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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?
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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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There are a lot of ways to earn frequent flyer miles: through credit cards, shopping portals, or just the old-fashioned way of, well, frequently flying. Now United has introduced a new opportunity to score them — but you're going to need to be very familiar with navigating your way around computer systems.
As NBC News, reports, United is awarding millions of frequent flyer miles to hackers that uncover potential security problems and other issues in the airline's web systems. Basically, if you can discover hiccups across their web security, you will be handsomely awarded. We can feel the sand between our toes already!
United launched the program shortly before the recent tech glitch that grounded thousands of flights, so apparently it came too late to help on that front. But the carrier recently confirmed that it has paid out a pair of awards worth one million miles. (Unfortunately they did not release the identities of these folks, so no chance of buddying up to them in hopes of tagging along on some of their travels. Or getting some IT help.) These were just two big time miles distributions; it sounds like a bunch of smaller rewards were handed out as well.
As of now United seems to be one of the few carriers officially recognizing this type of program (others wouldn't comment to NBC News), but we can bet that this may become a way in which airlines make themselves aware of web vulnerabilities. As for us? We’re off to Barnes and Noble in hopes of picking up Hacking for Dummies. And some Fodor's guides, just in case.
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Clear out your phones of all those old selfies and lunch snapshots, because it’s time to make room to download a new airline app. The folks at KLM have been working overtime to upgrade and improve their offerings, and a refreshed app is now available for download — in both iOS and Android flavors.
The new interface and graphics are crisp and clean — we like what we see. As for the content: the app tries to predict what you're looking for at each step in your journey, and adjusts its opening screen accordingly. KLM officials say that the app will learn individual preferences the more you use it, all the better to offer customized promotions and things like that.
In addition, there’s now a more simplified booking tool, one click check-in, quicker payment options, and even a slick way to switch and swap your seats. (And since the app remembers preferences if you selected an aisle seat for this flight chances are that it will offer a similar selection on a future flight — it just gets you.) Of course there’s integration with Apple Watch as well, so frequent flyer status, check-in reminders, and flight information can always be right on your wrist.
The new app might not be a complete travel and airline concierge as of yet, but it’s getting there. So if you’re a big KLM flyer be sure to check this one out, and use it often. The more you swipe, click, and tap that more it’ll know about you and your travels — just don't get too creepy, KLM, or we'll probably share a little less.
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Great news for travelers aboard Virgin America: The carrier has given the go-ahead to introduce better, faster, stronger Wi-Fi throughout the cabin. Now your emails and sites will load speedier than ever — and even more importantly, the bandwidth will now allow for you to stream video from 35,000-feet.
The airline is updating around ten Airbus A320s through a partnership with ViaSat, a provider of satellite broadband. According to Fortune, the upgrade will rely on "the use of ViaSat-1, a high capacity Ka-band satellite service that offers speeds of up to 140 gigabits-per-second, [which] could make Virgin’s Wi-Fi eight to ten times faster than your garden variety inflight networks." (Virgin America seems to take pride in its in-flight Wi-Fi access; they're still the only carrier providing access on each and every flights.)
When will the enhanced speeds hit the seats? Expect faster Wi-Fi service to go live as soon as September. Let the YouTube cat videos commence!
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If you’re hunting for a new airline amenity kit you’re in luck, as now there’s yet another carrier debuting some new goodies within the premium cabin. We’ve recently seen enhanced kits from the folks at Delta and Hawaiian Airlines; now it’s United’s turn to upgrade and update.
In August the airline's new amenity kits will feature exclusively Soho House's Cowshed skin-care products, landing in the hands of most premium-cabin customers on intercontinental flights.
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While we do occasionally love to tease the word's most contentious low-cost airline, we must give props to Ryanair for its efforts to catch up with the world of social media following many years of avoiding it altogether. Its latest campaign, focused on Facebook, isn't one to be ignored — especially if one of your bucketlist items is having your face on the side of an airplane.
