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I went inside one of the US' largest aircraft storage facilities and saw how it isn't emptying out despite the rise in air travel

Pinal Airpark in Marana, Arizona. Thomas Pallini/Insider Pinal Airpark is home to hundreds of aircraft that have been stored by their airlines to ride out the pandemic. Most US carriers have reactivated their planes but foreign airlines are still filling Pinal's corridors due to lagging demand. Cargo carriers like Amazon are also looking to Pinal for inexpensive planes to fly packages. See more stories on Insider's business page. Air travel in the US is roaring back to pre-p...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, News, California, Air Canada, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Canada, Arizona, Qantas, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines


SAS Scandinavian Airlines is deploying its brand-new jet to the US to take flyers to a reopening Europe and beyond - see inside

Touring SAS Scandinavian Airlines' Airbus A350-900 XWB. Thomas Pallini/Insider SAS Scandinavian Airlines became the latest airline to fly the Airbus A350-900 XWB in January 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic. Most travelers didn't get to experience the aircraft at the time but Europe is now reopening to tourists and SAS is once more deploying the aircraft on transatlantic routes. The aircraft welcomes travelers with a modern interior with passenger-friendly enhancements at ev...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, News, Sweden, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Chicago, Flying, Denmark, Aviation, Airbus, Norway


Tension and violence onboard airplanes is soaring, but the CDC still wants flyers to wear masks because the unvaccinated are 'extremely vulnerable'

Travelers have been required to wear masks on airplanes for more than one year. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is against lifting the mask mandate on airplanes. The Transportation Security Administration's current mask mandate expires on September 13 but may be extended. Thousands of travelers have been banned from airlines for not wearing masks. See more stories on Insider's business page. Wearing masks onboard airplanes is here to...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Cdc, Planes, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Flying, Food And Drug Administration, Aviation, Tsa, Airlines, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Transportation Security Administration


Delta Air Lines refuses to use the name of the delta COVID-19 variant: 'We just call it the variant'

Delta Air Lines is lamenting the unfortunate naming of a new COVID-19 variant. VanderWolf Images / Shutterstock.com and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Delta Air Lines does not use the name of the new COVID-19 variant named "delta" by the World Health Organization. CEO Ed Bastian told the Wall Street Journal "we just call it the variant." The Greek alphabet is used when naming variants to discourage stigmatization based on their country of origin. See more stories on Insider&#...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, India, US, Trends, Flying, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, World Health Organization, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines, Boeing


I used an obscure credit card perk to pay for $127 worth of travel expenses when American Airlines canceled 2 of my flights - see how

Flying home from Bogota, Colombia on American Airlines. Thomas Pallini/Insider The Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card comes with built-in trip insurance for when things go wrong. Trip delays, trip cancellations, and baggage delays are covered under certain circumstances. I was delayed by 12 hours after two American Airlines flight cancellations and could spend up to $500 on expenses. See more stories on Insider's business page. Flight delays and cancellations can be costly. Hours...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, Air Travel, Planes, Time, US, Trends, Features, Colombia, Flying, Chase, Dallas, Aviation, Airlines, Travel Insurance


See inside the tiny hidden bedrooms above economy where flight attendants sleep on an Airbus A350-900XWB jet

Touring SAS Scandinavian Airlines' Airbus A350-900 XWB. Thomas Pallini/Insider Long-haul aircraft come with compartments in which bunks are available for flight attendants to rest and sleep. The hostel-like setup can be a second home for cabin crew on ultra-long-haul flights. Flight attendants will take turns servicing the cabin while the others rest. See more stories on Insider's business page. Next-generation aircraft are flying further than ever before and airlines are co...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, London, News, Air Travel, Minneapolis, Singapore, Planes, Trends, Features, Flying, Airbus, Airbus A350, Singapore Airlines, Flight Attendants


Dassault's new $75 million private jet with the largest cabin of its class is primed to blow Gulfstream and Bombardier's flagship jets out of the water

