Meals on sun destination flights: an endangered species

Are you surprised? Air Transat will stop serving free meals on flights from Canada to sun destinations (from June 1, 2014, on Economy Class from Canada to the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America). That’s how the media announces it. The airline, however, refers to its “Enhanced Inflight services“, and claims that passengers will be able to “personalize” their meals with a new buy-on-board menu.

Personally, I’m not surprised. Continue reading

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You are one click away from going to the wrong airport

Puzzled passenger in font of a FIDS. Photo via Flickr by amateur_photo_bore.

Passenger looking at a FIDS. Photo by amateur_photo_bore via Flickr.

Recently, a recording was released, capturing the confusion and disbelief when air traffic control realized that Southwest Airlines flight 4013 had landed not at Branson Airport (BKG), but at much-smaller M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport (PLK) on January 12, 2014. The pilot proceeded visually towards what he thought was the right field. Fortunately, the plane stopped just short of running out of runway and no passengers were injured.

Now, imagine what happens when a passenger lands at the wrong airport… even though the flight plan was followed and the pilot did nothing wrong. The cause? They booked (or were booked on) the wrong flight. Continue reading

New satellite data about Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

For the last seven days, there have been conflicting reports about the location of the aircraft. (For those of you who are just joining, see Airchive’s timeline for a complete timeline).

In fact, there have been so many dead ends that every time I wanted to post an update on, another source would deny the new findings, and I would decide to just forget about publishing an update.

Not this time. Continue reading

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 reported missing

Malaysia Airlines reports that their flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board is missing. Air traffic control lost radio contact with the plane approximately 2 hours into the flight.

The aircraft left Kuala Lumpur (KUL) at 12:41am, local time, on March 8, 2014, and was expected to land in Beijing (PEK) at 6:30am, local time. Continue reading