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The Little Things: How Condor Airlines Remembers Retro Style

October 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

All too often these days, airline passengers moan that the the glamor has gone from travel. While it's true that legroom is decreasing and a full, complimentary steak dinner is no longer the norm onboard, the Frankfurt-based leisure airline Condor refuses to let every smidgeon of retro style and comfort be lost to the ages. In fact, Condor slips historical hints of the jet age into each of their flights today.

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Little Red Announces Long Goodbye, with Final Flights in September 2015

October 6, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Well, it was lovely while it lasted. After 1.5 years of flying, Virgin Atlantic's regional subsidiary Little Red is calling it quits. The goodbye will be a long one, however; the airline won't send its last A320 into the UK skies until September of 2015, making its total lifespan—from launch in April 2013 to close in September 2015—29 months.

Issues contributing to the demise include too much point-to-point travel versus connecting to Virgin Atlantic long-hauls from London, and too few slots to truly compete with British Airways on the routes. Both of these reasons go against the whole goal of starting Little Red, which was to offer travelers connecting flight service from other UK town into the Virgin Atlantic long-haul jets in London, and to offer "consumer choice on key domestic services after British Airways' takeover of bmi gifted them a monopoly on these routes."

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Etihad Welcomes $5 and Up WiFi Onboard Their 777s

October 3, 2014 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

The awesomeness that is in-flight WiFi continues to be rolled out across airlines and their fleets, and this week there’s an update from the planes and people over at Etihad Airways.

They have announced that their cabin connectivity is now available across their fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft, and that’s a good thing, since they have like 24 of them criss-crossing the globe.

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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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