Air Travel News 7.2.10

Air, Air Travel News, Canada, Car, City Travel, Leaving & Coming Home, Packing & Wardrobe — By on July 2, 2010 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

Air Travel News Editor

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird….it’s a plane! No….it’s your weekly air travel news! Here’s what’s happening in the world of aviation, from the ground up.

Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang!!

The Federal Aviation Administration just granted approval for this new mode of transportation.  Dubbed the Transition Roadable Aircraft, or ‘Flying Car’ in more simple terms, this vehicle is equally at home on terra firma or airborne.  The wings fold up enabling the pilot to drive on public roadways and park in standard garages.  Slightly worrisome is the training required to become a Sport Pilot…only 20 hours of flight time is needed.  Shades of the Jetsons!!

Source:  CNN

Alternative to Baggage Fees?

UPS thinks they have the solution to those annoying checked baggage fees airlines routinely charge now.   It’s in the form of their new product, ‘the luggage box’.  If you’re looking for a more economical way to transport your belongings when you travel, this is probably not the answer.  If, however, you’re looking for a way to boycott the airline fees and cut into their $800 million profit from luggage revenue, this might be the way to go.

Source:  Walletpop

Competition at YTZ

I have to admit I’m biased.  Being a regular traveler to Toronto I’ve been thrilled to discover Porter Airlines with their low-key ambiance and reasonable airfares.  Not to mention the convenience of flying into Toronto City Center Airport instead of the hassle of Toronto International Airport.  Well, it was probably a matter of time, but Porter is looking at some heavy hitting competition in the form of Air Canada and Continental.   I’ll always be a ‘root for the underdog’ type, but it will be interesting to see what the fallout be in terms of pricing for the consumer.

Source:  Jaunted

Thumbnail credit:  Matt from London on flickr

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  • Mike says:

    I’ve only flown Porter Airlines once and must agree that it is great. Yes, they’ll see the big boys enter their backyard at the Toronto Island Airport. And it truly is their backyard, as according to The Globe And Mail newspaper, Porter Aviation Holdings is the landlord, and if I recall correctly, it also runs the airport’s fuel station so it looks like they will gain in some places, while potentially losing out at the ticket office. It will be very interesting to see how it all turns out! Let’s go underdogs!

  • Nancy Y says:

    You said it! Let’s go underdogs! For so long I’ve been flying to Buffalo and driving to avoid the high airfares at Pearson Airport and Porter was such a refreshing solution to that…I hope they can survive…

  • I read a lot of blogs but this one really surprised me very positively.