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What's worse than decreasing legroom? What sucks more than have a short flight delay? The answer: paying extra for luggage.
Most U.S. airlines now charge for checked luggage, and at least four airlines already charge for carry-ons-- three of those are U.S. airlines: Spirit, Allegiant, and Frontier. The fourth is Iceland's Wow Air, that of the unbelievable $99 airfares to Europe.
Low-cost airlines highly fond of extra fees in other regions of the world are understandably jealous of all the extra revenue streaming in from baggage charges. Most recently, Southeast Asian airlines considered beginning their own carry-on fees. For now, at least, one country is putting its foot down and saying no: India.
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Good news from the folks at Gogo: They’re taking their in-flight WiFi technology south of the border — like, way south.
Gogo is teaming up with GOL, a budget Brazilian airline, to install its next generation service — known as 2Ku — across the entire fleet. This is the first time in-flight broadband has been made available aboard a Brazilian airline, so we can only imagine this news will be very well received. In fact, not only will this bring in-flight WiFi, but there will also be the ability to access Gogo Vision and Gogo TV from each and every seat.
The only bummer? Things aren’t quite ready for launch, and the current timetable suggests this partnership will be up (in the air) and running in mid-2016. But while GOL guests are about a year away from in-flight web surfing, they can definitely start dreaming about the speeds: Gogo is promising peak speeds of more than 70 Mbps to the aircraft, which is about 20 times the bandwidth offered through its first-generation technology in the United States. Vroom!
If El Al gets its way, flight attendants may soon be serving passengers from an even higher altitude. According to CBS News, the Israeli airline now wants female attendants to wear high heels throughout the boarding process. Formerly, the rules encouraged high heels at the airport but deemed flats fine for on-board wear.
We know first-hand both the pleasures and the pains associated with the world’s longest flight. And soon, you may too — because Singapore Airlines may soon bring back that long (very long) jaunt, following a brief hiatus.
Per the folks over at Bloomberg Business, officials at Singapore Airlines have been in talks with Airbus and Boeing, reviewing flight plans, airplane orders and other items in hopes of launching a new version of the world’s longest flight. Through late 2013, Singapore Airlines was offering nearly 19-hour direct flights from Newark to Singapore — but these all-business class flights just weren't profitable enough to sustain themselves. To that point, there are still plenty of details related to fuel efficiency, long-range plane capabilities and cash flow that Singapore Airlines will need to iron out before reviving a marathon flight.
So nothing has been finalized as of yet, and and even some of the potential airplanes for the service —like the Boeing 777X — are still in development. In the meanwhile, want to live that long flight vicariously through a Jaunted correspondent? Check out an hour-by-hour look at the 2013 experience here.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]
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While loyal United flyers may still be reeling from the airline's recent announcement that they'd be completely withdrawing from New York's JFK Airportmoving their "p.s." all-business-class transcontinental flights over to their Newark hubanother airline has quickly stepped up to fill the hole.
This morning, JetBlue stated that they'd be increasing their number of daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK to both Los Angeles-LAX and San Francisco-SFO, beginning October 25. That same date is, conveniently, the day United is scheduled to pull their six daily JFK flights to LAX and seven to SFO. And it's not just like JetBlue is throwing some extra flights onto the schedule; the boost will be exclusively Airbus A321s with JetBlue's premium "Mint" class onboard. Have a look around.
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"That was a close call!"
You've probably felt that way when getting your just-passably-sized carry-on past gate agents. But this week we all breathed a collective sigh of relief about size standards for carry-on bags. There had been some recent discussion about changing things up; well, there was nothing literally up about it. In fact, it was a call to shrink things down into a smaller size. We (and we don't think we're alone in this) already tend to push the limits with what will fit in the gate area's baggage sizer — so we’re breathing a sigh of relief.
Because, while The New York Times goes into more detail, basically the International Air Transport Association has backpedaled on previous suggestions that the size of carry-on luggage should be reduced. (By about 20%!)
