The Millennial Traveler

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Conrado has been a passionate AvGeek as long as he can remember. He travels often between his two homes- one in Houston, where he is a full-time student at Rice University, and the other in San Juan, where his entire family lives. He says "I want to inspire my generation to get on their feet and explore the world, and help them maximize their time, money, and points to make these experiences within their reach."

Qantas Returns Roo to Singapore

For the past five years, Qantas has had a very strong relationship with Emirates. They codeshare, and feed passengers to each other as well as a loyalty program partnership. Since then, Qantas’ Kangaroo Route has been routed via Dubai. There, Qantas’ passengers have had access to Emirates’ lounges. This was a great asset, given how great the Emirates Lounges are in Dubai. This year, the partnership was up for renewal. It seems that there have been some major tweaks in what the airlines are looking for with this partnership. Qantas Returns Roo Route to Singapore For starters, Qantas is...

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What I Expect from the American China Southern Partnership

A few months back, American announced a plan to purchase $200 million of China Southern Airlines’ stock. This transaction would give the US’ largest carrier access to China. China Southern is China’s largest carrier based on number of passengers carried. The American China Southern Partnership comes with a lot of possible benefits in synergies. Here is what I expect to come out of this deal. Codesharing I expect both airlines to begin codesharing as soon as before the end of this year. China Southern is part of Skyteam, and Delta is Skyteam’s lead airline. This means that China Southern...

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JetBlue Expands Atlanta Operation

JetBlue launched flights to Atlanta earlier this year. They began flying from Boston to Atlanta, as they look to expand. The route began in March, flying five times a day. The flight, however, was also a strategic move to fight Delta, who has been expanding their presence at two major jetBlue hubs. jetBlue’s flight has been very successful, and they have decided to expand further into the Atlanta market. New Atlanta Flights As of March 8, 2018, the airline will begin flights to three new destinations. New York-JFK, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale. For jetBlue, these three cities are also...

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Etihad Codeshare with Aerolineas Argentinas

Etihad Airways is one of the Middle East Big 3. They are based in Abu Dhabi, and operate a global network. Etihad has been a stakeholder in various airlines. They are deeply involved with Alitalia, an airline that is on the verge of bankruptcy. Etihad also owned parts of Air Berlin, which has gone bankrupt after Etihad removed financial backing. One of their moderate successes has been Jet Airways, which they own a large stake. Etihad also has shares in Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia and Air Serbia. They have a global set of codeshare partners. They will soon be...

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Iberia Premium Economy Boston Launch

Iberia, the Spanish flag carrier, is one of the many airline to recently debut Premium Economy on their fleet. They are a part of a Joint Venture between BA, AA Iberia and Finnair. Of these four, BA, Iberia and American now have Premium Economy products. Iberia has been installing it on their A340-600s, some of their A330s and will be installed on their A350s. The process is still ongoing, but there are a few destinations with the product already. Among these are New York, Miami, Chicago, Mexico City and Bogota. The next destination with Premium Economy will be Boston....

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Qantas International Aircraft Refresh

Qantas, the largest airline in Australia, has long offered a sub-par business class hard product on their 747s and A380s. While on their A330s and (soon to come) 787s, the airline offers a solid Vantage XL seat. The airline has been at a disadvantage (in terms of seat) to their competitors to the US for a while. While Delta, Virgin Australia and American offer aisle access from all seats, Qantas did not. Well, after years of lagging behind, it seems Qantas’ A380s will be getting a facelift.   A380 Retrofit In terms of the aircraft itself, the plane will...

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Oh Snap, Icelandair Adds Cleveland

Icelandair is the flag carrier of the island nation of Iceland. The airline has long been a hybrid of a legacy carrier offering reasonable fares across the Atlantic. They offer a sub-par business class product (deep recline seats) called Saga Class. They also offer a sort of premium economy, and the traditional economy. The airline operates a mix of 757s and 767s, with a few 787s on order. They have long been the connectors of Iceland to the world. They offer flights to a plethora of US detonations, and have codeshares with major airlines (such as Alaska).   Icelandic...

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WOW Air Midwest Expansion

WOW Air is revolutionizing the way  we think of transAtlantic travel. They are a leader in ultra low cost transatlantic flights. WOW uses their fleet of A330s and A321s to the US and connect people via their hub in Iceland. The airline offers low cost fares to Europe, with add-on fees for everything you can think of. This has not stopped the airline from aggressive expansion (and subsequent success). They have added flights to the East Coast starting in 2015, and have since expanded to destinations on the West Coast. WOW Air Midwest Expansion The airline recently announced expansion...

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Sun Country ULCC Transformation

Sun Country is one of the United States’ few remaining true niche carriers. They are a hybrid leisure-regular carrier that operates out of Minneapolis St Paul. Most of their routes are to sunny leisure destinations such as Cancun or Ft. Myers. The airline offers a great business class product, according to Live and Let’s Fly. The airline also offers some regular services such as flights to Boston, New York among others. For many years, the airline has fought off competition from legacy carriers such as Delta and ULCCs like Spirit. It seems that after fighting for a long time,...

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American Premium Economy to Hawaii

American Airlines is the first airline in the US to offer premium economy on their international flights. The cabin debuted on their 787-9 last year. They have since started retrofitting their 777s and will soon retrofit their A330s. American recently announced plans that their premium economy would not be added to domestic flights. It seems that American has slightly backtracked on this decision. The airline will begin to fly their P/E configured aircraft to Hawaii. The majority of these routes will be from Dallas to Hawaii, but for a short time there will be a flight from LAX to...

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