AirNews: Ratings Are In

In aviation news this week:
A US Airways express plane, operated by Piedmont, lands with the gear up Consumer Reports list of "best" airlines is out with Virgin America taking the top spot. It's too bad those reviews don't equate to profit for VX. Spirit's CEO, at the bottom of the ratings, ...

eBags Mother Lode TLS Mini 21" Wheeled Duffel Review

One year ago today I purchased the eBags Mother Lode TLS Mini 21" Wheeled Duffel carry-on bag. Since then it's been my primary travel bag and has traveled close to 100,000 miles with me. The bag still looks sharp and has held up well during this time. I chose the blue version of the bag to ...
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Delta T4X Terminal Preview in SoHo

Delta is previewing their new JFK Terminal 4 expansion with a pop-up display in SoHo, Manhattan. Located at 376 West Broadway at Broome St the two floors showcase the new design and new Delta Sky Club and Sky Deck. Walking down W. Thompson you will eventually come upon the ...
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Braniff II Timetable from 1988

Braniff Inc (also known as Braniff II), the reincarnation of the failed Braniff airlines had hubs in Kansas City, Miami and DFW. With a single class of service and all leather seating. They were focused on unrestricted low cost fares for every flight. 

Braniff A320  - ...
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Air Berlin New Business Class Amenity Kits

With Air Berlin's launch of their new fully flat business class seat they are also changing their amenity kits. Two of the kits available are from Institut Karité and from Tumi.
The Karité kit include: socks, eye mask, ear plugs, collapsible travel toothbrush with GUM toothpaste, ...
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Honolulu to New York Mileage Run

After arriving into Honolulu on my American Airlines mileage run, I wandered aimlessly through the open plan terminal looking for my next gate and club lounge. Along the way there is some great plane spotting as there are no windows clouding your view. I just wish I had brought my camera with me ...
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Mileage Run from New York to Honolulu

I needed about 20,000 elite qualifying miles at the end of last year to re-qualify for Executive Platinum. Luckily the end of year double elite qualifying promotion along with $460 fares to Hawaii from New York made qualification much easier. I booked a flight departing Saturday morning and ...
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A Tour of Old City Hall Station in New York, Closed since 1945

The MTA Transit Museum in New York City offers tours throughout the year of old stations, artwork in the stations and nostalgia rides. Generally tours sell out to museum members before being opened to the public, and some tours are for members only. Membership starts at $50 for an individual ...

National Train Day at Grand Central

National Train Day at Grand Central was well attended. In fact, it was packed on Saturday. I was surprised at the long line of people inside Grand Central waiting to go to the exhibit. I almost decided not to wait, but the line was moving quickly enough.
 
What I didn't realize was ...

Improved Search Results on UPGRD.com

The search box, at the far right of the menu above, finds old posts on this site. Today I've replaced the old search feature with a Google custom search widget that displays better results directly from Google. 
With this change you will find more results on the search result page along ...
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jetBlue E-190

Like many other airlines, jetBlue sells extra legroom seats on all of their flights. In addition to bulkhead and exit row seats, their planes have additional legroom in other rows as well. On their regional E190 jets, they've been reconfigured such that row 12, the exit row, along with row 13 and 14 ...
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It's National Train Day!

Grab your camera, check the website, and head to your closest National Train Day exhibit. I'll be headed to Grand Central Station at noon today for the Parade of Trains to view more than 20 classic trains including:

FL-9 Locamotive


20th Century Limited Hickory Creek ...

Laguardia (LGA) Admirals Club

Along the windows are the typical club seats that you'd find at any Admirals Club. The unique part of the renovation added a larger open space in the middle of the lounge along with a revamped bar area.


The club is upstairs over the terminal and provides a nice view and decent plane ...
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Boulder AB Bus from Denver DIA

Visiting friends in Boulder? There's an easy way to get there from Denver Airport. The RTD's AB SkyRide bus. I found the RTD's website a little confusing so I thought I'd document the trip here. 
The AB bus is $13 each way which can be paid with exact change to the driver. There is also a ...
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American Airlines Breakfast Showdown

It's airline food rumble time! Which egg breakfast is the best?
Our first contestant hails from MCO-LAX. Scrambled eggs with corned beef hash. The eggs were actually tasty, light and fluffy, the corned beef and potatoes were dry and stiff. It was accompanied by fruit and either a bagel or ...
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Sigma 10-20mm Camera Lens for Airline Photography

All of the bloggers on UPGRD.com take a lot of photos. Some more successfully than others. ;)
Getting good first class and business class cabin photos is tough due to the tight space and proximity of other passengers and crew.  Typically aviation photographers choose a wide angle lens, ...
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Pan Am Timetable October 1989

With today's travel websites, apps and electronic overload sometimes it's nice to just thumb through an old paper timetable for a little nostalgia. Take a trip back to October 1989 with me, almost 25 years ago, as we plan a trip on Pan Am.

Now remember, by 1989 Pan Am was a shell of what ...
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AirNews: Seeing Red

This week's airline news from around the web:
A new policy at Turkish Airlines bans their flight attendants from wearing red lipstick, a move some Turks see as an Islamic move. While the airline states that this is a move to keep their appearance "artless and well-groomed with makeup in ...

ITB Berlin

The reason for this award redemption was a last minute decision to attend ITB Berlin one of the largest travel shows in the world. For those of you that haven't attended, ITB is spread out over more than 20 buildings across the large Messe Berlin conference center campus. If you ever go, bring some ...
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Finnair A330 Business Class

After a pleasant but short stay in the Finnair Lounge in Helsinki I proceeded to the boarding area for my flight to New York. 
Boarding began 45 minutes before departure. There were four flight attendants in the business class cabin. They immediately took my coat and allowed me to take ...
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