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Auf Wiedersehen Tegel, The Airport That Wouldn’t Die Quietly

Tegel. Just saying the name conjures up an overcrowded and congested airport experience that is Germany’s fourth busiest.  That is, until now.
Amidst the opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brand on October 31, Berlin Tegel Otto Lilienthal will say “Auf Wiedersehen” to its last flight on November 8.
Regular flights ended November 7, but Air France will operate the final flight from the historic airport on November 8, 60 years after …

Berlin’s ‘Ghost’ Airport Finally Opens, Billions Over Budget and 9 Years Late

Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt will – hold your breath – open its doors to passengers on October 31, 2020.    No, this isn’t our April 1 edition: This time, BER will really open, or so it would appear.
The aerodrome has been under construction for over 14 years, it is nine years past its original opening date, and it is more than $4 billion over budget. Every month, it costs several …

The Return of the World’s Longest Flight

In the days, months, and years before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, airlines vied to be the operator of “the world’s longest flight.” The coronavirus put a stop to that as airlines drastically cut back on flying.
Indeed, restrictions on travel led to some oddities, such as a period of time when Air Tahiti Nui, a French carrier based in Tahiti with a fleet of four Boeing 787 Dreamliners, operated …

Review: Final British Airways 747 Flight – London to New York on the Upper Deck

Heading to Heathrow Airport on a rainy evening in March, I had little idea that the flight I would board would not only be my last for many months, but that it would also be my last flight on a British Airways 747.  Perhaps more significantly, it would also be one of the final 747 passenger flights operated by the airline.
While I grew up flying on countless Pan Am 747s …

First Look: The New American Express Centurion Lounge at JFK

American Express opened what it calls its “flagship” Centurion Lounge on Friday in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and my initial impressions confirm that flagship is indeed the correct term.
At 15,000-square-foot (1,394-square-meter), the lounge is the largest operated by the company and it is spread over two levels.
After clearing security, instead of going down the escalator to the lower level, where most of the terminal’s airline lounges …

U.S. Airline Industry Set to Shrink Dramatically at Midnight If Funding Doesn’t Materialize

After years of growth, the airline industry is set shrink in size, an unprecedented move that dwarfs the cutbacks that followed the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Thousands of jobs will be cut starting at the stroke of midnight on Thursday when the protections put into place by the Cares Act, which funded the loans and grants, runs out, yet workers are hoping that some form of funding materializes before the clock …

American CEO: ‘We Need Laws, Not Bills’ that Extend Payroll Support for the Airline Industry

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is an optimist.  Despite the odds, he believes there’s still hope, despite just a few days until a crucial October 1 deadline for the airline industry, to get additional payroll support from the federal government.
It’s on that day that tens of thousands of airline employees – from pilots to gate agents to flight attendants – will be laid off amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn in …