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JetBlue to Inaugurate Mint Transcon Service Monday

JetBlue to Inaugurate Mint Transcon Service Monday

JetBlue Airways said its first transcontinental flight with Mint premium service will take place Monday.  The offering is designed to compete with first- and business-class service on American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United on flights linking New York City with Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The first JetBlue Mint flight will be between John F. Kennedy International and Los Angeles International Airports and, by August 3, all flights on that …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: June 14, 2014

Now that the weekend is here, it’s time for a travel break.  Catch up on five features and news stories you may have missed or not had time to read this week.
1.) Jonathan Spira visited Root Down at Denver International Airport.  With a retro decor and airport food that is in a class of its own, Root Down is definitely worth a visit if you’re passing through the Mile-High City.
2.) …

Lobby Bar – June 13: Oscar Meyer, Kublai Khan, FIFA, and Viktor Belenko

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When Harry Met Sally, Denver Edition.  Jonathan Spira made a pilgrimage to Root Down, the El Dorado of airport food.  While he still has some residual guilt from enjoying a Reuben that was not from Katz’s Deli, it was a damn good sandwich.
Invisible Cities.  United Airlines started a new route from San Francisco to the mysterious …

American Express Hires Renowned Chefs for New Centurion Lounges

American Express Hires Renowned Chefs for New Centurion Lounges

American Express announced that it has added two new executive chefs, Christopher Kostow and Cedric Vongerichten, to its Centurion Lounge culinary team. Kostow and Vongerichten will offer their services at the new lounges at San Francisco International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia International Airport, respectively, both of which are slated to open later this year.
Kostow is the head chef of the Restaurant at Meadowood in California’s Napa Valley, and has …

United Airlines San Francisco-Chengdu Inaugural Flight – Review

There are launch flights and there are launch flights. Some take place when an airline begins flying a route that is new to it but that others already operate or have previously serviced. Others are for a new aircraft type. In today’s age, however, it’s rare for an airline to launch a new route that no other carrier has ever flown before.
Such is the case with United Airlines and its …

United to Launch First Ever Non-Stop Service from U.S. to Chengdu

United to Launch First Ever Non-Stop Service from U.S. to Chengdu

United Airlines will launch service between San Francisco and Chengdu, China on Monday.  The route is the first-ever non-stop service from the North American continent to China’s fourth largest city.
The flight will also be the first time that a U.S. airline will fly from the United States to China beyond Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
Flights will depart San Francisco International Airport at 1:25 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and arrive …

A Pioneering Spirit: United to Make History with San Francisco-Chengdu, China Route

When United Flight 9 to Chengdu, China departs San Francisco International Airport on Monday, it will mark the joining of two cities, two countries, and two continents in a way that has never been done before.
Today, airlines add new service between city pairs on a weekly basis, but these are typically routes that have been flown before and are not exactly breaking new ground, unlike the way it was in …