Archive | May, 2013

United Puts Dreamliner Back in Service

United Puts Dreamliner Back in Service CHICAGO—United Continental Holdings Inc. UAL -2.42% completed its first flight of a Boeing Co. BA -0.28% 787 Dreamliner with paying passengers since the planes were grounded in January. United Chief Executive Jeff Smisek and Boeing CEO Jim McNerney flew in economy class on the approximately two-hour-and-twenty-minute flight between United’s hubs in Houston and Chicago. Travelers are getting used to being […]

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WiFi tops in-flight entertainment wish list: research

WiFi tops in-flight entertainment wish list: research In-flight WiFi has topped the list of passengers’ most-wanted in-flight entertainment in new research conducted by leading global travel search site Skyscanner. According to the research, 47 per cent of passengers were prepared to pay to access the Internet at 30,000 feet. As a sign of today’s digital […]

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New American airlines planes give foreign carriers serious competition

New American airlines planes give foreign carriers serious competition For years now, profitable foreign-based airlines have offered newer, more luxurious aircraft than their poorer U.S.-based competitors.  British Airways has had sophisticated entertainment systems in all classes and lie flat seats in their premium cabins for years now. But if you flew on American, Delta, or […]

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Which do fliers fear more: Crying babies or smelly adults?

Which do fliers fear more: Crying babies or smelly adults? Airline passengers say they’d rather sit next to a crying baby than a smelly adult. That’s just one of the findings in a new Harris Pollthat looks at how fliers who take at least one trip a year feel about certain perks and annoyances when traveling. […]

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Many Air Passengers Never Turn Off Electronics, Survey Finds

Many Air Passengers Never Turn Off Electronics, Survey Finds Take a guess at how many people actually fail to turn off their gadgets during takeoff and landing of a flight. Ten percent? No, that’s too low. Twenty percent? Still too low. In a study released on Thursday by two industry groups, the Airline Passenger Experience Association and the Consumer Electronics Association, […]

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F.C.C. Advances Plan for Faster In-Flight Wi-Fi

F.C.C. Advances Plan for Faster In-Flight Wi-Fi WASHINGTON — It may soon be easier and faster to surf the Web at 30,000 feet. The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday proposed auctioning off the rights to use newly available airwaves to provide better in-flight Wi-Fi connections, as the government agency seeks to improve the speed and lower the cost […]

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Drop Everything and Search for Flights on Routehappy, Right Now

Drop Everything and Search for Flights on Routehappy, Right Now Routehappy explained in 90 seconds from Routehappy on Vimeo. “I’m thinking of flying First Class for my big vacation trip!” – Friend “Not on [redacted airline] you shouldn’t! It just won’t be the First Class experience you’re imagining. Try [different airline] instead; at least it’s lie-flat seats.” – Us […]

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The 787 Dreamliner Is Back: Where and When You Can Fly on One

The 787 Dreamliner Is Back: Where and When You Can Fly on One Now that Boeing’s fix for the 787 battery problem has been approved by the feds, it’s time to get those airplanes back in the air. Here’s a roundup of the current plan from each of the airlines operating the 787 today. To […]

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Qantas CEO looks to the two-year turnaround

Qantas CEO looks to the two-year turnaround Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has warned that the airline faces tough times and tight margins in the coming months, but is keeping his focus on the promise of a dramatically renewed Red Roo in two years’ time. “We’ve always made it clear that long term gain can’t be […]

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Craving Wi-Fi, Preferably Free and Really Fast

Craving Wi-Fi, Preferably Free and Really Fast TRAVELERS hitting the road with their mobile electronic devices have three questions about staying connected away from home: will there be Wi-Fi, how much will it cost and how well will it work?   Marty Katz for The New York Times Southwest Airlines has adopted an $8 charge […]

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