Is Lufthansa Getting a New Livery?

A 747 sporting a 1970s Lufthansa livery. Source: Lufthansa Magazin

An aircraft livery helps set an airline apart on a crowded apron, and is often a canvas that projects an image associated to a certain brand or even country. Some airlines opt for super colorful livery (e.g. Southwest), some choose to put out many variations (e.g. JetBlue, Frontier), while some want them to be almost…

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RIP Virgin America, Carrier Begins Using Alaska Call Sign. We’ll Miss These Quirks Forever

Virgin America officially stopped operating under its “Redwood” call sign today, instead transitioning to Alaska’s “Alaska” sign. In the eyes of the FAA, that makes Virgin America and Alaska one airline. You’ll still see Virgin America plans for quite a bit longer, but today marks the official end of Virgin America ūüôĀ Slowly but surely,…

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JetBlue Tanks, Finishes Dead Last In WSJ Performance Rankings. But really???

JetBlue, long the darling of airline customer service rankings, dropped from fourth to dead last in the Wall Street Journal’s annual airline performance ranking for 2017. Delta Air Lines moved from second in the 2016 rankings to overtake Alaska Airlines in take the top spot in 2017. The poor ranking is influenced by the New…

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The First Muji Hotel is Opening in China!

Muji Shenzhen, Hallway. Source: Muji Hotels

Muji is a Japanese retail company¬†that mainly focuses on minimalistic designs; the brand started off selling household products¬†and food items in 1980s. Over the years, they have gradually expanded their product lines, now selling stationery, apparel, cosmetics, and even furniture. The brand’s full name literally translates into no brand high quality goods, which I think¬†precisely…

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Full List: Redeem IHG Points for Kimpton Hotels

The Kimpton DeWitt Hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Source: Kimpton Hotels

IHG announced that they were going to buy Kimpton Hotels back in 2014, and finally announced that they are rolling Kimpton’s Karma Rewards loyalty program into the IHG Rewards Club program late 2017.¬†Kimpton has a pretty diehard fan base, with customers who like their boutique, somewhat quirky properties in larger cities. Kimpton’s footprint is mostly…

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Trip Report – SWISS Business Class A330 ‘Throne Seat’ Review, Chicago to Z√ľrich

Utterly private and exceptionally spacious, it’s been called the best seat on board — and it’s not even in first class. Recently, on a quick New Year’s Eve getaway to Paris, I took the chance to experience SWISS Global Airlines’ so-called business class throne seat. SWISS’ unique staggered business class configuration is a double-edged sword…

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United Finally Matches Competition, Offers 2 Free Checked Bags on Flights to China and Hong Kong

A United 777-300ER. Source: United

This is a minor news of sort, though I thought is something worth highlighting. For a while now, there is an interesting quirk in United’s baggage policies for passengers in Economy. Flights from China and Hong Kong to the US receive 2 free checked bags, but flights to China/Hong Kong only get one checked bag.…

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Etihad Will Sell Access to “Residence Room” in Melbourne Lounge for ~$30

VIP Room for Residence Passengers in Etihad First & Business Class Lounge Melbourne. Source: Etihad

For the past year, we have seen Gulf carriers increasing focus on monetizing their amenities ever more aggressively. Emirates and Etihad both began selling lounge access to all passengers in 2017, across their entire lounge network worldwide. Etihad even started selling pajamas, amenity kits, and champagne in Economy Class.¬†Now, Etihad is lowering the price for…

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