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Say 'ta ta for now' to a gin and tonic with a twist of lime, or specialty cocktails like United's Sunrise Sunset (pictured above). A lime shortage is hitting North American airlines right where it hurts: in the beverage carts.
The rarity of limes is due to several issues, such as Mexican cartel control plus nature and biological factors, and US consumers may note that purchasing a single lime at the supermarket now costs three times what it did last season. Just think how businesses that buy limes in bulk are coping. Will travelers get their rum-and-cokes with a squirt of lime this month? Well, it depends.
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Treat yourself during your next flight, as airlines are adding better beers and beverages suitable for an in-flight toast. Here’s a few of the carriers doing the microbrew thing at 35,000-feet, and their newest additions to the up in the air menu:
Delta & SweetWater Brewing Company
No offense to the Budweiser and Coors Light crew, but there’s better things brewing in Delta’s beverage cart. Last month the carrier introduced a little local flavor to their in-flight menu, as they’re offering up something from Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company. Thanks to some new canning techniques sky-high distribution is now available, and you can enjoy some 420 Extra Pale Ale on select Delta flights. These will set you back $6, but for now are limited to flights between Atlanta and New York-LaGuardia.
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Well, looky here. Ryanair is using 2014 to turn a new leaf, beginning with a refreshed website which surprisingly does not assault the eyes. In fact, the new look (above) is rather refreshing, employing cool blues and a touch of warm yellow, not unlike the shades you'd encounter on an ideal beach day.
Ryanair began flying way, way back in 1985. Their website didn't go live until 2000, and it took us until 2003 to book a flight on them (Roma-Ciampino to Barcelona-Girona for 19 Euro, if you're interested). Despite the long history, Ryanair maintained a policy of pairing the ugliest design with the least customer service possible; heck, they only joined Twitter last year, in 2013.
Let's take a quick look back at some of the earlier versions of their website, and the evolution of a sample airfare:
Why is Miss Piggy greeting travelers on Lufthansa flights? Well, she's a 'VIP' (Very Important Pig) with an updated safety video that will even get the kids' attention.
It's all to celebrate the May 1st premiere in German theaters of Disney's newest Muppets movie: "Muppets Most Wanted." Rest assured, however, that Miss Piggy isn't the end-all, be-all of safety instruction on your next Lufthansa flight; she's simply an entertaining segment and a little whistle-whetter as Lufthansa flights have also added the first "The Muppets" movie to the list of available feature films on the in-flight entertainment systems.
If you're German and reading this, then you might want to check out the contest for roundtrip flights from Germany to LA for four people, plus hotel, rental car, and a tour of Walt Disney Studios.
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The average traveler is only going to glance at signage around a boarding gate a few times before heading out onto a flight. These signs flash information about connections, upgrades, reminders about rules and regulations, and where you might be on the standby list. Most airlines have had digital flatscreens for years and years, but that hasn’t been the case for Southwest Airlines.
Things are finally changing, and it's all positive for departing passengers. Up first for installations and improvements is Chicago-Midway, as the new gate displays have already started to arrive at the airport.
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Back in late 2012, we highlighted our favorite Instagram hashtag of-the-moment: #kicksonaplane.
The hashtag was first started by Marcus Troy, an "influencer" and brand strategist who uploaded a photo of his Converse on Air Canada Flight 7505 to Toronto City Airport one year ago. From there, he gave it its own website, but it's the hashtag which continues to organically grow within Instagram. Now it numbers over 3,000 images.
Inspired by the hashtag, London-based art director Marco Lemcke used his talents to answer the question, "What would a collaboration between Nike and some top airlines look like?" Here's a few of the incredible results:
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When Delta merged with, gobbled up, or joined forces with Northwest Airlines, the carrier acquired a whole bunch of Boeing 747s. Slowly but surely things have been upgraded and updated to incorporate new levels of flying fun, and recently one of the final pieces was put into place—in-flight WiFi.
This isn’t just an option in and around the lower 48, as the in-flight WiFi on these 747s in Delta’s fleet are able to stream, download, and surf across continents and oceans. The very first flights were those heading over to Narita International Airport in Tokyo, as flights from both Los Angeles and Atlanta were able to flip the switch to this kind of up in the air connectivity.
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We have become pretty darn accustomed to enjoying in-flight WiFi on plenty of flights to here and there, and in many case we have the folks over at Gogo to thank for the connectivity and convenience. Well as you know things cost money, and now it looks like the WiFi waves might just set you back a few more bucks.
Most of the rates and options are staying the same, but for those frequent flyers that purchase things for months at time—now’s the time to lock in the previous rate. The Traveler Pass is currently being sold for $39.95 per month, and that will get you access to any and all WiFi enabled flights aboard your one preferred airline. The option is valid now through April 13; however, if you wait too long things it sounds like things will jump up by $10 more per month.
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Stay a little more connected during your next flight with United, as the carrier is doing their best to keep you charged up during your time at the gate.
The airline is adding around 500 charging stations to airport terminals and gate areas. Their home at Chicago O’Hare International Airport is the first to get the installations and upgrades, as they’re already hard at work putting in more than 100 such stations across the airport’s Concourse B and Concourse C.
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We’re not really experts when it comes to the aviation scene over in Taiwan, but we do know we’re always interested in the latest and greatest in low cost carriers. The country’s first cheapo carrier is still very much on the drawing board, but it sounds like things are quickly moving off paper and into practice.
TransAsia Airways does its thing in and around the region with a home base over in Taipei, and apparently they’re interested in spinning off a subsidiary. That’s where V Air comes into the picture, as it’s the name of the new budget arm of the airline. The carrier has a name and even a logo, as the airline is planning to use a smiling bear—it’s a Formosan black bear technically—as a logo and mascot.
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The airplanes aren't yet up in the air, but a relaunch of the classic Eastern Air Lines is moving full speed ahead.
According to Bloomberg, Eastern Air Lines Group is busy looking around for the best deal on up to ten used airplanes. Both Boeing and Airbus aircraft have a chance, as the company focuses on narrow-body planes for the venture.
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Next week brings good news to 35,000-feet for those looking for better beer options in the cabin, as Delta is set to bring a little Atlanta flavor right into the beverage cart.
SweetWater Brewing Company distribution has been limited to the Southeast, but now things are going sky high. One of the brewery’s best offerings—the 420 Extra Pale Ale—will be come an option up in the air aboard some Delta flights.