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An early Christmas present arrived at the hearth of American Airlines and US Airways this morning, as the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division reached a settlement with the airlines towards the completion of their desired merger.
Although this does not yet mean the two airlines are one, it does mean they can continue on the path to become so and, perhaps even by the end of 2013, reach this goal. Here's what you need to know about the settlement:
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We’re always eager to see some new paintjobs slapped onto the sides of airplanes all over the globe, and this week Alaska Airlines is showing off its latest in airline art. The carrier already has a few planes dedicated to all things Disney, and now it's adding a new one to its hangar.
The kiddos—well, and us too—will be eager to check out the new look of this Boeing 737, as the airplane features artwork from the movie Cars and has been named named Adventure of Disneyland Resort.
There’s something new for business travelers to check out as part of the in-flight entertainment, and we’re not talking about PowerPoint slides or the new cover sheets for the TPS reports. Turkish Airlines is now loading some business pitches right into the seat back screens, as it's launching something it calls Invest On Board.
Sit back and enjoy being sold a new business idea as you fly through the skies, and then when you hit the ground you can invest plenty of startup capital—or at least that’s the plan. There’s roughly ten different pitches from which to choose for business class passengers, and if you’re stuck on the ground you can even watch them online.
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It's been nearly two weeks since the Federal Aviation Administration issued a directive allowing air travelers to use personal electronic devices (PEDs) from gate-to-gate, without the wait for the airplane to reach 10,000 feet. Already there's a photo contest and funny flight attendant story, but the freedom is limited to airlines with FAA approval.
The new directive went into effect on November 1, and airlines have been quick to send in their applications. Before keeping that smartphone/tablet/camera switched on, know if you're even allowed to by checking out which airlines even have the go-ahead from the FAA:
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If you follow the wild and wacky world of frequent flyer points, miles, and redemptions, it’s been a little bit frustrating this year. Some major hotel chains—cough, Hilton—have pretty much dropped the bottom out of their programs, and airlines have also been tweaking and trimming things to their own business benefit. The latest to screw things up are the suits over at Delta, as they just announced—with no notice—changes to the redemption levels with the SkyMiles program.
The funny thing is that just a few months ago Delta changed things up for the worst, but apparently they couldn’t wait until the summer of 2014 for things to take effect—so they made some new changes starting immediately. Those looking to redeem an award ticket for travel before February 1 will still be under the old rules, but trips in the spring, summer, fall, and future will be subject to the new charts.
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If the battery is dead on your iPad or you left it behind—no problem—as Southwest Airlines is getting ready to pass the gadgets around on a few of their upcoming flights. As you probably know, the carrier is busy expanding their WiFi connectivity and streaming content, and they’re eager to show it off to travelers.
Don’t expect the latest and greatest in Apple technology here, as the carrier hasn’t gotten around to ordering up some of those new iPad Air things just yet. As part of the program, Southwest will be passing out iPad2 devices on flights between spots like Chicago-Midway, Denver, and Oakland.
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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.
We certainly can’t complain about a new way to get to and from Los Cabos, Mexico, and thanks to Aeromexico there's now a new option in and out of New York City. The plan is to start flying back and forth beginning on January 18, as Aeromexico does the nonstop thing between New York-JFK and San Jose del Cabo. The new options will fly once per week, as planes and people will take to the skies on Saturdays around 7am and will arrive down in paradise around 11am—all times local. Sounds like the perfect timing for this kind of flight, as we’re pretty sure there are many in the area looking for a warm weather escape once January rolls around.
More news from Delta this week, as they continue to boost their options in and out of Seattle. The city is hardly a hub for the airline, but they certainly have been busy adding new options and destinations out of the area.
This week it was announced that they will be doing the nonstop thing down to San Diego four times each and every day beginning on June 2 of next year. After that—starting on September 2—they’ll also be heading to Portland with the same type of frequency. There will be some smaller planes doing their thing between these cities and states, as Delta Connection—thanks to SkyWest—will be operating some Bombardier CRJ-900 regional jets.
Throwback Thursday / Airlines / Air France / France Travel / Wine Travel / Vintage Travel / In-Flight Meals / → All Tags
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.
Check out this old ad for Air France's transatlantic service. Love the route names: "Super Starliner" and "Eastern Epicurian." Hate that the ad implies only men enjoy the nicer things while in flight.
Granted, this ad was taken from an old British men's magazine named "Lilliput," but the thought of outright targeting one sex over the other for the sales of airline tickets is ridiculous. You see, it's done in a far subtler way now; note the naked Russian flight attendant calendar distributed to male frequent flyers of Aeroflot, or the sexy ads of Virgin America, touting the handsomeness of their male flight attendants and pilots just as much as the beauty of the females.
Okay, maybe not so subtle. At least there is one truly timeless aspect to the ad, and it's that final promise of "good food, good wine, good service and good company."
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Even if you’re flying from the left side of the country the flights over to Hawaii are still a little bit far, and we all certainly appreciate a little extra space and legroom. Travel to the Aloha State is even more extreme when coming from overseas, and thankfully Hawaiian Airlines is getting ready to introduce their very own version of a more legroom for more money system.
It’s hardly a new idea, as Delta has Economy Comfort, American does Main Cabin Extra, and United has had years and years of Economy Plus. You’re probably familiar with the concept, but basically you get a little more room to stretch your legs in exchange for a few extra bucks at the time of booking or check-in.
Last week, we brought you the latest safety video from Virgin America, but they aren't the only ones having a little fun. This week, the Japanese are injecting some humor into a safety video; the airline StarFlyer has created a clever safety vid involving ninjas.
There's no singing, dancing, or rhyming, but there are ninja-related tips on how to keep yourself safe and sound when flying on any of the airline's sleek black planes.
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At this point, you’ve probably heard that you can leave some electronics switched on during takeoff and landing as long as you’re doing so in airplane mode. JetBlue and Delta are the first carriers to start implementing the new relaxed rules and regulations, but there’s probably one thing that you still won’t be able to do below 10,000-feet—use the in-flight WiFi.
Carriers like American Airlines, Delta, Virgin America, United, and US Airways all utilize Gogo to get their in-flight Internet, and that’s a problem for those looking to connect on the ground. The way Gogo does its thing is based upon sending its magical WiFi signal to airplanes at cruising altitude rather than those hanging out on the ground or climbing into the skies. Gogo is looking into changing that, but for now that means you need to look elsewhere if you want to stay truly connected from takeoff to touch-down.
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You might know Russian airline Aeroflot as the super-tawdry airline that three years ago decided to take nude pictures of its flight attendants and put the photos in a VIP calendar. Or as the super-sketchy airline where the employees make their own bongs and smoke up in the galley. This is not a company known for its squeaky clean image, or its professionalism, or its squeaky clean professionalism.
So we were surprised to learn that the rest of Russia sees Aeroflot - and now we're quoting the New York Times - as "at the forefront of a broad and transformative trend in the Russian service industry." The idea is that the Russians have traditionally been staggeringly horrific at customer service. So Aeroflot began holding classes for its employees and reminding them, among other things, to say things out loud to customers. The classes worked, and other companies began to notice.