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Accidentally abandon your toiletries on the nightstand while you were scrambling to pack? Worry not. Traveling to Hawaii just got even better, as Hawaiian Airlines is boosting their in-flight offerings with some snazzy new locally inspired amenity kits. The airline is partnering up with one of Hawaii’s most popular clothing designers—Manuheali‘i—to create a new pattern that reflects the scenery of the Hawaiian Islands. Think teals, light greys, and a banana leaf look.
Those heading back and forth between other states will unfortunately be out of luck. With a couple exceptions, these new amenity kits will only be available to those flying internationally with the carrier.
But it doesn't matter where you sit. Thankfully, things are rolling out to both those seated up front and those in the back. Passengers in the main cabin will receive a pillow box, eyeshades, headphones, and some earplugs—not too shabby.
Those in the business class cabin get a few more goodies, as they can expect socks, a bamboo comb, Lōli‘i skincare products, and a pen—perfect for those landing cards.
[Photo: Hawaiian Airlines via The Design Air]
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We've heard of people being fired for sleeping on the job. But this is on another level. Several thousand feet higher, in fact.
One contract employee of Alaska Airlines has been banned from future work with the airline after taking a little bit of a nap on the job—and in a really bad location.
The baggage handler needed to take a quick break, and thought catching a little shuteye inside the baggage hold of the airplane was a good idea. Any guess what happened next? Bingo! The individual was trapped inside the belly of the plane as Alaska Airlines flight 448 departed from Seattle, bound for Los Angeles.
"And the award goes to..."
Sadly, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler weren't in attendance. But there were some seriously celeb-ready cabin accommodations recognized at this year's Crystal Cabin Awards, the Aircraft Interiors Expo's annual honors for excellence in aircraft interior innovation. (Read: Cool cabins.) The awards are given out by an international panel comprised of 20 academics, engineers, aircraft manufacturers, and industry journalists.
This year's winner of the "Premium Class & VIP" category was Etihad and its new A380, which has an "upper deck" that features three distinct passenger experiences: The Residence, a private three-room cabin with a living room, bedroom, and bathroom (cue the MTV "Cribs" theme); First Apartments in First Class, which are much larger than First Class Suites and have a separate bed and armchair; and lightly furnished Business Studios in Business Class that offer 20% more space than typical Business Class. (This year's Crystal Cabin Awards were also doled out for categories like "Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment," "Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts," and "Passenger Comfort Systems," among others. Check out all the winners here. )
As for the A380: Want to see what all the hype is about? We previewed this aircraft when it was launched and released at the end of last year (alongside a look at the airline's spiffy new uniforms). But here again is a glimpse inside the now award-winning cabin. Click on the photo groups and follow the links for larger versions of each image.
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Let's talk about Ryanair for a moment. Hold your groans, as this news from the Irish low-cost airline is actually kind of fun...albeit extraordinarily overdue.
Ryanair has officially joined Instagram.
As part of the airline's campaign to talk with instead of just at customers, they've slowly but surely tested the waters of social media, joining Twitter in late 2013 and ramping up promotion of their low fares via this channel over the couple years since. That must have proved successful enough to pay an employee to post a few photos here on there on Instagram. Welcome, @ryanair.
One day in, it's obvious Ryanair is embracing the channel, making all the newbie mistakes of one enthralled by the app (horizontal cropping, over-filtering, and posting blurry photos of old photos).
The airline industry's Passenger Experience Conference took place this week in Germany. The host city, Hamburg, is an excellent place to begin partying at five in the morning, but the tone of the meeting's message was a bit more serious.
During the opening and closing ceremonies, airlines were called upon "to stop their preoccupation with providing airline passengers with packaged entertainment and open up their minds to the wonders of the world above which they are travelling." What does that mean exactly? The wire story from the event being passed around the Internet says it best:
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Time to check the balance in the travel piggy bank, as Finnair just recently started selling seats aboard their brand new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.
Finnair is the very first carrier over in Europe to score the keys to the new plane, and only the third airline in the world so far to gain access to all the new bells, whistles, switches, and controls. The tickets that are now available are for the launch route between Helsinki and Shanghai, as things are set to take to the skies October 25. After that, it’ll be Beijing scoring a route to Finland, as the plans call for that option to start November 21.
