Brussels Airlines goes year-round with service to Washington Dulles

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Brussels Airlines will connect Washington D.C.., to its namesake hub year-round beginning this fall, increasing travel options to its African and European destinations. The Star Alliance carrier will resume seasonal service between Brussels (BRU) and Washington Dulles (IAD) with four weekly flight on Feb. 20, Brussels Airlines said Thursday. It suspended flights for the winter …

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American to fly 777s between New York and Los Angeles, widebodies between several other cities

Written by Victoria M. Walker @ The Points Guy

American Airlines will run several widebodies on domestic routes connecting major hubs, including New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX), and Los Angeles and San Francisco (SFO) to Chicago (ORD). The routes were first reported by potus18 on FlyerTalk. As potus18 found, the New York to Los Angeles flight will operate on a Boeing 777 …

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How do airplanes fly?

Written by Mike Arnot @ The Points Guy

117 years after the Wright brothers’ first flight, aviation is a part of daily life and comparatively a very safe mode of transportation. Airplanes take off, cruise and land without a hiccup in the most demanding conditions. But how exactly planes fly is still mysterious to many—even after so much time has passed since that …

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United Airlines is adding 20 more dual-class Bombardier CRJ550 jets

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

United Airlines is betting on the continued success of the Bombardier CRJ550 with a commitment for 20 more of the type by next year. The Chicago-based carrier is adding the additional CRJ550s, its first 50-seat regional jet with a first-class cabin, to its agreement with regional affiliate GoJet Airlines, Trans States-owned GoJet said Wednesday. The additional …

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Frequent flyer Q&A: Gino Bertuccio, from Miami, Florida

Written by Zach Honig @ The Points Guy

When ANA scheduled its much-anticipated inaugural flight with the Airbus A380, Gino Bertuccio didn’t hesitate to book a first-class seat. But, while many onboard were thrilled to experience what was likely their very first journey on the double-decker superjumbo, that six-hour first-class hop was but a drop in the bucket for Gino. The Miami-based businessman …

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American Airlines will soon let you pre-order meals on regional flights

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

American Airlines’ premium-cabin passengers will be able to pre-order their meals on more flights starting next month. Beginning March 11, American will expand its pre-order option to include American Eagle flights that have a first-class cabin and fly on routes of 900 miles or more. American said the move will make it the first airline …

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WestJet beefs up Calgary hub with summer expansion

Written by Ben Mutzabaugh @ The Points Guy

WestJet will grow its Calgary schedule by more than 90 flights this summer as its hub there remains the focal point for the carrier’s growth. The beefed-up summer schedule will include new destinations – including Boston and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – as well as additional flights on existing routes. Also included in WestJet’s summer …

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United Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations into September

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

The three U.S. airlines that have the Boeing 737 MAX in their fleets continue to grapple with uncertainty about when the plane may return to the skies. The aircraft has been grounded globally since March 2019 after the second of two crashes that together killed 346 people. An automated flight control system is suspected of contributing …

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Delta rolls out special Airbus A321 livery to thank employees at profit-sharing event

Written by Zach Wichter @ The Points Guy

“Valentine’s Day to us now is not red, it’s green, because it’s profit sharing day.” That was the message Delta Air Lines’ CEO Ed Bastian delivered to employees Friday outside the company’s Atlanta headquarters Friday. About 900 employees from across the airline filled a hangar at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), and cheered as executives …

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Delta facing delays on Airbus A321neo deliveries, just like American and JetBlue

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Delta Air Lines will receive far fewer Airbus A321neos this year than it expected, joining the long list of airlines facing months-long delivery delays of the new jet. The Atlanta-based carrier anticipates the delivery of just one A321neo in 2020, its latest fleet plan released Thursday shows. Delta’s previous fleet plan a year ago forecast …

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What the American-Alaska partnership means for Delta

Written by Zach Wichter and Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines have had a long-simmering competition in Seattle, a growth market where each has looked to solidify its standing. The two companies were once close partners, but that ended less-than-amicably when Delta decided to grow its own presence in Alaska’s home market and end an alliance between the two. Delta …

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These secret American Airlines seats are a major upgrade — and free if you know how to request them

Written by Zach Griff @ The Points Guy

Your coach seat just got upgraded — but not to business-class or an extra-legroom Main Cabin Extra seat. Instead, if you’re flying economy on an American Airlines Boeing 767, you can actually request to sit in one of the four super-reclining crew rest seats — for free. RELATED: Sign up for TPG’s daily newsletter for …

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Airbus certifies smallest A330neo in race to replace aging 767s

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

European and U.S. regulators have certified the smallest Airbus A330neo model, the planemaker’s answer to airlines’ Boeing 767 replacement needs. Certification of the A330-800 by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and U.S. Federal Aviation Administration comes after the aircraft completed 132 test flights, or 370 hours in the air, since its first flight in …

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A history of Delta in Seattle, Alaska Airlines’ hometown

Written by Edward Russell @ The Points Guy

Delta Air Lines is firmly ensconced as the Seattle area’s second carrier, having built an Asia gateway and hub there during the past decade. The SkyTeam Alliance carrier will offer up to 184 departures this summer, including service to seven cities in Asia and Europe, from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport (SEA), according to Cirium schedule data. …

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American to fly from Seattle to Bangalore and London

Written by Ben Mutzabaugh @ The Points Guy

Seattle is not a hub for American Airlines, but it will soon be home to one of the carrier’s highest-profile international routes. American plans to begin flying from Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) to the technology hub of Bangalore (BLR), an 8,078-mile route that would return the carrier to India for the first time since 2012. Service would …

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