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Très Chic: Air France Debuts Their New Airline Safety Video

Where: France
March 23, 2015 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen our share of airline safety videos, and from the silly to the sexy most are usually worth a watch even on the ground.

Now Air France has revealed a new look to their pre-flight entertainment, and it is definitely a good distraction worth your time on a Monday.

There’s plenty of blue, white, and red, as we learn from some fashionable French folks that the seatbelt will do more than just protect us from bumps and turbulence—it will also elegantly highlight our waistline.

The jokes are subtle and stylish along with the whole video, and we’re thinking that Air France has a hit on their hands with this one. They even remind us what is chic (not smoking) and what is trendy (turning your electronic devices to airplane mode).

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American and Delta Say Sayonara to Duty-Free, and That's a Good Thing

March 23, 2015 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

In-flight duty-free is nearly dunzo.

At some point last week, American Airlines unceremoniously ended in-flight sales of duty-free items, removing the sticky catalogs from seatback pockets, shutting down the duty-free website, and canceling that time when, in the calm middle of the flight, flight attendants ask if you'd like to spend $75 on a run-of-the-mill bottle of scotch.

While the reason for the cancellation isn't clear—frequent flyers around the internet have rumored that it's a contractual disagreement—we do know that American isn't the first to put the products back on the shelf. In August of last year, Delta did the exact same thing, quietly calling it quits on their in-flight duty-free.

We've gotten over the shock after the Delta news, and realize it's not such a huge issue since airports and other international airlines aren't giving up their own duty-free.

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ESPN's 'FiveThirtyEight' Runs The Numbers On The Fastest Flights

March 18, 2015 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

The statistical sensation—Nate Silver—has covered things like baseball and elections, but now he is turning his attention and the FiveThirtyEight blog toward the timing of flights.

The blog—now part of the ESPN empire—has run the numbers on millions of routes and options, as their goal is to provide you with the fastest way to get from here to there. They take a number of factors into consideration thanks to numbers from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, as they search to discover the flights that will avoid the most delays.

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New Airline Alert: Malaysia Turns Its Frown Upside-Down with 'flymojo'

Where: Malaysia
March 17, 2015 at 1:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you were to ask us what commercial airplane we'd want as our own private jet and the Concorde wasn't an option, we'd have to go with a swingin' 747 with a groovy livery much like that of Austin Powers'. Something about an airplane forgoing the safe, corporate color of a white fuselage to rock a rainbow speaks to us, but sadly that 747 is fictional and only a computer-generated graphic.

It seems the closest the average traveler will get to a funkadelic airplane is on the groovy Bombardier CSeries airliners of Malaysia's new low-coast airline, flymojo.

The announcement of the new airline was made this week in Langkawi, as flymojo will not only be the first airline to fly the new single-aisle CSeries planes (of 100-149 seats onboard) in Southeast Asia, but it will also be the only airline based out of both Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu, with routes planned to other ASEAN countries.

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What's That Smell? Oh, That's Just United's New 'Landing' Scent

March 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just the other day United was on our radar, as the airline was talking about the newest additions and what not to their United Club menu—like pita chips. Now they are back once again, as United is trying out some new ideas when it comes to the boarding area.

Over at Chicago-O’Hare the carrier is changing things up within Terminal 1, as gates B4, B8, and B10 are getting the new look. Stuff like new seating areas, mood lighting, more power outlets, and even gate agent podiums are all part of the new look. We’d imagine it’s been decades since any thought or design has been put into the boarding area over at United, so we’re thinking that change is a good thing.

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It's the Final Countdown for US Airways Frequent Flyer Miles

March 16, 2015 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

US Airways' Twitter is done.

US Airways' 767-200s have finished flying.

And planes painted in US Airways' flag livery are taking turns in the paint shop, emerging with AA's shiny #newAmerican stripes.

Next up on the laundry list of to-dos before the merger completes is to close up US Airways' frequent flyer program, Dividend Miles. Think of it as "spring cleaning" for AA, as the process is in full swing right now.

