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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


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


A private jet charter firm says it's seen more than 600 searches for flights out of South Africa since Omicron was identified

Wealthy travelers are searching for private jet flights out of South Africa.Shutterstock.com The newly-discovered Omicron variant of COVID-19 has the wealthy looking to leave South Africa.  Searches for private jet flights have increased to more than 600 inquires in one week's time for one company.  Only a select type of private jet can fly non-stop from South Africa to places like the East Coast of the US.  Southern Africa is among the latest COVID-19 hotspots following the detection of ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, UK, News, Air Travel, Planes, Africa, US, Trends, Atlanta, Qatar, Flying, South Africa, Amsterdam, Cape Town, World Health Organization


The US is getting another startup airline, California-based Airbahn

Airbahn first Airbus A320.Airbahn California-based startup Airbahn received its first Airbus A320 aircraft on Wednesday. The company has teased its launch on social media for months and has job listings posted on its website. The company plans to serve mid-tier markets in California, Nevada, and Canada from either Long Beach or Orange County.  While the pandemic has been a challenge for established air carriers across the US, it has provided an opportunity for startup airlines. Since April 20...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Facebook, New York, News, California, Planes, US, Sacramento, Trends, Startup, Bloomberg, Canada, Pakistan, Aircraft, Long Beach


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


Rolls-Royce says it has developed the 'world's fastest all-electric aircraft' topping 345.4 mph — check out the Spirit of Innovation

Rolls-Royce Spirit of Innovation all-electric aircraft.Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce says its Spirit of Innovation plane is the "world's fastest all-electric aircraft." The plane's top speed clocked in at 387.4 mph, which is more than 132 mph faster than the old record-holder. Rolls Royce CEO Warren East hopes the advanced technology will contribute to a "jet-zero" industry.  British aircraft manufacturing company Rolls-Royce launched its new "Spirit of Innovation" all-electric plane on S...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, UK, News, Planes, Trends, Features, Ministry Of Defence, Aircraft, Dell, Siemens, Faa, Rolls Royce, Warren East, Royce, Ward


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


We were among the first to go onboard Gulfstream's new $78 million G700 and saw how it plans to stand out among encroaching rivals - see inside

A first look at Gulfstream's new G700. Thomas Pallini/Insider Gulfstream's largest-ever private jet will soon fly the most elite travelers as its first delivery in 2022 nears. The $78 million G700 offers nearly 57 feet on cabin length with room for a shower and bedroom. Competition from rival private jet manufacturers is threatening the G700's impressive size and range. Gulfstream is preparing to debut its largest private jet yet, catering to an elite class of traveler th...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, France, Planes, US, Trends, Qatar, Flying, Aviation, Doha, Private Jets, Bombardier, Qatar Airways, Gulfstream


Amtrak is getting a piece of $66 billion for rail from the infrastructure bill, but Amtrak is already debuting new trains that will take travelers across the US - see inside

An Amtrak GE Genesis P42 locomotive. Thomas Pallini/Insider Amtrak is a big winner in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill with $66 billion going towards rail. More cities across the US may receive rail service while existing lines, stations, and services will see upgrades and improvements. Amtrak in June debuted the new interiors of its long-distance trains that will traverse the country. Amtrak is on the verge of a new era as it will soon find itself flush with capital following th...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, News, Trains, Planes, New York City, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Features, Chicago, David, Infrastructure, Rail Travel, Biden


Amtrak is getting part of $66 billion for rail from the infrastructure bill, but the agency is already debuting new trains that will take travelers across the US - see inside

An Amtrak GE Genesis P42 locomotive. Thomas Pallini/Insider Amtrak is a big winner in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill with $66 billion going towards rail. More cities across the US may receive rail service while existing lines, stations, and services will see upgrades and improvements. Amtrak in June debuted the new interiors of its long-distance trains that will traverse the country. Amtrak is on the verge of a new era as it will soon find itself flush with capital following th...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, News, Trains, Planes, New York City, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Features, Chicago, David, Infrastructure, Rail Travel, Biden


