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American Airlines Finally Gets the Keys to Its Very First Dreamliner

American Airlines has officially accepted delivery of its brand-new Dreamliner. The Boeing 787-8 with tail number N800AN is the first of the airline’s firm order for 42 of the hyper-efficient passenger planes. After months of delays, American Airlines took delivery of its first 787-8 Dreamliner at Boeing’s Everett, Wash. factory on Thursday. The brand-new Dream Machine…

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After 25 Years of Selling Quirky Products to Idle Flyers, SkyMall is Filing for Bankruptcy

A source of strange and wacky gifts for travelers, SkyMall may soon lose flight status after filing for bankruptcy. Once considered synonymous with the American flying experience, the SkyMall catalog may no longer have a place on airlines. Yahoo! Travel reports the limited liability company and its parent, Xhibit Corp., have filed for bankruptcy protection and will…

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Air India’s New Mascot is A Total Hipster

After 60 years of flying with Air India, the Maharaja gets a makeover with a younger, slimmer look. Make way for the new Maharaja flying Air India! The Times of India reports that after nearly 60 years as the official mascot of the state-owned carrier, the Maharaja is trading in his regal robes and turban for…

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Meet Fred Finn, the World’s Most Frequent Flyer

A British frequent flyer has retained his title record for the most traveled air miles for the 32nd consecutive year. Think you’ve racked up a lot of frequent flyer miles? When it comes to air travel, retired businessman Fred Finn, 74, beats out even the most elite flyers. Finn was once again named by the 2015 Guinness…

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Old Woman Knocked Out by Falling Shoe & 6 Other Stories You May Have Missed This Week

  Though FlyerTalk attempts to cover a full range of stories, every week a few fall through the cracks. Here are 7 stories we didn’t get around to writing, but are still worth knowing. Falling Shoe Causes Medical Emergency, Forces Unscheduled Landing Flight attendants repeat a familiar admonishment during every flight to exercise caution, as…

In Brief: Man Sues Southwest for $49K After Being Struck by Falling Baggage

Southwest Airlines is being sued for $49,000 by a man who allegedly suffered a compressed disc after another passenger’s luggage fell on top of him. According to the lawsuit, the incident occurred in January 2013 when Jerry Reinhardt was onboard a Southwest aircraft at Portland International Airport (PDX) bound for Las Vegas. Reinhardt was reportedly…

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To Make Up for Reduced Wages, Japanese Flight Attendants Are Allegedly Selling Sex to Pilots

Japanese magazine alleges stewardesses are engaging in prostitution with pilots to make up for reduced wages. Are Japanese stewardesses serving more than coffee? According to the Daily Mail, a magazine printed in Japan alleges that prostitution among flight attendants may be a growing problem. The Japanese-language Shukan Post, reports the Daily Mail, claims the extracurricular…

In Brief: Ryanair Slammed with $620K Fine for Lousy Customer Service

Ryanair Ltd. has been fined nearly $620,000 over alleged issues with its customer service. The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) watchdog group put its foot down on Ryanair after receiving a number of complaints from passengers concerning the budget airline’s premium customer service phone line. According to the AGCM, customers claimed that finding alternate flights and…

Hackers Hit Starwood Accounts with Reused Passwords

  A recent spate of fraud involving travel rewards accounts appears to be tied to hackers exploiting the reuse of passwords across accounts. In the wake of the latest security breach of Starwood Preferred Guest accounts, security experts are urging consumers to use unique username and password credentials for each and every online account. Journalist…

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Marriott Attempts to Lure Millennials with New ‘Less is More’ Brand

Marriott hopes hotels with smaller rooms will woo younger customers to its new Moxy brand of hotels. Marriott is preparing to launch a new brand of hotels in the U.S. Moxy, Marriot’s 18th brand, will have smaller-than-average rooms, clocking in at 183 square feet as opposed to the hospitality industry’s typical 250 to 300 square…