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Airlines were early pioneers in communication technologies, and have been very slow to modernize. For example, today, airline IT systems still communicate extensively using TTY: Type-A for synchronous communication, and Type-B for asynchronous communications. There is a standard for TTY, which nobody follows, a de-facto standard by SITA, which is mostly ...


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If you check your ticket, it will say something like 'all passenger must be at the gate and ready to board x minutes before the scheduled time, or they forfeit their flight'. I have seen times required between x=10 and x=60 minutes, but never less than 10 minutes. In other words, if you miss this limit, it's your own problem, and they don't owe you anything. ...


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Yes, there were many, many indicators that Thomas Cook was in financial trouble, from analyst downgrades to their share price and their bond rate. But the company had been in financial trouble for years, being slow to address its competition as its bread-and-butter businesses were stagnating. They hadn't paid a dividend since 2011. In terms of operational ...


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Credit card fraud is a considerable problem for airlines. You would think the fraud risk would be low—after all, passengers usually have to appear in person with photo ID to make use of the service—but as there are a number of types of fraud, "airlines alone lose from $2.4 billion to $4.8 billion to credit card fraud annually." In particular, fraudsters can ...


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Ryanair is working almost strictly point-to-point. With a very few exceptions, they simply don't do connecting tickets, which saves them all the hassle and costs with accomodating people who missed their connection and so on. I can't comment on the profitability of this approach, but the fact that most low-cost carriers work this way is an indication that it ...


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You are looking at the aircraft scheduling at a single point of time, which won't show the full picture. Most likely the aircraft that was planned to fly flight UA263 was delayed, or for some other reason unable to make it to ORD on time. In order to handle this, the airline had to find another plane, and the first one they had available was the one ...


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Codeshares usually work in that way, that an airline buys a number of seats on a flight operated by another airline. In your example, both Virgin and Air France bought each a set of seats from Delta, which they can now sell under their own flight number, within their own fare rules and fare scheme. Depending on how many seats they bought and already have ...


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This doesn't happen with all airlines, obviously. I tried to visit several airlines with Tor and found I could not access Lufthansa or Air Canada, but I could access British Airways, American Airlines, Air India, Emirates and Etihad. In the two cases, I saw the following error: Access Denied You don't have permission to access "http://www.aircanada....


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They might consider special ordering a bland meal from Qatar Airways (insert "aren't normal airplane meals bland?" joke here): Bland Meal (BLML) - This meal is for customers who prefer light and easily digestible foods that are low in fat and help prevent gastric discomfort. It may contain: Low-fat food items such as boiled meats, soft vegetables, mashed ...


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The airline has no obligation towards a passenger who doesn't have the right visa. Any airline that flies internationally will have a clause in their conditions of carriage that says it is the passenger's own responsibility to have the right travel documentation. They reserve the right to deny you boarding if you're lacking a visa you need, but that is in ...


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It sounds as if the 'issue' you are having is that your name is not printed correctly on the ticket. You should however expect few if any practical problems. Airline booking systems arose in the childhood of computer technology and are still subject to many restrictions, which now seem odd or obsolete. Since it is always a risk involved in changing or ...


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Generally, yes. On almost all airlines you can select/change frequent flier accounts as often as you want until check in. Final selection typically happens during check in and most check in processes have an explicit or optional step explicitly for this.


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On Emirates flights to or from the USA, checked baggage is by piece, not by total weight as is offered in most of the rest of the world. Here you can check two bags, each of which weighs up to 23 kg (50 lb). The total weight of all bags is not considered. If you want to check a third item, it must also weigh no more than 23kg (50 lb), and a $200 USD charge ...


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While it may be hard to say for certain without going through the court system, "political unrest" seems to be generally considered an "extraordinary circumstance" for the purpose of EU delay compensation. For example, the UK Civil Aviation Authority's "Am I entitled to compensation" page, under "Examples of extraordinary circumstances," includes "political ...


