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More 787 Dreamliners flock to Bay Area + Loss of LAN

The Bay Area has several Boeing 787 Dreamliners headed our way in coming months. Today, Norwegian Air Shuttle, the Scandinavian low-fare juggernaut, announced that it would add nonstop Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights to Oakland from both Oslo and Stockholm starting next May. Nonstops between Oakland and Oslo will run three times per week (Mon,Wed, Fri); [...]

New United nonstop to China 成 都

成 都 United Airlines will begin flying nonstop from San Francisco (SFO) to Chengdu (CTU), China’s fourth largest city, starting next June pending approval from the Dept of Transportation. United intends to use its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route, which will run three times weekly. United will be the first US carrier to serve [...]

Food trucks at the airport? Yep.

Over the summer, San Francisco International Airport tested a new street food program featuring three “Off-the-Grid” trucks parked at Terminal 1. The pilot program proved so popular that the trucks will become a mainstay at SFO every Thursday from 11am-2pm on the upper (departures) level by the first door of Terminal 1. (Near the Southwest [...]

United shifting some 747s away from SFO

United could be watering down its strategy of making SFO its Boeing 747 hub, based on summer 2014 schedules released earlier this month. For example, starting April 1, 2014, United will switch out its aging 747-400s on the SFO to Sydney and Melbourne flight and deploy newly refurbished, three-cabin 777-200ER’s on the route. It’s also taking [...]

Love to fly in business class? Then see this…

Last week I attended the Global Business Travel Association convention in San Diego. The best part about this confab is the trade show floor, where most major global airlines show off their latest, greatest business class seats. Want to see what I saw? Click on the photo above or here to launch the Google+ slideshow [...]

Fancy: JetBlue to add sleeper seats SFO-JFK

JetBlue Airways today unveiled its new, fully customized lie-flat seat which will be available on its Airbus A321 flights between New York and SFO and LAX starting spring 2014. JetBlue introduced the new seat at the Global Business Travel Association convention (which I am attending) in San Diego. A computer-generated video of the new, enhanced experience [...]

An Aer Lingus A330 at Washington Dulles (Photo:  Stephen White)

New Delta Shuttle SFO LAX + Aer Lingus returns + Problems in China + Expensive cities

DELTA’S NEW SFO-LAX SHUTTLE. Today Delta announced  that it will begin hourly, nonstop Delta Shuttle service between Los Angeles International and San Francisco International airports on Sept. 3, 2013. The Delta Shuttle operation will include 14 daily flights in each direction and a product tailored to business travelers operating similarly to its New York Shuttle. Flights will depart at the [...]

United's 757-200 refurbished

United’s silver sedans + iPads inflight + Virgin fees up + RelayRides SFO + more

Sorry for the recent lag in updates! Let’s catch up on Bay Area Travel (BAT!) news right now! Due to the info overload, I’ve split this post into two parts… Part One today, Part Two arrives tomorrow! UNITED PERKS INCLUDE MERCS. If you have Global Services status or fly in first class to or through [...]

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Lucky Giants fan wins daytrip to New Zealand (Huh?)

Did you hear about the lucky couple who won a free one-day trip to New Zealand at the Giants vs Diamondbacks game last week? Get this: Bay Area residents Thuy Thi Le and her boyfriend, Kim Dang, were declared the winners of a unique Air New Zealand Twitter contest during the first inning during the San [...]

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10 things about new Aloft hotels

Over the last year, I’ve been hearing a lot about the new Aloft hotel brand from Starwood. Since I have not had the chance to sleep over in one yet, I asked for a tour of the Aloft San Francisco Airport, one of the three Aloft hotels in the Bay Area—all of which have opened [...]