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Penguin Airlines

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the swim-like-a-bird dept.

Linux Business 274

An anonymous reader writes "DesktopLinux.com interviews Chris Stevens, President of Penguin Airlines about his young venture's business model that includes using Linux in all aspects from the ground up -- from desktops to the reservations system! 'Tux' is more than just a name for this new air taxi service which brings convenient, economical, time-saving air travel via the shortest route between home and destination." They wrote an essay about their business plans, and their heavily computerized jets look nifty as well. CD:Those interested in the aviation side of things should check out James Fallows book "Free Flight" as well.

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274 comments

First Post! (-1, Offtopic)

aaaple (588850) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042376)

heh *grin* i'm so cool.

NFP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042377)

not first post?!?!?! this one is going out to my dead homies in the hood , of boise idaho

Re:NFP (-1)

getter_85 (464748) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042398)

you from Boise?

sounds like a joke to me! (0)

TomRitchford (177931) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042378)

that's hardly a business model, now is it?

Re:sounds like a joke to me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042394)

Linux controlling our skies? Might as well stop all airborne travel.

Re:sounds like a joke to me! (5, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042459)

"Linux controlling our skies? Might as well stop all airborne travel."

I wouldn't go that far, but you would need to know Bernoulli's Law to board the plane.

Re:sounds like a joke to me! (1)

purpledinoz (573045) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042497)

Sounds like something that would get unlimited investor funding for the dot-com days. If I were an investor, I would run away from this with my arms flailing, screaming like a little girl. Using Linux as an advertising gimick is ridiculous for this kind of stuff.

Re:sounds like a joke to me! (1)

mikehoskins (177074) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042512)

Honestly, I'd need to know more about it, before I judged it.

If he's saving mega bucks on software, hardware, licensing, maintenance, down time, etc., on systems where your life does not depend on it, then great. Remember that airlines all over the world are going bankrupt, merging, needing yet another loan, etc.

Using Linux everywhere could save megabucks.

Formal dress required? (2)

Subcarrier (262294) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042587)

I'm trying to imagine a Beowulf cluster of these but the bowtie is cutting the flow of blood to my brain.

Hate to be obvious... (5, Funny)

dagoalieman (198402) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042386)

But Penguins don't fly....

I hope they have better luck than the real birds.

Re:Hate to be obvious... (5, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042438)

Penguins, like pigs, in fact can fly. It's just a matter of applying enough force. I recommend a tin foil jacket and a gause gun.

Re:Hate to be obvious... (1)

jazman_777 (44742) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042481)

Penguins, like pigs, in fact can fly. It?s just a matter of applying enough force. I recommend a tin foil jacket and a gause gun.

Or,as said in Chicken Run: THRRRRUUUSSSST!

Re:Hate to be obvious... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042598)

They "fly" under water...

Re:Hate to be obvious... (2)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042677)

But Penguins don't fly

Niether do flowers, yet that is what Hawaii Airlines has as a logo.

BTW, Does Linus Travolds fly for free?

Re:Hate to be obvious... (2)

strredwolf (532) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042692)

Penguins fly... ...in water. Ask any animal researcher!

Get it out of the way (5, Funny)

GoodWebDesigns (599819) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042388)

Upside: An airline that never crashes. Downside: Who wants uptimes that last for months?

Re:Get it out of the way (3, Funny)

unicron (20286) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042421)

The upside: Perfect flying record.

The downside: Takes a team of 4 people reading faqs for 2 hours just to figure out how to get the damn landing gear to retract.

Re:Get it out of the way (1)

casings (257363) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042490)

Howto: Land this Plane using Kernel 2.4.18.

or how about

landinggear --help

Re:Get it out of the way (3, Funny)

realdpk (116490) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042507)

Only to then find out that Linus has deemed the previous method for retracting landing gear "inefficient" and that you'll be lucky if it works at all. There'll be a new way to do it. If you're lucky, you'll run across this obscure e-mail somewhere on Google.

Re:Get it out of the way (1, Troll)

dillon_rinker (17944) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042613)

Takes a team of 4 people reading faqs for 2 hours just to figure out how to get the damn landing gear to retract.

...but the landing gear on the airplanes that THOSE people operate will NEVER fail.

