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United to Renovate Terminal C at Newark Hub

United to Renovate Terminal C at Newark Hub

United Airlines announced plans for a $120 million upgrade to its terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday.  Terminal C is one of the busiest air passenger terminals in the nation, handling roughly 20 million passengers per year.
When complete, the refurbished terminal will have 55 new restaurants, numerous new retail shops, 6,000 iPads for use by passengers, and 10,000 electrical outlets for charging personal electronic devices.
OTG, which is managing …

SkyWest to Move to All-Jet Fleet

SkyWest to Move to All-Jet Fleet

SkyWest Airlines announced plans to transition its fleet from a mixture of turboprop planes and jets to an all-jet fleet.
The St. George, Utah-based airline announced plans retire its entire Embraer 120 Brasilia turboprop fleet by the summer of 2015.  The move comes as a result of “increased costs and additional challenges associated with new FAR117 flight and duty rules,” the company said in a statement.
In addition to making changes to …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: November 15, 2014

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The weekend is finally here. 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 might be of interest to you.
1.) Jesse Sokolow reviews the 2015 Lexus RC 350 that develops 306 peak horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle offers vibrant color schemes, a luxurious …

United Announces Changes to MileagePlus Premier Qualification Requirements

United Announces Changes to MileagePlus Premier Qualification Requirements

United Airlines announced it was raising one of its requirements for elite status, effective for the 2016 calendar year.
On Thursday, the Chicago-based airline said it would raise its Premier Qualification Dollar, or PQD, requirement for earning Premier status.  Meeting PQD thresholds was first added to qualify for elite status for 2015.   PQDs measure a member’s annual spending on United flights.
The PQD requirement for Premier Silver members will increase from $2,500 …

United Airlines Load Factor Drops in October

United Airlines Load Factor Drops in October

United Airlines announced operational results for October 2014.
The Chicago-based carrier said its consolidated traffic and capacity were both slightly up year-over-year, while its load factor declined slightly.
Total system traffic was 17.04 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, up 0.4% from October 2013.  Meanwhile, total capacity was up by 0.7% to 20.86 billion available seat miles, or ASMs.
The airline’s consolidated load factor was 81.9%, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points from …

Lobby Bar – October 24: Talking with Strangers, Unhappy Campers, and Forsaken Bodies of Water

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The Lobby Bar – A Slightly Better-Than-Average Summary of FBT News and Views
Guys? It’s me, Bond. Jeremy Del Nero (that’s me!) dons a Moto 360 smartwatch in an attempt to become James Bond. While I can now shoot lasers out of my left wrist, I seem to be missing out on the hordes of women who should be throwing themselves at me.
Swapperoo. Paul Riegler goes on a Safari with Apple’s …

United to Launch Four New Routes this Month

United to Launch Four New Routes this Month

United Airlines announced it will begin four new routes next week.
On October 26, the carrier will begin new service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.  The flights will operate six times a week, using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft configured with 48 seats in first class, and 204 in economy, including 88 in United Economy Plus, the airline’s premium economy lite section.  The new Los Angeles-Melbourne route will be the carrier’s …