Blade

BLADE Introduces Annual Helicopter Membership

In March 2019, BLADE Continuous launched, which offers continuous service between Manhattan and the three New York City area airports (EWR, JFK, and LGA). At $195 per seat, it brought helicopter pricing to a much more affordable level than ever before,…

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Boeing 737 Max

Regulators Discover New 737 MAX Autopilot Problem

It seems that the situation with the 737 MAX returning to service just keeps getting worse. The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded globally since March, following the crash of two 737 MAXs just months apart. Boeing has been working on a software fix that…

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Air Italy Business Class A330 – 70

Trump Needs To Save US Airlines From Collapse

...at least that's what some are suggesting. I feel like we live in a time where facts simply don't matter anymore, and I think sometimes those have to be called out, even if it's like beating a dead horse. Townhall has a story about how President Trump…

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Boeing 737 Max

New Delayed Timeline For 737 MAX Flights

Yesterday I wrote about how the FAA discovered new problems with the troubled 737 MAX. The plane has been grounded globally since March. Boeing has been working on the necessary software updates to make this plane airworthy again, and in mid-May they…

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Crystal Cruises 777

I’m Jealous Of How The Red Sox Flew To London

A few days ago I wrote about how NFL star Cam Newton missed his American Airlines business class flight from Paris back to the US, and was rebooked in economy. Given that he's 6'5", he offered someone in the exit row $1,500 to switch seats with him,…

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Air Canada 737 Max

FAA Discovers New Boeing 737 MAX Safety Issues

The Boeing 737 MAX situation just went from bad to worse, and the timeline for the plane returning to service has probably just slipped quite a bit. The Boeing 737 MAX has been grounded globally since March, following the crash of two 737 MAXs just months…

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United Club San Francisco – 39

New Iran Airspace Restrictions Impacting Airlines

Escalating conflict in the Middle East is having significant impacts on commercial aviation.: -- The Gulf blockade has been going on for over two years now -- many of us initially thought this would be short-term, but it has no end in sight -- The closure…

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Boeing 737 Max

Is Boeing Quietly Rebranding The 737 MAX?

It goes without saying that Boeing is in quite a pickle with the 737 MAX. The plane is grounded globally following two accidents. Boeing and regulators are now working on getting the plane back in the sky. Boeing claims the necessary software updates…

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Air Force One

Air Force One’s Patriotic New Livery

At the moment there are two 747-200s that serve as Air Force One -- they were delivered in 1987, so they're over 30 years old. Whichever plane the president is flying on serves as Air Force One, so I guess you can say there are two Air Force Ones (though…

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Four Seasons Desroches Island – 58

What’s Involved In Writing A Trip Report?

We get a lot of questions about what blogging is like, and even more questions about writing trip reports. Having just wrapped up an extremely lengthy series on my trip to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, the process is pretty fresh in my mind, so I thought…

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American 737 Max

New Timeline For 737 MAX Returning To Service

Last week I wrote about how Boeing completed the software update that they've been working on for the 737 MAX. This came about two months after the Boeing 737 MAX was grounded globally, in mid-March. Not only did Boeing complete the development of the…

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A220 Family

Airbus Improves A220 Range, But Does It Matter?

The Airbus A220 (formerly known as the Bombardier CSeries) has proven to be incredibly popular with both airlines and passengers. Airlines have already ordered 530 of these planes, and Airbus hopes the order book will increase significantly over time.…

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Hospital

Not The Mother’s Day Surprise Anyone Hopes For…

This post has nothing to do with points or travel, so by all means stop reading if that’s what you’re looking for. However, it has to do with life in general, and if there’s one thing I’ve increasingly learned over time, it’s the importance of balancing…

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Blade New York

BLADE Expands $195 Helicopter Rides To LaGuardia & Newark

In late March, BLADE announced a cool expansion to their helicopter service in NYC. With the introduction of “BLADE Continuous,” they began offering continuous helicopter flights between Manhattan and New York JFK Airport every weekday from 7AM until…

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Capers Market Pdx – 11

Portland Airport Loses Priority Pass Restaurant

Priority Pass is the world's largest network of independent airport lounges, and over the past couple of years they've added a considerable number of airport restaurants to their lounge network. The logic is that they pay lounges a fixed amount every…

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Keyboard

One Mile at a Time Commenting Guidelines

This is probably long overdue, but we're finally updating our policy on commenting. This is something that a countless number of readers have asked for (and no, not in a "we're devaluing our frequent flyer program due to member feedback" kind of way).…

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