FlyerTalk Member Aboard Airplane During Emergency Landing in Texas Due to Pilot Report of Smoke in the Cockpit

An Embraer EMJ-145 regional jet aircraft — which operated as American Eagle flight 3400 on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — departed from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on its way to Quad City International Airport in Moline but was diverted to Greenville, Texas due to smoke reported in the cockpit as described by FlyerTalk member TestKing, who was aboard that flight with his wife…

Contact Lost With Malaysia Airlines Aircraft During Flight; Search and Rescue Effort Under Way

A Boeing 777-200 aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 370 — carrying 227 passengers and 12 members of the flight crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — disappeared early in the morning on Saturday, March 8, 2014 somewhere over the Gulf of Thailand en route, according to a statement released from the airline. over the Gulf of Thailand en route, according to a statement released from the airline. Reports originally stated that the aircraft reportedly lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2:40 in the morning — two hours after the flight departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 in the morning; but now the timeline has been adjusted where the aircraft supposedly lost contact 41 minutes into the flight at 1:22 in the morning but was not reported until 2:40 in the morning. A search and rescue effort is currently under way to find the aircraft, which was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 in the morning local time — but it did not arrive. Here is the official media statement released in its entirety from Malaysia Airlines…

Poll Results: Trust in Frequent Travel Loyalty Programs is Important

How important to you is your trust in a frequent travel loyalty program? Almost 69 percent of FlyerTalk members who participated in a poll — posted on FlyerTalk on February 5, 2014 and closed earlier today — voted that trust in a frequent travel loyalty program is overwhelmingly very important; while an additional 17.67 percent of FlyerTalk members believe that trust in a frequent travel loyalty program is somewhat important. The final results of the poll are shown below…

Transfer LifeMiles and Recipient Receives Double the Amount

Through March 17, 2014, for every 1,000 LifeMiles transferred from your account, the recipient will receive a 100 percent bonus with this promotion — capped at a maximum of transferring 75,000 LifeMiles per transaction — by Avianca. The cost to you to transfer your LifeMiles is…

2015 Delta SkyMiles Award Charts Released Today

The SkyMiles awards redemption chart effective as of January 1, 2015 for travel from the continental United States, Alaska and Canada was released today by Delta Air Lines — and FlyerTalk members are already currently discussing it. The highlights of the award charts for the redemption of SkyMiles in all classes include no price increases to the lowest award redemption levels, as previously reported here at The Gate — and of the 44 award level pricing changes…

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