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Airlines That Still Give Free Perks – Top Ten

Surprise! We lost your luggage. Surprise! Your tray table is broken. While it seems like most airline surprises end in disappointment, a few bold airlines are delighting passengers every day with pleasing perks to make flying just a little better. Some—like traditional sweets on Turkish Airlines and lounge access on Porter Airlines—are available regardless of where you sit in the plane. Others—aromatherapy on ANA, for instance, or Birchbox goodie bags on JetBlue—are reserved for passengers in premium seats. Turkish Airlines: Candlelit meals and Turkish delights Intercontinental flights bring sweet treats to all passengers on Turkish Airlines. Traditional Turkish coffee and sweet, sticky Turkish delight candies are part of the in-flight experience for all passengers -- including … [Read More...]

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Air France-KLM Faces More Belt-Tightening Due to Impact of Pilot Strike

Air France-KLM said it would limit investments and accelerate cost controls next year to mop up the remaining impact of a recent pilots’ strike that helped slash its operating profit by more than half in the third quarter. Europe’s second-largest network carrier by revenues said the interim measures were needed to secure a smooth transition […]

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Boeing and Emirates Airline Celebrate Delivery of 100th 777-300ER

Boeing and Emirates Airline are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s 100th 777-300ER (Extended Range), marking another milestone in a partnership that began over two decades ago when the Dubai-based airline ordered its first 777. With this delivery, Emirates will have 142 777s in operation and is the only airline in the world to operate […]

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Airbus U.S. Factory to Start With Larger A321 Jet, Instead of A320

Airbus Group said on Tuesday it plans to start production at its first U.S. factory with the larger A321 jetliner instead of the A320 as originally planned, a move that reflects rising demand for the bigger jet. Airbus Americas President Barry Eccleston told an audience in Seattle that the European aircraft maker was switching the […]

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Holiday Travel: October is Best Bet for Christmas, Thanksgiving Deals

It’s not even the middle of October and I’m already worried — on your behalf — about booking Thanksgiving and year-end holiday travel. Why? Fuller-than-ever planes and increasing demand, thanks to a better economy. We don’t often associate “deal” with “holiday travel,” which is a good thing because you may already be too late to […]

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On The Spot: Honor Seat Reservations? That’s Up to The Airline

Question: In the Oct. 12 Letters column in the Travel section of LA Times, a letter headlined “Gloomy Skies” recounted that a US Airways customer service representative said that the airline was not legally obligated to honor seat reservations. Is this fact or something the rep just made up? Is it legal for the airline […]

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International Airline Trade Association Seeks Security Revamp

Current passenger security procedures are “not sustainable for the long term” because rapid global air-traffic growth threatens to overwhelm the capacity of screening checkpoints, according to the chief executive of the airline industry’s leading international trade group. Tony Tyler , CEO of the International Air Transport Association, told a security conference here that passenger and […]

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Best Safety Video – Air New Zealand’s “The Hobbit” Themed Video, EPIC

The wizards at Air New Zealand have conjured up their third J.R.R. Tolkien-themed video in as many years, ahead of the final installment of Peter Jackson’s second Middle-Earth trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Directed by Taika Waititi, the new clip is modesty titled “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made,” and […]

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The world’s first Boeing 747 gets a much-needed makeover

After years of falling into disrepair, the world’s first Boeing 747 has finally received some much-needed tender love and care. Permanently parked at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the hulking jet is easy to spot. Standing over 63 feet tall at the tip of its tail, it literally towers over its peers in the […]

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Boeing Says Oil Price Won’t Hurt Demand for Fuel-Efficiency

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing reported healthy profits Wednesday as Boeing Chairman and CEO Jim McNerney assured investors that declining oil prices won’t crimp airlines’ desire to buy more fuel-efficient planes. McNerney seemed to allude to events such as the shooting down of Malaysia Flight 17 over Ukraine in July when he said, “Notwithstanding a somewhat richer […]

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Gol Considering $1.7 Billion in Boeing, Embraer Jets

Gol, Brazil’s biggest airline, is considering small, single-aisle jet models from Boeing Co. and Embraer SA valued at as much as $1.7 billion to replace older aircraft, people familiar with the matter said. The 20 planes probably would be taken on leases, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the […]

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Citation X+, World’s Fastest Civilian Aircraft

Even before it received FAA type certification, Cessna’s New Citation X, now known as the Citation X+, had claimed the title of the world’s fastest civilian aircraft. After receiving certification in June, the aircraft has continued its record-setting ways with a number of US city-to-city speed records. Having supplanted the Gulfstream G650 as the world’s […]

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Embraer Affected in Chinese Private Jet Market

Ever since China’s president Xi Jinping cracked down on opulent spending as part of his anti-graft campaign this year, the world’s fastest-growing business jet market has stalled, says Mr Curado from his offices overlooking São Paulo’s banking district. “It’s been sharp, it’s been sudden,” he says, adding that executives at Chinese state-owned companies as well […]

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Boeing Taps 737 and 787 Lessons to Better Build The 777X Wing

To learn how to set up its new 777X wing factory, Boeing didn’t have to look far. In fact, the company is looking to its own 737 factories in Renton. Boeing’s drive to increase Boeing 737 wing production, to efficiently keep up with rising aircraft production rates there, is giving the company many of the […]

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Airbus Team Helping America’s Cup Champion, Oracle Team USA with Design

How often do you see sports stars looking to the heavens in search of a little inspiration? That’s why the team hoping to build one of the fastest yachts on the planet is not looking to the water — but to the sky. Or to be more precise, the giant passenger plane flying overhead. Oracle […]

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What is The Best Day to Buy Airline Tickets?

The Prime Time to Find Airfares Has Changed; How Early Does the Lowest Price Pop Up? Looking for an airfare deal? Your odds improve if you buy on the weekend. A new deep dive into airline fares suggests Sunday is the best day to find low fares. This is a departure from the conventional wisdom […]

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Airbus partners with Aerion to Develop Supersonic Business Jet

Allan McArtor of Airbus North America and executives from Aerion held a joint news conference at Aerion’s exhibit at the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention to talk about the partnership between the two companies. Airbus and Aerion will work together to develop a multimillion-dollar supersonic business jet. They will collaborate on the jet’s development […]

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Boeing’s 787 Production Problems Hurting Bottom Line

Despite Boeing’s third quarter being a solid one, questions surrounding its 787 Dreamliner continue to weigh on the stock price. It was one of the reasons Boeing’s operating cash flow before pension contributions declined a staggering 61% to $1.7 billion, compared to last year’s third quarter. The 787 program is still not cash flow positive, […]

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Airlines Scramble to Find Enough Qualified Pilots

Five years ago, Louis Smith’s organization would put on job fairs for airline pilots and have plenty of pilots but few airlines. Now his job fairs attract plenty of airlines but need more pilots. It’s an indication of how the airline industry has turned around over the past five years. It also underlines the growing […]