2015 wrap-up, and thank you

I find myself experiencing deja-vu as I sit down to write this entry. It honestly feels like I was just compiling the same post hours ago as part of my 2014 concluding rites. Now, here I am doing the same thing for 2015.
The strange part is, there have been so many changes that have occurred ...

My relationship with American Airlines in late 2015 left a lot to be desired

The year is coming to a close, and I'm really not concluding on the best footing with American Airlines. I want to write an honest narration of recent experiences on-board the world's largest airline and admit that my customer satisfaction with them has waned significantly since the cutover in ...

Aer Lingus beefs up transatlantic network in preparation for IAG acquisition

Aer Lingus will operate 12 transatlantic routes in Summer 2016, with ten routes from its Dublin base to Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Washington, Orlando, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and from Shannon to Boston and New York. New routes to Los Angeles, Newark and ...
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Delta diversifies transatlantic network in 2016 with four new Summer routes

Delta Air Lines is leveraging its position of strength in Europe, thanks to its transatlantic joint venture partners, to launch four new routes in Summer 2016 that will benefit its mid-size, and inland hubs in the U.S., a bold game-changer in strategy as it currently concentrates the vast majority ...
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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 ...