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Review: Final British Airways 747 Flight – London to New York on the Upper Deck

Heading to Heathrow Airport on a rainy evening in March, I had little idea that the flight I would board would not only be my last for many months, but that it would also be my last flight on a British Airways 747.  Perhaps more significantly, it would also be one of the final 747 passenger flights operated by the airline.
While I grew up flying on countless Pan Am 747s …

First Look: The New American Express Centurion Lounge at JFK

American Express opened what it calls its “flagship” Centurion Lounge on Friday in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and my initial impressions confirm that flagship is indeed the correct term.
At 15,000-square-foot (1,394-square-meter), the lounge is the largest operated by the company and it is spread over two levels.
After clearing security, instead of going down the escalator to the lower level, where most of the terminal’s airline lounges …

U.S. Airline Industry Set to Shrink Dramatically at Midnight If Funding Doesn’t Materialize

After years of growth, the airline industry is set shrink in size, an unprecedented move that dwarfs the cutbacks that followed the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Thousands of jobs will be cut starting at the stroke of midnight on Thursday when the protections put into place by the Cares Act, which funded the loans and grants, runs out, yet workers are hoping that some form of funding materializes before the clock …

American CEO: ‘We Need Laws, Not Bills’ that Extend Payroll Support for the Airline Industry

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is an optimist.  Despite the odds, he believes there’s still hope, despite just a few days until a crucial October 1 deadline for the airline industry, to get additional payroll support from the federal government.
It’s on that day that tens of thousands of airline employees – from pilots to gate agents to flight attendants – will be laid off amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in …

U.S. Airline Industry Set to Cut Tens of Thousands of Jobs This Week Amidst Pandemic-Induced Downturn

The U.S. airline industry is currently facing its worst crisis since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks.  The coronavirus pandemic, which initially resulted in billions of dollars in grants and loans to the airlines to keep workers on the payroll, has decimated travel and people are not returning to the skies in droves as had been predicted just a few months ago.
As a result, the industry is set …

Interview with United Airlines’ Aaron McMillan: Will In-Airport Covid-19 Testing Jumpstart Travel?

The relatively few people who wish to travel today face a constantly shifting maze of rules and regulations when it comes to restrictions on crossing state and international borders.
To combat the spread of the coronavirus and entice people to return to travel amidst a coronavirus pandemic induced travel slump, governments and companies in the travel industry alike have floated numerous ideas to facilitate entry.
In many respects, it appears that everyone …

The Clock is Ticking for Lawmakers to Save Airline Jobs and the U.S. Airline Industry

While Congress moved with great speed and alacrity to approve emergency funding for the airline industry in March, just as the industry was beginning to feel the effects of the massive coronavirus pandemic-induced drop in travel, it is moving in a dilatory fashion to assist the industry now that unprecedented damage has been done.
Six months later, government intervention may be the only way to preserve hundreds of thousands of jobs …