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American Airlines Flagship First New York-Los Angeles – Flight Review

Last year, American Airlines rebranded its long-haul first-class service across the board. Flagship First – International is the new name for its international first-class service, while Flagship First – Transcontinental is the new name for transcon flights linking New York with San Francisco and Los Angeles operated on a special Airbus A321T subfleet.
As a Flagship First – Transcontinental passenger, my experience at JFK began at the Flagship First Check-In area, …

JFK Airport: Its Future as a ‘21st Century Transportation Hub’

On Thursday, New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, presented a $13 billion plan to fix John F. Kennedy International Airport and turn it into a “21st century transportation hub.”
“The transformation of JFK Airport… will ensure New York remains the nation’s front door to the world,” said the governor.
The plan calls for two new terminals, a $7 billion, 2.9 million square foot (270,000 square meter) terminal on the airport’s south side, and …

American Airlines Integrates Flight Attendant Operations, a Final Step in its Merger with US Airways

American Airlines completed its merger on October 1 when it achieved operational integration of its 27,000 flight attendants.
“It’s a huge milestone,” the company said in a memo to employees on Friday.
The integration effort, American said, required over 6.2 million hours to move the legacy US Airways crew members as well as legacy American Airlines flight attendants to the new flight crew operations system, called Flight Operating System or FOS, the …

Eight Years After Merger, United Airlines’ Flight Attendants to Work Together on Flights

United Airlines’ merger with Continental Airlines was announced on May 3, 2010 and the merger closed on October 1, 2010.
The merger created what was then the world’s biggest airline, with an unparalleled global network, nine hubs, and over 5,500 daily flights serving nearly 400 destinations.
But eight years later, the airline was still grappling with multiple issues including the integration of its workforce. United flight attendants continued to fly with other United flight …

World’s Busiest Airport? It’s Atlanta (Again)

While it may seem that airports are getting busier, that may not always be the case.
The world’s busiest airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International – saw close to 104 million passengers last year, allowing it to hold that title for yet another year.
Indeed, two of the world’s five busiest airports are in the United States – the other was Los Angeles International Airport – but the busiest, Atlanta, was slightly less …

Flying to Europe Has Never Been Cheaper: Here’s How to Book Budget-Priced Tickets

“It won’t get cheaper.”  That’s what ultra low-cost carrier Primera Air said in a recent ad campaign, advertising one-way fares to Europe of $99. Ninety-nine dollars was People Express territory in 1985, although that very same $99 would be approximately $219 in 2018 dollars.
Recently, Primera Air offered one-way fares to London from Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. of $63. To put this in perspective, this would be approximately $27 …

New Air France-KLM CEO Faces Strikes, Dissent in the Ranks As He Takes the Helm

It didn’t take long. Within hours of the announcement by Air France-KLM that its board had appointed Air Canada COO and president Ben Smith as CEO, union representatives fired a warning shot across the bow.
Smith, who will assume his duties no later than September 30, succeeds Jean-Marc Janaillac, who resigned in May after he failed to put an end to what seemed like an endless series of strikes at the …