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25 Years Ago: Pan Am, A Cultural Icon, Stops Flying

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Pan Am, the nation’s unofficial flag carrier and a cultural icon, ceased operations on Wednesday (December 4) after what could only be described as a tumultuous decade both for both the airline and the airline industry. It was the second major U.S. airline to cease operations in 1991.
Had Frequent Business Traveler existed 25 years ago, that text would have been the lead paragraph of the top news story of the …

U.S. Gives Final Approval to Norwegian Air’s Irish Subsidiary

U.S. Gives Final Approval to Norwegian Air’s Irish Subsidiary

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday announced it had given final approval for Norwegian Air Shuttle’s Irish subsidiary to operate flights to and from the United States.
“By this order, the Department makes final its tentative findings and conclusions set out in order 2016-4-12 and awards Norwegian Air International Limited the foreign carrier permit as the Appendix to this order,” the agency said in its order which was issued on November …

Oneworld to Offer Southern Hemisphere Round-the-World Ticket

Oneworld to Offer Southern Hemisphere Round-the-World Ticket

The oneworld alliance announced a new Explorer round-the-world fare that includes flights solely in the southern hemisphere.
The new fare became possible thanks to the recent start of service by Latam Airlines between São Paulo, Brazil and Johannesburg, South Africa. It marks the first time a circumnavigation of the globe south of the equator will be possible on oneworld member carriers.
The new Explorer fare will cover three continents, namely Australia, South …

Alaska Reports Rise in November Traffic

Alaska Reports Rise in November Traffic

Alaska Air Group announced operational results for November 2016.
System-wide traffic for Alaska Air Group, expressed in revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, increased by 7% year-over-year, up to 3 billion RPMs from 2.8 billion in November of 2015.
Capacity was 3.52 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, a year-over-year increase of 2.8% from 3.42 billion ASMs.
System-wide load factor for the month was 85.1%, a 3.4 percentage point increase from November 2015’s load …

Hilton Debuts First Property in Brooklyn

Hilton Debuts First Property in Brooklyn

Hilton Hotels and Resorts announced the opening of the Hilton Brooklyn New York. The property is the first Hilton hotel to open in the New York City borough.
The 196-room hotel is part of a 19-story mixed use development that also includes condominiums, commercial, and retail space. The hotel was designed to pay tribute to the Schermerhorn rope factory, which occupied the location in the 19th century, with features such as …

Lobby Bar – December 2: Emotions Not Included, Carry-on Lounges, Luxury Carbs, and Potato Power

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A Cunning Collection of FBT News and Views
Doggy bags. Jonathan Spira checks out United’s first Polaris Lounge at Chicago O’Hare International Airport an hour before anybody else had the chance to enter. The rest of the guests were slightly confused when they arrived as they could see none of the food that was promised to them. Then, they noticed in a corner our beloved editorial director with a smug look …

Delta Sees Increase in Traffic and Load Factor for November

Delta Sees Increase in Traffic and Load Factor for November

Delta Air Lines announced operational results for November 2016.
The Atlanta-based carrier’s total system traffic for the month was 15.61 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 0.3% from 15.56 billion in November 2015.  Domestic traffic rose 3.8% to 10.47 billion RPMs from 10.08 billion last year, while international traffic dropped to 5.14 billion RPMs, a 6.1% decrease from 5.48 billion RPMs last November.
Total system-wide capacity for the …