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How Did So Much Cocaine Wind Up On This Flight?

Sep 23rd, 2013 at 3:00PM: A couple of passengers departing Caracas, Venezuela for Paris, France checked 31 articles of luggage on the flight, all of which were tagged under false names. Upon investigation, authorities discovered that the bags were filled with 2,866 pounds of pure cocaine. Suspicions were apparently only raised when the passengers who checked the bags didn't actually board the plane. The flight date was...

Everything You Need To Know About Flying With An Infant Turning 2

Everything You Need To Know About Flying With An Infant Turning 2 Mar 13th, 2013 at 11:00AM: After flying with an infant to over a dozen countries and on nearly 50 flights in her 20 months, I figured I pretty much have baby travel down to a science, as much as you can call it "science" when dealing with a person who is often unpredictable and doesn't respond to reason. While each flight gets more challenging, I'm relishing this travel time before she has opinions on where to go and...

Passengers Asked To Chip In For Fuel On Diverted Plane

Passengers Asked To Chip In For Fuel On Diverted Plane Aug 18th, 2012 at 2:00PM: As if fuel surcharges, baggage fees and having to pay for food on expensive flights wasn't bad enough, on Wednesday, passengers on board an Air France flight that got diverted from Beirut to Damascus were asked to help "chip in" to refuel the plane. The reason for the diversion was tensions in Beirut. Unfortunately, the airline suspended flights to Damascus in March due to safety reasons. ...

Inside Air France's New Lounge And S4 Satellite At Paris' Charles De Gaulle Airport

Inside Air France's New Lounge And S4 Satellite At Paris' Charles De Gaulle Airport Jul 3rd, 2012 at 1:00PM: We just returned from a week of international travel, and let's just say that the international lounge is one of our favorite perks of traveling business class. Sadly, our connection in Charles de Gaulle was far too short (read: we ran from plane to plane) to catch their new S4 satellite in terminal 2E or Air France's brand new lounge, which opened late last week. If you're flying with Air...

Airline Booking Agent Tells All In Online Q&A

Airline Booking Agent Tells All In Online Q&A Jun 18th, 2012 at 6:00PM: There are entire websites and forums dedicated to maximizing your travel miles and getting the best bang for your buck when it comes to purchasing airline tickets. But rarely do we hear from those behind the reservations desk ... until now. Over on Reddit there's an ongoing Q & A with "TravelAuthority," a reservations agent for airlines like Delta, Air France and KLM. We're sharing some of...

Air France And KLM Next Up For International In-Flight Wi-Fi

Air France And KLM Next Up For International In-Flight Wi-Fi Jun 13th, 2012 at 3:00PM: One of our biggest pet peeves about long-haul international flights of late has been the lack of Wi-Fi available on board. We can use our in-flight Internet from New York to California, but the minute we head off the coast, we're out of luck. The expense of offering this satellite Wi-Fi has proven prohibitive for airlines that see low usage and high costs to outfit planes with new technology....

Cockpit Chronicles: There's more behind the Air France 447 crash than pilot error

Cockpit Chronicles: There's more behind the Air France 447 crash than pilot error Aug 12th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Recently a couple of pilots found themselves in a situation that was foreign and perplexing to them; a scenario the designers of the airplane hadn't fully expected. They fought their way for 3 minutes and 30 seconds while trying to understand what was happening after a failure of one of the pitot static systems on their Airbus A330. At times the flying pilot's inputs exacerbated the problem when...

Airlines offer in-flight menu items at food trucks, pop-ups

Airlines offer in-flight menu items at food trucks, pop-ups May 7th, 2011 at 12:00PM: In a marketing move best described as "ironic," a handful of airlines are now offering land-bound folk a taste of the finest of what they serve in the air. The New York Times reports that Air France, Austrian Airlines, Southwest, and Delta are trying to lure potential passengers by tempting them with samples of in-flight meals "from" celebrity-chefs. The modus operandi are primarily roving food...

Gadling's favorite airlines for 2011

Gadling's favorite airlines for 2011 Dec 9th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Even with airlines falling over themselves in an effort to generate profits out of new fees and charges, flying retains some glamour and excitement. No? Not working for you? Well there are mileage programs to exploit and perks to chase. And even in the direst landscape for customers, there are always new routes to sample, smiling flight attendants to befriend, and reliable pilots to thank for...

Search for Air France 447 to resume

Search for Air France 447 to resume Nov 28th, 2010 at 8:00AM: French air accident investigators announced yesterday that search teams will return to a remote region of the Atlantic to resume the search for Air France Flight 447 in early 2011. Officials from the airline and the investigative agency recently met with families of the passengers on board that flight, who urged them to continue the search for the missing plane. Those families have lingering...

