Articles in In Flight

Condor Flugdienst Business Class Flight 1048 Frankfurt, Germany-Seattle, Washington – Review

FRA ramp tour Sept14-21

Condor Flugdienst, based in Frankfurt Germany, is one of the world’s leading leisure and charter carriers. Serving a handful of destinations in North America, most of them seasonally, they remain a somewhat mysterious presence to many American travelers.
The outbound flight [read the review here] failed to impress, albeit in the wake of a four delay on a red-eye. I wondered whether the return flight would present a more accurate picture …

China Airlines Boeing 777-300 Premium Business Class Flight 8, Taipei Taoyuan-Los Angeles – Review

China Airlines' new Boeing 777-300

Taipei-based China Airlines, founded in 1959, is Taiwan’s largest airline and the flag carrier of the tiny Republic of China. It has been serving North America non-stop since the 1970s, after introducing the Boeing 747SP.
After suffering at the hands of its competitors in recent years, the airline announced it would expand its fleet with the purchase of six Boeing 777-300 aircraft. The purchase was tied directly to a renovation plan, …

Delta BusinessElite Flight 466 New York-Moscow – Review

Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport from the air

Pan Am, the first U.S. carrier to fly to Russia, launched its New York-Moscow route on June 17, 1968. The flight, which was in the air for 11 hours and 35 minutes, made a refueling stop in Copenhagen and arrived in Moscow one hour late due to weather in Denmark. According to contemporary press reports, the menu was a mixture of American and Russian food including martinis, vodka, Muscovite Chicken, …

American Airlines A321T First Class Flight 171 New York-Los Angeles – Review

A lie-flat bed in first on an A321T

Terminal 8, American’s home at John F. Kennedy International Airport, is quiet in the early morning hours. I arrived at 4:30 a.m. for a 6:00 a.m. departure to Los Angeles, and I was somewhat fatigued. Having flown transcon to New York a mere two days earlier, my internal clock was still askew, and the 3:50 a.m. wake up call did little to help. The early arrival was to usher in …

No Free Lunch: The Ugly Truth About the Best Day to Purchase Airfare


When it comes to purchasing airline tickets, it seems that nearly everyone has his own tried and true method for snagging the lowest price. We’ve heard them all at some point or another, and some are more outlandish than others: Sundays after 5:00 p.m., sixty-two days seven hours and 43.2 minutes before departure, at 3:00 a.m. on the third Wednesday after the first full moon of the year, and so …

Photo Essay: Behind the Scenes with Condor Flight Attendant Safety Training

Boeing 767-300, and a Airbus A321 partial-fuselage trainers.

We see them on every flight; welcoming passengers aboard, giving the safety briefing, serving meals, and attending to passengers’ every need. Many travelers, including frequent flyers, have come to see their flight crews as smiling waiters and waitresses in the sky and little else.
Yet when things go wrong, the very same crew member who recently topped off your glass with Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is also the one who, if …

Delta First Class Flight 462 New York-Salt Lake City – Review


Sometimes everything will go just right. Reveille at 0 dark hundred, shower, finish packing, summon an Uber ride, make record time from home to JFK’s Terminal 4, and join the TSA PreCheck line. There was only a couple ahead of me but something was wrong with one of their tickets. Things slowed to a crawl. While waiting for a supervisor to resolve the issue, the agent checked my credentials and …