Dassault Aviation's new Falcon 10X private jet. © Dassault Aviation - Droits Réservés Dassault Aviation's Falcon 10X is the latest ultra-long-range private jet, going up against Gulfstream and Bombardier. While late to the scene and comparable in range to the Bombardier Global 7500 and Gulfstream G700, the Falcon 10X offers unbeatable cabin enhancements. Smaller airports will also be easier to access and with more capability than other aircraft. See more stories on Insider's ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, London, News, California, Planes, Trends, Switzerland, Aviation, Boeing, Private Jets, Falcon, London City Airport, Bombardier, Gulfstream, Dassault Falcon


I went inside United's brand-new Boeing 737 Max 8 with all new seat-back television screens and saw how the airline is revolutionizing air travel

Inside United Airlines' newest aircraft and interior. Thomas Pallini/Insider United Airlines is modernizing its fleet by installing seat-back entertainment screens on all narrow-body Boeing and Airbus planes. More than 2,800 selections of movies, television shows, games, music, and podcasts will be available. Larger overhead bins, mood lighting, in-seat power, and in-flight WiFi will also be installed. See more stories on Insider's business page. United Airlines received it...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Washington, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Chicago, Flying, Delta, Aviation, Airbus, Newark, Airlines


Amazon and cargo airlines are scouring the Arizona desert for old and cheap passenger jets to fly packages

A stored Boeing 767-300 aircraft. Thomas Pallini/Insider Cargo carriers such as Amazon's Prime Air are searching the American Southwest for former airliners stored in the desert. Arizona is home to Pinal Air Park, where between 40 and 50 jets have been bought by cargo carriers. Older passenger planes were bought at a discount during the pandemic and converted to freighters. See more stories on Insider's business page. When consumers turned to Amazon to buy more goods during the pan...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, Trends, Flying, Canada, Arizona, Prime Air, Aviation, Amazon Prime Air, Airlines, Boeing, Cargo


I flew on Breeze, the 'tech company that happens to fly airplanes' from JetBlue founder David Neeleman, and found it surprisingly low-tech

Breeze Airways launched its first flights in May. Thomas Pallini/Insider Breeze Airways founder David Neeleman billed his airline as a "tech company" but I found the opposite. In-flight entertainment was touted but not offered on the first flights, and will come with new planes. Breeze also doesn't have a phone number and requires customers to send a text message or email. See more stories on Insider's business page. Breeze Airways is America's newest airline and is taking t...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, America, Trends, Flying, Hawaii, Facebook Messenger, Brazil, Aviation, Airbus, Tsa


What to know about airline mask rules when flying with children as travel spikes across the US

Flying on a United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9. Thomas Pallini/Insider All children over the age of two are required to wear a mask when in US airports and flying. An exception to the rule is when eating, drinking, or taking medication. Flyers that don't comply with mask rules, even children, may be removed from a flight and banned from an airline. See more stories on Insider's business page. Traveling with children this summer will present a new set of challenges for parents. Airl...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, Airports, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Flying, Ted Cruz, Miami, Aviation, Airlines, Family Travel, Federal Aviation Administration, Frontier Airlines


United just made the largest aircraft order in its history for 270 new Boeing and Airbus jets with seatback screens, WiFi, and more first class seats

United Airlines' brand-new Boeing 737 Max. United Airlines United Airlines just announced an order for 270 new aircraft to revitalize its aging narrow-body aircraft fleet. The Boeing 737 Max and Airbus A321neo were chosen in an order valued at more than $30 billion. In-flight entertainment will also be added to all existing narrow-body aircraft by 2025. See more stories on Insider's business page. The next era of United Airlines is now arriving.A Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft painte...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, San Francisco, Trends, Flying, Delta, Aviation, Airbus, Newark, Airlines, Boeing, United, United Airlines


I used a credit perk to dine for nearly free at an airport restaurant and it's my new favorite travel hack

