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United brings the first Dreamliner to AmericaUnited is preparing to operate two of the world’s longest 787 flights. United’s Los Angeles-Melbourne flight, scheduled to begin service Oct. 26, would travel 7,927 miles, currently the longest plan route to be operated by the 787 family. The flight would operate six days a week. United’s San Francisco-Chengdu flight, scheduled to begin service June 9, would not only be the first non-stop flight ever from the U.S. to Chengdu, but also would be the longest 787 flight to operate non-stop in both directions, at least until the Melbourne flight begins. The route is 6,857 miles. The flight would operate three times a week, pending government approval. Currently, the two longest 787 flights are operated by Ethiopian Airlines, but both stop in Rome on westbound routes from Addis Ababa to Washington, DC (IAD) and Toronto. Addis-Washington is 7,182 miles, while Addis-Toronto is 7,143 miles. The third longest 787 flight, operated by AeroMexico, operates Mexico City-Tokyo but makes a westbound stop in Tijuana. All three flights operate non-stop when eastbound.

 

Boeing has taken orders for 1,031 Dreamliners and has delivered 133 aircraft to 17 customers, led by ANA with 27 and Japan Air Lines with 15. United, which seats 219 passenger on its 787s, has taken delivery of 10 aircraft. By contrast, low-fare carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle has 291 seats on its 787s. Boeing rolled the first 787-9 out of the paint hangar, painted in a black color scheme for launch customer Air New Zealand. The fuselage of the 787-9 is stretched by 20 feet and would accommodate up to 40 additional passengers and fly an additional 300 nautical miles. Included in the 787 orders are 405 orders for 787-9s.

 

 

The airline mileage game Southwest, Delta and JetBlue have changed to revenue-based frequent-flier rewards thus tempting business travelers to wait and make last minute bookings in order to book higher fares and thus receive a much higher level of mileage points. Other domestic airlines are expected to follow. Under new airline policies that reward travelers based on fares, not distance, fliers have incentive to book expensive tickets close to the departure date rather than plan ahead with cheaper advance-purchase itineraries.

 

The Business Travel Coalition, a lobbying group of travel managers and travel agencies, polled 66 industry executives this week and found 84% believe the new way of calculating frequent-flier rewards will lead to higher travel prices. According to the Wall Street Journal, some corporate travel managers suspect travelers are starting to delay bookings or make superfluous trips because airlines have made it tempting to do so. 

 

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Pent-up winter demand to boost business travel spending. (CNBC) An already optimistic outlook for 2014 U.S. business travel spending is getting even brighter, according to a new report that cites rising corporate profits, management confidence, job development as well as businesses planning on rescheduling many of those meetings canceled due to the polar vortex and other miserable winter snowstorms. U.S. business travel spending is now expected to rise 7.1 percent in 2014, amounting to $293.3 billion, according to a report released by the Global Business Travel Association on April 8, 2014. 

 

The Transportation Security Administration’s new PreCheck system, which offers selected air travelers access to expedited security screening, is moving toward its first big test: "a crush of inexperienced summer vacationers".

How PreCheck is supposed to work

 

According to the Washington Post,  "as PreCheck expands to 117 airports — from 40 in the fall — passengers are discovering that the new lines are sometimes a free-for-all, with travelers randomly selected for preferred treatment. Air travelers feel a mix of gratitude and frustration. They’re thankful that they don’t have to make a difficult choice between a full-body scan and a pat-down. But PreCheck members are often confused when the PreCheck line is filled with travelers who they say don’t deserve to be there."  Full Washington Post article here.

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  • House Committee Passes Transparent Airfares Act of 2014

DSC_0601-ED U.S. CapitolThe House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed new legislation that will help ensure that airline passengers know how much of their ticket price goes to federal taxes.

The Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 will prevent airlines from incorporating government taxes in advertised prices.  It will reverse the Department of Transportation’s 2012 Full Fare Advertising Rule that required federal taxes and fees to be included in the base price of any advertised fare.

 

The 2012 law gave airlines the power to include taxes and fees in a ticket’s advertised price, reducing transparency for customers in the estimation of the bill’s sponsors.

 

“Americans are paying higher and higher government imposed taxes and fees to travel by air,” said Chairman Bill Shuster of the House Transportation and Infrastructure, who said that this fact “is being hidden from them.”

 

Typically, around 20% of a ticket’s price is comprised of federal taxes, which, by being included in the overall cost, are somewhat inherently hidden from passengers.  Shuster said that the new legislation “will allow consumers to see the full breakdown of their ticket costs, so they know how much they’re paying for the service, and how much they’re paying in government imposed taxes and fees.”

 

- See more at: http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2014/04/house-committee-passes-transparent-airfares-act-of-2014/#sthash.odAAlQ9r.dpuf

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The new Silk Road, business travel to Africa.

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Airlines have found new allies in their fight against a requirement that they include US taxes in their advertised fares. Consumer groups disagree. Full Bloomberg story.