MS: Click here to retract landing gear.
Q105832 The "Click here to retract landing gear" button has no corresponding button to deploy landing gear. This will be addressed in the next hotfix or service pack or feature upgrade or automatic update. Please remain in the air until this is released. Your purchase is important to us.

Linux: OK, now that you've finished studying physics, chemistry, metallurgy, aeronautical engineering, and CNC mill operation (ie how to machine your own parts from raw bits of metal - preferable ones you cast yourself, but if you want to be a non-free kinda guy you can buy the metal), it should be obvious to you that turning this crank will open/close the landing bay doors while lowering/raising the landing gear, depending on whether you turn it clockwise/counterclockwise. Visit the GNOME project for instructions on installing an electric motor with a button that will retract the landing gear. There's not a corresponding instructions for installing a motor for deployment because MS aircraft don't work that way, but feel free to turn the crank manually.

Re:Get it out of the way (5, Funny)

unicron (20286) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042693)

I would be worried about the level of customer service for the airline:

Passenger: Stewaress, can I get some peanuts?

Stewardess: Get em yourself, fucking newb. Can you believe this little bitch? Thinking he has skills.

Re:Get it out of the way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042454)

yeah, as long as there are no web servers (like the one that is down right now) on the plane we're safe.

Imagine Beowulf eating a cluster of those.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042390)

Look, somebody had to say something like that ....

YAY! :) (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042392)

I guess this means no crashes no matter how hard people try.

TROLLAXOR SPOTTED (-1)

JismTroll (588456) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042397)

I saw Trollaxor at the Beaumont country western bar.

Drinking!!! Beer!

He should be ashamed.

Re:TROLLAXOR SPOTTED (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042566)

I agree. A country-western bar? Who does he think he is, John Travolta?

Using Linux in all aspects from the ground up ... (3, Funny)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042399)

You know what that means: All of the Customer Service Agents will have to be able to type 160 words per minute to keep up!

Re:Using Linux in all aspects from the ground up . (3, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042424)

Lol!

"What's the command to change this guy's reservation?"

"It's 'chgres -x -p#30240 -usrname=John Doe -t12:00 -tx13:35 -fn usa412."

"Oh... Didn't realize that command had a vowel in it."

Re:Using Linux in all aspects from the ground up . (2, Funny)

Wee (17189) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042539)

"It's 'chgres -x -p#30240 -usrname=John Doe -t12:00 -tx13:35 -fn usa412."

I don't mean to be pedantic, but you probably ought to quote the username. The shell will think it's another arg otherwise. So you'd change his reservation like so:

chgres -x -p 30240 -usrname 'John Doe' -t 12:00 -tx 13:35 -fn usa412

Yes, I realize you were joking.

-B

Re:Using Linux in all aspects from the ground up . (1)

ShinGouki (12500) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042575)

HAHA YAH!!!!!!!!!!!
CUZ EVERY1 KN0Wz THAT LINXU DUN HAEV ANY G00D GRAFICAL INTERFRA....INTEFER....THINGHIEZ!!!!

get real man, seriously
the majority of people who use the unix command line functions do so because they _can_ type 160wpm and get work done faster like that. the rest, who can't, use the friggin gui tools like everyone else.

Re:Using Linux in all aspects from the ground up . (2)

CaseyB (1105) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042627)

Ever seen an agent use the old SABRE reservation system? It wasn't nearly as friendly as a typical UNIX shell - the commands were even more terse and cryptic. A well trained agent could get information faster than with any fancy point and click UI.

I think... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042635)

I think the one at the end of Meet The Parents [imdb.com] is up to the task.

Not the analogy I would've used (4, Funny)

theRhinoceros (201323) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042401)

The airlines like to use majestic bird names like Eagle and Falcon that convey a powerful animal soaring gracefully through the air. Since one of our fundamental missions is to make private jet travel affordable for all travelers, we needed something that most people could relate to.

So, instead of a large bird majestically soaring through the air, the chose a name of a... dumpy, flightless bird that spends most of its time in the water. Hmm...

To the non-linux savvy, the choice of imagery to represent the company is perhaps less than ideal. I mean, how's about starting with a bird that actually flies through the air?

