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GOL Shows Off New Logo, Look, and Livery

Where: Brazil
July 28, 2015 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re trying to spice up your Tuesday with a bit of Brazilian beauty — by way of airplane porn. GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has revealed a new look for its planes, and we like what we see.

The new logo and look features clean, crisp colors of white, gray, and orange. Of course we’re just describing what is up above, so we’ll let that picture be worth a thousand words.

There's some glowing inner beauty as well. As part of the brand remake GOL let the world know that they’ll be handing out free snacks to travelers across the cabin. Also scheduled for an upgrade is the in-flight entertainment system; they’ll be flipping the switch on streaming video, live television, and best of all—WiFi.

Some of the new planes are already debuting the new look, but it might be a bit of time before the upgraded innards take to the skies. Expect that rollout at some point in 2016 — just in time for the Olympics?

[Photo: GOL]

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Kate Hudson and Son Get Turnt in Airport Lounge

July 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Stars: They're just like us!

If you prick them they bleed, if you tickle them they laugh, and if you keep them waiting for their flight in an airport lounge long enough, they'll get bored and start making online videos to amuse themselves. And us.

From that last category of existential ennui comes an Instagram post from actress Kate Hudson on Instagram that brightened up our weekend. "How we deal with airport lounge boredom..." wrote the star in the post, which included a quickie video of her and son Ryder dancing to "Trap Queen." (Also included was the hashtag #WhenYourPreTeenWantsHisOwnInstagramAndYoureLikeNoooooooo.)

It's a cute family moment shared between mother, son, and 1.8 million followers. But the big question: Can anyone out there figure out, based on that colorful contemporary art piece in the background, which airport they were chilling in? Venture your best guess, amateur paparazzi.

[Image: Kate Hudson on Instagram]

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Donald Trump's Aircraft Collection is Better Than Yours, Which is Weak, Dummy

July 27, 2015 at 1:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

"The Donald" continues to make headlines, now this time even on Jaunted. (But it's our final week of flights, so we're feeling a little wild.)

We're not here to talk politics though, we're here to talk planes. And wow - Donald Trump has some "Do you seriously need THAT?!" level of aviation requirements. You can read the full rundown at CNN, but here are our favorite takeaways:

• He has a Boeing 757-200 which would normally be able to seat 228 passengers commercially, but Mr. Trump redesigned it to only carry 43 passengers. Again, we aren’t talking politics, but we think this foreshadows Donald Trump’s strategy should he gain presidency: for every 228 Americans, he would lavishly take care of 43 of them and toss out the rest.

• Each of his 43 passengers gets a 24-caret gold plated seat belt. Other things on his 757? A dining room, large-scale televisions, a master bedroom and a guest bedroom, functional shower, and a four-story tall “T” painted on the exterior. Wonder what that “T” stands for? Our best guess is “Turbulence.”

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JetBlue and Marriott Port-au-Prince Team Up to Give Back to Haiti

Where: 147, Avenue Jean Paul II, Turgeau Port-au-Prince, Haiti
July 27, 2015 at 1:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

You've got to love a great partnership.

From now until August 29th, 2015, anyone planning on flying JetBlue to Port-au-Prince from Fort Lauderdale, Boston or JFK will be able to stay at Marriott Port-au-Prince for a fantastic flat rate of $125 per night — plus score a $1 per person breakfast. That's a team-up where we all win.

But even better, JetBlue and Marriott have banded together with the Haitian nonprofit MUCI. They'll donate to MUCI $1 (the price guests pay for breakfast), the organization sponsors reforestation efforts and fights poverty by planting one tree for every dollar donated.

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KLM Showing Off Some Details Regarding Their New 787

July 27, 2015 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Alright, you've heard the news, but don't be too sad. We're still publishing through Friday.

There’s a special delivery scheduled for later this year, as KLM is in line to receive their very first Boeing 787. They won’t get their hot little hands on things until the fall, but just the other day the send out a nice preview of what we can expect to experience when things finally take to the skies.

