Airlines

Royal Jordanian Says Its In-Flight Experience Is Still Great Despite Electronics Ban

Royal Jordanian Says Its In-Flight Experience Is Still Great Despite Electronics Ban

Associated Press

Middle East carriers stand in opposition to the U.S. laptop ban but they're also making it an opportunity to highlight their superior in-flight experiences even if laptops aren't part of them.

7 hours ago

American Airlines Can Play Catch-Up in China by Closing China Southern Deal

American Airlines Can Play Catch-Up in China by Closing China Southern Deal

David Fickling, Bloomberg

Both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have partners in China. American does not, and its OneWorld alliance does not even have a mainland Chinese airline in it. American must play catch-up, and buying a small stake in China Southern is one way to do that.

8 hours ago

UK Transport Secretary Reveals Little About Reasoning Behind Electronics Ban

UK Transport Secretary Reveals Little About Reasoning Behind Electronics Ban

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The fact that Grayling’s comments came on the same day as a terrorist attack on London underlines the threat posed. Nevertheless, so many questions remain unanswered: why are the destinations covered different to the U.S.? What about those traveling with hand luggage only? What about insurance? For the moment, there is plenty of confusion.

11 hours ago

European Airports May Ease Restrictions on Carry-on Liquids

European Airports May Ease Restrictions on Carry-on Liquids

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

The ban on liquids greater than 100 milliliters has been around so long most travelers are used to it, and many have developed strategies to ease the burden. Still, passengers will probably cheer if the ban is curbed. It'll make it easier to pack toiletries.

14 hours ago

Alaska Airlines To Drop Virgin America Brand by 2019

Alaska Airlines To Drop Virgin America Brand by 2019

Brian Sumers, Skift

The big surprise would have been if Alaska Airlines kept the Virgin America brand. This isn't a big deal, and it's nice that Alaska will be upgrading many of its products in the next three years. New Wi-Fi can't come soon enough.

1 day ago

American Airlines May Be Close to Buying Stake in China Southern

American Airlines May Be Close to Buying Stake in China Southern

Bloomberg

American Airlines has less strength in Asia than its two main competitors, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. And American is a tiny player in China. This investment, if completed, could help American bulk up its presence in an important region.

1 day ago

Emirates Will Let Travelers Keep Electronic Devices Until Boarding

Emirates Will Let Travelers Keep Electronic Devices Until Boarding

Deena Kamel Yousef and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

This is a smart move to counteract the disruptive effects of the electronics ban. Expect other Gulf carriers to follow suit.

1 day ago

Decoding the True Meaning of the Middle East Laptop Ban

Decoding the True Meaning of the Middle East Laptop Ban

Colin Nagy, Skift

Many industry insiders are surprised the U.S. electronics ban includes flights from Dubai, Doha, and Abu Dhabi. Is there a valid security concern for adding those airports? Or could something more sinister be taking place?

1 day ago

SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon

SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon

Caroline Winter, Bloomberg

No pain, no gain. SpaceX's first paying passengers with a moon fly-by on their itinerary will have to put up with some minor physical side effects and also considerable stress in being pioneers in space tourism. If these sorts of jaunts ever go mainstream, travel agents will have to advise their clients about the best ways to cope with the rigors of these joy rides.

2 days ago

Travel Industry Reacts With Caution and Frustration to New Airline Electronics Ban

Travel Industry Reacts With Caution and Frustration to New Airline Electronics Ban

Brian Sumers and Hannah Sampson, Skift

A ban on large electronic devices may be necessary to keep travelers safe, but many in the travel community are not happy with how U.S. and UK authorities announced the new policy. Could we see some tweaks to the rules in the near future?

2 days ago

Emirates Uses New Electronics Ban to Tout Its In-Flight Entertainment

Emirates Uses New Electronics Ban to Tout Its In-Flight Entertainment

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Leave it to Emirates to poke fun at the increasingly confusing electronics ban while marketing its diverse in-fight entertainment offerings.

2 days ago

The UK Bans Large Electronic Devices on Some Flights From Middle East

The UK Bans Large Electronic Devices on Some Flights From Middle East

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's interesting that the UK left off three of the busiest airports in the Middle East — Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Why are they making a different calculation than U.S. authorities?

2 days ago