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I visited airport lounges of the 3 major US airlines and saw how the pandemic has changed the once-extravagant experience – here's what it's like to lounge during the pandemic

We visited three airport lounges to answer definitively: what is it like to lounge during the pandemic? Thomas Pallini/Business Insider Airlines are adapting their premium lounges to the new realities of pandemic flying as their top travelers remain largely grounded.  Each airline has its own approach but all are centered around health and safety first followed by a gradual ramp-up of the amenities that flyers expect. We visited the airport lounges of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, an...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, Airports, Air Travel, New York City, US, Trends, Features, Flying, Delta, Aviation, Newark, Airlines, United, United Airlines


All 11 US airlines are running Black Friday sales, but the meager discounts are just another sign of an industry in crisis — here's the list

Flying on a Spirit Airlines Airbus A320neo. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider All 11 major US airlines are participating in Black Friday in which flyers can get the jump on deals for 2021 travel. Those not offering discounted flights are offering sale prices or bonuses when purchasing points or miles.  International flight deals are largely missing as travel restrictions continue to hinder where Americans can travel.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Black Friday is here, ...
Tags: Travel, Black Friday, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Boston, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Atlanta, Flying, Alaska, Hawaii, Emirates, Aviation


Alaska Airlines will acquire 13 more Boeing 737 Max planes despite misgivings from skeptical consumers about safety

An Alaska Airlines Airbus A320 acquired in a merger with Virgin America. Angel DiBilio.Shutterstock.com Alaska Airlines is acquiring 13 additional Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft in a deal that will also see the sale of 10 Airbus A320 jets.  The FAA ungrounded the Boeing 737 Max on November 18 following a 20-month evaluation that still has flyers saying they won't fly on it.  Alaska will grow its 737 Max 9 fleet to 45 aircraft with the new order from Air Lease Corporation. Visit Business Insider...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Washington, Air Canada, Planes, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Flying, Alaska, Hawaii, Ubs, Aviation


Alaska Airlines will acquire 13 more Boeing 737 Max planes despite misgivings from skeptical consumers about the safety of the plane

An Alaska Airlines Airbus A320 acquired in a merger with Virgin America. Angel DiBilio.Shutterstock.com Alaska Airlines is acquiring 13 additional Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft in a deal that will also see the sale of 10 Airbus A320 jets.  The FAA ungrounded the Boeing 737 Max on November 18 following a 20-month evaluation that still has flyers saying they won't fly on it.  Alaska will grow its 737 Max 9 fleet to 45 aircraft with the new order from Air Lease Corporation. Visit Business Insider...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Washington, Air Canada, Planes, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Flying, Alaska, Hawaii, Ubs, Aviation


Americans can now travel to 47 nations for vacation and tourism — here's the list of every open country and how to get there

The US passport has lost its strength significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic and Americans are left with few options on where to travel. ShutterLibrary/Shutterstock; Samantha Lee/Business Insider While many countries are not allowing US travelers during the coronavirus crisis, some nations are open to Americans. The United Kingdom, Caribbean countries, and select international locales are allowing tourists from the US. Many countries require you to show a negative COVID-19 test and air...
Tags: Transportation, BITranspo, Caribbean, Europe, Features, Travel, CT Visual Features, Air Travel, COVID-19, Novel Coronavirus, Coronavirus, Flying, Tourism, Airlines, Aviation, BI Graphics


Here's everything you need to know and check before returning to the skies this holiday season

Travelers taking to the skies this holiday season will be greeted by an entirely new travel experience, one unlike anything seen before the pandemic. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Flyers returning to the skies for the upcoming holiday season will be met with an entirely new travel experience. Health and safety is the new priority with revamped procedures at nearly every airport and on every airline. Airline schedules are constantly changing but travelers ca...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Flying, Aviation, Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Transportation Security Administration, Skytrax, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines


Architects are designing the airports of the future as the coronavirus pandemic forces new thinking on how we travel - take a look

Airports are due for an overhaul in the post-pandemic world as travelers demand a better focus on health and safety. Gensler; Samantha Lee/Business Insider The coronavirus pandemic is encouraging architects to imagine the airports of the future as the downturn is opening new opportunities for the industry.  Fentress Architects held a contest among university students to design next-generation airports while Gensler designed an open-concept alternative to the iconic Washington Dulles Intern...
Tags: Transportation, New York, London, Airports, Air Travel, India, US, Trends, Features, Chicago, Flying, Shanghai, Heathrow, Gatwick, Tokyo, Venice


Frontier Airlines is launching 19 new routes and expanding to 3 new cities in 2021 with a new shortest route at 167 nautical miles — here's the full list

