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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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Say Aloha To Hawaiian Airlines' Locally Inspired Amenity Kits

April 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Accidentally abandon your toiletries on the nightstand while you were scrambling to pack? Worry not. Traveling to Hawaii just got even better, as Hawaiian Airlines is boosting their in-flight offerings with some snazzy new locally inspired amenity kits. The airline is partnering up with one of Hawaii’s most popular clothing designers—Manuheali‘i—to create a new pattern that reflects the scenery of the Hawaiian Islands. Think teals, light greys, and a banana leaf look.

Those heading back and forth between other states will unfortunately be out of luck. With a couple exceptions, these new amenity kits will only be available to those flying internationally with the carrier.

But it doesn't matter where you sit. Thankfully, things are rolling out to both those seated up front and those in the back. Passengers in the main cabin will receive a pillow box, eyeshades, headphones, and some earplugs—not too shabby.

Those in the business class cabin get a few more goodies, as they can expect socks, a bamboo comb, Lōli‘i skincare products, and a pen—perfect for those landing cards.

[Photo: Hawaiian Airlines via The Design Air]

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Snooze News: Napping Baggage Handler Becomes Accidental Stowaway

April 20, 2015 at 10:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've heard of people being fired for sleeping on the job. But this is on another level. Several thousand feet higher, in fact.

One contract employee of Alaska Airlines has been banned from future work with the airline after taking a little bit of a nap on the job—and in a really bad location.

The baggage handler needed to take a quick break, and thought catching a little shuteye inside the baggage hold of the airplane was a good idea. Any guess what happened next? Bingo! The individual was trapped inside the belly of the plane as Alaska Airlines flight 448 departed from Seattle, bound for Los Angeles.

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The Envelope, Please: Check Out This Year’s Award-Winning Premium Airline Cabin

April 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

"And the award goes to..."

Sadly, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler weren't in attendance. But there were some seriously celeb-ready cabin accommodations recognized at this year's Crystal Cabin Awards, the Aircraft Interiors Expo's annual honors for excellence in aircraft interior innovation. (Read: Cool cabins.) The awards are given out by an international panel comprised of 20 academics, engineers, aircraft manufacturers, and industry journalists.

This year's winner of the "Premium Class & VIP" category was Etihad and its new A380, which has an "upper deck" that features three distinct passenger experiences: The Residence, a private three-room cabin with a living room, bedroom, and bathroom (cue the MTV "Cribs" theme); First Apartments in First Class, which are much larger than First Class Suites and have a separate bed and armchair; and lightly furnished Business Studios in Business Class that offer 20% more space than typical Business Class. (This year's Crystal Cabin Awards were also doled out for categories like "Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment," "Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts," and "Passenger Comfort Systems," among others. Check out all the winners here. )

As for the A380: Want to see what all the hype is about? We previewed this aircraft when it was launched and released at the end of last year (alongside a look at the airline's spiffy new uniforms). But here again is a glimpse inside the now award-winning cabin. Click on the photo groups and follow the links for larger versions of each image.

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Better Late Than Never: Ryanair Joins Instagram

April 16, 2015 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

A Boeing 737 overlooking #DublinsFairCity #Ryanair30 #boeing #avgeek #nofilter 😁

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Let's talk about Ryanair for a moment. Hold your groans, as this news from the Irish low-cost airline is actually kind of fun...albeit extraordinarily overdue.

Ryanair has officially joined Instagram.

As part of the airline's campaign to talk with instead of just at customers, they've slowly but surely tested the waters of social media, joining Twitter in late 2013 and ramping up promotion of their low fares via this channel over the couple years since. That must have proved successful enough to pay an employee to post a few photos here on there on Instagram. Welcome, @ryanair.

One day in, it's obvious Ryanair is embracing the channel, making all the newbie mistakes of one enthralled by the app (horizontal cropping, over-filtering, and posting blurry photos of old photos).

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Airlines Need to Get More Creative When It Comes to The Passenger Experience

April 16, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

The airline industry's Passenger Experience Conference took place this week in Germany. The host city, Hamburg, is an excellent place to begin partying at five in the morning, but the tone of the meeting's message was a bit more serious.

During the opening and closing ceremonies, airlines were called upon "to stop their preoccupation with providing airline passengers with packaged entertainment and open up their minds to the wonders of the world above which they are travelling." What does that mean exactly? The wire story from the event being passed around the Internet says it best:

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Now Up For Sale: Finnair's First Flights With The Airbus A350 XWB

Where: Finland
April 14, 2015 at 5:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Time to check the balance in the travel piggy bank, as Finnair just recently started selling seats aboard their brand new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

Finnair is the very first carrier over in Europe to score the keys to the new plane, and only the third airline in the world so far to gain access to all the new bells, whistles, switches, and controls. The tickets that are now available are for the launch route between Helsinki and Shanghai, as things are set to take to the skies October 25. After that, it’ll be Beijing scoring a route to Finland, as the plans call for that option to start November 21.

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JetBlue Keeps Fly-Fi Free for the Future

April 14, 2015 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

What were you doing on December 11, 2013? We remember what we were up to, which was being in flight over Cape Cod, testing out JetBlue's latest onboard amenity: in-flight WiFi, or, as JetBlue calls it, "Fly-Fi."

Since that day, the airline has worked to install the high-speed, Ka-band system on more and more of their airplanes and, as of this month, celebrated their 100th Fly-Fi-equipped A320. Wandering Aramean reports that all A321s are connected, all A320s should be finished soon, and even the Embraer 190s are due to be online in 2016.

What's even more remarkable than this speedy work is the fact JetBlue has continued to offer the basic Fly-Fi access for free, even though they initially stated it'd be free for at least the first six months.

The latest news is that this commitment to complimentary onboard connectivity is continuing. You get free in-flight Fly-Fi! And you get free in-flight Fly-Fi!

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Ryanair is Banning Pre-Bought Booze on Ibiza Flights from Glasgow

Where: Spain
April 13, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The in-flight party is about to end for those heading to Ibiza, as Ryanair is adding some new rules and regulations to one of their routes. If you’re not familiar with the island of Ibiza over in Spain, think foam parties, packed dance clubs, beautiful people and lots of drunken messes. So it's reasonable to expect high spirits and fun-loving passengers aboard Ibiza flights.

Technically BYOB is very much frowned upon on flights; however, passengers usually are allowed to bring duty-free purchases with them onboard. That’s where things get a little sticky as, apparently, plenty of people were opening things during the flight. Back in 2013, a flight was even diverted to France, as drunken passengers were pretty much causing a scene.

The "no bringing alcohol" into the cabin rule only applies to one specific route right now. It’s those flying between Glasgow and Ibiza. Duty-free purchases are still allowed, but they just need to be checked — no in-flight bottle service. Keep it classy, people.

[Photo: Juanedc]

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Meet 'Bluey,' KLM's Kid-Friendly Cartoon 747

April 9, 2015 at 5:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Flying long distances with children isn't exactly the easiest thing, and parents often struggle to figure out how to entertain a child for many, many hours of sitting in a seat. Add to this the fact that the child may be a little scared of flying, with no idea of what to expect, and you have a stressful situation.

KLM understands, and has actually made an effort to help by introducing a new animated film, aimed at the littlest flyers, to both entertain and educate. The star: "Bluey," an excitable and adorable 747 plane who uses his jet speed and compassion to help a friend. Apparently the character has existed since November, with branded kids products, "ranging from keycords, trolleys and card games, to a fun Bluey meal box for children on international flights."

Although Bluey is designed to entertain children on planes, we enjoyed watching his first animated short ourselves and would watch an entire series of such cartoon adventures featuring Bluey. Catch him on KLM's YouTube (embedded below) and, from June, on KLM's intercontinental flights as part of the in-flight entertainment.

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