Using Priority Pass at an airport restaurant. Thomas Pallini/Insider Chase offers complimentary Priority Pass memberships to its Sapphire Reserve cardholders, which grant access to airport lounges. Priority Pass also includes certain airport restaurants and members are given a $28 meal allowance. I used the perk on a recent trip and saw how easy it was to dine for virtually free. See more stories on Insider's business page. This tiny piece of metal is known as the Chase Sapphire...
Tags: Travel, Food, Transportation, News, Airports, Washington, Restaurants, Planes, New York City, Trends, Features, Ronald Reagan, Washington Dc, Airlines, Priority Pass, Ben


Amtrak is bringing back nostalgia-inducing traditional dining with white tablecloth service and china

Touring Amtrak's newly-upgraded Superliner train. Thomas Pallini/Insider Traditional dining is back on Amtrak as of June 23 on six long-distance routes. Sleeper car customers traveling west of Chicago will have white tablecloth service with a new selection of elegant meals. It's part of Amtrak's $28 million plan to upgrade its Superliner and Viewliner fleet of train cars. See more stories on Insider's business page. Rail riders may soon be packing dinner jackets for t...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Trains, America, Trends, Features, Chicago, Atlantic, Rail Travel, Philadelphia, Dining, Train Travel, Amtrak, Orlando


I flew on a 38-year-old Boeing 757 used as a 'testbed' and saw how it's ushering in the next era of tech to help stop the rise in pilot error-related incidents

Flying on Honeywell Aerospace's Boeing 757 testbed aircraft. Thomas Pallini/Insider Honeywell Aerospace is one of the leading aviation firms developing the safety technology of the future. Its largest aircraft, a Boeing 757, tests everything from weather radar to brand-new engines. The tech being developed by Honeywell and tested by the aircraft could've avoided recent near misses and can save lives. See more stories on Insider's business page. On July 7, 2017, a routine...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Air Canada, Planes, Toronto, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Flying, Aviation, Vancouver, Boeing, United Airlines, Prescott


Southwest CEO says the airline doesn't have enough planes for 2022 as demand spikes and it hints at more international flying

Southwest Airlines needs more planes to keep up with demand. AP Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly doesn't think his airline has enough planes to continue its current business model in 2022 and 2023. New Boeing 737 Max aircraft are scheduled to enter the fleet as part of a modernization program. Purchasing used aircraft would be costly and run counter to Southwest's long-term fleet plans. See more stories on Insider's business page. Southwest Airlines is coming out of the pand...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Flying, Canada, Aviation, Airlines, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, Cnbc, Bolivia, Southwest


A new private aviation firm just launched with exclusive flights for only $1,995 an hour on an aircraft known as the 'Ferrari of the Skies'

An AeroVanti Piaggio P.180 Avanti. Thomas Pallini/Insider AeroVanti is a new private aviation firm offering members-only flights on a unique plane, the Piaggio P.180 Avanti. The hourly charter rate is only $1,995 and no repositioning or ferry flight fees are charged. Memberships start at $1,000 per month and will soon require a sponsor as AeroVanti grows. See more stories on Insider's business page. Wealthy travelers have been making the jump from first class to private aircraft duri...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, New York, News, Air Travel, Planes, Trends, Flying, Aviation, Oklahoma, East Coast, Private Jets, Mach, South Florida, Aspen Colorado


I flew on JetBlue's brand-new Airbus A220 and saw why it's the perfect plane to lead the airline into its next era

Flying on a JetBlue Airways Airbus A220-300. Thomas Pallini/Insider JetBlue Airways is the latest US airline to fly the Airbus A220, a next-generation aircraft to replace the airline's Embraer E190s. The 140-seat aircraft is configured in a unique 2-3 arrangement and gives flyers more seating choices based on preference. JetBlue plans to fly the aircraft across the country thanks to the aircraft's 3,400-nautical mile range and fuel efficiency. See more stories on Insider's b...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Air Travel, Boston, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Flying, Atlantic, Delta, Miami, Aviation, Airbus


