Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Why I HATE scam and will never use them to look-up or register a domain!

OK, this has nothing to do with private jets. I know. My apologies. But as a public service announcement to you bloggers and website owners, I need to warn you.

Please never, ever use to look up (even less register) a domain name. I made the mistake to look up the availability of a domain on Network Solutions website this afternoon. I learned the hard way.

The case is typical... you're thinking about a domain. You look it up... taken. You look another one up, taken. Eureka, you come up with a genius spin off, taken! Darn! You try some variations and youppi hurray, you found a decent domain name.

You try to find if it's taken and you happen to look at the NetworkSolutions website. It's available! You start placing an order... until you realize they charge you 35$ per year. What a scam when you know you can get the excellent service and reputation of for 10$ per year.

Common sense makes you leave that shitty website and you try Oups! They did it again. You realize that the kind folks at NetworkSolutions have 'reserved' the domain that you were looking up on their site (but didn't purchase from them at 35$). They will kindly 'hold it' for you for 4 days, effectively preventing you from registering it at or any other reasonably-priced domain registrar! How nice of them especially since ANYONE can grab YOUR dear domain idea in the meantime from NetworkSolutions and there's no way you can prevent that.

Moral of the story:
  1. DO NOT use to lookup domain names (search if a domain is available)
  2. DO NOT use to register a domain (unless you're crazy or want to pay 450% more than you should).
  3. USE reputed domain registrars such as!

In the meantime, I'm praying that my domain won't be taken during these 4 days.

NetworkSolutions sucks!
Their domain registration service is so expensive and so uncompetitive that they need to resort to this tactic to hold customers hostage. It's pathetic to what lengths a corporation can go to get customers and make sales. Whatever you do, do not use NetworkSolutions to look up or register a domain name. They suck.

Monday, April 30, 2007

MAXjet Adds Executive Leadership with New Chairman, CFO, COO and VP of People Services

MAXjet Airways has announced additions to its executive leadership team, including a new Chairman of the Board, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of People Services.
The MAXjet Airways Board of Directors has appointed long-time board member and Extra Space Storage CEO Kenneth Woolley as Chairman, replacing Richard Sharp. Mr. Woolley is founder, Chairman and CEO of Extra Space, the second largest self-storage company in the United States. He was an early investor in MAXjet and has served as a Director of the company since inception. He was a founder of Richmond Foods plc, the United Kingdom’s largest ice cream maker, and was an early investor in JetBlue Airways.
John Severson was named Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining MAXjet, Mr. Severson was Chief Financial Officer of Spirit Airlines for nearly nine years, and was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Jet USA Inc. He also has served in executive positions at MGM Grand Air and Jet America Airlines. He reports to MAXjet CEO William Stockbridge.
George Paul will join MAXjet on May 14 as Chief Operations Officer. Mr. Paul will be responsible for Flight Operations, Maintenance & Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Security & Safety. Mr. Paul has over 25 years of airline experience, most recently as president of Paulcam Aviation Consultants, a company that assists airlines with regulatory issues. He was a founding officer and Senior Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering, Ground Operations and Material Services at Gemini Air Cargo, an international cargo airline. He reports to Mr. Stockbridge.
In addition, Ceciley Bachnik joins MAXjet today as Vice President of People Services. She will be responsible for the People Services Department at MAXjet and will report to Mr. Stockbridge. Ms. Bachnik has 26 years of human resources experience, including seven years as Vice President of People Services at Spirit Airlines.
“MAXjet is a growing airline with a great business plan. These talented individuals bring their leadership to our already solid team as we prepare for growth and expansion,” said CEO William D. Stockbridge. “We are delighted to welcome these executives. It means MAXjet will only be stronger in the days and months ahead.”
MAXjet pioneered affordable All Business Class transatlantic service in 2005. MAXjet offers fast check-in, spacious airside departure lounges, padded deep-recline leather seats with 60” pitch, gourmet four-course meals and premium beverages and wines and on-demand entertainment for the price of a flexible Economy Class fare.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Silverjet buys its second jet

Silverjet, the British-owned all business class airline, has announced the delivery of its second aircraft, due to begin service in July.
The Luton-based airline said that the aircraft, purchased from Thomsonfly, will create an additional return flight on its London Luton to New York Newark route after its fit-out including 102 beds.Financing of the aircraft was via a sale and leaseback arrangement with Novus Capital, within the parameters of its business plan, the firm said.“We have had significant customer demand for a second daily service and this will allow us to capture some of the afternoon transatlantic market out of London,” said chief executive, Lawrence Hunt.