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Singapore Airlines Cancels the World's Longest Commercial Flights

Singapore Airlines Cancels the World's Longest Commercial Flights Nov 5th, 2013 at 4:43PM: Flickr/Aero Icarus The longest commercial flights in the world -- Singapore Airlines' flights 21 and 22, running between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey -- are slated for cancellation The Economist's Gulliver blog reports. The flights traverse 9,525 miles in about 19 hours. Qantas's 8,576-mile route between Sydney and Dallas now has the top honor, according to USA Today, with Delta's Atlanta...

Iconic Airports: Where Are They Now?

Iconic Airports: Where Are They Now? Oct 14th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Original LAX plan, courtesy LA World Airports Flight Path Learning Center Yesterday, I went out to JFK Airport with no flight to catch and no visitors to greet. It was the annual Open House New York event, where private buildings and homes all over the city open to the public for a few hours, and it was a last chance to see the iconic TWA Flight Center before it is turned into a hotel. (You can...

Airplane Food Just Got Worse: Air China Serves Expired Food On Domestic Flight

Airplane Food Just Got Worse: Air China Serves Expired Food On Domestic Flight Oct 8th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Flickr, bfishadow Over 20 passengers on an Air China flight were sick after eating expired beef pancakes on a domestic flight to Beijing. One passenger shared a photo of the out-of-date food on Chinese social network Weibo showing the expiration date of October 2, four days before her flight. An official statement by the airline claimed that incorrect packaging was to blame for the...

Man's Response To $1,400 Overweight Baggage Fee Prompts Police Action

Man's Response To $1,400 Overweight Baggage Fee Prompts Police Action Jul 31st, 2013 at 1:00PM: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Lockwood (This isn't the luggage in question, but you get the idea) Police in New York and Seattle were called in to investigate when a man ditched his luggage in order to avoid overweight baggage fees, NBC reports. The unidentified traveler was going to take Delta Air Lines Flight 1452 from Seattle to JFK when he was told his...

Delta Punished For Breaking The Rules On Passenger Bumping

Delta Punished For Breaking The Rules On Passenger Bumping Jun 28th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Kentaro IEMOTO, Flickr Delta has received a slap on the wrist for failing to properly compensate passengers who were bumped from their flights. The government handed the airline a $750,000 fine, saying the carrier had routinely mishandled overbooked flights by bumping passengers without asking for volunteers or compensating travelers. Airlines regularly overbook flights since many passengers...

Follies And Fixes In Long-Haul Travel

Follies And Fixes In Long-Haul Travel May 25th, 2013 at 1:00PM: TheeErin via Flickr (Creative Commons) It was not yet 6 a.m., but I had a bad feeling about how the day was going to go. The stone faced desk clerk had no interest in checking me in here in Vienna, not to mention through to my final destination, Seattle. "No. Different booking." "But it's with the same airlines..." "Different booking. No." "So I'll have to..." "You'll need to...

Delta's New T4X Pop-Up Celebrates New Terminal Opening At JFK

Delta's New T4X Pop-Up Celebrates New Terminal Opening At JFK Apr 24th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Delta is celebrating the launch of JFK Airport's new Terminal 4 (opening May 24) with a SoHo-based pop-up dubbed T4X. The high-design concept will showcase elements of the new terminal, as well as offer some perks for visitors. Open Tuesday though Sunday each week, the building at the corner of West Broadway and Broome will serve four $4 daily sandwich and salad offerings created by Chef...

Delta Employees Reunite Boy With Treasured Shirt

Delta Employees Reunite Boy With Treasured Shirt Apr 23rd, 2013 at 4:30PM: When a 7-year-old lost the thing he treasures most in the world, Delta employees went above and beyond – even searching in the trash – to get it back to him. ABC News in Fargo, North Dakota, broke the story of Cole Holzer and his treasured T-shirt. The shirt wasn't just an expensive gift or a favorite thing for the young boy to wear, but actually an article of clothing his father...

Everything You Need To Know About Flying With An Infant Turning 2

Everything You Need To Know About Flying With An Infant Turning 2 Mar 13th, 2013 at 11:00AM: After flying with an infant to over a dozen countries and on nearly 50 flights in her 20 months, I figured I pretty much have baby travel down to a science, as much as you can call it "science" when dealing with a person who is often unpredictable and doesn't respond to reason. While each flight gets more challenging, I'm relishing this travel time before she has opinions on where to go and...

Delta Air Lines Changes Mileage Program, Budget Travelers Lose

Delta Air Lines Changes Mileage Program, Budget Travelers Lose Jan 23rd, 2013 at 11:00AM: The announcement came quietly last week, amid bigger, louder clamor over another airline's new branding. Delta Air Lines will be changing its mileage program for the 2015 status year, and in a very big way. Coming up, passengers will soon be required to spend a minimum amount of money on the airline per year in order to reach elite status. So, for example, for one to reach Platinum status, it will...

