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."

Qatar Airways Portfolio 2017

Qatar Airways is one of the world’s most rapidly expanding airlines. Not only are they invested in fleet expansion, but the airline has been looking to find equity partners all throughout the globe. They have assets in IAG, Meridiana, LATAM and Cathay Pacific. The airline has also sought out a US based carrier for investment, originally looking at American, but being rebuffed. As the year comes to a close, it is worth examining Qatar Airways’ extensive portfolio, and analyzing where it could go next.   IAG Qatar Airway’s first major investment was in IAG. IAG is the parent company...

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LATAM Tel Aviv Flight Expected

LATAM Airlines, the largest airline conglomerate in South America, plans to launch flights to the Middle East by the end of 2018. LATAM Tel Aviv flights expected to be formally announced in the coming days, as the airline continues to strengthen its position in the transAtlantic market. The airline had announced flights to Boston, Lisbon and Rome. The airline will fuel the expansion with newly arriving 787s and A350s, which will complement the airlines sizeable 767 fleet. What to Expect The airline will fly the route from Santiago, Chile, to Tel Aviv. The flight will make a refueling stop...

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Etihad Cancels DFW Service

For the past few years, we have seen the battle between the legacy US carriers and the Middle East Big 3. Much has been said by both sides, but the main argument is on subsidies. It is worth noting that both sides are subsidized, and the legacy US carriers’ argument is both hypocritical and unfounded. The previous administration did not act how the airlines expected, and the current administration has not acted yet. In order to make a statement, American planned to cancel their codeshares with Etihad and Qatar Airways. This was a HUGE devaluation for American and the...

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Meridiana Becomes Air Italy

Qatar Airways recently bought a 49% stake on the Italian carrier Meridiana. Meridiana has for a long time been a small, mainly leisure carrier in Italy. Although they are the second largest carrier in the country, they are nowhere near as large as their main rival Alitalia. With Alitalia in bankruptcy, this investment could pay off well for Qatar Airways.   Meridiana Becomes Air Italy The first step that Qatar Airways is taking to making Meridiana the new Italian flag carrier is rebranding it as Air Italy. The original Air Italy was purchased by Meridiana, and incorporated as a...

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Will Egyptair Buy 787s?

Egyptair has long been an interesting airline. Located in the one of the largest countries in North Africa, the airline has long had a modest fleet. The airline operates a fleet of A330s and 777-300ERs internationally, with A320s, 737s and E-Jets as well. They have had a sub-par business class product on their planes for a while now, and the airline just started adding wifi to their fleet. As most of the other carriers they compete with, such as Turkish Airlines, have invested heavily on fleet expansion, Egyptair has been mute. It seems the airline will begin to take...

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Goals for 2018: New Flights, New Adventures

As the year begins to wind down, I finally have all my flights scheduled for the end of the year. Unless major shifts occur in my schedule, I will finish with American Airlines Executive Platinum Status, and JetBlue Mosaic Status until 2019. With 2017 almost in the rearview mirror (at least when it comes to flying), I have started planning out my goals for 2018. I will be graduating from my Undergraduate Degree in May, and will be planning to celebrate it by doing what I love most: expanding my culture by travelling. However, throughout the year, I want...

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Finally: American Launches LAX Beijing Flight

American Airlines has been making LAX their Pacific gateway and has been adding flights like crazy. They have added flights to Hong Kong, Sydney, Auckland and many others. Over the past year, however, American has been fighting to get their LAX Beijing flight off the ground. There were multiple regulatory hurdles, and more than one dramatic spat. First, Delta wanted to have that Beijing landing slot, and fought American very hard, ultimately losing when the FAA granted AA the flight. Then, Chinese regulatory authorities did not want to give them reasonable times for the flight, which led to AA...

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EL AL Launches Flights to Miami

EL AL, the Israeli national carrier, has re-launched flights from Tel Aviv to Miami. The airline used to fly to Miami, but cut the route in 2008. The route was flown by their older 767-200ERs. The new route will be flown by one of their newer (ish) 777-200ERs. This will give the airline added capacity, and a slightly more updated interior for passengers.   What to Expect The airline will fly the route 3xWeekly, with their 777 as mentioned before. The aircraft is configured with 279 seats, with 3 classes of service. The airline’s First class cabin consists of...

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My Take: Qatar Airways Buys Cathay Pacific Stake

Today it was announced that Qatar Airways would buy a nearly 10% stake on Cathay Pacific. The two carriers are part of the oneWorld Alliance, and already had codeshare agreements and frequent flyer program partnerships. The move comes as Middle East Carriers decide how to manage their portfolio, and how to diversify their assets. What this Means: In the short run, this will mean more cooperation between the two carriers. I expect them to begin sharing scheduling info, probably financial information, and expanding their codeshare partnership. From a passenger standpoint, I expect to see more reciprocal frequent flyer benefits,...

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New Lufthansa Long Haul-Berlin, Dusseldorf; End of Air Berlin?

For a few months now, we have known that Air Berlin was bordering bankruptcy. More recently, it was announced that Air Berlin would cancel long haul flights on October 15, 2017. This left a vacuum where Air Berlin used to operate, namely Berlin and Dusseldorf. To fill this void, Lufthansa plans to take over some Air Berlin routes. Among these, are the Caribbean routes that will be operated by Eurowings. These routes will be flown with former Air Berlin A330s. The next development is new Lufthansa long haul Berlin, Dusseldorf flights.   The Flagship Route to JFK As of...

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