Greetings from the SkyTeam lounge at Heathrow. I received an email from reader Tom in Boston yesterday who asked the following:
Hi Adam, I was wondering if you’d be willing to post a poll on your blog. I read your post back in March titled Asiana First Suite Class Coming to JFK…Great Award Availability!, and was able to secure two first class seats on Asiana for my wife and I for a dream trip in October using UA miles and Ultimate Rewards. As a DL Diamond member, I’m an extremely frequent flier, and normally would NOT change my habits at all following an accident. These things unfortunately happen and are normally not indicative of future problems on the same carriers. However, after reading about some of the training and cultural issues you’ve discussed (Can Cultural Issues Cause Plane Crashes & Another United Pilot Email re. Asiana) & (Korean Pilots Avoided Manual Flying, Former Trainers Say On Record this Time), and hearing other US based pilots speak out, I feel that there is a possibility that there is a true systemic training problem at select carriers abroad. So how about a poll, and are you keeping your award flight?
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