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The Transcontinental Flight Turns 100

The Transcontinental Flight Turns 100

The transcontinental flight, or transcon, turned 100 today.  The Vin Fiz Flyer (pictured), a Wright EX biplane, was named after a grape-flavored soft drink of the time.  It departed Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn at 4:30 p.m. on September 17, 1911 and landed in Long Beach, California on December 10.  It was piloted by Calbraith Perry Rodgers, who navigated across the U.S. by following a train, the Vin Fiz Special, which …

Air France A380 New York JFK to Paris Affaires Business Class Review

Air France A380 New York JFK to Paris Affaires Business Class Review

Four airlines occupy Terminal 1 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, including Air France, which currently operates four flights to Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris daily. A fifth flight is operated by Delta Air Lines as a code share with Air France.
One of the flights is AF007, which is an Airbus A380 route. Air France was a launch customer for this particular aircraft, which debuted …

American Expands Benefits for West Coast Flights on JAL; JAL to Add Boston Gateway

American Expands Benefits for West Coast Flights on JAL; JAL to Add Boston Gateway

American Airlines is offering the following ways to earn and redeem AAdvantage miles when flying on fellow oneworld alliance member JAL from West Coast gateways in North America to Tokyo and beyond, through Feb. 29, 2012.
Earn double AAdvantage miles flying nonstop on JAL on purchased, published business-class fares between Vancouver and Tokyo. Register at AA.com/offers using bonus code JLYVR.
Earn double AAdvantage miles flying nonstop JAL routes between Tokyo and select …

JetBlue and Jet Airways Launch Interline Service

JetBlue and Jet Airways Launch Interline Service

JetBlue Airways and Indian carrier Jet Airways have announced a new interline agreement for flights from JetBlue domestic destinations to Brussels, Belgium, and then on to India.
Jet Airways flies daily non-stop from New York’s JFK and Newark Airports to its European hub in Brussels. From Brussels airport, Jet Airways flies non-stop to Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai. In India, Jet Airways’ domestic network comprises 53 cities, including Bangalore, Kolkata, Goa, and …

American Airlines Gogo Entertainment On Demand In-Flight Streaming Video Review

American Airlines Gogo Entertainment On Demand In-Flight Streaming Video Review

This summer, American Airlines became the first airline in North America to offer Entertainment On Demand in-flight streaming video. The new technology, powered by Gogo, enables customers to wirelessly stream content such as movies and TV shows from an in-flight library to select Wi-Fi-enabled laptops during flights. I recently tested American Airlines Entertainment on Demand in-flight streaming video on AA flight 179 from New York’s JFK airport to San Francisco (SFO).  …

American Airlines Business Class Flight 20 San Francisco to New York JFK Review

American Airlines Business Class Flight 20 San Francisco to New York JFK Review

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the tenth busiest airport in the U.S. and the 12th largest in the world.   Among its many unusual amenities are the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum and  the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library.  I arrived a couple of hours early at SFO’s Terminal 2 for my 3 p.m. flight.  Short queues at both business-class check-in and the Priority Access security lane took about …

Vino Volo Wine Lounge, Restaurant, and Wine Shop San Francisco Airport Review

Vino Volo Wine Lounge, Restaurant, and Wine Shop San Francisco Airport Review

Looking for something different to do before boarding a recent American Airlines flight out of SFO’s Terminal 2, I headed to Vino Volo, the wine lounge, restaurant and boutique wine shop, located opposite the American Airlines Admirals Club lounge, just after security. Branches of the Vino Volo chain can be found at airports in cities including Baltimore, Detroit, Newark, Washington, D.C.  (Dulles), New York (JFK), Oakland, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Seattle, …