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Addition of US Airways Flights Complements Existing American Airlines Operated Award / Upgrades on ExpertFlyer
NEW YORK – September 17, 2014 – ExpertFlyer.com®, the premier online air travel information tool for business travelers and frequent flyers, announced today that US Airways will provide ExpertFlyer with access to its award and upgrade inventory effective immediately. The addition of awards and upgrades from US Airways operated flights will complement the existing American Airlines operated award/upgrade data currently available to subscribers of ExpertFlyer, allowing travelers to create flight alerts for awards and upgrades with US Airways the same way they currently conduct searches with American. ExpertFlyer’s goal is to provide convenience and value to its customers and has found more than 190,000 award and upgrade tickets for its customers since 2006.
“Our partnership with American has been beneficial to the airline, ExpertFlyer, and most importantly, our customers,” said Chris Lopinto, president and co-founder of ExpertFlyer.com. “Our goal is provide our customers with important and oftentimes hard to find information all in one place.”
“We are pleased that customers who choose to fly US Airways will now have the same service from ExpertFlyer that they have had for American Airlines flights,” said Cory Garner, American’s managing director – distribution. “This agreement provides another step toward a more seamless customer experience during the integration of our two airlines.”
The Awards & Upgrades feature of ExpertFlyer is the easiest way to find an award ticket or upgrade. Simply enter the airline(s) you want to fly, the destination, the date(s), and search. ExpertFlyer will show you in real-time the number of award tickets and/or upgrades available based on your query. If you must take a particular flight where no upgrades are available, users can create a flight alert for as many as 30 different flights at one time. If an award ticket or upgrade is found, ExpertFlyer will send instant notification.
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(CNN Special: 100 Years of Commercial Aviation)
We have traveled by air since 1914 — One hundred years of commercial flight. With all that experience and new technology under our belt, what will aviation advancements bring to the air travel experience over the next century?
In a special week long series, CNN.com looks at possible futuristic enhancements and breakthrough fuel-saving solutions to get us off the ground in the 21st century.
According to the CNN post, Airbus’ vision of the future can be seen through its concept plane design, which includes an “eco-climb” feature, where take off is assisted by propelled acceleration for a steeper climb, so that planes reach efficient cruise altitudes sooner. “In the concept cabin, seats will use body heat to power aircraft systems such as holographic pop-up pods, while a futuristic cabin membrane can become transparent to give passengers open panoramic views.”
Read the full story here.
Voices of pilots and consumer groups gave sway against taxing airlines on international arrivals as additional fees have been dropped from a recently approved spending bill. USA Today reports, “Immigration inspection user fees had been poised to rise from $7 to $9 on each ticket under the Senate version of the legislation. But the final compromise dropped the fee, which would have raised $185 million per year.”
Read the full story here: http://ht.ly/sCVEP
A passenger aboard a four-seater Cessna 172 had to assume the role of pilot after the aircraft’s real pilot passed out and died at the controls. According to an NBC News report, flight instructors in Britain coached the passenger over the radio how to land the plane.
“Rory Murray, one of two instructors who guided the four-seater Cessna 172 onto the ground on Tuesday, told the BBC that the passenger had done a ‘remarkable job’.”
The passenger is thought to have had some previous flying experience, but he had never landed an aircraft before the incident on Tuesday evening, according to reports. The pilot was pronounced dead late Tuesday, a police spokeswoman confirmed to NBC News.