Hello from Santa Monica, CA. I dined with some very dear clients who have become friends last night. Not knowing LA traffic, I hedged my bets and left early. Thankfully, traffic moved much better than my GPS suggested and I made it early. So now I’m writing the week in review in my car as I wait.
I write a lot about United Airlines on Live and Let’s Fly because United is my carrier. This week we saw a number of stories concerning United including a questionable attack by the CEO against Gulf carriers and the announcement of exclusively lie-flat service on the Boston – San Francisco market. In the next couple days, I will analyze United’s domestic growth strategy, which has become quite aggressive.
On the redemption side, KrisFlyer announced a devaluation this week. Although fuel surcharges will be limited, prices will rise for Singapore Airlines awards. While the devaluation is mild, it is a devaluation nonetheless.
I wish you all a great week ahead.
Read about how Garuda Indonesia lived up to its high expectations on a first class flight review from Jakarta to Amsterdam a couple weeks ago. Over 100 photos are included in the report!
United will suspend nonstop service from Houston to Caracas, instead stopping in Aruba to switch crews so that no United pilot or FA will need to leave CCS.
Air France has taken delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner with more on the way. Check out these photos from inside the new aircraft.
Read about the astonishingly delicious food and other surprises on my KLM flight to Amsterdam onboard the new 787-9 Dreamliner.
REPORTS & REVIEWS
Review: Garuda 777-300ER First Class Jakarta – Amsterdam
Garuda Indonesia First Class Lounge Jakarta
Review: Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Review: China Airlines Lounge Taipei (Terminal 1)
Soup Hits the Spot: LAX-IAD First Class on AA74
Review: China Airlines A350 Business Class Amsterdam to Taipei
KLM Crown Lounge Amsterdam
Review: San Francisco to Amsterdam in KLM 787-9 World Business Class
Introduction: Adventures on SkyTeam
NEWS & COMMENTARY
United Making Boston-San Francisco Route Lie-Flat
United CEO on Gulf Carriers: “Those airlines aren’t airlines”
Why American Express Platinum Card Is Still Worthwhile
United Polaris Menu for Spring 2017
Overrated Avios: Why I WON’T Take Advantage of British Airways Promo
Three Observations on Singapore KrisFlyer Devaluation
Cute Video from Brussels Airlines
United’s Clever Trick to Keep Crews Out of Dangerous Venezuela
Why Egypt Postponed Tourism Suicide
First Look at Air France 787-9 Dreamliner
United Beefs Up Domestic Network with New Routes
New United Service from San Francisco to Munich