Azul Airlines, a low-cost Brazilian airline initiative led by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, will begin flying early 2009. Two good links with more information are Azul Airlines Unveiled (CNBC video) or Jet Blue founder David Neeleman sees big potential for his new Brazilian airline (IHT article).
EasyJet is advertising a service for business travelers that might appeal to everyone: the possibility to take an earlier flight on the same day as your return flight at no extra cost if there is space available. Here the fine print (emphasis mine):
Subject to the paragraphs (a) to (c) below, if you arrive early at the airport for your Flight home, you may transfer for free to an earlier Flight on the same day as the Flight Booked where that earlier Flight has seats available and where it would not cause a delay to its departure.
(a) You must have already made an outbound Journey with easyJet and be returning to the original point of departure from the original destination. For additional convenience, if your original point of departure is a London airport, where available we will allow you to return to any London airport (i.e. Gatwick, Luton, or Stansted).
Air France is currently in phase two of its test of mobile phone use during flights. The EU Commission paved the way last month for airlines to outfit their planes with cell phone base stations, providing passengers with coverage even at 30,000 feet. The BBC reports that RyanAir is also applying for permission to add the technology. In order to take advantage of the service, your cell provider must have an agreement with OnAir; Air France writes that “rates [for usage] are comparable to those paid when you call or send SMS, MMS or e-mails from abroad.” How long it will take for this development to cross the pond is anyone’s guess.