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New technology should allow for in-flight WiFi to and from spots across the Caribbean as well as Latin America, so now there will be no need to logoff while on the way to a little sun and sand. It’s all because Delta—and their buddies at Gogo—are switching from an air-to-ground connectivity system to one based more on satellites.
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The planes and people over at Alaska Airlines have been doing something similar for years, but now Delta will give it a go as well. The airline is testing out some kind of baggage guarantee, as they look to "upgrade" the traveling process for their passengers.
Basically checked bags are supposed to arrive onto the baggage carrousel within twenty minutes—for domestic flights. If they don’t then the airline will hand out 2,500 miles for the inconvenience. So twenty minutes for your bag or 2,500 miles—it’s simple enough. The guarantee is in trial mode thought the end of March.
For much of the nifty fifty it’s cold, cold, and more cold—along with a side of snow. So now is as good of a time as ever to embrace the winter weather and hit the slopes. Sure it’s costly between the lift tickets, transportation, and to rent all that gear; however, Alaska Airlines has a little bit of a program that might save you from cracking open that piggy bank in search of coins and cash.
It’s as simple as trading in your Alaska Airlines boarding pass in exchange for a lift ticket, and the airline has partnered with a number of mountains and resorts to allow travelers to ski for free. Some mountains just provide a discount while others offer up complimentary access to the slopes, but understandably you’re probably going to need to bring some funds to rent skis—assuming you didn’t bring yours with you.
We have been on the lookout for the northern lights for years, and thankfully we had a couple successful run-ins with the wonderful phenomenon. Now it might just be a little bit easier thanks to the folks over at Icelandair, as they’re pretty much guaranteeing a sighting on your next trip. That is—as long as you’re satisfied with an artificial airplane version.
Earlier this month Icelandair launched an airplane with a new aurora borealis-themed look that they’re calling the Hekla Aurora. The plane has special interior mood lighting to simulate things on the inside, and outside of the Boeing 757 there’s a new livery celebrating the beauty of the northern lights.
We recognize that we’re probably a little bit greedy when it comes to our in-flight entertainment needs. First there were movies—maybe just on one screen—but soon we wanted more choices, our own screens, and maybe even some live television as well. We moved onto WiFi as well, but apparently the traveling public is looking for more and more when it comes to up in the air distractions.
Thankfully higher education has heard our complaints, as online courses are the latest option to be streaming at 35,000-feet. JetBlue was one of the first carriers to kick things off, as late last year they started offering excerpted streaming lectures and learning from the folks over at Coursera—think business classes, music lessons, and other academic awesomeness.
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Way, way back in 2010, a Jaunted writer asked the question, as part of a rant, "US Airways, do they still even exist?"
Five years later and we can only answer that with "well, kinda."
The airline known as US Airways continues to merge with American Airlines and flew its final 767-200 revenue flight yesterday, from Philadelphia to Charlotte. This is but the first of many lasts for US Airways, and indeed we've already seen US Airways planes fully painted in the #newAmerican colors out on the tarmac.
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Do you or a loved one suffer from triskaidekaphobia? (The fancy seven-syllable word means a fear of Friday the 13th.) Traditionally feared as a day of misfortunes, the panic extends to air travel causing Friday the 13th to be one of the cheapest days to fly.
"It is fascinating to see just how much the concern caused by Friday 13th is affecting consumer travel behavior," KAYAK Managing Director Annie Wilson told the Daily Mail. "The savvier option is to put aside superstition and snap up a bargain flight while others are battening down the hatches."
We totally get that the number 13 is considered unlucky; it’s why many hotels intentionally leave out a 13th floor. Even Winston Churchill allegedly refused to sit in row 13 on an airplane--and he was a seemingly rational human being. But would it stop us from traveling? Highly unlikely. Mishaps can happen at any time, any place. A mystical date on the calendar sure isn’t going to dictate our luck.
Are you flying this Friday? Did you get a noticeably better fare for booking your flight on Friday the 13th? Are you taking any superstitious pre-flight precautions? We want to know.
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Good news for those taking off on early morning flights, as Delta has signed up with Starbucks to provide the in-flight coffee. Earlier, the two companies had teamed up before to offer up caffeine concoctions on a limited basis—like certain cross-country and shuttle flights—but now they’re going all in.
The switch happened on February 1, and it will be Starbucks Pike Place Roast and Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Italian Roast decaf on each and every flight across both the mainline Delta fleet as well as those Delta Connection flights. That’s around 1,270 aircraft in case you’re keeping count, and obviously a lot of little coffee cups balancing on the seatback tray.
To celebrate the new partnership and build some buzz—ha—Starbucks and Delta also commissioned a little coffee cup artwork. Over at New York-JFK within Terminal 4 you can check out sculptures showing off some iconic sights from places in London, Tokyo, and São Paulo.
There are also plans to hand out some sips and samples to celebrate the partnership, so if you see free coffee at the airport—it might just be thanks to Starbucks and Delta. Now if we could only get an in-flight Frappuccino…
[Photo of the São Paulo artwork: Starbucks/Delta]
[Photo of the São Paulo artwork: Starbucks/Delta]
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If you've visited the official American Airlines Facebook page or actually opened your AAdvantage statement email anytime in the last month, you may have noticed a hashtag popping up here and there. It's #goingforgreat, and it represents the airline's plan to spend $2 billion towards improving the passenger experience.
Today arrived one of the more fun bits of news surrounding #goingforgreat; American is re-designing and re-packing their amenity kits!
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It's been the subject of many awesome time-lapse videos and even a Star Wars fan fiction-style mini production, but Frankfurt International Airport is pretty great at offering live access via their Airport Tour by Bus.
Called the Flughafen Rundfahrt in German, the tours depart from the pre-security area of Frankfurt's Terminal 1 (level 0, Airport City Mall) and go through security (no airline ticket needed) to join up with a bus for an airside drive all along aircraft at gates, at hard stands, on the Cargo apron, in maintenance hangars, and of course on the runway.
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In the world of premium air travel, there are a handful of what frequent flyers call “destination lounges.” These spaces, luxuriously appointed and exclusively for the use of the highest-paying passengers, are often an embarrassment of riches and, thus, completely worth spacing your travel with time enough to visit.
Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge at Doha’s Hamad International Airport is the newest addition to the list of must-visit lounges, and with good reason. Not only is it massive (30,000+ sq ft!) and filled with features like designer furniture and its own lake, but the Al Mourjan lounge has entire semi-private rooms just for families and a full restaurant with such variety of food and drink as to make other lounges cry into their chex mix with shame.
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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.