Monday, March 09, 2009

Internet Airline News Links #2

WiFi Is Working on Alaska Airlines But How Much Would You Pay?
While we have no idea what the heck is up with Air Canada's WiFi, we do know that Alaska Airline's internet service is real and it is mostly spectacular. Harriet Baskas, who writes Stuck at the Airport tipped us off to her in-flight WiFi experience yesterday as she rode Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Orange County and back.

Conficker targeting of Southwest Airlines a red herring
The Conficker virus threatened to overload Southwest Airline’s website next Friday according to security experts. The reports appear on the surface to answer the long-running question of what damage the virus will actually do, but that may not be the case.

TripAdvisor Creates Metasearch Site That Includes Fees in Comparison
Well, hello TripAdvisor. A couple of weeks ago, showed us a travel search site that looked a lot like Kayak and didn’t add any real functionality. When I saw that TripAdvisor was also launching a metasearch site, I rolled my eyes and figured, “here we go again.” Boy was I wrong. This could be my new favorite site since it actually includes fees in the comparison, if you ask it to do so.

World's Most Admired Companies (Airline Category)
Which companies have the best reputations? With admiration in such short supply these days, it's more valuable than ever. Apple tops the list for the second year in a row. Who else made the top 50 this year?

Lasers vs. Seattle Planes - And Yes, They CAN Do Damage
You’ve probably heard by now that Seattle police are investigating an incident in which a green laser was aimed at a Horizon flight this past Sunday - fortunately, the plane landed without incident.

Alaska’s “Say for Pay” Idea
Quite often executives are criticized for how much money they make, and the airline industry is no different. Now, shareholders of Alaska will be allowed to vote on the pay of the five highest-paid executives beginning with this year’s proxy statement, which was a resolution on last year’s proxy statement.

Virgin America trusts in US investors, impending profitability
Virgin America is denying adamantly that it is in danger of losing the financial support of its US-based investors and claims that it may be profitable by year end.

Wired's Take On Airspace Redesign
Wired ran an in-depth story last week about the benefits of re-designing airspace around the New York metro region as a way to improve life while we all wait for NextGen to kick in (and be paid for).