Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Emirates launches A380 service between Dubai and Mumbai; DFW-DXB to follow

Emirates, which operates the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A380s, has placed the super-jumbo jets into service on the route that connects Dubai International Airport (DXB) in the U.A.E., to Mumbai, India.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Airfare increases slow dramatically in June but still outpace inflation

After a stunning increase of nearly six percent in May, airfares in the United States leveled off in June, rising 0.4 percent, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)..

Friday, July 18, 2014

Record orders at Farnborough Air show; outlook 'extremely positive' for industry

Organizers of the semi-annual Farnborough Air Show in the U.K. have confirmed the total sum of orders and commitments agreed to at the 2014 Farnborough International Air Show has reached $201bn, surpassing all previous records set for the show as well as the $150bn in contracts signed at last year’s Paris Air Show.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Qantas to introduce A380 on Dallas-Sydney route

Australia’s Qantas Airways will place the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, into service on its Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) to Sydney, Australia (SYD) route on September 29, enabling the carrier to offer non-stop service to SYD for the first time.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Survey: Five U.S. airlines take in more than $13 billion in ‘ancillary revenue’

A just-released survey shows that, in 2013, five U.S. airlines took in more than $13bn in so-called “ancillary revenue,” the industry term for revenue from non-ticket sources including à la carte fees like baggage charges, the sale of frequent flier miles, commissions on travel-oriented services and other items.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cathay Pacific named Airline of the Year in SKYTRAX awards

Cathay Pacific Airways was named Airline of the Year in the 2014 World Airline Awards announced at the Farnborough Air Show outside London on July 15.

Horizon Air enhances fleet with NextGen turboprop

Seattle-based Horizon Air Industries has taken steps that will result in the addition of NextGen turboprops to its existing fleet of Bombardier Q400 aircraft.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

First stretch Dreamliner - in 'All Black' - lands in Auckland

The first 787-9, or stretch Dreamliner, to be delivered to an airline landed in Auckland, New Zealand July 11, 13-1/2 hours after leaving Seattle’s SeaTac Airport (SEA) with an Air New Zealand flight crew at the controls.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New overhead bins will provide more carry-on space in new 737s

Airlines that order next-generation Boeing 737s and 737-MAXes can now opt for overhead storage bins that will provide significantly more storage for their passengers’ carry-on luggage.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New rule will give better picture of how safe it is for your pet to fly

People who fly with their pets will soon have more detailed information available about airlines’ track records for pet safety.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Alabama gives away exotic getaways

If you have a preconceived notion of what the state of Alabama is all about, you’re probably wrong. And the Alabama Tourism Department has launched a promotion to prove it.

‘Out of this world’ hotel and dining experiences await guests of Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, has selected Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces and World Class Gourmet of Las Cruces, N. Mex., as its first official hotel and catering partners.

Alaska Airlines offers introductory fares from Portland to Mexico

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is offering introductory fares for its new flights from Portland, Ore., to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Report: Tourism may help receding Caribbean reefs

A new report says increased tourism may be able to help reverse the decline of the reefs in the Caribbean, which have decreased significantly over the last half century.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Robot valet parks cars at Düsseldorf Airport

Most air travelers know to allow plenty of time to find a parking space if they plan to park their car at the airport. Now, however, passengers who drive to Düsseldorf Airport in Germany can leave their car at the curb and have it parked … by a robot.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Speeding through security: obtaining a 'known traveler number'

After writing a recent post about ways to expedite one's journey through airport security, I decided to apply for the credentials that would enable me to use TSA's Pre-Check line consistently rather than occasionally being chosen for Pre-Check because of my frequent flier memberships.

Friday, June 27, 2014

New York City: Lucerne Hotel offers summer deals

The Lucerne Hotel, our favorite hotel on The City’s Upper West Side, is offering some excellent deals for summer stays.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

States profit from your airline ticket

It will probably come as no surprise that taxes are a major contributor to the cost of airline tickets. It might, however, come as a surprise to learn that the effect of taxes goes far beyond the amount added to the purchase price of tickets in the form of excise tax and special-use fees.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Speeding through security: CLEAR to expand to LAS

CLEAR, a service that employs advanced biometric identity verification to speed travelers through airport security, announced June 20 that it would launch its service at Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport (LAS) this summer, with a target date of mid-August.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Alaska Airlines initiates two new nonstop routes; plans 11% increase in daily flights

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines initiated two new nonstop routes in June as part of its plan to increase its daily departures from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) 11% by the spring of 2015.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Dreamliner fire could have happened on any aircraft – European investigators

A report issued by a safety agency in the United Kingdom said the fire in a Dreamliner in July 2013 started in a component used on a wide range of aircraft and was not exclusive to Dreamliners.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Airfares take huge jump in May

If you’re making summer travel plans, you may already have noticed that airfares have been on the increase. On Tuesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics told us how much.

Monday, June 16, 2014

New flights make Seattle 'Delta's newest hub' - airline exec

Delta Air Lines' launch of new nonstop service from Seattle to Hong Kong (HKG) June 16 marked the addition of Delta's fifth nonstop international route from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in a year and marked a watershed moment in the carrier's aggressive expansion in the Seattle market.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

United Airlines announces major change to MileagePlus program

Starting March 1, 2015, United Airlines will begin crediting its passengers’ MileagePlus accounts based on the dollars spent rather than the distance flown.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Royal Caribbean offers last-minute cruise bargains

Looking for a last-minute vacation deal? Royal Caribbean is offering some deep discounts on select Caribbean cruises that set sail as early as August.

