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Top Stories I see Simon Hradecky, the site editor of The Aviation Herald ( reported this a few hours ago, about our JetBlue emergency landing experience on Saturday, November 21. "A JetBlue Embraer ERJ-190, registration N279JB performing flight B6-904 from Chicago O'Hare, IL to New York JFK, NY (USA) with 64 passengers and 4 crew, was on final visual approach to JFK's runway 31R descending through 2000 feet, when the crew reported they needed to abort the approach due to a slat/flap indication. The airplane climbed back up to 3000 feet and was vectored to allow the crew troubleshoot the problem. The crew requested the longer runway 31L and advised, their approach speed would be "a little bit higher" and requested the emergency services on standby and subsequently declared emergency due to an abnormal flaps indication. The airpla... (more)

Virtual case study: How an airline can find efficiency with Unix

(LinuxWorld) -- Editor's note: The following scenario is that of a consultant brought in early in the business planning cycle for a new airline. Unlike the other articles in this series, this example does not reflect the author's real-world consulting experience. Murphy worked for an airline, but nothing on this scale. SafetyJet is a wholly imaginary company constructed solely to illustrate three outstanding Unix characteristics: Smart display explained A typical smart display has a powerful graphics engine and runs Java/OS, Windows, or X clients, often concurrently. The image shown is of a 21-inch NCD900. Companies like Sun, IBM, and Thinknic make others. Typical MTBF ratings are in the 300,000-hour range and there are neither moving parts nor user-accessible OS components to cause failures. Massive scalability.Very high reliability.The ability to use maintenance-fre... (more)

Virtual Case Study: How An Airline Can Find Efficiency With Unix

Development rational and processes The decision to try to develop what amounts to a real-time operating system for an airline is a potential business killer and correspondingly questionable. My fundamental arguments for doing it are: The SafetyJet business model is not a good fit for any established system that we're aware of. The one we liked best, built around a core reservation system that provided the foundation for Southwest Airlines' success and is now powering several other airlines to pre-eminence in their markets, seemed to require more than 100 ancillary systems and is dependent on MPE/3000 -- a product that HP has recently end-of-lifed. The vendor assures us that continuity will not be a problem and we accepted that, but it is my belief that good software reflects both the business it serves and the mentality of its developers. As companies using other major... (more)

Larry Ellison Buys Hawaiian Airline

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Wednesday gave the world another lesson in how to spend like a billionaire. He announced that he's bought Island Air, the airline that makes hops between the Hawaiian Islands, to go with his purchase last year of almost all of Lanai, the resort island off Maui, for a reported $500 million-$600 million. Apparently the airline has been restructuring and Larry's acquisition is a job-saving Godsend. ... (more)

The Long Hot Summer of e-Commerce

Smell of change was in the air, but summer holiday season promises further sensational developments: travel and tourism sector has become the number one in e-commerce market. The tourism sector share in the Internet market, has become the most important, exceeding 50% of unique users. Airlines, shipping companies and car hire, have invested considerable resources on the web, as did the tour operators and travel agents linked to these ones. The leading sectors of e-commerce tourism are the flight tickets, which boasts 60% of the total share, and this is mainly due to the growth of web surfer interest for cheap flights, but also for travel by train: online hotel bookings is however a constantly growing sector. Hotel managers have encouraged the trend to reduce the costs of intermediation: 90% of accommodation activities has its own website. In this scenery, intermediar... (more)

EDS and Microsoft Announce Alliance for Airline SOA Products

EDS announced the signing of a comprehensive agreement with Microsoft around EDS airline reservations, flight operations and service oriented architecture products. With the announcement, EDS will use selected Microsoft tools, software and resources in the modernization and operations of its airline service oriented architecture (SOA) products. Microsoft will provide architecture specialists, advanced 24-hour support, a new model for software licensing, additional investment into the products and access to new customer channel management tools to form a truly unique go-to-market relationship. The agreement is for a duration of eight years. "We have spent considerable time analyzing technology tools and capabilities and reached the conclusion that EDS Agility Alliance partner Microsoft offers us the best path forward for modernizing and enhancing our airline reserva... (more)

