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We’ll go ahead and admit we have our doubts about Avatar Airlines. There’s been a few articles here and there as well as a couple of press releases, as this new carrier attempts to share their vision and create a little buzz ahead of what is, hopefully, their first flights.
As is usually the case when a new airline tries to enter the market, there’s little detail about the larger plan with Avatar Airlines. They’re setting up shop in South Florida, and they plan to exclusively utilize Boeing 747s to operate domestic flights. That should make for a nice novelty, as jumbo jets rarely run routes that stay in the States these days.
This news comes Just in time for allergy season, as there's one airline doing its best to keep passengers from sneezing and sniffling. SWISS just became the first carrier to be classified as allergy-friendly, but just don’t expect them to be busting out HEPA filters between flights.
Basically they’re adding a few new features to both their goodies on the ground and up in the air, as they’re trying their best to help those suffering from allergies when and where they can. Partnering with the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation will help SWISS to decide what allergy-free means for in-flight service, although the first moves seem to be the addition of lactose- and gluten-free food and beverage options on the in-flight menu. Alternative coffee creamer and a different chocolate bar will be just a couple of the new options, yum.
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At the beginning of this year, we reviewed the most popular flight tracking websites for managing your personal miles flown and more. Well, there's a new kid on the block with British Airways' just-released My Flightpath.
As with the other websites we reviewed, My Flightpath keeps all data under your own account, but you'll need to sign in with your BA Executive Club number. Then, the data will be populated with your full, associated flying history since joining the frequent flyer program. The tool will track the full mileage flown, minutes in the sky, and how many 'round-the-world' trips it equates to.
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Beginning May 1st, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members will be able to check one case of wine for free on their return flight to all domestic destinations departing out of four Oregon airports (Portland, Medford, Redmond, Eugene) as well as one in Washington (Walla Walla). As someone who has routinely debated whether a bottle of booze or two is worth the extra baggage fee it would cost get them home, this writer loves the concept and cooperation the program exemplifies.
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It’s finally time to finally ditch that winter coat, as the warm—or warmer—weather is heading into town for the season. JetBlue is keenly aware, however, that travelers emerging from this long winter may not quite be ready to leave the coats at home just yet, so the airline is now asking, "may we take your coat, please?"
They’re partnering up with CoatChex to get the job done, and passengers can find the coat check service at JetBlue's New York-JFK Terminal 5. There’s no claim ticket to fumble with, as the system is all technology-based, thanks to mobile checking and smart tags which grab all the necessary information. Passengers step right up and type their phone number, initials, and other details into a digital kiosk, then smile for a quick snapshot.
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AeroMexico has had some 787s hanging out in their hangar for a little bit of time, and now they’re using them for some new options. The carrier sees the need for a little more demand on one route across the pond, so a Boeing 787-8 is coming to the rescue.
The planes are on their way to three weekly round-trip flights between Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Benito Juárez Internacional and London Heathrow Airport beginning this month, and it will remain that way throughout the summer. This will boost back and forth capacity by like 70 seats per flight, as the 787s replace some 767s on the Atlantic crossing.
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The very first A380s will be arriving soon aboard a carrier in Japan, as Skymark Airlines is getting ready to take some of these big birds high into the skies. The very first test flights sporting their livery and look just took off, and it will be later this year when the planes will be first packed, or not so packed, with people.
Things will be a little different for these planes when Skymark Airlines climbs into the cockpit, and we’re not talking about their plans for the uniforms of their flight attendants. These A380s won’t have any traditional economy seats at all. The carrier plans to load the double-decker with premium economy and business class seats only, so get ready to stretch those legs.
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Similar to previous contests, which resulted in Cathay's other signature cocktails like the Cathay Delight, Pacific Sunrise, Cloud 9 and Oriental Breeze, this year's winner will be served in First and Business Class cabins. If you're a fan of the previous winning concoctions, don't worry as they'll still be on the cocktail menu.
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Another round of funding and investment is underway in India, and the amount of money that's being thrown around is no joke. The national carrier announced that it has been loaned $200 million by the country's bank, Bank of India, to purchase three brand-new Dreamliner airplanes.
That's not all. Air India expects to raise an additional $500 million from bridge loans and has received a $288 million tax credit to cover the cost of fuel, simulators, and spare parts. If it all comes through as planned, as many as six new Dreamliners could be in the airline's future.
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We’ll have to wait a little bit of time, as there’s still some of this and little of that to figure out; however, it looks like Air Canada will start doing the WiFi thing aboard their North American fleet as early as May.
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They’ve been working overtime up at the Boeing factory just outside of Seattle, as a few new Boeing 787-9s have been rolling off the assembly line. As we saw with Air New Zealand just last week, these planes are slightly longer Dreamliners, the latest type of next generation aircraft.
United also has a few of these on order, and their very first plane just appeared outside of the hangar for a sneak peek the other day. This is the airplane that’s scheduled to begin service on United's new nonstop route between Los Angeles and Melbourne—the one in Australia—a little later this year.
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It’s almost time for Air New Zealand to take to the skies with their very first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but the closest we can get right now is admiring the new livery from afar.
You may recall that Air New Zealand announced that they’d be mixing up their paintjob with a couple different versions, and here's a preview of one, which retains the koru and New Zealand fern looks and logos.