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Flying Blue Offers Elite Status Match to Gold — But…

In what seems to be a rather bizarre offer valid through May 30, 2013, Flying Blue — a joint frequent flier loyalty program of Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines — is offering a status match to gold elite members of “any alliance programme” to Flying Blue Gold, which offers the following benefits, including…

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Iberia, SAS Restructure in “Fight for Survival”; Other European Airlines Cut Jobs and Assets

International Airlines Group — which was formed by the merger of Iberia and British Airways — has announced a restructuring of Iberia which will eliminate a minimum of 4,500 jobs, downsize its fleet of aircraft by 25 percent and reduce capacity by 15 percent; while SAS Group plans to eliminate greater than 7,000 jobs and sell off assets of Scandinavian Airlines System, or SAS. Both airlines are struggling just to survive. International Airlines Group cites…

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No More Upgrades From Premium Economy to Business Class on Air France?

FlyerTalk members who are Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program members are reporting that upgrading from international premium W economy class seats on Air France is no longer possible — and there was no announcement about this apparent change in upgrade policy. FlyerTalk members surmise that this may be the latest casualty in what appears to be vanishing availability in O class — which is the fare code for business class seats on award tickets — on Air France. Some Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program members claim that…

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Exclusive Live Reports From the Air France CDG DO

Several FlyerTalk members will be reporting from the 2012 CDG “Do” powered by Air France and Aéroports de Paris, the official agency which oversees the airports in the greater Paris metropolitan area. This is the first gathering of FlyerTalk members of its kind for Air France, emulating to a smaller extent the gatherings of FlyerTalk members in cooperation with Delta Air Lines. Venues at this event include but are not limited to…

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Strike Affects Air France Operations

Qantas Airways and Air Canada are not the only airlines currently experiencing labour disputes. Starting today until Wednesday, 2 November 2011, if you are scheduled to be a passenger on an Air France flight, you may need to alter your travel plans. The following information is from the Internet web site of Air France in the United States…

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Urine Luck: News That Is Fit to Stream

There has been a spate of unfortunate incidents involving public figures in the news recently — and two of them involve ways to … er … impede a flight. First, a JetBlue Passenger Pees On Sleeping Child. As reported in the August 15th edition of FlyerTalk’s own TalkMail newsletter, a…

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Airplane Collision in New York

The Canadair CRJ-700 regional jet operated by Comair for Delta Air Lines was no match for the Airbus 380 operated by Air France, whose wing impacted the tail of the regional jet enough to swerve it sideways.

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Word of the Day: Derecline…

…as in the FA dereclines me.

Apparently, the definition of derecline — a verb — is the action of returning a reclined seat to its original position.

Take the example presented by FlyerTalk member aubreyfromwheaton, who accuses an Air France flight attendant of pushing the button and abruptly dereclining him as he was asking the flight attendant to repeat what she said when he had his headphones on his head while listening to music. Strangely enough, he was the only person dereclined within his immediate vicinity, even though the seats of other passengers were reclined.

At the time this was posted, there still is no explanation as to what prompted the flight attendant to take this course of action, or why…

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Like a Vacuum Cleaner or a Child with a Lollipop…

…apparently, with regard to airlines:

…and, just in case there was any doubt about United Airlines…

One FlyerTalk member asks:

…to which the response is, apparently definitively…

Sometimes, once is not enough, as in the case with the Continental Airlines OnePass frequent flier loyalty program:

The Internet web sites of airlines are apparently not immune either:

Once can suppose the grass is really greener on the other side…
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