Airline Industry

Italian Court Cancels Emirates New York-Milan Route – Are Freedom of the Air Routes in Danger?

April 15, 2014

The airline industry is pretty competitive and there are a lot of routes that have seen increased competition in the past few years, including New York and Milan Malpensa. Last year, Emirates muscled in on it with a flight of its own and entered into direct competition with incumbents Delta and Alitalia (both of whom I […]

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What Will Airline Business Class Look Like In The Future – And What Do You Want To See?

April 11, 2014

The Thales Group – a French-based company that designs electrical and connectivity systems used in everything from commercial jets to defense and transportation networks – unveiled its vision of a new “immersive” business class seat at the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014 earlier this week. The innovative new seat was developed with BE Aerospace and […]

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US Supreme Court Decides Rabbi Frequent Flyer Case – Airlines Can Cut Off Frequent Flyers

April 3, 2014

Back in December, the Supreme Court of the US finally heard the arguments in the case of Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg versus Northwest Airlines (now Delta), and today the Court finally released its decision. To give you a bit of background, the rabbi was a Platinum elite with Northwest, but back in 2008, the airline […]

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New York LaGuardia LGA $3.6 Billion Renovation Announced

January 20, 2014

Of the three major airports serving New York City, by far the worst – and indeed, it’s often voted among the nation’s worst airports – is LaGuardia. It’s smaller than both JFK and Newark, its infrastructure is aging and far to small to handle the nearly 30 million flyers who travel through it each year. […]

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Update: Supreme Court Hears Rabbi’s Case Against Frequent Flyer Programs

December 4, 2013

It might sound like the start of a bad joke: a rabbi walks into a plane…but there’s no punchline in this case. Instead, the Supreme Court of the US heard arguments yesterday in the case of Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg against Northwest (now Delta). Back in 2008, the rabbi was a Platinum elite with Northwest, […]

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United Gets $1.1 Million Fine For Tarmac Delays

October 28, 2013

Last week, United was fined nearly $1.1 million for delays of over 3 hours on 13 planes at Chicago O’Hare last year. It is the biggest fine of its kind since the Department of Transportation instituted new rules in 2010 meant to bar airlines to strand passengers for over 3 hours on the tarmac without […]

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Mourning the Slow Demise of the 747

October 24, 2013

I remember the first time I ever flew a Boeing 747. It was on the upper deck of a Singapore Airlines 747 in business class (which has since stopped flying these whale jets altogether), and I can still feel the rush I got climbing those steps to one of the most exclusive experiences in the […]

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Is Premium Economy The New Business Class – And Business The New First Class?

October 2, 2013

The economy is picking back up again, and that has meant a bounce back in the number of business travelers for airlines and hotels. While many, including myself, have conjectured that this was part of what was behind the major hotel points programs devaluations this spring as well as an increase in both the number […]

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Saturday Night Live’s Airline Boarding Process Spoof – Spot On

October 1, 2013

I don’t catch Saturday Night Live that often since I’m on the road a lot, though I was excited to see Tina Fey hosting it this week. However, I did want to catch a particular clip this week that got the points and miles world abuzz because Tina and cast member Taran Killam played airline […]

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Official Opening of Tom Bradley International Terminal – LAX

September 19, 2013

Those of you who have flown through LAX in the past three years have probably noticed a lot of ongoing construction. The airport is currently in the midst of an 8-year $4.1-billion renovation, and the major project for the past several years has been the construction of the new $1.9-billion Tom Bradley International Terminal, which […]

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Top 10 Most Ridiculous Airline Fees

September 10, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here.  Although the flying public seems to have accustomed itself to more and more airline fees in the past few years for everything from checking a bag to choosing a window seat, there are still some ridiculous, and […]

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Routehappy Seat Report – Which Airlines Have The Biggest, Best Seats?

September 4, 2013

Routehappy is a cool travel website that rates airlines and specific flights based on a variety of metrics like seat size and type, aircraft type, entertainment options, WiFi availability, user-generated reviews and more. Following up on its In-Flight WiFi Report from earlier this summer, Routehappy has released an updated report on seating options in both […]

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Top 10 Ways To Get A Better Economy Seat

August 27, 2013

After the Twitterific fiasco I went through trying to secure KLM Economy Comfort seats for my upcoming trip to Cape Town while booking my flights through Delta last week, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at strategies for getting a better economy seat with the major airlines. The difference between a […]

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Singapore’s Scoot Airlines Creates ScootinSilence Child-Free Cabin

August 21, 2013

Singapore Airlines announced that it has created a child-free zone on its budget carrier Scoot Airlines’ planes and that passengers can “upgrade” to this newly dubbed “ScootinSilence” area – reserved for travelers 12 and above – for about $14. Scoot is the latest airline to introduces a child-free zone on its flights, following in the […]

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US Justice Department Suing to Block American-US Airways Merger

August 13, 2013

In a surprising move today that shocked industry analysts and sent US Airways’ stock value plummeting more than 10% and American’s by as much as 30%, the US Department of Justice announced that it is suing to block the merger of US Airways with American, which had been proceeding smoothly up until this point. The […]

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Video SRQ: My Thoughts on the US Airways/American Airlines Merger

June 9, 2013

TPG follower Thomas tweeted me this week asking what I think about the upcoming airline merger: “What are your thoughts about the upcoming US Airways and American Airlines merger? Are your travel patterns and plans changing at all because of it?” US Airways and American Airlines actually moved one step closer to a merger this […]

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American Chooses Citi As Post-Merger Credit Card Issuer; Judge Sends Merger Plan to Vote

June 4, 2013

While not the most surprising piece of news, it looks like AMR (parent company of American Airlines) has agreed to continue its relationship with Citi once the merger with US Airways goes through. On May 24 Citi filed a motion to make AMR choose whether or not to continue their relationship with Citi once the […]

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What Is The Best US Airline? Virgin America Apparently (According to Consumer Reports)

May 23, 2013

Yesterday USA Today’s Nancy Trejos (who has been on a roll breaking travel stories) covered Consumer Reports’ annual airline satisfaction survey and to be honest, I wasn’t really surprised with the results given the poll questions. Voters were asked to rate their satisfaction with the airlines’: check-in ease, cabin-crew service, cabin cleanliness, seating comfort, baggage […]

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Past and Future Airline Mergers: A Brief History and Predictions

February 21, 2013

With the merger announcement of US Airways and American last week, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the other major airline mergers of the past 15 years or so and what they have meant for the industry in general. Domestic The domestic airline industry in the US has been rife with […]

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