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Onboard and Online: A First Test of Nok Air's New, Free In-Flight WiFi

October 2, 2014 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Never heard of Nok Air? You're about to—a lot—as the low-cost, Thailand-based airline embraces innovation to soar beyond other airlines, while still keeping ticket prices low and flights fun. We've even flown 'em, but this time around we dispatched special correspondent Kinny Cheng to check out their latest news: the arrival of free in-flight WiFi.

A lover of spectacles, Patee Sarasin, the outspoken CEO of Nok Air, stood and addressed the room overflowing with journalists. His big announcement would mark a first in Asia, and certainly a revolutionary development for Nok, which describes itself as “Thailand’s homegrown premium low-cost airline.”

That announcement? Free In-Flight WiFi. Not only would Nok be the first in Asia, but they'd join a precious few carriers (like JetBlue and Norwegian Air) willing to let their passengers surf the net for free at altitude.

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Whoa Whoa Whoa: Ryanair Ends Production of Naughty Flight Attendant Calendars

October 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary with his 'girls' for the 2012 calendar

It's the end of an era, folks. Irish ultra-low-cost airline Ryanair has declared an end to their popular flight attendant bikini calendars, and none will be produced for 2015.

To be frank, they weren't that well produced anyway; the themes were thin and reminiscent of the opening scenes of a porn movie, and heavy makeup didn't help the image. Nonetheless, the calendars did sell both online and onboard Ryanair flights (for 10 Euros each), even seeing some of the proceeds over to charity since the first printing in 2008.

Ryanair flight attendants will be keeping their clothes on this year (and for the foreseeable future) since the schlocky calendar doesn't fit with Ryanair's fresh and friendly approach, an approach which has already shown to be successful; The Telegraph UK reports that Ryanair has recently seen a 5% jump in bookings.

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How Qantas is Celebrating Flying Their Largest Plane on the Longest Route

September 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

This week, the world's longest commercial flight route scores a few more points in the world of aviation. Today marks the inaugural arrival of Qantas' Airbus A380, traveling from Sydney to Dallas as Qantas 7, a route previously operated with a Boeing 747-400ER. The jumbo days are over now, in favor of a superjumbo future.

The inaugural flight, the duration of which rings in around 15.5 hours, is scheduled to land at DFW at 1.45pm local time.

Not only will this be the first time Qantas uses an A380 for the route, but it marks the first official arrival of the double-decker plane for DFW Airport. In order to welcome the beast, the airport underwent some minor construction for updates to the international terminal (Terminal D). No doubt the ground crew at DFW are readying the water cannons right now.

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Hawaiian Airlines Starts a Beautiful Collaboration for Better Onboard Beverages

September 29, 2014 at 8:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling to Hawaii is a dream in itself, but somehow Hawaiian Airlines continues to enhance the experience of flights to and from the islands. This time, the update has nothing to do with more legroom or better in-flight entertainment, though there's those as well; this time, our focus is on what's just been added to the beverage cart.

Hawaiian Airlines is now serving up bottles from Maui Brewing Company on many of their international flights, and domestic flights will get the new brews as well beginning October 1. To start, it’ll just be Bikini Blonde Lager—the brewery's flagship beer—but popularity will decide if Mana Wheat or Big Swell IPA should also come onboard.

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PEOPLExpress Grounds Flights Through Mid-October, At Least

September 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Update: If you've had your PEOPLExpress flight cancelled and it was to a destination also served by JetBlue, JetBlue has relief options. Read their notice and call 1-800-JETBLUE.

A mere three months after getting off the ground both literally and figuratively, the US' newest airline, PEOPLExpress, has already returned to the hangar.

Just this morning, the low-cost carrier based in Newport News/Williamsburg, VA posted an alert on their website, stating a notice to the effect that all flights are cancelled through October 16, and no new bookings taken for future flights. In fact, clicking the "book a flight" link redirects to the full text of the stoppage notice, viewable on their website.

Passengers will bookings through Oct. 15 will be automatically refunded, while those will future reservations will be notified upon resumption of service. The key words as to when this will occur lie in the notice: "on or about Oct. 16."

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Southwest's New Investment Could Mean More Jet Fuel, Fewer Forest Fires

September 26, 2014 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new Colorado company called Red Rock Biofuels is beginning to catch on in a big way.

