April 2009

With business travel plumetting, Qantas has decided to reduce the number of premium seats on its planes.

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The Business Travel Coalition (BTC) has created a page that aggregates current news reports and announcements about swine flu. On one page visitors can access reports from sources as varied as twitter from the Centers for Disease Control to World Health Organization alerts.

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AppleBlossomParade.leochaIn Winchester, Virginia next weekend wear your pink and green. The region puts on one of America’s three biggest parades, a giant crafts fair and a good old county carnival.

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In a report released Monday, the Department of Transportation Inspector General stated that Southern California’s Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility (TRACON) relies heavily on inexperienced trainees as well as Northern California’s TRACON near Sacramento.

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Janice Hough looks at the process of buying a pair of shoes through the eyes of an airline marketing yield-management expert. After all, why advertise the price for a pair of shoes when pricing them separately makes them seem much more affordable?

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Buried in the recent airline earnings news was the announcement that Alaska Airlines has succumbed to charging $15 for the first checked bag. Starting on July 7th, Alaska Airways will initiate the fees. This is bad news. But their unique-to-the-industry guarantee is good news.

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Look out for cancellation penalties. Beware of energy surcharges. And watch for facilities fees. No, not on your airline ticket. Not on your hotel folio. You may find these new extras on your next car rental bill.

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President Obama revealed his high-speed rail strategic plan. Ned questions the technological and financial vision of the President’s $13 billion HSR blueprint.

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President Barack Obama has announced plans to try to stop credit card companies from advertising misleading deal rates. Maybe if he really wants bipartisan support, he can take on misleading travel ads, too. Here’s a few suggestions.

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An Air France flight from Paris to Mexico had to make a stop in Martinique to refuel because US air traffic controllers told the jet that it would not be allowed to fly over US airspace. Plus, swine flu and airlines and a la carte fees.

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