EU-ASEAN World’s First Block-to-block Commercial Aviation Agreement

MIAMI – In a move that deeply changes aspects of air traffic between Asia and Europe, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the EU Commission have concluded a world-first block-to-block commercial aviation agreement. According to the announcement published by ASEAN, the pact known as “Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (AE CATA)”, once formalized by the ten […]

EU Bans Belarus Airlines

MIAMI – The European Union has approved a plan to ban Belarus airlines from flying over the EU or landing at bloc airports. With the plan, European commercial aviation continues to be at the center of a diplomatic kerfuffle after Belarus forced a Ryanair (FR) Boeing 737 to divert to Minsk last week to arrest […]

The Chase Sapphire Preferred’s new 100,000-point bonus is worth at least $1,250 in travel, making it one of the year’s hottest offers

  Summary List Placement The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is offering its highest sign-up bonus ever. You can earn Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card after you spend $4,000 in the first three months of account opening. The bonus can get you $1,000 in cash back and even more when you redeem points for travel. Read Insider’s […]

Today in Aviation: Philippine Airlines First Trans-Pacific Sleeper Service

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Philippine Airlines (PR) made its first transpacific sleeper service with a Douglas DC-6 airliner between San Francisco, California, and Manila in the Philippine Islands in 1948. Philippine Airlines, formally incorporated in 1941 by a group of businessmen headed by Andrés Soriano, is the flag carrier of the Philippines, operating from […]

Mike Meldman is one of the most influential real-estate moguls in the country thanks to his luxurious live-in resorts, which became irresistible to the rich and famous during the pandemic

Summary List Placement Mike Meldman started out a long way from the luxurious resort communities he’s built since the early 1990s.  The Milwaukee native and Stanford graduate started out with plans for a career in law — but he told Insider that idea was scrapped when he “bombed the LSATs” and had to refocus his […]

Be bold Boeing, build the twin-ailse 797

Boeing’s founder, Bill Boeing, once said, “let no new improvement in flying and flying equipment pass us by” and so the aerospace giant that still bears his name must be bold and commit to a plane that every passenger will love if it’s to regain an equal share of the civil airliner market. Currently, its […]

I haven’t paid for a hotel room in 10 years — here’s how I stay for free

 Summary List PlacementTable of Contents: Masthead Sticky You can use hotel points for award nights with brands like Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, and IHG. The best programs offer high-value redemptions for a reasonable number of points. You can earn points from hotel credit cards or by transferring from flexible rewards programs. Read Insider’s guide to the […]

11 gorgeous hotel rooms around the world with private plunge pools — all starting under $500 per night

  Summary List Placement From butler service to wellness offerings and suites larger than most New York City apartments, hotels and resorts offer a regular array of luxury amenities meant to lure the discerning traveler. But one perk feels especially irresistible — the private plunge pool.  Perfect for a honeymoon, romantic getaway, or even a […]

Qatar Airways Restarts Nonstop to Atlanta (+Photos)

MIAMI – On Tuesday, June 2, Qatar Airways (QR) invited Airways and a group of journalists to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) for a small celebration. The occasion marked both the fifth anniversary of QR’s flying to ATL and the restart of nonstop service from ATL to Doha. Qatar is flying an Airbus A350-900 on […]

Vietnam Airlines’ Airbus A321ceo to Go on Sale

MIAMI – Vietnam Airlines (VN) is putting 11 of its Airbus A321ceo, averaging 12 years in age, on sale via an auction process. With the sale, VN is set to alienate the aircraft from its fleet within the current fiscal year. The reason for the sale invoked by VN is a desire to modernize its […]

Alaska Airlines, Boeing Partner on ecoDemonstrator Program

MIAMI – Alaska Airlines (AS) and Boeing will test 20 new technologies utilizing a brand new Boeing 737 MAX 9 as part of the latest iteration of the ecoDemonstrator program.  Before entering service with AS, the new aircraft will complete five months of test flights, helping Boeing to test its newest technology and innovation.  Some […]

9 US destinations where you can celebrate Pride this year, plus LGBTQ-friendly hotels for each

  Summary List PlacementTable of Contents: Masthead Sticky Pride’s back! In truth Pride never went away. We’ve been marching for half a century in the face of arrest, harassment and worse, through nearly four decades of an epidemic that devastated yet ultimately galvanized our community, and now through a global pandemic.  We will always exercise […]

Air France Flight Evacuated on Suspicion of Explosive Device

MIAMI – A interministerial crisis unit has been set up in Paris due to suspicion of an explosive device on board an Air France (AF) Dreamliner. According to an official statement issued by the French Government, the crisis unit was set up upon a request from France’s Prime Minister, Jean Castex. Flight AF865, operated by […]

Ferrovial Airports Appoints New CEO

MIAMI – The Board of Directors of Ferrovial Airports appointed Luke Bugeja as CEO of the operator last Monday, May 31. Bugeja replaces Jorge Gil, who held the position since December 2012. Gil will remain on for several months to ensure a smooth handover. Bugeja has over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry […]

