What we’re reading: NY through the years, AA reservation systems crash, Eurostar revamps service


New York City through the years

Remember when New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport was known as Idlewild? Take a trip back in time with Jon Proctor to those days. He put together a photo essay of LaGuardia Airport and JFK Airport and the planes that flew to those airports from the beginning until 1987.

I first visited LGA in 1956, on a father-and-son trip to Washington DC and Gotham City, but unfortunately took no pictures. It was another five years before my first landing at IDL; little did I imagine that it would become my domicile later in life, for the better part of 14 years.

American Airlines glitch fixed; delays to persist

The glitch with American Airlines’ reservation system was repaired late Tuesday but delays persisted.

Around 3:30 CDT, American said on its Facebook page that delays and cancellations would continue through the evening. Besides Chicago, the outage impacted flights in key cities from Miami to Los Angeles. Issues at these major airports can easily ripple throughout an airline’s worldwide network.

Eurostar revamps services in a bid to lure fliers

Eurostar is planning to expand its services to compete with airlines.

Eurostar says its entire system is undergoing an overhaul – from the booking process, to the routes, to the trains themselves. The company’s website has been given a facelift in order to create a more user-friendly booking portal, and brand new uniforms have been designed for the crew.