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Air France Creating Budget Airline To Serve U.S., Asia Starting In 2017

Given that most big airline news seems to involve consolidation, it may be a nice break to hear news of a new-ish, (hopefully) lower-cost carrier entering the market. [More]

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Air France Warning Travelers Of Canceled Flights Amid Strike

If you’re planning a vacation that involves Air France, well, you should probably keep a close eye on your itinerary: the airline is warning travelers that a worker strike that’s already grounded 900 flights and affected 150,000 customers may result in more last-minute flight cancellations. [More]

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British Airways, Lufthansa & Air France Fined For Treatment Of Disabled Passengers

Four months after the U.S. Department of Transportation fined United Airlines $2 million for violating rules protecting air travelers with disabilities, the agency is continuing to police the skies when it comes to disabled passengers. This time, levying fines against Lufthansa, British Airways, and Air France.  [More]

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Air France Offering Younger Customers A 30% Discount With New Rewards Program

Here’s something we haven’t seen in the U.S. yet: Air France is intent on wooing the younger crowd of fliers, and is willing to bestow perks on them for being loyal passengers with a new rewards card. [More]

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Don’t Get Stuck Paying For A Flight You Can’t Take; Know Your Airline’s 24-Hour Cancellation Policy

You can spend months, and thousands of dollars, putting together a trip abroad, but no matter how much effort you take to avoid travel trouble, unforeseen circumstances can force you to change your plans. Thankfully, most airlines flying to and from the U.S. have a policy that lets passengers cancel tickets within 24 hours of booking. Note that we said “most airlines” — not all. [More]

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Authorities Clear Two Paris-Bound Air France Flights Diverted Over Anonymous Threats

Two Air France flights bound for Paris from the U.S. that received anonymous threats phoned in while they were in the air have been cleared by authorities and declared safe.

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Forget To Join Your 30 Cocaine-Filled Suitcases On A Flight To Paris? Police Would Like A Word

Usually the problem is your bags get lost between here and there, but in the case of 30 suitcases filled with cocaine, the bags made it just fine — it was the fact that they weren’t assigned to any passengers on an Air France flight that tipped authorities off. There’s just something fishy about ownerless bags, you see. [More]

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And Now: “Flying The Friendly Skies Fridays” Because Traveling Can Actually Be Fun

Around these parts, we hear our share of the frustrating, the woeful and the all-out angry. But when we catch hold of an idea that brings out the happy and rewarding stories of customers, we like to celebrate it. Herewith, then, the first of a few “Flying The Friendly Skies Fridays.” Or FTFSF, if you will.

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Just Because You’re Wearing Epaulets & An Air France T-Shirt Doesn’t Mean You’re A Real Pilot

Ugh, this guy is gonna ruin wearing Air France T-shirts and black leather jackets with epaulets for everybody: Pilots on a U.S. Airways flight were pretty sure a French man wearing the aforementioned ensemble wasn’t a pilot when he plunked down in a cockpit seat. Good catch, everyone.

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Air France Asks Passengers For Gas Money After Emergency Landing In Syria

Air France Asks Passengers For Gas Money After Emergency Landing In Syria

Air France has tongues wagging and otherwise clucking in disapproval after a flight heading from Paris to Beirut had to make an emergency landing in Damascus, Syria and needed to refuel. Once on the ground, the crew had to ask passengers to pony up cash in case they couldn’t find a way to pay for the gas.

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Always Keep Your Boarding Pass

Always Keep Your Boarding Pass

Over on his travel blog, Christopher Elliott writes that if you want to ensure you’ll get the reward program miles you deserve, you should hold on to your boarding pass. In his example, a frequent flyer with Air France couldn’t get his Delta miles credited even though the airlines codeshare, because Air France demanded the original Delta boarding pass, which the customer had thrown away. Elliot managed to get the airline to cave on this instance, but he points out that it’s easier (and better in case of an IRS audit) to hold on to them “just in case.”

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Death By Overbooking?

Death By Overbooking?

Here’s an interesting lawsuit. The widow of an Air France passenger is suing that airline, claiming that their decision to bump her husband “caused him to miss a life-saving dialysis treatment at home.” The lawsuit charges Air France with breach of contract, negligence and wrongful death.

iPod Video to Play on Airline Seat-Back Displays

According to Reuters, “Airline passengers will soon be able to connect their iPods to in-flight entertainment systems and watch their favorite videos without fear of running out of battery power while traveling on any of six major carriers, iPod maker Apple Computer Inc. said on Tuesday.