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American's Newest Airbus Aircraft are Open for Booking Between JFK and LAX

August 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just over a year ago we first told you about American Airlines, and their plans to woo celebrities, business people, and other hotshots that regularly fly from coast to coast. A lot has happened since then, but the basic premise remains the same—new Airbus A321s with lie flat seats will be doing the transcontinental flights from New York to spots like San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Just to remind you of what these planes are packing, each brand-y new jet will be a true three-cabin aircraft with 10 of those totally flat sleeper seats in First Class, 20 seats in Business Class, and then plenty of other seats back in Economy Class—including three dozen or so extra legroom Main Cabin Extra seats. Even with JetBlue trying to cash in on the transcontinental market, we’ll risk saying that American Airlines might just have the best up front product on cross country flights.

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A Video First Peek at JetBlue's First Class 'Suite' Seats

August 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

They're heeeeerrrrrrrreeeee! The "First Class" seats JetBlue has been dangling in front of transcontinental flyers were finally leaked, but there's still quite a long road ahead before the private suites with lie-flat seats (yes, lie-flat seats on a JetBlue plane!) take to the skies in fresh-off-the-factory-line Airbus A321s.

A video and some details were shared yesterday at the Global Business Travel Association convention in San Diego, but it looks as though December will the be possibly earliest passengers will have the privilege to plop down and prop up their feet.

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Little Meets Large: A Superjumbo and a 'BabyBus' Go Nose-to-Nose

Where: Shannon Airport (SNN), Ireland
August 5, 2013 at 4:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

In case you were wondering how big an Airbus A380 really is, perhaps this picture will provide some sense of perspective: it shows the brand new British Airways A380 nose-to-nose with its smallest cousin, the teensy Airbus A318. How cute is that? You can almost hear the Disney Planes dialogue: “Move over, little one”. “I ain’t going anywhere, big guy!”

This unique photo-op happened at Shannon Airport (SNN) in Ireland. Why there? The Airbus A380 is on its rounds of familiarization flights before it will start flying to and from Los Angeles on September 24, and made a trip to Shannon as part of this cycle. The A318 of course makes its daily stop on the way to New York-JFK from London’s City Airport, where it refuels, and if you’re on the magic flight number BA001, you can clear US immigration.

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Man vs Machine: Can a Rugby Player Outrun an A380?

August 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Starting next February, British Airways is planing to bring one of their newest birds down to Johannesburg, so it makes sense to build some excitement around the news of a new A380 route. We're not talking about painting London cabs like safari animals or dishing up biltong on every BA flight (although that would be cool); this one involves a little man versus machine action.

The newest advertisement from the airline features South African rugby player, Bryan Habana, challenging the super jumbo to a race in the hopes that they'll discover which finely tuned machine is faster. The 100 meter race takes place on a runway (of course) and has the sportsman racing the Airbus from a dead stop. Although Habana slows to a stop, obviously the super-jumbo rotates to complete a takeoff.

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Keep Your Eyes to the Sky for Planes Painted Like Pandas and Sharks

July 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Is it a panda or an airplane? The correct answer is...it's a panda-plane! Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) may have had this special livery Boeing 767 since 2007 as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their flying to China, but this is the year the panda look really gets a workout.

Starting October 1, 2013 ANA will increase seats from Tokyo to Chengdu, China, aka the "panda capital of the world." Instead of the 737 that once serviced this route, ANA will fly it using a 767. You can expect to see this panda plane as often as possible at Chengdu's Shuangliu International Airport. Imagine being able to fly a panda plane there, stay in a panda hotel, and then visit actual pandas? Even British Airways has famously gone bonkers for Chengdu this year.

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Brand New British Airways: 1 Airplane, 4 Cabins, 469 Seats, and You

July 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine being one of only 50 people onboard an airplane built to fly 500. This was our experience yesterday, July 4, as British Airways took delivery of its very first Airbus A380 from Airbus' HQ in Toulouse, France. Stay tuned as we explore the outside, inside, all around and even BA's other new toy, the Boeing 787, over the next few days.

