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Star Alliance to Open India Hub in Delhi or Mumbai

Star Alliance will decide where to develop its first India hub — choosing between airports in Delhi and Mumbai — by the end of 2014. A Star Alliance official announced on Tuesday that Air India, airport authorities, the 27 Star Alliance partner airlines, ground handling agencies and unnamed others will select the location of India’s…

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Aer Lingus Introduces New Business Class

The new Aer Lingus Business Class will debut on A330s in January 2015 and feature lie-flat seats, new dining options and interiors reflecting modern Irish culture. Aer Lingus flyers will soon be treated to a proper Irish experience at 30,000 feet. During a ceremony held Wednesday at the National Gallery of Ireland, the Irish flag…

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Crewed Talk: Let’s Have a Serious Talk about Germs in the Cabin

Several weeks ago, when I pointed to crew members as a mostly ignored vulnerability re: infectious diseases, I was ahead of the game. This is no longer true. The Bad News: Fears of Ebola on airplanes are no longer theoretical. The Good News: Airlines are changing their tune about crews wearing gloves and the CDC has issued…

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Alaska Announces New San Diego-Kona Route

Alaska Airlines will add service between San Diego International Airport and Kona International beginning in March. The smiling Eskimo on the tail of Alaska Airlines’ planes is a tribute to the carrier’s roots as a single-aircraft fleet flying to remote destinations in the US Territory of Alaska. Wednesday’s announcement that Alaska will begin service between…

Flyers Entering US from W. Africa Must Arrive at 1 of 5 Airports & Will Be Monitored for 21 Days

Travelers entering the U.S. from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea must now land at one of five airports able to conduct enhanced screenings for Ebola. In an effort to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, five U.S. airports have been selected to handle all traffic of flights originating in West Africa in order to…

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Does Tomato Juice Taste Better among the Clouds?

Research and surveys suggest that umami-rich flavors — like tomato juice — taste better at higher altitudes. A food of contention on the ground, it seems that the tomato may have greater appeal at higher altitudes. In Britain, a poll of Telegraph Travel writers revealed a love-hate relationship with the fruit at sea level, but paradoxically indicated that for…

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A Glimpse Inside China Airlines’ Deluxe “Lounge in the Sky,” Complete with Tea-Tasting Salon

China Airlines gave flyers an inside look at its new Boeing 777-300ER, which it says “serves as a platform to showcase Taiwanese culture.” Taiwan’s largest carrier, China Airlines, took possession of its first of 10 Boeing 777-300ER on October 3 in Everett, Wash., and recently shared glimpses of the aircraft’s interior via Facebook. The airline is configuring…

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Politicians Announce Plans & Contest to Revitalize New York Airports

New York Gov. Cuomo appeared alongside the vice president on Monday to announce plans and a contest aimed at revitalizing airports in New York City. At an appearance on Monday with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled big plans to address lingering issues of efficiency and attractiveness at two of the state’s oft…

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Qantas Reveals New Business Class Seats

New business class seats will begin rolling out on Qantas A330s in December, with system-wide availability by mid-2016. Qantas flyers will soon have something new to look forward to when they take to the skies. The Australian flag carrier has revealed new business class seats for its Airbus A330 aircraft, which will begin to roll out…

US Carriers Hike Base Fares by $2 as Fuel Prices Drop

Airlines based in the U.S. raised their domestic one-way fares by $2 on many routes last week in the wake of lower fuel prices. Despite a decrease in fuel costs, industry analysts report that U.S. airlines have raised base domestic one-way fares by $2 since last week. Led by JetBlue Airways, which raised the fares…