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From dedicated check-in desks to chauffeured cars, here are the perks Big Tech enjoys for spending hundreds of millions on air travel each year

Delta Air Lines check-in for Amazon and Microsoft employees in Seattle.Alexei Oreskovic/Insider Companies that spend millions of dollars on air travel are given incredible perks from airlines. One such perk is top-tier frequent flyer status that comes with free upgrades, lounge access, and chauffeurs. Amazon and Microsoft even have dedicated check-in counters at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  Loyalty has its perks, especially when loyalty means spending hundreds of millions of dollars...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Microsoft, China, Planes, US, Trends, General Motors, Flying, Porsche, Delta


I flew from New York to San Diego through Mexico using an obscure border loophole — here's what it was like

Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport.Thomas Pallini/Insider Tijuana International Airport directly connects with the US through a private border crossing called Cross Border Xpress. The cross-border terminal allows travelers to access Tijuana International and its cheap fares to cities inside Mexico without having to enter Tijuana and deal with busy border crossings.  I put Cross Border Xpress to the test by flying from New York to Tijuana and immediately crossing back i...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, California, Mexico, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Flying, Mexico City, Delta, San Diego


The world's first ultra-low-cost international airline alliance is on the horizon as 2 budget carriers team up to bring cheap fares between Mexico and the US

Allegiant Air and Viva Aerobus have applied to the US DOT to enter into an alliance.Carlos Yudica/Shutterstock and Viva Aerobus Allegiant Air and Viva Aerobus announced plans to enter into the first ultra-low-cost international alliance. The venture will allow the airlines to expand their networks in the US and Mexico via codesharing. The agreement is pending government approval, but the alliance is planned to start in early 2023. On Thursday, Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air and Mexico-based Vi...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, South Korea, UK, News, Australia, Mexico, Germany, US, Trends, Asia Pacific, Delta, Las Vegas, Airlines, Department Of Justice, Routes


Delta flights from South Africa have been forced to make stops in places like Boston and Puerto Rico because of 'payload' issues

A Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-900 XWB.viper-zero / Shutterstock.com Two Delta Air Lines flights from South Africa have had to make fuel stops in the past week. A mix of worsening weather conditions for aircraft and increased passenger and/or cargo count might be to blame, experts say.  Both flights, operating from Johannesburg to Atlanta, were operated by Airbus A350-900 XWB planes.  Two Delta Air Lines flights from South Africa to the US have had to make unscheduled stops for fuel in recent ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Boston, Planes, US, Trends, Atlanta, South Africa, Delta, Aviation, Airbus, Johannesburg, Airlines, Boeing


United Airlines just became the first airline in history to operate a passenger flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel

United Airlines is the first airline in the world to use 100% SAF on a passenger flight.United Airlines United Airlines operated the world's first passenger flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel. The aircraft carried over 100 passengers from Chicago to Washington DC with United's CEO onboard. United has invested millions into SAF, as well as other projects to reduce its carbon footprint. United Airlines has become a global leader in reducing the aviation industry's carbon ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Climate Change, Washington, US, Trends, Features, Chicago, Washington Dc, Aviation, Airlines, Carbon Footprint, Boeing, United, SAF


An Airbus A340 aircraft just landed on Antarctica for the first time ever — see the history of aviation on the 7th continent

The first Airbus A340 to land on Antarctica.Hi Fly An Airbus A340 made history in November when it became the first jet of its type to land on Antarctica. The South Pole has a long history of aviation that has contributed to the exploration of the continent. A number of airliners, military planes, turboprops, and luxury jets have landed on the polar tundra since 1956. Airlines operate regularly scheduled service to nearly every corner of the globe across six continents, connecting people to...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Australia, Navy, Russia, US, Trends, Bbc, Features, Ford, United Kingdom, Aircraft, Airplanes, Portugal, Antarctica, Cape Town


A Vietnamese airline made history by launching the first-ever commercial nonstop flight from Vietnam to the US

Vietnam Airlines' historic flight from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco.Vietnam Airlines Vietnam Airlines launched its historic nonstop flight from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco on Sunday. The airline has waited 20 years to become the first-ever regularly scheduled operator between the two nations. The Federal Aviation Administration made Vietnam a Category 1 country in 2019, allowing it to fly to the US. Vietnam Airlines made history on Sunday when it flew the first-ever regularly...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, California, Washington, US, San Francisco, Trends, Features, United States, Aircraft, Airbus, Airlines, Vietnam, Faa, Pacific


Frontier is launching 18 new routes to Florida and beyond with a special focus on rival Spirit's home airport of Fort Lauderdale — see the full list

