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Real Meals Coming to United Express on March 1, 2015

While Delta Air Lines and American Airlines already serve "real" meals onboard their regional jets, United has been a holdout, offering only junk food snack boxes. That changes on 01 March 2015 when United will begin to serve hearty meals onboard its regional jets, finally eliminating the profound ...
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Legal Analysis of DOT Decision to Back United on Cancelled Mistake Fares

The U.S. DOT has issued its verdict on United Airlines' unilateral decision to cancel thousands of cheap first class tickets, ruling that it will not take action against United for failing to honor the fare. Although this ruling comes as no surprise, the DOT's twisted legal analysis merits ...
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Exciting New Business Class Experience Arriving on Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus is not only introducing a new fully lie-flat business class seat, but also a totally redesigned business class experience. I had a chance to learn more about the product and test out the new seat at a recent event in the Bay Area and I am very excited about the new service, which will be ...
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Scorpions on a Plane!

I am not an animal person--to put it mildly. I was bitten by a dog when I was five while riding my bike outside my grandma's house and have always had a fear of dogs. I was stung by a bee...a dead one (that's another story) when I was 7 and hate most things with wings (if they don't bite, they use ...
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I'm Booked on the American Airlines 787 Inaugural!


I had a great time on the Qatar A350 inaugural from Doha to Frankfurt last month -- there is something special about being on inaugural flights. American Airlines took delivery of its first 787-8 this week and has just published its inaugural flight -- from Dallas to Chicago on 07, May ...
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DOT Examining United Danish Kroner Mistake Fares

The DOT has taken the unusual step of issuing a press release noting that it is examining the "United Airlines mistaken fare" and will determine whether or not United must honor the fares purchased. My gut tell me this game is already over and that consumers have lost.

I am a contract ...
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United Will NOT Honor $50 Transatlantic First Class Mistake Fares

I generally silence my iPhone at night and woke up this morning to a flood of tweets, text messages, e-mails and Flyertalk PMs about a "DKK" fare sale from United Airlines. My first thought was "where the heck is DKK?", but it turns out that signified a currency rather than airport code ...

Qantas A380 Diverts to Ontario Airport (Video)


A Qantas A380 was forced to divert to Ontario International Airport yesterday due to fog at LAX. Poor ONT does not see a lot of mainline jets anymore, let alone A380s so it was quite an event.

Post by LA/Ontario International Airport. Unfortuantely, the airport's media team ...
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A Tale of Two Airlines - Virgin Struggles, Southwest Sizzles at Love Field

It's been more than three months since Love was finally set free after 40 years of Wright Amendment restrictions, and I thought now would be a good time to check in with the various players at the airport to see how successful their efforts at expanding service have been so far.  To quickly ...
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United Slashes Partner Earning Rates

With cuts coming left and right in the world of airline loyalty programs, I must admit I no longer wince in pain when a new devaluation announced. The question of devaluation is not if, but when and how much. United has finally published its 2015 partner earnings charts, set to take effect on 01 ...
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IAG Group Moves Closer to Aer Lingus Acquisition


IAG Group, parent company of British Airways and Iberia, has made its third offer to acquire Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus, this time at €2.50/share. Irish news sources are reporting the Aer Lingus board is "set to accept" the latest bid, but details remain unclear of what IAG would ...

Illiterate Chinese Farmer Fined for Smoking Onboard Cathay Pacific Flight


The "glory days" of smoke-filled 747 lounges with baby grand pianos and circular staircases has been replaced with a harsh new reality--light up onboard and you'll face a heavy fine or jail time. From Britiain's finest news source, it appears that one illiterate Chinese farmer learned this ...

No Imminent Star Alliance Membership Announcement for Royal Air Maroc


I knew it sounded too good be true -- could Star Alliance really woo Royal Air Maroc into its alliance when it already was the dominant alliance in Africa? Would EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, and Brussels Airlines really want more competition in their own backyard? Would ...

Royal Air Maroc to Join Star Alliance?

The formalities are not complete, but a Swiss news agency is reporting that Royal Air Maroc, the national carrier of Morocco, will join Star Alliance.
Royal Air Maroc would bolster's Star's dominance in the region, joining Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, and South African Airways as the fourth ...
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The Cuba Travel Ban is Over!

While pure tourism is still not technically allowed for Americans in Cuba, the travel ban is over – the veil has been lifted and Cuba is now open legally to all. Under new rules issued in response to President Obama’s decision to strengthen ties between Washington and Havana, it is now ...
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No Tourist Visas After All for Saudi Arabia

Well, when something seems too good be true, even if we are just talking about a visa to Saudi Arabia, it probably is...

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has now denied that it will issue tourist visas starting in June 2015. Instead, it will continue to focus on building infrastructure to better serve the needs of local tourists; the citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia.

Tourist visas for foreigners may still come one day -- the SCTA called it a "postponement" rather than a permanent policy -- but don't expect anything soon, especially when transit visas are no longer available.

Oh well...so much for that!

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Saudi Arabia to Offer Tourist Visas Starting in June 2015

06 JAN 15 UPDATE: No Tourist Visas After All for Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is not quite the hermit kingdom of North Korea, but it remains an elusive destination, difficult to enter and currently impossible to be an official tourist in outside of a narrow exception for Hajj or Umrah ...
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