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Take a tour of the best airport in the world

1/<p>Look familiar?<p>REUTERS/Lucas Jackson<p>2/<p>If you've traveled through an airport at some point in your life, you know these travel hubs are …

The US and Cuba reach an agreement to restore commercial flights

A U.S. State Department official said the two countries were making progress but still negotiating. An agreement has been expected before the end of the year.<p>The report comes on the eve of the first anniversary of the countries' historic decision to normalize relations after half a century of …

How to Avoid the Heat on Your Next Flight

When Eric Crusius boarded his recent American Airlines flight from Washington to Dallas, the air conditioning was powered down and the cabin started to heat up quickly, just as you might expect an aluminum tube to do under the heat of the late summer sun.<p>"It was pretty steamy," he recalls.<p>But that …

The 10 Airlines With the Best Economy Class Seats

With ever-rising airfare rates, along with taxes and baggage fees to contend with, flying economy is the only possible option for the vast majority of travelers. That doesn't necessarily have to mean skimping on comfort and amenities, though -- by doing a bit of research before booking, it's easy …

9 Ways To Get Over Your Fear Of Flying

<i>by Joanne Chen, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Vicki Beaver / Alamy<p>Feeling stressed about a trip? Follow these expert tips for easing your fear of flying. If you become an anxious mess every time you board a plane, you're not alone. "It's a fear that's particularly difficult to tackle because we need …

Countries Begin Debate Over Paying for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Search

Government ministers from China, Australia and Malaysia will discuss whether to fund another stage of the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight …

Southwest planes, grounded over missed inspections, allowed to fly

<b>(CNN) —</b> Southwest Airlines missed required inspections on 128 of its Boeing 737 aircraft, leading to the cancellation of dozens of flights this week.<p>The Federal Aviation Administration has said the airline can keep flying the planes for up to five days while the maintenance checks are completed, …

Lufthansa Warns Employees That More Cuts are Coming

Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe’s second- biggest airline, said personnel expenses cannot remain above those of its competitors after a round of cost …

Tourism

The Best Way to Spend Your Frequent-Flier Miles

On the last leg of a recent trip that required a red-eye flight from San Francisco to Minneapolis—then a four-hour drive to the northern woods near Bemidji, Minnesota—I caught my breath as I rounded a curve and spotted lights blinking on a runway: Could I have avoided the bleary-eyed, …

Qatar Air's' New FC Barcelona Ad Campaign Builds on Social Hit

Qatar Airways today launched a new marketing campaign in support of a three-year partnership between the airline and Spanish football team FC …

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French All Business Class Airline Wants to Add More Planes

LaCompagnie, the French business-class-only airline that began serving New York last July, said it aims to double the fleet to four jetliners by the …

Future airports could become hi-tech pleasure domes

<b>Flight delays, lost luggage, gate change confusion - airports can be stressful to say the least.</b><p>But what if technology could make the whole business of air travel more efficient and even pleasurable?<p>With this in mind, airport operators invested almost $7bn (£4.6bn) on IT services last year, …

Qantas is going to have Samsung virtual reality on its flights

Australia's national airline, Qantas, announced Thursday it will start using Samsung's virtual reality device, Gear VR, on some of its flights.<p>The …

U.S. International Air Traffic Broke All Records in 2014

International air traffic to and from the U.S. in 2014 totaled 197.3 million passengers, a new record and a 7% overall increase from 2013, according …

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The world’s in-flight Wi-Fi offerings, ranked

Wi-Fi has become one of the most sought-after things on a flight, even more important to passengers than a reclining seat or extra legroom. The latest report from Routehappy, a website that compares airlines by in-flight amenities, finds that its availability is spreading fast.<p>The report, published …

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Should I Be Afraid of Turbulence?

<i>A:</i><p>The latest headlines to scream “Terror in the Skies” flooded our social media feeds in December, after a passenger aboard American Airlines flight 280 had the curious presence of mind to videotape the panicked scene inside the cabin as the plane pitched violently. The flight, bound from Seoul to …

Boeing vs Airbus: How Did They Do in 2014?

Delta Air Lines Airbus A330, with a KLM Boeing 747-400 in the background, in Amsterdam – Photo: David Parker Brown<p>At the start of last year, we …

10 Safest Low-Cost Airlines In The World

The low-cost airline business model has only been around for a couple of decades, but it has developed a major presence in the airline business.<p>According to PWC, low-cost airlines account for more than 25% of the world's aviation business.<p>From a pool of 449 carriers around the world, …

5 Aviation Trends We're Tracking at Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts …

Aviation

Qatar Airways Becomes First Commercial Airliner to Fly Airbus' Newest Plane

The world’s newest jetliner, the Airbus A350, took to the skies Thursday carrying its first paying passengers from the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar.<p>The …

Numerous new airline routes to and from Australia announced for 2015

Expats and those heading for a new life will have more choice flying to and from Australia in 2015 with a number of new routes being announced.<p>Etihad …

Why India has the cheapest flights on Earth

India's airline industry is a mess. Taxes are sky-high, infrastructure is poor and profit margins are razor thin. A string of carriers have gone out of business, and many others are struggling to stay afloat.<p>Yet the big winners might be price-conscious consumers -- and any carrier strong enough to …

Navigating the Landscape of Airline Loyalty Programs in 2015

<i>(vincent desjardins) / Flickr</i><p>Many of the nation's airlines have tweaked their frequent flier programs in recent years, but 2015 will be a key point in their broader evolution. Since the first program, American Airlines AAdvantage, was launched in 1981, nearly all airlines have rewarded their …

Delta Gets Nostalgic and Spares One of Its 747s

Delta Air Lines Inc. is hanging on to one of the Boeing 747 jumbo jets it retired last year, a reprieve for an aircraft increasingly out of favor in …

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