Re:Not the analogy I would've used (2, Funny)

jazman_777 (44742) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042498)

I mean, how's about starting with a bird that actually flies through the air?

First bird that came to my mind: Turkey Buzzard.

Sp Southwest must mean ... (2)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042591)

... the airlines is going south, and you should fly it, because Horace Greely said "Go west, young man, go west."

Well, pretty lame, but what the heck, it's only karmakarmakarma.

Windows.. (2, Funny)

Mir322 (519212) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042404)

Will it be possible to get a seat by the window ? Or will they offer economy command line flights... the jets being much faster and streamlined after all ;)

Re:Windows.. (-1, Troll)

TrollsamaBinLaden (599568) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042470)

You know you are a geek when you think that is one of the funniest things you have heard all day. You confirm your geekhood when you tell your friends and they all laugh too.

Thank God it's not running windows (1)

TrollsamaBinLaden (599568) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042407)

Could you imagine what Nimda would do airborn? Restarting everything on the plane from memory leaks would have to suck too. But then again, if they were using windows some buffer error may change the in flight movie into pr0n!

Flying Penguins (2, Funny)

T-Kir (597145) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042408)

So if a Pengiun Airlines jet does a fly over of a fleet of parked Penguin Airlines planes, will the planes all fall backwards in unison??

BBC link - old news [bbc.co.uk]

Why is this a Good Thing (tm)? (5, Insightful)

Kenja (541830) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042410)

Why is using one platform, regardless of it's appropriateness, just for the sake of using it, a good idea? Shouldn't a company or group look into all options and decide on tools that are the best fit for what needs to be done?

Re:Why is this a Good Thing (tm)? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042431)

what makes you think they havent ?

Re:Why is this a Good Thing (tm)? (1)

mong (64682) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042465)

Agreed. This reeks of insular snobbery perchance?

Re:Why is this a Good Thing (tm)? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042522)

Choosing one platform just for the sake of it is great. It will be totally awesome when the next flaw is discovered in linux and then you can attack their systems front to back.

Re:Why is this a Good Thing (tm)? (2)

dillon_rinker (17944) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042661)

Ok, we're building this airline ourselves and we've got to have software. Ummm...why don't we just use Linux because we all know it really well? Objection...something else might be better. Yeah, but then we'd A have to hire someone or B waste valuable time learning something. Don't we want to learn stuff? Sure, but we can do that after we've made tons of money and retired. Cool... Ok, are we all agreed? Yeah...given the needs of the business, our resources, and our time limits, we're agreed that Linux is the best tool for our situation.

Can we run it on Macs?

Um....no. Macs are evil.

Re:Why is this a Good Thing (tm)? (1)

Verizon Guy (585358) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042669)

Right. I've been on flights (USAirways) that use Sony's P@ssport system, which it totally based on Windows NT Server 4, IIS 4, Netshow Server, and Internet Explorer 4 as kiosks in the seats. The seats run either Windows 95 or Windows CE... I don't remember which. It is way cool --- the best part is that the system is offered in all the Economy seats as well, which is usually rare for airlines to pull something like this. Basically the system consists of an in-seat kiosk lets you pick from a dozen-plus or so each of new movies, full CD albums, and TV shows. You use the joystick in your seat to control the kiosk (resembles a Super Nintendo controller) select your movie, etc that you would like to watch, and then it is streamed from the Windows Media server on the plane to your seat, in good quality! Need to pee? No problem, hit pause. Does the steward(ess) need to make an announcement? When they pick up the interphone, all 300-to-500 or so streaming movies pause, let her make the announcement through the headphones, and resume when she hangs up. It made my flight more enjoyable to say the least (you don't have to watch THEIR crappy movie, you watch your own), and I choose that airline/flight now whenever I'm traveling solely based on that! The only downside to the system is that since it's all IE and WMP-based, you can't watch Airshow, since that is a straight composite video feed from the Airshow box on there. Unless they compressed that real-time....

Computers can't fly. (1)

Computer! (412422) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042414)

I choose to fly based on destinations, safety, quality, and comfort, not in that order. No where on that list is the computer operating system used by the reservation clerks.

Minor point about penquins overlooked (1)

pseudogratixsignatus (81115) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042416)

"Welcome to Penguin Airlines. This is a non-stop swim to NY. In the event of an emergency, a snorkle will be released from above..."

