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Qantas Debuts New Lounge at LAX

Qantas Debuts New Lounge at LAX

Qantas announced the opening of a new Qantas First Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday.
The lounge is outfitted with Carrara marbled floors and Tai Ping wool carpets from Hong Kong, and has American oak walls.
A 74-seat restaurant and bar is also located inside the lounge, and offers a seasonal menu with items like Black Angus steak with chipotle butter and lime, as well as Mexican, Korean, and Italian cuisine, …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: December 13, 2014


The weekend is here, which means that it’s a great time to catch up on key Frequent Business Traveler news and features from this past week.  Here are five stories that we think you’ll want to read.
1.) Paul Riegler gives us the scoop on the Executive Road Warrior Web Defender.  The free browser plug-in blocks known malware websites and helps keep your computer safe.
2.) An FBT raffle gives readers a …

China Airlines Boeing 777-300 Premium Business Class Flight 8, Taipei Taoyuan-Los Angeles – Review

China Airlines' new Boeing 777-300

Taipei-based China Airlines, founded in 1959, is Taiwan’s largest airline and the flag carrier of the tiny Republic of China. It has been serving North America non-stop since the 1970s, after introducing the Boeing 747SP.
After suffering at the hands of its competitors in recent years, the airline announced it would expand its fleet with the purchase of six Boeing 777-300 aircraft. The purchase was tied directly to a renovation plan, …

Hawaiian Airlines to Bring Back Some Seasonal California Routes

Hawaiian Airlines to Bring Back Some Seasonal California Routes

Hawaiian Airlines announced it will re-launch its summer seasonal service from both Los Angeles and Oakland, California, to the Hawaiian cities of Kalaoa and Lihue next year.  In addition, the carrier said it would add a second daily flight to its summer seasonal Los Angeles-Kahului, Maui service.
Beginning May 20, and running through August 24, 2015, Hawaiian will offer service between Los Angeles International Airport and Kona International Airport in Kalaoa …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: November 29, 2014


It’s Thanksgiving weekend, the guests are gone, the dishes are put away, and no one wants to hear the words “turkey fricassee.” Here are five stories you might have missed while basting the turkey.
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Sofitel Philadelphia, noting that a visit to a Sofitel anywhere in the world is also partially a visit to France. The combination of comfortable surroundings and excellent service make for a memorable …

American Airlines A321T First Class Flight 171 New York-Los Angeles – Review

A lie-flat bed in first on an A321T

Terminal 8, American’s home at John F. Kennedy International Airport, is quiet in the early morning hours. I arrived at 4:30 a.m. for a 6:00 a.m. departure to Los Angeles, and I was somewhat fatigued. Having flown transcon to New York a mere two days earlier, my internal clock was still askew, and the 3:50 a.m. wake up call did little to help. The early arrival was to usher in …

Lobby Bar – November 14: Cooking with Cars, Packages before People, and Throw-Back Friday


The Lobby Bar – A Mildly Falsified Summary of FBT News and Views
This way to zzzz.  Paul Riegler shares some tips for getting a good night’s sleep while traveling, including minimizing electronic use and switching eating habits.  You could also hire a FBT senior editor to visit your hotel room and sing a lullaby, but that option is quite pricey.  For a cheaper alternative, a junior editor can swing by …