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ANA First Class from Chicago to Tokyo Narita

International First Class on an Asian carrier; definitely one of the more exciting parts of this hobby.  I've flown ANA before, but never in First Class, so as we got on board, I had pretty high expectations.  I think for the most part these expectations were met, my main complaint was ...
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Amenity Kit Review: ANA First Class

I was fortunate to fly ANA First Class from Chicago to Tokyo in late 2015.  I'm nearly finished with my trip report, but first I wanted to add a review of the amenity kit I received. For our introductory post and description of the categories, and the 5 point rating scale, please ...

Trip Report: ANA Boeing 777 Economy Class, San Francisco to Tokyo

A few minutes prior to boarding time, I left the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge and made my way to gate 94 where my ANA “Inspiration of Japan” Boeing 777-300ER was waiting. Boarding was delayed approximately 30 minutes due to the late arrival of the incoming aircraft so I just hung ...
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The United Global First Lounge at Chicago O'Hare before ANA flight

Our trip to began in Chicago on a cold, windy winter day.  The cold isn't usually a problem for O'Hare operations, but as the day wore on, the snow became a problem, ultimately leading to a pretty significant departure delay.  
I'm generally not someone who arrives to airports really ...
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To those who believe United doesn't need Gordon Bethune back, think again

Upon discovering earlier this week that two hedge funds have fledged a campaign against the United Airlines' board to inaugurate six additional members, one being industry veteran Gordon Bethune, I am pretty sure I did a silent clap in my office. 
For those who are unfamiliar with ...
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You Must Watch this SWISS Video


SWISS, like many things in Switzerland, has a reputation for precision and quality. The national carrier has come a long way from its Swissair bankruptcy days and epitomizes what it means to be a reputable company. How does it maintain such an image? Primarily through its flight ...
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Unicorns, Four-Leaf Clovers, and Air New Zealand Business Class Award Space


After four years of absolutely no business class award space on its transpacific and transatlantic longhaul routes, Air New Zealand has suddenly decided to open business class award space to its Star Alliance partners. It is too early to tell whether this is a temporary fluke or a new pattern, ...

Trip Report: Copa Airlines Economy Class, Los Angeles to Panama City

Ever since they rebranded their frequent flier program (FFP), I became fascinated with Copa Airlines and wanted to give them a try. With their low prices and one stop connection in Panama City to anywhere in Latin America, I figured it was a good time to check them out and give them a proper review. ...
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SAS Releases Business Class Award Space

One of the more elusive airlines to obtain premium cabin award space on is SAS, the flag carrier of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. The carrier has an impressive new business class product, but releases very little transatlantic award space. Until now. Whether a change in policy or a temporary ...

Lufthansa A340 Business Class from Dusseldorf to Chicago

Lufthansa’s current business class hard product is not revolutionary, but it is a decent seat, and the service is usually good.  At the end of our family trip, and a quick visit in Dusseldorf, this was a comfortable way to get us back home.
 
Lufthansa A340, showing the ...
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Amenity Kit Review: Thai Airways First Class (Rimowa 2014)

How about an amenity kit that looks like a mini Rimowa luggage case?  A few airlines offer these on occasion in their premium cabins.  I have only had one opportunity to pick one up, on my flight on the Thai Airways A380 between Frankfurt and Bangkok. For our introductory post on ...
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SAS cancels Houston - Stavanger flight amid falling oil prices

SAS will discontinue its six weekly Houston - Stanvanger service in Winter 2015, operated on a 44-seat all-business class 737-700 operated by Privatair. The route commenced in August 2014 and was intended to connect two oil markets at a time when crude prices were $98 per barrel.
With oil ...
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Singapore Airlines and JetBlue Launch New Mileage Earning Partnership


As you guys know, I'm a huge fan of Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer program and yesterday's announcement between Singapore Airlines and JetBlue is a huge plus for us in the miles and points game. Effective immediately, you can earn KrisFlyer miles when flying on JetBlue flights and earn TrueBlue ...
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Reflecting on Jeff Smisek's departure from United: focus on the future

By now, most people are aware that Jeff Smisek is no longer the Chairman, CEO and President of (what used to be) the world's largest airline, United.
Throughout the afternoon, I received numerous phone calls, texts and e-mails from friends and work colleagues about the news. I'm sure that most ...
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Emirates announces Dubai - Panama City flight: the new world's longest flight

Emirates Airline will create the first link between Central America and the Middle East with nonstop service from its Dubai hub to Panama City on February 1, 2016. This will be Emirates' 15th destination in the Americas, its fourth in Latin America, and the longest nonstop route in its global ...
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