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A321. Carlos Yudica / Shutterstock.com Frontier Airlines is planning massive growth in 2021 with 19 new routes and entry into three new cities. The bi-coastal expansion will focus primarily on California and Florida but cities across the US will see increased service.  In the Caribbean, Frontier is taking the fight to Spirit Airlines with increased service to the Dominican Republic and US Virgin Islands.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fronti...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Air Travel, California, Mexico, Planes, US, Sacramento, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Miami, Airbus


Frontier Airlines is launching 19 new routes and expanding to 3 new cities in 2021 with a new shortest route at 171 nautical miles — here's the full list

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A321. Carlos Yudica / Shutterstock.com Frontier Airlines is planning massive growth in 2021 with 19 new routes and entry into three new cities. The bi-coastal expansion will focus primarily on California and Florida but cities across the US will see increased service.  In the Caribbean, Frontier is taking the fight to Spirit Airlines with increased service to the Dominican Republic and US Virgin Islands.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fronti...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Air Travel, California, Mexico, Planes, US, Sacramento, San Francisco, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Miami, Airbus


I visited a United Club during the pandemic and saw how the airline is re-imagining the airport lounge as it slowly welcomes back travelers

The United Club at Newark Liberty International Airport. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider United Airlines is re-examining its airport lounges, called United Clubs, during the pandemic as the priorities of its top passengers have shifted towards health and safety.  Only 10 lounges are open across a network of 33 airports as daily departures are slashed and international travel remains scarce but more are likely to be opened in the coming months. We visited the United Club at Newark Liberty I...
Tags: Transportation, Airports, Air Travel, Washington, US, Trends, Features, Flying, Hawaii, Newark, Airlines, Coca Cola, United, United Airlines, Polaris, Honolulu


Southwest just announced 12 new routes to leisure destinations like Hawaii and Mexico as it prepares to fly the Boeing 737 Max again — here's the full list

Southwest Airlines will launch 12 new routes in 2021. Carlos Yudica / Shutterstock.com Southwest Airlines is expanding with 12 new leisure routes across the United States and Mexico.  Savannah, Georgia and Sarasota, Florida are the focus of the expansion, with nine new routes to those cities. Hawaii and Mexico will see three new routes as Americans seek vacations in tropical locales. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Southwest Airlines is continuing a nationwide expansion...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, California, Mexico, Planes, Trends, Chicago, Flying, United States, Hawaii, George Bush, Long Beach, Nashville, John Wayne


Singapore Airlines is betting on the US with new routes despite a COVID surge — here's why the airline is expanding now

Singapore Airlines is growing its US presence following eight months of only serving Los Angeles. Phuong D. Nguyen/Shutterstock.com Singapore Airlines is growing its US route network with increased flights to the West Coast starting next month.  New three-times-weekly flights to San Francisco will start in mid-December while Los Angeles will soon see five weekly flights. The airline's head of Americas Joey Seow told Business Insider that vaccine news from Pfizer and Moderna is a good sign ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Singapore, Planes, Americas, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Flying, Aviation, Airbus, Pfizer


Inside the COVID-19 vaccine airlift: How cargo carriers plan to distribute the world's soon-to-be most valuable drugs to market

Cargo planes will be crucial is getting a COVID-19 vaccine to the furthest reaches of the world in the shortest time. Oed/ullstein bild/Getty Air cargo carriers are gearing up to transport a vaccine for the novel coronavirus if one is approved, in the second COVID-19 airlift of 2020. Each vaccine comes with its own requirements for shipping, with Pfizer's being among the most challenging as it requires storage temperatures of -94 degrees Fahrenheit, presenting a problem for aircraft. Vacci...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Atlanta, Flying, Netherlands, Emirates, Dubai, Belgium, Aviation, Michigan


The Most Frequent Fliers Are Killing the Climate

Just 1% of the global population was responsible for half of the world’s commercial flight emissions in 2018, a new study found. Those elite “frequent fliers” travelled about 35,000 miles (56,000 kilometers) that year.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Flying, Airlines, Climate Justice


Private jet firm XO just added 15 aircraft to its fleet in a major fleet expansion that will help corner the new market of first-time private jet flyers

XO is expanding its fleet to 58 aircraft with the addition of 15 light jets. Perry Correll/Shutterstock.com Private aviation firm XO just added 15 Cessna Citation Ultra jets to its fleet, growing to 58 aircraft in total. It's the first light jet to be flown by XO, offering a greater variety to new and existing members over the traditional super-midsize and long-range aircraft operated by the firm. Thomas Flohr, the CEO of XO's parent company, Vista Global, told Business Insider that member...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Mexico, Planes, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Flying, Canada, Aviation, Las Vegas, West Coast, East Coast


