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Deboarding a Ryanair 737-800, operated by Malta Air, in Catania. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

European Ultra-Low-Cost Flying Part Two: Pisa to Catania with Ryanair

This is Part Two in a short series of trip reports aboard European ultra-low-cost carriers. To view Part One, click here. I don't think I need to say much about Ryanair. The juggernaut of affordable travel revolutionized forever how people fly in Europe, defying legacy airlines and lowering fares significantly. I had thought my first flight with them would be on a trip to Greece I had planned for September, but I needed to change my plans for a trip…

Lessons on Leadership from the Left Seat: A New Captain’s…

There is an old saying that “the greatest journey an airline pilot ever takes is the one to the captain’s chair three feet to the left.”  In August of 2013, after years of hard work, Korry Franke made that journey and became a United Airlines captain on the Boeing 737.…

Delta Opens New Sky Club and Talks Future in Austin

Just over a year after Delta Air Lines announced its plans to build a Sky Club at Austin Bergstrom International Airport during a visit to the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the airline celebrated the completion of its newest lounge space in the U.S. on Monday ahead of its opening to…

Ryanair Ranked Worst Short-Haul Airline in U.K.

According to the U.K.’s independent consumer watchdog Which?, Ryanair ranked the worst short-haul airline for the sixth year in a row. The low-cost carrier giant received a customer score of 40 percent, 12 percent lower than Thomas Cook Airlines which was the second worst rated. Which? Travel rates airlines, airport…

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…

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…

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…

LOUNGE REVIEW: Cathay Pacific’s First and Business Class Lounge at…

While I was sad to be leaving one of my new favorite cities, Hong Kong, I was extremely excited to try out Cathay Pacific’s recently renovated lounge, [italic]The Pier[/italic]. While the final touches were finished six months ago, the lounge has already won an award for being the best first…

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…

Checking Out the Rebranded Southwest

With the AirTran integration complete, Southwest has turned its attention to the rebranding of its fleet as the wordless "canyon blue" Boeing 737s will fade into the new "billboard" Southwest paint job. While some of the aircraft in Southwest’s fleet have already seen the new livery, most are still in…