The strong grow stronger: Qatar Airways and Turkish add new US routes

Qatar Airways announces Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta, increases JFK. Turkish Airlines plans to resume service to Miami
Against the backdrop of a geopolitical spat between U.S. carriers and the Big Three Gulf Carriers, Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways, the allegations against the Middle ...
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Asiana First Suites: OZ 221 New York JFK - Seoul ICN | Trip (Ro)Ports


Bidding adieu to Star Alliance United Airlines underwent a massive devaluation in February 2014 on award redemption via Star Alliance partner carriers using MileagePlus points. As I had accumulated well over enough points to buy at least two one-way award tickets in Premium cabins on partner ...
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Delta uses India withdrawal to underscore "unfair" practices of Gulf carriers

Editor's note: this is the second installment two-part series assessing the U.S. - India passenger market and aviation strategy, and the impact of Middle East airlines carring 6th freedom traffic between the two countries. Part I, which can be found here, assessed the restoration of Indian ...
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FAA upgrades India back to Category I: what will happen next?

Indian carriers finally get their act together to stay compliant within IASA audits 
The US Federal Aviation Authority has restored India to Category I safety ratings after a 14-month downgrade to Category II status following Jet Airways and Air India's failure to comply with standards set ...
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United Airlines to start docking frequent flier miles for late passengers

Posted April 1, 2015. Happy April Fools Day!
Missed check-in cutoff or credit card payment? Be prepared to cough up miles
April 1, 2015 | CHICAGO, IL: United Airlines today announced a major change to its MileagePlus frequent flier program that will penalize late-arriving passengers to the ...
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DOT to Delta: "use it or lose it" with regards to Haneda slots

Atlanta-based carrier can keep Seattle - Tokyo Haneda flights, but with conditions
Delta Air Lines has been granted yet another reprieve by the US Department of Transportation to retain access to operate a flight from its Seattle/Tacoma hub to Tokyo Haneda airport, but with a firm caveat: ...
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Emirates to launch Orlando service in September 2015

Emirates Airline will open its 10th US station in September 2015 with scheduled service to Orlando, operated daily on a 777-200LR aircraft. Thirteen months have passed since Emirates unveiled plans to launch Chicago service, which went live in August 2014. Typically, Emirates averages 4-6 months ...
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Emirates adds second daily Seattle flight: is there an ulterior motive?

Emirates Airline will be increasing Seattle capacity this summer by adding a second daily nonstop flight between its Dubai hub and the Pacific northwest. Currently, the carrier operates a single daily 777-300ER flight into SeaTac, a route that has been in operation since March 2012, that arrives ...
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American grows international network after highly profitable FY2014


American Airlines current route network to Asia, with DFW-Beijing launching May 7, 2015
 
American Airlines Group is expanding its international route profile in Asia and Latin America following a succesful FY2014 where the carrier earned $4.2 billion USD, excluding special ...
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Air China to Montreal and Havana in 2015: a case study in Guanxi?


Earlier this week, stated-owned Chinese flag carrier Air China announced intentions to commence a salvo of new routes from its Beijing hub to expand its long-haul network in Asia, Africa, Oceania and North America in 2015. Among the list of new destinations Air China wishes to serve from ...
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2014 wrap-up, and thank you

Another year has come and gone as quickly as the one that preceded it, and here we are preparing for 2015 to commence in just a few days.
2014 brought many expected and unexpected changes to the airline industry as we knew it 365 days ago. This week alone, we are commemorating endings and new ...
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American Domestic First - DFW to LAX on a 767

Pre-Flight
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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...