-Finally we got onto the 8.5 hour Honolulu bound flight. You can feel the dread amongst the other BusinessFirst passengers…I know I’ve been guilty of being on the other side before! The bassinet was just barely wider than our 18 pound 5 month old and he slept in it for maybe 45 minutes before he wanted to stretch out but there was simply no space. A better solution we came up with was putting layers of blankets and changing pads down on the spacious floor in front of our bulkhead seats and he played and slept there without making a peep! We were in utter shock as the entire flight went by without Rafi crying for more than a few seconds. Other passengers came up to as afterward complimenting us on our parenting skills (as if we could possibly control how our baby acts on a plane) and telling us how nervous they were and how amazing he was. I think Rafi just liked all the white noise a plane provides! … [Read more...] about Traveling To Hawaii…With A 5 Month Old!
Feeding 5 month old
-Brian was asked about the cancellation of the Houston Intercontinental (IAH)-Auckland 787 launch route. If the route was forecast to be profitable than why yank it? United cancelled this route in response to the city of Houston granting Southwest the right to fly internationally out of Houston Hobby (HOU) airport. United said they welcomed Southwest to compete out of IAH but that flying internationally out of HOU would be harmful to Houston. He insists that this was not a matter of retaliation but rather simple math. There would only be a few people a day flying from Houston to Auckland so the vast majority of the flight would be connecting from other cities. IAH has thrived as a hub airport and was in a virtuous cycle as more flights fed into other flights and the airport kept growing. United believes this is because there is only 1 international airport in Houston. Once Houston is split into 2 international airports that will spin IAH into a vicious cycle of fewer routes that will … [Read more...] about Trip Report: United DO 2012 In Chicago
Alas, the Westin did not make it easy to get the bag into one of their freezers. In the past my wife and I had a much larger suitcase full of frozen food that they froze without issue, so I didn’t even think of calling to make sure they would be able to do it for this trip. There was a solid hour while various employees pushed back (liability issues, etc) until AJK took over and decided to stop being Mr. Nice Guy and somehow that unlocked all the doors. Maybe any problems I encounter when traveling only occur when I smile too much? [AJK: Step 1) be assertive, Step 2) “may I speak with your manager?” Step 3) … Step 4) Profit.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 1: Honolulu
Boeing also failed to tell airlines about MCAS and the FAA signed off on pilots being able to move from the 737 to the 737 MAX without needing to learn about the MCAS in training. Doing so lowered the costs of training, which made the overall cost of the plane lower for airlines, making the 737 MAX more competitive versus the Airbus A320neo. … [Read more...] about The 737 MAX Is Being Grounded Around The World, Except For North America; Here’s What You Need To Know