And why does the Linux matter?! (2)

micromoog (206608) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042419)

They've named their business and based much of their marketing on the fact that they use a particular computer operating system. This reads more like a tech-company pitch, not an airline pitch.

Linux is great and all, but I'd feel a little more comfortable knowing that the people behind the scenes are experts in something else, like, I don't know . . . FUCKING AIRPLANES?!

Re:And why does the Linux matter?! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042471)

Q: how do you fuck an airplane?

We will all be forgiving . . . (2)

r_barchetta (398431) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042558)


. . . and understand that you meant to say "flying airplanes."

-r

Re:And why does the Linux matter?! (4, Funny)

T3kno (51315) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042610)

You spend way too much time on /. and IRC when the muscle memory in your fingers types out fucking as the default word.

w00t! (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042422)

anything Penguin r0xx0rs

lunix web servers! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042425)

lets hope their airplanes stay up longer than their web servers.

Windows shapes (1)

Slack0ff (590042) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042434)

All the windows will be shaped like X's. (Get it XWindows... uhh ill leave now)

Re:Windows shapes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042718)

The windows can be minimized or maximized (window shade) and if you don't like the color, you can just change the theme.

Great name for an Airline (2)

Perdo (151843) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042435)

Untill the first time one of their planes flies into the water.

Which is all the flying penguins do...

Now they're all the same (1)

Scaebor (587064) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042441)

Is the use of a certain OS the only real differentiating feature of this airline? If so, it seems that, for better or worse, airlines as a whole must have certainly reached a certain critical mass of homogeneity for the use of Linux to be the primary selling point for a company whose primary purpose is not technology-related.

Re:Now they're all the same (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042620)

"Is the use of a certain OS the only real differentiating feature of this airline?"

No, it isn't. In fact their business model is completely different and unique.

If you would like more detail perhaps you could read the fucking article (RTFA).

Unbelieveable (2)

MadFarmAnimalz (460972) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042453)

I REALLY hope the web site is not hosted on the same machine doing reservations, or running the autopilot-Python script...

Because 5 posts into this story, their box is slashdotted.

Slashdotted (5, Funny)

topham (32406) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042455)

Slashdotted already.
Too bad they didn't use Linux... oh, wait...

Re:Slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042475)

yeah, i want to ride on a company's airplane that can't even keep their web site online.

Re:Slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042694)

Had they used MS, they would be crashing. Even worse than being late.

OS Airlines? (5, Funny)

Soko (17987) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042456)

Remember???

Linux Airline

Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines decide to start their own airline. They build the planes, ticket counters, and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small fee to cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also download and print the ticket yourself. When you board the plane, you are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is very comfortable, the plane leaves and arrives on time without a single problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers of the other airlines about the great trip, but all they can say is, "You had to do what with the seat?"


Taken from this page [ox.ac.uk]

Soko

Re:OS Airlines? (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042491)

However, I find that the following is more true of Linux and OS projects in general.

Unix Airline

Each passenger brings a piece of the airplane and a box of tools to the airport. They gather on the tarmac, arguing constantly about what kind of plane they want to build and how to put it together. Eventually, they build several different aircraft, but give them all the same name. Some passengers actually reach their destinations.All passengers believe they got there.

Source Code (1)

The Turd Report (527733) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042479)

Do you get source code with oyur ticket?

Re:Source Code (-1)

getter_85 (464748) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042510)

no. Like netscape and java, some code can't be released because it's not theirs to release

Eclipse hasn't flown yet... (2)

sphealey (2855) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042480)

The Eclipse jet is a great concept, and I hope it works out, but keep in mind it hasn't had its first flight yet. It is at best 3 years from certification.

sPh

Slashdotted... but... wait a minute (1)

Hamstaus (586402) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042484)

The interview points out how web services are critical to their business. Looks like Slashdot just killed their business. I hope the planes don't rely on this critical service :)

If Linux is running on the NAV system... (1)

rootmon (203439) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042486)

I really hope they're using kernel 2.2.X and not the Kernel of Pain...

News at 11 (1)

jdevons (233314) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042496)

Slashdot just caused the crash of an entire airline.

