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Miles flown for stories
2014: 271,099
2013: 330,818

Video: Tri-Jets Still Flying at Los Angeles International Airport

You probably are aware that seeing tri-jets [those airliner with that third jet in the tail] is becoming a rarity, especially in the United States. Luckily for us AvGeeks, there are still quite a few cargo carriers [and a scheduled passenger airline] still flying these classic beauties.

Recently SpeedBirdHD shared a compilation video of tri-jets that still fly in and out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on a daily basis. Hard to believe that someday these birds will only be found in a museum, but until then — enjoy!

Bahamas-Bound: Touring the New Nassau Airport (Part 2)

Check-in area of the new international terminal at NAS - Photo: Blaine Nickeson | AirlineReporter.com

Check-in area of the new international terminal at NAS – Photo: Blaine Nickeson | AirlineReporter.com

This is the second installment in my visit to The Bahamas.  For Part 1, covering my inbound travel “experience” and amazing first-night welcome, click here.

Our first scheduled event for the day, and main reason for my visit, was a tour of the brand-new Lynden Pindling International Airport International Terminal.  No, this isn’t the terminal you’ll use for U.S.-bound flights; those operate out of their own (although also very new) terminal, which has a CBP Pre-Clearance facility.  Rather, the new terminal supports all non-U.S. international flights, primarily to Canada and the U.K., and also flights to the “Family Islands” of The Bahamas.

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SimpliFlying Announces Best Airline Social Media Presence

The Trophies all lined up ready to be handed to the winners of the SimpliFlying Social Media Awards - Photo: Artstudio23.com

The trophies all lined up ready to be handed to the winners of the SimpliFlying Social Media Awards – Photo: Artstudio23.com

On a recent flight from Seattle to Phoenix I did something that has become more common. My flight was delayed and I conversed with the airline via Twitter to see if there was anything I could do to make my now-25-minute connection.  Had the airline not had a presence on Twitter, I could have been stranded.  This was not a first though for me; I often deal with the airline social media teams to get situations handled, or to help with a booking.  Social media and airlines seem to go hand-in-hand lately, but what airlines have the best social media presence?

October saw a selection of travel social media heavyweights all gathered for the 4th Annual SimpliFlying Social Media awards in Amsterdam. Over 37,000 votes were collected for the evening’s events to choose the winners.

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Alaska Unveils its Latest Disneyland Scheme

 

N570AS, "Adventure to Disneyland" taxis to the gate after flying in from painting photo by Bernie Leighton | AIrlineReporter.com

N570AS, “Adventure to Disneyland” taxis to the gate after flying in from painting – Photo: Bernie Leighton | AIrlineReporter.com

Alaska Airlines, in conjunction with Disney and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, has debuted its latest Disney special scheme. The newest version, which AirlineReporter exclusively spied a day ahead of the official launch, features popular characters from Disney-Pixar’s Cars franchise.

The aircraft was officially rolled out this morning in a ceremony at gate C-9 of Seattle Tacoma International Airport. The plane departed for Santa Ana’s John Wayne Airport due to its proximity to Disneyland. What made this flight special, other than the fact that it was the first commercial service of a new special livery, was that it was a surprise for four children on a very special holiday. Coming from as far away as Barrow, Alaska, these kids were being treated to an amazing vacation adventure from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

If there was any doubt Alaska and Disney were going to make a big deal out of this, I was blown away when I arrived at the gate.

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Flight Review: Flying Economy on an Hawaiian Airlines’ A330 to Auckland

Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330s at the terminal in Honolulu - Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330s at the terminal in Honolulu – Photo: Mal Muir | AirlineReporter.com

Getting to New Zealand from the United States is a very limited affair.  The only way to get there directly is with Air New Zealand and at some times of the year (around Christmas, especially) capacity becomes limited due to operating only three daily flights (two from LAX, one from SFO).

More recently a new choice was offered to New Zealand; Hawaiian Airlines flying from Honolulu (HNL) to Auckland (AKL). The new flights started in March and they fly three times a week between the two cities.

Using their new Airbus A330-200 aircraft, Hawaiian’s service to the south Pacific allows one-stop service from a number of west coast cities (although all cities, apart from Seattle, require an overnight stay in Honolulu when southbound).  After I had flown down to Hawaii from Seattle and spent a brief two hours in the warmth that permeates Honolulu airport, it was time to board another Hawaiian aircraft for my journey to New Zealand.

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