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What were you doing on December 11, 2013? We remember what we were up to, which was being in flight over Cape Cod, testing out JetBlue's latest onboard amenity: in-flight WiFi, or, as JetBlue calls it, "Fly-Fi."
Since that day, the airline has worked to install the high-speed, Ka-band system on more and more of their airplanes and, as of this month, celebrated their 100th Fly-Fi-equipped A320. Wandering Aramean reports that all A321s are connected, all A320s should be finished soon, and even the Embraer 190s are due to be online in 2016.
What's even more remarkable than this speedy work is the fact JetBlue has continued to offer the basic Fly-Fi access for free, even though they initially stated it'd be free for at least the first six months.
The latest news is that this commitment to complimentary onboard connectivity is continuing. You get free in-flight Fly-Fi! And you get free in-flight Fly-Fi!
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The in-flight party is about to end for those heading to Ibiza, as Ryanair is adding some new rules and regulations to one of their routes. If you’re not familiar with the island of Ibiza over in Spain, think foam parties, packed dance clubs, beautiful people and lots of drunken messes. So it's reasonable to expect high spirits and fun-loving passengers aboard Ibiza flights.
Technically BYOB is very much frowned upon on flights; however, passengers usually are allowed to bring duty-free purchases with them onboard. That’s where things get a little sticky as, apparently, plenty of people were opening things during the flight. Back in 2013, a flight was even diverted to France, as drunken passengers were pretty much causing a scene.
The "no bringing alcohol" into the cabin rule only applies to one specific route right now. It’s those flying between Glasgow and Ibiza. Duty-free purchases are still allowed, but they just need to be checked — no in-flight bottle service. Keep it classy, people.
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Flying long distances with children isn't exactly the easiest thing, and parents often struggle to figure out how to entertain a child for many, many hours of sitting in a seat. Add to this the fact that the child may be a little scared of flying, with no idea of what to expect, and you have a stressful situation.
KLM understands, and has actually made an effort to help by introducing a new animated film, aimed at the littlest flyers, to both entertain and educate. The star: "Bluey," an excitable and adorable 747 plane who uses his jet speed and compassion to help a friend. Apparently the character has existed since November, with branded kids products, "ranging from keycords, trolleys and card games, to a fun Bluey meal box for children on international flights."
Although Bluey is designed to entertain children on planes, we enjoyed watching his first animated short ourselves and would watch an entire series of such cartoon adventures featuring Bluey. Catch him on KLM's YouTube (embedded below) and, from June, on KLM's intercontinental flights as part of the in-flight entertainment.
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Selfie sticks may be increasingly banned at destinations, but the original handheld selfie is still very much alive, even in the air. Beginning this month, Virgin Atlantic is offering "#SkyhighSelfie spots" onboard the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Virgin Atlantic teased the #SkyhighSelfie spot as early as October 2014, when their 787 made its inaugural flight from London to Boston. Now, finally, the spots are up and available, which look to be located on walls near the galleys.
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So remember when Delta started offering up that baggage guarantee on a trial basis a while ago? Well apparently they like what they saw, and they are considering it a hit because it’s going to stick around.
This week Delta announced that things would continue permanently. As a refresher, the airline is guaranteeing that checked baggage will make it all the way from the belly of the plane to the baggage carrousel within 20 minutes. If not they’ll give you 2,500 miles for your troubles, but just remember that you need to fill out a form online and call them out on it.
There are some rules to follow and what not, but for the most part things are pretty straightforward. Your journey’s last leg must be a domestic one, you must be signed up for their frequent flyer program, and you can only score the miles once each way no matter how many checked bags you have.
Alaska Airlines has done a version of this for years and years, so we’ll just have to wait and see if other carriers offer something similar now that Delta has thrown themselves into the ring.
[Photo: Doug Waldron]
[Photo: Doug Waldron]
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Pet travel is often a challenge, but now there’s one airline stepping in to make things a little bit easier. We’ve reviewed the rules and regulations before; however, there’s still a little bit of an unknown when checking your furry friend underneath the belly of the plane.
Thankfully Delta is taking steps to improve the whole process, as they’re now tracking your kitty or puppy with a little help from GPS technology.