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United Announces Santa Maria Return and More New San Francisco Service

United will be adding additional service out of its San Francisco hub for the upcoming summer travel season. In addition to the new services, the Star Alliance carrier will restart flights out of Santa Maria Airport (SMX) on California's Central Coast through its regional United Express brand (SkyWest). Beginning June 4, 2020, United will introduce new daily flights from San Francisco to Santa Maria Airport and a new seasonal daily flight to Milwaukee (MKE).  The service to Milwaukee departs San…

Inside a FlyingLab: Lufthansa’s Unique In-Flight Conference Experience

When Lufthansa began flights to San Jose, Calif., the carrier knew it had to do something unique to celebrate the newly established connection to the tech-focused Silicon Valley region. As airline officials began brainstorming how to mark the new service, the team wanted to create something innovative that no one…

Virgin Atlantic Expands A350 Routes for Summer, Doubles Down in…

In preparation for the busy 2020 summer travel season, Virgin Atlantic has announced four new routes for its newest flagship aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000 XWB. Having started service with the airline on the London-New York JFK route, next year will see the aircraft expand to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Johannesburg…

Air New Zealand Adds Newark, Ends London to Los Angeles…

Air New Zealand has announced that it will be commencing service from Auckland to Newark, N.J. pending regulatory approval. The flight will be operated three times a week, year-round and will be flown on the carrier’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft. In creating the new route, the carrier will also be ending…

Asiana LAX-Bound A380 Catches on Fire in Seoul

The engine of an Asiana Airlines Airbus A380 caught on fire during refueling at Incheon International Airport in Seoul on Friday afternoon. The plane, HL7652, was about to carry out flight OZ 202 to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Travelers inside the terminal saw smoke and sparks coming from the…

Onboard the Final Flight: Qantas Transfers Newly-Retired Boeing 747 to…

Continuing its gradual retirement of the type, Qantas parted ways with another Boeing 747-400 on Tuesday. The airline’s latest Boeing 747 to be sent to the United States was VH-OJU named Lord Howe Island, a near-20-year-old Qantas veteran and one of its longest-serving global ambassadors at the time of its…

United to Begin Non-Stop Service to Alaska from Los Angeles

United announced it will be launching a new non-stop seasonal summer service to Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport from its west-coast LAX hub using its Boeing 737-800 jet. Flights are scheduled to begin June 18, 2020, and will operate once daily in each direction through Aug. 17, 2020. The airline operates…

LAX to End Curbside Pickups for Rideshare and Shuttles

On Friday, Los Angeles International Airport announced a major change for passengers arriving at the airport. Starting at the end of October, travellers will no longer be able to hail a rideshare or get a taxi from the terminal curbside. Instead, all pickups will migrate to a centralized location located…

Spirit Airlines Unveils Newly-Redesigned Cabin Seats to be Installed on…

Ultra-low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines will be installing new, ergonomically-designed cabin seats starting from Nov. 2019 on its new Airbus A320 jets. According to Spirit, the design of the latest cabin seats focus on guest comfort and is in response to feedback and survey results from its flying customers. The seats…

Delta and Virgin Atlantic Boost Transatlantic Venture with Route Announcements

Delta Air Lines will increase its capacity by 15 percent between London Heathrow and the East Coast of the U.S. as part of a joint venture to increase flights between the two countries with Virgin Atlantic. In comparison with this year, the changes will add an extra 10,000 seats per…