Why don’t airline passengers, sitting inches apart for hours on end, utter a single word to one another? Most likely, because we assume that the other person doesn’t want to talk and we rather not risk annoying anyone.
Since the ups and downs of air travel always pique our interest, we were drawn in by a recent New York Times article written by Jeff Kaye, a co-C.E.O. of the executive search firm Kaye/Bassman-Sanford Rose Associates and C.E.O. of the recruiting training company, Next Level Exchange. Since the 1990s, Jeff has been contradicting the assumption that our seat mates don’t want to engage. In fact, he says, about 90% of people DO like to chat and share. Since Jeff travels all the time and all around the world for business, he makes a regular habit of greeting fellow passengers and asking a few polite questions. In addition to interesting company, he’s been rewarded with advice, recommendations and anecdotes that made the trip fly and in many cases left him a little bit smarter.
Next time you’re on a plane, say hello to your seat mate. You never know where the conversation will take you. Read the entire story here: http://ht.ly/t21aq
Thankfully, as travelers, we don’t have to get beneath the layers of complexity associated with the merger process of American Airlines and US Airways into one mega air carrier. As the airlines take initial steps toward integrating their flights, pricing structure and human resources, there’s bound to be fallout. This week, TravelWeekly.com reported, “American and US Airways began offering codeshare flights last week, but savvy agents and fare watchers quickly noticed wide disparities in ticket prices, depending on where they searched or which code they used.”
“In some instances, seats on US Airways flights booked as American flights were more than twice the price displayed for the same seats on the US Airways site…” Read the full story here: http://ht.ly/sQQMg
Voices of pilots and consumer groups gave sway against taxing airlines on international arrivals as additional fees have been dropped from a recently approved spending bill. USA Today reports, “Immigration inspection user fees had been poised to rise from $7 to $9 on each ticket under the Senate version of the legislation. But the final compromise dropped the fee, which would have raised $185 million per year.”
Read the full story here: http://ht.ly/sCVEP
The Gulliver blog questions in a recent post, “…is it true that airlines have reached the logical end-point of premium-class seat competition and are finally focused on improving their food? It’s worth considering. But the improvement in food quality that would be required to give one airline a decisive advantage over another would be staggering, and airline food has to overcome some significant structural disadvantages…”
Read the full post here: http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2013/12/airline-food
Canadian airline, WestJet, surprised 250 Calgary-bound passengers with a bounty of Christmas gifts – straight from their own wish lists.
ABC News reports, travelers at two Canadian airports who got the chance to video conference with Santa giggled as they shared their requests. Little did they know that Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick and 175 WestJet employees were listening.
After the travelers boarded their Calgary-bound flights, from Toronto and Hamilton airports, the WestJet elves got to work filling the Christmas wishes of their passengers.
Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIEIvi2MuEk&i_cid=wj-home-rot2-you-tube-20131210