Qatar Airways has just announced that they are compliant with the new regulations from the US TSA and hence the Electronics Ban on their flights to the USA is over. They join the league of Turkish, Etihad & Emirates beating the ban.
Emirates and Turkish Airlines are the two new carriers which will allow you to bring your laptops along on the trip now. They are exempt from the Electronics Ban as of today.
Indians can now access the Global Entry program, which allows for pre-approved passengers with valid documents to visit the USA and access the American border without having to go for an interview with the immigration officer every time. Time saved is money earned, right?
Etihad has become the first airline to wriggle its way out of the Electronics Ban on US bound flights. This means you can carry your cameras, laptops and everything in between to the USA in the cabin, as you fly those 14 hour long flights to the USA.
There is news that Jet Airways is considering selling a part of their airline to Delta and make a deal with the devil. Read more about what we know right now, and how this could play out?
Jet Airways’ new check-in policy of charging for seat assignments has some unintended consequences as well, such as seats randomly being assigned and auto check ins being processed. This takes us away from an automated world back to a manual world if we don’t want to be squeezed by the airline.
India and the USA have formalised the entry of Indian nationals into the Global Entry program. This is great news for frequent travellers to the USA, as they can now proceed into the country swiftly rather than having to wait to get interviewed with a CBP officer.
Air Asia X recently received permission to fly to the USA after a two year long negotiation with the FAA. And it turns out they won’t add any more flights to their USA network apart from Hawaii.
Jet Airways is bringing a third flight between London and Mumbai, which will see them take the market out in the morning, afternoon and late evenings. This should be some competition to BA’s double daily into Mumbai and Air India’s sole flight between the two cities. Top it off with some real great fares in Business Class.
Etihad has a promotion where members from the USA, India, China, Australia, Korea and some other markets get a 10% bonus on miles transferred to Etihad Guest.