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Airline Safety Issues
Of course airplane crashes always make everyone nervous -- and it makes us here at The Savvy Traveler all that more aware of important safety news. There were two big items this week.
First, the F.A.A. is giving "serious consideration" to blocking America West airlines from flying any new planes. In a letter to the airline last week, an F.A.A. supervisor said America West's maintenance resources are close to tapped out -- adding planes to its fleet could have grave safety concerns. For its part, America West executives disagree with the F.A.A. They say they're working with the government to fix the problems.
Meanwhile, from American Airlines, it was "mea culpa" and big changes to its policies on severe weather landings and pilot fatigue. All this comes after an accident last June, when a flight skidded off the runway in Little Rock, Arkansas and eleven people died. Two pilots flying that plane were thirteen hours into their shift. So, American has implemented a new "no fault" policy for tired pilots. They can now beg off their flight if they're tired and need to go home to get some rest.
American Removes Two Rows
American Airlines C.E.O. Don Carty announced the change.
Now three to five inches may not sound like a lot of extra space, but think of it this way. American has cut in half the difference between coach and first class. And just try to imagine what life would be like if that fully reclined Rip Van Winkle in front of you were an extra five inches away. Keep your eye on this. If the other airlines want to compete, they're going to have to follow American's lead here. Maybe customer service will one day be a reality.
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