Based in Fort Collins, Red Rock converts "woody biomass," including bark and tree branches, into renewable jet fuels. Last summer, it landed a contract with the U.S. military and this week, Southwest Airlines agreed to purchase 3 million gallons of the biofuel per year. The fuel will be produced at a soon-to-exist production plant in Oregon, and the first batch will be ready in 2016.

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KLM's Newest Employee is the Cutest Airport Helper Ever

September 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Do you like doggies?

What about traveling to Europe?

And you appreciate having lost items returned to you, right?

If you've answered a hearty "yes" to the questions above, then the video below was meant for you. It highlights the newest customer service innovation at KLM: an adorable dog named Sherlock with the ability to sniff out items forgotten on planes to reunite them with their rightful owners within the confines of Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport.

That's pretty much all there is to it, since the magic is really in the beautiful film. Enjoy, but do so knowing that was a one-time thing, and Sherlock isn't going to be a permanent member of KLM's team. For your real lost & found queries, there's always KLM's 130 social media agents ready to help.

[Video: KLM]

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How Virgin America Aided the Post-Hurricane Evacuation from Cabo San Lucas

September 23, 2014 at 4:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the days following last week's category 3 Hurricane Odile and the destruction of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, both military and commercial jets mustered and pooled resources to rescue a thousands of stranded and weary travelers. Among the airlines to provide free relief flights were United, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and Virgin America.

The September 18 relief flight by Virgin America transported pallets stacked with water and food to Cabo and brought back a planeful of trapped tourists. Flying nonstop from Los Cabos to San Francisco, they fared far better than those who ended up with transport only as far as Tijuana. Virgin America has been one of the greatest champions of Cabo travel in the few years since they began flying to SJD, in the winter of 2010.

The plane to fly the mission was N855VA, named "screw it, let's do it" after one of Richard Branson's books. The lucky passengers who made it onboard surely echoed the sentiment, after queuing down airport roads for hours in the sun, waiting for a flight any flight to get them out of there.

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How the Alaska Airlines 'Chief Football Officer' Can Score You an Airfare Deal

September 18, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Alaska Airlines has been utilizing quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks to promote their cause as Seattle’s hometown airline, and so far so good. There have been funny commercials, appearances here and there, and now the airline is continuing their relationship into the 2014 football season.

His official title is Chief Football Officer—hope the true airline CFO doesn’t mind—and as part of his duties he’s passing some Alaska Airlines savings on to passengers.

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The Best Limited Edition Beer is the One Poured at 35,000 Feet

Where: Denmark
September 17, 2014 at 2:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

September is, without a doubt, the height of beer news for the year. There's Oktoberfest, the release of pumpkin seasonals, autumn beer tests, and airline beverage menu revamps. For 2014, SAS has some big news to share on that last front; they've partnered with Denmark's Mikkeller craft brewery to develop SAS Wit, onboard SAS long-haul flights in Business Class.

According to Mikkeller's Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, "it's a wheat beer in the Belgian tradition—fresh with a summery taste of orange peel and cilantro. As such, it's a bit cloudy with residue from yeast and wheat."

Already SAS has expanded the partnership to include an upcoming sweet red lager (preview of the cans below).

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10 Things That Look Better in Yellow and Black Than Spirit Airlines

September 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

What's yellow and black but turns faces red?

Spirit Airlines yesterday unceremoniously unveiled their new aircraft paint job, posting the unflattering image above to Twitter. The bold yellow-and-black scheme is a massive change from their most recent clean look, and it's already being dubbed the "Pikachu plane," although Spirit themselves like to describe it as "unique, bold, fun & clearly identifiable even at 35,000 feet."

It's also ugly, but you know what? Spirit don't care. It's all about making money, which they happen to do at the expense of none-the-wiser budget travelers who think they're getting a good deal, only to be nickel-and-dimed all the way to the destination (and made to drink wine-in-a-can). The new look is so visible, so eye-searing, that no doubt flyers onboard other planes will spot Spirit's birds on the runway and remember that name for future bookings, and that's the whole idea.

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Oldie But a Goodie: Another Retro Airline Plans Relaunch

September 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

We were just young travelers back when Air Florida stopped doing its thing in and out of Miami International Airport, but now there are some rumors that the airline could take to the skies once again.

Air Florida is just the latest carrier trying to resurrect and restart a former name, as others like Eastern and PEOPLExpress have thought about—or have—done the same.

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