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If we’ve learned one thing about the world in the last few years, it is that Hello Kitty is only gaining in ubiquity. From airport shops and her own Los Angeles convention to kitty-print toilet paper and every accessory under the sun, the cartoon cat missing a mouth has steamrolled beyond Barbie, the X-Men, and more in her quest for world domination.
Since 2005, that success has included airplanes, with Taiwanese carrier EVA Airways debuting Airbus A330s (and, last year, an extra special Boeing 777-300ER) covered tip to tail in Hello Kitty imagery. When we say tip to tail, we mean even the interior; the Hello Kitty flights, of which there are 6 regular routes originating in Taipei (Los Angeles, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hokkaido), please passengers with Hello Kitty-theme in-flight shopping, in-flight entertainment, and in-flight meals.
Good news from the folks over at Southwest Airlines, as the airline has announced several new routes between the States and Mexico.
The carrier has been adding over the border destinations this year, many to the Caribbean, and now it's flying to a couple new spots down in south of the border. These are all flight paths that have been inherited from its acquisition of AirTran Airways, so rather than totally new routes, they’re kind of like revamped routes.
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When it comes to airline lounges, things here in the U.S. are leaps and bounds behind what’s being offered internationally. However, one major carrier's digs are getting a modest facelift, as Delta Sky Club has launched changes to its services. .
Delta’s airport lounges have always offered up complimentary snacks and beverages—even the alcoholic ones—but the latest upgrade and improvement is focused on the food. Please don’t expect waiter service, entrees, or tasting menus, but just last week the free bits and bites received little bit of an upgrade.
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Happy National Aviation Day!
To properly celebrate such an occasion, we're breaking out some ice cream to enjoy both on the ground and in the air. After all, airlines have been serving up ice cream in the skies for nearly as long as airlines themselves have existed.
So, what airlines are known for scooping the sweet stuff? Here's a list of our favorites and their specialties:
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Flying can be exhausting, even if your itinerary involves lie-flat seats in the front of the plane. As such, you can imagine our jubilation when we passed by a low freezer case filled with creamy gelato goodness during some downtime in Qantas' Business Class lounge at Sydney International.
Along with the standard free-pouring champagne, hot dinner and bountiful desserts, the Red Roo's lounge serves up the icy treat for passengers traveling on international flights in Business Class (or holding Oneworld Sapphire status). Ice cream is a lovely little luxury, perfect to be present in a lounge for a level of luxury travel.
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When American Airlines and U.S. Airways merged, it was promised that the airlines would adopt standard procedures and services that would apply across the two carriers. It started with shared frequent flyer programs, which allowed AAdvantage and Dividend Miles members to enjoy perks on both airlines. The newest idea for collaboration, however, does not have the consumer in mind by any stretch of the imagination.
Announced last week, American Airlines will adopt US Airway's policy and stop serving full meals to First and Business Class passengers on flights shorter than 2 hours 45 minutes. Currently, American Airlines serves full meals on flights longer than 2 hours.
A few months ago, we wrote about how we enjoyed our experience in Air Berlin's new lie-flat business class seats. Now, in theory, you have a chance to try them out on your own at a bargain on your next flight.
Announced yesterday, Air Berlin has launched an initiative that gives guests the option of bidding on an empty seat in business class up until 72 hours before departure. Winning bids will get a seat in business class as well as priority check-in, fast lane boarding, and lounge access.
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Not too long ago we heard about Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S/A—or Azul to their friends—and their plans to expand outside of the market down in Brazil. Nothing has been made official as of yet, but it does sound like the domestic airlines is close to fulfilling their hopes of going international.
One of the first routes to see Azul may be between Sao Paulo and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the airline plans to undercut the competition with fares below $1,000—maybe even as low as $600 through promotional rates.
The budget carrier of Air Canada—known as Air Canada Rouge—seems to already be rethinking their original plan, as now there are rumors that they won’t just be sending planes and people outside of the country.
Money wise the carrier seems to be doing well, as Air Canada just recently announced some of their biggest quarterly numbers ever. Apparently Air Canada Rouge is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to strong earnings.
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We’re still a month away from the true kickoff of the NFL football season, but Alaska Airlines is already banking for your fall travel dollars with a football-theme promotion. Along with their Chief Football Officer—and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson—they’ve got a new commercial promoting their general airline awesomeness.
The ad depicts Alaska Airlines employees going through some traditional football training camp activities, but of course with a little bit more of an airline edgethink flight attendants tossing bags of peanuts to cardboard passengers aboard golf carts.
It’s pretty darn funny and definitely worth thirty seconds of your time on a Friday, so be sure to check it out.
[Photo / Video: Alaska Airlines]
[Photo / Video: Alaska Airlines]
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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.
You might not have started to plan your winter holiday, but JetBlue already has started to do exactly that on your behalf. They’re adding a new Caribbean destination to their network, as flights between New York-JFK and Curacao will start up for the very first time on December 2. The planes and people will head back and forth two times per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and it’ll be Airbus A320s responsible for heading high into the skies.
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More flights in and out of Haiti, and this time it’s American Airlines bringing in the new connections. The carrier is adding a nonstop flight between Miami and Cap-Haitien—it’s on the northern coast of Haiti. This is the second destination to and from Haiti for American Airlines, and it looks like things will takeoff beginning on October 2. Boeing birds will be utilized—737-800s—and it’s a daily round trip option.
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When it comes to in-flight entertainment we’ve seen more and more systems that require you to bring your device. Now there’s another carrier asking you to tote along your tablet, as Monarch Airlines and their MPlayer offers up all kinds of movies and other media straight to your iPad.
The MPlayer app is available in a few flavors from iOS to Android, and there’s both free content and those programs that you have to pay for. Just remember to download things before heading off to the airport, and we can only imagine that will help things go that much more smoothly.