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U.S. Airlines Prepare for a Turbulent Future

At first glance, it sounds like good news. Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill and promised the airline industry $50 billion in aid.
The $2 trillion economic stimulus act passed by Congress this week will unquestionably prevent a wave of layoffs but it won’t stave off permanent changes in how the industry will operate going forward. The aid will arrive in the form of up to $25 billion in payroll …

Coronavirus Rejiggers the List of the World’s Longest Flights

The arms race by airlines to operate the world’s longest flight came to a sudden halt after the coronavirus caused a significant retrenching in the number of flights operated worldwide.
More recently, however, with the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, it seems that airlines are tripping over each other to see who could announce the most suspensions, as countries sealed their borders left and right.
The ban on foreigners entering the United …

What the U.S. Travel Ban Means for Travelers

Companies in the travel industry rushed to respond to the new U.S. travel ban early Thursday after President Trump restricted travelers from 26 European countries for the next 30 days.
The ban goes into effect Friday at 11:59 p.m. EST.  Unlike what the administration first said, the ban applies only to people, not cargo.  The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland are both exempt from the ban.
The new restrictions will prevent …

Flight Review: WestJet Premium Class New York-LaGuardia – Toronto

With apologies to another North American airline, the friendly skies may also be found at WestJet, Canada’s second largest carrier. From my telephone call to the reservations center, where I spoke with an agent, Pam, who – despite my lack of status with the airline – treated me like a valued passenger and customer, to the gate agent with the engaging smile, it was a refreshing change.
My flight – a …

Adieu Terminal City: The Future JFK is Coming Soon

Now that the plans to redevelop John F. Kennedy International Airport as a more interconnected airport have been somewhat finalized, it’s important to look back at the airport’s first redevelopment in the 1950s as Terminal City.
While the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which assumed control of the airport in 1947, originally envisioned one large 55-gate terminal.  Larger airlines were against the idea as it would not allow …

British Airways Club Europe Business Class London-Munich – Flight Review

Until I started flying more often on oneworld airlines, I didn’t fully appreciate what British Airways had to offer in its Club Europe business-class offering – plus. I was wary about Heathrow’s Terminal 5, a facility that, as FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira doesn’t hesitate to point out, became functionally obsolete not long after its opening.
Adding to the excitement of my trip was an e-mail the night before departure from …

Airline Industry Prepares Travelers for Real ID

The U.S. airline industry is getting travelers ready for changes that are coming to identification requirements at the nation’s security checkpoints.  Starting October 1,travelers will need Real ID-compliant identification cards to board domestic flights.
Real ID establishes minimum standards and security enhancements for state-issued driver’s licenses.
The move comes even though many almost 100 million Americans do not have one. The deadline is unlikely to be postponed, even though the implementation of the …