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Alaska Air Promises Power Plugs at Every Seat and Streaming Movies

Alaska Airlines says it will begin installing power outlets at every seat on its Boeing 737-800, -900 and -900ER aircraft by this Fall, with rollout …

12 Phrases That Mean Big Travel Savings

<i>Photo Courtesy daspaddy/Flickr. Article by Robert Firpo-Cappiello.</i><p>Have you ever had a conversation where moments -- or even days -- later you realize, "I wish I'd said that"? Travel booking and airline and hotel check-ins can often feel like that, with so many questions, options, and price points …

Budget Travel

JFK has longest wait times getting through Customs in U.S.

Among the largest U.S. airports for international arrivals, JFK Terminal 4 had the longest average daily peak waiting time, a whopping 93 minutes, in …

New, Tougher Co-Pilot Rule Aims To Boost Plane Safety

Pilot experience and performance have come into question in the aftermath of the recent Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco. But even before last week’s tragedy, new federal requirements were underway to help prevent future crashes by improving pilot standards that boost aviation safety.<p>In a …

Airplane Food: Do People Actually Enjoy it?

Who actually <i>likes</i> airplane food?<p>Unless you're shelling out the big bucks for elite seating, you're probably not a big fan of the food served at cruising altitude. And while there are plenty of reasons airplane food might suck, that doesn't mean we have to like it.<p>We searched the web for people who …

Ground Dreamliner fleet? European regulator says to soon to tell

The European Aviation Safety Agency said on Friday it was too early to say whether Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner could be grounded again following a fire …

Dreamliners flying around the world despite Ethiopian Airlines fire

As the investigation in London is under way over the fire on the Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner at Heathrow yesterday, and despite a separate incident …

British Airways In Long-haul Love Triangle With Boeing And Airbus

Boeing has been British Airways‘ manufacturer of choice for long-haul aircraft for many years, first with the 747 and then the 777s, including the latest 777-300ERs, like the one I flew on last year. (There are also a scattering of 757s and 767s).<p>Now this ageing fleet is due for a major change and …

Planes in Flames: Why Does It Keep Happening?

A 787 Dreamliner caught fire in London last week, just the latest problem for the troubled plane. Clive Irving on what happened—and how it may shed …

Marketing Asia’s female flight attendants, from “Gentle Girls” to “Flight Aunties”

China’s Spring Airlines said this week it will hire female flight attendants who are married with children between the ages of 25 and 45 years old, an eye-catching step for an industry that has often portrayed its women cabin crew as leggy decorations. To underscore the point, the country’s biggest …

Cabin Crew

JetBlue Is Offering Major Discounts When NYC Temperatures Hit 90 Degrees

The tickets are good for round trips from New York airports JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark to about 50 destinations. The promotion runs from today through July 20.<p>On days the thermostat reaches 90 degrees in Central Park, JetBlue will release the Hot Seats promo codes.<p>In January, JetBlue was ranked …

Flying

Airlines and Passengers Lose Ground with More May Flight Delays

Summer travelers should pack plenty of patience: More flights are running late this year than in 2012.<p>The U.S. Department of Transportation says that …

Boeing Dreamliner Not at Risk of Grounding at This Time

Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner faces no immediate threat of grounding as investigators continue a probe into last week’s fire aboard a plane operated by …

Why flight is still the best form of travel

I hate flying. I hate everything about it, from the terror of dying in a fiery wreck, to the dead-eyed TSA drones who want nothing more than to …

O'Hare Gains on Long-Time Busiest Airport Title Holder

An increase in flights this year has helped O’Hare International Airport narrow the gap with arch-rival Atlanta for the title “world’s busiest …

Heathrow Airport Offers Survival and Expansion Plan

London’s Heathrow airport, facing calls for its demolition, should remain Britain’s aviation hub and be allowed to build one more runway to add …

Airfares Higher, But New Planes Take Out Some Sting

Airfares are higher than they've been in years, but there's some good news: airlines are at least putting your money to good use, buying new planes with the latest in-flight entertainment systems, seats that maximize knee-room if not hip room, and inflight connectivity. Here's a look at what's in …

Travel Deals

Virgin Atlantic Delays Airbus A380 Order, Considers Smaller Dreamliner

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. has delayed buying the Airbus SAS A380 superjumbo jet as it studies whether it wants the plane and focuses on …

These Fancy New Winglets Will Save United $200 Million Each Year

Winglets have been growing in popularity as an add-on to fuel hungry airplanes around the planet. Attached at the extremity of each wing, they act to manage the flow of air passing the craft, reducing the amount of turbulent flow around the body and cutting drag. For the fixed cost of installing a …

Ryanair to sell advertising on its aircrafts

It once threatened to make its passengers pay to use the toilets on board its aircraft.<p>Now Ryanair has come up with another creative way of making …

The Spiritual Traveler (Or How to Make It Through Your Trip Without Going Nuts)

Have you ever noticed that despite being a spiritual person -- or a good person -- it all goes out the window when you hit that airport security line? Perhaps that's what airports were designed for: to test your spiritual mettle.<p>I travel. A lot. So on my overseas trip of nearly 30 hours in the air, …

Positive Thinking

San Francisco Most Wi-Fi-Connected U.S. Airport, Pensacola the Least

Business airports versus leisure airports.<p>Large airports versus smaller airports.<p>Long-haul versus short-haul flights.<p>In the battle for …