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This BBC article has a panel outlining the rights of UK customers regarding this: If you are on a package holiday, you are covered by the Atol scheme. The scheme will pay for your accommodation abroad, although you may have to move to a different hotel or apartment. Atol will also pay to have you brought home if the airline is no longer ...


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So anyhow, we reached there 2 min prior but were advised that the flight already left and the gate was closed. Say the flight "departure time" is 10:40:00 You simply can't arrive very close to that time. You have to arrive before the "gate closes". That's that. The time the gate closes is indeed given on the boarding pass stub, and elsewhere in many ...


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Regarding your question if it is normal behavior for system to drop MR, system does recognize MR after any letter as title and in your case leaving just letter A. Space between name and title is actually ignored. You should always insist to see how your name is written before issuing the ticket (regarding airline agent). When agent enters command for the ...


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The below applies to UK customers only, with other answers able to cover other countries TC has operated in. For package holidays: Any package booked through Thomas Cook is protected by ATOL. You are able to get a full refund through them. Do not go to the airport unless you have booked yourself onto a new holiday yourself. Flight only If you have only ...


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You could proceed in two different ways: Make three separate bookings: one for your daughter and two for you. You end up with three bookings DFW-BUD-DFW. Make two separate bookings: one for you two for the flights on which you will be travelling together, and one for you for the flights on which you will be travelling alone. You end up with two bookings: ...


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The best option is: buy you own food (in advance). Airlines have different options, and non-spicy is often a default (but there are other extra options): nobody wants to give children too spicy food. And spicy in general is not so good for air travels. Unfortunately, it seems to me that often they forget such options, or it is far worse than the normal ...


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Maybe try with 'Amrmr'? I'd expect that the system will take the last 'mr' and leave the name as 'Amr', as wanted. I'd ask the airlines to try it.


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The best way I've found to make this kind of booking is either: Get a travel agent to do it for you, they can "link" separate tickets and arrange seating, or Decide which airline you want to fly, call the airline booking line, and work through it with them on the phone. The travel agent option is probably a lot less headache than talking to an airline ...


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Economic reason At least in the Netherlands, in a news article was written that Thomas Cook was already searching for another party to be taken over or to buy them, because of (financial) problems. That alone is a reason to worry for the fall of this company. To see if a next Cook has the same problem, you could read the financial status of the company, ...


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They have modern planes, low overhead and high utilization, which should make them low-emission per pax. On the other hand, it is a well-known paradox when you become more efficient at consuming some resource when fulfilling a need, which increases demand superlinearly so total use of that resource becomes higher. If low costers did not exist, there would ...


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In case you don't do it before the flight... As alluded in other answers, pretty much all airlines allow you to "claim missing miles" even after the flight. If the frequent flyer programme is for the same airline, then you usually do it online and it's pretty straight forward (I've done it quite a few times). If it's a partner programme (e.g. you're ...


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Yellowpages.com says the number is +1 (281) 553-0400, and suggests an alternate number +1 (281) 230-3100. Yellowpages.com is the web based descendant of the physical printed telephone directories that were (and still are in some areas) distributed to everyone with a landline telephone in the USA. It is so named because business telephone listings are ...


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There's also that factor that many airlines and aggregators adjust prices by your search history. Example: I got a price much higher than one I had seen before. I closed the tab (but not the browser), deleted cookies from that site, went back to the site, did the same search and got the same flight for the same lower price I had seen earlier. (MUCH lower)


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Other answers mention indicators. Still, it is important to say that the indicators don't necessarily imply a demise. As an example, Air Canada filed for bankruptcy in 2003; it never stopped flying, and it has been in the black for several years now.


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In my experience, it's not just Tor; I have found that many companies either block or restrict access via VPN networks. Sometimes the restriction is subtle (e.g., Hilton often reports a login error if I am access it it via a VPN, American Airlines often just spins and never loads when I am on a VPN). I assume they believe that VPN users are more likely to ...


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