Saturday, 31 December 2011

Nice advert to finish the year

As 2011 is ending, I would like to share with you a nice video compelling the history of aviation from BA.

Actors in the ad are real BA´s employees and the last scene, where all the planes are flying at the same time, was the most tough.


Happy New Year!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Air Europa December 2011's strike

Air Europa is also on strike during this month. Here is the list of the affected flights.

My flight status

The best way to know if your flight is departin on time due to strikes, vulcanos, snow, etc... is checking in the airlines website. Here are some flight status checkers I will be adding more as soon as I need them:

A
Air Europa
Air France
Alitalia
Amadeus up to date information of all airlines working with Amadeus
American Airlines

B
British Airways

C
Continental Airlines

E
Easyjet
Emirates
Etihad Airways

F
Finnair

I
Iberia

K
KLM

L
Lufthansa

N
Norwegian

Q
Qantas
Qatar Airways

R
Royal Air Jordania
Ryanair

S
Spanair
Swiss

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Monday, 12 December 2011

Air Canada advert 1982

How funny and opposite to now, pleople can´t wait to leave the plane (all airlines in general):

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Eva Air and Hello Kitty


I am not joking. Eva Air has teamed with Hello Kitty to create its second generation of Hello Kitty planes.


All started in 2005 when they decided to get the first two planes of the doll. And in 2011 they finished the last one, being a total of 5 in the fleet.

This is the real plane, no joking
If you want to live the experience of flying in a fully Hello Kitty decorated plane: trays, stewardess, napkins, boarding pass... I think you got the idea, the only way to enjoy it is going to east Asia. At present, none of the aircrafts are flying internationally. 

boarding pass

But I am sure for the really Hello Kitty fans, it is worth it.

Stewardesses
Their website is only giving more information in chinese, but you can admire this marvellous pinky thing, they even have music! You can see all the routes in this map. Taipei-Seoul, Taipei-Tokyo, Taipei-Fukuoka, Taipei-Sapporo y Taipei-Hong Kong are all the available.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Adverse weather conditions in Scotland

The strong winds afecting Scotland are making really difficult for planes to leave, so before going to the airport, check the latest information at the BBC website or online with the airline your are flying with.

Winds are expected to be ut to 90mph and some offices have been evacuated for security reasons.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Vueling doing a lip dub

Vueling is one of my favourite airlines. Even though they lost my luggage for one week and they belong now to Iberia. They take me every time I need to fly from Heathrow to Coruña. More expensive each time, by the way.

But I liked their natural spontaneity in this lip dub:

Monday, 5 December 2011

The Airbus of 2050?

Is this the Airbus we will be enjoying on 2050? Is this reality or utopy?



What about working on the pitch space first?

Saturday, 3 December 2011

South African Airways commercial 2009

Welcome!

Korean Air commercial December 2011

¡All ready for Christmas!

Vueling from Santiago to Zurich and Paris


Vueling will start to fly from Santiago de Compostela to Zurich and Paris from Christmas. This is good news for all the Galician people spreaded around the World. But it´s also great news for people wanting to know a bit more about or beautiful county. Not to mention all the Galicians that will go on visits there!

Friday, 2 December 2011

Richard Branson called the passenger

Richard Branson felt so amused by the letter one passenger sent, that contacted him personally:


I caught up with Richard Branson, and here is what he had to say about that letter:
"I rang him (the author of the letter) when I read it. It is one of the most amusing letters I had ever seen. I rang him at home at 9pm one evening.
"We had a good laugh about it. Then I contacted Virgin Atlantic and asked them to look into it. The Indians love the food, but the presentation has something to be desired. I'm sure they will be working to make the presentation better.
It [the complaint letter] was done in a humourous way."
Branson then went on to say that he regularly contacts customers who have complained. But some think it is a friend of theirs pretending to be Branson.
"I have had people put the phone down"

Probably because the passenger knew that Mr. Branson will get involved, he wrote the letter the way he did.

Virgin Atlantic complaint letter

This has been considered the best complaint letter EVER.

As publish by The Telegraph.


Dear Mr Branson
REF: Mumbai to Heathrow 7th December 2008
I love the Virgin brand, I really do which is why I continue to use it despite a series of unfortunate incidents over the last few years. This latest incident takes the biscuit.
Ironically, by the end of the flight I would have gladly paid over a thousand rupees for a single biscuit following the culinary journey of hell I was subjected to at thehands of your corporation.



