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Review: United’s First Polaris Lounge, Chicago O’Hare International Airport

In advance of its first-ever Polaris Lounge’s formal opening the following day, United Airlines held a media preview on Wednesday.
Located in Terminal 1, Concourse C at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the cavernous lounge (it’s 12,782 square feet or 1,187 square meters) will be open to passengers traveling in the airline’s Polaris cabin starting December 1.
Polaris, also known as the North Star, is the brightest star in the constellation of Ursa …

Task Force: Lack of Communication and Personnel Training Contributed to Panicked Evacuation of JFK in August

A joint task force that reviewed panicked evacuations of several terminals following false reports of shots being fired at John F. Kennedy International Airport in August said Monday that poor communication, a lack of training, and poor interagency coordination were the primary contributors.
On the night of August 14, a wave of panic spread across JFK starting at Terminal 8, which was evacuated by passengers acting on their own at 9:30 …

Alaska Airlines First Class Washington, D.C. – Los Angeles – Flight Review

Once again in the nation’s capital, once again there with Alaska Airlines. My assignment three weeks ago was to be the first writer at Frequent Business Traveler to review an Alaska Airlines flight. My assignment three weeks hence was to write the second.
I arrived at Terminal C at Washington Reagan National Airport at 8 a.m., ready for my flight home to Los Angeles. Given that it was early morning on …

Review: Delta First Class New York JFK – Detroit: My First 717 Flight

Finally, I got to fly on a Boeing 717.
I last tried in June on a flight to Atlanta that was inexplicably upgauged to a much larger Boeing 767-300 and a previous attempt saw an equipment substitution due to a mechanical issue. However, there I was, in Terminal 2 at JFK, about to experience the unusual jet for the first time.
After inconsequential contretemps with a surly TSA agent in the PreCheck …

JetBlue Mint Boston-Los Angeles Launch Flight – Review

The so-called premium transcon routes that link New York City with both Los Angeles and San Francisco have long been among the most competitive and busiest in the nation.
They are so named because the leading airlines operating them offer cabins and service that rival overseas flights in amenities and comfort.
American Airlines brought the United States into the jet age in 1959 with non-stop service between New York and Los Angeles …

New FBT Survey: Rate Your Favorite Airline

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a frequent flyer. Indeed, air travel is the most efficient and convenient means of getting from point A to point B.
However, both air travel and the airlines are far from perfect and that’s where the AirTravel2016 survey comes in.
Here is your opportunity to rate the airlines you fly on the most and to provide direct feedback in the form of comments and suggestions for …

Today’s Low Airfares to Europe? Thank Low Fuel Prices, Sir Freddie, and a Viking Named Bjørn

The fare wars are on and you can thank cheap fuel and a dramatic increase in competition for them. Channeling the ghost of Sir Freddie Laker who, in the 1970s pioneered jet age “no frills” international flights, numerous low-cost carriers, including Ryanair of Ireland, have brought affordable travel to the masses across the globe. Southwest Airlines, now the second largest airline in the world by number of passengers carried, has …