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Remember Your iPad for Monarch's New In-Flight Entertainment

August 6, 2014 at 7:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to in-flight entertainment we’ve seen more and more systems that require you to bring your device. Now there’s another carrier asking you to tote along your tablet, as Monarch Airlines and their MPlayer offers up all kinds of movies and other media straight to your iPad.

The MPlayer app is available in a few flavors from iOS to Android, and there’s both free content and those programs that you have to pay for. Just remember to download things before heading off to the airport, and we can only imagine that will help things go that much more smoothly.

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First! What Airline Will Claim the Inaugural Boeing 787-9 Flight?

August 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just when it seemed that front page focus on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner would peter out now that Boeing has delivered over 160 of them, the aircraft is again making headlines with the launch of a new version: the 787-9.

What that little "-9" brings is a bigger plane, as we've explained, and this week marks the introduction of the airliner to its first regularly scheduled commercial routes.

Who will have the honor of being first to fly the 787-9? The answer is figuratively up in the air, as both Air New Zealand and ANA are in a tug-of-war for the title. Let's break it down:

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Double-check Your Device is Up to Date for Delta's New In-Flight Entertainment

August 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

This month, Delta launched free in-flight entertainment on all its routes, following in the footsteps of Southwest Airlines and becoming the first of the "big three" to offer it.

On aircraft with televisions in the seatbacks, the system is pretty self explanatory. But on older planes where there are no personal entertainment systems, the content will need to be accessed through your own device, such as a laptop, iPad, or Tablet. If you're using an older computer or operating system, you'll need to update it in order to stream the database of movies and television shows.

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Skymark Airlines Says 'Sayonara' to Superjumbo Hopes and Dreams

Where: Japan
August 5, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

We don’t talk too much about Skymark Airlines, but you may recognize the name—or at least the look of the airline—from recent news that they'd be outfitting their flight attendants in miniskirts. This week’s news has nothing to do with the carrier’s up in the air uniforms, but it has everything to do with their plans for some planes.

The airline was all hot and heavy over an order for a few new airplanes from the folks over at Airbus, and these included some of those super jumbo jets known as the A380. Well it looks like the Skymark checking account is a little short, and now Skymark Airlines is taking back their promise to order these Airbus A380s, which may mean their facing a penalty from the airplane manufacturer.

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Aer Lingus Will Join the Full-Flat Business Class Club in 2015

Where: Dublin, Ireland
August 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Some interesting news out of Ireland late last week: national carrier Aer Lingus is upgrading the business class product on its long-haul Airbus A330 fleet to full-flat seats, starting next year.

Still in signature tones of green, the seat is a variation on a theme that we’ve seen on a variety of carriers now, including Finnair. It reclines to a 2-metre, 6.5-feet bed, features USB ports and a universal plug, as well as various storage spaces for jackets, shoes, and laptops. There is more good news in terms service and experience on the ground too.

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Yes, Airplane Bathrooms are Shrinking (At Least on Qantas)

Where: Australia
August 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

It feels like everything from the seats to the bathrooms aboard airplanes keep getting smaller and smaller, and apparently that truly will be the case with some Qantas planes and their interior refurbishments. Not that you want to spend anymore time in an airplane lavatory, but just note it’s not you getting bigger it’s them getting smaller.

Qantas is in the middle of planning on adding and squeezing a few more seats into some of their domestic airplanes, and they’re doing so in hopes of boosting capacity by around three percent.

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United's Newest Safety Video is Surprisingly Entertaining

August 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen our share of airline safety videos, and once again there’s another carrier releasing a refresh and upgrade of their pre-flight entertainment. This time it’s United, and we have to say we’re pleased with their latest presentation.

Now it’s hardly comparable to an offering from Air New Zealand or Virgin America, but for United—and what we think is the airline’s personality—it’s a decent fit and certainly an improvement.

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Southwest Turns the TVs to Cartoon Network

August 1, 2014 at 8:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Attention kiddos! You best remember to keep your electronic gadgets charged and ready before your next flight, as Southwest Airlines has a new in-flight entertainment channel geared right to your tastes.

Okay so it’s not just for kids, but programing from Cartoon Network will now be delivered via WiFi through the carrier’s in-flight entertainment system. Just do note that aboard Southwest Airlines it’s going to be a bring your own device situation, so keep that phone or tablet nearby.

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We All Scream for Ice Cream Aboard Air Berlin

Where: Germany
July 30, 2014 at 7:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re roughly in the middle of the summer season, and with the warmer weather comes the need to cool down. Sure air conditioning is great—and kind of a necessity—but some cool treats are also always welcome. That’s especially the case up in the air, as it’s hard to beat a little ice cream at 35,000 feet.

This season—and in seasons past—airberlin is handing out ice cream to travelers heading out on their summer holidays. The premium ice cream comes to the airline and its passengers from Sylt restaurant, Sansibar, and travelers are offered up little 120mL cups—the same serving as those getting a little dessert at the restaurant.

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August Starts Free In-Flight Entertainment on All Delta Routes

July 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Taking a page out of Southwest's playbook, Delta has announced that it will begin offering free in-flight entertainment to all passengers in all classes on all its domestic and international flights longer than 1.5 hours beginning this Friday, August 1st.

On newer planes, the entertainment initiative, known as "Delta Studio" and including movies, TV shows, music, and videogames, will come through the seat-back televisions. On planes without seat-back systems, the content will stream for free via in-flight Wifi on passengers' laptops and tablets.

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Malaysia Airlines Mulls Name Change

Where: Malaysia
July 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Regardless on how accountable one might hold Malaysia Airlines for the two tragedies of the past six months, there's no question the airline's brand and identity have been considerably tarnished.

It's way too early to know if there will be any long-term impact on future business success, but it appears MH won't be waiting around to find out. In a media release, it announced that it has already begun considering a new brand identity, including a new name, to go along with a restructuring of routes. The Malaysian Government, which is the majority shareholder of the airline, said it would all be in an effort to draw new investors and rebuild.

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Japan Airlines Gets Onboard with Gogo In-Flight WiFi

Where: Japan
July 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Japan is in the process of providing free Wifi for travelers all across the country, and today one of the country's airlines has launched connectivity at 35,000 feet.

Three of Japan Airlines' 777-200 SKY NEXT aircraft now feature Gogo in-flight internet. It is the first commercial airline outside of North America to offer Wifi from Gogo.

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