Air New Zealand, Spirit Airlines to merge? [NSFW]

Of course not. But their advertising departments appear to be run by the same person. How else do you explain Rico, the trash-talking puppet who is featured in two new Air New Zealand ads.

Echoes of every recent Spirit Air promotion in there, wouldn’t you say?

Here’s the other ad:
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Airline strike: “What is their responsibility?”

I’ve been getting quite a few questions like Joyce Fishman’s lately. She’s afraid her airline is about to go on strike, leaving her stranded.

She writes,

We have reservations on Spirit Airlines for a family celebration of our 50th anniversary. Our trip is to begin on June 14. The pilots are planning to strike on June 12 if no agreement is reached.

I have contacted Spirit as to their responsibility to protect us in the event of a strike. Each time I get the company line, “Spirit intends to operate through the process” and “Spirit will try to take care of all customers”.

What is their responsibility?

Can you find out anything more than I have been able to? Your help will be much appreciated.

There are actually three airline strikes or potential strikes in the news. Let’s start with Spirit.
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LaHood on Spirit’s carry-on baggage fees: “We’re gonna hold the airline’s feet to the fire on this”

Spirit Airlines’ decision to begin charging passengers for carry-on luggage — and lowering some fares to a penny — has caught the attention of the federal government, as many predicted it would. In part one of our exclusive interview with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, we talk about fees, consumer protection and the future of airline service.
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