Avianca Airlines’ Shareholder Files Injunction to Stop United Deal

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This morning, an injunction was filed by a minority shareholder in Avianca to stop the deal between the airlines controlling shareholder and United.  No word yet on the exact details or justification for the injunction. Back at the end of January, United and Avianca announced that they would work to enhance and deepen their commercial and strategic…

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Richard Branson Coming to Seattle…for Delta / Virgin Atlantic, Not Alaska / Virgin America

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Well this is awkward! Virgin Atlantic is set to launch their Seattle (SEA) to London (LHR) route on March 26th with a brand new 787-9 Dreamliner, Delta previously served the route with a B767. The always fun Richard Branson will be in town to throw an invite only party at Q Nightclub to commemorate the new…

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US DOT Grants American 6 Months to Start LAX-Beijing Service, Rejects Delta’s Bid

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Last week, the US Department of Transportation granted American Airlines six additional months to begin their LAX – Beijing (PEK) flight. That’s shorter than the one year American was asking for in their request which said that the Chinese government and Beijing refuse to grant them commercially viable slots. Meanwhile, Delta had placed another bid…

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Delta Announces New Tableware & Service Products – Rollout April 1st

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Delta has partnered with globally renowned design company Alessi to curate a “modern, stylish and functional” collection of  service products and tableware, which will appear in flight beginning April 1. Delta will bring Alessi’s pieces to its premium cabins, including Delta One, First Class and, in late 2017, Delta Premium Select. This marks the first time…

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The Most Outrageous Hotel Concierge Requests

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As one accumulates status and points in this hobby, you might begin to feel a bit entitled…however I can guarantee that your requests to the concierge have never been this outrageous! Back in 2015 Condé Nast Traveler produced a list of 8 outrageous hotel requests, they’ve now updated that original article to include a total of 12…

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Prank: Filming Passenger Reactions to Fake Power Outlet Stickers @ Boarding Gate

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Last week while killing time in the galley on a cross-country American Airlines flight, I was chatting with a flight attendant when she asked if I’d seen the video where prankster Kim Pao confuses passengers with fake power outlets. The prankster places power outlet stickers all around the boarding gates and then films passenger reactions. They…

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United Says Emirates Testing Trump w/ Newark-Athens, $25M-$30M Loss Annually on Route

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Earlier this week, United President Scott Kirby said that the new Emirates Newark – Athens flight which begins tomorrow will lose $25 – $30 million annually. He also thinks that the flight, which was announced just three days after Trump took office, is a test of the new administration: “It feels like a test of the…

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