Here's how to book holiday travel with no risk of losing money and a full refund if you have to cancel

Travelers should book with caution this holiday season as there are still so many unknowns about the pandemic. Shutterstock.com Travelers are preparing to take to the skies this holiday season should book their flights carefully to avoid losing money if the pandemic worsens.  Airlines are waiving change and cancellation fees but that doesn't mean a refund if you have to cancel. Using airline points and miles or travel credits can help ensure maximum flexibility and help get the best deal. ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Air Travel, Planes, Christmas, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Flying, Aviation, Airlines, Caribbean, United Airlines, Holiday Travel, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines


United is bringing back its ultra-premium West Coast flights to JFK in 2021 complete with lie-flat seats to entice business travelers to return to the skies

A United Airlines Boeing 767-300ER. Lukas Wunderlich/Shutterstock.com United Airlines is resuming premium flights from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in February 2021. Los Angeles and San Francisco will see up to two daily flights each using specially-configured Boeing 767-300ER. The service is geared towards premium travelers with 46 lie-flat business class seats, 22 premium economy recliner seats, and 43 Economy Plus extra legroom seats. Visit Business Insider's homepag...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, California, Planes, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Flying, Aviation, John, Newark, Airlines, Jfk


Trump is selling his iconic $7 million helicopter that was a frequent guest on 'The Apprentice' and the campaign trail — see inside

Donald Trump's personal Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty President Donald Trump's personal Sikorsky S-76 VIP helicopter is currently for sale. The $7 million helicopter was acquired by Trump in 2010 and its cabin outfitted by designer Eric Roth, according to CNBC.  It was a frequent sight on "The Apprentice" and on the campaign trail from 2015 to 2016 before Trump became president. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You can now buy President Donald Trump...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, UK, England, New York, News, Air Travel, California, Washington, Scotland, Planes, New York City, Time, US, Trends, Features


Southwest is reportedly looking to acquire up to 30 Boeing 737 Max jets even though travelers say they don't want to fly on the troubled plane

Grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. belonging to Southwest Airlines. Reuters Southwest Airlines is in talks with Boeing to purchase more 737 Max aircraft, Bloomberg is reporting.  The low-cost airline is reportedly looking at aircraft that have been built but not delivered due to order cancellations, known as "white tail" aircraft. The ill-fated aircraft has been grounded since March 2019 following two fatal crashes. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Southwest Airlines is...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Air Canada, Planes, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Flying, Miami, Aviation, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines


Southwest is reportedly looking to acquire up to 30 Boeing 737 Max jets even though many travelers say they don't want to fly on the troubled plane

Grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. belonging to Southwest Airlines. Reuters Southwest Airlines is in talks with Boeing to purchase more 737 Max aircraft, Bloomberg is reporting.  The low-cost airline is reportedly looking at aircraft that have been built but not delivered due to order cancellations, known as "white tail" aircraft. The ill-fated aircraft has been grounded since March 2019 following two fatal crashes. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Southwest Airlines is...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Air Travel, Air Canada, Planes, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Flying, Miami, Aviation, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines


Porsche and Embraer are selling a matching limited-edition private jet and supercar combo for $11 million

Embraer and Porsche's "Duet" collaboration. Embraer and Porsche Embraer and Porsche just unveiled a limited-edition pairing of the Phenom 300E private jet and 911 Turbo S supercar.   Only 10 will be sold with a list price of $10,992,000 each that also includes a custom Porsche Design 1919 Globetimer UTC watch and luggage set. The Phenom 300E is Embraer's best-selling light jet with a maximum range of 2,010 nautical miles and top speed of Mach .80. The Turbo S is Porsche's top-trim vers...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Air Travel, Life, Trends, Features, Flying, Porsche, Driving, Aviation, Private Jets, Embraer, Pratt Whitney, Porsche 911 Turbo S, BITranspo, CT Visual Features


Berlin's new $7 billion airport has finally opened after 9 years of delays, corruption allegations, and construction woes— see inside

The opening of Berlin's Brandenburg Airport. Maja Hitij/Getty Berlin's Brandenburg Airport opened on October 31 after nine years of delays resulting from faulty construction, design flaws, and corruption allegations. The massive consolidation to the new airport will see Berlin's smaller airports closed in favor of the sprawling new gateway.  EasyJet and Lufthansa operated the first flights into the airport with Qatar Airways inaugurating a new runway on Wednesday.  Visit Business Ins...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, London, Airports, Air Travel, Germany, Berlin, US, Trends, European Union, Features, Flying, Munich, Middle East, Aviation


