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Airlines Create New Fee…Again!

Newest Airline Fee
You’ve got to hand it to the airlines, they are the kings of creating new fees to  bolster their bottom lines and frustrate the traveling public.  Lets recap the airlines’ progression on assessing us with new fees:

Baggage fee
Europe’s budget carrier, Ryan Air, experimented with charging a “restroom fee”
Do you remember when they wanted […]

Goodbye USAirways…Welcome to the New American Airlines Dec 9 2013

Effective December 9, 2013, the new American Airlines becomes the largest airline in the United States.
Even after challenges from the government and consumer groups fearing reduced competition will lead to higher prices, American Airlines Group emerged from bankruptcy today, months after announcing the intention of merging American Airlines and US Airways.  Why the concern?  With […]

Does It Snow In Hawaii?

In 2010, during one of the cold and snowy stretches that hit the US, 49 out of 50 states had snow on the ground…Hawaii was the exception.  During the winter of 2009-10, Hawaii had virtually no snow to speak of.   With yet another cold and snowy winter on hand, on January 11/12, once again […]

Inter-Island Competition May Be Evolving

Remember when Hawaiian and Aloha Airlines were the Inter-Island Choices?
Time was that the Hawaiian islands were served by two very competitive airlines; Aloha And Hawaiian Airlines.  A couple of decades ago, Aloha Airlines went out of business, with just Aloha Cargo left to carry the moniker.  In the intervening years, Go Airlines and Island Air […]

Discarded Fishing Nets help Hawaii attain its Energy Goal

Transforming Discarded Nets Into Energy
Everyone and anyone who has ever taken a walk along Hawaii’s beautiful shorelines has come across discarded fishing nets washed up by the tides.  What many don’t realize is that the vast majority of these nets originate thousands of miles from Hawaii!
Until fairly recently, they have just been an eye sore […]

8 Facts To Consider When Flying

There are some interesting things you may want to think about the next time you fly. Then again, they may be things you don’t really want to think about, if you’re the nervous flyer type.

Recent Travel On United and Hawaiian Airlines

I have just returned from a 2-week vacation to the Big Island.  My trip involved three-legs on United Airlines going, a round-trip between Honolulu to Hilo on Hawaiian Airlines, and another 3-leg trip on United Airlines returning back here to North Carolina (RDU).  These are some observations of things that got my attention.
United Airlines
I spent […]

Volunteer Whale Counters For 2013

Annual Humpback Whale Count
It is estimated that protection of these endangered animals has allowed the number of wintering humpbacks in Hawaiian waters to increase from an estimated 1000 back in 1978 to an estimated to 10-12,000 currently.  That’s about 50-60% of the estimated total North Pacific Humpback count of 20,000.
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National […]

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