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American Airlines Refused to Refund Grieving Family's Tickets, Guess What Happened Next?

March 12, 2015 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

File this one under "what the hell were they thinking?"

American Airlines got a request from a an Illinois family whose young daughter had died. Understandably, they were too crushed to take the vacation they had all planned to take together, and they were hoping to get their airline tickets refunded. This matter should have been handled immediately, quietly, and in its entirety.

So of course that's not at all what happened. Instead, the airline sent an apologetic note, expressing their sorrow for the death of the girl but firmly explaining that the tickets were non-refundable. Mom shared her story on her Facebook page, and from there nature took its course.

An online rage mob formed (kind of appropriately, in this case) and on Tuesday American ended up providing the refunds.

Quote unquote "We fully refunded [her] ticket last night and apologized to [the family] for not doing so immediately when she first contacted us." No kidding.

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Are Airlines Ready for the Apple Watch?

March 10, 2015 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Can you hear it? That buzzing sound in your ears is the noise of hundreds of thousands of companies busily working on their Apple Watch apps.

Yesterday's formal reveal in San Francisco of the Apple Watch, as well as an updated Macbook, detailed the various version of the watches and the in-store release date of April 24. This means companies, including airlines and travel brands who are up on their technology, have little more than one month to develop their apps. .

Always happy to shout "FIRST!!!!!!" is Air New Zealand, who've already issued a release with the news that their app is done and ready to go, meaning they'll be the first airline with an Apple Watch app unless others join them on release day in April. Air New Zealand CIO Julia Raue says the airline’s developers visited Apple in California during the development of the app, so they mean business.

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United's United Club is Giving Their Lounge Food a Slight Upgrade

March 9, 2015 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

United Club, the airline's airport lounge brand, is upgrading and improving their food and beverage. But don't get too excited. Yes, it's better than their former offerings, however, it’s still very much lacking when compared to an international lounge.

Some of the new options include an oatmeal and Greek yogurt bar during the morning along with scones, cereals, and other goodies during breakfast. (Excited yet?) Different soups will make an appearance during the afternoon hours as well as hummus, salami and cheese, and something they’re calling a Mediterranean Salad—think wheat berries, peppers, tomatoes, and black olives. (See? We told you not to get too excited.)

These goodies will all be free for members, but they are thinking about offering up some food-for-sale options later this year.

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Faster Speeds and Better Connectivity Coming to Delta Flights

March 4, 2015 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for those who enjoy a little up in the air connectivity—like all travelers everywhere—as Delta is investing some funds into updating and improving their in-flight WiFi.

New technology should allow for in-flight WiFi to and from spots across the Caribbean as well as Latin America, so now there will be no need to logoff while on the way to a little sun and sand. It’s all because Delta—and their buddies at Gogo—are switching from an air-to-ground connectivity system to one based more on satellites.

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And Just Like That, US Airways Tweets Its Final Tweet

March 2, 2015 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

Let us bow our heads and take a moment to remember the life of the US Airways twitter account which, over the weekend, tweeted its final tweet.

As part of the ongoing merger with ongoing merger with American Airlines, US Airways’ planes, crew, reservations systems, frequent flyer programs, and—yes—social media streams will be folded into AA. February 28 just happened to be the date they chose to be unified under one Twitter account.

So, what does this mean for travelers?

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Delta is Testing Out a New 20-Minute Baggage Guarantee

February 25, 2015 at 10:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

The planes and people over at Alaska Airlines have been doing something similar for years, but now Delta will give it a go as well. The airline is testing out some kind of baggage guarantee, as they look to "upgrade" the traveling process for their passengers.

Basically checked bags are supposed to arrive onto the baggage carrousel within twenty minutes—for domestic flights. If they don’t then the airline will hand out 2,500 miles for the inconvenience. So twenty minutes for your bag or 2,500 miles—it’s simple enough. The guarantee is in trial mode thought the end of March.

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