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Breaking: FAA Grounds All Boeing 787s

January 16, 2013 by The Gate

After a string of incidents, the latest of which have forced ANA and Qatar to ground their Dreamliner aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration ordered the grounding of all Boeing 787 Dreamliners on Wednesday.

United Airlines Launches Satellite-Based Wi-Fi Service on Its Flights

January 16, 2013 by Brian Cohen

United Airlines has introduced satellite-based Wi-Fi internet technology aboard the first of its international aircraft — a Boeing 747 airplane equipped with the Ku-band satellite technology of Panasonic Avionics Corporation — becoming the first international carrier based in the United States to offer its passengers the ability to stay connected while traveling on long-haul routes across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Passengers will have the choice of two speeds of Internet Wi-Fi service...

2013 FlyerTalk Awards: Vote Today!

January 15, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The official balloting for the 2013 FlyerTalk Awards starts today and will run through February 15, 2013. These annual awards honor the best affinity programs in the airline, hotel and car rental industries as selected by members of the most popular frequent flier community in the world of greater than 456,000 business and leisure travelers dedicated to finding and sharing elite-level knowledge of affinity programs worldwide. As a registered FlyerTalk member, this will be your opportunity to cast your vote exclusively on FlyerTalk and tell the frequent travel loyalty rewards programs of airline, hotel and rental car companies who is doing it right — and who has room for improvement. You are the expert! Awards will be presented for the following categories...

Dreaming about the Dreamliner

January 16, 2013 by Gerry Wingenbach

“There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I'm dreaming the hardest.” ― Marilyn Monroe Maybe there are a lot of dreamers out there. And maybe nobody is dreaming harder than amped and jittery Boeing. Maybe dreaming so hard that the 787 Dreamliner can’t bear to let them down. Not again.

Boeing 787 Fleets Removed From Service by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines

January 15, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Six incidents within fewer than two weeks prompted both All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines to remove their entire fleets of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft from service until further notice. In the latest of numerous incidents since the Boeing 787 aircraft entered commercial service, a domestic flight in Japan operated by All Nippon Airways — which operates a fleet of 17 “Dreamliner” airplanes — was forced into an emergency landing in Takamatsu on the Japanese island of Shikoku after smoke was reportedly indicated in the cabin. All 129 passengers and eight flight crew members evacuated using inflatable emergency slides. The source of the smoke was attributed to a problem with a battery. Among other reported incidents involving the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft include but are not limited to...

Up to 10,000 Bonus Hilton HHonors Points — 24 Hours Only

January 15, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Register for the 24-Hour Flash Bonus Offer by Hilton HHonors and then book your reservation for a period of 24 hours starting tomorrow, January 16, 2013 at 11:00 in the morning Eastern Standard Time, and you will earn a bonus of 2,500 Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points for every completed qualifying stay during a weekend at any participating Hilton Worldwide hotel and resort property before December 31, 2013. You can book up to a maximum of...

Delta SkyMiles Revenue Component in 2014: Medallion Qualification Dollars?

January 16, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk member DLroads reports the supposed proposed changes which have been anticipated for the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program — to purportedly be effective as of January 1, 2014, which includes the addition of a revenue component known as Medallion Qualification Dollars — as shown below...

FlyerTalk Members Report on Experience of Emergency Airplane Diversion to Ascension Island — With Photographs

January 15, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A Boeing 777-200 aircraft operating as Delta Air Lines flight 201 from Johannesburg to Atlanta diverted to Ascension Island last week due to a problem with one of its engines, reportedly prompting fuel to be dumped before landing. Another Boeing 777-200 aircraft operating as Delta Air Lines flight 9978 arrived at Ascension Island to safely take the passengers and flight crew to Atlanta. The total delay was approximately 20 hours and 30 minutes. Here is a first-hand account of the incident as reported by FlyerTalk member ksgalbre, who was a passenger on the aircraft in question...

American and United Airlines Accused of Avoiding Payment of Fuel Sales Taxes

January 14, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The Regional Transportation Authority in Illinois reportedly intends to file a lawsuit against United Aviation Fuels Corporation — a subsidy of United Airlines — alleging that it has operated a “sham” office in the DeKalb County community of Sycamore since 2001 after reaching an agreement to pay the town greater than $300,000.00 per year, which is supposedly a fraction of what it would have owed in sales taxes in Cook County where Chicago is located. As much as $14 million dollars per year in annual fuel taxes is on the line. A subsidiary of United Airlines based in Oakland reportedly...

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