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Underwater Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Jet ‘More Focused’

Thursday's search area

Experts are continually finding out how little they know about the area of the southern Indian Ocean where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is believed to have crashed..  Indeed, the story of the missing plane, combined with the failure to find a single trace of debris, continues to be one of the biggest aviation mysteries in 80 years.
The hunt for Flight 370 started almost immediately after the plane disappeared from radar …

American Airlines Flagship Lounge Los Angeles International Airport – Review


My first visit to American Airlines’ Flagship Lounge at LAX was the morning after American’s inaugural flights of its new Airbus A321T transcon subfleet aircraft.  I had flown out on the inaugural flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and my second flight on the brand new plane was to come roughly 12 hours after the first.
My visit to the Flagship Lounge started with Flagship Check-in.   American offers …

Virtual Tour: Munich Airport Visitors Park

Junkers Ju 52 “Rudolf von Thüna”

While many airports around the world offer travelers visiting their terminals large windows with great views of the tarmac and runways, and a few have open viewing decks and terraces, one airport, Munich, has an entire park to welcome aviation fans.
Munich Airport Besucherpark, or Visitors Park, is open to the public and has no security checkpoints.  Everyone is welcome.  It provides excellent parking as well as its own stop on …

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Wing and Clubhouse, London Heathrow – Review


Convenience may arguably be the single factor that the busy traveler prizes above all else today.  Indeed, while convenience means different things to different people, an undisputed definition would include short lines and personalized treatment.
Virgin Atlantic offers these to its Upper Class passengers departing from London’s Heathrow Airport, and the idea of convenience starts with the entrance to its private departures area, the Upper Class Wing.  To put it mildly, …

Searching for Answers: Why Stopping the Hunt for Flight 370 is Not an Option


As the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane continues, and the costs begin to mount, one thing has become clear: the hunt for the Boeing jetliner that took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, China on March 8 is likely to become one of the most expensive recovery efforts in history and possibly one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 21st century.
While the mood on Monday was decidedly …

First Great Western Train London (Paddington)-Cheltenham Spa First Class – Review


Most travelers think of the Heathrow Express when it comes to London Paddington Station, but Paddington, as most Londoners call it, is an historic terminal that has served the Great Western Railway and its successors since 1838.  The current station dates from 1854 and is notable as having been, in 1863, the western terminus of the Metropolitan Railway, the world’s first subway,.
First Great Western is the descendant of the Great …

Delta BusinessElite London-Minneapolis Flight 41 – Review


The longest leg of my mileage run at the end of 2013 was a Delta flight from London’s Heathrow Airport to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.   This meant using Terminal 4, the second newest terminal at the airport.
Built in 1986 at a cost of £200 million, it served as British Airways’ home in London for two decades although it was ill-suited for long-haul flights.  Once BA moved to the new Terminal …