I flew on Set Jet, where flights on private jets cost the same as typical airlines' first class, and saw why it's one of aviation's best kept secrets

Flying on private jet firm Set Jet. Thomas Pallini/Insider Set Jet is a membership-based private jet firm offering seats on private aircraft on set routes across the American West. Flights cost less than $500 but still offer most of the trappings of a traditional private jet flight. I flew on a Set Jet flight and was impressed by the luxury of the service for the low price point. See more stories on Insider's business page. Flying on a private jet is the very pinnacle of air trave...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, California, Planes, Trends, Features, Flying, Arizona, San Diego, Aviation, Las Vegas, Airlines, Costa Rica, Private Jets


I was stranded in Bogotá airport for 10 hours and it taught me the true value of credit card perks and not taking no for an answer

Flying home from Bogota, Colombia on American Airlines. Thomas Pallini/Insider American Airlines canceled two of my flights when flying home from Bogotá, Colombia to New York, effectively leaving me stranded in the country. I managed to get out of Bogotá using multiple tactics and passed the time thanks to a credit card perk. American ended up giving me $24 in meal vouchers and a free layover hotel but had to fly me 2,000 miles from my original destination. See more stories on Insider&#...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Airports, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Colombia, Flying, Chase, American Express, Dallas, Miami


I flew an eVTOL simulator around Los Angeles and saw why they may make traditional pilots obsolete- here's what it was like

Flying Honeywell's eVTOL simulator. Thomas Pallini/Insider Electric vertical takeoff and land aircraft, or eVTOLs, will likely be flying around cities in less than five years. Flying them may not be traditional pilots but trained operators using simplified cockpit systems. Engineers are working to make the aircraft as simple as possible to avoid a pilot shortage. See more stories on Insider's business page. Electric vertical takeoff and land aircraft, better known as eVTOLs o...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Los Angeles, Trends, UPS, Flying, San Diego, Aviation, Flying Cars, Electric, United, Honeywell, Los Angeles International Airport, Dodger Stadium


American Airlines could pay $1 billion for up to 250 eVTOLs to fly travelers over congested cities and highway traffic

A rendering of Vertical Aerospace's eVTOL. American Airlines and Vertical Aerospace American Airlines said it'd invest in Vertical Aerospace and agree to preorder its eVTOL aircraft. Vertical Aerospace's VA-X4 is designed to fly up to four passengers distances of over 100 miles. Experts expect more airlines to invest in eVTOL aircraft as firms develop them. See more stories on Insider's business page. American Airlines is making an investment in the future of aviation, anno...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, UK, News, Planes, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Aircraft, Delta, Va, Airlines, United, United Airlines, American Airlines, Fort Worth Texas


American Airlines wants to fly travelers over congested cities and highway traffic with a $1 billion pre-order for up to 250 eVTOLs

A rendering of Vertical Aerospace's eVTOL. American Airlines and Vertical Aerospace American Airlines will invest $25 million in Vertical Aerospace for up to 250 electric vertical takeoff and land aircraft. Vertical Aerospace's VA-X4 is slated to fly up to four passengers distances of more than 100 miles. More airlines are expected to invest in eVTOLs as more firms develop the new type of aircraft. See more stories on Insider's business page. American Airlines is making an inve...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, UK, News, Planes, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Aircraft, Delta, Airlines, United, United Airlines, American Airlines, Fort Worth Texas, Los Angeles International Airport


United placed a $3 billion order for 15 supersonic jets. Meet Boom Supersonic's Overture

A rendering of a Boom Overture aircraft in United Airlines colors. Boom Supersonic United Airlines entered the supersonic realm on Thursday with an order for 15 Concorde-like jets from Boom Supersonic. Overture is estimated to fly up to 88 passengers in an all-business class cabin at a top speed of Mach 1.7. New York to London could be flown in under four hours while San Francisco to Tokyo could be flown in six. See more stories on Insider's business page. Boom Supersonic is a Co...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, UK, New York, London, News, Air Travel, Colorado, Washington Post, Planes, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Flying


