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United Begins To Flip The Switch On Regional Jet WiFi

January 14, 2015 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Wow—it’s been years and years since United first put WiFi on a muthafunking plane, but now that it's 2015, United is finally set to offer WiFI on their regional jet fleet. The cramped legroom and claustrophobic conditions will feel less so, as you’ll be tweeting, streaming, and posting from here to there.

Aircraft like the E170, E175, and CRJ700 will be heading into the hangar, as Gogo InFlight’s ATG-4 advanced air-to-ground is to be installed, hopefully by summer. Not only can travelers expect the usual WiFi offerings, but these planes—thankfully—will also score a slice of what United calls their “Personal Device Entertainment” giving access to movies, television, and other goodies right from your own mobile screen.

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Five Extremely Unique Ways Airlines Train Their Flight Attendants

January 6, 2015 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Flight attendants are pretty unique people. Not only can they expertly mix a cocktail at 35,000' with a little turbulence (shaken, not stirred), but they're also trained to snap into action during emergencies and still wave "buh-bye" with a smile at the end of every flight. They're not simply born with the ability; the skills are taught and reinforced through rigorous training, some of which is quite eye-opening.

Here are a few things you probably never would have guessed about flight crews from 5 airlines:

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Alaska Airlines Will Check Your First Bag Free All This Month

January 5, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Alaska Airlines, fresh off a Jaunty win in 2014, is starting the year off with quite the promotion. For the month of January, Alaska Airlines will check your first bag for free.

There’s a couple of asterisks on the terms and conditions page, but for the most part it seems pretty straightforward. It’s all to show off their love to their Mileage Plan members, so be sure to sign up and enter your digits prior to checking in for your flight.

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Will Saudia Separate Men and Women on its Flights?

January 5, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, several news outlets reported that Saudi's national airline, Saudia, would implement gender-segregated seating on-board all its flights. As you might imagine, it prompted backlash from those in Western cultures, and a spokesperson from the airline has since pulled back, saying that segregation is not inevitable.

Regardless of what turns out to be the final decision, the situation provides an opportunity to peek into the cultural motivations behind it. Saudi Arabia is one of the most segregated countries in the world, with women often needing permission to work outside the home. Highlighting this is the fact that the idea of segregated seating was prompted by complaints from male passengers who did not want their wives sitting next to other random male passengers.

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New Routes from ANA, LAN, and United to Start 2015

January 2, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· ANA:
There’s still some government stamps and seals to be had, but it does sound like we’re well on our way to a new option from All Nippon Airways. The plan is for ANA to do the nonstop thing beginning on June 12 between Tokyo-Narita and Houston. The daily service will operate thanks to some Boeing 777-300ERs, and if you’re looking to book things or cash in some miles—expect eight seats in First, 52 in Business, and 190 in Economy.

· LAN:
New Boeing birds are on the move beginning next year, as LAN Airlines is sending their 787-9 between New York-JFK and Santiago, Chile. The new route will start doing its thing on July 20, so start planning your vacation now. Utilizing this stretched version of the 787, LAN will be the first carrier to offer up international service down to South America from JFK using a plane such as this. There are 313 seats in total, so we’re sure you can find one that fits you well.

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Now That AirTran Has Flown Their Final Flight, Here are 7 Things We'll Miss Most

December 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

When AirTran flight 1 landed at Tampa International Airport last night, passengers disembarked with tears in their eyes. It was the last AirTran flight ever, a bittersweet occasion as it marked the full integration of AirTran into Southwest.

So while AirTran as a brand is gone, their memory lives on through what they did right as an airline.

Here's what we will miss...

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Why Everyone's Going to Abu Dhabi All of a Sudden

December 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

$200 for a roundtrip flight half-way across the world? This little fantasy came true yesterday for many who chanced upon some ridiculously cheap airfares on Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad.

