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Lobby Bar – September 12: Goldilocks Sleeps Well, Catapulting Fruit, Comfort Crashing, and Overweight Aircraft

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The Lobby Bar – A Mockingly Deviant Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views
Time Compression. How much in-flight service can an airline squeeze into an hour-long flight? Jonathan Spira flies from New York to Montreal in Air Canada’s Business Class cabin, where he somehow consumes three meals and manages a four-hour nap in under 48 minutes. Fortunately, he wasn’t offered a thin mint.
Goldilocks and the three pillows. Christian Stampfer peruses …

British Airways to Launch A380 Superjumbo Service between San Francisco and London

British Airways to Launch A380 Superjumbo Service between San Francisco and London

British Airways said it will begin operating its San Francisco-London flights on an Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, next year.
The jumbo jet will go into service on the route in April 2015, marking the first time that an A380 serves this particular route.
BA currently operates the A380 on two routes, London-Los Angeles and London-Hong Kong.  It is adding A380 service to Washington, D.C. on October 2 and to …

British Airways Files for Patent on New Club World Business-Class Seats

British Airways Files for Patent on New Club World Business-Class Seats

British Airways has filed a patent for what appears to be the next version of its Club World business-class seat.
The patent, filed under application number GB1408877.7, is entitled “Aircraft passenger seating arrangement” and was filed by British Airways  on May 19 of this year. The file lists Nigel Good as the inventor. Good is associated with PriestmanGoode, a London-based design firm that specializes in the hospitality and aviation industries.
The airline …

Airlines Cancel Africa Flights Due to Ebola Outbreak

Airlines Cancel Africa Flights Due to Ebola Outbreak

Airlines flying to West Africa are cancelling some flights and offering travel waivers on others due to confirmed reports of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the area.
Earlier this week, British Airways said it had cancelled flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia, while Emirates Airline has suspended service to Guinea.  Delta Air Lines issued a travel waiver for Abuja, Nigeria; Conakry, Guinea; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Lagos, Nigeria; Monrovia, Liberia; and Port Harcourt, …

Low-Cost Carrier Dobrolet Grounded After EU Imposes Sanctions on Russia

Low-Cost Carrier Dobrolet Grounded After EU Imposes Sanctions on Russia

Aeroflot, the national flag carrier of Russia, announced Sunday that it was shutting down Dobrolet, a low-cost subsidiary of the airline, due to sanctions imposed upon Russia by the European Union on July 30.  Dobrolet began flying in May of this year.
The European sanctions were in response to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Until last week, Dobrolet had been the sole operator of flights between Moscow and Simferopol, a …

British Airways, Iberia to Cut Capacity as Revenue Climbs

British Airways, Iberia to Cut Capacity as Revenue Climbs

International Airlines Group announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.
The parent of British Airways and Iberia said that net profit rose to €280 million ($374.9 million), a 220% increase over the €127 million reported a year earlier.   Revenue was up 6.7% to €5.1 billion, and operating profit rose 55% to €380 million.
IAG CEO Willie Walsh announced plans to cut capacity across its network, “taking out frequencies where …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: August 2, 2014

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As another weekend quickly approaches, we bring to you the most important highlights from the past week.  Don’t forget to take a look at these engaging and informative news and features before you head to the beach this weekend:
1.) Jonathan Spira paid a visit to the health-conscious Even Hotel Rockville in Rockville, Maryland, earlier this week.  Join Jonathan as he enjoys a tasty but nourishing breakfast, samples the hotel’s signature …