It’s been one heck of a year for fare sales and award seat availability, and we’re only about 3 weeks in! First, there were ultra-cheap tickets to tons of places, then last night there was tons of US Airways business class inventory. Now, The Flight Deal is reporting that both United and Emirates are offering $404 tickets from New York to Milan. The fares are good through the end of March, so not a ton of time. But, a fabulous deal to a destination high on my list! If you […]
Airbus had an ambitious plan for the A380. It’s a monumental plane, a statement with one heck of a range. But, it appears Airbus drastically over-estimated the market for this 500+ passenger beast.
Are the Middle East carriers taking over the travel world? Scott McCartney has an interesting article about the aggressive tactics Emirates, et al are employing to grow share from the US to destinations abroad. HT: Loyalty Lobby Quoting from the article: They are winning over customers with service reminiscent of the early days of flying. That means hot towels in economy, plus amenities like onboard showers in first class and a bar in business class. Etihad has flight attendants trained as flying nannies who entertain children from first class, business and […]
The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (at least for this House) in favor of a short-term government funding measure that also included an extension of the charter for the Export-Import Bank until June, 2015. First, a quick primer on the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im, in short). Here’s a statement directly from their website: The Export-Import Bank of the United States is the official export credit agency of the United States. Our mission is to ensure that U.S. companies — large and small — have access to the financing they need to turn […]
The Middle East carriers are pumping up the order books early for Boeing’s new 777X. First, there was the news of an order from Etihad for 25 777X aircraft. And, for good measure they tacked on another 30 787s. The retail value on that order is just North of $25 billion, though Etihad likely got a pretty significant discount. Not to be outdone, Emirates decided to purchase 150 777X planes, at a retail value of $76 billion. Qatar Airways decided to jump in for 50 777X aircraft as well. There […]