Playboy has recreated its Big Bunny private jet to bring celebrities and cultural icons together for fine dining in the sky - see inside

Playboy’s Big Bunny jet Playboy Enterprises Playboy has recreated its Big Bunny private jet to host high-profile celebrities and cultural icons. The plane will bring the same level of luxury and sophistication that its predecessor did in the 1970s. Guests can expect lavish seats and tableware as they enjoy a "once-in-a-lifetime dinner party in the sky." Playboy is one of the most recognizable brands in the entertainment industry, having been founded by Hugh Hefner in 1953 with a men's ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Planes, Los Angeles, Trends, Features, Chicago, Aircraft, Hugh Hefner, Playboy, Jets, Playboy Mansion, Hefner, Playboy Enterprises


The air route between Singapore and Malaysia - one of the world's busiest air routes - is set to resume quarantine-free travel

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380. Vytautas Kielaitis/Shutterstock Quarantine-free air travel between Singapore and Malaysia for the fully vaccinated is slated to resume on November 29. The program is slated to start with six designated services between Singapore and Malaysia each day. Before the pandemic, the one-hour flight was one of the busiest international air routes in the world. The air route between Singapore and Malaysia - one of the world's busiest air routes - is slated to ope...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Planes, Trends, Malaysia, Tourism, Kuala Lumpur, Aviation, Brooklyn Bridge, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Changi Airport, Taipei Taiwan, Johor


Check out these pictures showing how an airliner that crashed and sank to the ocean floor was recovered

Forward fuselage on Bold Horizon NTSB The National Transportation Safety Board recovered a sunken Transair Boeing 737 from the ocean floor. The cargo plane broke into two pieces when it crash-landed off the coast of Hawaii, though both pilots survived. The job took 20 days to complete and required specialized underwater equipment, a research vessel, and a barge. Recovering an aircraft is a big job for the National Transportation Safety Board, which is the federal agency tasked with inv...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, California, Planes, Trends, Features, Hawaii, Washington Dc, Connecticut, Aircraft, Shirley, Boeing, Airline, Cargo, Air Crash


Photos show the lineup of private jets that the world's elite, including Jeff Bezos, took to the UN's climate conference in Scotland

Private jets and government aircraft in Glasgow, Scotland for the COP26 UN climate conference. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty The COP26 UN climate conference kicked off in Glasgow, Scotland, with high-profile attendees. President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Jeff Bezos all arrived on private jets. Private jet travel remains a blind spot for world leaders and the wealthy when discussing climate change. Private jets owned by the world's elite have descended on ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, UK, New York, London, News, Scotland, Planes, New York City, Africa, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Rome, Washington Dc


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


More airlines are choosing single-aisle jets for flights from North America to Europe - see the full evolution of jet-powered transatlantic flying

Widebody vs narrowbody aircraft Boeing, Airbus Widebody aircraft have historically dominated the transatlantic market due to their high capacity and low costs. With the rise of long-range narrowbodies, many airlines are opting to put single-aisle jets on flights across the pond. Narrowbody jets are preferable for their high efficiency and profitability for low-demand city pairs. For decades, transatlantic flying had been dominated by wide-body jets designed for high capacity long-haul ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, New York, London, California, France, Boston, Air Canada, Planes, US, Toronto, Trends, Atlanta, Transatlantic, Features


Boeing is upping production of its 737 MAX cash cow despite Chinese airlines still not being allowed to accept deliveries

Boeing 737 MAX BlueBarronPhoto/Shutterstock Boeing announced it is upping the production of its 737 MAX jet from 19 planes per month to 31 planes per month in early 2022. The manufacturer is moving forward with the goal despite China, one of its biggest buyers, still grounding the plane. Boeing would need to deliver over 500 MAX aircraft in 2022 to meet its goals, according to an aviation analyst. Boeing is upping the production of its 737 MAX aircraft from 19 a month to an ambitious 31 a ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, China, Planes, US, Trends, Aircraft, Faa, Boeing, Cnbc, American Airlines, Reuters, Calhoun, 737, Brian West


