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Now Up For Sale: Finnair's First Flights With The Airbus A350 XWB

Where: Finland
April 14, 2015 at 5:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Time to check the balance in the travel piggy bank, as Finnair just recently started selling seats aboard their brand new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

Finnair is the very first carrier over in Europe to score the keys to the new plane, and only the third airline in the world so far to gain access to all the new bells, whistles, switches, and controls. The tickets that are now available are for the launch route between Helsinki and Shanghai, as things are set to take to the skies October 25. After that, it’ll be Beijing scoring a route to Finland, as the plans call for that option to start November 21.

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JetBlue Keeps Fly-Fi Free for the Future

April 14, 2015 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

What were you doing on December 11, 2013? We remember what we were up to, which was being in flight over Cape Cod, testing out JetBlue's latest onboard amenity: in-flight WiFi, or, as JetBlue calls it, "Fly-Fi."

Since that day, the airline has worked to install the high-speed, Ka-band system on more and more of their airplanes and, as of this month, celebrated their 100th Fly-Fi-equipped A320. Wandering Aramean reports that all A321s are connected, all A320s should be finished soon, and even the Embraer 190s are due to be online in 2016.

What's even more remarkable than this speedy work is the fact JetBlue has continued to offer the basic Fly-Fi access for free, even though they initially stated it'd be free for at least the first six months.

The latest news is that this commitment to complimentary onboard connectivity is continuing. You get free in-flight Fly-Fi! And you get free in-flight Fly-Fi!

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Ryanair is Banning Pre-Bought Booze on Ibiza Flights from Glasgow

Where: Spain
April 13, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The in-flight party is about to end for those heading to Ibiza, as Ryanair is adding some new rules and regulations to one of their routes. If you’re not familiar with the island of Ibiza over in Spain, think foam parties, packed dance clubs, beautiful people and lots of drunken messes. So it's reasonable to expect high spirits and fun-loving passengers aboard Ibiza flights.

Technically BYOB is very much frowned upon on flights; however, passengers usually are allowed to bring duty-free purchases with them onboard. That’s where things get a little sticky as, apparently, plenty of people were opening things during the flight. Back in 2013, a flight was even diverted to France, as drunken passengers were pretty much causing a scene.

The "no bringing alcohol" into the cabin rule only applies to one specific route right now. It’s those flying between Glasgow and Ibiza. Duty-free purchases are still allowed, but they just need to be checked — no in-flight bottle service. Keep it classy, people.

[Photo: Juanedc]

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Meet 'Bluey,' KLM's Kid-Friendly Cartoon 747

April 9, 2015 at 5:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Flying long distances with children isn't exactly the easiest thing, and parents often struggle to figure out how to entertain a child for many, many hours of sitting in a seat. Add to this the fact that the child may be a little scared of flying, with no idea of what to expect, and you have a stressful situation.

KLM understands, and has actually made an effort to help by introducing a new animated film, aimed at the littlest flyers, to both entertain and educate. The star: "Bluey," an excitable and adorable 747 plane who uses his jet speed and compassion to help a friend. Apparently the character has existed since November, with branded kids products, "ranging from keycords, trolleys and card games, to a fun Bluey meal box for children on international flights."

Although Bluey is designed to entertain children on planes, we enjoyed watching his first animated short ourselves and would watch an entire series of such cartoon adventures featuring Bluey. Catch him on KLM's YouTube (embedded below) and, from June, on KLM's intercontinental flights as part of the in-flight entertainment.

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Snap a Selfie Onboard a Virgin Atlantic 787, Then Facebook It for Free

April 8, 2015 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Selfie sticks may be increasingly banned at destinations, but the original handheld selfie is still very much alive, even in the air. Beginning this month, Virgin Atlantic is offering "#SkyhighSelfie spots" onboard the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Virgin Atlantic teased the #SkyhighSelfie spot as early as October 2014, when their 787 made its inaugural flight from London to Boston. Now, finally, the spots are up and available, which look to be located on walls near the galleys.

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Delta Keeps Their Baggage Guarantee, Sticks Around Indefinitely

April 8, 2015 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

So remember when Delta started offering up that baggage guarantee on a trial basis a while ago? Well apparently they like what they saw, and they are considering it a hit because it’s going to stick around.

