Ticket Sales for Star MegaDO 6 Begin Next Week!

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I've attended only two Star Alliance MegaDOs, but this event is actually launching its sixth charter flight for AvGeeks and mileage junkies in May. This is a great opportunity to view¬†the aviation world behind the scenes with activities like an airport tour of Stockholm Arlanda by SAS, a visit to the Airbus A350 assembly line in Toulouse, and what may be your first visit to the new T2 … [Read more...]

How to Board an Airplane in 30 Seconds

The final MegaDO videos are complete and uploaded to MilePoint TV's YouTube channel. I think these may be some of the best, so be sure to check them out! Here are two clips that were shot during the MegaDO charter. I'll start with this example of just how little time it takes to board a Boeing 737-900 when you put your mind to it. See, we left all our bags on the plane as we disembarked … [Read more...]

Visiting United’s SFO Maintenance Operations Center

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The final step of our MegaDO journey involved some real up close and personal time with United's fleet at their San Francisco Maintenance Operations Center. Making this visit even cooler, United's mobile app listed the MOC as our arrival gate at SFO! Our chartered plane taxied from the runway straight to the hangars, where several maintenance employees and other executives were waiting for … [Read more...]

MilePoint TV: Marriott and Air Canada Behind the Scenes

There is now video up on MilePoint TV's YouTube channel for the second day of events, which featured behind-the-scenes activities with Marriott and Air Canada. If you missed it, the first day's video from the Rimowa factory tour was posted earlier. More on our final day -- with the SMD5 charter flight, a tour of the AMARG "Boneyard," and a hangar party at United's SFO Maintenance Operations Center … [Read more...]

Touring the “Boneyard”

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Our tour of the "Boneyard" -- the colloquial name for the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group in Tucson -- provided a thorough overview of the history of military aviation and the techniques employed to extend the age of the nation's fleet. In addition to preserving (and scrapping) aircraft for the various branches of the U.S. military, this facility also provides services … [Read more...]

Video of SMD5 Rimowa Tour on MilePoint TV

Eric Mueller, host of MilePoint TV, has been touring around with us at all the MegaDO events. The first video from Day 1 is now up on MilePoint's YouTube channel. Some of you agreed with me that the Rimowa factory tour was quite cool. Be sure to check it out. I'll have additional videos posted for Days 2 and 3 when they become available, or you can check out MilePoint TV. … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes with Marriott and Air Canada

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After breakfast this morning, MegaDOers were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at how Marriott operates its hotels. Organized in a series of sessions, attendees could strategize room assignments before guests arrived, compete to see who made beds the fastest, or even make their own doughnuts. (Did you know that Canadians eat the same number of doughnuts per capita as Americans, but … [Read more...]