Monday, June 9, 2014

ANA adds three-class Dreamliner to U.S. West Coast routes

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA), the first airline to take delivery of and carry paying passengers on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, has begun operating a Dreamliner configured with three classes of service between Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) and its U.S. West Coast destinations of Seattle (SEA) and San Jose (SJC). Compared to the two-class Dreamliners, there are some significant differences, especially in Economy Class.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Special summer package at OPUS Hotel in Vancouver B.C.

The trendy OPUS Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia is defying conventional wisdom and offering a summer special during what is historically the busiest travel season of the year.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Delta upgrades Economy Comfort on transcontinental routes

Delta Air Lines on June 4 announced that it will be providing upgraded amenities to its Economy Comfort customers on flights from New York's JFK Airport to Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA).

Monday, June 2, 2014

Delta inaugurates new nonstop service from Seattle to Seoul

Delta Air Lines inaugurated new nonstop service from Seattle to Seoul’s Incheon airport (ICN) June 2, marking Delta's fourth nonstop international route added from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in a year.

SKYTRAX to host special 25th anniversary event

SKYTRAX, a research organization to the air transport industry and sponsors of the annual World Airline and World Airport awards, will be marking their silver anniversary later this year with a special 25th anniversary awards event.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dreamliner gets OK for expanded long-range flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given the Boeing 787 Dreamliner permission to fly longer over-water routes, a move that will make the aircraft more attractive to a number of the world’s airlines.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Delta Air Lines announces new destinations from Seattle

Delta Air Lines on May 27 announced that it will be adding new service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to popular ski and beach destinations starting in late 2014.

Monday, May 26, 2014

First class: In the eye of the beholder?

Every major airline offers a first class section on its longer flights. But is “First Class” really first class? It depends on who you talk to.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

More to meet the Mouse - Disneyland hikes admission prices

Less than a week before Memorial Day weekend – widely regarded as the official start of summer and vacation season -- Disneyland has hiked the price of admission to its flagship Southern California theme parks.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Delta, Virgin Atlantic swap routes from London to U.S.

Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways will swap two non-stop routes connecting London-Heathrow (LHR) to the United States in late October.

ANA launches next phase of ‘Tastes of Japan’ campaign

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will launch the fourth phase of its “Tastes of Japan” campaign in June to highlight the cuisine of three of the country’s lesser-known prefectures.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Air France upgrades La Première class cabins

As it continues its move up-market, Air France will be introducing upgraded La Première class sections on 19 of its Boeing 777-300s later this year.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Delta offers Seattle passengers opportunity to earn bonus miles

In advance of its shift to a revenue-based model for its SkyMiles® frequent flier program in 2015, Delta Air Lines is offering its frequent fliers the opportunity to bolster their account balances by earning double miles.

Monday, May 12, 2014

TheTravelPro on, which bills itself as "the world’s foremost online vacation rental search engine," and TheTravelPro are engaging in a little shameless cross-promotion.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Surprises mark 5th annual award seat availability survey

The results of an annual survey of which airlines are the best when it comes to using your frequent flier miles show value-oriented carriers continue to lead the pack, but also showed some surprising improvements among larger carriers.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Love pinot? You could win a customized trip to Oregon wine country

Oregon’s Willamette Valley Vineyards is giving away a customized, all-expenses-paid trip for two to Oregon’s wine country as part of its 10th annual “Why I Love Pinot Noir” contest.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Delta announces expanded service from U.S. to Europe

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) announced May 5 that it will begin offering new year-round daily service from New York to Zurich while also expanding its service to Rome.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

American Airlines giving away five luxury trips for two

How far away could you be in 24 hours? American Airlines is offering adventuresome travelers the opportunity to find out through a contest offering five winners travel packages including First Class airfare and luxury accommodations at destinations that can be reached in less than a day from the their home airports.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Members’ reaction to SkyMiles program changes short-lived

According to one Delta Air Lines executive, members of the airline’s SkyMiles® frequent flier program are quickly accepting and coming to understand the changes to the program announced by the airline earlier this year.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Reflections on the Freddies

The 26th Annual Freddie Awards, presented April 24 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, highlighted what frequent travelers deemed excellent service while also bringing up several facets worth further discussion.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

American Airlines AAdvantage® Program wins 2014 Freddie Award

American Airlines' AAdvantage® frequent flier program has been awarded the 2014 Freddie Award for Program of the Year by an airline serving the Americas region while Marriott Rewards program has been accorded the honor of best frequent guest program in the same region by frequent travelers who cast ballots in the annual competition.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Needed: Fewer travel agents, more ‘travel advisors’

An experience a short time ago got me thinking about the state of the travel industry today – specifically, the changed circumstances facing travel agents – and how they need to evolve if they are to survive.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines and Air China sign codeshare agreement

Hawaiian Airlines has signed a codeshare agreement with Air China, China's exclusive national flag carrier.

Photo contest could benefit Victoria Clipper more than contestants

Clipper Vacations, an affiliate of the Seattle-based Victoria Clipper, has kicked off a photo contest offering five round trips for two on the Victoria Clipper as the prizes, but the company itself could prove to be the biggest winner.