How to use travel credits when booking a flight on all 11 major US airlines

The upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to use credits issued by airlines for canceled flights. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider The upcoming holiday travel season is the perfect time to offload travel credit from flights canceled during the pandemic.  Travel credit is often issued in lieu of a refund so an airline can keep the cash paid for the original flight. Each airline is different in how flyers can use credit and this step-by-step guide for all 11 major US airlines explains h...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Flying, Canada, Delta, Aviation, Airlines, United, Southwest Airlines, Jetblue, United Airlines


A private jet company is offering $28,000 'weddings in the sky' as charter firms try to offset the loss of business travel

A Bombardier Challenger 850 private jet. Vladislav Sinelnikov/Shutterstock.com Private aircraft charter company Air Charter Service is offering a "Wedding in the Sky" experience for couples looking to tie the knot in the sky during the pandemic.  Starting at $18,000, the soon-to-be newlyweds can take flight for two hours in aircraft ranging from a 16-seat heavy jet to a six-seat light jet.  An unofficial officiant is also provided; though, the couple will have had to officially exchange th...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Air Travel, Life, Planes, Trends, Features, Flying, Weddings, Private Jets, Mach, Bombardier, Cessna, Textron, Air Charter Service, Ajay Kumar Singh Shutterstock


Israeli airlines are rushing to launch flights to Dubai by the end of the year as demand reportedly spikes

Israel and the United Arab Emirates will be connected by three Israeli airlines by 2021. KARIM SAHIB/AFP./Getty Three Israeli airlines are launching flights to the United Arab Emirates before the end of the year.  Airlines are reporting high demand that's encouraging a sooner than planned launch date for some flights. The first air link comes less than six months following a US-brokered peace deal that normalized relations between the UAE and Israel. Visit Business Insider's homepage for m...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Trends, Flying, Middle East, Emirates, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Sudan


The wealthy are rushing home by private jet to vote in swing states as absentee ballots don't cut it for some

A Hawker 800 jet departing from Farnborough Airport. aviation-images.com/Universal Images Group/Getty Forget the absentee ballot: some wealthy voters are chartering private flights to get to the polls on Election Day. Private jet charter company evoJets told Business Insider that at least four customers have booked flights specifically to vote, and all of those are headed to swing states. New York City-based helicopter firm Blade says more flyers than usual made their way to the Hamptons, ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, Texas, Air Travel, Colorado, California, Planes, New York City, US, Trends, Wealth, Vote, Flying, Pennsylvania, US Postal Service


One of the largest private jet firms in the US is upgrading its entire fleet as more wealthy flyers turn to private aviation – take a look inside one of the luxurious jets

A newly-refurbished XOJET Aviation Bombardier Challenger 300. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider XOJET Aviation is refurbishing its fleet of 42 Bombardier Challenger 300 and Cessna Citation X aircraft. Both aircraft will see upgrades to their exterior and interiors, as well as a branding alignment to XOJET's new parent, Vista Global.  We toured a Bombardier Challenger 300 during a layover in Westhampton Beach, New York.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Private aviation fir...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Life, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Vista, Flying, Hawaii, Aviation, West Coast, Private Jets, Business Insider


This Drone's Feathered Wings Can Open and Close Like a Bird's

Aeronautical engineers have built planes that can streak across the sky at over 4,000 miles per hour, but still haven’t come close to designing aircraft that can maneuver with the astounding agility of a bird. Researchers at Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne figured, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘emRead more...
Tags: Science, Planes, Wings, Birds, Flying, Drones, Switzerland, Lausanne, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


I flew on a newly upgraded JetBlue plane and despite less legroom and slimmer seats, the refresh is exactly what the airline needed

Flying on a JetBlue Airways Airbus A320 with a new interior. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider JetBlue Airways is in the midst of a restyling effort for its Airbus A320 aircraft, the workhorse of the airline's fleet. A state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system complements a brand-new colorful cabin with new features like in-seat power and adjustable headrests. I flew on one of the restyled aircraft from New York to Florida and was highly impressed with how advanced the system was compa...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, New York, Air Travel, Review, Planes, New York City, Trends, Features, Flying, Aviation, Airbus, Staten Island, Jetblue, Jetblue Airways


Airline schedules have been cut in half, but customer-service complaints are up nearly 500%

REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou Airline customer-service complaints to the US Department of Transportation surged in July, the agency said Monday. A bulk of those comments involved refunds, which haven't been easy to get amid the pandemic.  The surge in complaints comes even despite the continued slump in flights. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Getting a refund from an airline isn't becoming any easier, even half a year into a pandemic that's upended air travel as we know...
Tags: Transportation, News, US, Trends, Flying, United States, Delta, Airlines, Department Of Transportation, Transportation Security Administration, Dot, US Department of Transportation, Capital Hill, Ed Bastian, Yiannis Kourtoglou, Graham Rapier