Epilogue: I had a summer love affair with Spirit Airlines

Stop it, Spirit. Your advertisements brought out the bad boy in me this summer ::swoons::
I have a confession to make.
This summer, I had a wild romantic fling with Spirit Airlines.
It was hot. It was intense. It didn't last very long, but it also may not be over quite ...

SAS cancels Houston - Stavanger flight amid falling oil prices

SAS will discontinue its six weekly Houston - Stanvanger service in Winter 2015, operated on a 44-seat all-business class 737-700 operated by Privatair. The route commenced in August 2014 and was intended to connect two oil markets at a time when crude prices were $98 per barrel.
With oil ...
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Reflecting on Jeff Smisek's departure from United: focus on the future

By now, most people are aware that Jeff Smisek is no longer the Chairman, CEO and President of (what used to be) the world's largest airline, United.
Throughout the afternoon, I received numerous phone calls, texts and e-mails from friends and work colleagues about the news. I'm sure that most ...

Emirates announces Dubai - Panama City flight: the new world's longest flight

Emirates Airline will create the first link between Central America and the Middle East with nonstop service from its Dubai hub to Panama City on February 1, 2016. This will be Emirates' 15th destination in the Americas, its fourth in Latin America, and the longest nonstop route in its global ...

Air China launches Newark as Chinese carriers expand in North America

An Air China 777-300ER taxis at LAX airport on April 4, 2013. Taken by Rohan Anand
Air China will commence four weekly flights to Newark airport from its Beijing - Peking hub on October 26, 2015, utilizing its 777-300ER fleet to operate the 6,931NM distance between the two cities in each ...

Delta and Tokyo Haneda: sit, or get off the slot

American will assume Delta's route authority to fly seven weekly roundtrips to Haneda airport in Tokyo
Delta Air Lines will discontinue its Seattle to Tokyo Haneda route this fall following a narrow victory over American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines from the US DOT to retain ...

Like an old Seoul: a day in South Korea's capital | Trip (Ro)Ports

After arriving from New York by way of Asiana 221, I headed straight for the light rail station at Incheon airport which will literally take you anywhere you want to go in the city.
Getting around
I have a soft spot for efficient, economical and quick public transportation systems, and so ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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: ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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