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Here's an interesting tidbit from Information Week:

"TSA, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued a request for information for a "hologram imaging, computer-generated imagery and video projection" system. The system would be used "to assist passengers in navigating through security checkpoints as efficiently as possible," according to the RFI, which was posted on FedBizOpps.gov earlier this month."

Read the rest of the story here.

 

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Aug 16 2012 Listen to the Sound of FiFi BY adminTAGS History, Misc.

 

As many of you know the B-29 bomber nicknamed "FiFi" was in Springfield the past couple of days. It's a World War II vintage bomber and the last of its kind that still flies. We thought you might like to see some of our home video of the old warbird. While the plane certainly looks good, be sure to listen to the old beast. Hard to imagine that a machine of war can sound almost like an old farm tractor... And how about those squeaky brakes?

 

 

 

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Suppose you had 1500 frequent flyer miles. Which would you rather spend them on: air fare or a digital music download? With today's introduction of the MileagePlus Digital Media Store, United Airlines is betting that some of you will say music. Or a movie.

You can spend 1,375 miles and get Blown Away. That's the name of an album by Carrie Underwood. Or how about a movie called God Save My Shoes? You can rent it for 460 miles, or buy it for 2,545 miles.

The director of United MileagePlus, Krishnan Saranathan, says the media store, "Offers the perfect complement to our other non-air award options such as hotel stays, car rentals, merchandise and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This is one more example of our commitment to expanding the world’s most rewarding loyalty program for our members.”

 

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What is the flying public willing to pay for on an airline flight? An airport shuttle company asked that question of 360 people. Here are the top five things people would pay for:

  • 48 percent: Leg room
  • 33 percent: WiFi accessibility
  • 30 percent: Designed child-free area
  • 21 percent: In-flight meals
  • 13 percent: Aisle seats

See the rest of the survey here.

 

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Airline news has been kind of slow lately, but something popped up yesterday that's definitely worth a mention...

Image of Allegiant airplaneOur friends at Allegiant are getting some new airplanes — not brand new, but new to the Allegiant fleet. Allegiant is our low cost carrier that provides our service to Los Angeles, Phoenix/Mesa, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Tampa/St. Pete. For years the airline has flown only one kind of airplane: McDonnell Douglas MD-80s. In the past couple of years the airline latched on to several Boeing 757s. They're mostly used on Allegiant's routes to Hawaii.

Yesterday the airline announced that it's adding 19 Airbus A319 aircraft to its fleet (an A319 is shown in the photo). This is very interesting  — mainly because A319s can do things that an MD-80 can't. As investment firm Sterne Agee noted, "The planes have significantly longer range than MD-80s and can use more difficult airports which should allow them to grow their network." Indeed. Depending on variables, the A319 can fly more than twice as far as an MD-80. Why is that interesting? Well, let's look at it strictly from our point-of-view....

Springfield, Mo sits nearly smack-dab in the middle of the country. That makes it a very long haul from here to the West Coast, or to the upper East Coast. Keep this thought in mind as you read on...

Allegiant currently flies from here to Los Angeles using an MD-80. That's about 1400 miles. That's a long stretch for an MD-80 and close to the end of its range. The point I'm making here is that 1400 miles is about as far as Allegiant is going to fly from Springfield using an MD-80. So what happens when A319s get thrown into the fleet mix? It means that Allegiant has a lot more flexibility when it comes to how far it can fly — it gives the airline the ability to fly to more far flung vacation destinations.

I'm not suggesting that Allegiant is about to add far flung destinations to Springfield's roster. I'm merely pointing out that the A319 broadens our horizons.

 

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