Bamboo Airways launching service in Vietnam in 2018

A new start-up airline has applied for a licence to fly i Vietnam and announced large orders of planes earlier this year. Bamboo Airways signed deals for 24 Airbus A321neo in March and for 20 Boeing B787 in June. They have already received preliminary approvals from the Vietnamese government and plan to launch domestic service in Vietnam with leased planes … Continue reading

IAG launches Level short-haul flights from Vienna – why?

International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling and Level, is starting short-haul flights under the Level brand from Vienna. With 4 Airbus A321 planes, they will be starting with flights to Palma de Mallorca and London, followed by flights to Barcelona, Paris and Malaga. Why would IAG do that and what’s in it for you? … Continue reading

London Heathrow Airport expansion approved by parliament

The expansion of London’s Heathrow airport with a third runway has been a never-ending story, going back as far as I can remember. Now, the third runway has been approved by parliament in a decisive vote. But, true to form and history, this is by no means the end of the story: A number of parties, including London’s mayor have … Continue reading

Thailand’s Minor Group takes over Spain’s NH Hotels from China’s HNA

The hospitality industry has seen a lot of mergers & acquisitions lately and speculation had been rife that debt-laden Chinese group HNA would have to sell their stake in NH Hotels, after fire-sales of several other hotel holdings! Now, Minor International, a Thai hospitality business, has purchased HNA’s stake of 25.2% in NH Hotels, in addition to their previous purchase … Continue reading

Singapore Airlines relaunches non-stop 19h flights to New York

Singapore Airlines is relaunching non-stop flights between Singapore and Newark, NJ, starting October 11, 2018. They will be the longest flights in the world at almost 19 hours, utilizing Airbus new A350 Ultra Long Range (ULR) planes. The new A350 will be configured in a two-class layout with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy seats. Tickets are on … Continue reading

New Singapore Changi Terminal 4 in 10 Photos

Singapore’s Changi Airport has been rated the world’s best airport year after year and is determined to stay on top. It recently unveiled the new Terminal 4, the most modern terminal on the planet, designed to enable a fully automatic, self-service for passengers. I had a chance to fly out of Terminal 4, so follow me along through the stunning … Continue reading

Allegiant Air still not save to fly!

Last year I reported that Allegiant had almost 4 times as many incidents as the average for US airlines, with frequent mechanical issues due to the age of their planes and the poor maintenance. I recommended to avoid flying Allegiant, hoping for improvements as they retired their old planes. Now, CBS 60 Minutes has looked into the issues and found … Continue reading

Club Carlson is dead, long live Radisson Rewards

Radisson Hotel Group has announced that Club Carlson will become Radisson Rewards. In the process, they are making it easier to earn elite levels, harder to earn points and made some slight improvements to the affiliated credit card. Most of the changes are cosmetic, but it’s a start in resurrecting a loyalty program that went from darling to widely ignored … Continue reading