Last updated: 10:00 AM ET, Sat April 09 2016

United Airlines at 90: 4 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 1-7

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | April 09, 2016

United Airlines at 90: 4 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 1-7

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It’s official, United Airlines is a nonagenarian — and to celebrate the big 9-0, it has put together a video that shows the history of the company (started as mail carrier Varney Air Lines in 1926) using historic logos with a timeline. CEO Oscar Munoz also wrote an open letter to commemorate the milestone. Click for details.

The 2016 Airline Quality Rating report was recently released, a highly respected perennial study compiled by university experts. The findings? Airlines are more on time, lose bags less and have fewer instances of overbooking. Despite this, passenger complaints are at a 15-year high. Click for deeper insight into these findings.

Well, Virgin America announced it was open for buyout offers, and Alaska Airlines jumped at the chance in an approximately $2.6 billion deal. So what does this mean for travelers? An expanded route network, combining Virgin’s transcontinental emphasis with Alaska’s shorter routes, plus both carriers bring a history of innovation in the passenger experience to the table. Click for details.

The private jet experience can be the most opulent in the sky, yet is out of reach for many. JetSuiteX — due to begin flights in late April — is a carrier seeking to change this, with private jets flying on regularly scheduled service, commercial airline-style. JetSuiteX is currently revamping its fleet of 10 Embraer ERJ 135s into luxury aircraft that can hold 30 passengers each. Click to see what else this carrier is planning.


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