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Delta First Class New York JFK to Phoenix Flight 1481 Review

Delta First Class New York JFK to Phoenix Flight 1481 Review

Pan Am’s Worldport, which opened in 1960 at the John F. Kennedy International Airport (then Idlewild) in New York, was a harbinger of the jet age.  Terminal 3, as it is known today, is used by Delta Air Lines for many of its international flights.
Since I hadn’t flown out of Terminal 3 since Pan Am’s days, I checked with the experts at the Delta forum on FlyerTalk, where several recommended …

The Transcontinental Flight Turns 100

The Transcontinental Flight Turns 100

The transcontinental flight, or transcon, turned 100 today.  The Vin Fiz Flyer (pictured), a Wright EX biplane, was named after a grape-flavored soft drink of the time.  It departed Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn at 4:30 p.m. on September 17, 1911 and landed in Long Beach, California on December 10.  It was piloted by Calbraith Perry Rodgers, who navigated across the U.S. by following a train, the Vin Fiz Special, which …

Delta Air Lines and Brazil’s GOL to Expand Partnership

Delta Air Lines and Brazil’s GOL to Expand Partnership

Delta Air Lines, a member of the SkyTeam alliance, and Brazilian carrier GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes have agreed to expand their partnership.
Delta plans to invest $100 million in GOL, which has 40%  of the Brazilian air travel market. The enhanced alliance will provide passengers with improved benefits, including frequent flier awards and recognition of elite status as well as airport lounge access.
Demand for flights between the U.S. and Brazil is …

Delta Cutting International Routes

Delta Cutting International Routes

Delta Air Lines announced it will discontinue several routes from Atlanta and New York.  The canceled routes from Atlanta are Athens, Greece; Copenhagen, Denmark; Moscow, Russia; Prague, Czech Republic; Shanghai, China; and Tel Aviv, Israel.  Flights from New York that are being halted include Manchester, U.K.; Budapest, Hungary; and Berlin, Germany.
The Atlanta-Shanghai route had been cut back and then discontinued in 2009, but resumed last year with just two flights …

Boeing Deals With Air India, Lion Air, and Emirates Not Without Controversy

Boeing Deals With Air India, Lion Air, and Emirates Not Without Controversy

Boeing landed two megadeals this week and, based on similar recent deals, they may attract more than their share of controversy.
In July, American Airlines ordered 460 planes,  but divided the order between Boeing and Airbus, stating that neither aircraft maker could provide 460 planes in the desired time frame. There was some amount of protectionist and quasi-jingoistic sentiment expressed both in online aviation-related forums such as FlyerTalk.com and the U.S. business press …

Delta, United Continental, Launch New Enhanced Economy Options

Delta, United Continental, Launch New Enhanced Economy Options

Delta Air Lines and United Continental announced new enhanced economy class options for passengers.
Delta Airlines announced that its Economy Comfort seats will be available starting December 1 for transcontinental flights between New York (JFK) and San Francisco or Los Angeles.  This is the first domestic deployment of Economy Comfort.  The new seats have four inches of additional legroom and can recline as much as 50% more than standard seats.
United Continental …

TSA to Expand PreCheck Trusted Traveler Program to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airports

TSA to Expand PreCheck Trusted Traveler Program to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airports

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will expand its PreCheck trusted traveler program to three additional airports, namely Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Las Vegas – McCarran International Airport (LAS), and Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP).
Under the current program, travelers are able to forgo some of the banalities of checkpoint searches, including taking off shoes and jackets, and removing liquids and computers from carry-on bags
The PreCheck program will start in December …