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Flight Review: American Airlines New York-London New Flagship Business – International

Not another review of a flight to London, I hear you cry. Well, dear readers, this one is different. This time we are on a newly configured American Airlines 777-200ER sporting the carrier’s new business-class seats.
The 777-200ER originally was a three-class plane, with Flagship First, business, and coach. A few years ago, the airline decided to offer more business-class seats on these planes and offer Flagship First only on the …

Review: Air Canada Signature Suite at Toronto Pearson International Airport

No matter where you are in an airport, you feel as if you are in an airport. That is unless you are in the new Air Canada Signature Suite lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Here in the lounge, the outside world virtually disappears. It’s more like a private supper club, as only paid business-class passengers traveling on Air Canada flights are invited. Indeed, you feel as if you needed to …

Why Aircraft Deicing Makes Winter Flying Safer

Those who travel by air during the winter have undoubtedly seen this unusual dance before: trucks circling the aircraft spraying a strange orange-colored fluid, while passengers peer through the plane’s windows.
As your aircraft pushes back from the gate, you probably hear the captain announce, “Well folks, we’re just making a quick stop for deicing, and then we’ll be off.”
Deicing prevents a build-up of snow and ice on the plane’s wings …

Six Airlines at LaGuardia Airport to Relocate on Saturday

Six airlines at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, namely American, Delta, JetBlue, Alaska, Frontier, and Spirit, will move some or all of their operations on Saturday to other terminals at the airport.
Delta Air Lines, which currently operates from three terminals, the Marine Air Terminal as well as Terminals C and D, will consolidate operations to Terminals C and D.  This means that the historic Marine Air Terminal, which is …

The Frequent Flyer’s Guide to Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan MVP Gold 75K Status

Although I’ve long been a loyal Delta elite, given the recent expansion of Alaska’s route network following its acquisition of Virgin America in December 2016, I felt the time was right to see what the buzz was about at the Seattle-based carrier. Given my elite status at Delta and American however, I didn’t want to start out at the bottom of the barrel at Alaska.
There are multiple ways to earn …

American Airlines Flagship First New York-San Francisco – Flight Review

My first flight since joining Frequent Business Traveler was to be a good one: New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to San Francisco in American Airlines’ recently rebranded Flagship First. Our exalted editorial director graciously allowed me to fly in his usual seat, 1A, since he was not going on the flight anyway and there I was, going through the PreCheck line at JFK.
The line for PreCheck was moving surprisingly …

The Sisyphean Task of Designing a Faster and Better Boarding Process

The holy grail for airlines is to speed up boarding. Unlike deplaning, which tends to be fairly orderly albeit slow, boarding is an intrinsically slow process, somewhat akin to herding cats. With people traveling together who cannot be separated for even several moments, language barriers, people running late, people focusing on their mobile devices instead of getting seated, much about the boarding process will never change. In addition, for some …