American Domestic First - DFW to LAX on a 767



I traveled with my family the day after Thanksgiving to Los Angeles as we had plans to visit SoCal and attend the Notre Dame - USC game massacre. I booked a multi-segment itinerary originating in Minneapolis on Tuesday, November the 25th and returning on a red-eye from LAX to MSP (via Phoenix) departing on the night of December 1st, thereby allowing me to spend Thanksgiving at home in Dallas for a few days. Overall, ...

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Houston continues growth to Asia with additions of ANA and EVA Air in 2015


Houston Bush Intercontinental airport will receive two new Star Alliance carriers in 2015 with the introduction of nonstop routes to Tokyo Narita and Taipei on All Nippon Airways and Eva Air, respectively, continuing a period of rapid growth between Texas and Asia within the past two years. Houston has seen the entrance of Korean Air to Seoul in 2014 and Air China to Beijing in 2013, and its neighbor to the north, Dallas/Ft. Worth International, has similarly ...

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Air Canada hedges on 787 to viably serve challenging Canada - India market


Advent of fuel-efficient aircraft and alliance benefits enables re-launch of YYZ-DEL

Air Canada announced on 04-December-2014 that it will resume nonstop services between its Toronto Pearson hub and New Delhi, India, effective November 2015. The route resumption, rumored for some time by Air Canada, occurs nearly a decade after the carrier pulled the plug on its nonstop Toronto to India services following a string of political, ...

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American reshuffles transatlantic routes and schedules for S15

American Airlines is adding five new routes between four of its US hubs and select European cities in summer 2015, although these changes reflect more surgical additions across its gateway cities rather than overall growth for the combined US Airways and American Airlines entity. 

In March 2015, American will add a second daily flight between Los Angeles and London Heathrow, complimenting its existing 2 daily flights on ...

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American suspends DFW-Rio amid economic challenges in Latin America

Economic slowdown in Brasil plunges DFW's nonstop flight to "Cidade Maravilhosa" 

American Airlines' decision to end its Dallas/Fort Worth to Rio de Janeiro flight in February 2015 underscores the difficult competitive environment in Latin America due to the macroeconomic slowdown in Brasil and continued exposure to the Venezuelan cash crisis. This is American's second Latin American route which will be curtailed from its ...

Things change in a year

For those of you who have been following my posts on Upgrd, you may have noticed that I typically do not write about the same content as Matt, Rocky, James, Sriram and Brad pertaining to in-flight experiences, recommendations/tips, mileage runs, deals and offers. Those guys do such an excellent job in covering that material, each providing an individual and unique perspective that contribute to the richness of this site. 

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United enjoys a solid Q3 2014, but far from out of the woods

United records largest quarterly profit in the carriers' history at $924 million

Chicago-based United Airlines earned $924 million in net income for Q3 2014, with earnings per share at $2.75 (excluding special items) ahead of analyst predications of $2.70.

That's a heck of a lot better than last year's results during the same operating period in Q3 2013, which amounted to $379 million ...

Virgin Atlantic revamps network, focuses on transatlantic and Delta JV


U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS) is reshuffling its network strategy following last month's stated intentions to withdraw from several long-haul routes and pull the plug on its short-lived narrowbody operation, Little Red. Most of these changes can be traced to Virgin's plan to return to profitability by 2018, and while the carrier has made improvements and come a long way, a renewed outlook has shown that more painful decisions need to come in the ...

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Ethiopian Airlines adds Dublin - Los Angeles route, expands 5th-freedom services


Ethiopian Airlines will launch three weekly flights to Los Angeles from Dublin Airport starting June 3, 2015, adding its 2nd US and 10th European destination by creating a 5th-freedom service with traffic rights between both Dublin and Los Angeles as well as Dublin and its primary base at Addis Ababa Bole airport. 

Ethiopian will launch its Los Angeles station utilizing a Boeing ...

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US Airways Domestic First Class meal, Phoenix to Minneapolis


Last Friday, I flew US Airways from Salt Lake City to Minneapolis, via Phoenix. At online check-in, I was selecting my seats and noticed that I could select a seat in First class on both segments (SLC-PHX, PHX-MSP) for free.

Did this mean I was upgraded? 

As many of you are aware, I boarded my final United Airlines flight on December 30, 2013 after three years of attaining elite status ...