I went inside the East Coast's largest port and saw how a backlog of goods are moved amid the never-ending chaos of ships, trucks, and trains

Touring the Port of New York and New Jersey. Thomas Pallini/Insider The Port of New York and New Jersey has seen cargo volumes skyrocket during the pandemic. An increase in e-commerce purchases during the pandemic has resulted in a backlog of goods. Larger and larger ships are coming to the East Coast's largest port to help keep goods moving. See more stories on Insider's business page. Welcome to America's front door. Touring the Port of New York and New Jersey. Thomas...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, New York, News, La, US, America, Trends, Features, Boats, Tennessee, Shipping, New Jersey, Brazil, Marco Polo


I flew Delta for the first time since the airline stopped blocking seats and saw how much easier it was for a frequent flier to get upgraded to first class

Flying Delta Air Lines in first class from Phoenix to Minneapolis. Thomas Pallini/Insider Delta Air Lines ended its seat-blocking policy on May 1, and it's elite status holders are among the ultimate winners. More open seats on Delta flights means better chances for upgrades to premium cabins. I flew Delta on the first day that seats were opened up and received more than $500 in upgrades. See more stories on Insider's business page. Having elite status on Delta Air Lines just...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Minnesota, Air Travel, Minneapolis, Planes, Trends, Features, Flying, Delta, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines, First Class


How one of America's newest airlines, Avelo, stacks up to the competition

Flying on the first flight of Avelo Airlines. Thomas Pallini/Insider Avelo Airlines is one of America's newest ultra-low-cost carrier, having started flights on April 28. Its competitors include Allegiant Air, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines. I flew on Avelo and saw why the airline is offering a better value thanks to its low fee structure. See more stories on Insider's business page. Americans are ready to travel for leisure again, and more airlines...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, America, Trends, Flying, Levy, Deutsche Bank, Spirit, Aviation, Airbus, Las Vegas, Seattle


I flew on JetBlue founder David Neeleman's new Breeze Airways for $39 and found it was cheap and friendly but surprisingly basic

The inaugural flight of David Neeleman's Breeze Airways. Thomas Pallini/Insider Breeze Airways officially launched its first flight on Thursday from Tampa, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina. It's the fifth airline from aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, who started JetBlue Airways, with a focus on hub-skipping leisure flights. Fares are as low as $39 with 39 new routes starting between May 27 and July 29. See more stories on Insider's business page. David Neeleman ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Flying, Canada, Brazil, Aviation, Nice, Airlines, East Coast


JetBlue founder David Neeleman's Breeze is ready for takeoff. Here's 7 problems the new airline already has, according an expert.

A Breeze Airways plane. Breeze Airways Breeze Airways is finally launching flights but not all are sold on its business model. Analyst Henry Harteveldt is concerned about the airline's route network, high fee structure, and tech-focused model. Breeze seeks to create demand with low-cost leisure routes to underserved cities across the US. See more stories on Insider's business page. Breeze Airways is finally making its debut on May 27 just in time for Memorial Day weekend and the s...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Flying, New Orleans, Aviation, South America, Airbus, Donald Trump, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, Jetblue


Experts are convinced that self-flying planes will roam the skies by 2025 - here's how one startup is working to win over the FAA and the public

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner taking off. motive56/Shutterstock.com Xwing, founded by Marc Piette, is one of the startups working to make self-flying planes a reality. Its Cessna 208B Grand Caravan can already fly on its own, as Insider found on a demonstration flight. Self-flying planes will start by flying cargo and then regional passenger flights as early as 2025. See more stories on Insider's business page. Teaching a 27-year-old aircraft how to fly on its own was the easy part for Ma...
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