Look at this Richard. Just look at it.
I imagine the same questions are racing through your brilliant mind as were racing through mine on that fateful day. What is this? Why have I been given it? What have I done to deserve this? And, which one is the starter, which one is the desert?
You don’t get to a position like yours Richard with anything less than a generous sprinkling of observational power so I KNOW you will have spotted the tomato next to the two yellow shafts of sponge on the left. Yes, it’s next to the sponge shaft without the green paste. That’s got to be the clue hasn’t it. No sane person would serve a desert with a tomato would they. Well answer me this Richard, what sort of animal would serve a desert with peas in: [see image 2, above].
I know it looks like a baaji but it’s in custard Richard, custard. It must be the pudding. Well you’ll be fascinated to hear that it wasn't custard. It was a sour gel with a clear oil on top. It’s only redeeming feature was that it managed to be so alien to my palette that it took away the taste of the curry emanating from our miscellaneous central cuboid of beige matter. Perhaps the meal on the left might be the desert after all.
Anyway, this is all irrelevant at the moment. I was raised strictly but neatly by my parents and if they knew I had started desert before the main course, a sponge shaft would be the least of my worries. So lets peel back the tin-foil on the main dish and see what’s on offer.
I’ll try and explain how this felt. Imagine being a twelve year old boy Richard. Now imagine it’s Christmas morning and you’re sat their with your final present to open. It’s a big one, and you know what it is. It’s that Goodmans stereo you picked out the catalogue and wrote to Santa about.
Only you open the present and it’s not in there. It’s your hamster Richard. It’s your hamster in the box and it’s not breathing. That’s how I felt when I peeled back the foil and saw this: [see image 3, above].
Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking it’s more of that Baaji custard. I admit I thought the same too, but no. It’s mustard Richard. MUSTARD. More mustard than any man could consume in a month. On the left we have a piece of broccoli and some peppers in a brown glue-like oil and on the right the chef had prepared some mashed potato. The potato masher had obviously broken and so it was decided the next best thing would be to pass the potatoes through the digestive tract of a bird.
Once it was regurgitated it was clearly then blended and mixed with a bit of mustard. Everybody likes a bit of mustard Richard.
By now I was actually starting to feel a little hypoglycaemic. I needed a sugar hit. Luckily there was a small cookie provided. It had caught my eye earlier due to it’s baffling presentation: [see image 4, above].
It appears to be in an evidence bag from the scene of a crime. A CRIME AGAINST BLOODY COOKING. Either that or some sort of back-street underground cookie, purchased off a gun-toting maniac high on his own supply of yeast. You certainly wouldn’t want to be caught carrying one of these through customs. Imagine biting into a piece of brass Richard. That would be softer on the teeth than the specimen above.
I was exhausted. All I wanted to do was relax but obviously I had to sit with that mess in front of me for half an hour. I swear the sponge shafts moved at one point.
Once cleared, I decided to relax with a bit of your world-famous onboard entertainment. I switched it on: [see image 5, above].
I apologise for the quality of the photo, it’s just it was incredibly hard to capture Boris Johnson’s face through the flickering white lines running up and down the screen. Perhaps it would be better on another channel: [see image 6, above].
Is that Ray Liotta? A question I found myself asking over and over again throughout the gruelling half-hour I attempted to watch the film like this. After that I switched off. I’d had enough. I was the hungriest I’d been in my adult life and I had a splitting headache from squinting at a crackling screen.
My only option was to simply stare at the seat in front and wait for either food, or sleep. Neither came for an incredibly long time. But when it did it surpassed my wildest expectations: [see image 7, above].
Yes! It’s another crime-scene cookie. Only this time you dunk it in the white stuff.
Richard…. What is that white stuff? It looked like it was going to be yoghurt. It finally dawned on me what it was after staring at it. It was a mixture between the Baaji custard and the Mustard sauce. It reminded me of my first week at university. I had overheard that you could make a drink by mixing vodka and refreshers. I lied to my new friends and told them I’d done it loads of times. When I attempted to make the drink in a big bowl it formed a cheese Richard, a cheese. That cheese looked a lot like your baaji-mustard.
So that was that Richard. I didn’t eat a bloody thing. My only question is: How can you live like this? I can’t imagine what dinner round your house is like, it must be like something out of a nature documentary.
As I said at the start I love your brand, I really do. It’s just a shame such a simple thing could bring it crashing to it’s knees and begging for sustenance.
Yours Sincererly
XXXX
  • Paul Charles, Virgin’s Director of Corporate Communications, confirmed that Sir Richard Branson had telephoned the author of the letter and had thanked him for his “constructive if tongue-in-cheek” email. Mr Charles said that Virgin was sorry the passenger had not liked the in-flight meals which he said was “award-winning food which is very popular on our Indian routes.”

