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Southwest Airlines Gets with the Picture to Debut New Electronic Gate Displays

April 4, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

The average traveler is only going to glance at signage around a boarding gate a few times before heading out onto a flight. These signs flash information about connections, upgrades, reminders about rules and regulations, and where you might be on the standby list. Most airlines have had digital flatscreens for years and years, but that hasn’t been the case for Southwest Airlines.

Things are finally changing, and it's all positive for departing passengers. Up first for installations and improvements is Chicago-Midway, as the new gate displays have already started to arrive at the airport.

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Delta Flips the Switch for In-Flight WiFi on Their 747s

April 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

When Delta merged with, gobbled up, or joined forces with Northwest Airlines, the carrier acquired a whole bunch of Boeing 747s. Slowly but surely things have been upgraded and updated to incorporate new levels of flying fun, and recently one of the final pieces was put into place—in-flight WiFi.

This isn’t just an option in and around the lower 48, as the in-flight WiFi on these 747s in Delta’s fleet are able to stream, download, and surf across continents and oceans. The very first flights were those heading over to Narita International Airport in Tokyo, as flights from both Los Angeles and Atlanta were able to flip the switch to this kind of up in the air connectivity.

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United to Finally Equip Airport Gates with Charging Stations

April 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Stay a little more connected during your next flight with United, as the carrier is doing their best to keep you charged up during your time at the gate.

The airline is adding around 500 charging stations to airport terminals and gate areas. Their home at Chicago O’Hare International Airport is the first to get the installations and upgrades, as they’re already hard at work putting in more than 100 such stations across the airport’s Concourse B and Concourse C.

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New Airline Alert: V Air Aims to Make Taiwan Travel Very Affordable

Where: Taiwan
April 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’re not really experts when it comes to the aviation scene over in Taiwan, but we do know we’re always interested in the latest and greatest in low cost carriers. The country’s first cheapo carrier is still very much on the drawing board, but it sounds like things are quickly moving off paper and into practice.

TransAsia Airways does its thing in and around the region with a home base over in Taipei, and apparently they’re interested in spinning off a subsidiary. That’s where V Air comes into the picture, as it’s the name of the new budget arm of the airline. The carrier has a name and even a logo, as the airline is planning to use a smiling bear—it’s a Formosan black bear technically—as a logo and mascot.

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Everything Old is New Again as Eastern Air Lines Continues Path to Relaunch

March 31, 2014 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

The airplanes aren't yet up in the air, but a relaunch of the classic Eastern Air Lines is moving full speed ahead.

According to Bloomberg, Eastern Air Lines Group is busy looking around for the best deal on up to ten used airplanes. Both Boeing and Airbus aircraft have a chance, as the company focuses on narrow-body planes for the venture.

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Delta To Begin Serving Atlanta's SweetWater Brew in April

March 28, 2014 at 7:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Next week brings good news to 35,000-feet for those looking for better beer options in the cabin, as Delta is set to bring a little Atlanta flavor right into the beverage cart.

SweetWater Brewing Company distribution has been limited to the Southeast, but now things are going sky high. One of the brewery’s best offerings—the 420 Extra Pale Ale—will be come an option up in the air aboard some Delta flights.

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This Hawaiian Carrier is Shutting Things Down at The End of The Month

March 27, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Zipping back and forth between the islands over in Hawaii just got a little more complicated, as one of the main interisland carriers is getting ready to drop out of the competition. It’s been a rough ride for Mesa Air Group and its subsidiary known as go!, and now it looks like it will shut down and send the planes and people back to the mainland as of April 1.

We’ve heard less than awesome things about the carrier, and it appears that go! never really caught on with the locals after its entrance into the market and resulting fare wars drove Aloha Airlines' out of business back in 2008.

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Remodeled Qantas Lounge at LAX Set to Open Next Month

March 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Next week, Qantas plans to unveil its newest mega-lounge at LA's TBIT with a completely new design and refreshed service offering.

Looking to create a home away from home, the Flying Kangaroo has revamped the previously tiny lounge that's also shared with British Airways and Cathay Pacific in lieu of a more spacious area. The new escape will offer a wine bar, signature cocktails, and a circular fireplace area to get cozy before flying. Our friends down under at Australian Business Traveler got the inside scoop that the lounge will offer some local fare with a nod to typical LA street-food.

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Delta Partners With LinkedIn To Launch In-Flight Meet and Greets

March 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

If live television and WiFi isn’t enough to keep you sufficiently entertained on your next flight, then how about an in-flight sales pitch? Delta is teaming up with the folks over at LinkedIn, as they’re trying their best to play business matchmaker up in the sky.

The new project is known as Delta Innovation Class, and the plan is to connect young professionals with established business leaders on trips to industry events and conferences. In theory, this will give those looking to pitch the next big thing the opportunity to do exactly that, and they might even be able to score a side of mentoring with their in-flight beverage and bag of peanuts.

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With Premium Class Travel on the Rise Again, What Does That Mean for the Economy Sector?

March 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

IATA, the International Air Transport Association, released numbers yesterday that showed premium travel to be on the rise. Premium passenger numbers rose 6.1% in January, up from the 4.2% growth in the same month of 2013. Much of the increase is attributed to "positive business developments," especially in the Far East.

"Growth in Asian trade activity over recent months has helped support international business and premium travel," the report said. "There have been some signs of improvement in trade growth in regions like Europe, the US and Asia. This has helped support the stronger growth we are seeing in business-related premium travel over recent months."

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Hear the Sounds of a Destination Before Seeing the Sights, Thanks to Spotify and British Airways

March 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last month, we opened up our own iTunes playlists to share favorite travel songs we listen to when on the road. Now, British Airways and Spotify have followed suit to deliver songs that make you dream of different destinations.

Creating the ultimate soundtrack for travel to a range of BA cities is now a snap for UK-based customers of the music streaming service, Spotify. For starters, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Naples, Edinburgh and Valletta, Malta now feature their own British Airways-curated playlists. Traditional and local tunes are served up directly to your device to jam along to on your journey.

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Emirates, Delta, and Icelandair Have This Month's New Route News

March 14, 2014 at 9:13 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.

· Emirates:
Those who call Massachusetts home just got a new nonstop option this week, as Emirates is now doing its thing back and forth out of Boston’s Logan Airport. Boeing 777-200LRs will be the planes taking to the skies, as the passengers, pilots, and personnel do their thing between Dubai and Boston. Emirates will operate the flights each and every day of the week, so no need to balance your schedule to score a ride with them. For those that are interested in the specifics it’s flight 238 that departs Boston at around 11pm, and it arrives over in Dubai at around 7pm the next day, all times local.

· JetBlue:
Here’s one to add to the warm weather map, as JetBlue just announced destination number 86. This time the carrier is making the short trip between New York-JFK and Cape Cod, as they’ll be doing the nonstop thing right into Hyannis, Massachusetts. This is nonstop number 64 out of New York-JFK, and should be a great way to beat the traffic during the summer. Understandably it’s a seasonal thing with flights each and every day of the week between June 26 and September 9.

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