What You Read in 2016
As the rather tumultuous year 2016 draws to a close, it falls to me, your news editor, to look back and report on the most popular news and features we brought you over the past 12 months, from Marriott’s new luxury group, to United’s new Polaris business class.
Features and Reviews
1.) Review: Delta First Class New York JFK – Detroit: My First 717 Flight. Jonathan Spira takes his long-awaited first flight aboard a Boeing 717.
2.) Uniqlo Heattech Underwear – Review and Test. Our editors don long johns to tell you what works best in the cold.
3.) Alaska Airlines First Class Los Angeles-Washington, D.C. – Flight Review. Jesse Sokolow becomes the first staff member at FBT to fly on Alaska Airlines.
4.) Brussels Airlines Business Class New York-Brussels – Flight Review. Jonathan Spira flies to Brussels shortly after the deadly attacks there in March.
5.) Corinthia Hotel London, England – Review. The hotel first opened its doors as the Hôtel Métropole in 1885.
6.) Norwegian Air Shuttle Premium Class New York-Oslo – Flight Review. The controversial airline flies a fleet of shiny new Boeing 787 Dreamliners from the United States to a variety of European destinations, including London (Gatwick), Copenhagen, Stockholm, and of course Oslo, the Norwegian capital.
7.) Review: ‘Hamilton’ at Richard Rodgers Theater. Read why the megahit hip-hop musical that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and is loosely based on Ron Chernow’s biography of the nation’s first treasury secretary is a must-see.
8.) American Airlines Business-Class Dining: Paris-New York – Review. In 1988 American was the first United States airline to recruit prominent chefs to introduce new menu items on flights.
9.) American Airlines Business Class Philadelphia-Munich Flight 716 – Review. The former U.S. Airways route is one of the few non-stops offered by a U.S. carrier to the Bavarian capital.
10.) The 8 Safest and Most Peaceful Countries in the World. The list includes Iceland, Austria, and Canada.
1.) United Considers Accelerating 747 Retirement. The 747 first entered service in 1970, with launch customer Pan Am.
2.) American Airlines to Rebank Philly Hub, Reduce Number of Flights There. American sought to improve overall operational efficiency and offer greater convenience for travelers to the City of Brotherly Love.
3.) Marriott Debuts New Luxury Group, Will Open 30 New Properties in 2017. This move follows the hotelier’s recent merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
4.) KLM to Retire Boeing 747 Fleet. The Dutch flag-carrier is one of several major airlines that will no longer have the Queen of the Skies in its fleet.
5.) United to Improve Coach Meals on International Flights. The carrier is upping the ante on meals offered to passengers in coach.
6.) United Airlines Reaches Deal with Machinists Union Covering 30,000 Employees. The nation’s fourth largest carrier now has contracts with all of its work groups.
7.) American Airlines Recognizes Long-Time Employees for a Combined 10,000 Years of Service. The group of over 200 included pilots who had achieved a 35-year milestone.
8.) American Completes US Airways Mainline Livery Makeover. The process ended November 22 with the painting of an Airbus A321.
9.) United Airlines to Launch New ‘Polaris’ Business Class Concept. The new product, named after the North Star, debuted in December.
10.) Brexit: What Britain’s Departure from the EU Would Change for Travel and Travelers. We all know the story, but here are some of the implications.
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