Northwest, flight attendants make deal

by Jon Surmacz on April 27, 2007

Northwest, flight attendants make deal — Flight attendants at Northwest Airlines tentatively settled on pay cuts on Thursday, salvaging a potential $182 million share of the airline’s reorganization in exchange for the millions more they have given up. (AP)

Tripso Traveler: Anzac Day: April 25, 2007 — Tripso columnist Charles Leocha had a chance to sit through a high school convocation celebrating this Australian holiday with a full orchestra and students singing. (Charles Leocha on Tripso)

Delta to exit bankruptcy April 30 — A U.S. bankruptcy court on Wednesday gave Delta Air Lines Inc. the go-ahead to exit bankruptcy at the end of this month. “We’re free at last,” said Delta Chief Executive Gerald Grinstein. “I feel elated.” (AP)

The future of first class — First-class fliers already enjoy super-wide seats that turn into beds, multi-course meals designed by celebrity chefs and plush airport lounges where they can get massages and manicures. Can it get any better? (Forbes)

Stiff exchange rates mean U.S. tourists won’t find Europe cheap — U.S. travelers heading to Europe have faced the prospect of less-than-ideal exchange rates for a while now, but when foreign currencies start hitting record levels against the dollar, heading abroad becomes even more of a challenge — and finding good travel deals more of an imperative. (MarketWatch)

How to travel on a weak dollar in Europe — On April 17, the pound reached an exchange rate of $2 against the American dollar for the first time since September 1992. That means that your George Washington paper bill is worth about two George Washington quarters. Here’s how to get by without getting soaked. (IndependentTraveler.com)

Dead man travels unnoticed on train — A dead passenger traveled unnoticed for at least half a day on an executive passenger train, an Indonesian newspaper reported Friday. (AP)


A reprieve for visitors: Alcatraz gets a makeover
— San Francisco’s notorious Alcatraz penitentiary officially unveils a spiffed-up visitor experience Monday after a $3.5 million makeover. Big House purists can rest assured that it’s still dank and depressing. But enhanced audio tours, restored cell furnishings, new archival displays and prisoner artifacts broaden perspectives on daily life there. (USA Today)

New Orleans Jazz Fest: A celebration of a city reborn — Producer Quint Davis is heralding a second post-Katrina miracle as Jazz Fest’s opening weekend launches today with a bill that boasts Van Morrison, Norah Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brad Paisley, Ludacris and a host of hometown heroes, from Dr. John to Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. to Terence Blanchard. For its May 4-6 closer, headliners include John Mayer, Steely Dan, ZZ Top, John Legend, Joss Stone, New Edition and George Benson. (USA Today)


Carrie Charney, Christopher Elliott, John Frenaye, Charles Leocha, Marge Purnell, Valerie Schneider, Mary Staley, Stephanus Surjaputra, Richard Wong.

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