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All Nippon Airways Teams With Toyota For New Seat Design

Where: Japan
May 20, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like improving an airplane seat is the 21st century version of the quest to build a better mouse trap, and with every month comes a new gallant attempt. This time it’s All Nippon Airways that is looking to create a game changer, and for their latest idea they’re tapping the seating surface know-how of another group: the car-making folks over at Toyota.

We suddenly have visions of stretching out in our own little version of an in-flight Camry or Corolla — but unfortunately, that’s not exactly what’s happening here. According to Flightglobal, to dream up this new design ANA is partnering with Toyota Boshoku — which is sort of a company within a company that focuses on creating auto interiors and components.

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Singapore Airlines is Adding Premium Economy Service, and Here's What That Means

May 19, 2015 at 10:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

We all know that for those sitting up front, Singapore Airlines is one of the best carriers around. Well, now they’re giving a little extra attention to those in the back of the plane, giving those seated in economy a little taste of the luxury life.

Singapore Airlines is introducing — better late than never, if you ask us — a premium economy option. Per Bloomberg, passengers will shell out a little more cash in exchange for extra comfort. Better food and beverage is part of the deal, as well as a larger in-flight entertainment screen and a wider seat. Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Singapore Airlines has to say about their latest slice of in-flight awesomeness.

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Surfing Stars Make Waves in Air New Zealand's New Safety Video

May 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

Betty White, Bilbo Baggins, and bikini babes have all been featured in Air New Zealand safety videos at one point in time or another. So what does the airline have left to showcase in the latest version? Surfers!

Released just this week and quickly making its way to your seat-back screen, the latest entry to the airline safety video world is called "Surfing Safari."

The airline is teaming up with Sports Illustrated once again, but this time they’re also doing business with some serious professional surfers: ladies and gentleman like Anastasia Ashley, Laird Hamilton, and Maz Quinn. The video was shot everywhere from Australia and New Zealand to California, so expect lots of good looking scenery—and the beach bodies aren't too bad either. Check it out:

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JetBlue Teams Up With Amazon For More In-Flight Streaming

May 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just last month we were celebrating the greatness that is JetBlue and their version of in-flight WiFi — or as they like to call it, Fly-Fi. The basic Fly-Fi plans are free, and it seems like that’s going to continue for the forseeable future. But what if you’re looking for a little more bandwidth? Like, say, enough to catch up on a little television?

According to Yahoo Finance, JetBlue has you covered through a new partnership with Amazon. Amazon Prime subscribers will now have free access to Amazon Prime's library of TV shows, movies and other videos. Subscribers won't have to pay for the premium Fly-Fi Plus service that is typically required for streaming vids. (They'll also have access to Amazon's music streaming service, e-books, apps and more.) JetBlue is already known for their complimentary access to plenty of live television channels, but seriously — when it comes to in-flight entertainment, the more the merrier, right?!

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There's Two More Chances to Fly an American Airlines 787 Inaugural (For Now)

May 8, 2015 at 4:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday marked the very first day of regular commercial flights for American Airlines' newest to their fleet: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The brand new plane, the first for AA of 42 787s on order, left Dallas-Ft Worh Airport for Chicago-O'Hare, a typically rote domestic flight turned celebration for the introduction of the aircraft.

Now we have good news and bad news.

The bad news is that the AA 787, which has already been inducted into domestic service, has had her party and you're a little late to it. The good news is that, with American welcoming more than just one 787, there's plenty more partying in the near future.

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10 Airlines Already Up and Running With Apple Watch

April 29, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Apple Watch has arrived, and airlines across the globe have been quick to update apps and software to take advantage of all the new features. Here's ten airlines already up and running with the latest and greatest in fashion technology:

Delta
· Fly Delta for Apple Watch allows you to keep track of your time to departure and arrival, as well as gate and baggage carousel information
· Any eBoarding passes that you save to Passbook will automatically be available on Apple Watch, so just scan your wrist at that gate and go

American Airlines
· Version 4.0.0 is here, and that brings support for Apple Watch
· Sounds like you need to swipe "Keep Me Logged In" on your phone, and then your wrist will show you everything from updates on upcoming trips and check-in to connecting gate and baggage claim information

British Airways
· Your Apple Watch won't skip a beat when crossing the pond, as scheduled departure times, flight status, and weather at your destination are just a few of the features
· Gate change information should also update in real-time, so just check your watch every once in a while while waiting in line for an airport snack to stay up-to-date.

United Airlines
· United calls out a lot of perks and features, but they don't specifically make mention of all the Apple Watch goodies
· Check reservations and flight status right from the face of your watch

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Boeing Bummer: Fewer 787s Coming To America

April 28, 2015 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Bad news for those looking to score a trip aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner here in the nifty fifty, as a couple of carriers are changing up their plans and orders as apparently the latest isn’t necessarily the greatest.