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A321.Carlos Yudica/Shutterstock.com Frontier Airlines is expanding its network with 18 new routes across the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The airline will start service in two new cities, including Fort Lauderdale and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Frontier is focused on Fort Lauderdale where it will face rival Spirit Airlines, the airport's biggest operator.  Frontier Airlines is fueling the competition in Fort Lauderdale as it goes head-to-head with its low-cost ri...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Airports, Mexico, Boston, Trends, Atlanta, Portland, Spirit, Philadelphia, Rochester, Buffalo, Airlines, Routes


See how pets are transported on commercial airlines as animals increasingly accompany customers on vacation

American Airlines cargo handler with dogEQRoy/Shutterstock Airlines like Delta, American, United, Hawaiian, and Alaska offer pet shipping via cargo in the belly of aircraft. According to DOT data, less than .01% of pets are harmed in the cargo hold of commercial planes. Cargo handlers offer advice on how owners can keep pets safe and comfortable during their journey. Flying with a pet can be stressful, especially when they do not fit in the cabin and owners are forced to check them into car...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Dog, News, Pets, US, Trends, Features, Alaska, Delta, Airlines, United, Jetblue, Department Of Transportation, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines


The Justice Department plans to step up prosecution of unruly airline passengers after more than 5,300 incidents this year

An American Airlines flight attendant.LM Otero/AP The Federal Aviation Administration logged more than 5,300 flight disturbances this year. The vast majority are categorized as "mask-related incidents." AG Merrick Garland instructed prosecutors in a memo to step up and coordinate enforcement during the holidays. Federal prosecutors should increase their efforts to hold passengers responsible for threats and violence that occur on flights during the holiday season, US Attorney General Merrick ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Politics, Masks, US, Trends, Airlines, Department Of Justice, Faa, Charles Davis, Justice Department, Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines, Garland, Sara Nelson, Association of Flight Attendants


Cargo planes and air carriers won big at the Dubai Airshow thanks to the shipping crisis and pandemic

Workers load a shipment of cargo onto a flight.Sean Gallup/Getty Images Air cargo was one of the big winners from the Dubai Airshow thanks to the shipping crisis. Airbus and Boeing landed orders for cargo jets, both new and converted, to meet rising demand. Boeing held off on launching the 777X Freighter while Airbus launched its A350 Freighter.  International airshows are typically a time for airlines to show off their latest and greatest innovations that seek to improve the flying experienc...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, UK, News, Air Travel, Planes, Trends, Canada, Emirates, Dubai, Aviation, Airbus, Air, Airlines, Boeing, Airbus A350


I went behind the scenes with Singapore Airlines to see how it's massively upgrading the onboard experience on the world's longest flights

Inside the Golden Door spa.Thomas Pallini/Insider Singapore Airlines has turned to the Golden Door Spa to give its ultra-long-haul flights an upgrade. Golden Door chef Greg Frey Jr is crafting a brand-new menu based on items served at the spa.  Singapore Airlines currently flies three of the top 10 longest flights in the world.  Singapore Airlines is a recognized leader in aviation when it comes to flying the longest commercial flights in the world. Soos Jozsef/Shutterstock.com While an...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, California, Singapore, Planes, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Flying, Aviation, Newark


Delta is expanding its domestic network with 8 new or returning routes as the competition intensifies — see the full list

Delta Air Lines at LaGuardia Airport.Thomas Pallini/Insider Delta is launching three new and five resumed routes by summer 2022 as competition grows in its hubs. The move comes as the Northeast Alliance expands in New York and Sun Country Airlines adds flights in Minneapolis.  The route adjustments will bring back the company's shuttle service between New York and Boston. Delta Air Lines' competitors in the Midwest and the Northeast are expanding in the carrier's primary hubs, and...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Minneapolis, New York City, Trends, Atlanta, Delta, Portland, Airlines, Flights, Routes, Albany, Laguardia, Laguardia Airport


Emirates will soon fly the world's largest twin-engine cargo plane in a landmark deal with an Israeli company

Israel Aerospace Industries' Boeing 777-300ER "Big Twin" cargo plane.Israel Aerospace Industries Emirates will convert four of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft into cargo freighters. Israel Aerospace Industries is tasked with the conversions and is currently developing the first Boeing 777-300 Special Freighter. Cargo airlines have been clamoring for more aircraft as the supply chain and shipping crises continue.  Emirates is the latest customer for the soon-to-be largest twin-engine cargo ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, UK, London, News, Air Travel, Planes, Israel, Trends, Features, Flying, Canada, Middle East, Arizona, Emirates


Democrats are asking Biden to mandate that airlines require passengers to be fully vaxxed for COVID-19 before flying