Are you happy now?!!!!

This is a joke right? (1)

Doppler00 (534739) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042499)

This doesn't sound like a real company. What on earth does Linux specifically have to do with any airline? It's just an OS. This is just really weird that someone would associate an OS with creating an airline. It would be like a McDonald's run off of Microsoft Windows.

Penguin Airlines: I'd love to put Tux on airplanes and that just might happen. We will fly Tux on the tail of our demonstration aircraft almost immediately. Also, I have one of those stuffed Tux penguins from ThinkGeek sitting on top of my monitor. A few months back, I thought about giving some of those away to kids that fly with us for the first time.


Maybe he just cares about making people more aware of Linux? He's just pushing the classic MS vs. Linux debate.

Re:This is a joke right? (3, Interesting)

sphealey (2855) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042644)

This doesn't sound like a real company. What on earth does Linux specifically have to do with any airline? It's just an OS. This is just really weird that someone would associate an OS with creating an airline. It would be like a McDonald's run off of Microsoft Windows.
Flying "butts" (technical airline term) from place to place is only about 1/3 of what an airline does. That task is also heavily regulated (not much room for creativity) and hard to differentiate from competitors (these guys have started down a somewhat unique path, but it can be duplicated).

So - operations and service are where airlines distinguish themselves, and make their money. Some years ago (when they were actually turning a profit) I was at a presentation concerning United Airlines' IS Dept. They had 40 guys with PhD's in Operations Research alone working on their scheduling and fare algorithms.

So, the efficiency of services and how they are presented to the customer can indeed make the difference.

Whether or not this is legit is another question!

sPh

Free tickets? (1)

Jedi1USA (145452) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042502)

They are basing their Business on Linux and Linux is free....does this mean free tickets?!?!

The obligatory jokes ... (2, Funny)

Greedo (304385) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042517)

"No, we don't have windows seats."

"The inflight movie is Revolution OS ... again."

"If you bother the stewardess again, I'm going to have to mark you a Troll and have you sedated, sir."

"Our complementary meal service will be brought to your seat by a Mindstorms robot our pilot just built. Cool, huh?"

and of course:

"Penguin Airlines: If You Don't Like How We Operate, Fork Off!"

Re:The obligatory jokes ... (1)

salimma (115327) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042703)

You get it wrong. You get the recipe and a set of ingredients, and can either choose to get it in cooked packaged form, uncooked packaged form or raw ingredients.

If you choose the pre-cooked form, remember that you have the rights to the recipe :)

This makes more sense... (1)

guacamolefoo (577448) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042518)

"Penguin Pickled Herring"

Overhead Compartments? (1)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042525)

will there be more room for baggage because the planes will have fewer systems requirements?

what a bunch of morons you all are (3)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042526)

Gee, I'm ashamed of you idiots! Look at you! You act like you didn't even read the interview (you probably didn't). You sound like you didn't look at the airplane. And you obviously didn't think about the fact that this is *general aviation*. No fricking security checks. No X-raying. No pat-downs. No opening up your laptop and turning it on just to prove that you didn't replace your hard drive and cdrom with explosives (which duh you could have anyway).

What they're selling is freedom, and it's freedom at a reasonable price. I'm definitely going to check these guys out next time I fly. Yeah, I won't be flying to Texas any time too soon, but still, I'll encourage them to expand as rapidly as they can.

Not only that, but they're flying from small town to small town. So intead of having to go to an "airport", you can go to your town's airport, e.g. Potsdam's. This jet can land, pick you up, and take off again in less than ten minutes. And that airport is only ten minutes from my house.
-russ

Re:what a bunch of morons you all are (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042650)

I'm definitely going to check these guys out next time I fly.

And so, if the security is as lax and irresponsible as you suggest, will all the terrorists.

Re:what a bunch of morons you all are (2)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042656)

Yeah, pretty cool, huh? If they ever start flying internationally, I'm SO never driving my ass down to LAX again.

The "shortest possible route" thing is what I'm interested in. Unfortunately, they're in Texas, an area not known for supporting new ways of thinking.

Google cache for those too lazy to find it ... (2, Informative)

Greedo (304385) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042540)

Right here [216.239.51.100] .