Miami’s best boutique hotels boast glittering pools, eye catching decor, and an intimate feel — here are our top 10 picks

  Summary List PlacementTable of Contents: Masthead Sticky Personal attention, intimate settings, and little risk of encountering large-scale conventions or spring break crowds are just a few reasons why many folks love to stay at boutique hotels.  In Miami, boutique hotels include those boasting historic architecture in renovated Art Deco or Mediterranean Revival buildings, hotels […]

Airbus Rushing Aid to Fight COVID in India

MIAMI – The European aircraft manufacturer is shipping 36 tons of urgently needed health equipment and supplies to New Dehli (DE), including oxygen production plants, breathing machines, concentrators, and Mobile Intensive Care Units (ICUs). An Airbus A350 test aircraft has been deployed to deliver the aid from Airbus’ headquarters in Toulouse (TLS) to DEL. The […]

United Airlines goes supersonic with Boom

United Airlines, one of the world’s biggest airlines has announced a commercial agreement with Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic to order 15 and take 35 options on its Overture airliner. The deal is contingent on Boom meeting United’s demanding safety, operating, and sustainability requirements. The companies said they will work together on meeting those requirements […]

Emirates Announces Miami Nonstop Service

MIAMI – Emirates (EK) has announced a new nonstop service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Dubai International Airport (DXB) slated to begin on July 22, 2021, according to an EK press release. The service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft per the release with a nighttime departure from MIA. The largest airline […]

Snakes and scorpions around the Qantas superjumbos

Passengers just love Qantas ’s A380 superjumbos – and so do rattlesnakes and scorpions. Qantas’s fleet of A380s is now basking in the sun in California’s Mojave desert and its rattlesnake season so Qantas engineers have added a new pre-inspection procedure to avoid the wrath of startled snakes when they carry out weekly maintenance on […]

Airlines urge green light for vaccinated travellers

The airline’s lead industry body the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged governments to give the green light for vaccinated travelers. In a global conference, IATA said data-driven decisions should manage the risks of COVID-19 when reopening borders to international travel. Willie Walsh, IATA’s director-general said that strategies without quarantine measures can enable international […]

IHG Rewards Club Premier card review: An annual free night makes this a valuable card even if you’re not an IHG loyalist

 IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit CardSummary List PlacementTable of Contents: Masthead Sticky Review: Is the IHG Rewards Club Premier the best credit card for you? The IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card offers tremendous value for hotel stays. It doesn’t take much to get your money’s worth out of the card if you stay at […]

9 of the best Airbnbs in New Orleans, from a renovated warehouse loft to a backyard oasis with a private pool

  Summary List Placement With its historic French Quarter neighborhood and year-round festivities, New Orleans is an ever-popular destination. With many businesses and restaurants allowed to operate back at 100% capacity, those who are fully vaccinated can once again enjoy the city’s famed revelry, world-class dining scene, and most of the major attractions and museums.  […]

The Airchive: Your Next Digital Aviation Getaway Awaits

MIAMI – With aviation memorabilia, special flight photos, final assembly photos, and much more, the Airchive, recently rebooted by aviation veteran Chris Sloan, is the perfect place to await your next (in person) AvGeek adventure.  Founded in 2003, the Airchive was created as a digital aviation museum, celebrating all aspects of aviation. The Airchive features AvGeek […]

Air Montenegro to Start Services on June 10

MIAMI – Air Montenegro, an avatar of the now-defunct Montenegro Airlines (YM), is ready to start flying starting June 10 using two or three Embraer E195 aircraft, on lease from GECAS and previously operated by YM. According to SeeNews, the new airline plans to starts services between Podgorica (TGD) and Belgrade (BEG) by offering a […]

KLM Network Almost Back to 2019 Levels

MIAMI – In a press release today, KLM (KL) says that its North American network of destinations is almost back to its 2019 level before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the commercial aviation industry. However, seating capacity and frequencies of flights remain far below pre-pandemic levels. As vaccination rates increase around the world, KLM […]

United, Hawaiian Airlines Return to Tahiti

MIAMI – United Airlines (UA) and Hawaiian Airlines (HA) return to Papeete’s Tahiti International Airport (PPT), the former beginning June 3 and the latter starting services in August. According to the French Air Journal, UA is resuming services from San Francisco (SFO), interrupted in February 2021 because of the COVID-19 epidemic, renewing its offer of […]

End of an Era: Austrian Airlines Operates Final Dash 8 Flight

MIAMI – This week, Austrian Airlines (OS) operated its final Bombardier Dash 8 flight, marking the end of an era for the aircraft as the airline works to renew its fleet.  The flight departed Innsbruck at 3:15 PM and landed in Vienna at 3:32 PM (local times) with a flight time of just over one […]