Virgin Atlantic complaint letter... in video

It´s hilarious. I will post now the letter I discovered a long time ago. If you have not read it, pay attention to the video.
This man takes it really personally.

Emirates commercial

From 2011. Not just an airline, they are Emirates.

 

Virgin Atlantic ad

doing a James Bond...


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Contact Jet2

Sometimes is really difficult finding the airline´s contact information when you need it, so here you are the Jet2 one. Please mind this information was taken today from their website:


Customer Services

Our Call Centres can be contacted as follows:
Please note our Customer Service agents do not have real time flight delay or cancellation information. Please contact an agent from Jet2.com's appointed handling company at the airport concerned who are our representatives during delays and cancellation. The latest information can be found on www.Jet2.com/info
All of our call centres are English speaking with the exception of the Czech Republic.

Dialling from
Telephone No.
Opening hours
Call Charges*
UK 
Bookings or amendments to existing bookings

0871 226 1 737

Monday to Friday, 08:00 until 21:00# (GMT)
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 09:00 until 17:00 (GMT)

10p per min
UK 
All other enquiries
  0906 302 0660
50p per min

Spain

902 881 269

As per UK opening hours
6.7 Euro cents per minute plus a connection charge of 8.3 Euro cents

France

0821 230 203

As per UK opening hours
12 Euro cents per minute plus a connection charge of 11.2 Euro cents

Italy

199 404 023

As per UK opening hours
26.80 Euro cents per minute plus a connection charge of 12.40 Euro cents
Germany
01803 511 111
As per UK opening hours
9 Euro cents per minute

All other countries

0044 203 031 8103
Monday to Friday, 08:00 until 21:00 (GMT)
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 09:00 until 17:00 (GMT)

Standard rates
*Telephone Call Charges
All charges are inclusive of VAT. Calls from mobile phones and some networks may cost more, please check with your network or telecom provider.
If you would like to contact us to share your travel experiences, or discuss any aspect of our service, please write to us at the address below. To aid us with your enquiry please include the following information at the top of your letter.
  • Your unique 6 letter booking reference (e.g. ABCXYZ). We regret we will not be able to reply if you do not quote your booking reference.
  • A subject heading for your particular issue
  • Lead passenger name
  • Departure date (dd/mm/yy)
  • Leaving from | Flying to
Please note that all post flight communication must be in writing in English and all replies will be in English.
Customer Care Team
PO Box 314
Leeds
LS19 9DY
England
We aim to respond to you within 21 working days.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Old BA´s advert

Probably it´s been a long time since you did not see an ad like this:

 

BA´s advert from 1989, isn´t it great?

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

British Airways advice to the passengers for 30 Nov 2011


The following checklist has been created to provide customers travelling tomorrow (30 November) with advice.

CHECKLIST OF ADVICE


UK Border Agency (UKBA) staff will be involved in the public sector strike on Wednesday 30 November 2011, which may create long delays at passport control for customers arriving at Heathrow, Gatwick or London City airports.

British Airways is planning to operate a normal schedule but will be monitoring the situation closely.

Advice and information for customers due to travel on November 30, 2011:

   Customers should take any medication in hand luggage. Carry a
      prescription or letter from a doctor for any medication being
      carried. For details on the carriage of medicines, please check
      ba.com

   Customers on departing flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or
      London City are asked to arrive at the airport no earlier than two
      hours prior to their flight.

   Customers travelling with children will, as always, be able to keep any
      buggies/pushchairs until they reach the aircraft side, at which point
      it will be put in the hold and delivered back to customers upon
      disembarkation.

   For those people who are due to meet someone at the airport, keep
      checking live arrivals and departures information on ba.com and stay
      in touch with the person you are collecting.