Right here, right now may be your only chance to tour all four cabins of the British Airways A380. You see, once it begins regular passenger service, there's those pesky privacy curtains separating World Traveller (Economy) from World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy), and definitely keeping the riff-raff away from Club World (Business) and First Class. As we frolicked on the A380 during the delivery flight from Airbus HQ to Heathrow, there's even a cockpit peek bonus!

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Brand New British Airways: Flying the A380 Home to Heathrow

July 5, 2013 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine being one of only 50 people onboard an airplane built to fly 500. This was our experience yesterday, July 4, as British Airways took delivery of its very first Airbus A380 from Airbus' HQ in Toulouse, France. Stay tuned as we explore the outside, inside, all around and even BA's other new toy, the Boeing 787, over the next few days.

Where to start? Some airplane glamorshots should set the mood just right, but we've got the lowdown on how one picks up an aircraft ready for delivery (always good to know), and the latest on when you can get yourself a seat, which is sooner than expected.

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Be First Onboard the British Airways 787 Dreamliner This September

June 27, 2013 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

British Airways has lots in store for the #avgeek in you this year. We previously showed you how to book yourself onto its first Airbus A380, and now you can do the same for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which touched down at London's Heathrow Airport for the first time today.

The inaugural route will be London-Heathrow to Toronto (LHR-YYZ), starting from September 1. A month later, on October 1, London-Heathrow to Newark (LHR-EWR) will be added. Special fares are available on both routes, coinciding with a UK sale in World Traveller (Economy) and World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) cabins.

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What a JetBlue 'Premium Suite' Seat Could Look Like

June 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

The current interior of a JetBlue A320—all economy class

Have you heard the awesome news? JetBlue, airline of all-economy-class seating and free snacks, is not only getting new A321 airplanes but brand new "premium" seats along with them. Wait wait wait—these won't just be any old seats, no; they'll be "mini-suites" of First Class privacy and comfort.

Although this is something we rumored as early as March, a confirmation finally came in the way of Airbus and JetBlue declaring their intentions for such seats to the FAA, news broke last week by APEX.

As JetBlue won't be taking any keys to shiny A321s until later this year, there's still quite some time to wait before your butt may enjoy a JetBlue Suite on a flight from one side of the country to the other. Not much is known of the new seats other than that there'll be 16 premium ones, only four of which will get "first class" treatment, complete with "surrounding furniture" and a "sliding element" for privacy.

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And Let There Be Flight: Airbus' A350 is the Newest Bird in the Sky

June 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Contrary to popular opinion, France does work on Fridays, as Airbus just demonstrated by conducting the very first flight of their brand new A350 XWB.

The shiny aircraft set off into the skies around 10am local time from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport with six crew members and spent several hours in test flight before landing back at Toulouse and celebrating victory with a wave of the Airbus company flag from the cockpit windows.

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Is RFID-chipped Luggage the Future of Checked Baggage?

June 10, 2013 at 8:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Over at Airbus headquarters they’re usually hard at work designing things like airplanes—and um—more airplanes. Well we guess that’s not necessarily the only thing they have time for, as the aircraft manufacturer is also working on some other innovative travel ideas. Specifically, they're pondering ways to improve the checked baggage experience, and they've just revealed the first hint of some kind of smart bag.

The new suitcase comes complete with its very own iPhone app, and there’s a way to track your bag no matter where it decides to go. That includes when your bag goes on a little bit of a side trip away from your intended location. The new idea—for now known as "Bag2Go"—was cooked up with a couple of other organizations including T-Mobile and Rimowa—the latter a famous German luggage producer.

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Boeing is Hard at Work Cooking Up a Whole New Flavor of 777

May 8, 2013 at 7:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know we get all worked up when there's anything new to report in the saga of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but eventually we’re going to have to shift our focus—and airplane love—towards a new aircraft. It looks like Boeing has something up their sleeve already, and if things go according to plan the world’s longest-range passenger jet may roll off the assembly line sooner rather than later.

Sure, it’s technically not a totally new aircraft, as we’re sure the engineers at Boeing are copying and pasting some stuff from one set of blueprints to another. Nonetheless, the Boeing 777X is a totally revamped and renovated option from airplane manufacturer.

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