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All Nippon Airways Teams With Toyota For New Seat Design

Where: Japan
May 20, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Boeing Bummer: Fewer 787s Coming To America

April 28, 2015 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Bad news for those looking to score a trip aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner here in the nifty fifty, as a couple of carriers are changing up their plans and orders as apparently the latest isn’t necessarily the greatest.

United has a whole bunch of 787s on order, and that’s in addition to the ones they’re already flying. According to the Associated Press and ABC News, United is pretty cool with the 787; however, they’re just looking for something a little bit bigger for certain routes. Boeing will still be their bird of choice, as the plan is to trade in some of the 787s for Boeing 777-300ERs. All in all they will be reordering ten of the different planes—hey, at least they didn’t call Airbus!

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'Living In The Age of Airplanes' Debuts This Weekend at the Local IMAX

April 9, 2015 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

Living in the Age of Airplanes — Trailer #2 from Living in the Age of Airplanes on Vimeo.

Here’s something to add to your weekend to-do list, as we’re pretty sure you’re going to love it. The documentary Living in the Age of Airplanes narrated by Harrison Ford and from the folks over at National Geographic is set to hit the big, big screen on April 10. (Yes, we know the timing is not the greatest as Ford was recently in his own airplane accident.)

Things will be shown in select IMAX and other giant screen theatres, so be sure to review the listings to see where you need to go to check things out. Already, the show premiered earlier this week onboard a special Emirates A380 flight that showed the documentary on the in-flight entertainment screens while circling the skies above Los Angeles.

As for the movie, it was shot across 18 countries and each and every continent, as the filmmakers try their best to show off a little anthropology with a side of aviation. It’s basically a love letter to all things airplanes, and what they mean to our ability to get from here to there so easily and effortlessly.

We’re already ready to check things out for ourselves, and we’ll let the trailer above get you excited as well. Now we just need to find some Biscoff cookies to smuggle into the theater as a snack.

[Photo / Video: Official Site]

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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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What to Look For When Booking on American Airlines' New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

February 16, 2015 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

As promised, American Airlines worked through this long weekend to open up booking for the first flights of their brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and there's good news and bad news.

The good news is that both inaugurals—between Dallas-DFW and Chicago-ORD on May 7—still have some seat availability.

The bad news is that those seats won't come cheap; American is managing demand by making the 787-operated flights that day the most expensive, from nearly $500-$600 each way when the other flights (mostly operated by MD-80s) are $109. It's a 2.5-hour flight, which is a challengingly short period of time to enjoy such a festive flight and still push all the buttons and flip all the switches on the new in-flight entertainment, new seats, and new...well...everything else (auto-closing toilet lids!).

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Finally! American Airlines Reveals 787 Dreamliner Launch Dates, Routes, Interior

February 11, 2015 at 1:13 PM | by | Comment (1)

Forget Valentine's Day. February 14, for frequent flyers, has a new meaning this year thanks to a big announcement today from American Airlines. This Saturday, a date typically reserved for boxes of chocolates and flower bouquets, will be the day reservations open for domestic and international flights on AA's brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Wait—that's not all.

Along with the tease to get your credit cards ready for this Saturday's ticket rush, American Airlines also granted the first peek inside the plane, posting three photos each of Business Class and Economy Class to their social media networks.

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Elvis' Airplanes are Now Departing Graceland for...Your Backyard?

January 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the USA's most visited private homes is losing its most famous lawn ornaments.

Say so long to the two private jets in the side yard of Elvis' Graceland; both airplanes lost the battle to stay their ground—which we reported on back in July, 2014—and are already on the auction block.

Despite Priscilla's protests, Elvis Presley Enterprises (operators of Graceland) are evicting the planes, which no longer fly but do admit visitors for an additional fee. Walking through the Lisa Marie (a Convair 880) and Hound Dog II (a Lockheed JetStar) was our favorite part of making it to Graceland in Memphis.

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EVA Air to Fly Brand New Hello Kitty 777 Nonstop Between Houston and Taipei

December 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

OMG OMG OMG. We have good news and great news, both related to Hello Kitty and a certain airline fond of covering their planes in the illustrated character.

First, the good news:

Taipei-based EVA Air will soon add another Hello Kitty aircraft to their fleet, bringing the total to 7 airplanes covered in Sanrio cuteness. The theme hasn't yet been leaked, but the plane—the second Boeing 777-300ER to sport a Hello Kitty livery (the other five are Airbus A330s)—will be delivered in May 2015. Inside will be 333 seats: 39 business class, 56 premium economy, 238 economy.

Now, the great news:

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Why One Little Green Airplane is Flying with a Big, Bushy Mustache

November 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

For several years, airlines like British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Virgin America and more have "flown in the face of men's health issues" by getting involved with the Movember movement. For 2014, the mustachioed will be joined by yet another airline, as Aer Lingus waxes up their own cookie duster.

The plane with the 'stache is an Airbus A320 named "Des" (the tail number is EI-DES) and, if you spot him on the tarmac at your home airport, you can share your photos of Des using the hashtag "#moplane."

Since Aer Lingus accepted the challenge from the Ireland chapter of Movember to participate, the airline has set up a Movember site for donations from their flyers.

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Hey, Good Looking: American Airlines' First 787 Revealed

November 3, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | Comment (1)

How you doing? That’s what we’d like to say to American Airlines’ brand new Boeing 787. It just rolled out of the hangar complete with the airline’s new livery on the new plane, and we have to say that it looks pretty darn snazzy.

Right now the only place you can check it out is over in Everett, Washington, but if all goes according to plan it’ll be in the hands of the pilots and people over at American Airlines before the end of the year.

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Virgin Atlantic's 30th Birthday Brings the Boeing 787-9 to Boston

October 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | Comment (1)

This isn't just any Tuesday. Today Virgin Atlantic becomes the 25th airline to fly a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as they inaugurate their new arrival with flights between London-Heathrow and Boston-Logan.

This isn't just any 787, either. Virgin Atlantic is the first European airline to welcome the longer, cooler 787-9 to their fleet, and they do so on their own 30th birthday as an airline, hence the aircraft's name, "Birthday Girl" G-VNEW.

Inside are 198 Economy, 35 Premium Economy, and 31 Upper Class seats, plus a new "Wander Wall" concept in Premium Economy. This is essentially a snack-and-chat station, since the bar is reserved for Upper Class only. Speaking of that bar—it's been redesigned to fit within the 787-9, but you'll still be able to pop on a barstool and order a Virgin Redhead somewhere 38,000' above the Atlantic Ocean. Instagram it instantly, thanks to long-haul in-flight WiFi onboard.

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Delta Begins the Long Farewell Countdown for Their 747s

October 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Boeing 747 is known as the Queen of the Skies, but even royalty sometimes needs to step aside for the next generation. Just this year we saw United ditch their jumbos between San Francisco and Sydney, Air New Zealand took the planes out of their fleet, and over at ANA they’re not using the big birds any more as well. Next to retire the planes is Delta, but you will have a few years of farewell before the head to the big hangar in the sky.

Right now the carrier has around 16 of the planes kicking around, as most of them were acquired back with Delta shacked up with Northwest Airlines. Apparently the planes ain’t what they used to be—too big, not fuel efficient, etc.—and it looks like Delta will be taking them out of commission as soon as 2017.

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