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Was 2017 Fatal For International First Class?

The full range of Casper products in American Airlines long-haul First Class. Source: American Airlines

For all the attention poured on new business class cabins in 2017, airlines did not bestow so much favor on international first class cabins. Though heavyweight luxury carrier Emirates and Singapore launched much improved first class suites onboard their long-haul jets, enthusiasm for the private, front end of the plane waned among just about everyone…

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Remembering The Worst Behaved Airline Passengers in 2017

There are bad seatmates — the flatulent, talking, snoring, leaning, and drooling variety — and then there are disastrous seatmates. It seems 2017 was an exceptional year for misbehaved passengers. The number of passengers forcibly removed for air rage incidents rose 50 percent in 2017, according to the International Air Transport Association. There were diversions.…

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Five Terrifying Emergency Landings In 2017

The year came and went with no fatal commercial passenger jet crashes, an exceptional performance in an exceptionally safe industry. That didn’t mean passengers weren’t left holding their breath at times. Commercial aviation remains the safest mode of transportation worldwide — by far. But any incidents involving emergency landings and commercial airplanes raise eyebrows. Air…

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Five Terrifying Emergency Landings in 2017

The year came and went with no fatal commercial passenger jet crashes, an exceptional performance in an exceptionally safe industry. That didn’t mean passengers weren’t left holding their breath at times. Commercial aviation remains the safest mode of transportation worldwide — by far. But any incidents involving emergency landings and commercial airplanes raise eyebrows. Air…

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First Class Suites Hit Another Level in 2017

First Class is a relative term. For those who haven’t left the lower 48 states, First Class likely means premium economy (or does premium economy really mean first class). But even the most avid globetrotters underwent seismic adjustments to their understanding of first class this year. The undisputed world champions in first class seats have…

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U.S. Airlines Left The 747 Behind in 2017; What They Replace It With Matters

United Airlines' Boeing 747. Source: United Airlines

There’s been a lot written in 2017 on the maligned and anticipated retirement of the Boeing 747 from U.S. airlines this year. A big driver of coverage (including this author’s) has been the nostalgia around the plane, which has afforded fliers an incomparable experience of grandeur and comfort since its introduction nearly 40 years ago.…

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