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Mixed Feelings on the Reconfigured United 757-300

Reconfigured Boeing 757-300 Aircraft United Airlines operates a small fleet of 21 757-300 (753) aircraft, a high-density domestic workhouse flying primarily on hub-to-hub and leisure-heavy routes. United announced last December it would install slimline seats on the stretched 757 variant, increasing capacity by 21 seats. Nine of United’s 757-300’s have been reconfigured to also include the new(ish)…

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Will Austin Become Delta’s Fourth Focus City?

Unitiform Vignettes during the Delta Runway Reveal

View From the Wing reported yesterday that Delta will upgrade Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to a focus city. If true, Austin will join Boston (BOS), Cincinnati (CVG), and Raleigh-Durham (RDU) as Delta’s fourth focus city. A focus city operates like a mini-hub with additional point-to-point flights beyond the carrier’s hubs. Delta’s Focus City Initiative Delta…

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Did a United Flight Attendant Attack a Travel Writer On Twitter? – Editorial

If reporting by longtime travel guru Gary Leff is accurate (I have a sneaking suspicion it is), a United Airlines flight attendant was caught Sunday leveling a personally charged Twitter rant against a travel writer who reviewed the airline’s service in his course of work. Leff’s accounting of the exchange is light, enjoyable and humorous.…

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When Should I Tip In Europe? — Ask Anything

Tipping is a highly cultural practice that varies all over the world. If you’re visiting Europe from abroad, you may be confused as to whether you should — or when you should — tip a waitress, waitor, bellhop or taxicab driver. Recently, Point Me To The Plane Destinations Expert Sarah Johnson got a question about…

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United Opened a Global Services Lobby(ish) in Denver

Top-tier United Airlines elites flying out of Denver International Airport (DEN) have a new – and somewhat hidden – check-in area. I stopped by last week, and it seems to be a work-in-progress. United operates exclusive check-in reception areas for Global Services members at most of its major hubs, including Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Los…

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Galley Gab! Part 1 – Flight Attendant ‘Secret’ Terms

Ever Wonder What Flight Attendants Are Whispering? Galley News Network (GNN), Galley FM, Galley Gossip…or Galley Gab! Depending on the airline and crew, these are the terms for inflight secrets brewed, stirred, and spilled in galleys large and small. The majority of ‘secret’ words flight attendants use are hardly salacious – most are simply industry…

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I Missed My Flight – So United Upgraded Me?

I’ve Missed Two Flights in the Last Ten Years. Today Was One of Them. I’m the type of traveler who arrives at the airport four hours early – for a domestic flight. I love a leisurely visit to the lounge and unnecessarily long strolls through O’Hare’s opposite-of-chic terminals. Today, I was that person – the one…

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