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An Air Berlin A330 (photo by author)

TRIP REPORT: Two German Airlines

Recently, I took a trip to Rome from Chicago on two German airlines.  On the way there, I flew Air Berlin via (who could've guessed?) Berlin.  On the way back, I flew Lufthansa via Munich. Check-In: Air Berlin: Air Berlin online check-in worked seamlessly for the first flight, the flight from Chicago to Berlin. The online check-in for the second flight did not work.  This is due to the Air Berlin computer systems mixing up passport information for one of the…

Etihad Airways Continues It’s Unique Growth Strategy of Co-Ventures

While many have watched in recent years how the Middle Eastern carriers, including Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines, and Qatar Airways have grown dramatically, Etihad has pursued and succeeded in a unique growth strategy of co-ventures around the world. Founded in July 2003 by the government of the United Arab Emirates,…

BRIEF: Delta Will Pay Taxes on Same Sex Marriage Insurance…

Atlanta, Georgia-based Delta Air Lines announced in a press release Thursday afternoon that, effective immediately, employees who cover same sex partners under the carriers healthcare plans will not have to pay any state or federal tax associated with the coverage. The airline says that it will pay those taxes retroactive…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Aloha Airlines

Aloha Airlines survived for nearly 62 years, and had a long history of success and downfalls before collapsing in 2008. Founded in 1946 as Trans-Pacific Air, its inaugural flight occurred on July 26 using a DC 3. The name was changed to Aloha Airlines in 1958. With the change came…