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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel Industry News: February 18, 2013

Probably the most reported airline news story today is about a man who allegedly smacked a crying child on a Delta Air Lines flight adding a racial slur as he did so. Abhorrent behavior on the “adult’s” part, and his employer reportedly took swift action in firing him. “Buh-bye.” United Airlines modified some checked baggage…

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And the Winner of Two United Airlines Amenity Kits Is…

Congratulations to commenter #29, who was drawn by the trusty random number generator – you’ve just won a United Airlines Global First and BusinessFirst amenity kit. Congrats Ralph! I’m emailing you now to get your address. Thanks everyone for your interest… I’ll sift through by bins to find more duplicates I can give away in…

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United Airlines Global First and BusinessFirst Amenity Kit Giveaway

Two of my readers reached out to me recently and graciously donated amenity kits that I didn’t have in my collection (thanks Felicia and Jason!), and I’d like to give away a couple of my duplicates to one of my interested readers. [Edited: Thanks to everyone who entered… I drew the winner as planned on…

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The Reality Check That Is United Airlines Global First Class

I’ll post my full flight review in the coming days, but I feel compelled to dedicate a post on the less than international first class service I received and observed in United Global First last week. It’s no secret that United is remarkably inconsistent when it comes to in-flight service and I think it’s most…

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United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner Inaugural: UA Flight 1116 IAH to ORD

One week ago yesterday, I flew on United’s inaugural Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from Houston to Chicago. United Dreamliner Inaugural: Introduction United Dreamliner Inaugural: Pre-Departure Festivities United Dreamliner Inaugural: UA Flight 1116 IAH to ORD United Dreamliner Inaugural: Chicago Arrival Celebration United Dreamliner Inaugural: UA Flight 1510 ORD to IAH United Dreamliner Inaugural: UA Flight…

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Will United’s Boeing 787 Inaugural Occur on November 4?

[Edited 10/19/12: A Media Relations representative responded to me (via my CNBC request) that the inaugural IAH-ORD flight is still on for November 4!] Rumors are floating around that United is experiencing technical issues with the sole Boeing 787 Dreamliner currently in its possession. And delivery of United’s second 787 may be slipping. Flyertalk member…

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Flight Review: United Airlines BusinessFirst Los Angeles to Sydney

It has been a few years since I’ve been back for a visit to Australia and given my relative work flexibility nowadays, this year ended up being a perfect time to spend another couple of weeks down under. Also, with my flexibility, I was able to book flights on United for which confirmable upgrade space…

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Flight Review: United Airlines BusinessFirst Newark to Dublin

I thought about doing a full-fledged trip report for my recent trip to Ireland, but decided against it as flying United internationally isn’t quite as exciting as some of my other travels. That said, I did habitually take pictures of everything, so here’s my first stand-alone “flight review” of United Airlines flight 22 from Newark…

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United’s first reconfigured 767-300 now flying

The first United Airlines “ghetto bird” Boeing 767-300 (formerly pre-merger United’s two-class domestic -300) has completed its reconfiguration and is now flying with 30 lie-flat BusinessFirst seats, 49 Economy Plus and 135 regular economy seats. Tonight it’s operating as flight 908 from Chicago to Amsterdam and returning tomorrow as flight 909. It’s a nice looking…

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Amenity Kit Review: United Airlines BusinessFirst (May 2012)

United Airlines recently refreshed their amenity kit offerings and I picked up their new BusinessFirst kit on my trip to Ireland this month. The pre-merger United version scored poorly, but Continental’s BusinessFirst kit did pretty well. How will this one rank? Check out my review below in this installment of Amenity Kit Reviews. For a…

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