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Biden Taps ‘Sully’ Sullenberger for Aviation Ambassadorship

Biden Taps ‘Sully’ Sullenberger for Aviation Ambassadorship

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was among the people named by President Joseph Biden as envoys and ambassadors.
Captain Sullenberger is best known for his role as pilot in command of US Airways Flight 1549 which, in 2009, ditched in the Hudson River off Manhattan’s West Side after both engines of the Airbus A320 were disabled by a birdstrike.  All 155 people on board survived and the story became the basis for …

Great Moments in Travel History – December 2020

December was the tenth month of the Roman calendar, and derives its name from decem, “ten” in Latin.  It is now the 12th and final month of the year, and in the Northern Hemisphere is associated with winter, multiple holidays, and New Year’s Eve. It
The Anglo-Saxons called both December and January – the entire winter solstice period – “Ġēolamōnaþ,” the Yule month. Indeed, many Yuletide customs observed by the historical Germanic …

News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Decade’s Headlines

Now that 2020 has arrived, it’s time to look back at the travel news from the past ten years.  After you read The Decade’s Biggest Travel News Stories, see how knowledgeable you are by taking our travel news quiz covering this period. You could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, Cunard, and TWA.
In our December 2019 quiz, the question about which city decided not …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2020

Although many believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, scholars believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, given that January is the start of the year and hence an opening to new things.
The month of January was created around 450 B.C.E. when the original ten-month Roman calendar was replaced by a 12-month calendar with January at the start.
January is …

The Decade’s Biggest Travel News Stories

Frequent Business Traveler and The Travelist reporters produced over 20,000 news stories and features in the 2010s, fulfilling our mission to be the most trusted source in travel journalism.
Whether you agree that the decade will end in a matter of days or has one more year to go, here are ten stories that nonetheless had a significant impact on travel during the past ten years.

No …

In Final Merger Milestone, American Moves Flight Attendants to Preferential Bidding System

All flight attendants at American Airlines will be using a new system to bid for trips for the month of May, as the airline completes one last step in its merger. The new program is called the preferential bidding system, or PBS.
“When fully implemented, these new systems will provide you with greater flexibility and simplicity in organizing your monthly schedules through a user-friendly, web-based platform, accessible anywhere in the …

30 Airlines That No Longer Exist from Pan Am and TWA to Wow Air and Hooters

In the past year or so, several airlines have gone out of business although none of them was a major player on the world’s airline stage. Wow Air, which ceased operations two weeks ago, and Primera, which shut down last October, had offered fares reminiscent of what People Express offered in the 1980s, namely $99 fares to Europe. Clearly that wasn’t and isn’t a sustainable business model.
But those carriers were …