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American Express Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport – Review

Following changes in its relationship with both American Airlines and, to a lesser extent, Delta Air Lines, American Express began to build its own airport lounges with the goal of accommodating its best customers.
Now open at select locations, the Centurion Lounges, provide complimentary admission to American Express Platinum and Centurion cardmembers, and rival some of the best first-class lounges in existence. (American Express cardmembers with other American Express cards may …

Photo Essay: Sunrise, Sunset at Takeoff and Landing

There is something about flying off into the sunset that evokes feelings of adventure and change.  This may be a result of being imprinted by countless movie endings, where the hero rides off into a breathtaking sunset, or just an innate human characteristic.  Regardless, who amongst us isn’t moved by such a display of nature?
Whether you are or not, we can all agree that photos of planes flying into the …

Inside American Airlines’ Reservations System Merger

When American Airlines announced the date of the final US Airways flight last Friday, it represented the culmination of a long, hard-fought merger that beat the odds (and the anti-trust regulators at the Federal Trade Commission) and may go down in the history books as a model for the industry.
Since the two airlines merged at the end of 2013, they’ve had to consider multiple issues, some relatively mundane and some …

Transaero Airlines New York-Moscow Imperial Class – Flight Review

Most airlines call their first-class cabins on three-class flights “First Class,” a clear but somewhat uninspiring designation in today’s heavily branded world. A few airlines have loftier aspirations, but nothing stuck out in my mind as much as Transaero Airlines’ Imperial Class. I had seen photos of the first-class cabin and seats and read about the service on the airline’s website, even forming images of what royalty could expect on …

JFK Premium Transcon Market: One Competitor Bows Out, Sort Of

Four airlines – American, Delta, JetBlue, and United – have competed in the premium transcontinental flight market, offering flights that link New York City with San Francisco and Los Angeles with trappings that rival overseas flights.
The competition for first- and business-class passengers is nothing if not heated.
JetBlue is the upstart in the Gang of Four, having launched its Mint premium service last year.  Mint offers passengers a premium cabin with …

Behavior of Other Passengers Tops Pre-Flight Air Travel Pet Peeves

A quick visit to almost any major airport will confirm that flying is no longer glamorous. Many travelers refer to air travel as taking a bus in the sky, and being confined in a small space for multiple hours is not always going to bring out the best in everyone.
What, then, is the excuse for poor behavior at the airport?
Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, …

Photo Essay: Behind the Scenes in Transaero’s Imperial Class Kitchens

Transaero Airlines is the only Russian airline that offers an international first class cabin and service.  Available on flights to over a dozen cities, including Beijing, London, New York, Paris, Toronto, and Vladivostok, Imperial Class offers passengers a standard that is modeled after what Russia’s imperial families’ might practice today.
The meals served in Imperial Class on flights were designed by Dmitry Yeremeev, chef of one of the best restaurants in …