Benjamin Zhang, provided by Published 11:00 am, Friday, April 20, 2018 Airbus WOW Air is an airline known for its rock-bottom economy class ticket prices. Now the Icelandic low-cost carrier is entering the business class market with WOW premium. The airline is expecting to offer trans-Atlantic fares for half the price of traditional business class tickets. WOW premium offers large seats with 37 inches of pitch, in-flight meals, and priority boarding. Since 2011, WOW Air has made a name for itself with travelers, not only for its bright fuschia planes but also for its insanely low fares. After all, it's hard not to notice $55 flights from the US to Europe. There are also frequent sales for $69 and $99 tickets. On Friday, the Icelandic ultra-low-cost carrier announced that it is taking on the world of business class travel. "Over the last few years, economy seats have become more and more affordable and we'd like to think we played a part in that," WOW Air founder and … [Read more...] about The airline famous for its $55 international flights is launching an affordable business class
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Imagine sitting in an airplane at 35,000 feet when suddenly the passenger next to you starts groping you. It's a scary situation that appears to be happening more often. Now a growing chorus of critics says the airline industry needs to do a better job trying to stop in-flight sexual assaults and handle them when they happen.Passenger Allison Dvaladze says it happened to her. About three hours into a Delta flight as she was falling asleep, Dvaladze says she felt a hand in her crotch. "I immediately hit him and started to try to get out of the seat. He grabbed me again. I hit him again, and the third time, he hit me as I was trying to get away," Dvaladze said.FBI ADVICE: What to do if you're sexually assaulted on a commercial flightShe says she had a panic attack and ran down the aisle to the flight attendants. She says the flight attendants seemed to want to help but were not sure what to do. "They asked me what I wanted them to do, but in that moment, I was … [Read more...] about Passengers, flight attendants demand airlines get tougher on sexual assault
One of the goals of the eight-year, $8.5 billion plan to revamp O'Hare International Airport's terminals is to accelerate the sluggish growth in its international flights.Other large U.S. airports have invested billions in international terminals and international passenger numbers have increased, while O'Hare hasn't done major investments and the number of international passengers has been roughly flat. A 2014 renovation of the international terminal focused on concessions, not travel infrastructure, Chicago Department of Aviation officials said O’Hare compared International passengers in 2015 (in millions) Airport Total New York (JFK) 29.4m Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) 7.5m Miami (MIA) 20.2m San Francisco (SFO) 10.9m Los Angeles (LAX) 20.2m Chicago (ORD) 11.4m Percentage increase in international … [Read more...] about More international travel? O’Hare International Airport’s longest nonstop flights
6 easy ways to find airfare deals Chris McGinnis Updated 11:47 am, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Photo: Peter Biaggi Chris McGinnis getting up close and personal with an Emirates A380 at SFO Chris McGinnis getting up close and personal with an Emirates A380... Google Flights is one of the most powerful, user-friendly, and fast search engines available. While the site has been around since 2011, it has really only come into its own in the last 2-3 years as one of the best places to search for airfare deals. Here's some advice on how to get the most out of this helpful tool: It's easy to get started – just visit google.com/flights and as you do on any search engine, enter your cities and dates. In just a few seconds, you'll see a list of available flights, and the lowest price available. Pick a departure and return flight, and you'll get one or more airline websites to visit, along with the price from … [Read more...] about How to use Google Flights
By Ginny Prior | Correspondent February 13, 2018 at 8:03 am One of the happiest countries on earth is suddenly arm in arm with Oakland — thanks to a partnership forged with Norway’s low-fare Norwegian Air. I flew on Norwegian Air’s inaugural nonstop from Rome to Oakland, Feb 6, and found it unique in several ways. Most significantly, the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners are designed to reduce jet lag by enhancing the lighting, lowering the cabin pressure and increasing the fresh air flow. It works. I’m usually a mess after a European flight — but this time, I felt pretty perky. But even more important than the reduction of bags under my eyes is the increase in bags to Oakland International Airport. Visit Oakland CEO Mark Everton, who I caught up with in Rome, says it’s a marked difference. “I’ve been on a lot of 12-hour flights and I just feel beat up when I get off. And truly, we probably wouldn’t be standing here today … [Read more...] about Happy Wanderer: Fun flying on Oakland international flights
Airlines nationwide are canceling flights and waiving fees to cities like Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee due to heavy snow in the Midwest and Great Lakes region.More than 1,400 flights had been canceled nationally and another 1,870 delayed as of 11:30 a.m. Arizona time, according to flight-tracking service Flight Aware.Phoenix International Sky Harbor Airport has seen 43 cancellations, many presumably due to the winter weather, said airport spokesperson Heather Lissner.All flights from Sky Harbor to Chicago have been canceled or delayed this morning. Travelers should expect similar changes this afternoon and into this evening. Detroit and Milwaukee are two other major destinations seeing scheduling changes out of Sky Harbor.Travelers should check their flights status and airline travel policies before coming to the airport, Lissner said, as cancellations could continue throughout the weekend.American and Southwest Airlines have seen the most delays because Chicago … [Read more...] about Flying from Sky Harbor to the Midwest this weekend? Your flight may be canceled.
