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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 only passenger in Asiana Airlines First Class Seoul to Frankfurt

For the second time on my trip, I would be the only passenger in the First Class Cabin on a long haul flight.  Not too shabby!

the Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 Combi that would take me to Frankfurt
 
Then again, shabby could be a word used to describe the First Class ...
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Trip Report: Air China Business Class Shanghai to Taipei, Airbus A330

This flight review of Air China's business class is a continuation of my trip from Auckland to Los Angeles. About 15 minutes prior to boarding time, I left the newly renovated Air China Business Class Lounge and made my way over to the boarding gate. The gate was not that far away but I wanted to ...
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Trip Report: Thai Airways Business Class, Boeing 777 Bangkok to Auckland

Welcome to my first post of 2015! I hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's Eve and I hope 2015 brings you lots of love, happiness and globe-trotting travels. - James.
I have such a love/hate relationship with Thai Airways. On one hand, they have a great hard product on their A380s, ...
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Houston continues growth to Asia with additions of ANA and EVA Air in 2015

Houston Bush Intercontinental airport will receive two new Star Alliance carriers in 2015 with the introduction of nonstop routes to Tokyo Narita and Taipei on All Nippon Airways and Eva Air, respectively, continuing a period of rapid growth between Texas and Asia within the past two years. Houston ...
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Air Canada hedges on 787 to viably serve challenging Canada - India market

Advent of fuel-efficient aircraft and alliance benefits enables re-launch of YYZ-DEL
Air Canada announced on 04-December-2014 that it will resume nonstop services between its Toronto Pearson hub and New Delhi, India, effective November 2015. The route resumption, rumored for some time by Air ...
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Trip Report: Asiana Airlines Business Class Seoul to Narita, Airbus A330

This is a continuation of my trip from Los Angeles to Tokyo. When I originally booked this trip, I was booked in first class on a Boeing 747-400. About a month before the actual trip, I received an equipment change notice and saw my flight was downgraded from the Queen of the Skies to an Airbus ...
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United enjoys a solid Q3 2014, but far from out of the woods

United records largest quarterly profit in the carriers' history at $924 million
Chicago-based United Airlines earned $924 million in net income for Q3 2014, with earnings per share at $2.75 (excluding special items) ahead of analyst predications of $2.70.
That's a heck of a lot ...

Trip Report: Thai Airways Boeing 747 Business Class Tokyo to Bangkok

If you haven't flown on Thai Airways before, here's one thing you should know about them. They switch out more airplanes on more routes than any other airline that I know. When I originally booked this trip, I specifically booked this leg to be on the Airbus A380. I had flown on the A380 in ...
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Lounge Review: Air China First Class Lounge at Beijing

The Air China First Class Lounge at Beijing Capital Airport is located airside (after security) in terminal 3, near gate E20. It’s located on the second floor of the international terminal and is only available to first class passengers on Air China or Star Alliance flights and (surprisingly) ...

South African Airways Award Space Again Bookable

I wrote yesterday that South African Airways award space had been unbookable for one week using miles from any Star Alliance loyalty program outside of South African Voyager. Thankfully, the space is again bookable.
The one-week hiatus of all SA space left a big hole for travel within Africa, ...

Trip Report: Air China First Class Los Angeles to Beijing, Boeing 777-300ER

Okay, so let’s address the obvious question. . . Why on earth would I want to fly Air China??? I know. I know. I must have heard that question a dozen times when I told people I was flying Air China to Beijing. Everyone warned me that Air China was a terrible airline and my flight would be ...
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Lounge Review: Air New Zealand Koru Club Lounge at LAX

I feel really bad for Air New Zealand premium cabin passengers. It's not because this is a horrible lounge. It's not. It's just that Air New Zealand also operates the new LAX Star Alliance Lounge. But for whatever reason, Air New Zealand is still operating out of terminal 2 and not out of the newly ...

Good News for Star Alliance Gold and Priority Pass Members at LAX!

So I'm not gonna lie, LAX is not the best airport. Okay, who am I kidding? It's a terrible airport. It's old, heavily congested, a pain to transit from one terminal to another and there are no convenient modes of public transportation (such as a railway) to get to/from LAX. Your only options for ...
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