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Every day some travel news headlines catch my attention. Some are from Delta and some are just of travel interest, but all are ones I think you will want to see. Let’s take a look at today’s: Delta has a big decision to make: Should flight attendants still be required to wear heels? Unhappy American Pilots to Push Union Switch After Five Decades Rockwell Collins in Advanced Talks to Purchase B/E Aerospace for $6.5 Billion N.Y. farmer mows marriage proposal into field (see via drone flight) Bombardier announces another round of steep job cuts Do airlines always give out accurate compensation information? DOT fines say no. Both Chicago airports among 5 worst for Thanksgiving on-time performance 13 Best Wine Regions to Visit This Year Around the World 20 passengers sick on Spirit flight from Atlanta Were there any other bits you caught that I missed out on today? Please feel…

Every day some travel news headlines catch my attention. Some are from Delta and some are just of travel interest, but all are ones I think you will want to see. Let’s take a look at today’s: Plane delayed after crew member failed alcohol test Boeing 747 200 Flight Simulator with hydraulic pump unit, 480v KLMs HOT summer far from over American Express upping rewards program for Platinum Card [5x per dollar] RUBICON CROSSED? Delta Introduces Variable Award Prices for Virgin Atlantic Partner Awards Global Entry is expanding to 9 more airports Were there any other bits you caught that I missed out on today? Please feel free to comment below and include a link to the story as well! – René

Tomorrow is a big day for Delta pilots as they ask for federal mediation to help get a contract with Delta Air Lines. The press is pushing that they are asking for a 40% raise but that sound bite does not take into account much that has been lost during the lean years like the pay cuts they took as well as lost pension and more. But this begs the question, how long will it be before we see Delta pilots picketing outside Delta hubs? I bet we will see it sooner than later. Does that mean a pilot strike is far behind? Notice what the Delta MEC Chairman said recently: “…Last week your MEC confirmed the chairman of our Strike Preparedness Committee, Captain Mark McClain, assisted by Captain Mark Thompson. The MEC also passed an enabling resolution to request a five million dollar allocation from ALPA’s Major Contingency Fund.…

I know this is kinda short notice but my arrival tomorrow (the 23rd) was floating between early and late into LAX. Anyway, I am planning, unless something changes, to have Chicago Pizza near LAX at the Union Piazza locations HERE! I should to arrive by 6PM(ish) and it looks like the place has great pizza and has outside seating so it should be a perfect place to hang out for a bit and chat about points. Also, if you are around LAX after 2PM(ish) I will be floating around the SkyPub and maybe a few other spots around the airport. If you can make it feel free to comment below or send me an e-mail! – Rene

Ooooppseeee! It seems the IAM did not have the 60% of all Delta flight attendants votes they said they did. As you can see from their web page they NOW say: “Unfortunately, we have recently discovered that a number of the cards submitted to us contain insufficient information or questionable signatures.” Should that not have been checked ahead of time? I would think so. The Delta anti-union website has also been updated: I really like the part of the closing remarks from Allison Ausband from Delta who says: “regardless of your position on IAM representation, please be respectful of each other and stay focused on our customers” The IAM can try again but not until next year according to the rules. It will be interesting to see if they do. I have always been most pleased with Delta people and was also pleased with Northwest folks who were in a…

On my way to the airport Saturday, just before my live radio spot from the “F” Delta Skyclub, I could not miss the advertising for BeDeltaBeDifferent.com on the back of the bus in front of us. Here is some web info about the site (run by Delta). Domain Name: BEDELTABEDIFFERENT.COM Registrar: WILD WEST DOMAINS, LLC Whois Server: whois.wildwestdomains.com Referral URL: http://www.wildwestdomains.com Updated Date: 28-jan-2015 Creation Date: 28-jan-2015 Expiration Date: 28-jan-2016 So this is Delta’s response to FAs and why the mothership thinks it is a BAD idea for them to join a union. I have no stake one way or the other in this other than being a Delta Diamond Medallion flyer. I know, as you can see from this ever growing frustration from almost always unannounced devalutions Delta has imposed on me over the years. One of the most interesting quotes to me is from one of the FAs…

This one does not surprise me at all. I have been speculating that this was on the way for a while now. Delta pilots have had union representation and still have pay levels up to 30% lower than they were before Delta’s bankruptcy. This round it is IAM trying to be the union to represent the FAs. On their web site they say: “This is an historic day for these courageous Flight Attendants,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “The IAM stands firmly behind the Delta Flight Attendants’ effort to win a strong voice in their profession and stability in a volatile industry.” Delta, in “The Street” piece, was clearly against the idea as they would like not having to answer to a union when it comes to negotiations with those who work for the airline. They have even, as we have seen in DTW, outsourced as much as possible.…

This week the Delta pilots union is meeting in Chicago to discuss all things that affect them. Today the top brass at Delta talked to them and shared how, due to the outstanding profitability of Delta, that the profit sharing will be way up this year. Good for the hard working Delta folks and that makes me most happy (just wish it did not come at the cost of $29+1’s for the Skyclubs). One of the bits that grabbed my attention in the twitter feeds was what I have highlighted above, that is that fact that there are still a HUGE number of CRJ200’s out there compared to the large regional jets (348 vs. 281). I cannot wait for ALL the 717’s to come online as they can then free up more routes for the larger regionals and perhaps one day SBN can have a jet larger than a 50…

The new American Airlines merger was strongly supported by both the pilot and flight attendant unions. Without their support, the new mega airline would have been a much harder merger to happen if even possible at all. The merger of Delta and NWA, that is flying under one operators license, is old news. However, the integration of the NWA and Delta flight crews is a much more recent event. In fact, for a long time, NWA and Delta crews never mixed. I have flown with both for years. The Delta crews are still very Delta loyal and customer appreciative. The NWA crews are still very old school and there is much “bad blood” still over the merger results. ex-NWA crews miss the old culture of NWA and miss the power they had under union support (they say it is NOT about money, but about control of their jobs). The vote…

So the reason for my latest trip was to see my generations of Hungarian (on my dad’s side) family. Gen 1 (great mommy and pappy) came over from the old country. They, and my grandma and granddad are gone. There is just one from the Gen 2 level and he’s 89. The first day was at a yacht club in Philadelphia and we had a great cookout by the pool and the views were just beautiful as you can see. Then the next day Lisa, me & my dad headed over to tour one my favorite places I have yet to visit. The US Mint in PHL. (Oh how I miss thee, mint coins :-)) The tour is FREE and self guided and you are not allowed to take photos inside, but from the brochure you can see inside on the wall is art work by Tiffany. Amazing. The…

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