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A Brussels Airlines A330, like the one Spencer took on his BRU-JFK flight
"Freak out like it's Hurricane Sandy 2.0" - the Facebook status of a friend, after last night's news that a doctor in New York City had been diagnosed with Ebola.
Of course his status is tongue-in-cheek, but we won't be surprised to see a few face masks on subway straphangers this weekend, not to mention increased use of those teensy-weensy Purell bottle keychains.
Doctors Without Borders volunteer Craig Spencer flew Brussels Airlines for his travels to and from West Africa. Spencer returned from his trip to Guinea via Brussels, and arrived back in JFK on October 17 on Brussels Airlines flight 501.
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Not too long ago we heard about Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S/A—or Azul to their friends—and their plans to expand outside of the market down in Brazil. Nothing has been made official as of yet, but it does sound like the domestic airlines is close to fulfilling their hopes of going international.
One of the first routes to see Azul may be between Sao Paulo and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the airline plans to undercut the competition with fares below $1,000—maybe even as low as $600 through promotional rates.
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It's go time, folks. If the 2014 World Cup teams aren't already in Brazil, then they're on their way. A few days ago we detailed 7 special planes taking teams to the World Cup down in Brazil, but one aircraft stands out from the pack. Owing to details both inside and out, it's Brussels Airlines Airbus A330 that's caught our eye and, apparently, also that of Facebook.
This specific plane, tail number OO-SFO, is painted with the team's Red Devils colors and symbol, along with soccer ball. That's the tip of the iceberg, however; the interior is fully kitted out with everything from green soccer pitch-print aisle carpeting to custom embroidered headrests in Business Class for each of the team's players. Bulkheads between cabins feature images of the team in action, and there's even a social media hashtag for the flight number (#SN2014). The idea is for the players to use the hashtag while posting selfies and such to their channels, and fans can interact and follow the action.
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What you see above is the original Qantas “Skybed,” the angled flat seats which are still found on the airline’s Airbus A330s and which we experienced on a recent flight from Bangkok to Sydney. They wont be around for much longer though, as an improved business class seatfully flat, and all seats with aisle accessis being rolled out from the end of this year.
While we had a pretty good flight on this overnight sector, and spent most of it stretched out in our window seat trying to get some sleep, we’ll be looking forward to the refurb for a number of reasons. We’ll give you a quick rundown of what things are like today, and what you can expect going forward:
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Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras may have a long formal name, but they fly only short routes, keeping to domestic flights within Brazil. The airline, started in 2008 by David Neeleman, former head honcho over at JetBlue, now may be looking toward 2015 for international expansion. Specifically, Azul is looking northward, for possibly flights between Brazil and the United States.
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Japan's third-largest airline, Skymark, is raising eyebrows this month after raising hems for flight attendants. A newer, shorter uniform is supposed to celebrate the launch of A330-300 flights from Tokyo-Haneda.
The miniskirt outfit are mod 1960s-inspired, and feature a form-fitting royal blue dress accented with a bright yellow neckscarf and a stylish wedge cap. No doubt they will turn heads when walking through any airport, but that's just the issue. The uniforms are facing opposition and criticism as they seem to sexualize Skymark flight attendants more than allow them to do their jobs in a professional manner (don't ask for help lifting your bag into the overhead bins!).
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Remember when McDonalds Happy Meals actually had some great toys inside? Heck, some series were even considered “collectible.” Those days disappeared with the arrival of plastic Bratz figurines and Furbies, but quality surprise toys can still be found, across the ocean, inside chocolate Kinder “Surprise" Eggs.
Every so often, Kinder released a special “traveller edition” pack of its most popular treat, the hollow eggs made of milk and white chocolate. A tiny plastic capsule inside the shell always contains some cute little knickknack, and right now those surprises are Airbus A330 aircraft models.
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Lots of exciting news coming from Down Under with Qantas refreshing cabins, catering to kiddies, and filling the tummies of adults. While North America isn't directly affected by the new digs in the cabins, we can reap the benefits of enhanced meal service and an airfare sale for the littlest flyers.
The 'Red Roo' is expanding dining options for their hugely popular Select on Q-Eat meal service. Starting this week, if you're flying from Dallas to Australia in Premium Economy, you can pre-order your meals for the long, long flight. Don't worry west coasters, because next week LA gets in on the fun with flights from the west coast to Oz offering the service to PE passengers as well. The airline plans to expand this service to long-haul Economy later in the year.
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Here's another chance to haul out those giant markers and brush up on your airplane designing skills. The scarlet low-cost airline, AirAsia, is giving fans a chance to paint one of seven new aircraft. And while it's super cool to be able to walk through an airport and say, "see that plane, I designed that!," the grand prize is even better than just having your art taking to the skies.
The Asian LCC is calling on its most creative passengers to come up with a new livery for its newest Airbus A330s. Each of the seven birds are already named and the paint job should reflect that theme, but with names like XKLusive, Xiao Long Bao, Xeoul Mate, Xiaolin Spirit, Xcintillating PhoeniX, Harmonious DiverXity, Xakura Blossom, the creativity will be free flowing. The winner of the best livery will not only have their design on the side of a plane, but be flown to the Airbus factory in France to see where these babies are born.
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Something may be in the water in the South Pacific with another mile-high wedding in the region. First we saw Air New Zealand support the country's newest marriage equality law, and now Fiji Airways is breaking records for a similar wedding in the sky.
The recently rebranded Fijian airline welcomed five lovey-dovey couples ready to tie the knot at 41,000 feet. Flying from Auckland to Nadi, the lucky winners of a contest put forth by Fiji Airways said their "I dos" in the flashy new A330 cabin, decked out with the traditional masi pattern design. In a unique twist to destination weddings, the honeymoons started right after the first kiss.
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Last week Pope Francis made his first international trip as the pontiff to trek from Italy over to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day on Copacabana Beach. While we think it's great the head of the Catholic Church has decided to return to the continent where he got his start in the organization, we also found the details of his travels most intriguing.
First off, Pope Francis flies commercial; well, kind of. His ride is a chartered Alitalia A330 officially named Volo Papale (papal flight in Italian) and unofficially, Shepherd One. The crew is made up of Alitalia's very own pilots and cabin crew, ensuring all aboard are safe and comfy. This particular flight took the pontiff from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport non-stop to Rio's Galeão International Airport and clocked in at just over 12 hours.
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The day Fiji has patiently awaited is now arrived. Today marks the official first day Air Pacific becomes Fiji Airways. This is more than just a new name and paint job; it's a return to the original identity for the national carrier for all 333 islands of Fiji
We will admit to having a tiny soft spot in our heart for the brightly colored, rainbow tail of Air Pacific, but we can't get enough of the 'Masi' indigenous design of the new Airbus A330s and existing 737s. With a fresh new outside, the planes are going to woo passengers with completely over-hauled economy cabins and business-class seats that feature angled flat-bed seats to ensure your comfy on that long flight to paradise.
Along with all of the bells and whistles, flight attendants will be sporting a whole new look that mirror the natural tones of brown and cream in the cabin while still maintaining a tropical island feel. Cabin crew will create that island feel before you even land with pops of turquoise on a field of traditional Fijian design.