In December, the family went on a trip to Europe. We had a five-hour layover at JFK Airport’s Terminal 4. And thanks to the man’s premium status, we got to wile away the hours in the Wingtips Lounge. Below is the view from my seat in the lounge. Enjoy!
I was recently at Dallas Love Field to help Southwest Airlines celebrate the end of the Wright Amendment (my story on that for AirwaysNews.com here). Virgin America also celebrated its move from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Love Field, so I decided to hop across the hall for their festivities. Below is a photo I snapped in the Virgin America gate area. Enjoy!
- My airport soul sister Harriet Baskas wrote a piece for MSNBC that struck close to home. As a mother who traveled with my daughter starting when she was 10 days old, having the ability to gate check her stroller was a big comfort. That comfort went away for parents flying with strollers on American Airline starting June 1. The carrier will allow collapsible umbrella-type strollers under 20 lbs., but the larger ones — like the one I used — will have to be checked in at the ticket counter. The small consolation is that American won’t charge you to do it. Here’s hoping this is one trend that doesn’t catch on.
- A funny thing happened to the new Qantas flight between Dallas/Fort Worth to Brisbane — it had to make an unscheduled fuel stop in Noumea to refuel, reports my Aviation Week colleague Adrian Schofield.
- The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Andrea Ahles reports that AirTran will continue flying into DFW Airport through Nov. 21 to stay in compliance with the Wright Amendment limits.
- USA Today’s Technology Live blog posts about the ambitious efforts by Virgin America to extend its multimedia reach. The airline says it will have multimedia elements such as social gaming, real-time geolocation services, highly curated news content and specialized social-networking privileges for Virgin travelers on its fleet by mid-2012.
- The Los Angeles Times profiles Alaska Airlines and its efforts to continue as a stand-alone carrier.
I wanted to give a shout out to my reader Matti in Finland, who recently got three hours in a DC-9 simulator as a birthday gift from his wife (lucky man!). You can read his account here. And of course, no Friday is complete without Strange But True Aviation News. Enjoy!!