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United Airlines to (Once Again) End Service at JFK Airport

United Airlines to (Once Again) End Service at JFK Airport

United Airlines, which famously ended service at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2015, is once again discontinuing operations there after a much heralded albeit brief return in March 2021.
In a memorandum to employees on Friday that was viewed by Frequent Business Traveler, the Chicago-based carrier said that it had had “constructive” conversations with the Federal Aviation Administration concerning the expansion of its presence at JFK. The FAA’s …

Hurricane Ian Wreaks Havoc in Florida, Leaves Two Million Without Power and Widespread Travel Disruptions

Hurricane Ian Wreaks Havoc in Florida, Leaves Two Million Without Power and Widespread Travel Disruptions

With power and phone lines out in many areas of Florida, a complete picture of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ian is still unclear.
Ian made landfall Wednesday afternoon near Fort Myers as a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds near 150 mph (241 km/h).
The National Hurricane Center said in a statement that a storm surge of 12 to 18’ (3.7 to 5.5 m) and destructive waves hit the southwest …

T-Mobile Adds United Airlines to ‘Coverage Beyond’ Program for Free In-Flight Wi-Fi

T-Mobile Adds United Airlines to ‘Coverage Beyond’ Program for Free In-Flight Wi-Fi

T-Mobile announced the extension of its free in-flight Wi-Fi offer to passengers traveling on select domestic and short-haul international flights operated by United Airlines.
The move, as part of the mobile operator’s Coverage Beyond program that is already available on select flights operated by American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. The service gives T-Mobile customers the ability to text, search, send and receive e-mail, and stream movies and videos …

United Airlines Threatens to Leave JFK (Again), This Time Over Takeoff and Landing Slots

United Airlines Threatens to Leave JFK (Again), This Time Over Takeoff and Landing Slots

United Airlines said Tuesday that it will end service at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport come October unless the Federal Aviation Administration grants it additional landing and departure slots.
In a letter to Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen last week, United CEO Scott Kirby urged the agency to increase the carrier’s capacity at JFK, according to an e-mail the airline sent to employees on Tuesday that was viewed by …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2022 Edition

September, the “harvest month” in Charlegmagne’s calendar, is still called Herbstmonat, the harvest month, in Switzerland.  The month marks the start of the meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the meteorological spring in the Southern.
The month of September gets its name from the Latin word for seven, septem. It was the seventh month in the oldest known Roman calendar in which March was the first month.
After January and February were added …

Travel Disruptions Won’t End This Summer as Airlines Cancel Thousands of Flights and Airports Extend Passenger Caps

Travel Disruptions Won’t End This Summer as Airlines Cancel Thousands of Flights and Airports Extend Passenger Caps

If you’re wondering whether the current chaos in the skies will dissipate come fall, it’s already possible to read the tea leaves or coffee grounds: Airlines are cancelling tens of thousands of flights and major foreign airports are continuing their caps on passenger numbers into at least November.
While it appears that the boom in travel took airlines and airports by surprise, it was widely predicted in the preceding months and …

United Airlines Puts Down $10M Deposit on Electric Air Taxis

United Airlines Puts Down $10M Deposit on Electric Air Taxis

United Airlines said it had paid $10 million as a deposit for its previous order for electric air taxis.  The deposit covers 100 of the flying machines, which have vertical takeoff and landing capabilities.
The Chicago-based airline last year agreed to order up to 200 of the flying taxis with an eye towards having the ability to ferry passengers to and from the airport with minimal environmental impact.
United will be the …