Monthly Archives

Monthly Archives for September 2011.

How mobile technology is advancing our air travel experience

I listened in to another Air Transport World webinar last week discussing how mobile technology will transform the future of air travel, and I offer up some of my notes below. The full presentation, including audio and slides, can be found here. The advent of smartphones has created a world where we can literally search,…

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Video: Check-in, British Airways’ Terraces lounge SFO and Cathay Pacific First Class to Hong Kong

I finally finished editing the immense amount of video I took on my trip in First Class on Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong and posted it yesterday on YouTube. Yes, it’ll be 10 minutes out of your life if you watch it in its entirety, but if you’re an aviation geek like me, you’ll absolutely…

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Vintage Airline Seat Map: American Airlines Boeing 707-323

Inspired by seeing Pan Am’s 707 take to the skies on television this past Sunday, I bring you another Boeing 707 for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps. The American Airlines 707-323C appearing below isn’t hugely different from the -123 version I posted earlier this year, but I still find it fun to note…

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CX Trip Report: Cathay Pacific “The Pier” First Class lounge Hong Kong Airport

CX Trip Report: Introduction & American Airlines flight to San Francisco CX Trip Report: Check-in and British Airways’ Terraces Lounge San Francisco Airport CX Trip Report: Cathay Pacific flight 879 San Francisco-Hong Kong CX Trip Report: Amenity Kit Review – Cathay Pacific First Class men’s kit CX Trip Report: Cathay Pacific “The Arrival” lounge Hong…

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The reality of flying today and what pundits expect of the DOT and airlines

The Department of Transportation has been taking a much more active interest in how airlines sell tickets and deal with passengers during delays and cancellations. The next round of passenger protections goes live January 24, 2012 and will require airlines to advertise all-in prices inclusive of taxes and fees, allow 24-hour holds or refunds and…

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Video: Pan Am Boeing 707 Clipper service from 1958

In anticipation of tonight’s premier of the ABC television series Pan Am, I found this promotional video from Pan Am from 1958 showing the luxury and elegance of their Boeing 707 “Clipper” jet service. Note how similar the flight attendants uniforms are to those seen on the TV show. Well done, ABC, for being true…

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United aircraft & headquarters, free tickets for delays, all-inclusive pricing, Qantas woes & Wi-Fi, Virgin & Delta and GDS news

In other airline, hotel & travel industry news this week… Analysts expect United Airlines to place a major aircraft order early next year for as many as 200 narrowbody aircraft, possibly splitting it up between Airbus and Boeing. In a much better financial position for such a large order than American, I would anticipate these…

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CX Trip Report: Cathay Pacific “The Wing” First Class lounge Hong Kong Airport

CX Trip Report: Introduction & American Airlines flight to San Francisco CX Trip Report: Check-in and British Airways’ Terraces Lounge San Francisco Airport CX Trip Report: Cathay Pacific flight 879 San Francisco-Hong Kong CX Trip Report: Amenity Kit Review – Cathay Pacific First Class men’s kit CX Trip Report: Cathay Pacific “The Arrival” lounge Hong…

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My thoughts on the United Airlines 2012 Mileage Plus program

United Airlines provided the details for the 2012 Mileage Plus program yesterday, as was widely reported and blogged. Many of the speculated changes did not actually come to pass, but there are some program details leaving many disappointed. All the specifics can be found here and I offer my comments on some of them below.…

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Test-driving Google Flight Search: A total disappointment

As widely reported and reviewed, Google launched their much-anticipated Flight Search feature after having completed the acquisition of ITA Software. ITA’s Matrix Airfare Search tool is bar none the most robust and user-friendly way to search for airfares – everything from simple roundtrips to complex multi-city combinations – and it’s my go-to website where I…

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