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This week, Saudi Arabia's flagship air carrier, Saudi Arabian Airlines, completed the first run of its new flight to LAX from its capital city Riyadh. The flight will go three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with a stop over in Jeddah.
“Saudi's inaugural flight to Los Angeles is a manifestation of our continued efforts to expand our global reach to better service our valued customers,” said Chief Executive Officer and Director General Designate Abdulaziz Alhazmi. “The services to LAX, following our launch to Toronto, Canada in October last year and the resumption of our flights to Manchester, UK, are just some of the components of this initiative to claim our rightful place among the world`s leading carriers.”
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Think of it as a big yellow dream. Budget airfares on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner are to become reality with Scoot's announcement of adding some new metal to their fleet. That's rightSingapore's newest little LCC has just placed a huge order for 20 new Boeing aircraft to take delivery starting in 2014.
The news comes at the same time Scoot's parent, Singapore Airlines, brags about a huge order of new aircraft for themselves, including A380s and A350s. Along with the Airbus planes, SIA signed the check to ensure their little brother can rock up to airports looking flash. With all their new routes it's making more and more sense to invest in efficient planes to keep prices as low as possible.
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Fresh off voting for their new animal tail, it looks like Frontier Airlines is looking for your help making a business decision once again. The airline is planning to bring a brand new beer to the in-flight menu, and they want to you pick from a couple different options of ales, lagers, and stouts.
There’s four different options from which to choose, so be sure to do the necessary research before casting your vote for Dale's Pale Ale, Upslope Pale Ale, Colorado Native, or Crabtree Oatmeal Stout. All the different options are brewed right in Colorado, so they’re definitely showing a little bit of hometown—or home state—pride. We’re kind of torn about which to choose, but we know that any of them will be a good fit alongside Fat Tire and Coors Light on the beverage cart.
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The allure and glamor of flying between 18 and 19 hours, non-stop, in a super wide business class seat, surrounded by, and nothing but, other plush business class seats may be a story we tell our grandchildren. Singapore Airlines has been considering reverting their all-premium aircraft back to a 2-class cabin with premium-economy class seating.
The sky-rocketing cost of jet-fuel, a turbulent airline industry and low load factors are causing the airline to toss around the idea of adding seats to pack in the passengers a bit more and, ultimately, increase revenue.
Everybody loves snacks—especially since those 2012 resolutions have long faded away—so now's the perfect time to discuss some new in-flight offerings. JetBlue enjoys passing out plenty of free bits and bites, but they also have some more substantial options for sale in the aisles as well. There's new stuff on the horizon, as they just announced that they’re updating and upgrading some of their offerings as part of their Eat Up! Program.
It sounds like the new and improved options hit the skies over the last week or so, and in total there’s four unique boxes. Beef Up, Shape Up, and Cheer Up all remain priced at $5.99, and there’s even a "Mix It Up" option for the kiddos—but they promise that it’s good for everyone. The beef option is more of a protein snack box with stuff like salami, cheese, crackers, and bagel chips. The healthy option will get you stuff like hummus, fruit, nuts, and some pita chips. They’re pitching the Cheer Up option as the perfect side dish to a glass of in-flight wine—and it is—as it’s filled with cheese, fruit, and crackers.
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We already talked about how the CEO of Qantas decided to counter industrial action by shutting down the complete worldwide operations. Since that weekend, Qantas is back up in the skies with a new motto, "Book with confidence and certainty," and a lot of explaining to do for the more than 70,000 passengers that were left stranded.
Leaving travelers stranded and with unanswered questions, Qantas had to do something. During the shutdown, the company offered to reimburse those who needed to re-book on different airlines, even pay the difference of airfares. For those who decided to stay in the city in which they were stranded, Qantas paid hotels, meals and phone calls up to a certain amount. If you were one of the unlucky passengers and you're still struggling to figure out what you get from all this, visit Qantas' website for more details.
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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.
If you need some time in the sun but lack a passport, Puerto Rico is always a good option. AirTran is starting up nonstop service between San Juan and another sunny destinations—Tampa—beginning on April 5 of next year. Tickets are on sale now, and there will be two flights each day. We’re going to need to brush up on our high school Spanish a little bit, but we’ve still got a little bit of time.
· Allegiant Air:
This November will bring a new destination into Allegiant Air’s route network, as the airline is bringing its vacation packages and cheap airfare to Savannah, Georgia. The new flights will start on November 18, and will run between the low country and Fort Lauderdale. As always the fares will be a pretty good deal, as introductory rates will start at just $30 each way. The new flights will run twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays.
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Please welcome...Jetblue's in-flight meals! But Jetblue doesn't serve more than Terra Blue potato chips and a few other snacks, right? Wrong. One month ago, Jetblue introduced their new $6 snack boxes, available on select flights over 3 hours and 45 minutes, and only onboard their A320 planes.
We got our hands on two of the varietiesthe Shape Up and Power Up boxesafter our friends returned from a 5-hour flight from St. Lucia to JFK this weekend. Andamazing as it soundsthey paid the $6 each for these boxes on their credit cards and didn't eat them! They saved them just for us, so we had untainted and uneaten snack boxes to peruse and photograph for you.
We ate them later, though. So check out what's inside the boxes and our thoughts on the assortments:
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Emirates either won the lottery, or they are really confident that the economy is heading in the right direction. They already announced a return of A380 service between Dubai and JFK, and now they are getting ready to launch some brand new routes with brand new aircraft.
Airbus must throw a mean business dinner, because Emirates is completely focused on them right now. The airline is getting ready to fill out one of those over sized checks for over $11 billion in exchange for a whole bunch of A380s—32 of them to be exact. Sure it’s a lot of cash, but they definitely got a sweet discount for ordering in bulk, we're thinking.
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Sir Richard Branson took his beloved Virgin Atlantic airlines down for its inaugural flight from London to Accra, Ghana earlier, and luckily Business Traveller UK was onboard to hear all the juicy details of Bransy's plans for updating his fleet to better accommodate leisure flyers.
In March 2011, Virgin Atlantic will unveil entirely new looks for their Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class cabins on new A330 planes. And it'll be more than just the seats! Expect huge overhauls in in-flight entertainment, and Business Traveller quotes Sir Richard as saying that "it would surpass even that offered by Virgin America." He even added the extra bit of news that Virgin Atlantic could be interested in scooping up bmi airlines.