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Finnair Business Class Flight 006 New York JFK – Helsinki Vantaa – Review

Finnair Business Class Flight 006 New York JFK – Helsinki Vantaa – Review

There was no line at Finnair’s business-class check in at JFK’s Terminal 8, the modern home to numerous oneworld carriers including American Airlines, LAN Airlines, and Royal Jordanian, for this 6:45 p.m. flight, and within minutes a very pleasant ticket agent handed me my boarding pass and checked my bag.
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I used the Priority AAccess line and moved quickly through security. From there, it was a short walk to the spacious …

Booq Mamba Catch Laptop Bag – Review

Booq Mamba Catch Laptop Bag – Review

Made of sturdy 1680-denier ballistic nylon, with a water repellent exterior, the Booq Mamba Catch laptop bag features seven exterior and eight interior compartments, as well as a removable zipper pouch for small items.
It’s extremely well-padded (yet not at all bulky), offering ample protection for a laptop, yet within a streamlined, lightweight design. I also appreciated the well-padded strap that hung very comfortably and securely, and never cut into my …

Via Rail Canada Unveils New Toronto Panorama Lounge

Via Rail Canada Unveils New Toronto Panorama Lounge

Via Rail Canada has opened its new Panorama Lounge for Business and Sleeper Class passengers at Toronto’s Union Station, as part of the Canadian government’s $930 million project to upgrade and modernize Via Rail’s trains, tracks, and stations across the country.
The new 6,200-square-foot ground-floor lounge in the historic station features restored marble and terrazzo floors, modern furnishings, natural light, dark wood cabinetry, and works by local artists. Amenities include free …

British Airways Opens New Galleries Lounge at Newark Airport

British Airways Opens New Galleries Lounge at Newark Airport

As part of an $8 million investment that British Airways is making over the next five years, the airline today opened its new Galleries lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport today. Double the size of the previous lounge, the new lounge is located closer to security, near gates B50-58, cutting walking time to the lounge in half.
In a phone interview today with Frequent Business Traveler, Simon Talling-Smith, executive vice president, …

Hilton Helsinki Airport – Review

Hilton Helsinki Airport – Review

I arrived at Helsinki Airport on a trans-Atlantic flight at nine in the morning with the hope that I would be able to check in to the Hilton Helsinki Airport early in order to catch a nap before my meetings. Getting to the hotel, which adjoins the airport, was a little more frustrating than it should have been, though. It was a bit of a circuitous hike through various walkways …

Etihad Airways 2012 Grand Prix Tickets on Sale

Etihad Airways 2012 Grand Prix Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are now on sale.  The event, in its fourth year, runs November 2 – 4, 2012, at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Yas Marina Circuit and Etihad Airways are offering all-inclusive race weekend packages, including flights, race seating and access, tours, entertainment, and resort accommodations.
Yas Viceroy Hotel is offering packages providing viewing of the race from private …

JAL Takes Delivery of First Two Boeing 787 Dreamliners

JAL Takes Delivery of First Two Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Japan Airlines has received its first two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.  The airline took delivery of the new aircraft in Seattle on March 25, and the planes arrived at Tokyo Narita and Haneda airports on March 27.
Yoshiharu Ueki, president of JAL Group, received the keys to both aircraft from Jim Albaugh, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, during a March 26 delivery ceremony in Seattle.
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliners will go into …