   All customers arriving into London’s Heathrow, Gatwick or City airports
      on a British Airways international flight on 30 November, 2011 have
      the option to move their flight to 29 November or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
      or 7 December, 2011. This includes customers who arrive on
      international flights and are due to connect on to domestic UK
      flights.

American Airlines files for bankrupcty

More news to come, but for the moment, the information from CNN:


NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp., announced Tuesday that it has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The decision comes as the airline tries to "achieve a cost and debt structure that is industry competitive and thereby assure its long-term viability and ability to continue delivering a world-class travel experience for its customers," the company said in a statement Tuesday.
AMR (AMRFortune 500) said American Airlines, American Eagle and all other subsidiaries will honor all tickets and reservations and operate normal flight schedules during the bankruptcy filing process, using its $4.1 billion in cash.  To top of page

Monday, 28 November 2011

UK 30 Nov 2011 strike

If you are travelling this Wednesday, be aware of the public sector strike that can affect you with delays and long queues. BA border force staff will go on strike meaning airports will be severely affected with disruptions. Flights are operating normally, but if you are travelling to/from an international destination you may experience long queues at the border.
Most airlines are allowing passengers to change tickets if you are travelling on this date, but not all. Please contact your airline or travel agency for further information.
Refunds are not permitted with most airlines.

Here you have guidelines for some airlines:

BA- change free of charge in the same cabin if seats are available.

We are planning to operate a normal schedule but will be monitoring the situation closely.
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More information

Passengers Departing from London (or transferring from a UK Domestic flight onto an international flight)
If you are starting your journey from Heathrow, Gatwick or London City airports on 30 November you will, as standard, not need to pass through any UKBA check points so will proceed as normal.

Passengers travelling on UK Domestic flights
If you are arriving or departing on a UK Domestic flight on 30 November you will, as standard, not need to pass through any UKBA check points so will proceed as normal.

Passengers Arriving in London (or transferring through London onto a UK Domestic flight)
If you are due to arrive on an international flight into Heathrow, Gatwick or London City airports on Wednesday 30 November, you have the option to change your arrival date into London to one of the dates below, subject to availability:

  • 27, 28 or 29 November
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 December
To change your booking free of charge, please go to Manage My Booking on ba.com
> Manage My Booking


Finnair: Rebookings are allowed in the same booking class until 30DEC free of charge.


QantasRebook to alternative Qantas/British Airways flights between 27 November 2011 and 07 December 2011.
The following commercial policy is available to Qantas customers holding a valid Qantas (081) ticket issued on/before 24 November 2011 due to arrive into London Heathrow airport on 30 November 2011 and who wish to make changes to their booking.

Passengers may, without fee:
  • Rebook to alternative Qantas/British Airways flights between 27 November 2011 and 07 December 2011(including QF Codeshare flights operated by BA).
  • Re-route travel
    Via the most direct routing using Qantas.
    Return to the origin port via the most direct routing using Qantas.  

    Conditions:
o    All changes must be made prior to, or on day of departure
o    Alternative dates to rebook inbound travel are restricted to 27/28/29 November 2011 or 01/02/03/04/05/06/07 December 2011.
o    Alternative flights must be booked as per the original booking class (eg O/Q/S/L/M in applicable cabin). Should the original booking class not be available, re-book in the lowest booking class within the same travel cabin.
o    New travel dates must be within ticket validity.
o    Qantas will not be responsible for paying any other costs or expenses such as hotel or other ground operator fees arising due to events beyond our control, unless required by applicable laws.
o    All other rules and conditions of the ticket remain unchanged.
o    Refunds are not permitted unless allowed under ticketed fare rules.
o    This policy also applies to customers who are booked on Codeshare flights operated by Qantas.


Air New Zealand: 
  • Passengers ticketed to travel on NZ2 29Nov from AKL or LAX to LHR may change their date of travel (i.e. bring forward or defer) to another date prior to and including Monday the 5th December.

Aer Lingus: no changes free of charge as flights are operating. If passenger wants to change, need to pay fee plus upgrading.

American Airlines: Customers ticketed to arrive on an international American Airlines, British Airways or Iberia flight into London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City or Manchester on November 30, 2011 where tickets were issued no later than November 25, 2011 may amend their flights to travel between November 28, 2011 and December 7, 2011.

Swiss: One Rebooking permitted free of charge on the following dates: 27, 28, 29 NOV and 1,2,3,4 DEC 2011 (fare & validity restrictions can be ignored) if seats are available in the respective compartment. Providing some conditions and for tickets issued before 25th Nov.