This week Delta announced that things would continue permanently. As a refresher, the airline is guaranteeing that checked baggage will make it all the way from the belly of the plane to the baggage carrousel within 20 minutes. If not they’ll give you 2,500 miles for your troubles, but just remember that you need to fill out a form online and call them out on it.

There are some rules to follow and what not, but for the most part things are pretty straightforward. Your journey’s last leg must be a domestic one, you must be signed up for their frequent flyer program, and you can only score the miles once each way no matter how many checked bags you have.

Alaska Airlines has done a version of this for years and years, so we’ll just have to wait and see if other carriers offer something similar now that Delta has thrown themselves into the ring.

[Photo: Doug Waldron]

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Delta Now Monitoring Furry Friends Complete With GPS Technology

April 3, 2015 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pet travel is often a challenge, but now there’s one airline stepping in to make things a little bit easier. We’ve reviewed the rules and regulations before; however, there’s still a little bit of an unknown when checking your furry friend underneath the belly of the plane.

Thankfully Delta is taking steps to improve the whole process, as they’re now tracking your kitty or puppy with a little help from GPS technology.

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United Says 'Cheers' To More Beers

April 2, 2015 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for those who enjoy an in-flight happy hour, as once again United Airlines is reaching into the craft beer cellar and picking out a new selection.

The airline is continuing their partnership with Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company, as this time it’s the Goose IPA that is being loaded into the beverage cart. This is beverage option number two from United and Goose Island, as they have already been serving up 312 Urban Wheat Ale for a little bit of time. Eventually the Goose IPA will replace the former option, as United looks to rollout the new ale worldwide throughout April.

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JetBlue to Get Mint-y from New York to Barbados: Premium Seats Come With Television, Tapas and More

April 1, 2015 at 12:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

As JetBlue continues its expansion in the Caribbean – the company’s inaugural flight from New York to Grenada is June 11 – it will also offer its Mint experience on flights from New York to Barbados starting later this year.

The premium Mint service includes private suites, wider seats, fully-flat beds, tapas-style dining, custom amenity kits and 15-inch flat screen televisions with free entertainment. With Mint service to the Caribbean, JetBlue will become the only U.S. carrier to operate regularly scheduled service with lie-flat seating to the region.

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Finnair Going All In With €30 Million WiFi Investment

Where: Finland
March 31, 2015 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Excited about going to Finland, but anxious about the social media disconnect during travel? Not a problem if you’re traveling aboard Finnair, as they are putting the pieces in place to ensure that WiFi is an option across their entire fleet.

Just don’t assume your next flight will have the up in the air connectivity, as initial reports sound like it’s going to take a little bit of time. Up first is the brandy new Airbus A350 which is scheduled to start doing its thing later this year. Eventually the A330s in the hangar will get the wires and transmitters, as well as some of the carrier’s short-haul airplanes—expect this at some point in 2016.

All in all we can expect the majority of Finnair’s planes to be doing the WiFi thing during 2018. When asked about the technology or provider behind the travel technology no real details were revealed, as apparently it’s still a little too early for that kind of info. We’ll keep you posted as to when they finally flip the switch, and of course when that first Finnair Airbus A350 takes to the skies.

[Photo: Finnair/Facebook]

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Très Chic: Air France Debuts Their New Airline Safety Video

Where: France
March 23, 2015 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen our share of airline safety videos, and from the silly to the sexy most are usually worth a watch even on the ground.

Now Air France has revealed a new look to their pre-flight entertainment, and it is definitely a good distraction worth your time on a Monday.

There’s plenty of blue, white, and red, as we learn from some fashionable French folks that the seatbelt will do more than just protect us from bumps and turbulence—it will also elegantly highlight our waistline.

The jokes are subtle and stylish along with the whole video, and we’re thinking that Air France has a hit on their hands with this one. They even remind us what is chic (not smoking) and what is trendy (turning your electronic devices to airplane mode).

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ESPN's 'FiveThirtyEight' Runs The Numbers On The Fastest Flights

March 18, 2015 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

The statistical sensation—Nate Silver—has covered things like baseball and elections, but now he is turning his attention and the FiveThirtyEight blog toward the timing of flights.

The blog—now part of the ESPN empire—has run the numbers on millions of routes and options, as their goal is to provide you with the fastest way to get from here to there. They take a number of factors into consideration thanks to numbers from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, as they search to discover the flights that will avoid the most delays.

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