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The new Terminal 2 at Dallas Love Field airport, in pictures

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'Leading the LOVE-ULoution'

Change is a beautiful thing.

The new terminal at Dallas Love Field airport has received a much-needed overhaul to bring the airport into the 21st century. I had the chance of flying into DAL last month, and was blown away by the new facilities that now hosts Southwest Airlines at its headquarters airport.

The Love Field ...

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Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines announce US expansion plans

In conjunction with yesterday's announcement that the Philippines has been restored to Category 1 status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the two largest Filipino carriers, Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines, have already begun to outline their expansion plans to more US markets, a liberty that has not been granted to either carrier since the Philippines was downgraded to Category 2 back in 2008.

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Philippine carriers restored to US FAA Category 1 status

The Federal Aviation Administration has upgraded carriers registered in the Republic of the Philippines from Category 2 to Category 1 status, a rating that airlines such as Philippine Airlines (PAL) and low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific Air have held since January 2008. Airlines are placed under Category 2 restrictions when they fall out of accordance with minimum civil aviation standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Until they pass ...

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Emirates to send Airbus A380 to Dallas/Ft. Worth starting October 1

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It's official: Emirates Airline will commence daily scheduled service to Dallas/Ft. Worth airport on October 1, 2014. DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue sent out a note on Wednesday that the airport would "make a special announcement" today about existing international service at DFW, and within the past hour, news sources reported that Emirates is gearing to upgauge its daily flight from DFW to Dubai to a 489-seat A380, up from its current 266-seat 777-200LR ...

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Alaska and Delta announce merger plans

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Delta, Alaska announce $15 billion merger 

April 1, 2014 | SEATTLE, WA: Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson and President Ed Bastian announced today that the world's second largest airline will be merging with Alaska Airlines, pending approval from the US Department of Justice, by Q4 2014. The two Delta Executives, along with Alaska President and CEO Brad Tilden, unveiled the news this afternoon from Seattle, where ...

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SAS announces Houston - Stavanger route

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European carrier Scandanavian Airline System (SAS) has finally decided to step out of its comfort zone (somewhat) by launching a new intercontinental route directly targeting oil traffic between Houston, Texas and Norwegian oil town Stavanger. The flight is scheduled to commence on August 20, 2014 and will be operated on an all-business class configured 737-700 operated by PrivatAir, while bearing the SAS color scheme and logo. All 44 business class seats will ...

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American Airlines reconfigured 777-200s ready to fly in June 2014

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The time could not come sooner for American Airlines to phase in it's reconfigured Boeing 777-200ER variants into long-haul service, and fortunately, a launch date has been officially set for June 12, 2014. According to Lucky at Boarding Area, the inaugural flight will be AA 0945/0940 from Dallas/Ft. Worth to Santiago de Chile International airport (SCL).

A route such as DFW to SCL is a prime example of a long-haul American ...

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DOT tentatively awards Tokyo Haneda slot to United

US Department of Transportation rules in favor of United over Hawaiian 

United Airlines has tentatively won its bid to secure a single pair of landing slots at Tokyo Haneda airport, which were vacated late last year by American. The decision by the US Department of Transportation to rule in United's favor is not surprising given that of the four US carriers that compete in the North America to Asia Pacific market, ...

Southwest Airlines' International network changes ahead

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July 1, 2014 will be a major milestone date for Southwest Airlines as it takes ownership of its first international routes, which it currently serves via subsidiary carrier AirTran Airways.

Southwest currently offers service to seven Mexican and Caribbean markets via AirTran: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico City, Cancun, Nassau, Montego Bay, Punta Cana and Aruba. Southwest already serves Caribbean market San Juan, Puerto Rico on its ...

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Emirates, Qantas are likeliest A380 candidates for DFW airport

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Rumors have been circulating for nearly a week concerning Dallas/Ft. Worth airport readying up in preparation for scheduled Airbus A380 service. Several credible news sources have reported that the DFW airport board will be asked next week to approve construction at International Terminal D to accommodate the wide-body plane by October. The project is estimated to cost $2,847,777 USD in order to modify gates D15 and D16 to provide a second jetway to ...