Air France and KLM: rebooking permitted in the same cabin to any date before 7 Dec.


United Airlines and Continental: are waiving change fees and add collect for customers arriving or connecting in the U.K. on November 30, when re-booked prior to December 7, 2011.


Emirates: their tickets rebooked/re-issued for travel on the following dates at no additional cost provided the original class is available for the new date:28 or 29 Nov 11, 01 / 02 / 03 / 04 / 05 / 06 or 07 Dec 11.


Qatar: This policy applies to passengers holding a confirmed reservation and a confirmed ticket issued on/or prior to 30th November 2011 for travel on one of the affected flights on 30th November 2011 only.

1. Rebook to an alternative QR service between DOH and LHR or MAN (and any QR connecting flight which is part of the original ticket) without penalty under the following conditions: The new dates of travel must be between 26th November and 3rd December 2011 inclusive. Rebooking should be made in the original ticketed class. Where this is not available, rebooking should be made in the lowest available class in the same cabin.
Jet Airways:Guests arriving London (LHR) 30th November, 2011 may change their bookings to earlier flight dates (27th, 28th, 29th November, 2011) or rebook to later flight dates (1st to 7th December, 2011) on the lowest available RBDs, free of charge.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Ryanair extends reserved seating to all routes

Following what promised some time ago, Ryanair is extending the reserved seating option in all their routes. There will not many airlines now not asking us to pay for the seats when booking our flight. Specially the low cost carries, if I am not wrong, only Easyjet is not charging for it, but they are planning to do it.


News on Business Traveller:
Budget carrier Ryanair will allow customers on all routes to purchase reserved seating from January 10 following a successful six-month trial (see online news November 7). The pre-booking service will be charged at €10 each way and will include priority boarding.
The optional service will allow passengers to secure favourable seats in the front two rows for a swift exit, or over the wings in rows 16 and 17, which offer extra legroom (to see a seat plan click here).  
This move comes as an allocated seating policy is proving increasingly popular with low cost carriers looking to boost ancillary revenues. Easyjet recently launched an allocated seating trial (see online news November 15), and Bmibaby launched a FlyPlus fare which includes seat assignment (see online news September 7).
For more information visit ryanair.com.



Bad news for all of us, paying already the fuel surcharges and all the fare increases, apart from the services on board!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Mango is not a fruit... or a clothing shop


Mango is also a South African low cost operating 6 routes across the country with 5 aircrafts. There is no reason not to trust it as it belongs to South African Airways, the government´s airline.

Mango-plane
But they are not the only low cost in the country as also have wider choices with Kulula and 1Time.

Low cost are a great option in this country were distances are so huge.

Mango destinations

Two things to consider:
- pets are accepted on board following some guidelines.
- they do not allow unacompanied minors.

Website


Wednesday, 16 November 2011

What happens if I do not take my outbound Easyjet flight?

Nothing, you can still use the inbound as they work on a one way fare basis. 


Please remember that 99% of the airlines cancel your inbound if you have no-showed for the outbound.


For further information, please contact Easyjet.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Dear Berlusconi... yours truly, Ryanair

Once again, Ryanair has used present news to make a campaign. This time with Silvio Berlusconi:


Dear Silvio, another reason to escape with Ryanair.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Plane lands without wheels

Warsaw airport remained closed today due to an emergency landing. This plane from the airline LOT landed without wheels after one hour going in circles above Warsaw dumping excess fuel.

 

Luckily, none of the 250 people on board suffered any injury. The landing seems pretty normal, apart from some smoke. Maybe some of the pilots having working previously in the army has to do with the safe landing!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Airline Toll Free

Recently I came across this website that reunites the phone numbers for almost all the companies. I have only tested a couple and they seem to be working, but others not.
Anyway it worths give it a go.

Airline Toll Free

Search by Airline start letter, by continent or by country. Once you click on the name of the airline, it gives you the address, website, IATA code and even the time in GMT.



Aeromexico
Aeromexico
800.237.6639
Paseo de la Reforma 445
Col Cuauhtemoc
Mexico City, D.F.
Mexico 6500
* IATA:
AM / 139
Continent:
North America
* ICAO Designator:
AMX
Time Zone:
GMT-7
Country:
Mexico
* IATA International Air Transport Association
* ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization