Why does Four Seasons Hotels now have a Boeing 757? And other links of the past week.

Four Seasons will now have a branded jet on which you can fly around the world. Photo: Four Seasons.

Four Seasons will now have a branded jet on which you can fly around the world. But it will cost a fortune. Photo: Four Seasons.

Hello everyone. I’ve enjoyed these recent stories about aviation, and perhaps you will too. Thanks for reading this blog.

Four Seasons Hotels is getting into the air charter business. “The Toronto-based luxury-hotel chain says the airplane is the hotel industry’s first fully branded private jet,” Bloomberg writes. For $119,000, you can fly around the world with the hotel chain.  Can this possibly work? (And by work, I mean can Four Seasons make money here?)

The Associated Press takes a look at airfield security in light of this week’s report of a stowaway who flew from San Jose to Honolulu. “I don’t think San Jose is different than 80 percent of the airports around the country” in how secure its perimeter is,” Rafi Ron, former head of security at the closely guarded airport in Tel Aviv told AP.

Delta released first quarter earnings on Wednesday, and the earnings beat expectations, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. This happened even though January and February winter storms forced the airline to cancel 17,000 flights.

Hawaiian Airlines just launched flights from Honolulu to Beijing, and the airline is optimistic they will be profitable. Skift interviewed the airline’s CEO about its international expansion strategy.  

Jetblue is offering a coat check service at New York – Kennedy, according to Jaunted. It’s an amusing plan. The idea is to make it easier on New Yorkers traveling to warmer climates, like Forida, where they won’t need a jacket. The travelers can leave their coats at JFK and pick them out on the return. The cost? $2 per day and $10 per week.

The Associated Press seeks to answer a question that has confused many people for weeks. “Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Why are Americans obsessed with it?” Do we blame CNN?

Crankyflier explores why major international airlines are so concerned about the fact that Emirates has been flying between Milan and New York.

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American’s plans for its fleet, and other aviation stories of the past week

An American Airlines 777-300ER parked at LAX. Photo credit: American.

An American Airlines 777-300ER parked at LAX. American is taking delivery of six 777-300s this year, which will bring the total number in the fleet to 16. Photo credit: American.

What’s news in the world of aviation? These are the stories I have enjoyed most in the past week or so:

The size of American’s combined fleet will be just about the same this December as it was in December 2013, the Dallas Morning News reports. But the mix of the mainline airplanes will change a lot. “AAG plans to take delivery of 83 new airplanes in 2014 for American and US Airways, led by 42 of the Airbus A321s,” Terry Maxon writes. “That’s one new airplane every 4½ days, approximately. But AAG also plans to park 80 older airplanes, including 26 McDonnell Douglas MD-80s and 22 Boeing 757s.” The size of the total fleet will be about 970 airplanes.

Did you know that on 72 days in 2013 Delta did not cancel a single flight? And already this year, Delta told the Wall Street Journal’s Scott McCartney, it is already ahead of that pace. What’s Delta’s secret? McCartney breaks it down. One of the most interesting things? Delta moves flight crews around the system to ensure a flight does not necessarily need to be canceled just because the original pilots have gone illegal.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports on an interesting study on airline price volatility. Among U.S. airports, Bloomberg reported that San Francisco had the most volatility, while New York LaGuardia had the least. Among carriers, Alaska Airlines and US Airways played with their prices the least, according to the study.

In her regular column on Flyertalk, flight attendant Sarah Steegar says your flight crews like to mix things up with pranks. Apparently pilots will sometimes tell new hires that they have “forgotten the keys” to the airplane.  Hah!

Is Spirit interested in moving some flights from Fort Lauderdale to Miami? The Miami Herald says it’s a possibility. But that seems odd considering Miami has unusually high costs for airlines. Any ideas on why Spirit is floating this option?

And finally, one of my stories. I wrote a trend piece asking whether airlines have instituted something like an on-board caste system as they have added perks in premium cabins and taken them away from economy class travelers. “I just find it distasteful.” said Charlie Leocha, director of the Consumer Travel Alliance and a consistent airline critic. Others, of course, see no problem with airlines rewarding their most lucrative customers.

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What airline has the best uniforms? And other interesting stories of the past week.

Among my favorite stories was Sassy Stew's ranking of the top 15 flight attendant uniforms. Here are the dudes sported on Air Canada's "Rouge" brand.

Among my favorite stories was Sassy Stew’s ranking of the top 15 flight attendant uniforms. Here are the duds sported on Air Canada’s “Rouge” brand.

What’s news in the world of aviation? Read on to see some of the stories I’ve found interesting the past week or so.

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Best of the blogs: The week’s best aviation posts

Through the magic of the internet, we know exactly what @@OneMileataTime's caviar looked like on a recent flight.

Through the magic of the internet, we know exactly what @OneMileataTime’s caviar looked like on a recent ANA flight. His trip reports are among the best around.

There are some darn good – and very dedicated – aviation bloggers out there. Here is some of the blog items of the past week or so.

“13 Secrets Airline Pilots Won’t Tell You” from ABC News and Readers Digest. Among the secrets:  “The two worst airports for us: Reagan National in Washington, D.C., and John Wayne in Orange County, Calif. You’re flying by the seat of your pants trying to get in and out of those airports. John Wayne is especially bad because the rich folks who live near the airport don’t like jet noise, so they have this noise abatement procedure where you basically have to turn the plane into a ballistic missile as soon as you’re airborne.” – -Pilot, South Carolina

Some astute frequent fliers noticed Wednesday morning that American Airlines was charging new fees on some award tickets. They got very upset. But it seems it was all a technological mistake by the airline. The blog “View from the Wing” explains what happened. 

Lufthansaflyer got a sneak peak at Paine Field Airport in Everett, Wash. He saw a bunch of brand-new Boeings. 

What does international first class look like? The supremely talented @onemileatatime reviewed an ANA first class flight from Chicago to Tokyo. His trip reports – and there are many of them – are very detailed.

Lufthansa is about to announce a big aircraft order. But which manufacturer will it be? Airbus? Or Boeing? Flyertalk blogger Gerry Wingenbach says it’s a $10 billion order.
He breaks it all down.

And finally, @crankyflier tells us that Delta is giving smartphones to its flight attendants so they can help travelers. Among other things, the wifi enabled phones will allow the airline to process credit cards in real time. Most airlines only upload data after flights land.

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