As the airline celebrates its 30th birthday, 30 Ryanair planes are due to add the names and faces of 30 Facebook fans to their livery. Though the winners won't be announced until September, you'll have to enter the contest now.
How to enter:
Flying up front is always a good time, but things get even better when you start adding complimentary toothbrushes and fancy lip balms to the equation. (Hey, it's the little things!) Yes, we’re talking about airline amenity kits of course.
Heads up, Delta flyers: the the airline just announced that they’re refreshing and updating the contents of their amenity kits. Delta will continue to feature TUMI products, but now there will be both hard and soft-side amenity kits; the airline plans to alternate their availability between inbound and outbound routes when possible, so that flyers can score one of each for keepsies. Inside, the new additions include striped socks, a soft-touch pen, eyeshades, MALIN+GOETZ lip moisturizer, body lotion, and new mouthwash. There are a couple other goodies as well, like tissues and earplugs, but we think you catch the drift. We’re just jealous that we don’t have any Delta One itineraries coming up; one of these suckers would look great on our bathroom counter.
That said, don't think you'll be scoring these on some quick jaunt from Chicago to Des Moines; these will mostly be going to passengers flying business class transcontinental flights and international routes. Otherwise — pack your own socks, please.
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What's worse than decreasing legroom? What sucks more than have a short flight delay? The answer: paying extra for luggage.
Most U.S. airlines now charge for checked luggage, and at least four airlines already charge for carry-ons-- three of those are U.S. airlines: Spirit, Allegiant, and Frontier. The fourth is Iceland's Wow Air, that of the unbelievable $99 airfares to Europe.
Low-cost airlines highly fond of extra fees in other regions of the world are understandably jealous of all the extra revenue streaming in from baggage charges. Most recently, Southeast Asian airlines considered beginning their own carry-on fees. For now, at least, one country is putting its foot down and saying no: India.
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Good news from the folks at Gogo: They’re taking their in-flight WiFi technology south of the border — like, way south.
Gogo is teaming up with GOL, a budget Brazilian airline, to install its next generation service — known as 2Ku — across the entire fleet. This is the first time in-flight broadband has been made available aboard a Brazilian airline, so we can only imagine this news will be very well received. In fact, not only will this bring in-flight WiFi, but there will also be the ability to access Gogo Vision and Gogo TV from each and every seat.
The only bummer? Things aren’t quite ready for launch, and the current timetable suggests this partnership will be up (in the air) and running in mid-2016. But while GOL guests are about a year away from in-flight web surfing, they can definitely start dreaming about the speeds: Gogo is promising peak speeds of more than 70 Mbps to the aircraft, which is about 20 times the bandwidth offered through its first-generation technology in the United States. Vroom!
If El Al gets its way, flight attendants may soon be serving passengers from an even higher altitude. According to CBS News, the Israeli airline now wants female attendants to wear high heels throughout the boarding process. Formerly, the rules encouraged high heels at the airport but deemed flats fine for on-board wear.
We know first-hand both the pleasures and the pains associated with the world’s longest flight. And soon, you may too — because Singapore Airlines may soon bring back that long (very long) jaunt, following a brief hiatus.
Per the folks over at Bloomberg Business, officials at Singapore Airlines have been in talks with Airbus and Boeing, reviewing flight plans, airplane orders and other items in hopes of launching a new version of the world’s longest flight. Through late 2013, Singapore Airlines was offering nearly 19-hour direct flights from Newark to Singapore — but these all-business class flights just weren't profitable enough to sustain themselves. To that point, there are still plenty of details related to fuel efficiency, long-range plane capabilities and cash flow that Singapore Airlines will need to iron out before reviving a marathon flight.
So nothing has been finalized as of yet, and and even some of the potential airplanes for the service —like the Boeing 777X — are still in development. In the meanwhile, want to live that long flight vicariously through a Jaunted correspondent? Check out an hour-by-hour look at the 2013 experience here.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]