The deal—first reported by TheFlightDeal in the earliest hours of Christmas—lasted for nearly 20 hours, a lifetime when it comes to "mistake fares." It might not have been a mistake, and while there's no telling how many lucky travelers went all the way through to booking tickets, there was however enough attention to drag travelers away from their families and to the computer to book the flights on a holiday.

Judging from comments on the deals, the most popular destinations ended up being Abu Dhabi (of course, it was cheapest), Johannesburg, several cities in India, and even Hong Kong. One of the best deals, for those willing to pay a little more, was flying all the way from the USA to the Seychelles for under $600, an itinerary which typically costs around $1,500.

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The New Eastern Air Lines Welcomes Its First Plane to Miami

December 26, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember Eastern Air Lines? Well they’re back, and they’re getting ready to take to the skies once again. They’re not exactly the airline you remember from the 1980s, as technically they’re a whole new carrier and operation—they just scooped up the old name and associated intellectual property.

As with most new airline operations there’s always a little risk, but so far so good for the planes and people over at the new Eastern. They are looking to get 20 new planes into the hangar, and just the other day they received the very first one of them—a Boeing 737-800 complete with a nice looking livery with a nod to the past.

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The Most 'Liked' Airline on Facebook is...

December 22, 2014 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

8,237,691. As of 9:30am EST today, that impressive number is the total number of Facebook "likes" for just one airline, Qatar Airways. Facebook may see almost 1.4 billion active users every month, but that 8+ million number for Qatar officially makes them the world's most "liked" airline on Facebook.

Qatar's alliance buddy, American Airlines, only counts 1.8 million likes, and competitor Emirates is at least half-way there with 4.4 million likes (maybe you've seen their recent big push in sponsored Facebook ads?).

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More Beers for the Beverage Cart on Delta

December 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have talked about up in the air beers time and time again, and thankfully we continue to do so. That’s because the options continue to improve, and although nothing can replace a pint at the pub—we’re getting some pretty great traytable options.

Delta is the latest to up their offerings, as they recently announced seven—count 'em, SEVEN—new craft beer options for the in-flight beverage cart. Sips and suds from Ballast Point Brewing Company, Blue Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, and Stone Brewing Company are just some of the new options.

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Forget Chicken or Pasta. Delta is All About Baby Back Ribs.

December 19, 2014 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: baby back ribs

Forget the usual question of "chicken or pasta?" Delta is all about BBQ...and proper southern-style BBQ, too, thanks to an expanded partnership for in-flight meals from Union Square Hospitality's Blue Smoke.

The original menu began in 2013 on Delta flights only flying from JFK to London-Heathrow. The entrees rotated, but throughout the year the airline served Blue Smoke's Memphis baby back ribs, North Carolina pulled pork, and smoked black pepper sausage all paired with mini biscuits, cornbread, and a mini specialty chocolate bar.

The updated menu now adds smoked duck with grilled apple butter and spiced pecans, sweet potato and roasted pear soup, and more baby-back ribs with baked pit beans. All dishes draw inspiration from both Blue Smoke fan favorites and "cherished family recipes from Chef Jean-Paul’s native Louisiana."

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Three's a Charm: Etihad Unveils Airbus A380, Boeing 787-9, and New Uniforms

December 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

The rule of three is a writing concept that suggests things are more satisfying when presented in groups of three. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad must have taken this to heart when planning their big reveal today, as they've not only gone ahead and welcomed their first superjumbo Airbus A380, but also thrown in a new Boeing 787-9, and a complete revamp of the crew uniforms.

The big advancements here are Economy seats with fixed headrests (supposedly covered in locally sourced camel leather) for easier napping for both airplanes, and brand new premium classes. The A380 is the show-stopper, with the "Business Studio" and "First Apartment" seats adopting a residential elegance that has a good chance of making passengers forget they're even on a plane. And there's no ignoring the Etihad Residence, a private jet cabin within a superjumbo, for a First Class above First.

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