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Delta Shuttle First Class New York LGA Washington DCA – Review

Delta Shuttle First Class New York LGA Washington DCA – Review

The Marine Air Terminal at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport is the only air terminal in operation that dates back to the days of the flying boat, seaplanes that were the mainstay of aviation in the late Thirties and early Forties.
The terminal itself eventually fell into disrepair and was renovated twice, first in the Sixties to be used for private aviation and then in anticipation of the 1985 launch of …

Delta BusinessElite Flight 1565 New York-JFK San Francisco – Review

Delta BusinessElite Flight 1565 New York-JFK San Francisco – Review

Terminal 2 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport opened in 1962 and was used by Northeast Airlines, Braniff, and Northwest Airlines until Pan American World Airways took it over following the demise of Northeast and Braniff.
Following Pan Am’s demise it was taken over by Delta Air Lines, as was the Pan Am Worldport next door.  First- and business-class passengers as well as SkyMiles Medallion and SkyTeam Elite Plus …

Continental BusinessFirst New York EWR Tokyo Flight 79 – Review

Continental BusinessFirst New York EWR Tokyo Flight 79 – Review

Newark Liberty International Airport is the New York area’s busiest in terms of flights and it is a major hub for United-Continental.  It’s also the airport the furthest distance from my residence.
There is nothing like leaving home with plenty of time to catch a flight, and watching your car’s navigation system predict your arrival to be 15 minutes after your flight will have departed.
Luckily, I had arranged for Gateway Special …

Air France 7184 Brussels-Midi-Zuid to Paris Charles de Gaulle SNCF French Rail TGV Review

Air France 7184 Brussels-Midi-Zuid to Paris Charles de Gaulle SNCF French Rail TGV Review

When I booked the leg of my trip that would take me from Brussels to Paris so I could fly home on board Air France’s Airbus A380 to New York’s JFK airport, my Air France “flight” never left the ground.  Rather, it is an Air France code share with SNCF French Rail, which operates the TGV.
The TGV, Train à Grand Vitesse in French or high-speed train, capable of going as …

Munich Airport VIP Wing – Review

Munich Airport VIP Wing – Review

Air travel – and airports – once were indeed glamorous, but today, long security lines, crowded airline lounges, and indifferent staff make that image seem like another world.
It is possible, however, to recapture some of that glamour – for a small fee.  Airports in cities from London (Heathrow) to Singapore (Changi) to Munich offer a very different arrival and/or departure experience for those willing to foot the bill.
This past June, …

ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner Tokyo Haneda to Okayama – My First Flight and Review

ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner Tokyo Haneda to Okayama – My First Flight and Review

ANA is the first airline in the world to fly the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  To celebrate, the airline’s first two Dreamliners received a special livery that features the numbers 787 painted in large bold numerals on the front of the fuselage.
By the end of 2012, ANA expects to have 20 Dreamliners in its fleet and it will have a total of 55 by 2018.  They will be configured in …

Delta First Class New York JFK to Phoenix Flight 1481 Review

Delta First Class New York JFK to Phoenix Flight 1481 Review

Pan Am’s Worldport, which opened in 1960 at the John F. Kennedy International Airport (then Idlewild) in New York, was a harbinger of the jet age.  Terminal 3, as it is known today, is used by Delta Air Lines for many of its international flights.
Since I hadn’t flown out of Terminal 3 since Pan Am’s days, I checked with the experts at the Delta forum on FlyerTalk, where several recommended …