Crossing the Pond: Assessing British Airways’ Competition in First and Business between London and New York

London Heathrow from the air

New York-London is one of the busiest markets for business travel. The route links two of the world’s most important financial hubs and it is also the busiest intercontinental route in the world. In 2012, over 3.6 million passengers flew from London Heathrow to New York.
The competitive nature of the route has made it necessary for airlines to continually practice one-upmanship, and this has resulted in the introduction of many …

Delta Profit Up 17% in Second Quarter

Delta Profit Up 17% in Second Quarter

Delta Air Lines announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014. The Atlanta-based airline reported a profit of $801 million, a year-over-year increase of 17%, or $116 million, from $685 million in the second quarter of 2013.
Revenue for the second quarter also increased year-over-year by 9%, or $772 million, to $9.266 billion. Passenger revenue per available seat mile, or Prasm, increased by 6% year-over-year.
Passenger traffic increased by 5% year-over-year …

Winners of 2014 GlobeRunner Awards Announced at Event in New York City


Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Lufthansa, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hertz, LOT Polish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, and Transaero Airlines have been named best in class by readers of Frequent Business Traveler.
At the 2014 GlobeRunner Awards presentation in New York City on Tuesday, Jonathan Spira, Frequent Business Traveler’s editorial director, announced the winners.  The awards honor the world’s top hotel groups, airlines, car rental agencies, travel websites, and more.  …

Delta 747 Makes Emergency Landing in Tel Aviv After Flaps Problem

Delta 747 Makes Emergency Landing in Tel Aviv After Flaps Problem

A New York-bound Delta Air Lines 747 declared an emergency shortly after takeoff from Ben Gurion Airport, and returned to Tel Aviv.
Delta Flight 469, with 370 passengers and 17 crew members on board, landed safely at Israel’s main international airport around 2:30 a.m. local time after the aircraft’s flaps failed to retract properly after takeoff.
Sources said the plane flew over the Mediterranean south of Cyprus for roughly 90 minutes,  dumped …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: July 12, 2014


As yet another week draws to a close, get ready to relax and unwind with this past week’s most engaging news and features.  Here are five stories you will want to take a closer look at this weekend.
1.) What are your biggest air travel pet peeves?  Take our survey and tell us what annoys you the most when flying.  The poll runs through August 20, and participants will have a …

Frequent Flyer Program Award Redemption Satisfaction: The Best and Worst for 2014


Most frequent flyers know from experience that not all airlines’programs are created equal.  Although these programs may seem similar at first glance, some actually fly high above the others when it comes to award redemption.
If you are wondering which program will offer the most opportunities to redeem your miles, take some advice from some of our highly experienced, well-traveled readers.  Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel …

Mid-Air Collision of 2 Commercial Jets Narrowly Averted over Houston

Mid-Air Collision of 2 Commercial Jets Narrowly Averted over Houston

Two commercial jets narrowly missed each other near a Houston airport, after air traffic controllers took steps to avert disaster Thursday night.
The incident, first reported by the Houston Chronicle, involved a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft and a Delta Air Lines Airbus A320 ten miles (16 kilometers) northeast of George Bush Intercontinental Airport shortly before 7 p.m.  The two planes came within 200’ (61 meters) vertically and one-half mile (0.8 …