Air Travel News 9.7.10

Air, Air Travel News, Eco-Travel, Leaving & Coming Home — By on September 7, 2010 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

LG Air Travel 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.

We’re All In This Together

It’s not new, but it bears repeating.  Airline travel is, at best, annoying from the time we enter the never-ending security line until the time we deplane.   A little forethought and consideration on all our parts can make the boarding process run much more smoothly.  And it may keep the flight attendants from losing their cool too.

Source:  Smarter Travel

Quickie:  I’m hoping for an early Christmas present this year:  an eReader.  Replacing all of the books and magazines that I routinely lug with me to keep myself amused enroute with one of these devices should streamline my personal boarding process.  What’s your best tip or trick to hasten boarding?

Dream Job!

If you love to travel (check), have strong opinions about flights, airports and destinations (check) and are dying for someone to listen to them (check) this is the opportunity of a lifetime!  Finnair is taking applications for 4 Quality Hunters who will do just that.  Apply here until September 26 and if you get the job, you’ll travel around Asia, Europe and the US during the months of October and November and report your findings back to the airline.  Imagine, an airline that wants to know what WE think!

Source:  Euro Investor

Germany Going Green…Maybe

Not known to be one of the most eco-conscious countries, Germany has nonetheless instituted an environmental tax to be levied on air passengers.  Starting January 1, 2011, passengers boarding flights in Germany will be charged from 8 to 45 euros per flight.  The new tax is expected to raise 1 billion euros annually.  Does the ‘eco’ part of it the possibility that flyers will avoid Germany altogether  to avoid the tax, thus reducing the carbon impact throughout the country?

Source:  Air Transport World

Ryanair Times Two

Does a week go by without some new action on Ryanair’s part?  This week they’re in the news for two drastically different scenarios:

Ryanair can now be found flying over 400 flights weekly into/out of Barcelona’s El Prat Airport  The 23 new routes will include service to Italy, France and Germany, among other countries.

Source:  Breaking Travel News

Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, has decided that it’s not necessary to have 2 pilots flying the planes anymore.  According to him, stewardesses (yes, he called them stewardesses) are adequate in case of emergency.  The pilot will simply ring the flight attendant in the back and he or she will calmly enter the cockpit and land the plane.  Simple, no?

Source:  Telegraph

Photo credit:  aromano/flickr

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