SkyTeam Posts

An Airport Named After the TSA? In Taiwan?

When I was planning my flights for my Asian trip earlier this month, I typed in “TPE” and “TYO” in the fields for cities on ExpertFlyer when I wanted to travel from Taipei to Tokyo.  I was pleased when a number of HND options came up (Haneda is Tokyo’s “close to the city” airport) – ...
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Saudia Joins Sky Team

The SkyTeam has grown again, today welcoming Saudia Airlines, formally known as Saudi Arabian Airlines, as the 16th member to the SkyTeam family. The Flag carrying airline of Saudi Arabia is the first Middle East Airline to join the SkyTeam and is only the second middle eastern carrier, after Royal ...

Virgin Australia will "NOT" join Star Alliance

There has been a lot of buzz about Virgin Australia joining one of the big three air alliances. First Virgin announced a joint venture with Delta and there was Buzz about VA joining Sky Team soon after. Then in 2011 Air New Zealand invested $143 million into VA buying a 14.9% ...

Alitalia Newest E-190 in Skyteam Colors

This morning Skyteam Member Airline, Alatalia, released photos of their newest jet to join the Skyteam Livery family. This time, the E-190 was freshly painted in the skyteam colors. The SkyTeam livery design was inspired by the alliance’s logo, which aims to express the ideals of both ...

Midweek debrief: Around-the-World

Happy Wednesday afternoon from a beautiful Chicago! Sunny and 79 degrees in March, practically an unheard of phenomenon in the Midwest. The views are so gorgeous, I'll share a shot I captured today outside the office window:

I've had a few days of blogging hiatus since I took a few days ...

New Aircraft Livery

This week we saw two new aircraft liveries released. Like any jet enthusiast I was very excited to see both of these photos and I cannot wait until my own eyes spot em!


The very first Russian built Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ) to be ...

Korean Are Prestige Lounge Seoul

I was fortunate enough this morning to fly into Inchon Seoul International Airport this morning at 4am and be the VERY first person and ONLY person for about 30 minutes in the Prestige Lounge. The Lounge has undergone a very large expansion in the last year and has added 160 seats, a ...

Champagne over the Atlantic; Voyageur class on Air France: Trip (Ro)Ports

Happy Valentines Day!
In concordance with the sentimental feelings that Cupid bestows on mankind this time of year, I am pleased to share that I have officially published my outbound trip report to Europe from Summer 2011. Because the outbound journey was on Air France via Paris (and everything ...

Korean Air trip Review LAX - ICN



 Korean Air, Excellent in flight?
Tonight was my first flight in Korean Air’s Business class, what they dub Prestige. The Flight KE 12: Los Angeles (LAX) to Seoul Inchon’s international Airport (ICN). Upon arriving at LAX everything ...

Delta Recognizes their site is inferior!

Last week when searching award fares I broke down and vented to Delta my frustrations! My original email to delta complained about two things. 1) This award calendar suck and don't work! (See my post about my frustrations here) and 2 the Delta.com website sucks for partners awards! And yes I even ...

These alliances are Jinxed!

It's official, I have Jinxed the airline business! Yesterday in my blog When Germans attack, I wrote:


on a final note, this is extremely good news for One World, because One World has been a struggling alliance in recent years. JAL has recently gone ...

Delta.com -> Broken

Any Frequent flyer or FF of Delta knows that delta.com has a reputation of having the worst award space availability in the US and even when traveling worldwide! It's NEVER (ok rarely) good to use your miles on Delta when there's a skyteam partner or other partner with seats available for redemption ...

Reexamining the International Upgrade Issue

A great amount of time has been spent complaining about Delta’s policy for international upgrades – that is, upgrades on a product with BusinessElite, where BusinessElite service is provided.  No real amount of change has been seen with this product.  The relatively recent ...

A Quick Look At the Czech Airlines Lounge in Prague

We finished our euro-trip in Prague, and while we had a 6AM flight to Frankfurt (followed by an A380 trip to SFO in business class - woot!), we made time to quickly stop in the Czech Airlines Lounge.
I'll spoil the surprise and tell you that this lounge was nothing amazing, but the thing I ...

Airlines Using Social Media to Win Over Frequent Fliers

Guest Post by Franklyn Miller...
Hello!  All of you are familiar with my colleague Jamie Reese and her experiences on Delta.  Jamie had asked me to share a story with you about my recent experience with Delta, with the difference being that I have no status with Delta. 
So, ...
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Munich's SkyTeam Options

As one might expect in a non-hub city, Munich's airport does not cater well to the SkyTeam world.  Terminal 2 is dominated by Lufthansa and Star Alliance - and the amenities are good.  The post-security shopping is ample, there are an ample number of restaurants and bars, good lounges (as ...

Part Two: Don't Blame Delta... Because It's Good to Compromise Our Values

For the past several days, there's been a lot of chatter on the interwebs about a suggestion (which seems to have really taken off with this HuffPost article by Rabbi Jason Miller) that people boycott put pressure on Delta because "Delta will add Saudi Arabian Airlines to its SkyTeam Alliance of ...

Part One: Don't Blame Delta... Because the Airline Business is Complicated

For the past several days, there's been a lot of chatter on the interwebs about a suggestion (which seems to have really taken off with this HuffPost article by Rabbi Jason Miller) that people boycott put pressure on Delta because "Delta will add Saudi Arabian Airlines to its SkyTeam Alliance of ...
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Don't Blame Delta for Saudi Foreign Policy

The Rabbi Jason Miller is not happy with Delta Air Lines. In a poorly-written article published in the Huffington Post, Miller bemoans that Saudi Arabian Airlines will soon be a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, the airline group that Delta is part of. In a call to action to both Jews and Gentiles, he ...
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