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In case you missed it, the planes over at Alitalia recently revealed a new look and — well, it’s a lot like the old look.
Adweek shared its thoughts on things, and we're pretty much in agreement. The Alitalia planes have been "redesigned" (that term used loosely) for the first time in 46 years. But the newly unveiled planes look largely the same.. The logo (the letter A) remains very similarly to former incarnations. Same goes with the colors. (As far as we know Italy is not changing the colors on its flag anytime soon, so this patriotic carrier won’t be changing colors in its livery either.)
As for what did change: the subtle alterations do add up to a more polished and contemporary look. It appears that Alitalia focused on a few main factors, like giving the logo a more prominent appearance. Although the color scheme stayed the same, the hues are a bit deeper. And the plane's belly is newly naked (read: white), losing its green stripe.
Keep an eye out for the new look on your next trip over to Milan or Rome, and be sure to let us know what you think.
If you’re flying with Frontier soon you might be a bit alarmed when you see the time listed on your boarding pass. The traditional departure time for your flight is now missing. (Insert: Dramatic music.) Instead, it’s been replaced with a couple new time points that the airline hopes will help get you aboard more quickly and efficiently.
Per ABC News, the plan is to now list "boarding begins" and "doors close" times on the boarding passes. In a way, we kind of like this approach; it’s more straightforward, so long as those two times hold true. After all, the departure time is great and all, but it doesn’t really provide the best sense as to when we need to start crowding around the gate agent and the jetway door. On the other hand, we understand that replacing the departure time with the "boarding time" and "doors close" info is just a little travel psychology at work.
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Drones: What are they good for? Spying on neighbors, mostly. Also for maiming Enrique Iglesias.
But now it looks like drones may have a new purpose: helping to maintain airplanes. And their accomplice in this task? The 3D printer.
Per Bloomberg, low cost carrier easyJet just announced they'll embrace some innovative technological approaches to help keep passengers and planes safe. The plan is for drones to check out planes on the ground as part of regular inspections and maintenance. If you think about it, it makes good sense—another eye on things from above certainly can’t hurt.
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Drunk airline passengers are no fun. (Perhaps you've endured a few reminders lately?) And SAS Airlines has come up with a plan to curb those over-served travelers; the Scandinavian airline will now cut you off after three alcoholic drinks, even in business class.
Responsible drinkers: Don't worry if you're planning to fly from North America to the land of sleek furniture and famously happy people, as this limit is only effective for the airline's flights within Europe. The guideline is in place for flyers that are a bit too fancy-free while at cruising altitude, and it really makes sense since most flights in the network are under 3.5 hours. At those fly times, reaching for the fourth serving of Aquavit just seems a bit excessive.
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In case you missed it, Eastern Air Lines is back in business — well, kind of. After filing for bankruptcy, the Miami-based carrier stopped flying in 1991; this reincarnation is unaffiliated with the old ownership, but acquired the intellectual property rights, reports the Miami Herald. The first step to reviving the brand? Launching Eastern's first revenue flights, now soaring twice-daily between Miami and Cuba. There are plans to add more flights to Cuba from other cities in the United States, but it will be a couple of months before those begin.
And don’t just assume that you can jump over to your favorite travel website and get booking, because flights are currently being operated through a partnership with HavanaAir Charters. Eastern sounds like it's taking the time to reheat its brand before launching its own regularly scheduled flights, a process that "could take a year once started," according to the Herald. In the interim make your way over here, and you might just find yourself aboard an Eastern flight to Cuba.
[Photo: Twitter / Eastern]
[Photo: Twitter / Eastern]
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Summer is a great time to visit Hawaii — but then, who are we kidding? Anytime is a great time to visit. Thankfully, booking your flight just got much easier, as Hawaiian Airlines has updated its website — and it looks pretty darn snazzy if you ask us.
Things are still being tested out, so technically it’s just a beta version of the final project; however, we like what we see. There’s gorgeous aerial imagery of the islands, vibrant colors, crisp fonts — and well, it basically makes us just want to turn over our credit card digits immediately.