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American Airlines A319 Cabin Specs: Coach Recline Exceeds First Class?

American took delivery of its first Airbus A319 this week and has published the cabin specs (and more) on their website. What strikes me as odd is that first class recline is only 3-inches, whereas regular coach offers 4-inches with Main Cabin Extra getting 6-inches. Is that an error? United, by contrast, offers 6-inches of…

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British Airways Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 Seat Map Observations

The newest members of British Airways’ fleet are the Boeing 787-8 and Airbus A380, as the airline took delivery of its first of each aircraft on June 27 and July 4, respectively. As I’m a seat map aficionado – vintage or not – I thought I’d post them here and offer a couple of observations…

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Lufthansa Adds Online Tool to Determine First Class Cabin Type

There is a huge difference between the “new” and “old” first class cabins on Lufthansa’s international aircraft. From the seats to the in-flight entertainment system, your traveling experience could vary sharply depending on the configuration your flight offers. And now Lufthansa has an online tool to help determine which First Class Product you’ll enjoy. If…

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Air Traffic Controller Responds to Airliner Engine Explosion With ‘Lovely’

A Thomas Cook Airbus A330 departing yesterday from Manchester Airport in the UK experienced what most are calling a right engine compressor stall on takeoff thrust. A popular plane-spotter captured it on video, and it’s certainly worth a watch – not only for the “lovely” comment by an air traffic controller (I’ll put it in…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel Industry News: January 15, 2013

Oy, more 787 issues as an All Nippon Airways (ANA) jet makes an emergency landing in Osaka. This is breaking as I type, so further details will certainly emerge. United Airlines will lay off 472 workers at Newark Liberty Airport. A spokesman at United confirms it’s due to outsourcing of cargo operations, but adds the…

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Vintage Airline Seat Map: Eastern Airlines Airbus A300-B4

I previously posted the all-coach Air Shuttle version of Eastern’s Airbus A300s, and here now was their standard two-class bird for this installment of Vintage Airline Seat Maps. Check out the pair of seats in row 10. Those were either fabulous or horrible seats, regardless of the fact that 10A didn’t recline. I wonder if…

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Flight Review: Virgin Australia Business Class Perth to Sydney

I flew to Perth on a Virgin Australia Airbus A330 sporting the old business class configuration, and I was excited to experience the new, more luxe layout on my return to Sydney. If you didn’t read my outbound review, you should know that Qantas and Virgin Australia have really upped their game on this premium…

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Emirates First Class Video Trip Report

It’s late on Friday and my attention span is dwindling, so I searched “airline” on YouTube for the latest uploads and came across this gem of a video trip report. It documents a journey in First Class on an Emirates Airbus A380 from Bangkok to Hong Kong. I didn’t really need to see the guy…

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Flight Review: Virgin Australia Business Class Sydney to Perth

As many of you know, I was in Australia for a couple of weeks last month and I gave you a sneak peek of my transcontinental Virgin Australia experience. Here, now, is a full review of my premium coast-to-coast flight from Sydney to Perth. In full disclosure, I flew compliments of Virgin Australia. The route…

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Incredible experience on Virgin Australia: Sneak Peek

I’m still in Australia on vacation through next week, so I apologize in advance for the light blog posts. That said, I have to provide a teaser of forthcoming posts about my experiences flying Virgin Australia. Full reviews of flying business class with them Sydney-Perth-Sydney (and their airport lounges) will be forthcoming here on FrequentlyFlying,…

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