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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: An Economy Class of Awesome

October 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

All this talk about Mint and A321s is exciting, for sure, but adding fancy new premium seats on a new airplane isn't going to distract JetBlue from their bread and butter: Economy Class.

JetBlue has, from their very beginning some thirteen years ago, touted their egalitarian approach to air travel. Everyone gets a leather seat; everyone enjoys free snacks and beverages; everyone can watch live, DirecTV channels on seatback screens; and everyone has a chance at low airfares. This isn't going away with the arrival of A321s into JetBlue's fleet, but being improved. Even better? The improvements are very noticeable; this is not a case of, "oh, we added some nice new accent piping to the headrest" (though there's that, too).

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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: Amenity Kits and a Full Food Menu

October 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

You've already seen the new "Mint" seats, but what about all the goodies that come with a premium in-flight experience and $599 one-way? Since Mint won't fly until June 15, 2014, JetBlue has plenty of time to refine the extras. Still, it's obvious they're pretty excited and want travelers to be as well, so yesterday they gave a glimpse of a few goodies they're working on for including with Mint.

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Vietnam Airlines: Where Breakfast is Not Really Breakfast

Where: Vietnam
June 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few months ago, we reviewed our experience on Vietnam Airlines international business class service. While we were left pleasantly surprised, not to mention utterly and completely stuffed with delicious food, we overlooked one quirk of the entire experience.

Our flight was an overnight from Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne that featured two meal services, the first of which was a proper dinner service with cocktails and petit-fours. The second was breakfast right before landing on the red-eye.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: Korean Bibimbap on American Airlines

Where: Seoul, Korea
May 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

16 hours in the air is nothing to take lightly. That's three mealtimes, plus several naps, plus a movie or two and some general spacing-out-while-staring-at-clouds time. Thus, when it came to our nonstop in Business Class from Dallas/Ft. Worth to Seoul, South Korea yesterday on American Airlines, we knew we had plenty time to enjoy filling up on food.

AA 27 was actually the very first flight by AA to Seoul, a momentous occasion on which we'll go into deeper depth next week. Still, because it was an inaugural to South Korea, it would be the first time American has offered the Korean dish of Bibimbap on a flight. How could we pass it up?

While our seatmate tucked into his chicken order, the flight attendant presented us with a printed "How To" sheet on properly mixing the ingredients together, as bibimbap is actually rice with a plethora of colorful additions (carrot, zucchini, cucumber, shiitake, spinach, egg, tender beef bulgogi and pepper paste to taste). Even though this was an airline meal, presentation and quantity didn't suffer in the least.

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Flight Review: Under $100 on Air Asia from Thailand to Cambodia

Where: Thailand
May 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

In all truthfulness, low-cost airlines get a bad rap for being more bottom-line conscious than customer focused, but on a recent flight from Thailand to Cambodia, we wanted to truly see for ourselves if Air Asia was as bad as the reputation of other LCCs would have us believe.

Earlier this week, we showed you how Bangkok's Don Mueang (DMK) is primarily used by Air Asia and other budget-carriers, so after wandering around the nearly vacant terminal, we headed downstairs to hop on a bus that took us to our bird.

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Flight Review: Onboard Vietnam Airlines to Ho Chi Minh City

Where: Vietnam
May 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (2)

As you can probably tell from our slew of stories on Ho Chi Minh City, we recently traveled to Vietnam. One of the many ways to fly into the country, and the way in which we arrived, is via the green-blue hued planes of the national airline, Vietnam Airlines. Our route had us hopping on at Melbourne to fly nonstop to Ho Chi Minh City and we booked Business Class for a vacation treat.

At first, we considered using the 8.5-hour flight to relax and perhaps nap before what would be a two-week adventure in Southeast Asia, but the airline had a better idea; the flight crew fed us until we were stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey.

Here's a breakdown of what we loved and what we could have done without:

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How British Airways Turned Their Tea from Swill to Swell

March 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just as Italians love their carbohydrates and Americans their right to bear arms, Great Britons adore their tea. Not that you’d have realized from the brew served on British Airways until recently; it was just as undrinkable as tea on any other airline.

