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Random Notes From My United Mileage Run on Saturday

This past Saturday I flew a “simple” mileage run on United from Reno to Washington Dulles, connecting in San Francisco in both directions. It was a long day with flight 1 of 4 departing at 5:30 a.m. and flight 4 of 4 arriving back in Reno at midnight. I had Regional Premier Upgrades to burn,…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel Industry News: April 8, 2013

The 23rd annual Airline Quality Rankings were released showing passenger complaints have jumped by 20 percent over last year and denied boardings are also on the rise. Also noteworthy are Virgin America taking the “winning” spot for quality and United Airlines coming in last. United Airlines will cut its daily nonstop flight from Washington Dulles…

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United Consolidation at SFO Delayed, Free Airport Tours Extended

Chris McGinnis reported last week that United Airlines will remain in Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport through at least the end of January 2014. According to his sources, the renovation of the E concourse (American’s old gates from 60-67) has been delayed for several factors, pushing the expected completion back from its intended…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel Industry News: September 20, 2012

United Airlines plans to layoff workers in Guam. A United spokesperson said the airline remains committed to Guam, but plans to close the contact center, outsource cargo operations and reduce airport staffing. The contact center and cargo department employ 48 and 42 people respectively. When Apple debuted the iPhone 5 last week and went through…

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United Airlines adds 8 new routes & a vintage livery to an A320

This past Sunday, United Airlines launched 8 new routes from its hubs in Denver, Washington Dulles and Houston Intercontinental. Texans are the main beneficiaries of the new service from Denver with two daily flights each to Amarillo (AMA), Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Lubbock (LBB). All are operated by United’s express carrier ExpressJet Airlines, with…

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United Airlines ramp worker dies two days after falling while unloading a 777

Very sad news to report from United’s hub in Washington Dulles, where a veteran baggage handler fell from a scissor lift while unloading a Boeing 777. Eduardo Tlatempa, 48, reportedly fell face first onto the tarmac last Friday while performing his normal work duties unloading the jumbo. Co-workers first thought it was an April Fool’s joke,…

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The iconic TWA Terminal at JFK Airport as a hotel lobby?

I am fascinated with airport architecture and design, and it is being reported this week that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is looking for developers to turn the iconic TWA Terminal at JFK Airport into the lobby and entryway of a boutique hotel. Opened in 1962 under the name Trans World…

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Video: United Airlines Business Class trip report from Los Angeles to Zurich

Last month I took a trip to Switzerland for a few days, and here is part one of my video trip report. I was supposed to fly Los Angeles to Washington Dulles to Geneva, but my LAX-IAD flight went mechanical so they ended up swapping out 777s and gave us one that was fully fueled…

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Travel & Leisure takes a closer look at world airports and wants your vote

The December 2010 issue of Travel + Leisure arrived yesterday and has a few interesting topics covering airports.  First is an article by Michael Gross, entitled “Ode To Airports.”  He writes about how his unfortunate late check-in for a flight at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport led he and his wife to discover some of…

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