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Story Links From My Other Writing Jobs

While post one isn’t a story I wrote for AirwaysNews.com, our #FlashbackFriday feature is one of my favorites. Correspondent Luis Linares did this great post — complete with wonderful photos — celebrating the 15th anniversary of JetBlue.

And speaking of JetBlue, every year for the past four years, I have been one of three judges – along with Henry Harteveldt and Brett Snyder — of the airline’s annual anniversary cake decorating contest. JetBlue’s Blue Tails blog reports on this year’s winner and runner-ups.

After a recent United Airlines fare glitch that posted prices as low as $50 roundtrip (which were not honored), my friends were asking me how they could score these deals in the future. It became a column for the Travel section at About.com.

We’ll end this with this little exchange on Facebook. Read my original post on great airport restaurants here. And read my review of One Flew South here. Enjoy!

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Random Aviation Photo

Over at my Facebook group “I Love Sitting In 1st/BizClass,” we were having a discussion about  the cover photo I posted. There were concerns over a United Airlines snack box picture I used for this week’s art. So below is a photo of United Airlines food that is befitting the members of my group. I took it at my recent sneak peek of London Heathrow’s new Terminal 2. Enjoy!

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Random Aviation Photo

Not only am I a big #aveek, I’m also a big fan of vintage airline posters and photos (check out my Pinterest board here). I recently got a sneak peek of the new United Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport (read my About.com post on it here). Part of that tour was a visit to the United Club and Global First lounges.  All the art on the wall were classic photos from the United Airlines photo archives. Below is a United DC-7 that is beyond cool. Enjoy!!

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Random Aviation Photo

I recently had the chance to take a sneak peek of the new Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport. Opening June 4, it will be the new home for United Airlines and the rest of the Star Alliance partners. You can read my About.com post about what I saw here. Below is a shot of one of the great seating areas in the United Club. Enjoy!

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I Love Sitting In 1st/Biz Class: My Adventure on United Airlines

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United Airlines BusinessFirst television screen. All photos by Benet J. Wilson

I recently flew to London for a quick trip to get a sneak peek of the flagship United Club at Heathrow’s Terminal 2, expected to open on June 4.  The flight out of Washington Dulles International Airport was on a Boeing 777, and I was fortunate enough to get a seat in BusinessFirst, which has a full lie-flat seat.

The service was impeccable. There was pre-departure champagne, and another round with my beloved ramekin of warmed nuts. I went with the Mexican chicken with yucca and tomatoes. Delicious! I ended with a cheese plate and yes, I had the sundae, which was a mistake. I felt way too full.

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I used the time to catch up on my movies, watching “The Hunger Games” and “American Hustle;” both were great. I killed some time with “Sex and the City” episodes before we landed.

Another perk of being a BusinessFirst customer is that United gave us fast-track cards for immigration, which made that process quick. I needn’t have worried about not getting my exercise, because I had a long, lovely stroll down the halls of Heathrow Terminal 1, which could really use an upgrade.

But the best BusinessFirst perk is access to the Arrivals Lounge, which is currently shared with US Airways and South African Airways. I had the chance to take a long, leisurely shower while my clothes were ironed. I had several cups of “white” coffee and a made-to-order breakfast of smoked salmon and eggs.

I had a comfy chair to take a quick nap, and there were U.S. outlets that allowed me to power up my iPhone and my iPad. And the British are just as obsessed with the Oscar Pistorius trial as we are, with the lounge television showing coverage from the BBC.

Overall, I enjoyed my time in BusinessFirst. I only had one nit, and it’s a small one. The seating in BusinessFirst on the 777 is 2-4-2. If you’re sitting in the middle seats on the 2-4-2 row, it can be a bit difficult to negotiate a bathroom break if your seat mate is sleeping. But you know what? It still beats sitting in coach, kids!