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Is It Possible to Enjoy Economy Class? Maybe in Singapore Airlines' Next Gen Seat

July 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

Singapore Airlines is an airline of superlatives. Not only do they boast the largest lie-flat bed, the most luxurious airplane suite, and the longest routes in the world, but with today's debut of what they're calling the "SIA Next Gen" seats and entertainment, the words "newest" and "most advanced" now enter the picture. Let's take a closer look.

The Jaunted Series on Singapore Airlines' Next Gen


1. First Class
2. Business Class
3. Economy Class
4. In-flight entertainment

$150 million. That's the chunk of change Singapore Airlines is laying out on just the first eight aircraft installations of next generation products. That amount of money could fly one person in First Class from Singapore to London and back some 14,000 times. Yikes.

The great majority of air travelers sit in Economy and yet, for some stupid reason, airlines rarely make a big deal out of the amenities of their seats. That's typically because there are none, and who wants to be reminded of the (lack of) space? Of course Singapore is a major exception, as they've not only continued to offer large pillows and amenity kits for economy passengers but they've even managed to improve the personal space with this just-announced update.

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Is This the Stupidest Asiana Airlines 214 Headline Yet?

July 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've now reached the point in the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 tragedy where coverage shifts from being about the story itself, to coverage being about the coverage of the story. Before we continue we want to emphasize that there are some actual angles being covered, from the substantive updates to the actual investigation to the reported heroics of members of the crew.

Then there's travel journalism scandal, which has been covered everywhere from top journalism blogs to international news wires.

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Sleek Looks and Laptop Nooks: All Around Singapore Airlines' New Business Class

Where: Singapore
July 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Singapore Airlines is an airline of superlatives. Not only do they boast the largest lie-flat bed, the most luxurious airplane suite, and the longest routes in the world, but with today's debut of what they're calling the "SIA Next Gen" seats and entertainment, the words "newest" and "most advanced" now enter the picture. Let's take a closer look.

The Jaunted Series on Singapore Airlines' Next Gen


1. First Class
2. Business Class
3. Economy Class
4. In-flight entertainment

At any given moment in the day, there are thousands upon thousands of travelers winging their way through the clouds on Singapore Airlines flights. A lucky segment of those are nearer the pointy end of the plane, in Business Class, running their fingertips along the buttery leather that covers nearly all surfaces in the airline's long-haul Biz seats, while awaiting the arrival of their black cod with parsnip puree dinner. In a few months, this scene will begin to change as Singapore introduces new seats, but the softer aspects of the very comfortable Business Class experience remain.

This new seat, just unveiled along with "Next Gen" upgrades to Singapore's other cabin classes (you must see First Class!), will begin flying this September between Singapore and London, before rolling out on more routes served by Singapore's new Boeing 777-300ERs and, eventually, the shiny Airbus A350s to come.

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The Best Gets Better: All Around Singapore Airlines' New First Class

July 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Singapore Airlines is an airline of superlatives. Not only do they boast the largest lie-flat bed, the most luxurious airplane suite, and the longest routes in the world, but with today's debut of what they're calling the "SIA Next Gen" seats and entertainment, the words "newest" and "most advanced" now enter the picture. Let's take a closer look.

The Jaunted Series on Singapore Airlines' Next Gen


1. First Class
2. Business Class
3. Economy Class
4. In-flight entertainment

Whoever thought flying commercial could be like this?

Fully stretched out in front of a 24" TV, sipping Dom Pérignon or Krug (your choice), dining on caviar blinis and lobster thermidor, and still squeezing in a night's rest under a fluffy duvet while even fluffier clouds pass within feet of your spot in the sky—this is the new Singapore Airlines First Class experience and it almost seems unreal...except we saw it for ourselves today.

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Emirates Opens an 'Interactive Museum' Complete with Flight Simulators for the Public

July 8, 2013 at 8:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

A trip to London need not be filled with the usual Royal tours, high tea and Big Ben. Thanks to Emirates, visitors to Emirates Air Line, the recently opened cable car from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks, will now be able to learn how modern aviation brought them to the foreign city. Remember when the airline renamed two stations?

Just yesterday, the airline opened their Emirates Aviation Experience on the south end of the cable line. The 300-square meter facility will host interactive exhibits teaching visitors how awesome aviation is; it's so hands-on that within the experience are four flight simulators so you may try your own hand at flying a Airbus A380 or a Boeing 777.

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Asiana Airlines 777 Crashes and Burns at San Francisco International Airport

July 6, 2013 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

BREAKING

It's being reported that a flight crashed short of the runway at San Francisco International Airport just before noon PST. Details are few in these early stages, and rumors of fatalities have not been confirmed. Even CNN is jumping to conclusions.

