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We know first-hand both the pleasures and the pains associated with the world’s longest flight. And soon, you may too — because Singapore Airlines may soon bring back that long (very long) jaunt, following a brief hiatus.
Per the folks over at Bloomberg Business, officials at Singapore Airlines have been in talks with Airbus and Boeing, reviewing flight plans, airplane orders and other items in hopes of launching a new version of the world’s longest flight. Through late 2013, Singapore Airlines was offering nearly 19-hour direct flights from Newark to Singapore — but these all-business class flights just weren't profitable enough to sustain themselves. To that point, there are still plenty of details related to fuel efficiency, long-range plane capabilities and cash flow that Singapore Airlines will need to iron out before reviving a marathon flight.
So nothing has been finalized as of yet, and and even some of the potential airplanes for the service —like the Boeing 777X — are still in development. In the meanwhile, want to live that long flight vicariously through a Jaunted correspondent? Check out an hour-by-hour look at the 2013 experience here.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]
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Fast forward eight years and Virgin America is now showing off a crazy-cool update to Red. Here's the official word from their blog.
Taking off on three of our aircraft this month, we are launching new, higher resolution, capacitive touch monitors as well as a new Red Beta platform built on Android-based software that allows us to make faster improvements in the short-term to our in-flight entertainment platform – and in the long-term, will make it possible for us to further connect, personalize and expand Red in entirely new ways.
Let's break that down for you: You'll be able pinch and swipe on the seatback TV, much like you do on your tablets or phones; you'll also get three times more content (including Seasons 1 and 2 of "Orange is the New Black, priced at $5 for four episodes); and some really cool features like expanded Google Maps, retro video games such as Pac-Man and surround sound simulation from Dysonic, which allows passengers with any sort of headphone to hear a "surround sound" effect from the comfort of their seat.
Virgin is also excited about this new platform because they think it be easier to innovate the system even further. We're not even sure how much further they can take this. But that's probably why we're not working on Red.
We'll be on the lookout for the new Red system on our next Virgin America flight but if you get a chance to try it out, let us know what you think
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"That was a close call!"
You've probably felt that way when getting your just-passably-sized carry-on past gate agents. But this week we all breathed a collective sigh of relief about size standards for carry-on bags. There had been some recent discussion about changing things up; well, there was nothing literally up about it. In fact, it was a call to shrink things down into a smaller size. We (and we don't think we're alone in this) already tend to push the limits with what will fit in the gate area's baggage sizer — so we’re breathing a sigh of relief.
Because, while The New York Times goes into more detail, basically the International Air Transport Association has backpedaled on previous suggestions that the size of carry-on luggage should be reduced. (By about 20%!)
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In case you missed it, the planes over at Alitalia recently revealed a new look and — well, it’s a lot like the old look.
Adweek shared its thoughts on things, and we're pretty much in agreement. The Alitalia planes have been "redesigned" (that term used loosely) for the first time in 46 years. But the newly unveiled planes look largely the same.. The logo (the letter A) remains very similarly to former incarnations. Same goes with the colors. (As far as we know Italy is not changing the colors on its flag anytime soon, so this patriotic carrier won’t be changing colors in its livery either.)
As for what did change: the subtle alterations do add up to a more polished and contemporary look. It appears that Alitalia focused on a few main factors, like giving the logo a more prominent appearance. Although the color scheme stayed the same, the hues are a bit deeper. And the plane's belly is newly naked (read: white), losing its green stripe.
Keep an eye out for the new look on your next trip over to Milan or Rome, and be sure to let us know what you think.
If you’re flying with Frontier soon you might be a bit alarmed when you see the time listed on your boarding pass. The traditional departure time for your flight is now missing. (Insert: Dramatic music.) Instead, it’s been replaced with a couple new time points that the airline hopes will help get you aboard more quickly and efficiently.
Per ABC News, the plan is to now list "boarding begins" and "doors close" times on the boarding passes. In a way, we kind of like this approach; it’s more straightforward, so long as those two times hold true. After all, the departure time is great and all, but it doesn’t really provide the best sense as to when we need to start crowding around the gate agent and the jetway door. On the other hand, we understand that replacing the departure time with the "boarding time" and "doors close" info is just a little travel psychology at work.
