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As the 14 lucky First Class passengers on the new British Airways Airbus A380 were working their way through The Langham London’s afternoon tea and five-course tasting menu en route to Los Angeles, we were already on the ground in California for a proper welcome following its maiden long-haul flight.
There was a water cannon salute made over the aircraft by the LAX fire brigade, and champagne, cupcakes, and little A380 models at the gate. Passengers were even treated to a red carpet and step-and-repeat complete with Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Charlie Chaplin impersonators.
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You probably know by now that Los Angeles International Airport has lifted the veil off its billion-dollar makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. While that means improved facilities for all travelers, premium passengers on Star Alliance flights will also benefit from a gigantic new lounge complex, opening todayWednesday, September 25.
We attended the ribbon cutting by Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab earlier this week to give you all the details on the 18,000-square-foot spread. Come in for the shower suites and the wine wall, stay for the outdoor terrace with fire pits and tarmac views.
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"This Hello Kitty jet is for everyone. On it, every day is a happy day. We are spreading a message of happiness." - EVA Air's Chairman (and Captain) K.W. Chang
In 2005, EVA Air painted Hello Kitty on the side of a plane. Then they did it again in 2006. The two planes turned frowns upside-down for a few years, but went away in 2008. Then, in 2011, we showed you the return of the Hello Kitty planes, though these newest versions only flitted around Asia at the time. Now, the US finally gets in on the kawaii action as the airline debuts their first Hello Kitty Boeing 777 and a first trans-Pacific route for the cute Sanrio character: Taipei to Los Angeles.
"Other airlines only do the exterior job [of theming a plane], but we've done it all," says Chang. "We want everyone to share our world," before connecting to other Star Alliance flights and returning to their world. You've already read the 11 coolest facts about these airplanes, but see exactly what Chang is talking about in our 77 original photos of outside, inside, and all around the new 777:
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It's not every day you see dancing on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport, but when that dancing is to celebrate the arrival of a Hello Kitty-themed airplane, it's completely warranted.
Slipping into a gate alongside the tails of 787s, 747-8s and A380s yesterday was EVA Air's brand new Boeing 777-300ER, its body painted all over with the cheery cartoons of Sanrio's Hello Kitty and friends.
Over 70 Hello Kitty enthusiasts were on the inaugural flight, joined by a troupe of Hello Kitty dancers, characters, artists and Hello Kitty's creator herself, Yuko Yamaguchi. The arrival marks the beginning of regular, nonstop flights between LAX and Taipei-Taoyuan for this aircraft, which is arguably the most kawaii addition to aviation since Pokémon showed up on some 747s. Even as Alaska Airlines' Mickey Mouse plane passed by, all eyes remained on EVA's Kitty.
Before booking a flight, however, there's some things you should know about EVA Air's Hello Kitty 777:
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Layovers are really what you make of them. Either they're spent draining your phone battery while scrolling through your Twitter feed, or they can be filled with the adventure of exploring a new airport and making the most of a few hours before your next flight.
We recently faced this very dilemma at Los Angeles International Airport to the tune of about 7 hours, so after checking-in for our next flight we headed to the iconic Theme Building in the middle of the terminals.
If you've flown into LAX or even just seen photos of the terminals, then you've likely spotted this spaceship-like building keeping a watchful eye on the airplanes and gates. Originally built in 1961, the mid-century modern design is a throw back to the glamor days of travel, but it's practical as well, featuring an observation deck to give travelers a 360-degree view of the entire airport. Inside the building is a restaurant, Encounter at LAX, but the hours of the outdoor deck are limited to the weekends.
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There are lists out there ranking airports for their traveler-friendly design, pleasing aesthetics and comfortable spaces. Los Angeles International Airport, despite being the mega-destination it is, doesn't make it onto those lists. Perhaps that's about to change.
LAX has spent 2013 shoveling money into refreshing a majority of the terminals to make them pleasant places to begin or finish trips. After Southwest's plan, Alaska's new digs, and the beautiful re-do of Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), it's now United's turn to keep up with the Joneses.
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Like it or not the summer is starting to wind down, and that means it’s time to start thinking about the cooler temperatures and spooky stuff that comes with the fall. As far as the marketing teams are concerned Halloween is like right around the corner, and the folks over at Universal Studios Hollywood are busy announcing this and that regarding another year of Halloween Horror Nights.
This year it looks like there’s plenty of haunted hijinks coming to the park, and one of the best pieces of entertainment comes from Black Sabbath. For the first time the band is bringing their darkest lyrics from their biggest hits to one of the park’s annual mazes, and it’s all set to debut on September 20. Park officials are promising graveyards, madhouses, and plenty of other spooky stuff. Black Sabbath: 13 3D will feature a 3D video, and of course plenty of loud music led by Ozzy Osbourne’s vocal—uh—talents.
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Thanks to celeb restaurants and flashy airline lounges, a long layover can actually be an enjoyable experience. Now, Los Angeles International Airport is temping art-loving travelers to wander the halls of almost all terminals while appreciating various works of art from local LA artists.
The art exhibition, influx: Art at LAX, is part of the celebration for the completion of Tom Bradley International Terminal along with various other expansions and renovations. In total, the exhibit will deck the walls of 8 out of the 9 terminals giving passengers something to do for a few hours during a layover or on their way to baggage claim.
It's not too late to get tickets for Sundance Institute's Next Weekend Kick-Off Event Double-Bill featuring screenings of American Movie and the cult-classic horror film Coven, with an introduction from director Chris Smith.
The outdoor screenings will take place at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 8, the first day of the four day Next Weekend Film Festival
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Watch out, Delta; the Sky Club Sky Decks may be the hot spots at JFK and ATL right now, but there's another airport deck coming soon and it's from competing airlines.
The lounge is being designed by architectural firm Gensler (also behind other airport projects like JetBlue's T4 at JFK), so you can pretty much guarantee it's going to be worth the wait until an opening later this year. Even better is the fact that the lounge's design will be inspired by a "contemporary interpretation of modernist L.A. architecture of the 1950s and 1960s." Talk about being on-trend; there's a "nouveau retro" movement right now focusing on exactly thatwest coast mid-century style.
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This weekend The Bling Ring will shine a spotlight on the rich and famous in Los Angeles, whether they want it or not.
The movie is based on the true story of a group of celeb-obsessed teenagers who went on a crime-spree in the Hollywood Hills. The gang tracked their favorite celebrities online, learning their schedules and addresses, and then proceeded to steal more than 3 million dollars in luxury goods from the homes Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson, and others earning them the nickname, "The Bling Ring."
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If you thought airport terminals were just for killing time until your flight boards, well, you're right. Except at the new Tom Bradley International Temrinal at Los Angeles International Airport, you'll have a lot more to do while you wait. You'll also have a lot more to eat and to buy, thanks to the glut of new retail and dining options--totaling 150,000-sq.ft.--that will be in place when the terminal officially opens its "Great Hall" later this year.
The new terminal, which was done in a partnership with the luxury travel retailer, The DFS Group (DFS), and Westfield, developer of shopping malls and centers around the world, will finally bring LAX on par with other international airports around the world like Heathrow and JFK. And it will give you a chance to indulge yourself before and after your long trip.
Here's what to expect from the dining side of things. All in all there will be 31 new restaurants from luxury dining to healthy fare and the usual grab-and-go. These restaurants in particular caught our tongue, er, eye.