United has a whole bunch of 787s on order, and that’s in addition to the ones they’re already flying. According to the Associated Press and ABC News, United is pretty cool with the 787; however, they’re just looking for something a little bit bigger for certain routes. Boeing will still be their bird of choice, as the plan is to trade in some of the 787s for Boeing 777-300ERs. All in all they will be reordering ten of the different planes—hey, at least they didn’t call Airbus!

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Airlines Are Making Record Profits... So Why Does Customer Experience Still Suck?

April 27, 2015 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

For so many years, the often-heard excuse for poor experiences aboard airlines was always about money. Why did they stop serving food? Why are there more seats on board? Why have routes disappeared? Why are they charging for bags? It was because the airlines were poor, or about to be poor, and were doing the best they can to make ends meet.

Well, recent reports from Fortune and the New York Times are suggesting that it's time to change that tune, because, first and foremost, airlines are not poor anymore.

According to the Dallas Morning News, American Airlines made a profit of $1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2015, crushing its previous first quarter profit record of $480 million. In January, USA Today provided more details about airlines' soaring stock prices and historic 2014 profits.

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New OneJet Airline Offering 2 Additional Routes Starting in May

April 27, 2015 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Indianapolis-based OneJet, a new airline focusing on "demand responsive" regional nonstop routes, began operations on April 6 with flights between Milwaukee and Indianapolis. The company recently announced that starting in May it will also offer flights between Milwaukee and Pittsburgh and Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.

All flights will feature the Hawker 400 aircraft, fitted with seven passenger seats, operated by OneJet's regional partner, Pentastar Aviation. Unlike other airlines operating small aircraft under a public charter arrangement, which usually operate from a private terminal, OneJet flights use the regular terminals and gates of the airports to which it flies.

The nonstop service from Milwaukee to Pittsburgh will start May 4 while the Indianapolis – Pittsburgh route begins May 11; both will be offered four times weekly Monday through Thursday with return service. Tickets on OneJet are available for purchase through select corporate and online retailers, including American Express Global Business Travel and Expedia.

[Photos: OneJet]

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JetBlue Recycles Old Uniforms Into New Carry-Ons

April 23, 2015 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now there’s a way to carry your love for JetBlue with you all day long, as USA Today reports that the carrier recently donated a whole bunch of old uniforms, fabrics, and other leftovers in hopes of helping the textiles finding a second life. Thankfully the folks over at the Manhattan Portage were up for the challenge, and they have been busy upcycling things into all kinds of new goodies.

Carry-on bags, totes, messenger bags, and more are now all available, and if you want to get something for us—we kind of like the cute little toiletry bag. All in all there are five new options from which to choose, and they’re all part of the JetBlue Uniform Bag Collection with items starting at $39.

Jackets, rain pants, and flight attendant shirts are just some of the materials getting the recycling treatment, and we have to say each looks pretty darn nice. No word on if bringing one with you on your next JetBlue flight will get you anything special, but we wouldn't be surprised if you scored a smile from the crew.

[Photo: Facebook / Manhattan Portage]

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You Won't Believe What Ryanair Has Done Now

April 23, 2015 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news: hell hath officially frozen over. This week Ryanair debuted their newest service feature, and—here's the good news—it's not another fee! The addition is actually just an official blog (named "Into the Blue") from the notoriously ultra low-cost airlines based in Ireland.

Why do we say hell's frozen over? Well, for years Ryanair maintained positions of not engaging with their customers, eschewing everything from social media to a website with even a shred of consideration for the user experience. But things have changed, beginning with Ryanair's joining Twitter in late 2013, which was quickly followed by a clean redesign of their site. The airline then ditched their annual calendar of bikini-clad flight attendants, and promised a more family-friendly approach in the future.

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United Says 'Drinks On Us' For Those Traveling Overseas

April 23, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hungry travelers, take heed. Your summer travel just got that much better if you’re heading overseas with United, as the carrier is upgrading and improving some of their in-flight food and beverage offerings.

Eating beforehand is probably still a solid recommendation for those flying in coach, but it does sound like United is making some kind of effort to provide economy passengers with a little more than the usual cabin fare. Beginning June 1 the carrier will introduce a three-course meal — or their version, at least.

Things will begin simple enough with some kind of variation of cheese and crackers. Main course options will include things like Tuscan ravioli and udon noodles with stir-fried vegetables, and all these entrées will be accompanied by salad and bread. After choking things down making a happy plate dessert will be provided, as gelato, mousse, and ice cream will all be in the rotation.

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