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Emirates to start Chicago service in August 2014

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Emirates will commence daily nonstop services from Dubai to Chicago O'Hare International on August 5th, utilizing a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

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Chicago will be Emirates' 9th US destination after Boston (starting in March 2014), ...

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Delta, Korean and Alaska are a 3-way love triangle, and Seattle wins all

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Alaska and Korean Air seek to expand marketing agreement, firing salvo on Delta

The plot continues to thicken in the hotly-contested Seattle market with the latest development being a joint filing by Alaska Airlines, Horizon and Korean Air to the US Department of Transportation for a broad "blanket codeshare" authority on each others' services. Both AS and KE have had a codeshare in place since 2008, with 25 ...

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Delta to operate Chicago - London winter flights starting October 2014

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JV with Virgin Atlantic permits both carriers to operate unified year-round service 

Delta's latest network add between Chicago O'Hare and London Heathrow during the winter period comes as no surprise given the recent launch of its brand new joint-venture agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways, which came into effect on January 1 of this year. In December 2012, Delta purchased a 49% stake in Virgin from Singapore ...

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American Airlines rationalizes network with US Airways merger

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Merger network synergies to focus on improving yields, not capacity growth

American Airlines is sparing no time in rationalizing its route network following a healthy end to 2013. The American Airlines Group announced a profit of $436 million for FY2013, excluding special items, with an optimistic outlook to carry into 2014. American is eyeing Q1 EBIT margin guidance between +6-8%, in line ...

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Korean Air to launch service to Houston in May

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Oil city to be Korean's 13th North American destination, the most of any Asian carrier

North Asia's largest transpacific carrier, Korean Air, has unveiled plans to launch service to its second market in Texas when it commences nonstop flights from its Seoul Incheon base to Houston Bush Intercontinental airport (IAH) on May 2. 

The flight will be operated on a 4-weekly basis using a ...

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United is de-hubbing Cleveland, and was shady about it

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United is cutting up to 60% of flights from its Cleveland, OH hub and removing nearly 500 jobs

Looks like United is no longer #CLE-Friendly.

Rumors leaked on Saturday, February 1 that United was going to pull the plug on its 8th-largest hub, cutting up to 60% of its flights and eliminating nearly 500 jobs effective this April. Local news station WKYC The Investigator was able to receive confirmation from ...

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India downgraded to Category 2 safety rating by US FAA

Another public humilation for one of the world's most troubled aviation markets

Progressive moments, as it pertains to the Indian Civil Aviation industry, is best characterized by "one step forward, two steps back," with the latest drama involving failure to stay in compliance with United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) routine safety audits. As of January 31, 2014, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), ...

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Malaysia Airlines cancels Los Angeles flights

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) announced today that it will be withdrawing service entirely from North America effective April 30 once it pulls its 4-weekly flight to Los Angeles Int'l. LAX was its sole remaining US link after the carrier suspended operations to Newark Liberty Int'l in 2009, which it served via Stockholm Arlanda.

Currently, MAS flies a 777-200ER from its primary base at Kuala Lumpur International airport (KLIA) ...

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Lufthansa lounge at DFW airport: best kept secret for Star Golds?

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Last week, I reported in my blog entry on flying Sun Country Airlines in First Class from Dallas/Ft. Worth to Minneapolis that Star Alliance Gold Card holders are permitted to access the Lufthansa lounge at Terminal D in DFW Airport. 

I got a few comments and questions pertaining to that item, so I will address it here, as well as include some pictures of the lounge which I took during my visit. 

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Sun Country Airlines - First Class, DFW-MSP

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I suppose if there is one common, albeit random, thread uniting my hometown airport, Dallas/Ft. Worth International, and my "new" current home airport, Minneapolis/Saint Paul (other than each one serving 'twin' cities divided into I-35 East and West) it is that both are hubs (or focus cities) for Sun Country Airlines.

Sun Country is a low-profile airline based out of Minnesota, formed by ex-Braniff pilots in the early 1980's. ...

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