The Real Cost of Flying -'s Airline Survival Guide Prepares Travelers for any Scenario

BOSTON, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Booking a flight is no longer a straightforward process; to help travelers make sense of the extra costs,, a comprehensive online travel resource, has reviewed each airline's policies and put together the "Airline Fees Survival Guide." "Purchasing airfare is no longer as simple as putting in a destination and dates and then selecting the lowest price available online. Airline fees can really add up, making the discount tickets seem more like first class," said Anne Banas, executive editor of "Travelers need to be aware of how much each fee can tack on to already expensive tickets, and we wanted to go the extra mile to show the best strategies for saving travelers a few dollars." SmarterTravel(R) reviewed several flight scenarios and compared ticket prices with the additional airline fees. Given... (more)

Frontier Airlines Receives Commitment for $75 Million in DIP Financing From Affiliate of Perseus LLC

DENVER, July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Frontier Airlines Holdings, Inc. today announced it has received a $75 million commitment in post-petition debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from Perseus LLC, a private investment firm based in Washington, D.C. with offices in Evergreen, Colorado, New York and Munich. Perseus has also agreed to serve as equity sponsor for Frontier's plan of reorganization, allowing Perseus to purchase 79.9% of the equity in the reorganized company for $100 million. The DIP facility and plan sponsorship are subject to bankruptcy court approval and to various conditions. "Today's announcement is a major boost to Frontier and builds momentum toward its emergence from bankruptcy as a viable enterprise. The $75 million commitment in DIP financing from Perseus is a significant vote of confidence in the employees of Frontier, our product and business pla... (more)

Hawaiian #1 in Nationwide Airline Quality Study

HONOLULU, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Airlines today was named the top-performing airline for 2006, according to the findings released by the 17th Annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR). (Logo: The comprehensive study, conducted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute and the Wichita State University School of Business, evaluated the nation's 18 largest carriers using a weighted average of 15 elements in four major areas important to consumers when judging quality airline services. Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO, commented, "This is fantastic news. We work hard to provide the best airline service in America and I'd like to thank the employees of Hawaiian Airlines for making that happen." The 2006 study marked the first year Hawaiian was included in the AQR study. Hawaiian earn... (more)

Austrian Airlines and Connexion by Boeing Sign Agreement for High-Speed In-flight Internet Service

PARIS, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Austrian Airlines, a leading European airline based in Vienna and Star Alliance member focused on providing the highest passenger standards, and Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company , today announced the signing of an agreement for the installation of real-time, high-speed Internet service on the air carrier's long-haul fleet. (Photo: NewsCom: ) The agreement calls for the initial installation of the Connexion by Boeing(SM) service aboard seven of Austrian Airline's Boeing 777 (3) and Boeing 767 (4) aircraft, with an undisclosed number of additional options. Installations will begin in early 2006 and, as they are completed, the Connexion by Boeing service will be introduced on select long-haul routes. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed... (more)

New Television Advertising Campaign Proclaims Frontier 'Denver's Favorite Airline'

DENVER, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Frontier Airlines on Sunday launched the first in a new series of television commercials that will air in the Denver market over the next six weeks, featuring several of the familiar animals that appear on Frontier aircraft tails, and a bold new advertising message: Frontier is Denver's favorite airline. The advertising is based on a survey commissioned by Frontier and conducted by independent research firm Harris Interactive(R) in July 2006. Harris Interactive surveyed online nearly 600 Denver-area travelers about their airline preferences. When asked what airline is their favorite, more respondents chose Frontier than any other airline. Frontier was chosen more often than second place United by fifteen percentage points and by thirty-five percentage points compared to Southwest. The first television spot in the new Fronti... (more)