For those keeping score at home it’ll be a 787-9 for the KLM folks, and airline officials are promising more privacy and comfort with their version of the new airplane. Updates and upgrades include new business seating options for those lucky enough to find a space within the World Business Class cabin. Here lie-flat seats are the standard with each having direct access to the aisle. Add in some 16” in-flight entertainment screens, and you’ll be good to go from here to Amsterdam.

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Back of House: 3 Tips For Getting Boozed Up At A Restaurant This Weekend

July 24, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's the freaking weekend and the chances are good that you will be dining out sometime in the next three days. Or if you're leaving for a vacation, you may be looking for the best places to eat wherever you're going. But first, there are some things to know about where to eat, what to eat and how to get a reservation there. We've got a Back of House insider dishing tips on what you REALLY need to know when dining out. Got a question? Mail it to us!

We’ve already covered our non-alcoholic bases, but it’s about time we give you lushes out there the Back of House treatment you deserve. So today, we’re dedicating our three tips to helping you get your drink on while dining out. If you’re anything like this writer, you know that alcoholic beverages can be a pretty necessary part of going out to eat – but it can also add up on your check, too. Here are a few ways to make sure you’re getting your boozy ROI.

CRAVE ATTENTION? THEN CRAVE SOME COCKTAILS.

It almost goes without saying, but the people who get all the attention at a restaurant are the people who are ordering a steady flow of cocktails. If you’re the “I’ll have a water and forty lemon slices” kind of person, not only will the server probably judge you, but they will also start writing you off as a customer they need to keep happy. Water is very, very free. Liquor is very, very not free. If you’re ordering multiple cocktails, you’re more likely to order additional menu items as well because your inhibitions will be a bit looser, which means your total bill will be significantly higher than it would have been if you just stuck with more PG-rated beverages. All of this means your server’s tip will be noticeably heftier. Most servers know what they’re doing, and they will inevitably spend more time with diners who are drinking – better yet, they’ll be more flexible to carry out special requests when they know they’re going to get a sizable gratuity. If you want to feel like a VIP when you’re dining out, have a taste for liquor and some money in the bank.

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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: World's Largest Sauna Opens in Norway

July 24, 2015 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Who knew the Arctic Circle could be so toasty?

The Norwegian island of Sandhornøya is now home to a massive sauna that is being billed as the world's largest. Dubbed The Agora, the pyramid-shaped sauna can accommodate about 100 folks looking to break a sweat amid breathtaking views; its base-to-peak glass wall lets towel-draped tourists enjoy vistas of mountain landscape and the Arctic Sea horizon. The sauna is also used as an auditorium for cultural events, reports The Telegraph UK, and it's part of a larger mobile art project, SALT, that has set up a small compound of creative facilities on a remote oceanside perch about an hour's drive from Bodø Airport.

The SALT structures are built in the shape of traditional fish racks, and also include The Arctic Pyramid, an art exhibition space, Gildehallen, a mammoth performance hall-slash-nightclub, a cafe and a restaurant. Overnight guests can opt to rent tents and caravans, or up the ante to stay in beachside Njalla, movable house-tent hybrids that come equipped with beds, wood burns, and a glass ceiling for ultimate star gazing potential. Those constellations overhead will soon be shifting. After it wraps up its Norway engagement in 2016, SALT plans to stage its project in other northern nations like Scotland, Greenland and Russia.

It's gonna make you sweat. Sweet.

[Photo: Salted.no]

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This Swiss Air Cabin Design Might Be the Most Gorgeous One Yet

July 24, 2015 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Soon Swiss Air passengers will be flying first-class in seats that are nicer than most Manhattan micro apartments. (Hopefully the neighbors are better too.)

Behold these amazing new cabin designs from British firm Priestmangoode. Huffington Post has some details on the sleek set-up, which includes pretty, partition-equipped first-class seats that turn into six-foot beds. Wardrobe doors let you fully enclose yourself in your sleepy time nest; hit the hay, or just lay down and catch a flick on a personal 32-inch flat screen TV.

