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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

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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

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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 …

Delta One/BusinessElite Moscow-New York – Flight Review

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Sheremetyevo International Airport is one of the three major airports that serve Moscow and is Delta Air Lines’ home in Russia. Delta inherited the route from Pan Am, the first U.S. carrier to fly to Russia, at the time the Soviet Union, after Pan Am’s demise in 1991, and now operates a non-stop flight to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport five times a week.
After a few days in Moscow, I …

Poll: What Are Your Biggest Pre-Flight Air Travel Pet Peeves?

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At the dawn of the jet age, air travel was glamorous and considered sophisticated. Today, many see flying quite differently, and even finding a flight and getting onto the plane can be an ordeal.
We want you to tell us what truly bugs you in the pre-flight experience.
Once again, Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, are teaming up to compile a detailed list of pre-flight air …

Airbus A320, Jet in Tuesday’s Germanwings Crash, Has Strong Safety Record

View from an Airbus A320 in flight

The Airbus A320, the type of plane that was involved in Tuesday’s crash in the French Alps, is flown by every major U.S. airline and has a strong safety record.
More than 6,000 A320 family jets – which include the A319 and the A321 – are in service across the globe.
There have been some major accidents, however, involving an A320. It was an A320 that Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely ditched …

American Airlines Business Class New York-London – Review

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American Airlines became the first U.S. airline to operate the Boeing 777-300ER just over two years ago and now has 17 in service, with three more on order. The largest plane in American’s fleet, the 777-300ER provides 304 seats in four separate cabins.  Eight of those seats are in first class and are designated as Flagship Suites.  Fifty-two are in business class, with 30 in Main Cabin Extra, a separate …