Outtakes From Delta Air Lines' New Safety Video

Jan 16th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Late last year you may remember that Delta Air Lines produced a new on-board safety video. It was a replacement to the now-famous Deltalina video, updated with new hosts and a dash of humor. Widely applauded by the community for balancing light-hearted content with informational rules, several versions of the video are now in place among the 722 aircraft in Delta's fleet. As a bonus, this...

Delta's New 'Fly Delta' App Lets You See The World Under Your Airplane

Jan 11th, 2013 at 11:30AM: Ever dream of flying in a glass bottom jet? That technology may not yet be available, but Delta Air Lines' new iPad app might just be the best simulation. The Fly Delta app for iPad was released yesterday as part of Delta's new $140 million commitment to technology, which includes upgrades to its website, mobile apps and airport kiosks. The app includes new tools to ease the travel...

Airports Add Free Power For Electronics, Vehicles

Airports Add Free Power For Electronics, Vehicles Sep 21st, 2012 at 1:00PM: Using free power to charge electronic devices before boarding a flight is a popular activity. Airlines and airports know that and are adding more charging stations all the time. The same goes for electric vehicle travelers who might drive to the airport. As more environmentally friendly cars hit the streets, airports are adding charging stations for them too, also a complimentary service. ...

Swarm Of Bees Delays Delta Flight From Taking Off

Swarm Of Bees Delays Delta Flight From Taking Off Aug 7th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Here's a new reason your plane could be delayed. Last week, a Delta flight from Pittsburgh to JFK was grounded when thousands of bees clung to the aircraft's left wing. According to news.com.au, passengers looked on in shock, snapping pictures with their phones. The flight was delayed 20 minutes as beekeeper Stephen Repasky removed the insects. Repasky explained the honeybees were harmless...

Airline Safety: Another Needle Found In Airplane Food

Airline Safety: Another Needle Found In Airplane Food Aug 3rd, 2012 at 4:00PM: Two weeks ago, we told you about how six Delta passengers were horrified to find needles in their airline sandwiches. While we were hoping it was a one-time incident, it seems passengers really do need to be extra careful when eating their on-board meals. In the last case, the flights were leaving from Amsterdam; however, Air Canada has confirmed a sewing needle was found in the food on a Canadian...

Passengers Horrified At Needles Found In Their Airline Food

Passengers Horrified At Needles Found In Their Airline Food Jul 17th, 2012 at 12:00PM: And you thought your worst airline meal nightmare was getting runny eggs or stale bread? Passengers onboard four different flights from Amsterdam to the United States on Delta Air Lines were horrified to find sewing needles in their turkey sandwiches. In total, six sandwiches were found to have needles, including two separate flights to Atlanta, one to Seattle and one to Minneapolis, where the...

Hiking The Black Canyon In The United States' Newest National Park

Hiking The Black Canyon In The United States' Newest National Park Jul 5th, 2012 at 12:00PM: "Our surroundings were of the wildest possible description. The roar of the water ... was constantly in our ears, and the walls of the canyon, towering half mile in height above us, were seemingly vertical" - Abraham Lincoln Fellows, 1901 For those who love the outdoors and unique landscapes, Colorado is home to the United States' newest national park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Named a...

Airline Booking Agent Tells All In Online Q&A

Airline Booking Agent Tells All In Online Q&A Jun 18th, 2012 at 6:00PM: There are entire websites and forums dedicated to maximizing your travel miles and getting the best bang for your buck when it comes to purchasing airline tickets. But rarely do we hear from those behind the reservations desk ... until now. Over on Reddit there's an ongoing Q & A with "TravelAuthority," a reservations agent for airlines like Delta, Air France and KLM. We're sharing some of...

Announcing Gadling's Facebook + Delta SkyMiles + Unicef Challenge

Announcing Gadling's Facebook + Delta SkyMiles + Unicef Challenge May 10th, 2012 at 9:00AM: There are too many "like our Facebook feeds and win a prize" challenges out there, so today I'd like to try to change tack: instead of rewarding ourselves let's empower others. Today, let's raise Facebook likes for UNICEF. Instead of asking AOL (our bosses) to step up to the plate, however, I'd like to lead by example. So as editor of this fine site I'll dig into my personal SkyMiles account...

Give Delta's New York LaGuardia shuttle service a try

Give Delta's New York LaGuardia shuttle service a try Feb 24th, 2012 at 10:30AM: Those that travel frequently between New York's LaGuardia and Chicago's O'Hare airport know that it is among the more tedious routes to fly, particularly if you're traveling on a legacy carrier. Older, less comfortable airplanes, tiny overhead bins packed to the gills with carry-on luggage, and heavy flight traffic are all the norm, leading to plenty of stressed-out travelers. It's for exactly...

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