Upstart airline Breeze just took home its first Airbus A220 aircraft with business class-style seats that will fly transcontinental and eventually to Europe - see inside

Breeze Airways's first Airbus A220-300. Breeze Airways and Airbus Breeze Airways just took delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 jet, five months after the airline launched. The A220-300 can fly 3,450 nautical miles, opening up transcontinental flights and potential European service. New premium seats will be found onboard with in-seat power also available for all passengers. One of America's newest airlines is celebrating its five-month anniversary with a brand-new plane. Breeze...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, News, Planes, US, America, Trends, Hawaii, South America, Airbus, West Coast, East Coast, Central Europe, Embraer, Neeleman


Boeing teamed up with a yacht interior design company to create a private jet cabin for the 737 MAX - see inside

Boeing Business Jets 737 MAX Concept Boeing Boeing Business Jets revealed a new cabin collaboration with yacht interior designer Mark Berryman. The company's converted MAX private jets can be fitted with Berryman's Executive or Private interior concepts. The cabin designs' aesthetic features brown, tan, and beige colors, wood walls, and "Asian accents." Boeing Business Jets is Boeing's private aviation sector, customizing its passenger aircraft for corporate or government ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Planes, Trends, Features, Aircraft, Yacht, Boeing, Private Jets, Berryman, Boeing BBJ, Boeing Business Jets, Business Visual Features, Mark Berryman Design, Mark Berryman


Qatar Airways glamorous new business class suite is traveling the globe on its newest plane, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - take a look

Inside a Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Thomas Pallini/Insider Qatar Airways started flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in 2021 with a new business class product. A total of 30 business class s2uites comprise the cabin with sliding doors for privacy. New innovations including a wireless charging pad can also be found in the suites. Qatar Airways has a new product to offer its premium cabin customers that are flying on the newest addition to the airline's aircraft family. ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Transportation, New York, London, News, Air Travel, Singapore, Planes, Trends, Features, Flying, Atlantic, Aviation, Airbus, Boeing


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


Airbus turned its A220 airliner into a private jet with the help of a graffiti artist - see inside

ACJ TwoTwenty business lounge Airbus Airbus collaborated with French artist Cyril Kongo on the interior design of its ACJ TwoTwenty bizjet. Kongo used street art and vibrant colors to bridge his background with the private plane. The ACJ TwoTwenty is part of Airbus' "Xtra Large Bizjet" line and is three times bigger than competing aircraft. See more stories on Insider's business page. The ACJ TwoTwenty, which is the private version of the A220 airliner, was launched in October...
Tags: Travel, Art, Transportation, London, News, Planes, Trends, Features, Beijing, Dubai, Airbus, Melbourne, Art Gallery, Airbus Airbus, Los Angeles Tokyo, Kongo


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


Delta is falling behind top competitors by not mandating vaccines for employees despite Biden’s mandate

Delta Air Lines has not yet mandated vaccines for workers despite President Joe Biden's executive order for federal contractors. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Delta Air Lines hasn't yet required vaccines for employees despite President Biden's mandate for federal contractors. American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines now require employees to be vaccinated. Delta says its existing strategy of encouraging vaccines is helping to increase the vaccination rates. ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Atlanta, Joe Biden, Afghanistan, Flying, Delta, Aviation, Biden, United, Southwest Airlines


I lived in the 'best airport in the world' for 48 hours and saw why its lounges, shops, and swimming pool make it perfect for travelers

Doha, Qatar's Hamad International Airport. Thomas Pallini/Insider Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar was just voted the "best airport in the world" by Skytrax. I spent 48 hours in the airport on a recent trip to Doha and got to explore nearly every crevice. The airport is incredibly traveler-friendly with amenities for every type of flyer, including families. See more stories on Insider's business page. Aviation rating company Skytrax has crowned Hamad International A...
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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



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