Business class seats don't exactly slouch (they're like the nicest office cubicles we've ever encountered) and even the economy class, swathed in soothing coffee tones and wood paneling, looks particularly stylish. Passengers have access to a self-service kiosk and every seat is equipped with charging stations. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a cool million — so check out this virtual tour of the swank new spaces, currently being installed on Swiss' fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs (which hold about 330 passengers each for "ultra long routes"). Expect to see them flying high for January 2016.

[Image: Priestmangoode]

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3 Scrumptious Eats in the 30A Area of Florida

July 24, 2015 at 11:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

This contributor has been eating her way through the 30A area of Florida, a collection of coastal towns in the northwest region of the Sunshine State. I’ve experienced some hits and misses, but here are three favorites (in addition to the food trucks of Seaside and Havana's Beach Bar & Grill in Rosemary Beach, of course).

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Have Catfish in a Cockpit At Arkansas' Parachute Inn Restaurant

July 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news! We've found the perfect dinner spot for Jaunted readers who happen to find themselves passing through Arkansas' Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (ARG). Local affiliate KATV has introduced us to the Parachute Inn Restaurant, a restaurant that is contained within a retired Boeing 737

Well, half of it, anyway. Part of the restaurant is housed within a fairly standard building, but it's the plane half — added to the structure in 2001 — that makes this such a unique roadside attraction. This airplane used to fly the friendly skies under the Southwest Airline call sign. Now it's just the place to get some fantastic fried catfish while sitting in old airplane seats and feasting your eyes upon everything from the overhead bins to the original cockpit. And yes, the kiddos — including the simply young at heart — are welcome to take a seat at the controls.

Take a tour in the video below. And then, if you're able, fly on by. KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

[Photo: Google+]

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Sweet Sounds: Don't Miss The Miami Summer Music Festival

Where: Miami, FL
July 23, 2015 at 4:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

When you hear "Miami" in conjunction with "music festival," you probably think of Ultra or Winter Music Conference, the EDM-fests that take place each year in March. But there's much more music on tap in the Magic City, too. In fact, the Miami Summer Music Festival is happening right now, and it runs through August 2.

Admittedly, this event is for a different crowd than the fist pumpers that flock to Ultra — but that's part of what we love about it. They say that summer is for locals in Miami, and this month-long affair certainly seems to cater to residents with, shall we say, a more refined musical bent. We've also heard that the concert series has drawn a number of tourists to town, which is great news in what is typically a slow off-season.

If you haven't heard of the Miami Summer Music Festival, you can be forgiven since it only started last year. This year's festival actually began on July 5th, but you still have time to catch some top-notch chamber music and opera performances.

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Plane, Train, or Automobile? This App Lets You Compare Prices and Schedules For All Three At Once

July 23, 2015 at 2:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Picture it: You want to get from Point A to Point B. A plane takes X hours for Y dollars. A train takes 3X hours for 75% of Y dollars. A bus takes 5X hours for 25% of Y dollars. What must X and Y equal for you to have a clear idea of what's the better deal for the price? (And wait a minute: Should you account for the time it takes to get through security? Should you factor in the taxi fare to get to the station? And what about baggage fees?)

Is this an SAT question? No, it's the dilemma you're probably faced with every time you're traveling abroad — and trying to figure out whether a plane, train or automobile offers the right balance of value to convenience. And it's also the math problem you're sick of having to solve.

Solution: GoEuro, which bills itself as "Europe's first multi-modal travel search engine." Translation: Download the new GoEuro app to your iPhone or Android (or use the web version) and you'll be able to search three modes of transportation at once — planes, trains, and buses — to compare potential costs and schedules to get from one European city to another. Its search capabilities encompass 3000 airports, 20,000 rail stations and 10,000 bus stations, so it's fair to say you're covered. And condensing all the info into one app saves you the headaches of going through countless companies to compare how long and how much a trip will take. (Get the app here.)

A simple idea? Yes. A brilliant idea? Absolutely. How did no one figure this out sooner? It's a lot easier than those other equations.

[Photo via GoEuro on Facebook]