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Alaska Announces Specifics on New Premium Class

Alaska Airlines announced more details on their new Premium Class Thursday, which includes four inches of extra legroom, a free snack and drink, and early boarding. The product, akin to American's Main Cabin Extra or Delta's Comfort+, was announced in December 2015 at Delta's investor conference. The airline said on their website those seated in Premium Class will be entitled to a free snack box, including "a rotating selection of items like chocolate, almonds, cranberries," as well as complimentary alcoholic beverages.…

DOT Tentatively Approves American for Los Angeles to Beijing Route

On March 14, Delta began petitioning the DOT for a daily flight from Los Angeles to Beijing. A mere two weeks later, American requested the same seven weekly slots. Both carriers said in their applications that the route would be operated by a Boeing 777-200 aircraft. They both said their…

Delta Introduces New Premium Product: What’s Next For US Premium…

Delta Air Lines on Thursday released a first look into their new premium economy cabin, which will debut in late 2017 on select international flights. The new product, which Delta has branded as Delta Premium, is the second new cabin that they have announced this year, the other being their…

Singapore Airlines Inaugurates Nonstop Flight to United States

Flights between Singapore and the U.S. have a long, complicated history, mostly due to Singapore’s location in southeast Asia. In 2004, Singapore Airlines launched flights between Singapore and Newark using their Airbus A340-500 aircraft, then the world’s longest flight. In fact, SQ21 would still be longest in the world if…

Iberia To Introduce Premium Economy Product

Iberia announced Thursday that they will be introducing a new premium economy product on their Airbus A330-300, A340-600, and yet-to-be-delivered A350 aircraft beginning in summer 2017. The airline has said the first routes with the new product will be Madrid to Bogota, Chicago, Lima, and Buenos Aires. The new product…

Hurricane Matthew Disrupts Flights in The Southeast

As Hurricane Matthew began to bear down on southern Florida on Thursday, airlines cancelled thousands of regularly scheduled flights in preparation for airport closures. A few carriers also ramped up flights in an attempt to evacuate everyone from the areas in the path of the storm. According to FlightAware, over 3,700…

First Look: Inside American’s 787-9 Dreamliner

The first Boeing 787-9 was rolled out of the factory back in 2013. In August of the following year, the variant entered commercial service with All Nippon Airways. In 2014, United Airlines became the first US-based airline to pick up the 787-9. American took delivery of their first of 21…

Ready For The Runway: American’s New Uniforms Take Off

Today, American Airlines’ more than 70,000 employees will be wearing the company’s new uniforms. The new clothing, another step in unifying the brands of American and US Airways, has been a work in progress since 2013. Since the merger, the airline has worked on updating all aspects of the brand,…

FAA Announces Guidance on Recalled Samsung Phone

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a general guidance to airlines regarding the rules of carrying “recalled or defective lithium devices” both in the cabin and in the cargo hold following the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. According to an FAA press release, “U.S. hazardous material regulations prohibit…

The Race Across the Pacific

In the early 1980s, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) began operating flights between Beijing and New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. These routes were the first between the nations operated by Chinese carriers. However, in 1988, the Chinese government split the CAAC into six separate airlines. Air…