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JetBlue CEO Barger to Retire

JetBlue CEO Barger to Retire

JetBlue Airways said that its CEO, Dave Barger, will retire in February and that Robin Hayes, the airline’s president, will succeed him.
Mr. Barger will continue on the company’s board of directors until February 2015 and Mr. Hayes will join the board at that time.
The incoming CEO is a former British Airways executive who became JetBlue’s president in 2013, with responsibility for the airline’s operations and commercial activities.  He previously served …

United Airlines BusinessFirst P.S. Flight 642 New York-San Francisco – Review

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Three airlines, American, Delta, and United, dominate the premium transcontinental market, with flights linking New York City with San Francisco and Los Angeles, and a relative newcomer, JetBlue, is making significant headway as well. The competition for business- and first-class passengers on these flights is heated and service on these flights, especially in the premium cabins, is much more along the lines of an international flight.
We last reviewed United’s p.s., …

Virgin Atlantic to Add Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi

Virgin Atlantic to Add Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi

Virgin Atlantic said it plans to offer passengers in-flight Internet service under an agreement announced Wednesday with in-flight Internet provider Gogo.  Virgin Atlantic will be the first European carrier to offer the Gogo service.
The airline will also be the second carrier to offer Wi-Fi on the highly competitive New York-London route.  American Airlines is currently the only airline offering in-flight Internet access on the route.
Virgin Atlantic will install Gogo’s 2Ku …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 13, 2014

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It’s the weekend.  Once again, it’s a good time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler news and features that you may not have had time to read over the past week.  Here are five stories that are worth putting on your reading list:
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Louis Hotel in Munich, Germany.  The hotel was difficult to locate but the good food and service and a prime location in …

Air Canada Business Class Flight 7461 New York LaGuardia – Montreal, Canada

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Air Canada was, until recently, the only major North American carrier I had never flown on, despite many trips to our neighbor to the north. Resolved to remedy this oversight, I opted to fly my third trip to London in 2014 via Montreal. Going non-stop would have been just too easy.
Arriving for my first international flight ever from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, at check-in, I was greeted by an Air …

JAL to Launch Nagoya-Bangkok, Osaka-Los Angeles Routes, Reduce Flights from Tokyo Narita

JAL to Launch Nagoya-Bangkok, Osaka-Los Angeles Routes, Reduce Flights from Tokyo Narita

Japan Airlines announced changes to its schedule for the second half of the fiscal year.  The airline plans to launch new flights as well as operate different aircraft on select routes.  The carrier also said it will introduce its JAL Sky Suite on various flights, and decrease the number of flights to several destinations from Tokyo Narita.
On December 20, Japan Airlines will launch new daily service between Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair …

Virgin Atlantic to Increase Transatlantic Offerings, Discontinue Service to Narita, Mumbai, and Cape Town

Virgin Atlantic to Increase Transatlantic Offerings, Discontinue Service to Narita, Mumbai, and Cape Town

Virgin Atlantic announced multiple changes to its schedule including the discontinuation of service to several major cities.
Virgin will add an extra daily flight between London Heathrow and both New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles.  In addition, the airline will add an additional seasonal flight between Heathrow and Miami during the winter, as well as an additional flight to San Francisco and Atlanta during the summer.
Virgin will also …