From sandwiches to meals prepared by celebrity chefs, airline food has undergone a variety of transformations over the years. This article chronicles changes from the early days of flight through recent years. These days, many travelers take advantage of full-service restaurants available in airport terminals before they board their flights.
The International Air Transport Association is hoping that its Checkpoint of the Future will make traveling more efficient and smooth at airports around the world. The program, which is based on putting fliers into three categories -- know traveler, normal and enhanced risk -- has begun trials and could be finalized by 2020.
Ryanair is considering trans-Atlantic routes if it can secure enough planes, said CEO Michael O'Leary. "There is an opportunity with the EU-U.S. open skies to, on a fairly big scale, connect 15-20 European cities with 15 of the big U.S. cities almost from day one. But you need a fleet of 30, 40, 50 aircraft and not two, four or six," said O'Leary.
FlightView is enabling fliers at Tampa International Airport in Florida to keep an eye on how far their plane is from the gate with Flight-In-Sight. The program shows on a map where the arriving plane is.
Tiger Airways is talking with SpiceJet and IndiGo to forge alliances with domestic airlines in India. The airline is looking to form alliances so smaller carriers can bring passengers to Hyderabad to connect on Tiger flights.