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Archive for March, 2014

Families of passengers from Flight MH370 demand truth about missing plane

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Thirty-five relatives of the passengers from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight arrived in Malaysia early on Sunday to demand proof from the authorities that the jet crashed into the Indian Ocean.

According to the spokesperson, the Malaysian government has been providing “confusing information” and that led to delays in the search efforts. The group wants an apology and wants their relatives’ bodies.

Flight MH370 disappeared early in the morning on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. The majority of those on board were Chinese.

As of right now, the group says they don’t have any intention to head to Australia According to a representative of the group, they don’t feel there is enough evidence to show that’s where the jet ended up.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

People still flying despite loss of MH370

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The loss of Flight MH370 has not deterred travelers from flying but some experts say that Malaysia Airlines’ reputation might suffer if the search is drawn out much longer.

According to a spokesperson from Flight Centre, sales have remained steady overall for Australian travelers, and Malaysia Airlines’ sales are “faring well.” He said most people want to know what happened to the plane, and will make their decisions about flying with the company after it’s discovered what happened.

An anonymous source at Malaysia Airlines said that he wasn’t aware of any flights from or to Australia being canceled aside from typical low-season factors.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Know your travel rights

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

According to CBC Marketplace, most Canadians don’t know their rights when it comes to issues with their flight.

Canada doesn’t have a comprehensive air passenger bill like the EU, so passengers have to enforce their rights on their own. Here are some tips when it comes to dealing with problems with flights.

You can be compensated if there’s a problem with your luggage. If you lose it, or it gets damaged, airlines have to compensate you for reasonable costs. In other words, if you’re on your way to an important meeting and your suitcase is lost, buy a new suit and the airline will reimburse you.

If you’ve been sitting on the plane for more than 90 minutes, you might be able to get off the plane.

If your flight is overbooked and you get bumped, you can get some compensation in the form of travel voucher or cash.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Passengers of missing Malaysian flight did not try to make cellphone calls

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Unlike the passengers of the four airplanes that were hijacked on September 11, 2011, the passengers of Flight MH370 did not try to make frantic cellphone calls after the plane turned off course.

Investigators have been unable to find any evidence of cellphone calls, Weibo or Twitter postings, or any other type of communications from anyone on board the plane. Of course, there are millions of phone records for authorities to get through, but to date there is no evidence that anyone tried to contact anyone in the outside world.

Considering that most people on the plane were from two countries where the use of mobile phones is prevalent, it’s unusual that no one tried. This makes sense if the plane was flying too high for personal electronics use.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Flight MH370 flew on for more than six hours after contact was lost

Monday, March 17th, 2014

According to Malaysia’s Prime Minister, investigators have ruled out pilot error and mechanical failure in missing Malaysian Flight MH370; the plane flew on for more than six hours after the last contact.

The plane, a Boeing 777, which had the fuel to fly for eight hours, could have gone northwest to Kazakhstan or towards the Indian Ocean. It is unknown at this time if the plane has crashed. Search teams, previously focusing on ocean areas hundreds of miles from the new suspected flight path, will refocus their efforts with this new information.

Experts say someone disabled the plane’s communication systems and then continued flying.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Tips for dealing with delayed and canceled flights

Monday, March 10th, 2014

With the weather the way it has been for most of this winter, tens of thousands of flights have been canceled and several hundred thousand have been delayed. There are some things you can do that may help you in the event that this happens to your flight plans.

The first thing you should do is talk to an actual person. If that means hinting that you’re thinking about buying a first-class international flight, then so be it. Once you get a person on the phone, let him or her know about any flexibility you may have and be open to suggestions on alternative routes.

The second thing you should do is to change your flight as soon as possible when a travel advisory is issued. Get out of the way of the storm rather than waiting it out and getting delayed or canceled. Alternatively, fly on standby if you can.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Jet Airways withdraws Kolkata flights

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Jet Airways has pulled four flights from Kolkata in order to free up aircraft that are needed for international commitments. An additional two flights will be withdrawn next month, which will leave 24 daily departures from that city.

The commitments were part of a deal with Etihad Airlines, which bought 24 percent of Jet Airways in a $339 million deal.

The four flights that were withdrawn were to Delhi, Lucknow, Chennai, and Bangalore. They were cut first because they had lower volume of passengers and it makes sense to cut the flights with the lowest yields.

The two flights that will be withdrawn next month are ones with international destinations.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Powerful winter storm hits U.S., affecting flights

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Low temperatures and snow have caused over 2,700 flights nationally since Monday.

According to FlightAware, the storm was in full force on Monday and those cancelations and delays continued, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic, South, and Northeast all affected to varying degrees. The east coast was hit with snow, cold, and freezing rain, causing approximately 2,250 flights on Monday. Schools and local governments were shut down.

The National Weather Service has put out a Winter Storm Warning to advise the federal government and schools to close due to weather in the greater Washington Metropolitan area. This is only one of many storms affecting air travel this winter in the Washington region.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Aeroplan collectors can’t use miles to pay for fees and taxes

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The travel rewards wars are heating up and some collectors are peeved that they can’t use their miles to cover the cost of fees, fuel surcharge, and taxes. Most travel rewards plans including CIBC Aventura points, TD’s First Classic, and RBC Avion all cover the full cost of a collector’s flight, but Aeroplan does not.

One Aeroplan member, Bob Muir, found that out the hard way when he went to redeem his points to purchase two round-trip business-class tickets from Canada to Scotland. He was shocked to find out he was expected to pay $2,200 for fees, taxes, and fuel surcharge for his “free” tickets.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article Google News.

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