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On a Virgin Australia Turboprop, the Last Row is First

May 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM | by | ()

When flying Economy on a narrow-body aircraft, we usually aim to sit as far forward as possible. Most importantly, this move generally gets you served first and off the plane first after landing. And there's the added bonus of minimizing the number of rows in front of you, which makes the cabin feel less crowded compared to a sea of heads between your seat and the cockpit.

That strategy might work in the majority of cases, but here is one example where it didnít. On a recent hop from Sydney to the Australian capital of Canberra, our aircraft was a Virgin Australia ATR72-600 Turboprop. The only aircraft doors (which incorporate steps, private jet-style) are actually at the back, just behind the last row (17). We originally had a seat near the front, but were asked while already on the plane to move to row 15, which worked out just fine.

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Air New Zealand Sees Another Airplane and Has It Painted Black

November 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM | by | ()

Apologies if the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" is now stuck in your head...

Let's talk planes. Let's talk about planes painted in, well, jet black. We've already gushed over the cool new(ish) paintjob Air New Zealand has given a few of their jets and now yet another one will be joining the sleek team.

Air NZ accepted the keys to a striking black ATR 72-600 on October 31st—the perfect day, really. Regardless of launch date, we are huge fans of this livery.

The airline has been known for taking rugby very seriously and the planes are one way they pledge their allegiance to their national 'footy' team, the All-Blacks.

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