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All Nippon Airways Teams With Toyota For New Seat Design

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

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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Best Airplane Ever? ANA to Launch R2-D2 'Star Wars' Plane This Fall

Where: Japan
April 17, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

The latest installment in the Star Wars franchise is still months away from its debut, but the marketing and other fun stuff has already started. All Nippon Airways is teaming up with the film franchise, as they’re planning a special Star Wars livery—think giant R2-D2.

Thankfully ANA is using one of their latest and greatest planes for the paint job, as it sounds like it will be a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner scoring the Star Wars treatment. Things were announced alongside all the hoopla during the Star Wars Celebration over in Anaheim, California—this is in addition to the latest trailer featuring an appearance from Chewbacca and Han Solo.

The plan is to get the R2-D2 plane high into the skies by the fall of this year, as the airline looks to connect travelers and their love for the movie all across the globe. This is the first time a character or critter from the series has made an appearance on the side of a plane, so definitely keep an eye out for this one when heading to or from the airport.

[Photo: All Nippon Airways]

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New Routes from ANA, LAN, and United to Start 2015

January 2, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

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.

· ANA:
There’s still some government stamps and seals to be had, but it does sound like we’re well on our way to a new option from All Nippon Airways. The plan is for ANA to do the nonstop thing beginning on June 12 between Tokyo-Narita and Houston. The daily service will operate thanks to some Boeing 777-300ERs, and if you’re looking to book things or cash in some miles—expect eight seats in First, 52 in Business, and 190 in Economy.

· LAN:
New Boeing birds are on the move beginning next year, as LAN Airlines is sending their 787-9 between New York-JFK and Santiago, Chile. The new route will start doing its thing on July 20, so start planning your vacation now. Utilizing this stretched version of the 787, LAN will be the first carrier to offer up international service down to South America from JFK using a plane such as this. There are 313 seats in total, so we’re sure you can find one that fits you well.

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Air New Zealand, Southwest, and ANA Are This Month's New Routes News

December 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM | by | ()

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.

· Air New Zealand:
For those who enjoy flying below the equator there’s a new exciting route heading towards the southern hemisphere thanks to the folks over at Air New Zealand. The new nonstop is planning to fly between Auckland and Buenos Aires beginning in December of 2015, so you have sometime to get those funds—or frequent flyer miles—saved up. Things could obviously change in a year, but it appears that the flights will operate back and forth three times each and every week aboard some Boeing 777s.

· Air Canada:
Time to head out of Canada, as Air Canada is getting ready to send some planes and people to and from Calgary International Airport. All in all there’s three new options—first is a daily nonstop between Calgary and Nanaimo—that’s in British Columbia—beginning on May 1. Around the same time the carrier will also be starting up some flights between Calgary and Halifax utilizing some Airbus 319s. Finally beginning on June 1 of next year it’ll be some new service between Calgary and Terrace-Kitimat—that’s in British Columbia too, and yes we had to look it up!

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Economy Passengers are Tired of Measly Meal Trays

November 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

Last week some great news for Economy passengers arrived from Down Under, as Qantas' introduced new meals for those flying in the back of the plane.

The Red Roo's overhauled menu includes more choices for in-flight grub via their Select on Q pre-order system, now with 50% larger meals and even special treats like ice cream snacks and a welcome drink. Meals not only do away with trays and feature more destination-based items (like BBQ beef sliders to North America and and full English breakfast to the UK), but they'll even surprise with items like a bread roll already infused with butter to eliminate buttery finger fumbling.

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This Airline Just Landed Michelin-starred Dining

November 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | ()

Look, let’s be honest. If we’re #hangry enough, we’ll eat pretty much anything on a flight. The depressing gruel that flight attendants slop out as “dinner.” An errant mint (score!) discovered in a carry-on. A loud bag of snack chips, secured for a bargain of $5.99 at the terminal, that fills the otherwise quiet cabin with wafting aromas of ranch and onion.

Sorry, everybody. We do what we must.

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These Special Airplanes Offer Halloween Costume Inspiration Straight Off the Tarmac

October 30, 2014 at 9:43 AM | by | ()

Just one more day until the little (and not so little) ghosts and goblins come out to play for Halloween and, if you haven't gotten your costume ready to roll this year, you'd better get on it.

Obviously it takes a little more than a trip to Target and some wacky makeup to dress up an airplane, so special airplane paint jobs tooling around tarmacs really make a big splash at this time of the year:

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Only Good News as Another Airline Announces Collaboration with Hello Kitty

Where: Japan
September 9, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | ()

Stop the presses for important breaking news. Hello Kitty is collaborating with yet another Asian airline and, for the first time, the partnership is all about featuring the cartoon girl-cat in her signature colors of pink, purple and white.

This week, Peach , the low-cost airline based at Osaka's Kansai Airport and a subsidiary of ANA, showed off the newest addition to their merchandise.

The “Revoltech Hello Kitty Peach" figurine costs 2,300 JPY ($21.65 USD) plus tax and may be found on sale at Peach's online shop, within Peach's own airside brick-and-mortar store at Osaka-Kansai Airport Terminal 2, and in select toy shop locations (see Facebook).

Peach wants you to play with this toy, instead of just look at it on a shelf. It even includes accessories:

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First! What Airline Will Claim the Inaugural Boeing 787-9 Flight?

August 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM | by | ()

Just when it seemed that front page focus on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner would peter out now that Boeing has delivered over 160 of them, the aircraft is again making headlines with the launch of a new version: the 787-9.

What that little "-9" brings is a bigger plane, as we've explained, and this week marks the introduction of the airliner to its first regularly scheduled commercial routes.

Who will have the honor of being first to fly the 787-9? The answer is figuratively up in the air, as both Air New Zealand and ANA are in a tug-of-war for the title. Let's break it down:

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Where to Find (and Fly) the Very Last Airplane Painted with Pokémon

Where: Japan
May 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | ()

It's a 'Hello Kitty' world now.

As Taiwan's EVA Air continues to promote their fleet of six Hello Kitty jets (5 A330s, 1 777) and Japan Airlines gets in on the action with one Kitty-fied 777, ANA is slowly saying fond farewells to their once robust fleet of Pokémon planes.

The idea to paint up an aircraft in Pikachu and other characters goes all the way back to 1992, with a contest ANA hosted to welcome children's drawings as design concepts. No plane was painted with Pokémon until 1998, however; the first was a 747 on domestic routes, which flew for 17 years before heading into retirement.

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What's the Shortest Route Flown by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner?

May 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM | by | ()

Ah, the Dreamliner, Boeing's most advanced commercial aircraft and the darling of aviation geeks. As of today, 17 airlines operate some sort of regular service with the airplane, and the upcoming release of the 787-9 with improved range will increase destination options.

Although most of the airlines put their 787s on long routes, there are some exceptions; one airline in particular takes the top prize for the shortest regular 787 route. The launch customer, Japanese airline ANA, flies the Dreamliner between Tokyo-Haneda and Toyama, a scheduled flight of approximately 40-60 minutes from take-off to landing.

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

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

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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