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“60 Minutes” Exposes Allegiant Air Safety Issues

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While almost everyone knows about airlines like Frontier and Spirit, Allegiant is a US ultra low cost carrier that often flies under the radar. They operate flights primarily to & from secondary cities, so it’s possible that you haven’t even seen one of their planes before at a major airport.

There’s one thing that makes Allegiant especially different from other US carriers, and that’s their alarming safety record. For a few years various media outlets have been covering this, though last night there was a “60 Minutes” segment on the airline, which is perhaps the most detailed exposé that we’ve seen of them. You can watch it here, if you’d like:

Unfortunately this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Not only does the airline operate an outdated fleet, but they apparently actively encourage pilot not to report maintenance issues, and also make them think twice about ordering the evacuation of a plane.

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15 Of The Best Beaches In California To Visit

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California is one heck of a diverse state and a place you can go to and have totally different experiences at any time of the year. Now, one of the things that always comes to mind when I think of visiting California is its natural beauty. Yes, you’ve got some incredible cities like San Francisco … Continue Reading

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Emirates Is Reducing Some Flights Because Of A Pilot Shortage

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Airlines like Emirates have tens of thousands of staff and try and plan for every possible contingency, but sometimes things are just out of their hands. Earlier this month Ben reported that Emirates was reducing flights to Florida and noted the decision, and timing, seemed odd. Well now the reason has been revealed.

Last week, Emirates President Sir Tim Clark held a press conference in Hamburg where he was talking up their new Boeing 777. He admitted that a lack of 100 to 150 pilots meant Emirates would have to reduce frequencies, at least in the short term.

In typical stoic British fashion he revealed:

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How To Maximise A 24 Hour Stopover

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Most airlines will allow you to stop in a city between flights for up to 24 hours without paying extra, whether this is on a revenue or award ticket. They consider this more of a transit than stopover so do not penalise you. Some airlines even encourage you to do this by offering free accommodation, transfers, and activities, in order to grow tourism in their home country.

This has allowed me to visit cities I had never even considered visiting in the past. I love this feature and where time and schedules permit, always try and work this into my travels.

If anything I wish airlines allowed up to 48 hours rather than 24, as I’ve barely scratched the surface in some cities!

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24 Hours In The Algarve, Portugal

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Breakfast the next morning in Odemira consisted of many-a-sweet treat eaten lazily while watching the weather decide what it wanted to do. The forecast that week has been for rain (which is not a bad thing judging from how beautiful this sets off the coast line here) but by the time we were done with … Continue Reading

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Review: American Admirals Club Sao Paulo Airport

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I arrived from Luanda early in the morning, then spent the day at the Marriott Sao Paulo Airport napping and working, and then at 4PM headed back to the airport for my 10:30PM flight to Los Angeles.

While I’ve flown to & from Sao Paulo Guarulhos Airport before, I’ve never used Terminal 3, which is the airport’s newest terminal. It was beautiful, especially compared to the other terminals at the airport. The check-in area was spacious and well organized.

I already had my boarding pass, so skipped check-in and headed straight for immigration. There are tons of late night flights out of this terminal, so at the time it was still quite empty, and I was through both security and immigration within about five minutes.

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GAH: Etihad Ruined My Flight On Air Seychelles!

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I’m a very sad aviation geek!

Ford and I are on our trip to Paris and the Seychelles, which I wrote about a few months back. The plan was to fly Air Seychelles from Paris to the Seychelles, and then Turkish Airlines from the Seychelles back to the US.

As an aviation geek, one of the things I was most looking forward to was flying Air Seychelles from Paris to Mahe. Air Seychelles is an Etihad Airways partner, so I was able to redeem 62,836 miles per person for the one-way business class tickets. As you guys know, I love reviewing new airlines, and Air Seychelles is one of the smaller and quirkier airlines out there.

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20 Stunning Places To Visit In France

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France is one of those amazing countries that’s so diverse and vast that you could literally spend months exploring and still not even touch the surface of stunning places to visit in France. And that’s not even starting with all the vino, brie (Yum 😋) and the stunning chateaux that are dotted across the country. Now, … Continue Reading

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Driving Across Portugal’s Dramatic Southern Coastline

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The next morning, not so bright and early, we hopped into our car (after another decadent breakfast at the Four Seasons), said farewell to Lisbon and headed off in search of more of more of what Portugal had to offer. Our base for the next few days was one I’d honestly never really thought about … Continue Reading

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Review: TAAG First Class 777 Luanda To Sao Paulo

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By the time we boarded the plane it was 1AM, so we were well over two hours behind schedule. Since we were departing from a remote stand, we boarded via air stairs through door L2. There I was pointed left into the first class cabin. While the previous plane had TAAG’s new first class, this plane had TAAG’s old first class cabin, consisting of a total of 12 seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration.

TAAG’s old first class is in an open layout, and the seats as such remind me of what you’d find in Oman Air’s old business class. While not the most modern first class out there, I really do love this layout, especially when the cabin isn’t full, since it’s so spacious.

I selected seat 3J, the window seat on the right side in the last row.

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