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A JetBlue Airways Airbus A320 taxiing onto Princess Juliana International Airport's main runway for a departure to New York. (Photos: AirlineGeeks | Tom Pallini)

Returning to Normalcy: Sint Maarten Sees Major Upgrade In Commercial Service as Hurricane Recovery Continues

One of the casualties of the devastating Hurricane Maria and Irma in the Caribbean was the island of Sint Maarten, home to Princess Juliana International Airport. The airport, a mecca to aviation enthusiasts thanks to nearby Maho Beach where aircraft fly mere feet above one’s head, was destroyed and access was restricted to the popular dual-country island. [caption id="attachment_31488" align="alignnone" width="960"] A Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 passing over Maho Beach in Sint Maarten. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Tom Pallini)[/caption] In the…

United Opens Long-Awaited Polaris Lounge at LAX

After much anticipation and waiting, the missing piece to the United Polaris experience at LAX has finally arrived. United opened its fifth Polaris lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to flyers Saturday. The lounge’s opening not only marks another milestone for Polaris but also it caps off the airline’s…

Trip Report: Flying Business Class on an Avianca Boeing 787-8…

Avianca recently began to operate flights between Bogota and Munich, with the service starting on Nov. 16, in what has become the carrier's fourth destination in Europe after Madrid, Barcelona and London. The flight is not only the longest that the airline operates to Europe but is also the longest…

Trip Report: Impressive 90 Minute Journey on India’s Vistara

Airlines in India don’t have the same clout that other airlines do. Air India and Jet Airways aren’t even in the same league as airlines like Singapore or ANA. So when I needed to fly from New Delhi to Ahmedabad, India I was mentally preparing myself for the worst. The…

Singapore Airlines Resumes Nonstop Flight to Los Angeles with New…

Singapore Airlines has relaunched its non-stop service between Los Angeles and Singapore Friday night with the new Airbus A350-900ULR (Ultra-Long Range) jet making the journey more convenient and faster than ever. 141 lucky passengers were onboard the inaugural flight (SQ37) to Changi Airport and Singapore Airlines held a festive celebration…

Photo Tour: Onboard Iberia’s New Airbus A350-900XWB

Spanish flag carrier Iberia recently began a fleet renewal that includes the Airbus A350-900XWB as its centerpiece. The Madrid-based airline first took delivery of the ultra-modern aircraft in June before deploying it on short-haul routes in Europe, notably Madrid-London, for crew training purposes. Its first long-haul flight took place on…

A Day of Firsts: Qantas Inaugurates New Dreamliner Service to…

While most Americans were mourning the end of the summer over Labor Day Weekend, Qantas was celebrating the beginning of a new era, the era of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. On Saturday, Qantas inaugurated a new route from Melbourne to San Francisco on the aircraft, as well as replaced its…

Inside United’s Latest Polaris Lounge in Houston

On Friday, United opened the doors to its latest Polaris Lounge at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Located inside United’s Terminal E, near gate E12 and the United Club, two sliding glass doors lead passengers to the lounge check-in desk. Similar to other Polaris Lounges, passengers are greeted by…

First Look: WestJet Unveils Boeing 787 Dreamliner Livery and Interior…

WestJet was born as a 'Canadian Southwest,' with a single-aircraft approach, but it didn't take much time for the carrier to expand and diversify its purpose and, subsequently, its offering. First, the adoption of Bombardier Q400 turboprops, and later with the creation of an ultra-low-cost-carrier named Swoop, the company has…

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…