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Category: aviation
July 21, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Airline fees: Just tell me what the bottom-line price is

Nancy Ohanian / Op Art

With regard to guest columnist Lee Moak’s opinion piece [“The hidden fees in an airline ticket,” Opinion, July 16], there is way too much spin and disinformation contained.

For instance: “In 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation made a little known rule change that requires airlines to hide government taxes and fees within the advertised price of a ticket.” Or is it true that what they did was to inform the paying public what the true cost of that flight was going to be? Moak tries to compare buying a ticket to


Comments | More in aviation | Topics: airlines, Alan Zelt, FAA

June 19, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Delta expansion: Don’t blame capitalism

Letter writer Travis Penn assumes the worst for Alaska Air and blames capitalism for the potential loss of jobs [“Delta’s Seattle expansion: How capitalism has failed us,” Northwest Voices, June 16]. Capitalism is the reasons Alaska Air is in the strong position it maintains at Sea-Tac. The pressure from Delta will make Alaska better…


Comments | More in aviation | Topics: Alaska Air, Capitalism, Delta Air Lines

June 16, 2014 at 7:11 AM

Delta’s Seattle expansion: How capitalism has failed us

Sunday’s front page article on Delta Air Lines’ expansion into Alaska Air’s territory was a very revealing lesson about the dirty underbelly of capitalism [“Delta has big plans for growing Sea-Tac hub,” Business / Technology, June 15]. Originally, Delta was a cooperative partner with Alaska Air, who delivered passengers to Delta’s expanding international routes from Seattle. Now, Delta…


Comments | More in aviation | Topics: Alaska Air, Delta, Richard Anderson

April 30, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Airplane stowaway: A major security breach

The stories reporting the saga of the teenage stowaway in the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound jetliner are both compelling and tragic [“Stowaway on jet said to be homesick for Africa,” Travel/Outdoors, April 23]. Compelling for his daring “adventure” and miraculous survival. And tragic that it could have happened in the first place given…


Comments | More in aviation | Topics: airplanes, Bruce Elliot, security

March 18, 2014 at 7:01 PM

KOMO copter crash claims two lives

Dangerous flights Helicopters are inherently unstable and tricky aircraft to fly and maintain. The crash of the KOMO aircraft [“Two victims identified in KOMO-TV news helicopter crash near Space Needle,”, March 18] was tragic but all too predictable. Why do we need daily noisy, fuel-guzzling and dangerous flights over the city to get yet another harbor…


Comments | More in aviation, Media, Seattle, Television, Transportation

March 9, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Corporate jets: Essential to open markets and solidify business relationships

The Seattle Times’ recent article “For Starbucks execs, ‘to go’ may mean a hot corporate jet” [Business / Technology, March 1] unfortunately neglected the most crucial point about why companies make use of their own aircraft. The truth is that American companies are operating in a fiercely competitive and increasingly global marketplace, and having…


Comments | More in aviation | Topics: Corporate jets, Ed Bolen, starbucks

September 28, 2013 at 7:57 AM

The Lockheed Electra flies again

Another piece of history As a Seattle Museum of Flight member, I am pleased that the Lockheed Electra has been saved in flyable condition, and will anchor a major exhibit. [“A piece of history takes wing,” NW Sunday, Sept. 22.] Meanwhile, more than 2,000 miles to the east, Boeing’s strategic-bomber prototype, XB-47, languishes outdoors in the…


Comments | More in aviation, Boeing | Topics: airplane, b-47, Boeing

March 15, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Transportation Security Administration to allow knives, sporting gear on planes

Protect our skies As a flight attendant for 14 years and Local Union President of three bases, I am very concerned over the recent TSA decision that will allow knives back into the aircraft cabin [“Small knives, sporting gear to be allowed on planes,” News, March 6]. Flight attendants are responsible for the safety and security…


Comments | Topics: TSA

September 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Boeing: Will 787 line move to S. Carolina?

Does S. Carolina know how to build a Boeing? Editor, The Times: Though I never built a Boeing aircraft, I did fly them. Because of the dedication, knowledge and expertise of Washington state craftsmen and women, many of those well-designed and constructed airframes are still flying. Consider that the 707, 737, 747, B-52 and even some B-17s are…


Comments | More in aviation, Boeing, Business, Labor, Unions

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