New Baghdad route for French airline

New Baghdad route for French airline Oct 17th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Where are you going for Christmas? Forget New England charm or warm islands where you can skip the traditional holiday and sun yourself without regret. Now, you can take the sort of vacation that will be the envy of all your friends: Baghdad. Your options were once limited, but now there's one more airline taking passengers into Baghdad International Airport – from a convenient spot. ...

Sex over service? Airlines try vixen pitch with passengers

Sex over service? Airlines try vixen pitch with passengers Oct 13th, 2010 at 12:00PM: It's no secret that airline customer service is generally perceived to be as pleasant as a root canal. I was thinking about this over the weekend, as I walked home from Penn Station, after catching Amtrak's Acela back from Boston. I had a fantastic trip (up and back) and was hung up on the contrasts to air travel. Later that night, I met a friend for a glass of wine and talked through the...

Air France in-flight thefts solved - flight attendant arrested

Air France in-flight thefts solved - flight attendant arrested Jul 20th, 2010 at 5:30PM: Earlier this year, we wrote about an Air France plane that had been hit by a pickpocket. The thief had emptied the wallets of business class passengers, and upon arrival in Paris, local police boarded the plane, but were unable to find the criminal. Six months after that incident, French police have arrested an Air France flight attendant suspected of being behind the thefts. In total, 142 Air...

Photo of the Day (7.8.10)

Photo of the Day (7.8.10) Jul 8th, 2010 at 8:00PM: Delays happen. Sometimes there are mechanical issues. Other times, weather plays a role in the form of ash clouds or blizzards. And other times, your flight crew just needs to sample every flavor of Jelly Babies, the UK equivalent of Gummy Bears. This Flickr shot from OurManWhere captures a moment in Bangkok in the Golden Age of Air Travel (at least for the crew) when travel is still an...

Alitalia joins Air France, Delta and KLM to form trans-Atlantic joint venture

Alitalia joins Air France, Delta and KLM to form trans-Atlantic joint venture Jul 5th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Several of the largest airlines in the world have teamed up to combine routes, creating the world's largest trans-Atlantic flight network. Alitalia signed an agreement to join Air France, Delta and KLM and share revenue and costs. The new combination will operate 26% of all trans-Atlantic flights, with almost 55,000 seats on 250 flights. The total revenue from this trans-Atlantic capacity is...

Concorde may once again fly - thanks to $22 million and a lot of hard work

Concorde may once again fly - thanks to $22 million and a lot of hard work Jun 1st, 2010 at 10:30AM: October 23rd 2003 is a date many aviation nuts will remember as the end of the era of supersonic passenger transportation. It was the day the final Concorde flight took place, ferrying celebrities into London Heathrow airport. Of course, her fate had already been sealed when Air France flight 4590 crashed just outside of Charles De Gaulle airport in July 2000 killing 113 people. Her...

Fly the Air France Airbus A380 from London to Paris for just $115!

Fly the Air France Airbus A380 from London to Paris for just $115! May 13th, 2010 at 4:00PM: Fancy a trip on the world's largest jet? Air France is about to start flying the Airbus A380 from London Heathrow to Paris Charles De Gaulle - making them the only airline to use the plane on a short haul route. Normally, the A380 is used on long hail international routes, making it tough to experience the plane "on the cheap", but the Summer A380 London-Paris flights cost just £80...

Air France goes prix fixe, not buffet

Air France goes prix fixe, not buffet Jan 21st, 2010 at 2:00PM: Starting in April, Air France is going to make you pay for what you consume. If you consume only one seat, that's all you'll have to buy. But, if you require more than one seat, expect to whip out your plastic. For some reason, airline spokesman Nicolas Petteau calls it "a question of security," but I don't think so. To me, it seems more like a question of getting what you pay for ... and asking...

A380 encounters trouble - again

A380 encounters trouble - again Dec 18th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Everyone was eager to see the Air France A380 leave New York and head for Paris this week, but a fuel-tank issue kept it on the ground at JFK. This was the second problem the world's largest plane had in getting off the ground since it started bouncing between New York and Paris just under a month ago. The A380 is nothing short of hefty, accommodating 511 passengers, and it gets thirsty. So, when...

Air France Airbus hits severe turbulence 10 miles from doomed aircraft location

Air France Airbus hits severe turbulence 10 miles from doomed aircraft location Dec 13th, 2009 at 12:30PM: Here is a scary piece of aviation mystery - On November 29th, Air France flight 445 from Paris to Rio had to make an emergency descent after hitting severe turbulence. Now, bad turbulence is something any air passenger will have to deal with at least once in their life. It isn't fun, but it usually goes away after 10-20 minutes. In the case of this Air France flight, things get a tad more...

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