Hundreds of flights were canceled across the South and Northeast on Wednesday as travelers woke up to a vicious mix of winter weather. Nearly flights into, out of or within the U.S. were scrapped, according to tracking website Flight Aware, which said that more than 650 flights were also delayed. Leading the way in cancellations were Boston’s Logan International Airport and Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson, both at the opposite ends of a strip of snow and ice hitting the East Coast. New York City will likely receive up to an inch of snow, according to the National Weather Service. However the South is expected to be hardest hit, with the governors of Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina all issued states of emergency for much of their states. Windchills in some areas are forecast to reach the single digits and below-zero degrees Fahrenheit. Many parts of the South unaccustomed to snow are also expected to receive multiple inches of the white stuff and accompanying snarls … [Read more...] about Hundreds of flights canceled as winter storm hits eastern U.S.
Bitter cold that seized the East Coast will begin to ease this week as airlines try to get back on track after days of snarled traffic. By Monday and Tuesday, temperatures could reach into the 30s and 40s from Philadelphia to Boston after hovering in the 20s on Sunday, forecasters say.“With the wind dying down it will probably feel significantly better, although many of these areas will still be below freezing,” said Patrick Burke, a National Weather Service meteorologist in College Park, Md.But even as temperatures ease, icy precipitation forecast from Chicago to eastern North Carolina could make travel treacherous on Monday."Winter weather advisories are in effect for light freezing rain and sleet for these areas, and light to moderate snow farther to the north," the National Weather Service said. "This will mainly be a nuisance type event."Delta Air Lines is already offering to change flights without a fee Monday and Tuesday for airports from … [Read more...] about Temperatures inch up; icy travel looms; airlines try to get back on track
Abby Stanglin enjoyed her holiday trip to London, but her flight back to New York offered an unscheduled detour to Washington after a massive snowstorm closed John K. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday.Airlines canceled nearly 4,400 cancellations Thursday, with another 1,263 by noon Friday, after a massive snowstorm disrupted travel plans up and down the East Coast a day earlier, according to FlightAware.com, an online tracking service. Dozens of flights from New York airports were diverted as airports in white-out conditions of blowing snow and high winds.Stanglin's Norwegian Airlines flight from Gatwick airport was diverted to Dulles International Airport, where the carrier doesn't usually fly. The plane sat on the tarmac for two hours before passengers got off — and her luggage still hadn’t been unloaded by Friday morning — but travelers were able to clear customs and sleep in the airport.Airport staffers helped at least three planeloads of … [Read more...] about East Coast airline headaches continue with 1,200 flights canceled Friday
Airlines canceled 4,000 flights Thursday because of the winter storm spanning the East Coast, and hundreds more Friday, according to FlightAware.com, an online tracking service.The New York area was among the hardest hit. John F. Kennedy International Airport suspended flights about 11 a.m. in white-out conditions, high winds and nearly 5 inches of snow, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the three major airports around New York City.LaGuardia suspended flights around noon and got nearly 4 inches of snow, according to the Port Authority.LaGuardia hoped to reopen by 6 p.m. and JFK by 8 p.m. Newark Liberty International Airport had one runway open at 4 p.m., but the crosswind made landing difficult, according to FlightAware."The issue impacting operations at the moment is the ability to plow snow fast enough," said Sara Orsi, senior marking manager for FlightAware. "As the storm moves through, de-icing … [Read more...] about Airlines cancel 4,000 flights Thursday for East Coast snowstorm; more expected Friday