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JetBlue to Link San Francisco with Las Vegas

JetBlue to Link San Francisco with Las Vegas

JetBlue Airways announced it will offer non-stop service between San Francisco and Las Vegas starting early in 2015.
The New York-based airline will operate two daily flights starting on January 5, 2015, using Airbus A320 aircraft.  The planes can accommodate a total of 150 passengers, 42 in the airline’s Even More Space premium economy lite section and 108 standard seats.  The Even More Space section offers seats with 38” to 39” …

Finnair to Partner with Finnish Chefs for Long-Haul Menus

Finnair to Partner with Finnish Chefs for Long-Haul Menus

Finnair announced it plans to work with several leading Finnish chefs and restaurants to create new menus for long-haul business-class flights.
The chefs and restaurants include Ari Ruoho from Nokka; Matti Jämsén from G.W. Sundmans; Kari Aihinen from Savoy; and Fishmarket.  All of the restaurants are part of the Royal Restaurants group.
The airline said that the chefs are planning menus focusing on seasonal ingredients and that they will experiment with “bold …

Book Review: The Language of Food

Diners at Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia

For years, I’ve puzzled over (and avoided) restaurants that promise food that is “fresh,” “ripe,” “tasty,” and “delicious.” After all, isn’t that why people go to such establishments, because it is expected that the food will be all of those things and more? As language maven William Safire succinctly stated: “When too many words chase after too few ideas, the result is adjective inflation. Words mean less.”
It turns out that …

Diners Club Relaunches in U.S.

Diners Club Relaunches in U.S.

Diners Club, which has been absent from the U.S. market for the past few years except for servicing existing accounts, announced it will resume accepting applications for new accounts effective immediately.
In the United States, Diners uses a MasterCard credit card number.  This means that it’s accepted everywhere that a traditional MasterCard is.  It also is one of the few credit or charge cards in the United States that uses Chip …

People Express Suspends Service, Plans Mid-October Relaunch

People Express Suspends Service, Plans Mid-October Relaunch

People Express, the new incarnation of an airline that started flying late in June from its base in Newport News, Virginia, said Friday that it was temporarily suspending flights, but that it plans to recommence operations in mid-October.
The airline offered flights linking Newport News with Newark, Boston, and Pittsburgh.
In a statement posted on its website, it said “recent aircraft and crew availability and maintenance issues, including an aircraft recently damaged …

Air France Pilots Strike Ends After 2 Weeks

Air France Pilots Strike Ends After 2 Weeks

The two-week-old pilot strike at Air France came to an end Sunday, despite the lack of resolution over the fate of Transavia, the airline’s low-cost carrier.
SNPL France Alpa, the pilots union, ended the job action saying that the strike no longer “serves any purpose.”
The strike cost Air France roughly €20 million ($25.5 million) per day.  The Paris-based airline says that the job action, which started on September 15, will continue …

Air France Pilots Strike Continues into Week 3 Even After Airline Concedes to Demands

Air France Pilots Strike Continues into Week 3 Even After Airline Concedes to Demands

The Air France pilots’ strike continued into its 12th day Friday, even after the airline conceded to a major demand from the pilots union.
Air France said Friday that its operations are “still disrupted” in a message on its website, and that it plans to operate 48% of its flights Friday as 58% of its pilots remain off the job.  On Wednesday, the airline said it had cancelled plans to expand …