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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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Video: Drunk Passenger Attacks United Pilot at Washington Dulles

I'm not the type that hangs around bars, but in my travels around the world I've run into a lot of drunk people and must admit that there are a few things I enjoy more than observing disorderly conduct from people who have had a few too many. What that says about me, well, you can draw your own ...
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United Airlines Unveils New Uniforms at Newark Airport

As part of its commemoration of 25 years in Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport, United Airlines set up a catwalk this morning in order showcase new uniforms for pilots, FAs, and ground staff.
With CEO Jeff Smisek on-hand, the new uniforms were modeled and will debut on June ...
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New Seats, Wi-Fi, Streaming IFE Coming to United Airlines Airbus Fleet

United Airlines is refreshing its Airbus fleet and UAInsider has provided a bit more insight into the pending changes.
New RECARO seats in United Economy and Economy Plus, which will result in an additional half-inch of headroom an almost a full inch of additional knee space on standard ...
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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 ...

Pay-to-Play VIP Treatment on Delta and American, but not United

Scott Mayerowitz has a piece out today on how three of the legacies are offering extra special VIP treatment for select guests, namely "true" VIPs and those willing to slap down some cash.
American Airlines built a private check-in lobby in Los Angeles for VIPs who are ...
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British Airways Florida Call Center to Close

British Airways has announced the impending closure of its Jacksonville call center, displacing 280 jobs. Sadly, this is not an April Fools' joke.
The news broke last week, but a conversation I had today with a British Airways call center agent brought the issue to the forefront of my thoughts. ...
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Dog Flies from Newark to Phoenix via Dublin on United

When I took my island-hopper flight last week from Honolulu to Guam on United Airlines, the same intro and safety video was played six times--every time the aircraft took off. Ironically, it was the cargo intro (below) that that emphasizes United's special pet handling program for cats and ...
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TSA Allows Bomb to Slip Past Security Checkpoint in Newark...Twice

If any of you are surprised by news that a fake IED-type bomb was cleared past two security checks at Newark's Liberty International Airport last month, you shouldn't be. I've maintained for years that anyone determined to get something past a security checkpoint will find a way to do so.
The ...
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