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Gogo In-Flight WiFi Arriving Aboard Air Canada Next Month

April 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s time to fire up the social media at 35,000-feet, as Air Canada will soon be flipping the switch on the in-flight WiFi thanks to their technology team over at Gogo.

We’ll have to wait a little bit of time, as there’s still some of this and little of that to figure out; however, it looks like Air Canada will start doing the WiFi thing aboard their North American fleet as early as May.

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United Has a 787-9 Too, and It's Nearly Ready to Be Shown Off

April 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

They’ve been working overtime up at the Boeing factory just outside of Seattle, as a few new Boeing 787-9s have been rolling off the assembly line. As we saw with Air New Zealand just last week, these planes are slightly longer Dreamliners, the latest type of next generation aircraft.

United also has a few of these on order, and their very first plane just appeared outside of the hangar for a sneak peek the other day. This is the airplane that’s scheduled to begin service on United's new nonstop route between Los Angeles and Melbourne—the one in Australia—a little later this year.

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'The Lego Pilot' is the Greatest Thing on Social Media Right Now

April 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lindbergh. Earhart. Yeager.

Let's face it—aviators are the epitome of cool. Heck, even fictitious pilots like Top Gun's Maverick get all the girls, so frankly we're shocked it's taken so long for the internet generation to devise a character as brilliant as The Lego Pilot.

Jetting around the world in his perfectly pressed uniform, The Lego Pilot spends days sharing his "office views" and favorite layover locations with fans on social media. Though his body may be made of plastic building blocks, his personality is very much alive on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He's essentially a fully conceptualized and storified version of Lufthansa's "Pilot Diary" Instagram series from August 2013, which we heralded as "a revelation for airline social media."

Recent travels have transported The Lego Pilot to London, Hong Kong, Spain's Costa del Sol, Dubai, and Marrakech...and that's only since the beginning of March when the accounts initiated.

We won't spoil all the fun for you (follow him!), but below are a few of our favorite The Lego Pilot moments. Enjoy!

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Which Award-Winning Airplane Concept of the Future Do You Like Best?

April 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The annual Crystal Cabin Awards, a competition that strives for excellence in futuristic aircraft interior innovation and design, took place this week in Hamburg, Germany. There were seven categories in total: Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment; Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts; Material & Components; Passenger Comfort Hardware; Passenger Comfort Systems; Premium Class & VIP; and University.

The full list of winners is still trickling out, but we're zoning in on the concepts that are aimed at directly benefiting the future passenger - aka, us. Below, we take a look at a few of the winning ideas. None are guaranteed to appear in the consumer realm anytime soon, but they serve as reasonable prototypes for what we might see down the road. Which are you most excited about?

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The First Boeing 787-9 is Almost All Set for a Debut

April 11, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s almost time for Air New Zealand to take to the skies with their very first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but the closest we can get right now is admiring the new livery from afar.

You may recall that Air New Zealand announced that they’d be mixing up their paintjob with a couple different versions, and here's a preview of one, which retains the koru and New Zealand fern looks and logos.

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New Route News from Qatar, United, and ANA Means New Destination Ideas

April 11, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Qatar Airways:
Just last week Qatar Airways made another debut on US soil, as the carrier officially started up service to and from Philadelphia. Things started flying during the middle of last week, as Boeing 777s brought a new international option to the Philadelphia area for the first time in a long time. Nonstop flights will do their thing all the way over to the carrier’s hub in Doha, and after that there are connections available to pretty much anywhere else in the region. Qatar Airways isn’t stopping here, as they will also be heading to Miami in June. After that they will also be visiting Dallas-Ft. Worth beginning in July.

· Emirates:
A new plane is headed to Dallas-Ft. Worth later this year, as Emirates shows off what it can do flying to and from the area. As of now it’s October 1 for the very first flight, as an Airbus A380 will carry plenty of passengers between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Dubai. For those keeping count of the big bird’s capacity it will be exactly 489 passengers heading between the two countries. Emirates currently offers nonstop flights aboard some Boeing 777s, but it sounds like they need a few more seats to keep up with the demand on this route.

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Air France's New Ad Campaign is Bold, Beautiful

April 10, 2014 at 1:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been quite a while since we hailed any airline advertising as brilliant, but Air France's fresh run of bright images warrants a mention.

The ads, by BETC Paris, utilize bright colors and bold shapes, with more than a touch of high-fashion photography. The impact isn't unlike that of vintage travel posters, still considered stylish today.

In fact, that above A380 image is especially genius; it's a stealth homage to the french new wave film L'Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad), whose director, Alain Resnais, recently passed away.

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First Time to Australia: What's a 'Nullarbor' Flight?

Where: Australia
April 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we brought you our introduction to Aussie slang last month, we may have forgotten one very important travel term unique only to Australia. We knew that some words would be new to us on a trip down under, but we'd never think about taking a "Nullarbor flight."

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FAA Removes Philippines from Blacklist, Meaning More Flights Could Be on the Way

April 10, 2014 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

In 2008, the FAA put the Philippines on its Category 2 blacklist after it failed to comply with international safety standards, and the EU followed with similar restrictions in 2010. Here in the US, the sanctions banned Philippine carriers from expanding their service or operating code-share flights with US airlines.

Good news: Those limitations were lifted today after the country spent years reforming its administration policies and its ability to monitor and regulate airlines. This means that air carriers from the Philippines are now allowed to add routes and partner with domestic airlines on code-share flights within the United States.

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Catch Up on In-Flight Magazines Without Boarding a Plane

April 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Go ahead and call us crazy but we really enjoy the beginning of each and every month, and that’s because a new month brings the arrival of new in-flight magazines. Right around the first of the month—and a day early if you’re lucky—the old copies are removed, and fresh, clean issues are loaded into the seatback pocket.

Sudoku and crossword puzzles are free to be completed, and there’s at least a solid 15 minutes of content that we can read through at our discretion. Sometimes we even hold out until cruising altitude, and in those cases we begin with SkyMall.

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Lack of Limes Limits In-Flight Drinks: How to Cope

April 8, 2014 at 5:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Say 'ta ta for now' to a gin and tonic with a twist of lime, or specialty cocktails like United's Sunrise Sunset (pictured above). A lime shortage is hitting North American airlines right where it hurts: in the beverage carts.

The rarity of limes is due to several issues, such as Mexican cartel control plus nature and biological factors, and US consumers may note that purchasing a single lime at the supermarket now costs three times what it did last season. Just think how businesses that buy limes in bulk are coping. Will travelers get their rum-and-cokes with a squirt of lime this month? Well, it depends.

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The Beverage Selection Gets an Upgrade with New Microbrews on Three Airlines

April 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Treat yourself during your next flight, as airlines are adding better beers and beverages suitable for an in-flight toast. Here’s a few of the carriers doing the microbrew thing at 35,000-feet, and their newest additions to the up in the air menu:

Delta & SweetWater Brewing Company

No offense to the Budweiser and Coors Light crew, but there’s better things brewing in Delta’s beverage cart. Last month the carrier introduced a little local flavor to their in-flight menu, as they’re offering up something from Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company. Thanks to some new canning techniques sky-high distribution is now available, and you can enjoy some 420 Extra Pale Ale on select Delta flights. These will set you back $6, but for now are limited to flights between Atlanta and New York-LaGuardia.

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