Tag Archives: United Airlines

United Airlines applies for San Francisco – Chengdu

by BA staff A United 787 Dreamliner – Image Credit: United Airlines Chicago-based full service carrier United Airlines announced today that it has applied with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for the authority to serve San Francisco – Chengdu, China nonstop from 9th June, 2014. The proposed flights to Chengdu, China’s fourth largest city and home to China’s fifth …

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In-flight review: Air Canada Executive First: Boeing 777-300ER and 767: Frankfurt to Toronto & Ottawa to London

Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER C-FMWU arrives at London Heathrow. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

On a recent trip from Bangalore to Dallas-Fort Worth via Frankfurt I flew Air Canada international for the first time in my life. The first trip was from Frankfurt to Toronto Pearson on their Boeing 777-300ER and thanks to mother nature, and two very efficient and caring customer service executives at United and Air Canada in Boston, from Ottawa to …

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Plane spotting at Houston: United’s 787s back in flight

Through the month of May, on two separate occasions I had the pleasure to do plane spotting at Houston’s two airports, Hobby and Intercontinental. The Houston airport system authorities support their local spotters well, making both airports amongst the most friendliest to spot at in the United States. A special thanks to the friendly folks at the Houston Spotters who …

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As 787 Dreamliners return, passengers face economy class discomfort

As its much vaunted state of the art jetliner, the 787 Dreamliner returns to the skies, US airframer Boeing faces a dilemma. On the one hand Boeing has incorporated many improvements in the composite fuselage aircraft, which was meant to improve passenger comfort. These include Windows that are about 30% bigger, allowing more natural light. Windows also feature an electronic …

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Hawaiian adds service to Beijing; when will India come on their radar?

by Vinay Bhaskara Honolulu, Hawaii based full service carrier Hawaiian Airlines has announced new service to Beijing, China, with thrice weekly flights commencing in April 2014 utilizing 294 seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft configured as (18P/276Y).  The new service will be made possible because the existing 3 weekly flights to Manila in the Philippines will be cancelled from July 31st, 2013. …

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Update 1: Air India grounds its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet, after FAA emergency directive

by Devesh Agarwal The fleet of six Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners of state-owned national carrier Air India has been grounded by the country’s aviation regulator the DGCA, which took this decision following the issue of an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the regulator in the country of manufacture, and also the certifying body of the …

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FAA grounds the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

by Vinay Bhaskara Earlier today, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded all flights of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the United States due to the recent issues with the Lithium-Ion batteries on-board several different 787s, which are attributed as the cause for the recent fire of the engine of a Japan Airlines 787 in Boston as well as several …

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Vinay’s 2012 in Review : Flying

by Vinay Bhaskara Here is an overview of my flights taken this year, categorized by airline and route flown. Aircraft types are marked, as are any trips in Premium cabins. Flights Taken Southwest Airlines: Newark – Chicago Midway – Newark (Boeing 737-700) Delta Air Lines: New York La Guardia – Miami – New York La Guardia (McDonnell Douglas MD-88/Airbus A320) …

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Analysis – Jet Airways decision to axe Chennai-Brussels and add Bangalore-Munich is viable

Jet Airways Airbus A330-300 VT-JWQ. Image copyright Vedant Agarwal.

It has been almost a month since India’s largest airline Jet Airways announced that it was cancelling its flights between Chennai (India’s third largest city) and its once robust scissors hub in Brussels, and I still am having trouble fully understanding the impetus behind the decision, though I do believe that there is a scenario where the move(s) made by …

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Boeing delivers United Airlines its first 787 Dreamliner

Boeing has delivered to United Airlines the carrier’s first of its 50 ordered, 787 Dreamliner, thus making United the first North American operator of this new generation aircraft. United’s Dreamliners are configured with 36 seats in a six abreast Business class, 72 seats in a nine abreast Economy Plus with extra legroom, and 111 seats in Economy. (A video walkthrough …

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Indian airlines should implement United’s ‘flat tire’ rule and put late-coming passengers on next flight

Photo copyright Weltenbummler. Licensed under CC. It is a well known business fact, that satisfaction and trust are created when contracts are balanced. Yet, globally, airline ticket contracts are extremely one-sided in favour of airlines, especially when it comes to flight delays and cancellations. In India, while the aviation regulator DGCA has rules on facilities to be provided to a …

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Boeing faces major challenges on the 737 MAX

Earlier this week, Boeing released some of the confirmed design details for its re-engined 737 MAX narrow-body program. The new series of aircraft is expected to retain significant commonality with its predecessor, the Boeing 737NG program, however unlike Airbus’ competing A320neo re-engine program, there are tangible changes being made between the 737NG and 737MAX due to the increased engine diameter …

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MAP: All of the announced routes by airlines for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

To date, the only carrier to enter the new super-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner into service is Japan-based All Nippon Airways (ANA). However, numerous airlines have announced their planned operations for the Boeing 787 as follow: 1. ANA (already in service)2. Japan Airlines (already delivered; will enter service in March)3. Air India (already delivered; entry into service [EIS] TBD)4. Ethiopian Airlines …

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2011 US airline industry review – The return of profits, but only just

Air travel and economic growth are widely recognized to be linked together; the industry typically grows at about double the rate of economic growth. However, despite the economic malaise in the United States, 2011 was not a bad year for the aviation industry here. As US airlines dealt with stagnating demand and appreciating fuel prices, they still managed to pull …

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Plane spotting photos: Two ‘Top shots’ in two days. Night photography at Mumbai airport

Earlier this year, the Aviation Photographers India Foundation, had a chance to go airside at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and take photos, thanks to the support by the DGCA and MIAL. Two night pictures in the spirit of Christmas both of which made ‘Top Shot’ at JetPhotos. British Airways Boeing 777-300ER G-STBB. Observe the “Sky Interior” with the soft …

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Commercial Aviation News Briefing: September 26th

by Vinay Bhaskara India: Air India launches austerity drive Air India, in a move that defies its traditional profligacy, will be launching an austerity drive beginning October 1st. Rohit Nandan, Air India’s chairman, related in a memo that Air India will be enacting the following initiatives.Payments on reimbursements of entitlements and vouchers will be cut by 10%, in addition to …

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