Economy Air Travel CAN get worse: Aviointeriors SkyRider 2.0 Saddle Seat

If you thought that airline travel in Economy Class couldn’t possibly get any worse than today, with 28 inch seat pitch, no recline, no luggage, no food and no seat assignment – you could be wrong. At this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018 in Hamburg, Italian seat manufacturer Aviointeriors introduced the second iteration of their saddle seat, offering a standing-room … Continue reading

topbonus miles gone, new owner on the horizon?

topbonus, the loyalty program of bankrupt airberlin, has been in its death throws ever since the airline announced their insolvency last year, hanging on and offering occasional redemption of miles with various airlines and travel partners. Now, the game is finally up, the account access is closed and all miles are gone! There is still a little hope for a … Continue reading

Grab acquires uber business in South East Asia

Rumors about the pending sale of uber’s business in South East Asia to rival Grab have been circulating for weeks. Now, it’s official and the two companies announced the acquisition. uber is selling their transportation business for a 27.5% in the rival with the uber CEO joining the board. The consolidation has been pushed by Softbank, a major stakeholder in … Continue reading

Worldwide air traffic grows at 4.6% in January 2018

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is reporting a worldwide growth of 4.6% in passenger travel in January 2018 compared to the year before. While that is a little slower than the month before, it’s due to calendar differences and continued strong growth is expected for the remainder of the year! IATA is expecting passenger travel to double by 2026! … Continue reading

Welcome Radisson Hotels Group

After the acquisition of 100% of Carlson and 70% of Rezidor by Chinese Investors HNA in 2016/2017, changes have been in the air and they now seem to come to fruition. They are planning to re-brand the hotel group to Radisson Hotel Group, leveraging their best known brand. The are also going to re-brand the loyalty program from Club Carlson … Continue reading

Visit Rome on free stop-over with Alitalia!

Alitalia, the Italian flag carrier is now offering a stop-over in the Italian capital, Rome, for up to three days at no charge. You can store your luggage at the airport or book a hotel at a discount. I love stop-overs: They give you a chance to add a new destination to your trip and explore a place you might … Continue reading

A new (old) airline launches in Europe – Air Italy

After the bankruptcy of airberlin, Alitalia and Monarch in 2017, the new year 2018 is off to a better start with the (re-)launch of Air Italy, bringing new planes, new livery and new destinations for travelers to, from and through Italy. It also comes with the great ambition to replace bankrupt Alitalia as the Italian flag carrier, supported by a … Continue reading