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An Ode to Virgin America: Flying the Old Virgin Brand on the New Alaska Airlines

Virgin America, the unlikely brainchild of eccentric British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, began operations in the United States in 2007. With its emphasis on passenger comfort and entertainment, It was a new, exciting endeavor that most Americans had never seen before. Until it started operations, the closest thing we had to Virgin was JetBlue Airways and the short-lived Song Airlines. The time was peculiar for a new airline to start operations because that part of the decade was ripe with…

Trip Report: XiamenAir’s Boeing 787 to Xiamen, China

Chinese tourism is a big deal for Los Angeles. With more than 1.1 million visitors alone in 2017, China drives more than $1 billion dollars into Los Angeles’s economy annually. With the country’s increased wealth, coupled with the nation's 'one route, one airline' policy, there is now an increased demand…

Trip Report: Comparing Qatar’s A350-900XWB Business Class with the 777-300ER…

Two weeks ago, AirlineGeeks traveled to Doha, Qatar, for the 31st Annual IATA International Ground Handling Conference. This year’s conference, the first one to take place in the Middle East, was being hosted by Qatar Airways and Qatar Aviation Services, their ground handling subsidiary, and would focus on advancing a…

JetBlue Expands Mint Service from New York

On Sunday, JetBlue Airways inaugurated Mint service from New York’s JFK Airport to Seattle-Tacoma Airport. This route is the latest to receive Mint service, following a series of expansion of JetBlue’s newest premium offering from its original mandate of serving key transcontinental routes between New York and California. History of…

Trip Report: Getting Back to Basics on Cape Air

Cape Cod-based Cape Air is known mostly for flying between the Massachusetts islands, Cape Cod and other New England cities, including its hub in Boston, using small propeller aircraft. However, what most people don’t know is that Cape Air provides a valuable service that help connects New England, Essential Air…

Hong Kong Airlines: Bringing the Best of East and West…

What comes to mind when you think of Hong Kong? Maybe the action-packed movies of Jackie Chan or possibly its hearty dim sum and tightly packed skyscrapers. No matter your familiarity with Hong Kong, you can now experience the very best of Hong Kong onboard the airplane when flying Hong…

28 Passengers and a Fading Brand: The Legacy of Virgin…

Virgin America is, and always has been, unlike any other airline in the United States. They offer a degree of luxury overtakes any of the other American competition, while keeping prices affordable. I had been on the airline once before and had an image ingrained in my head that came with…

Trip Report: Flying One of the Few Classic Boeing 737s…

Laid-back Caribbean carrier Cayman Airways is one of the few operators to still fly the classic 737 series. With three of the aircraft in their current fleet of six aircraft, the Classics play a large role in the airline's operations. However, the airline is in the process of getting these…

Trip Report: Flying Onboard the Delivery Flight of Qatar’s First…

After a fantastic A350-1000 delivery gala dinner Tuesday night at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, AirlineGeeks was also invited to join Qatar Airways on the ferry flight to Doha for the very first Airbus A350-1000 delivery. Arriving at Delivery Center early Wednesday morning for the flight, a lot had…

Trip Report: Onboard Lufthansa’s First Transatlantic Flight in Its New…

After a busy week for Lufthansa, it was time for the final event for the launch of the rebranding: the first commercial flight in the new livery on a Boeing 747. For the historic flight, Lufthansa chose its flagship route, Frankfurt to New York on flight LH400, and one of…