Travellers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo Democrats are urging President Joe Biden to mandate that domestic air travelers be fully vaccinated. More than 30 Democratic lawmakers signed onto the letter, sent earlier this week to Biden. The letter comes as millions plan to travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Democratic lawmakers are urging President Joe Biden to require that all airline passengers either show proof of full vaccination agains...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Politics, News, Airports, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Chicago, Democrats, United States, Airlines, Biden, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


WestJet BEGINS SEATTLE - CALGARY SERVICE NOVEMBER 2021

Downtown Calgary on a summer day.©SueFrausePhoto Canada's WestJet Airlines begins service between Seattle and its main hub in Calgary, Alberta beginning November 4, 2021. This marks WestJet's first service to Seattle and will provide additional options to and from Alberta's largest city.  WestJet is a brand-new carrier to SEA Airport. "Whether you're traveling for business or taking a long awaited trip to the beautiful Canadian Rockies, West Jet is a valuable addition to passeng...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Airlines, Seattle, Alberta, Calgary, Westjet, WestJet Airlines, Calgary Alberta, Lance Lyttle, Westjet Canada, Eat Play Sleep, Rockies West Jet, SEA Airport


These are the airlines - and airports - most likely to experience delays or cancelations

AP Photo/Eugene Garcia A new study reveals the airlines and airports that are the most likely to experience flight delays or cancelations. The study looked at a two-year period from July 2019 to July 2021 to capture pre-pandemic and pandemic flying. Allegiant Air and Newark Liberty International Airport are the entities most likely to have a flight disruption. Airlines have had a rough couple of months with delays and cancelations, with many major US carriers experiencing operational ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, New York City, US, Trends, Features, Dallas, Tsa, Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Stephen, Cnbc, Laguardia Airport, Flight Delays, Flight Cancellations


I used CBX, the private border crossing bridge that connects Tijuana airport with the US and found it's one of the best kept secrets for travelers

Using Cross Border Xpress at Tijuana International Airport. Thomas Pallini/Insider Cross Border Xpress connects Tijuana International Airport with the US through a private border crossing. Flyers can use Cross Border Xpress when flying in and out of Tijuana to avoid wait times at traditional ports of entry. It took me no more than 15 minutes to get from Tijuana to the US using the crossing with virtually no lines for US Customs and Border Protection. See more stories on Insider's bu...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, California, Mexico, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Flying, Mexico City, San Diego, Aviation, Starbucks, Airlines


JetBlue is trying to cater to business travelers on its London routes with a new Mint business class cabin. But it's missing some key amenities.

Flying JetBlue Airways from London to New York in Mint business class. Thomas Pallini/Insider JetBlue is the newest airline flying between New York and London, catering to both leisure and business travelers. Mint business class has been fully upgraded for the long-haul flights with a new cabin and dining experience. The flights are, however, not perfectly suited to match the needs of traditional business travelers. JetBlue is looking to make a splash in the transatlantic market with the s...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, New York, London, Air Travel, Life, Air Canada, New York City, US, Trends, Aer Lingus, Flying, Atlantic, Heathrow, Gatwick


An airline pilot that's kicked passengers off planes for not wearing masks shares what goes on in the cockpit when passengers become unruly

Sorbis / Shutterstock.com Pilots and flight attendants have been forced to deal with increased bouts of violence in the skies. Tensions over the ongoing federal mask mandate have created hostile environments on some flights. One airline pilot shared how he deals with unruly flyers and what goes on in the cockpit while incidents occur. See more stories on Insider's business page. The airline industry is facing unprecedented levels of violent incidents onboard airplanes as tensions ri...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Flying, Aviation, Airlines, Pilots, Federal Aviation Administration, Flight Attendants, American Airlines, Allied Pilots Association


American Airlines flight attendants union tells employees they won't be fired if they refuse to get vaccinated by the airline's deadline

An American Airlines flight attendant. LM Otero/AP American Airlines' flight attendant union is telling members that they won't be immediately fired if they remain unvaccinated past the airline's deadline. All American employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 per a Biden administration mandate for federal contractors. American's deadline for vaccination is just days before the Thanksgiving holiday. American Airlines' flight attendant union is telling flight atte...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, Trends, Joe Biden, Flying, Aviation, Airlines, Biden, United, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Flight Attendants, Delta Air Lines


New airline ITA has officially taken over for Alitalia - see the full history of Italy's troubled flag carrier

ITA Airways Chairman Alfredo Altavilla poses with rendering of new livery ITA Press Office/Handout via REUTERS Government-owned Alitalia ceased operations on October 15, marking the end of its 74-year era. Alitalia has been replaced by ITA Airways, a brand new airline that will not be responsible for the old carrier's debt. ITA plans to buy 28 Airbus jets, create a new aircraft livery, and launch a new loyalty program. Alitalia has officially ceased operations and handed the baton to n...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Europe, UK, New York, Milan, News, Air Travel, Life, Germany, Berlin, Planes, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg


I flew Spirit across the US for $35 after it canceled thousands of flights in August. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again but it wasn't without risks.

