Turkish Airlines Short Haul Business Class on the A320

After my week in Cairo I took advantage of the free Istanbul tour from Turkish Airlines by laying over for more than 7 hours. Unfortunately that meant my flight left Cairo at 3:30am. After being dropped off at the airport at midnight, I made my way to one of the four small EgyptAir ...
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Giza Pyramids, Cairo Museum and Views Along the Nile

While visiting friends in Cairo a few weeks ago we took a "relatively" short drive, depending on the often horrible traffic, through Cairo to the Giza Pyramids. As soon as we arrived and parked on the street outside we were met by the first of many sellers of tours, horse and camel rides.
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Paris Catacombs Museum Tour

During my short trip to Paris I had one day by myself. Having already seen the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum in past trips I asked around for another suggested destination. Brian suggested the Catacombs of Paris Museum. The Museum is open 10am to 5pm every day except Monday with the last entry at ...

Business Class on EgyptAir's new A330-300 from Paris to Cairo

After flying to Paris in Continental's BusinessFirst I spent a few days with friends and visited the Catacombs. The next leg of my Aeroplan award was one segment on EgyptAir (MS) in business class from Paris (CDG) to Cairo. Many of my friends that lived in Europe and Cairo shook their head saying I ...
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Star Alliance Lounge in Paris CDG Terminal 1

After flying to Paris in Continental's BusinessFirst I spent a few days in Paris with friends and visited the Catacombs.  The next leg of my Aeroplan award was an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo. After arriving at CDG I walked through Terminal 1 past the checkin for Swiss, Lufthansa and ...
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Continental BusinessFirst from Newark to Paris

Since Aeroplan had their recent unannounced "award sale" I transferred some American Express miles to book an Aeroplan award to visit friends in Paris and Cairo. For the first leg I booked a BusinessFirst seat on Continental's United's 757-200 service from Newark (EWR) to Paris (CDG). After visiting ...
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United Airlines Strike of Christmas Past (1975)

Happy Holidays to all, for a little fun and a little history I thought I'd look into the archives for some aviation history from past Christmas travel.
In 1975 a strike by United Airlines, the then largest U.S. carrier, and National Airlines left thousands stranded for the holidays. This ...
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Watch out Santa! Airlines given permission to fly over the North Pole!

Modern airliners, like the 777, have had a restriction in place for years that limits them to fly within 180 minutes of the nearest airport. Due to continued advancements in engine design and reliability this restriction, known as ETOPS, has been increased to 330 minutes for certain models of the ...

American Airlines Worldwide Double Elite Qualifying Miles Promotion

It looks like the previously announced double elite qualifying miles promotion has been extended across American Airlines' network. This is a great opporunity for some people to get triple elite qualifying miles. In an email outgoing President of AAdvantage Maya Leibman writes:
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Discover the Airport Exhibit at Syracuse Airport

Many airports expect you to pass the time giving them more money by reorganizing themselves into mini shopping malls. It's sad that so few airports have viewing areas or other aviation related activities to help encourage future aviation careers.  Syracuse airport is one of the exceptions, as ...
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American Airlines offers inflight streaming video

BYOWED - that's the new slogan you may soon see on American Airlines advertising. Bring You Own Wifi Enabled Device. Now, with American Airlines' new Inflight Streaming Video you can rent movies and TV shows on demand.  Prices are currently set at the introductory price of $3.99 for a movie ...

Rumor: A New American Airlines Livery

The rumor mill is back in full force to answer one of my questions regarding American Airlines purchase of Airbus A320s, specifically how will they paint the aircraft. Since Airbus aircraft come with a bonded primer and do not use Alclad, you cannot get the polished metal look that has been a staple ...
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American Airlines Orders 460 Narrow Body Airbus A320 and Boeing 737s

It's been rumored for weeks, but American Airlines finally made the announcement this morning that they have placed an order for 460 new narrow body single-aisle aircraft. Somewhat surprisingly, the all Boeing airline has split this order between Boeing and Airbus. Additionally, American is moving ...
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Lunch and Dinner on the Amtrak Coast Starlight

Amtrak Lunch After touring the Amtrak Coast Starlight I had worked up an appetite. Around 2pm I was called for lunch, although the reservation was for 1:30. I didn't mind, but I assume they generally run a little late with a full train like today. I was seated with two teenagers whose family was at ...
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Amtrak Superliner, Parlour Car and Observation Car

Once onboard the train at Los Angeles Union Station, I took a quick tour of the train to explore the different types of cars on the train. This Coast Starlight train had three Superliner Sleeper Cars. The sleeping arrangements in these cars consisted of:
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Amtrak Coast Starlight: Los Angeles Union Station

After booking my Coast Starlight train ticket I flew to Los Angeles for my event. At the end of my trip I made my way from the LAX car rental counter to the train via the FlyAway bus service from LAX to Union Station. When taking the FlyAway you enter Union Station in the back then proceed past all ...
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Amtrak Coast Starlight: Booking My Ticket

Last year I had to travel from the bay area to Los Angeles. Although my airfare from SFO-LAX was relatively cheap ($85 one way) the return airfare options were a little high ($200 plus). I kept waiting in the hopes of a VX last minute discounted price.
I also checked out Amtrak's prices on the ...
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Ever had the wrong day?

Last Friday, I arrived at the airport dragging my suitcase, golf clubs, and backpack for a two week trip to see family and clients on the other coast. I tried to use the United Airlines checkin kiosk but it simply stated 'See Agent'. After handing my ID to the checkin agent, she tapped on the ...
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Welcome to our new bloggers and a big thank you for your feedback

In the past two months we've expanded our team of bloggers and I am very excited to introduce:
Gabrielle - whom many of you know from the Hangar Flying podcast here on upgrd.com. As a private pilot and flight attendant Gabrielle has lots of stories from both sides of the cockpit ...