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Air France-KLM Plans to Let Share of Alitalia Wither in Wake of Etihad Share Approval

Air France-KLM intends to allow its share of Alitalia to dilute after Etihad received clearance to purchase 49 percent of the Italian airline. Air France-KLM, the parent company of both Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, said it will allow its share in Alitalia to dilute while maintaining their partnerships. Reuters reports that the plan was…

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Accor Partners With PressReader to Bring Free Digital Newspapers & Magazines to 3,600 Hotels

A new partnership with PressReader allows Accor to outfit 3,600 hotels with free access to thousands of digital newspapers and magazines. The Accor hotel group recently entered a partnership with PressReader, a digital newsstand, to provide guests access to magazines and newspapers from more than 100 countries, in 60 languages, for free. Guests using the new service,…

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Man Blames Delta for Blood Clot That Nearly Cost Him His Life

A Delta flyer claims the airline is responsible for his blood clot because the flight crew allegedly would not allow him to stretch during an emergency landing. An Atlanta man has filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines, alleging the legacy carrier is at fault for his development of a blood clot he claims nearly…

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United & Orbitz Sue Skiplagged Over “Hidden City” Fares

United and Orbitz have filed suit in federal court seeking to stop New York-based Skiplagged from publishing and purchasing so-called “hidden city” fares in violation of both companies’ rules. United Airlines and Orbitz are suing Aktarer Zaman and the travel site he operates, Skiplagged, for publishing “hidden city” fares for United flights on the site and using…

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United MileagePlus Gold, Platinum & 1K Members to Lose Benefits in 2015

The changes are slight and hidden in the fine print, but for United Airlines MileagePlus Premier Gold, Premier Platinum and Premier 1K members, elite status will be a little less elite next year. Earlier this month, United Airlines followed Delta Air Lines’ lead in announcing it would raise the minimum requirements for MileagePlus members to…

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Mile High Manners: Sensible Solutions to Feet Nudists, Uncontrollable Gas & Overhead Bin Hogs

Traveling can be a tricky business, one that’s often complicated by unexpected, misery-inducing difficulties. You’ve got tightened airport security to deal with, not to mention delayed flights, discourteous strangers and maybe even a screaming child to top it all off. Sometimes it feels like the whole ordeal isn’t worth the hassle, but fear not! Mile…

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Which Flights Are the Least Likely to Be Delayed?

Website analysis shows that the later the departure time, the greater the average flight delay To arrive on time, it pays to leave early, suggests analysis by Decision Science News. The data science website evaluated information provided by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to predict how departure times impact delays experienced throughout the day. The…

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Selfies From the Flight Deck Land Pilot in Hot Water

A pilot’s passion for social media has stirred up controversy, raising safety and security concerns at Jet Airways. Over-sharing on social media can often result in embarrassment for all parties involved, and for those whose jobs involve some form of responsibility for public safety, that embarrassment can quickly turn into scandal. Jet Airways pilot Sahil…

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Air Canada Looks to Streamline Boarding Process with New 5-Zone System

Air Canada hopes a new five-zone system will streamline the boarding process across its network. Air Canada plans to adopt a new boarding policy in early December. The Montreal-based carrier will introduce a five-zone boarding system for flights operated by Air Canada, Air Canada rouge and Air Canada Express in an effort to streamline the…

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App Lets Flyers Help Other Flyers Gauge & Plan for Long Lines at Security Checkpoints

A new crowdsourcing app aims to help travelers better prepare for long wait times at airport security checkpoints, thereby reducing the odds of missing their flights. One of the most frustrating experiences for any traveler — whether a frequent flyer or someone brand new to the skies — is getting through an airport’s checkpoint. Checkpoint…