Oops.... (3, Funny)

r_j_prahad (309298) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042545)

All flights are temporarily grounded due to a severe slashdotting. You may move about the cabin until the disturbance subsides, but please refrain from smoking. Thank you.

general public (1)

wikiwa (599074) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042547)

too bad the general public won't fly them due to fears of being hacked while in flight

I will start a company called Penguin Moon Trips (2)

jukal (523582) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042550)

...in the beginning of the next century, our spaceship has been already ordered, and hey, now you asked the coolest question: our business plan? Well, we name the company "Penguin" Moon trips, cause you know, it's easy to get published on Slashdot and that sort of places if you just mention that bird, dunno why. We are even planning to send them to moon, as one market trick.

Seriously, come on!?!? It might be news if their business ever gets really started and if using Linux really provides them with some other competitive edge than the one - marketing edge - which was already used.

Doh.... (2)

T3kno (51315) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042555)

The server's /.'ed, I think I'll start Beastie Airlines or maybe Daemon Air. Plus Beasties can fly.

Breaking News (1)

borgasm (547139) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042557)

In the news today, Penguin Airlines lost half their fleet today as Slashdotters overloaded their plane's computer systems.

On a lighter note, future passengers will not have to use a Passport (get it...Microsoft) because of conflicts with the OS of their planes and general hatred of Microsoft.

GNU/tux (1, Flamebait)

LiquidPC (306414) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042571)

How long before RMS is going to start whining^H^H^H^H^H^H^H asking to have it called GNU/Tux to help spread his commie^H^H^H^H^H^H GPL, free software movement?

Re:GNU/tux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042712)

How long before LiquidPC is going to stop being a fucking idiot? Probably the same amount of time.

fly for free? (0, Redundant)

wikiwa (599074) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042584)

Does this mean we can fly for free now ?

Welcome aboard! (1)

borgdows (599861) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042618)

Welcome aboard! Where do you want to go today?

Good timing... (2)

Sivar (316343) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042619)

As we all know, right now is the best time to be in the airline business...

Seriously though, I wish them intelligence. I'd wish them luck, but intelligence seems to be so much more scarce.

Re:Good timing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042714)

Actually, it is a great time to start an airline.
You can get good cheap aircraft.
Good help and reasonable costs.
Won't have airports trying to screw you (they will be happy to rent you a gate cheap).
You just have to learn how to keep rates low, be courteous, and be safe (Not necessarily in that order).

Wrong icon for the story... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042625)

It should be "It's Funny...Laugh".

old email humor, IF LINUX MADE AIRLINES (1)

Froze (398171) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042639)

Linux Air

Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines decide to start their own airline. They build the planes, ticket counters, and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small fee to cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also download and print the ticket yourself. When you board the plane, you are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is very comfortable, the plane leaves and arrives on time without a single problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers of the other airlines about the great trip, but all they can say is, "You had to do what with the seat?"

Odd Schedule (3, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042667)

Hmmm. They only sell one-way tickets *out* of Redmond WA.

Airline Security Standards? (2)

Anarchos (122228) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042671)

One important point about the airplanes only seating a handful of people is that they probably wouldn't be subject to the new airline security standards. At least, this is what I'm guessing; does anyone know for sure? It doesn't really seem like hijacking a 5-person flight would be that attractive to terrorists.

Not a good idea... (0)

jaymz168 (555580) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042676)

In reference to the Eclipse 500 aeroplane they are going to be using, Penguin Airlines states in the interview :

An aviation analyst recently compared the level of electronics integration on this aircraft to the Boeing 777 or V-22 Osprey.

This is about the worst aeroplane one could possibly compare your fleet to. They have a horid track record [slashdot.org] especially in the software implementation side of things...what were they thinking?!?!

Cab Service (2)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042701)

They can spin off a taxi company called "Tuxi Cabs" or "Tuxi's Taxis".

How about inflight email? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4042702)

I wonder if they'll offer inflight email?

Hopefully they'll use Tenzing's [tenzing.com] inflight system, since it uses Linux in the air to manage all the air-based proxying for email.

I've used the system, it's really user-friendly and works very well.

Jets for nerds... (1)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 11 years ago | (#4042706)

... stuff that matters.
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