nwdelta_08-12-08-thumb-300x199About 62% of Delta pilots and 87% of Northwest Airline pilots supported the accord for the merger of the two airlines. The Northwest pilots most likely had a higher percentage due to the fact that they are not able to negotiate their current contract until 2011 due to Northwest’s bankruptcy and Delta pilots are currently paid better.

The process of merging pilots of two airlines can be complex. The airlines must merge the seniority lists, and figure which planes pilots will fly.

Source: Star Tribune Image: planephotoman

ryanair_08-09-08-thumb-300x187Ryanair has decided it doesn’t like having so many people fly on their planes. It must feel that in the great economic airline wonderland everyone is in, it can cancel passenger’s tickets and upset a lot of people.

The airlines has stated it will cancel all booking made through third-party vendor sites (ie lastminute.com, v-tours, tui and Opodo). The airline will give refunds to the websites directly and require the websites to be responsible for getting that money back to the customers.

The airline says that it feels it is unfair that these third party sites charge the customer so much more and it wants to save the customers money. However, it is more likely the airline wants customers to purchase hotels, rental cars, packages, etc through its own website.

Personally I have steered clear of using such third-party sites as Expedia or Orbitz, since most of the time the best deals are found at the actual airline’s website. However, some people only use those third party sites and feel they get a good deal (even if they really don’t), so it seems silly to me that if someone is only going to use the third party sites and if Ryanair doesn’t show up on the results, people will just pick another airline.

Source: Independent.ie Image: F18E777