Iran Air Could be the Next Carrier to Operate A380s

The A380 is considered by many to be the pinnacle of luxury air travel, with perks ranging from Shower Spas on Emirates to the super-luxe Residence on Etihad Airways. It’s also one of the largest planes in the sky, with the capacity to fit more than 600 passengers on some of the world’s busiest routes. Now, following…

Are There Red-Eye Flights from Europe to the US?

TPG reader Aproujan sent me a tweet to ask about airline schedules: “Do you know of any nighttime Transatlantic flights from Europe to the US?” Some people hate red-eye flights and avoid them whenever possible, but I think nighttime departures have a certain allure. There’s something romantic about boarding a plane in the evening, (hopefully) falling asleep and waking up…

Darker Windows Coming Soon to the Dreamliner

If you’ve ever flown on the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner,” you probably noticed one common airline feature is missing: the window shade. Instead, the Dreamliner’s windows are designed to tint at the push of a button — either by the passenger sitting in the window seat or the flight attendant’s control panel. Also, you’ll notice that the…

How DOT Rules Have Made Delays Worse

Six years ago, the US Department of Transportation announced new rules to regulate flight delays. The rules stated that airlines couldn’t let aircraft remain on the tarmac at US airports for more than three hours — four hours for international flights — without deplaning passengers. Furthermore, the rules required airlines “to provide adequate food and potable drinking water for passengers…

How Can I Check Plane Amenities When Booking a Flight?

TPG reader Thuyen sent me a message on Facebook to ask about how to determine in-flight amenities: “I was recently on a transatlantic flight and had no seatback entertainment. How can I ensure I’ll be on a newer plane, especially on longer flights?” In-flight amenities can make the difference toward having a comfortable and productive flight, so it’s important to…

What Compensation Should I Expect for a Long Tarmac Delay?

TPG reader Jesse sent me a message on Facebook to ask about what to expect after a canceled flight: “I have United 1K status, and was recently stuck on a plane in Shanghai with no AC and no food for 7 hours before they finally canceled the flight. What do you think is reasonable compensation for…

Insider Series: Are Air Traffic Controllers Asleep on the Job?

TPG Contributor “Vic Vector” is an air traffic controller at a major ATC facility in the United States. In this installment of our Insider Series, he explains how controllers’ schedules work — and why you shouldn’t believe everything you read in the media. Recently cited in an Associated Press article, a 2011 study commissioned by the FAA found that 1…

10 Professional Flight Simulators that You Can Fly

Here at TPG, we talk a lot about how to sit at the “front” of the plane (that is, the business- and first-class cabins). However, for those of you who have ever wanted to try sitting at the real front of the plane, TPG Senior Points & Miles Correspondent Jason Steele has some suggestions. There are a couple…

Airfares Dropped Nearly 6% In July

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) publication from August 19, 2015, average airfares dropped 5.6% in July, the steepest one-month drop in nearly 20 years. The report takes into account “regularly scheduled domestic and international commercial airline trips on certified carriers departing from each of the 87 cities in the…