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Okay—we realize that we usually try to consolidate our new routes news, but we just couldn’t resist sharing this one sooner than later. It’s especially the case since it might just be a decent use of those United MileagePlus miles that you have been saving up for years and years—maybe even since the Continental days.
As you know United is a fan of the Boeing 787, and they’ve got a few of them on hand for some flying fun. Well the fun is about to go down under, as United has just loaded a new flight into their schedule. The carrier will be doing the nonstop thing between Los Angeles and Melbourne—in Australia—beginning this October.
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Last chance to book travel to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup! Regular flights, both into and around the sprawling country, are nearly sold out during the World Cup dates of June 12 - July 13. This means it's time for airlines to announce how many extra planes they'll be running for fans to reach the 12 host cities.
Leading the pack is TAM, Brazil's largest airline, which only just dropped the huge news that they'll add 750 domestic and 300 international flights to supplement their usual schedule, all for travelers and soccer fans eager to visit during the World Cup.
TAM's competitors in the region (Avianca, GOL and Azul) are also throwing extra planes into the sky to help the rush, but nowhere near TAM's outlay. Azul, which only flies domestic routes in Brazil (and was actually created by the same man who founded JetBlue, David Neeleman), will only add around 350 flights during the World Cup period, for example.
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Some call it the "Gateway to the Americas," but most just know it as Miami City Hall.
This small, art deco building in the south Miami neighborhood of Coconut Grove houses the offices of city officials and one stately meeting room, complete with wood dais and original Pan Am winged clock. Why a Pan Am winged clock? Well, this meeting room was once a departures area for flights, and the building the airline's very first terminal.
Acting mostly on rumor and the results of a few Google searches, we made the 15-minute drive from downtown Miami. Venturing inside, we were thrilled to discover that the general public is welcome to meander around after a brief security screening and during city business hours, but note that the second floor restaurant has closed.
Visitors expecting a full airport will quickly notice the lack of runways; Pan Am placed this terminal here to utilize the neighboring calm waters of Dinner Key Marina on Biscayne Bay for the operation of their flying boat services, with routes stretching as near as Cuba and as far as Buenos Aires, covering most South American and Caribbean capitals in between.
Pack your bags and get some tickets, as there’s a new airline taking to the skies high above the Sunshine State. This one kind of snuck up on is, but apparently Florida Express Jet is doing its thing as soon as next month. The plan is to fly in and around Florida—no crossing state lines here—with things taking off on March 20.
Nonstop flights are already for sale, and that includes options between Orlando and spots like Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee. Fares can be had for as little as $69, as the airline questions why you would drive when you could fly.
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There’s no new livery to be had here, but we can't help and sit back for a couple of minutes and enjoy the time-lapse distraction from the folks over at Emirates. It’s hard running an airline with all the planes and paint, and every once in a while one needs to strip things down and throw on a fresh coat—got to keep things looking good.
In the embedded video above Emirates shows off what it takes to clean a Boeing 777-300 down to bare metal, and then to bring things back to airport ready condition. Repainting an airplane to keep things looking professional is just part of the airline business, but when you speed things up into a quick little video it becomes that much more interesting.
Good news for those flying the friendly skies in and around Canada, as it’s time for one of the country’s carriers to add a little in-flight connectivity to its menu of amenities. WestJet is now ready to flip the switch on in-flight WiFi, so be sure your tray table is in the locked position and that your gadgets are fully charged.
Panasonic must have put together a good PowerPoint presentation, as they’re the ones that will bring the wires and transmitters to the WestJet fleet. They will bring the new in-flight entertainment, and their new system will actually also replace the existing seatback screens on plenty of the planes.
Remember way back when United Airlines broke that musician’s guitar? Well somehow that was in the way distant past of 2009, and now it’s 2014 and we’re still dealing with how musical instruments, airlines, and airplanes can all get along. At one point it looked like Uncle Sam would take a look at the rules and regulations, but unfortunately it does not appear that there’s been any resolution.
The plan was for the Transportation Department to jot down some notes and whatnot regarding how airlines should help out those looking to travel with their violins, guitars, pianos, kazoos, and whatever else is needed for a traveling musician. Things were due late last week; however, the agency kind of dropped the ball. Nothing has been written or updated, and it sounds like the agency feels that it does not even have enough cash to do the needed work.
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When it comes to in-flight safety, the last thing that probably comes to mind is a bevy of bronzed swimsuit babes frolicking on the beach. If you're Air New Zealand, however, that combination makes perfect sense. And, seeing as how the airline has a strong history of creative safety videos, it makes even more sense.
Using swimsuit models can be considered gratuitous, but this time there's pretty good reason for the exposed skin. The Kiwi airline has partnered with both Sports Illustrated and the Cook Islands to bring us this season's newest pre-take-off demonstration, Safety in Paradise.
Air New Zealand actually celebrates 40 years of flying to the Cook Islands, while SI celebrates its 50th year of showcasing the newest bikini fashion in tropical locations.
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Just the other day we were looking at the snazzy look of the latest member of the Hawaiian Airlines family, and now it looks like ‘Ohana by Hawaiian is ready to take to the skies.
If you need a refresher ‘Ohana by Hawaiian is the new subsidiary carrier from Hawaiian Airlines, as they plan to connect some smaller airports and locations in and around the islands with a little bit of propeller power.
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After a couple of in-flight Mai Tai beverages you might need a little bit extra room to stretch out and relax, and thankfully that’s now a possibility aboard Hawaiian Airlines. The carrier is jumping on the pay-to-play system when it comes to increased legroom seating, and now these options are officially up for sale to passengers.
You still might need to wait a few months before testing things out, but you can now at least pay a little extra for them and guarantee that they will be available for your flight later this year. These Extra Comfort economy seats will be first available on the carrier’s Airbus A330 fleet, and you are now welcome to select these better seats right on the airline’s website. Travel on or after August 1 is an option as of now, so you might want to delay that vacation until that time.
Get ready to burn your hands on that flavorful airplane coffee, as United Airlines has finally decided that styrofoam cups probably aren’t the best idea to be handing over to millions and millions of flyers.
Just the other day the airline announced that they’d be doing mother nature a solid, so they’re setting aside foam cups in the cabin in favor of ones which are a little kinder to the environment.
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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.
· American Airlines:
It looks like the new American Airlines is on the move again, as the carrier already has their eyes on the summer weather and some new flights. It sounds like they’re more than ready to move forward with new nonstop flights between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Shanghai, as the planes and people are set to hit the skies for the first time on June 11.
Daily flights will be an option aboard some Boeing 777-200s, and flights were opened up for your booking pleasure earlier in the week. In case you’re looking to call ahead to arrange a taxi—your flight will leave Dallas at just before 11am and will arrive at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport the following day at just before 3pm, all times local.
· Copa Airlines:
For those looking to head to Central America there’s a strong possibility that Copa Airlines will be flying toward your desired destination. It sounds like they’re ready to add more options to their route network, and they have their eyes on Florida. The plan is to do the nonstop thing between Fort Lauderdale and their hub down in Panama City.
The new flights should head into the clouds beginning on July 11, as Boeing 737-700s will do the flying between the two countries. This is destination number four for the airline in the Sunshine State, and overall they’re now flying to eleven destinations in the states.