Flying Spirit Airlines from Santa Ana, California to Newark, New Jersey. Thomas Pallini/Insider Spirit Airlines in August canceled thousands of flights after extreme weather impacted its operation, impacting its reputation for cheap on-time flights. The event highlighted the risks of booking with an ultra-low-cost carrier, which may recover slower than larger carriers. Even with the risks, Spirit still manages to attract flyers that are price-focused with fares lower than $35 one-way fo...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, California, Boston, Planes, New York City, US, Trends, Features, Chicago, Flying, Spirit, Aviation, Airbus


Frontier Airlines announced 12 new routes with a focus on Cancun and Tampa - see the full list

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A321 Carlos Yudica/Shutterstock.com Frontier announced 12 new routes in its latest network expansion, focusing on Mexico and Florida. Cancun will get six new routes beginning in December and Tampa will get five beginning in November. The airline will offer introductory fares starting at $39 one-way to Tampa and $89 one-way to Cancun. See more stories on Insider's business page. Frontier Airlines announced 12 new routes on Wednesday and it's honing in on M...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, New York, News, Minneapolis, Mexico, Boston, Trends, Atlanta, Delta, Wisconsin, Spirit, Rochester, Airlines, Detroit


A new leisure airline is launching $49 one-way flights from Reno to 8 West Coast destinations

Aha! Embraer 145 aircraft concept Aha! ExpressJet Airlines is getting a reboot as leisure airline "Aha!," which stands for air-hotel-adventure. Aha! is launching in October with eight routes from Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The startup will operate 50-seater Embraer 145 jets to small and midsize markets. See more stories on Insider's business page. Regional carrier ExpressJet Airlines collapsed during the pandemic, but it is rising from the ashes as a new startup serving the west...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Transportation, News, California, Washington, Oregon, US, Trends, Levy, Airlines, West Coast, East Coast, Routes, Jetblue, Reno


The top 20 airlines in the world, according to experts

Qatar Airways Nicolas Economou/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Skytrax revealed its 2021 World Airline Awards, naming Qatar Airways as the number one airline for the sixth time. Awards were based on over 13 million surveys collected over 23 months, combing normal travel and pandemic travel. No North American airline ranked in the top 20, though Delta Air Lines held the highest position at number 30. See more stories on Insider's business page. Skytrax revealed the World's Top 100 Air...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, UK, London, News, Indonesia, Australia, France, China, Germany, Russia, Singapore


I flew American Airlines to Europe for the first time during the pandemic and found it's back to normal with bad food, uncomfortable seats, and free alcohol

Flying American Airlines from New York to Madrid, Spain during the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Insider American Airlines is one of four US carriers flying overseas to Europe and has recently started increasing services as more countries open to American tourists. Transatlantic flights are pretty much back to normal, besides having to wear a mask. Hot meals and alcohol are once again served in all cabins including economy class. See more stories on Insider's business page. American ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, New York, London, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Spain, Features, Rome, Aviation, John, Airlines


Emirates' top US exec details how the airline will build back up in the country without skimping on caviar, in-flight showers, and the A380

An Emirates Airbus A380. Agent Wolf/Shutterstock.com Emirates is building back its route network with 78 flights to the US come October. The Airbus A380 is also returning to all of its year-round pre-pandemic destinations. The in-flight service is also back to its pre-pandemic offering including caviar in first class. See more stories on Insider's business page. Like the rest of the industry, Emirates was not immune to the uncertainty that engulfed the aviation industry in the COVID...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, New York, News, Air Travel, Boston, Planes, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Canada, United States


Small airlines battle to serve the most remote US cities, where even empty flights can be profitable thanks to millions in subsidies

An Advanced Airlines Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft. Joey Gerardi/Gerardi Aviation Photography The US government's Essential Air Service program gives subsidies to airlines serving remote cities. Around $315 million is being spent in 2021 for Lower 48 cities, given largely to the country's smallest airlines. EAS cities are highly sought after and communities can be very particular with who serves them. See more stories on Insider's business page. Beckley, West Virginia; Bu...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Flying, Alaska, Aviation, Michigan, Airlines, Detroit, Boeing



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