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Drones: What are they good for? Spying on neighbors, mostly. Also for maiming Enrique Iglesias.
But now it looks like drones may have a new purpose: helping to maintain airplanes. And their accomplice in this task? The 3D printer.
Per Bloomberg, low cost carrier easyJet just announced they'll embrace some innovative technological approaches to help keep passengers and planes safe. The plan is for drones to check out planes on the ground as part of regular inspections and maintenance. If you think about it, it makes good sense—another eye on things from above certainly can’t hurt.
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In case you missed it, Eastern Air Lines is back in business — well, kind of. After filing for bankruptcy, the Miami-based carrier stopped flying in 1991; this reincarnation is unaffiliated with the old ownership, but acquired the intellectual property rights, reports the Miami Herald. The first step to reviving the brand? Launching Eastern's first revenue flights, now soaring twice-daily between Miami and Cuba. There are plans to add more flights to Cuba from other cities in the United States, but it will be a couple of months before those begin.
And don’t just assume that you can jump over to your favorite travel website and get booking, because flights are currently being operated through a partnership with HavanaAir Charters. Eastern sounds like it's taking the time to reheat its brand before launching its own regularly scheduled flights, a process that "could take a year once started," according to the Herald. In the interim make your way over here, and you might just find yourself aboard an Eastern flight to Cuba.
[Photo: Twitter / Eastern]
[Photo: Twitter / Eastern]
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Summer is a great time to visit Hawaii — but then, who are we kidding? Anytime is a great time to visit. Thankfully, booking your flight just got much easier, as Hawaiian Airlines has updated its website — and it looks pretty darn snazzy if you ask us.
Things are still being tested out, so technically it’s just a beta version of the final project; however, we like what we see. There’s gorgeous aerial imagery of the islands, vibrant colors, crisp fonts — and well, it basically makes us just want to turn over our credit card digits immediately.
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Okay, so there's no such thing as Iron Maiden Airways — at least, not yet. (But this band-branded, big bad Boeing? It's for real.) However, it seems that the heavy metal group's front-man is taking his love for aviation to the next level by helping an African country develop a national airline. Yes, really.
The Guardian has the full scoop on what’s going on, but basically singer Bruce Dickinson has signed up to revive Air Djibouti, the nation's now-defunct airline. The details sound a bit above our pay grade, but it appears that Dickinson is lending his assistance via Cardiff Aviation, his aircraft maintenance business. Cardiff Aviation will help Air Djibouti raise cash, get certificates, and acquire some airplanes.
Check things out for yourself up above, but just know that Delta is calling this safety briefing The Internetest safety video on the Internet. It's all about internet celebrities, viral videos, and of course, plenty of funny memes. Keep an eye out for highlights that include the Harlem Shake, Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Mentos and Diet Coke, and an appearance from Deltalina .
[Photo / Video: YouTube | Delta]
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It seems like improving an airplane seat is the 21st century version of the quest to build a better mouse trap, and with every month comes a new gallant attempt. This time it’s All Nippon Airways that is looking to create a game changer, and for their latest idea they’re tapping the seating surface know-how of another group: the car-making folks over at Toyota.
We suddenly have visions of stretching out in our own little version of an in-flight Camry or Corolla — but unfortunately, that’s not exactly what’s happening here. According to Flightglobal, to dream up this new design ANA is partnering with Toyota Boshoku — which is sort of a company within a company that focuses on creating auto interiors and components.
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We all know that for those sitting up front, Singapore Airlines is one of the best carriers around. Well, now they’re giving a little extra attention to those in the back of the plane, giving those seated in economy a little taste of the luxury life.
Singapore Airlines is introducing — better late than never, if you ask us — a premium economy option. Per Bloomberg, passengers will shell out a little more cash in exchange for extra comfort. Better food and beverage is part of the deal, as well as a larger in-flight entertainment screen and a wider seat. Don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Singapore Airlines has to say about their latest slice of in-flight awesomeness.