US Airways

Lobby Bar – February 13: Editors in Underwear, Battery-Operated Wallets, and a Hotel for Amphibians

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Lobby Bar – A You-Can’t-Handle-the-Truth Summary of FBT News and Views 
Digital presents. Jonathan Spira flies in US Airways’ First Class cabin on his way to Atlanta. After alighting, he realized that he left his DSLR on his seat, but thanks to a responsive crew and friendly captain, it ended up back in Spira’s hands before long. When Spira uploaded the photos from the camera later, he found selfies from the …

American Airlines Jet Lands on Nose after Landing Gear Fails

American Airlines Jet Lands on Nose after Landing Gear Fails

A small passenger jet declared an emergency and made an emergency landing at a Houston airport late Monday after a problem with its landing gear.
American Airlines Flight 1825, operated by US Airways, was en route to George Bush Intercontinental Airport from Philadelphia late Monday when the pilot realized that the aircraft’s front landing gear had not deployed.
The aircraft, an Embraer 190 regional jet, landed safely after the plane made several …

US Airways First Class Flight 863 Charlotte-Atlanta – Review

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This is the story of a forgetful traveler, an awesome captain and first officer, and a one-hour delay, combined with a flight right before the Christmas holiday and impending major snowstorm.
Whether I am flying on business or just for fun, I am usually taking photographs and this flight was no exception.  My trip started with a flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport – my …

Great Moments in Travel History – February 2015

A Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental in Lufthansa livery

On February 1, 1859, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas opened its doors.  By the 1870s, the property was one of the best-known hotels in the American Southwest, and has since hosted such notable personalities as Theodore Roosevelt, Robert E. Lee, Dwight Eisenhower, Babe Ruth, Oscar Wilde, and William McKinley.  The hotel is still in operation today.
The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California opened on February 19, 1888.  …

Lobby Bar – January 30: Trans-Spatial Phone Calls, Talking with Strangers, and the Secret of Time Travel

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Lobby Bar – An Endearingly Falsified Summary of FBT News and Views
Calming cacophony. Jesse Sokolow spends some relaxing nights at the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York. There’s nothing quite like immersing yourself in a lodge in the woods, swimming in the serene outdoor pool, getting sensational 90-minute massages, and listening to the soothing sounds of the in-hotel bowling alley just below your room as you nod off to …

US Airways First Class Flight 749 New York-Charlotte – Review

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On the Tuesday just before the Christmas holiday, with a severe winter storm forecast for the Northeastern United States, and the holiday travel season already in full swing, I ignored my best instincts and traveled when everyone else is traveling.
This flight would be my first on US Airways, an airline now owned by American Airlines Group following the American-US merger in 2013, and an airline that will soon become a …

American Airlines to Save $1.3 Billion in Fuel Costs Compared to Rivals

American Airlines to Save $1.3 Billion in Fuel Costs Compared to Rivals

A decision made back in 2008 is saving American Airlines Group a lot of money in purchasing fuel, it turns out, and its fuel costs will be significantly lower in 2015 than those of its rivals, Delta Air Lines and United-Continental Holdings.
Back then, with crude oil prices having hit an all-time high of $147 in July that year, US Airways’ management team decided not to hedge their exposure to fuel …