Hotel Review: DoubleTree Westminster, London, UK

A couple of weeks ago I stayed at the DoubleTree Hotel, Westminster, in London. The hotel is beautiful. It is located very close to the UK parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and I am assuming 10 Downing Street. It’s also literally across the river from Jubilee Gardens, best known for the London Eye. The hotel has good…

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Turkish Airlines, Istanbul: Best Airline Lounge in the world?

I have visited my share of airline lounges. From the dump they call the Lufthansa lounge in Chennai (MAA) to the massive United lounge in Tokyo Narita (NRT). But my recent visit to the Turkish Airlines Lounge in Istanbul Ataturk (IST) Airport left me overwhelmed. I had over 2 hours to kill and I don’t…

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Lounge Review: Maple Leaf Lounge, Frankfurt

I have flown thru Frankfurt airport (FRA) tens of times. Living in the DC area, it is one of the best connected cities in Europe with 4 flights every day – 2 each by United and Lufthansa. (London’s Heathrow (LHR) has the best connectivity with 7 flights per day, thru three airlines – United, British…

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New no minimum spend offer from US Airways Credit Card

The US Airways card has always been a generous card with a good earning program. I personally did not promote it much given my issues with US Airways. However, the merger with American Airlines is changing everything. Once the twi mileage programs have merged, these miles can be combined with your AA miles. More importantly,…

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Future 787 flights to North America

As a follow-up to my last post on all existing 787 flights to North America, I wanted to post all the future planned 787 flights to North America. Here is the list I found sources from airlineroute.net. Some interesting facts: New airlines added to the list – Air Canada and Royal Jordanian Airport to get most…

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All the 787 flights to and from North America

The latest aircraft to enter the flying fleet of commercial airlines is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Touted as the most efficient aircraft on the planet, the 787 is extremely well suited for ‘thin-long routes’ – routes with long distances but low traffic. This has resulted in some interesting routes (Oslo – Ft. Lauderdale!) and of…

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Did a US Air Force U2 spy plane cause the FAA outage last week?

There is speculation by Reuters and other new agencies that a US Air Force U2 spy plane caused the massive outage at FAA’s LA Central facility last week. The outage, positioned as a ‘computer glitch’ in FAA radar system, caused massive delays all around the US, spawned by ground by almost every airport in Southern…

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