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United Airlines Flight Attendants to Picket for Joint Contract at 20 Airports

United Airlines Flight Attendants to Picket for Joint Contract at 20 Airports

The Association of Flight Attendants, the union that represents the 24,000 United Airlines flight attendants, called for a “Day of Action” with protests will take place at airports around the globe on Thursday, January 21. The union is asking management to complete both contract negotiations and its merger with Continental Airlines and Continental Micronesia.
United and Continental merged in 2010. Flight attendants from both airlines, however, continue to work separately, as …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2016

A 747 taking off from Los Angeles International Airport

Christopher Columbus concluded one of the first transatlantic business trips on January 15, 1493, when he began his return trip to Spain, after crossing the Atlantic westward in 1492.
On January 7, 1785, the English Channel was traversed by air for the first time, when Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries flew across the Channel from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France, in their hydrogen-filled balloon.
On January 1, 1888, …

Decision of Third Heathrow Runway Delayed

Decision of Third Heathrow Runway Delayed

The battle over plans to expand London’s airports continues. The British government last week said it was postponing a decision on where it will expand airport capacity in the London area until the middle of 2016 and asked for additional studies that would look at air quality, noise, and other environmental concerns.
Earlier this year, the Airports Commission had recommended that the government approve a third runway at Heathrow, declining to …

Delta Air Lines Arrivals Lounge London Heathrow – Review

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Delta now offers passengers arriving in London an arrivals lounge befitting the level of service it offers in Delta One. With the relocation of multiple U.S.-origin flights from Terminal 4 to Terminal 3 as part of its partnership with Virgin Atlantic (which also uses Terminal 3 and has its Upper Class Clubhouse – which Jonathan Spira reviewed in April 2014 – for outbound passengers) Delta opted to open its own …

Air Canada to Increase Service on Vancouver-London Route

Air Canada to Increase Service on Vancouver-London Route

Air Canada announced it will launch an additional seasonal daily service on its Vancouver-London route next summer. In addition, the carrier said that it would move up the launch date for its new Vancouver-Brisbane, Australia service, with flights now set to launch on June 1, 2016, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled.
The airline’s second daily flight between Vancouver and London will depart Vancouver International Airport at 9:10 p.m. and arrive …

British Airways to Offer First Class on London-San Diego Route

British Airways to Offer First Class on London-San Diego Route

British Airways announced it will begin operating a Boeing 777-300 on its route between London Heathrow and San Diego International Airport beginning March 27 of next year.  The aircraft is outfitted with four cabins, including a first-class cabin.
This will be the first time first class will be available on the carrier’s London-San Diego route.  Currently, British Airways operates a three-class 777-200 between the two cities.  The 777-300 will be able …

British Airways to Begin San Jose, California-London Flights

British Airways to Begin San Jose, California-London Flights

British Airways announced that it plans to launch new service between Mineta San Jose International Airport  and London Heathrow on May 4, 2016.  San Jose will be the airline’s fourth destination in the state of California, after Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.
The service will be the first regularly scheduled non-stop to the United Kingdom from San Jose.  British Airways plans to use its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft …