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Exclusive Interview: American Airlines Officials Discuss Boeing, Airbus Deal

Exclusive Interview: American Airlines Officials Discuss Boeing, Airbus Deal

Yesterday, after weeks of speculation, American Airlines announced the largest ever order for new aircraft.  Would it be Boeing? Or perhaps Airbus? In the end, it turned out to be both.  With one of the oldest fleets among major U.S. carriers, American’s ambitious five-year fleet renewal plan meant that no one manufacturer could deliver within the airline’s timeline.
According to American Airlines executives we spoke with, the deal “was literally signed …

Delta Opens New Sky Club Lounge at LaGuardia

Delta Opens New Sky Club Lounge at LaGuardia

Airline lounges offer the business traveler a respite from the hustle and bustle of the airport terminal and many lounges offer private meeting rooms and Internet access in addition to drinks, snacks, comfortable seating, and relative peace and quiet.
Delta operates over 40 Sky Club lounges in cities around the world, including two at New York’s La Guardia airport.  I visited the new SkyClub there shortly after its opening before departing …

Delta Flight 781 New York LGA to Atlanta First Class – Review

Delta Flight 781 New York LGA to Atlanta First Class – Review

With 24 million passengers passing through its doors in 2010, LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York City is the busiest airport in the U.S. that doesn’t provide non-stop service to Europe.  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the world’s busiest, with 88 million passengers. On a typical day, Delta Airlines has 32 or more flights going between the two airports.
Since I printed my boarding pass at home, I proceeded directly …

Lufthansa Airbus A380 Flight 400 Frankfurt to New York Review

Lufthansa Airbus A380 Flight 400 Frankfurt to New York Review

Frankfurt Airport is by far Germany’s busiest airport and reportedly serves more international destinations than any other airport in the world.  It is also a major hub for Lufthansa Airlines, which is one of just a few select airlines that fly the double-decker Airbus A380, the world’s largest airliner.
One month ago, Lufthansa started its scheduled A380 flights to the U.S., flying the aircraft from Frankfurt to New York’s John F. …

Lufthansa FlyNet In-Flight Internet Review and Test Drive

Lufthansa FlyNet In-Flight Internet Review and Test Drive

The aircraft cabin, until recently, was considered a kind of sanctum, where one could escape the bombardment of e-mail, instant messages, tweets, Facebook notifications, and text messages.
This report, however, was filed today from seat 3C on board a scheduled Lufthansa flight from New York (EWR) to Frankfurt (FRA).  Flight 485 took off today shortly after 10 p.m. and once we reached 10,000 feet, I took out my laptop …

Vote for the 2011 Global Airline Alliance of the Year

Vote for the 2011 Global Airline Alliance of the Year

The three largest passenger airline alliances are oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance.  As most business travelers know, alliances provide extended networks on which they can earn miles and be recognized (with some limitations) for their status.   Which is the best alliance in your opinion?
Oneworld covers over 870 destinations in 146 countries, with over 9,300 daily flights and 335 million passengers annually.  SkyTeam flies to 898 destinations in 169 countries with …

American Airlines Flight 132, New York-JFK to London-Heathrow Review

American Airlines Flight 132, New York-JFK to London-Heathrow Review

One of the best times to leave New York for a trans-Atlantic flight is after the rush hour period at New York’s JFK airport. American’s Flight 132 typically departs at 9:30 or 9:40 p.m., so everything from the security lines to the take-off queue is much lighter than one would find for a flight leaving at 6 or 7 p.m.  My departure time was 9:35 p.m. and, when I arrived …