At this time, here is what we do know about the incident:

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Travel Contest Alert: Name Lufthansa Cargo's New 777 for a VIP Trip to Frankfurt

May 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

In need of a fun project this weekend, perhaps one that'll win you a trip to Germany to name some airplanes? Say no more, because has Lufthansa got the contest for you.

Lufthansa Cargo, the airline's division of freighter aircraft which have likely brought all sorts of deliveries over oceans to your door, is about to get their own special delivery of their very first Boeing 777 Freighter and they need help naming it.

You see, the aircraft of Lufthansa's passenger fleet all have names, usually German cities and regions, but their cargo fleet has thus far been left out of the naming fun. Come October, this will change when Lufthansa Cargo names their first five new 777s along with their current fleet of MD-11s. That's quite a lot of airplanes needing your creativity, but your effort will be richly rewarded...

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Boeing is Hard at Work Cooking Up a Whole New Flavor of 777

May 8, 2013 at 7:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know we get all worked up when there's anything new to report in the saga of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but eventually we’re going to have to shift our focus—and airplane love—towards a new aircraft. It looks like Boeing has something up their sleeve already, and if things go according to plan the world’s longest-range passenger jet may roll off the assembly line sooner rather than later.

Sure, it’s technically not a totally new aircraft, as we’re sure the engineers at Boeing are copying and pasting some stuff from one set of blueprints to another. Nonetheless, the Boeing 777X is a totally revamped and renovated option from airplane manufacturer.

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The American Airlines 777-300ER Onslaught Continues

April 5, 2013 at 3:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

As you may have heard - say, when we excitedly wrote about it here and here, or when we did the definitive description of it here, or when we posted the definitive photo gallery of it hereAmerican Airlines has a line of new Boeing 777-300ER airplanes.

They're neat and, more to the point, American wants you to know they're neat. They've put out two new videos highlighting that neatness, which we're going to go ahead and steal from AAdvantage Geek. The videos are embedded below.

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Onboard American Airlines' First Boeing 777-300ER: Getting High

March 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's something new in the air. Smell it? That's the scent of a refreshed American Airlines and their shiniest new toy: the Boeing 777-300ER. AA is the first US airline with the plane and we just stepped off one of its first flights. So let's talk about it.

The Jaunted Series on American's Shiny New Toy


1. The New Hotness
2. Getting High
3. The Final Word

We must've looked over at the tiny display screen on the remote control twenty times during the course of our flight from New York-JFK to London-Heathrow. It sat, snugly locked into its own nook, just above our left shoulder and in the corner of our peripheral vision.

No matter how low the mood lighting went or how engrossed in the old Bond flick "Diamonds Are Forever" we got, eventually we'd have a glance over at the little glowing words "American Airlines." It was a reassurance—this Boeing 777-300ER in which we found ourselves so comfortably situated for 6-ish hours over the Atlantic Ocean is really, truly an American Airlines plane.

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Onboard American Airlines' First Boeing 777-300ER: The New Hotness

March 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (3)


The AA 777-300ER

There's something new in the air. Smell it? That's the scent of a refreshed American Airlines and their shiniest new toy: the Boeing 777-300ER. AA is the first US airline with the plane and we just stepped off one of its first flights. So let's talk about it.

The Jaunted Series on American's Shiny New Toy


1. The New Hotness
2. Getting High
3. The Final Word

This is an American Airlines plane?! NO WAY.

WAY.

From the fresh paint job in the "new American" livery to the mood lighting and seatback touchscreen TVs, it's hard to believe that this 777 belongs to an airline whose biggest headlines of recent swirled around its bankruptcy. Well, we've flown bankrupt airlines before (cough Alitalia cough) and we've flown the old American a bunch, and what we just experienced is so completely unlike those that it's shocking (in a good way).

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How KLM is Turning Used Cooking Oil Into Flights Between Amsterdam and New York

March 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

"It really isn't smelly!"

That's the assertion given by KLM to press and passengers on Friday, as the first-ever series of biofuel-powered intercontinental flights was inaugurated.

All is normal inside the aircraft, and indeed passengers may have no idea they are flying on a history-making jet, unless they see the proud "we fly on biofuels" statement painted on the side. Outside, two fueling trucks pump the plane's tanks full of a mix of regular kerosene and biofuel manufactured from used cooking oil. According to the AP, the process to make this magic fuel goes a little something like this: "the waste oil from frying up crawfish, cracklins and other Cajun specialties is refined at a Louisiana plant, then trucked to JFK." Sounds simple, huh?

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