Articles in In Flight

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner – Virtual Tour and Review


Boeing almost didn’t build the Dreamliner. It saw the future of air travel as one in which planes would circumnavigate the world at close to the speed of sound and, accordingly, planned an aircraft called the Sonic Cruiser that could attain Mach 0.98. In part due to rising fuel costs at the turn of the century, airlines had something else in mind: long-range planes that were more fuel efficient and …

Smoking Ban on U.S. Flights Celebrates 25 Years


Today marks the 25th anniversary of the day on which smoking on U.S. domestic flights ceased.
On February 25, 1990, all U.S. domestic flights became no smoking, thanks to a law sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg and Representative Richard Durbin.
The bill passed despite the objections of tobacco-state lawmakers.
Former smoker Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey was the bill’s sponsor in the Senate in 1989. “The American people are overwhelmingly in …

Delta Shuttle First Class Flight 5939 New York LaGuardia – Chicago – Review


The storied Marine Air Terminal remains one of the easiest air terminals in New York City to both reach and get through although not all Delta Shuttle flights use it. The Delta Shuttle brand is used for the airline’s hourly shuttle service linking New York City with Logan International Airport in Boston, Reagan National near Washington, D.C., and O’Hare in Chicago, as well as between Los Angeles International and San …

US Airways First Class Flight 863 Charlotte-Atlanta – Review


This is the story of a forgetful traveler, an awesome captain and first officer, and a one-hour delay, combined with a flight right before the Christmas holiday and impending major snowstorm.
Whether I am flying on business or just for fun, I am usually taking photographs and this flight was no exception.  My trip started with a flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport – my …

Delta Air Lines First Class Flight 447 New York JFK-Atlanta – Review


The week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods of the year and the Tuesday that preceded the holiday was no exception. However, there’s no exemption when duty calls. A reluctant traveler, I arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 for my Delta flight to Atlanta expecting to find chaos but things were relatively orderly at 7:30 in the morning.
It took no time to go from …

US Airways First Class Flight 749 New York-Charlotte – Review


On the Tuesday just before the Christmas holiday, with a severe winter storm forecast for the Northeastern United States, and the holiday travel season already in full swing, I ignored my best instincts and traveled when everyone else is traveling.
This flight would be my first on US Airways, an airline now owned by American Airlines Group following the American-US merger in 2013, and an airline that will soon become a …

Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Inaugural Flight – Washington, D.C. – London, England


LONDON AND NEW YORK — Virgin Atlantic Airways, in October of 2014, was the first European airline to take delivery of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. That aircraft, Birthday Girl, is what I am flying in right now en route from London to Washington, D.C. The airline’s second 787-9, Dream Girl, was the airline’s launch vehicle from Washington, D.C. to London Heathrow on January 8, which marked my third flight on …