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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 …

The Heathrow Express – Review

The Heathrow Express – Review

The Heathrow Express, which opened in 1998 after some five years of construction, may be one of the fastest ways to get from an outlying airport to a city center which, in this case, is London.
Backers of the project predicted that the Heathrow Express would remove as many as 3000 cars from the heavily congested M4 motorway that leads to London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR).
The overall Heathrow Express experience is superb.  …

Virgin America Flight 23, New York to San Francisco Review

Virgin America Flight 23, New York to San Francisco Review

Terminal 4 at New York’s JFK International Airport is the home to 40 airlines.  Over nine million passengers come through its portals each year, yet the terminal itself is spacious and airy and, most importantly, easy to navigate.
Virgin America’s check-in desk is tucked away in a corner past the main check-in area (memo to Virgin America, please install a bigger sign).  There is a dedicated line for First Class …

American Airlines Flight 179, New York to San Francisco

American Airlines Flight 179, New York to San Francisco

It was a public holiday, so the roads were empty at rush.  Most flights were full, but the American Airlines Terminal 8 seemed welcoming and peaceful.  I had printed a boarding pass before leaving and there were only two people ahead of me in the first class security line so my entire wait consisted of about two minutes.
Despite the lack of traffic, I had played my arrival time close to …

Lufthansa Flight 4758, London to Munich

Lufthansa Flight 4758, London to Munich

Admittedly, I arrived at London Heathrow’s Terminal One a bit late for my flight, 26 hours late to be exact.  I did have a good excuse, however: the 35 cm of snow at JFK that delayed my initial outbound flight.   London had snow as well, all flights were delayed, and my scheduled flight was not until 8 p.m. (I arrived in London around noon).  Despite the long lines everywhere, I …