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A big month ahead for commercial aviation in Dallas/Ft. Worth

Today kicks off an extremely exciting few weeks for travelers and aviation geeks based in North Texas, beginning with the arrival of Qantas flight QF7 from Sydney, Australia. 

Although the flight has been operating into Dallas/Ft. Worth on a scheduled basis since May 2011, it will be the first time that Qantas is sending in the Airbus A380-800 series into its DFW station.

It will also be the first time that an Airbus A380 will operate into DFW airport. Even though the ...

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American applies for Dallas/Ft. Worth to Beijing route, Asia push continues


Fort Worth-based American Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for route authority to fly nonstop from its largest hub at DFW airport to Beijing Capital airport. If approved, American intends to commence service between the two cities on May 7, 2015.

The route will complement American's existing service between Chicago O'Hare and Beijing, which has been operating ...

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Philippine Airlines returns to New York, but will face challenges in the short-run

Philippine Airlines, also known as PAL, has finally received the green light to move forth with its ambitious expansion efforts in the United States after restoration to Category 1 by the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this year. Between 2008 and 2014, PAL was prohibited from changing aircraft gauge, adjusting flight frequency and adding new destinations in the United States after failing to comply with minimum safety standards set by ...

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Cathay Pacific announces Boston, denoting strength of North American network


Cathay Pacific will commence four weekly nonstop flights from its Hong Kong hub to Boston on May 1, 2015, operated on a 4-class Boeing 777-300ER. As one of the world's most globally-renown premium network carriers, Cathay has been highly exposed to the downturn in business travel over the past few decades, along with the surge of competition from low-cost carriers in its own backyard in the Asia-Pacific basin and the Gulf Coast carriers in the Middle East.

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United announces upgrades to premium domestic meal services


The days of surf and turf are now numbered for United customers traveling in first class cabins within the U.S., Canada, Caribbean and most of Mexico, because eating chicken and shrimp salads is sooo 2013.  

Today, United unveiled its newly-redesigned menu for premium customers starting on September 1, 2014 for flights over 900 miles in length, or two approximately hours and twenty minutes in duration.

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American adjusts Atlantic and Latin capacity ahead of complex integration milestones

American Airlines and US Airways are suspending services to several European markets from their Chicago, Philadelphia and New York hubs this winter, while also making adjustments to routes from New York, Miami and Charlotte to São Paulo in anticipation of an Open Skies regime that will come into full effect between the US and Brazil. 

American Airlines seasonal suspensions to Europe:

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Ben Sandilands: Malaysia Airlines "still doesn't get it"

I've always held a mild admiration for Ben Sandilands, author of Australia-based "Crikey" independent media with his column, "Plane Talking." Mr. Sandilands tends to be fairly vocal about his opinions concerning Australian airlines and aviation policy in general, but I appreciate his candor pertaining to matters that require one to read between the lines.

After the MH17 tragedy over 10 days ago, I posted an entry titled, "In ...

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Turkish Airlines announces San Francisco, up-gauges Chicago


Turkish Airlines will commence nonstop services to San Francisco on April 13, 2015 from its Istanbul hub, initially on 5-weekly frequency basis before up-gauging to a daily service on May 13, 2015. Service will be operated on a large-density 777-300ER with schedules operating as follows: 

TK079 IST1305 – 1625SFO 77W x36
TK080 SFO1810 – 1705+1IST 77W x36

The route ...

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In light of MH 17, Malaysia must be held accountable for transparency

Prior to March 8, 2014, global air travel had been through one of its safest periods without any major fatal incident since tragedy of Air France 447 that crashed off the coast of Brazil in June 2009 and claimed over 200 lives. 

Fast forward to July 2014, and the fortunes have become reversed: two salient commercial aviation disasters, with one jetliner missing and another one shot down without survivors, occuring a mere ...

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Eithad announces San Francisco using an atypical approach for a Gulf carrier


Tallying up the latest figure in the "arms race" between the Big Three Gulf Coast carriers as they push forward with their westward expansion is Etihad Airways, who has unveiled San Francisco as its 6th United States destination, scheduled to commence on November 18, 2014. Etihad will operate daily round trips from its Abu Dhabi hub to San Francisco utilizing a 3-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft dry-leased from Jet Airways.

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