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It seems like improving an airplane seat is the 21st century version of the quest to build a better mouse trap, and with every month comes a new gallant attempt. This time it’s All Nippon Airways that is looking to create a game changer, and for their latest idea they’re tapping the seating surface know-how of another group: the car-making folks over at Toyota.
We suddenly have visions of stretching out in our own little version of an in-flight Camry or Corolla — but unfortunately, that’s not exactly what’s happening here. According to Flightglobal, to dream up this new design ANA is partnering with Toyota Boshoku — which is sort of a company within a company that focuses on creating auto interiors and components.
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We all know that for those sitting up front, Singapore Airlines is one of the best carriers around. Well, now they’re giving a little extra attention to those in the back of the plane, giving those seated in economy a little taste of the luxury life.
Singapore Airlines is introducing — better late than never, if you ask us — a premium economy option. Per Bloomberg, passengers will shell out a little more cash in exchange for extra comfort. Better food and beverage is part of the deal, as well as a larger in-flight entertainment screen and a wider seat. Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Singapore Airlines has to say about their latest slice of in-flight awesomeness.
Betty White, Bilbo Baggins, and bikini babes have all been featured in Air New Zealand safety videos at one point in time or another. So what does the airline have left to showcase in the latest version? Surfers!
Released just this week and quickly making its way to your seat-back screen, the latest entry to the airline safety video world is called "Surfing Safari."
The airline is teaming up with Sports Illustrated once again, but this time they’re also doing business with some serious professional surfers: ladies and gentleman like Anastasia Ashley, Laird Hamilton, and Maz Quinn. The video was shot everywhere from Australia and New Zealand to California, so expect lots of good looking scenery—and the beach bodies aren't too bad either. Check it out:
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You might need to position yourself accordingly, as it looks like the flash fares to Abu Dhabi are valid from spots like New York, Boston, and Houston. [Update: Terms of the flash sale have changed, according to a rep. Today's fares are available from New York and Houston only.] Economy class round-trip flights can be had for as little as $799, so kind of a good deal if you ask us. Just be sure to pack the sunscreen, as it will certainly be quite warm over there.
Book today to travel between June 9 and June 25. Anything else you need to know about the sale can be found right within KLM’s website.
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We know, we know. $99 for a flight from the U.S. to Europe is simply too good to be true. Obviously, with a fare as low as that, something must be wrong, right? Well, wrong. Not only is Icelandic ultra-low-cost airline Wow Air offering such deals, but there's nothing suspicious at hand here.
To prove it, and to test the airline's transatlantic service (we've flown them from Iceland to London previously), we purchased said $99 fare and flew it ourselves. Here's what happened.
The Apple Watch has arrived, and airlines across the globe have been quick to update apps and software to take advantage of all the new features. Here's ten airlines already up and running with the latest and greatest in
· Fly Delta for Apple Watch allows you to keep track of your time to departure and arrival, as well as gate and baggage carousel information
· Any eBoarding passes that you save to Passbook will automatically be available on Apple Watch, so just scan your wrist at that gate and go
· Version 4.0.0 is here, and that brings support for Apple Watch
· Sounds like you need to swipe "Keep Me Logged In" on your phone, and then your wrist will show you everything from updates on upcoming trips and check-in to connecting gate and baggage claim information
· Your Apple Watch won't skip a beat when crossing the pond, as scheduled departure times, flight status, and weather at your destination are just a few of the features
· Gate change information should also update in real-time, so just check your watch every once in a while while waiting in line for an airport snack to stay up-to-date.
· United calls out a lot of perks and features, but they don't specifically make mention of all the Apple Watch goodies
· Check reservations and flight status right from the face of your watch
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Indianapolis-based OneJet, a new airline focusing on "demand responsive" regional nonstop routes, began operations on April 6 with flights between Milwaukee and Indianapolis. The company recently announced that starting in May it will also offer flights between Milwaukee and Pittsburgh and Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.
All flights will feature the Hawker 400 aircraft, fitted with seven passenger seats, operated by OneJet's regional partner, Pentastar Aviation. Unlike other airlines operating small aircraft under a public charter arrangement, which usually operate from a private terminal, OneJet flights use the regular terminals and gates of the airports to which it flies.
The nonstop service from Milwaukee to Pittsburgh will start May 4 while the Indianapolis – Pittsburgh route begins May 11; both will be offered four times weekly Monday through Thursday with return service. Tickets on OneJet are available for purchase through select corporate and online retailers, including American Express Global Business Travel and Expedia.
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Now there’s a way to carry your love for JetBlue with you all day long, as USA Today reports that the carrier recently donated a whole bunch of old uniforms, fabrics, and other leftovers in hopes of helping the textiles finding a second life. Thankfully the folks over at the Manhattan Portage were up for the challenge, and they have been busy upcycling things into all kinds of new goodies.
Carry-on bags, totes, messenger bags, and more are now all available, and if you want to get something for us—we kind of like the cute little toiletry bag. All in all there are five new options from which to choose, and they’re all part of the JetBlue Uniform Bag Collection with items starting at $39.
Jackets, rain pants, and flight attendant shirts are just some of the materials getting the recycling treatment, and we have to say each looks pretty darn nice. No word on if bringing one with you on your next JetBlue flight will get you anything special, but we wouldn't be surprised if you scored a smile from the crew.
[Photo: Facebook / Manhattan Portage]
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Hungry travelers, take heed. Your summer travel just got that much better if you’re heading overseas with United, as the carrier is upgrading and improving some of their in-flight food and beverage offerings.
Eating beforehand is probably still a solid recommendation for those flying in coach, but it does sound like United is making some kind of effort to provide economy passengers with a little more than the usual cabin fare. Beginning June 1 the carrier will introduce a three-course meal — or their version, at least.
Things will begin simple enough with some kind of variation of cheese and crackers. Main course options will include things like Tuscan ravioli and udon noodles with stir-fried vegetables, and all these entrées will be accompanied by salad and bread. After
choking things down making a happy plate dessert will be provided, as gelato, mousse, and ice cream will all be in the rotation.
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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.
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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).