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Delta Cancels Flight to Charter Basketball Team Instead

Whatever the going rate is for a chartered jet on Delta Air Lines, it must be better than the revenue from a scheduled flight, because when a Delta charter went mechanical on Saturday in Tampa, Delta promptly cancelled a commercial flight to Atlanta in order to get the University of Florida ...
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TSA-Approved "Detention Pods" at Syracuse Airport

As part of its $60mn renovation, Syracuse International Airport has installed new exit portals that it says will replace the need for security guards or TSA agents to be stationed at exits to the secure part of the airport. The new system has been branded by some as a "detention pod" because of the ...
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The Real Reason Behind United's New Service to Atlantic City

United Airlines announced new service from Houston Bush Intercontinental and Chicago O'Hare to beleaguered Atlantic City, New Jersey this week in a deal that brought NJ Governor Chris Christie and United CEO Jeff Smisek together for a special ceremony on Thursday. But if you think this announcement ...
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German Supreme Court: "Loyalty points are currency"

The German Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Court of Justice) (BGH) held today that loyalty points are a type of currency that should not simpy expire.
Rewe, a grocery store chain across Germany, ran a promotion in 2011 in which you could collect stickers based on in-store spending and use ...

Merger! US DOJ Settles Lawsuit Against US Airways and American Airlines

US Airways and American Airlines have reached a preliminary deal with the U.S. Department of Justice concerning their planned merger. Details are still emerging.
Under the proposal, American and US Airways would sell 104 takeoff and landing slots at Reagan National Airport in Washington, 34 ...
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Delta Skymiles Logic: A Devaluation Before the Devaluation

You have to wonder what is going through the minds of the decision makers at Delta Air Lines when they announce a devaluation of their Skymiles award chart effecting all travel on or after 01 June 2014 then decide that was not enough and today implement an interim devaluation effective for travel on ...
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Clarification from United Airlines on Award Chart Changes

United has addressed some initial confusion stemming from its announcement yesterday that on 01 February 2014 the award chart chart will be massacred.
1. United claims the cost of premium seats on partner carriers is "out of sync" with what current mileage levels.
Frankly, the levels at ...
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New United Airlines Transpac Route from SFO: Chengdu

United Airlines will announce a new transpacific longhaul route from San Francisco tomorrow and an insider tells me the new destination will be to Chengdu (CTU).

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China and home to more than 14,000,000 people. 80% of the world's pandas live in the Sichuan province and Chengdu is an Air China hub and also served by other Star Alliance carriers including ANA, Asiana, Thai, and EVA.

The flight will purportedly be operated three times weekly by a 787 aircraft beginning in June 2014. More details after the official announcement...

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False Alarm: Still No Fuel Surcharges on Most AA Awards

I awoke to news this morning that American Airlines would begin imposing fuel surcharges on all award travel, including flights on its own metal, and my heart sank. Currently fuel surcharges are imposed on British Airways flights and a moderate fuel surcharge is imposed on Iberia, but no fuel ...
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American Airlines Adds New Flights at LAX

American Airlines is growing at Los Angeles International and today the carrier will begin service to five new cities:
Indianapolis, Indiana Columbus, Ohio Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Hartford, Connecticut Bentonville, Arkansas Earlier this year AA began serving Raleigh/Durham, North ...
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Rumor Confirmed: United 777s to Sydney, 787 to Osaka, 747 Returns to Chicago


United Airlines will replace its 747-400s with three-cabin 777-200ERs on its flagships Los Angeles/San Francisco-Sydney routes starting next spring. Other changes include a 787 on the San Francisco-Osaka route (currently a mix between the 747 and 777) and the return of the 747 to Chicago to ...
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Sneak Peek at JetBlue's A321 Business Class + Mini-Suites

JetBlue has released the first images of its new Airbus A321 interiors, including a look at its 16-seat business class cabin that will contain four mini-suites with sliding doors providing complete privacy.
The new aircraft and addition of business class (and apparently a business class within ...
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Local News Station Reports Racist Joke as Names of Asiana Flight 214 Pilots

I have yet to offer my analysis on the recent Asiana crash, but it will be forthcoming and will focus not on the crash itself, but on the way the media reported on it: irresponsibly in many cases.
With the advent of the 24-hour news cycle and the race to get news out before anyone else, even at ...
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Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner Catches Fire at London Heathrow

More problems for Boeing's 787 program, this time in London:
An internal fire broke out on Friday on a Boeing 787 that Ethiopian Airlines had parked between flights at London’s Heathrow Airport, the airport said.
The plane was in a remote area, and no passengers were on board. But ...

Snowden Onboard Aeroflot Flight to Havana?

The whole Edward Snowden issue is a mess and I am not going to weigh in on my own feelings about him here. But his saga to seek asylum is inextricably linked to travel and after spending two weeks camped out in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo (Шереметьево) Airport, it seems ...
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Breaking: Rediske Air Crash in Alaska Kills 10

When I saw the headline just a moment ago, I thought it was a joke--surely there could not be another crash just one day later. But sadly the Wall Street Journal is reporting:
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- The crash of an air taxi in rural Alaska killed all 10 people aboard Sunday, reports ...

Breaking: Asiana 777 Crashes at SFO

The news is just breaking now, but an Asiana 777 from Seoul has crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport. No injuries reported at this point, but one passenger tweeted:
plane came in at a bad angle, flipped, exploded.
But other reports differ. David Eun (@Eunner) ...
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