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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 …

United Airlines Flight 890, Los Angeles to New York-JFK

United Airlines Flight 890, Los Angeles to New York-JFK

There are multiple options when it comes to flying from one coast to the other so, when I had the opportunity to check out United’s p.s. service on a recent flight from Los Angeles to New York, I jumped at the chance. I’ve flown United’s business class before, so I wanted to see what was different about the p.s. service.
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United offers first and business class passengers priority boarding in …

Blizzard Business Travel: JFK to Munich in 48 Hours

Blizzard Business Travel: JFK to Munich in 48 Hours

In good weather, the flight from New York (JFK) to Munich via London can take as little as 12 hours. In bad weather, the trip can stretch to perhaps 15 or 20 hours. But the storm that last week buried much of the East Coast of the United States in a blanket of snow shut down major airports, closed thousands of businesses, and left tens of thousands of …