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US Airways First Class Flight 863 Charlotte-Atlanta – Review

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

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

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

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 …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2015

Christopher Columbus concluded one of the first transatlantic business trips on January 15, 1493, when he began his return trip to Spain, after crossing the Atlantic westward in 1492.
On January 7, 1785, the English Channel was traversed by air for the first time, when Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries flew across the Channel from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France, in their hydrogen-filled balloon.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess …

Take the 2014 Airline and Travel News Quiz

Say good-bye to 2014 by taking our 10-question Airline and Travel News Quiz.  From a missing plane to new high-tech aircraft and hotel openings, challenge yourself and find out how much you really know about what transpired over the past year.
Warning: Your inner airline geek may come out of the closet.
Simply scroll down, have fun, and share the quiz with your friends.

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