• FCO? Doubtful. Not much premium traffic there and zero connection opportunities on that end. The Italian economy isn't performing so don't see this doing well. CDG is a maybe, but again there isn't much connecting opportunity there as CDG is a Sky Team hub. TXL? Strange choice. Yes, it's a hub fo...

  • Alitalia revamp wants it both ways

    Mar 19, 2017, 10:32 PM

    The latest chapter in a decades long saga to keep Alitalia flying. The low cost model they are adopting for short and medium haul (intra-Europe) is in response to Ryanair which overtook AZ years ago inside Italy and continues to grab market share. On Long Haul, AZ has revamped the offering substa...

  • Stupid strategy indeed and further proof that the airline industry is broken beyond repair. 

  • Feb 10, 2017, 12:11 AM

    I used the Polaris lounge at ORD a few weeks ago and found it to be a meaningful improvement over the United Club format, including the renovated United Clubs that already sport the new United look and feel. The one UA hub that apparently will not get a Polaris lounge is Denver. Probably due to t...

  • Best seats: Qantas 747 business class

    May 12, 2016, 11:40 AM

    I flew QF11 on the SYD-LAX-JFK routing in January and the LAX-JFK leg was on the 747-400, named "Gosford" which on that day had operated BNE-LAX. The plane was built in 1991 I think and looked really tired on the inside. Is this a plane that will eventually be refurbished or will it be retired?

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