DELTA Introduces Wi-Fi on 747-400 Overseas Flights

Delta Air Lines introduced in-flight Wi-Fi on its overseas flights Tuesday, unveiling the service on two Tokyo-bound Boeing 747-400s from Los Angeles and Atlanta. The move is part of an effort by Delta to extend in-flight Wi-Fi to all of its international aircraft that fly transoceanic routes by the end of 2015.

Delta says three of its 16 747-400 jets already are outfitted with Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi and that all 16 will have the option by “mid-2014.”

Next up after the 747s? Delta says it and Wi-Fi provider Gogo “are in the final testing phase for Wi-Fi on the Airbus A330 fleet.”

Delta already offers in-flight Wi-Fi on most of its flights within the United States and on routes between the U.S. and Canada. For those routes, Delta uses an air-to-ground-based Wi-Fi service that works only over land. For its expanded Wi-Fi service on overseas flights, Delta will use satellites to provide coverage internationally. The carrier says that service “will complement the existing air-to-ground service already provided by Gogo for aircraft flying within the domestic U.S.”

US Airways Joins American in oneworld® Alliance

Last December, the merger between American Airlines and US Airways created the new American.  This month marks a very important milestone for the combined airline. On March 31, 2014, US Airways will officially join oneworld®, an award-winning global alliance.

Effective March 31, Dividend Miles members will be able to earn and redeem miles and points when traveling on any oneworld member airline. Additionally, members will maintain their tier status, and all qualifying miles previously earned through Star Alliance will remain intact; however, you’ll no longer receive miles when traveling on other Star Alliance airlines after March 30, 2014. Other Dividend Miles program changes and alliance benefits include:

•             Dividend Miles Preferred members will receive new membership cards with their oneworld classification. (Emerald, Sapphire or Ruby)

•             When traveling with another oneworld partner, Dividend Miles Chairman, Platinum and Gold members will be eligible to access the nearly 600 oneworld airport lounges worldwide; where available, Chairman Cardholders will be able to access First Class lounges, expedited security and receive an additional baggage allowance.

•             Established oneworld airlines’ frequent flyer programs will receive alliance benefits when traveling on US Airways. The oneworld Emerald and Sapphire cardholders may access US Airways’ lounges when traveling on alliance carriers.

For more information about this program transition, please refer to the Dividend Miles Updates page online.

United to Move to Heathrow Terminal 2 on June 4, 2014

United customers using London Heathrow Airport (LHR) will enjoy improved services and amenities with the move of its operations to the airport’s new Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal, on June 4, 2014.

Beginning on that date, United flights at LHR – currently split between Terminals 1 and 4 – will be “under one roof.” United will be the first airline to operate from Terminal 2.

At Terminal 2, customers will benefit from easier, faster routes through border control on arrival and through check-in and security on departure. There will be a choice of check-in methods including quick and easy self-service kiosks, fast bag-drop desks and full-service check-in desks. Customers will also be able to enjoy a wide variety of shopping, dining and seating options in a light, airy, spacious building.

New United Club and United Global First Lounge at LHR

Two new lounges will be available for use by United’s premium customers at Terminal 2: A United Club and the United Global First Lounge. Totaling around 22,000 square feet, the clubs will feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the airfield and will offer complimentary food, beverages and Wi-Fi, in addition to business facilities, shower suites and other amenities and services.

United to Offer Free Movies on Apple Devices

Passengers on certain United Airlines flights soon will be able to view movies and TV programs for free on Apple devices outfitted with iOS 7, according to reports. “Most planes will be equipped with the new system very soon, and we’ll have it installed on most domestic aircraft by the end of 2014,” United said. “We’ll begin on Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 747-400 and select 777-200 aircraft, followed by additional fleets.” CNET (3/12)

United to Enforce Carry-on Baggage Rules

United airlines announced that agents overseeing the boarding process will start enforcing the line’s longstanding rules on carry-on baggage size:

•One bag, no larger than 9″ x 14″ x 22″ inches, to be stowed in the overhead bin.

•One “personal item,” such as a briefcase, purse, or computer bag, no larger than 9″ x 10″ x 17″ and small enough to fit under the seat.

United will install more templates, both pre-security and at the boarding area, so you can make sure your bag will conform to United’s rules before you get on the plane. United warns that, in the future, travelers trying to board with oversized bags may be sent back to the bag-checking area, which means leaving and reentering security.

Lufthansa Adopts Premium Economy

Starting this November, Lufthansa will equip its long-haul planes with a premium-economy seating option. Lufthansa’s version will be one of the better ones: almost four inches of addition width and a generous 38-inch pitch. And travelers will enjoy upgraded cabin service and two no-charge checked bags. It will also be one of the more expensive ones, with fares somewhere near double regular economy fares.

This is not an innovation by Lufthansa; it’s playing catch-up with its major competitors. Air France, British Airways, SAS, Virgin Atlantic, and other big lines already offer comparable products.

American Airlines to end ticketing agreement with JetBlue

(Reuters) – American Airlines said it planned to end agreements covering ticketing, baggage handling and frequent-flyer programs with JetBlue Airways after its merger with US Airways gave it “greater connectivity” along the U.S. East Coast.

American Airlines, which merged with US Airways in December to form American Airlines Group Inc.,  had a so-called interline agreement with JetBlue that allowed customers to buy connecting flights on each other’s planes on one ticket.

American Airlines – Main Cabin Extra (MCE) Seat Access Change

Updated: 11Mar14

Effective March 18, 2014, Frequent Flyer AAdvantage Gold, Dividend Mile Silver  Preferred, oneworld Ruby and Alaska MVP status members and their companions will be able to access Main Cabin Extra seats through one of two options:

  • Receive a 50% discount when reserving a Main Cabin Extra seat in advance
  • Enjoy complimentary access to Main Cabin Extra within 24hrs of departure (if seats are available)

Any changes made to existing Main Cabin Extra seats already assigned prior to March 18, will fall under the new policy. Preferred seats will continue to be free of charge.

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