury hotel chain, Four Seasons, rolls out the red carpet with the company’s new Private Jet Experience. According to a USA Today report, reservations are open now for three packages that include airfare, hotel stays, excursions, and meals. Not surprisingly, it comes at a hefty price, starting at $69,000 per person.
“The Four Seasons Jet takes our legendary service to the skies and speaks to our pioneering spirit and the aspirations of today’s modern luxury traveler in an imaginative new way,” says Susan Helstab, executive vice president of marketing for Four Seasons.
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/dispatches/2014/04/23/four-seasons-hotels-private-jet/7884793/
“hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.”
The above tweet directed to American Airlines at @americanair, came from the Twitter account of a Netherlands teen named “Sarah” last Sunday. USA Today reports that the teen has been arrested upon turning herself in. She was accompanied by a parent and is currently under interrogation in Rotterdam.
“The safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority. We take security matters very seriously and work with authorities on a case by case basis,” American Airlines said to The Huffington Post. “Regarding (the) tweet, we removed it after it had been addressed in order to be able to focus on our customers.”
Read the entire story here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/04/14/girl-sends-terroristic-tweet-to-aa-gets-unwanted-response/7694161/