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Transaero Airlines New York-Moscow Imperial Class – Flight Review

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Most airlines call their first-class cabins on three-class flights “First Class,” a clear but somewhat uninspiring designation in today’s heavily branded world. A few airlines have loftier aspirations, but nothing stuck out in my mind as much as Transaero Airlines’ Imperial Class. I had seen photos of the first-class cabin and seats and read about the service on the airline’s website, even forming images of what royalty could expect on …

JFK Premium Transcon Market: One Competitor Bows Out, Sort Of

The United name will soon disappear from JFK

Four airlines – American, Delta, JetBlue, and United – have competed in the premium transcontinental flight market, offering flights that link New York City with San Francisco and Los Angeles with trappings that rival overseas flights.
The competition for first- and business-class passengers is nothing if not heated.
JetBlue is the upstart in the Gang of Four, having launched its Mint premium service last year.  Mint offers passengers a premium cabin with …

Behavior of Other Passengers Tops Pre-Flight Air Travel Pet Peeves

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A quick visit to almost any major airport will confirm that flying is no longer glamorous. Many travelers refer to air travel as taking a bus in the sky, and being confined in a small space for multiple hours is not always going to bring out the best in everyone.
What, then, is the excuse for poor behavior at the airport?
Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, …

Photo Essay: Behind the Scenes in Transaero’s Imperial Class Kitchens

Chef  Dmitry Yeremeev

Transaero Airlines is the only Russian airline that offers an international first class cabin and service.  Available on flights to over a dozen cities, including Beijing, London, New York, Paris, Toronto, and Vladivostok, Imperial Class offers passengers a standard that is modeled after what Russia’s imperial families’ might practice today.
The meals served in Imperial Class on flights were designed by Dmitry Yeremeev, chef of one of the best restaurants in …

American Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare-New York LaGuardia – Review

Chicago O'Hare as seen by the author

American Airlines has been making substantial investments in the interiors of its aircraft, from the first- and business-class seats in the new Boeing 777-300s used on many international routes to new first-class seats on its Boeing 737-800s.
Our first opportunity to test out the new seats came on a sunny Saturday afternoon, on a flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to LaGuardia Airport in New York City.
O’Hare was surprisingly quiet and …

Photo Essay: A Tribute to US Airways


US Airways, which began life as All American Aviation in 1937, is one of the country’s remaining legacy carriers.  It merged with American Airlines in 2013.
Today, US Airways continues to operate as a subsidiary of American Airlines Group, but the US Airways brand and livery will fade into history after the two airlines complete merging operations, something expected to occur by the end of 2015.
American has announced that it will …

5 Tips on How to Survive a Long Flight


While Frequent Business Traveler magazine readers love to travel, the experience can be stressful, even for the most seasoned of flyers.  Moreover, longer flights simply compound the stress.  While there are many measures one may undertake prior to the flight, such as picking the perfect seat and, on some airlines, pre-ordering a meal, once on board, the traveler is there for the duration, so it pays to be prepared.
Some flights …