Being the UK flag carrier, BA decided last year that its shoddy tea situation simply wasn’t good enough. And so, in a process that’s lasted nearly a year, they commissioned posh tea brand Twinings to make a new blend, especially for their planes. After much leaf-tinkering and several test flights (long and shorthaul), the blend is now arrived, and is being served everywhere in the plane (yes, even Economy).

You’d think there wasn’t much to it, but a couple of months back, BA invited us on its final test flight (between New York and London, natch) to sample the contenders. And it was there, as Twinings’ senior buyer Mike Wright talked us through what he was looking for in the teas, that we realized tea, especially in the air, is a really complicated thing.

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Is This the First Digital Image of a North Korean In-Flight Meal?

March 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is an airline meal. It's not just any airline meal, however; it's a piece of digital imaging and travel history and it was only created this morning.

David Guttenfelder, Chief Photographer in Asia for the AP, is currently in North Korea on assignment and taking advantage of the newly un-banned 3G network to share some Instagrams from daily life, like this seemingly banal image of his in-flight meal on North Korea's state airline, Air Koryo.

We say "seemingly banal," because it's in fact incredibly interesting. For one, has there ever been another digital image like this, instantly shared from an Air Koryo plane, location-tagged to Pyongyang's Airport? The answer is "kind of," as Guttenfelder also posted another of his Air Koryo meals (view the meal & view the plane) 29 weeks ago, but done after the fact and without a geotag.

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In-flight Fast Food: Japan Airlines Adds a 'Teriyaki Egg Burger' to the Menu

Where: Japan
February 21, 2013 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like just the other day we were talking about Colonel Sanders and his finger lickin' good adventure at 35,000-feet. As a quick reminder, the fast food giant KFC sent some of their famous fried chicken up into the friendly skies, as they partnered with Japan Airlines to add a little fried fun into their in-flight menu. Now it looks like the carrier is reaching out into the fast food community once again, as they’re looking to serve up some mile high burgers.

This isn’t the first time, either; it's actually the third time Japan Airlines is collaborating with MOS Burger. It’s just the latest installment in the carrier’s Air Series in-flight meal service, and now all you need is to smuggle on a side of fries.

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Another Airline Jumps Onboard the Pre-Ordered Premium Meals Bandwagon

Where: Malaysia
February 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that Malaysia Airlines has become a full-fledged member in the Oneworld Alliance, they've enhanced the experience for hungry premium passengers by letting more people in on the Chef-On-Call service.

Originally only for Platinum level frequent-flyers in their Enrich program traveling in first and business class, the perk was eventually offered to all who could pay the big bucks for a first class seat. Now, the folks in the business class cabin get to pick their meal before flying. Unlike the chef programs of a few other airlines, however, there's not actually a chef on-board.

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The Little Things: Mini Chocolate Bars on SWISS

January 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: SWISS' chocolate bars.

If you've been around the world a few times, you've probably been presented with a complimentary sweet treat on a flight or two. For instance, we know Cathay Pacific occasionally passes out truffles and macarons, LAN loves mini bags of M&Ms, and Lufthansa little gingerbread stars, but there's one airline known for this little touch and it's SWISS.

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Scoot Adds Cities and New In-Flight Meals, Keeps Airfare Super Low

Where: Singapore
December 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

While it has been some time since we last talked about all things Scoot, that doesn't mean they've been quiet and content in their newbie airlineness. Quite the contrary. The yellow planes have been scooting all over the region, from Singapore to some new destinations, and they've even been making some friends!

It's old news now, but worth a second mention that they're due to get some Dreamliners

With more and more planes being added to the Scoot family, the airline is getting cozy with its neighbors at Changi International. Scoot and Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways have decided to make nice, hooking up to expand their respective reach in the region. This partnership opens up new possibilities, like Saudia Arabia, India, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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