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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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Just because the confetti is cleaned up, Auld Lang Syne is retired in your iTunes playlist, and your outfit from New Year's Eve is at the dry-cleaners doesn't mean we still can't talk about one of the best parts of ringing in a new year: a champagne toast! Since 'popping bottles' is for such special occasions, we can't think of a better way to sip some bubbles than when on a plane heading for a new destination.
While some airlines have a knack for feeding passengers fine food like lobster and caviar, there are thankfully more still taking sparkling wines just as serious. If your 2014 travel plans include flights in First or Business Class on the following carriers, be sure to reach for that PDB (pre-departure beverage) and ask for a flute of these fine pours:
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Check out this old ad for Air France's transatlantic service. Love the route names: "Super Starliner" and "Eastern Epicurian." Hate that the ad implies only men enjoy the nicer things while in flight.
Granted, this ad was taken from an old British men's magazine named "Lilliput," but the thought of outright targeting one sex over the other for the sales of airline tickets is ridiculous. You see, it's done in a far subtler way now; note the naked Russian flight attendant calendar distributed to male frequent flyers of Aeroflot, or the sexy ads of Virgin America, touting the handsomeness of their male flight attendants and pilots just as much as the beauty of the females.
Okay, maybe not so subtle. At least there is one truly timeless aspect to the ad, and it's that final promise of "good food, good wine, good service and good company."
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Your next overseas flight is about to get a little bit better—even in the back—as Air France just announced that they’re spending plenty of cash to upgrade their up in the air experience. This time the upgrades and improvements aren’t just for those paying extra to sit up front, as the most recent sent of renovations are scheduled for the economy and premium economy cabins.
It looks like the carrier is prepared to fill out an oversized check in the amount of like 500 million euros, as they move forward with all kinds of enhancements. Old seating surfaces will dragged off to the curb for trash pickup, as the economy and premium economy seats will be brand new. Air France promises lighter seats—saving on that airplane fuel—as well as ones that provide head support and retractable armrests.
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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.
The government seals and stamps are still pending, but if all goes according to plan JetBlue will be adding some new options sooner than later. They’re looking to head from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport down to Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru. Daily flights are scheduled to start on November 21, and if you act quickly you might be able to score a one-way seat for as low as $139. Adding Lima to their map will be destination number 81 for JetBlue, and it’s their fourth destination down in South America.
In case you haven’t heard the good news it’s finally time for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to head back into the skies. The battery problems have been reviewed and approved, and it’s finally time for the planes to do what they do best—fly. Plenty of airlines are working to shift their schedules to bring back the new planes, and one of them is LOT Polish Airlines. It sounds like June 5 is when they’ll bring back the 787 service between Chicago and Warsaw, and shortly after that they’ll start to link Poland with Toronto as well.
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
"So this one time, I was tanning on the beach when a Concorde flew, like, right over me."
In 1989, an Air France Concorde made a very special flight to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten/St. Martin. It would be the only time Concorde landed at Princess Juliana International Airport on St. Maarten, but the airport itself hasn't forgotten. This photo is still on display, just after security, in the terminal at SXM.
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More and more we are seeing environmentally responsible decisions coming from airlines in the form of fuel conservation, on-board recycling programs and carbon off-setting. Air France has taken "thinking green" to the next level and we're not just talking about recycling bins for newspapers; although, they do that too.
Partnering with environmentally friendly bag maker, Bilum Paris, AF has created a line of travel bags and wallets made from the giant billboards plastered up on the side of highways. Not only are they made from the super tough plastic material, but they are actual Air France billboard posters.
The first poster has created 9 cabin bags, 23 laptop bags and 30 travel cases. For as little as 69 Euros, you can have your own little one-of-a-kind slice of Air France. To browse the range, head to their e-shop.
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Thank goodness for even more options for low-cost, short-haul flights in Europe; we were worried that that market wasn't big enough. [sarcasm] You see, Air France just announced the launch of their own little regional carrier and, keeping with the theme of onomatopoeic budget airline names, this time we introduce "Hop!."
Hop! isn't exactly new; it's just a fresh brand that encompasses the three legs of AF's regional carriers. Brit Air, Regional and Airlinair will be folded into the one name to operate as a single short-to-medium haul carrier, mainly, out of one of Paris' other airports, Orly. Hop! will also have a handful of flights out of Charles de Gaulle, just to keep things interesting.
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Everyone is always asking, "how can I get cheaper airfare?" Well today's your lucky day as Air France announces a bare-bones ticket that's nothing but cheaper airfare, and they're calling it the "MiNi."
One-way "MiNi" fares would start at €49 (including tax), which is around €20 less than a normal economy ticket, though MiNi means no itinerary changes, no seat selection at booking, and no mileage earning. Still, if you can keep it to carry-on only (checked baggage is €15 per piece in advance, €30 at the airport), it's a heck of a lot cheaper than taking the Eurostar from London to Paris and the TGV on to Nice.
There are 58 starter destinations, all short- and medium-haul, for example from London City to Brest, Nantes, Pau, Avignon, Toulon and Paris-Orly. If you're like, "what the heck in Toulon," then know that it's an airport much nearer to St. Tropez, Cannes and Monte Carlo than Marseille, so that's our first choice right there. Other MiNi fare hubs are Paris-Orly, Marseille, Toulouse and Nice.
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We like contests. Even more so, we like travel contests. When these contests are coupled with fashion, we've died and gone to heaven. Now that may be a little dramatic, but we really do like a contest that includes business class travel instead of the usual economy roundtrip. This time, the goods come from Air France and the grand prize includes not only biz class tickets to Paris, but also a hotel stay at a Sofitel and an entirely new wardrobe from Barneys, all wrapped up in the cuteness of Disney.
The contest can be found on Air France's US Facebook page and involves very little effort, but will bring a few smiles and giggles. Just head on over to the fan page and give them the thumbs-up and click over to the Electric Holiday Sweepstakes. Once there, all you need to do is watch the short cartoon featuring Minnie Mouse and various other fashion icons, then type in your details at the end.
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Happy Monday! We have recently stumbled upon a video that left us gazing into the computer screen with longing while exposing a terrible case of wanderlust. Perhaps you have spent the weekend traveling or are looking forward to an upcoming journey/Thanksgiving jaunt; either way, we think you will enjoy this Air France video as much as we do.
It begins with arrival at the airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle in this instance, and navigates through check-in, boarding and in-flight luxuries. What makes the tiny film so unique is the juxtaposition of the retro with current AF cabins, products and aircraft.
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Terminal 7 -- British Airways, with a single Concorde
Okay okay. We'll admit that we've been having a bit of a love affair with the history of JFK Airport lately. In all fairness, we've also had spells with Singapore-Changi and Amsterdam-Schiphol, but there's just something about JFK...