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Photo Gallery: Frankfurt Airport's Terrific Tarmac Tour

January 27, 2015 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been the subject of many awesome time-lapse videos and even a Star Wars fan fiction-style mini production, but Frankfurt International Airport is pretty great at offering live access via their Airport Tour by Bus.

Called the Flughafen Rundfahrt in German, the tours depart from the pre-security area of Frankfurt's Terminal 1 (level 0, Airport City Mall) and go through security (no airline ticket needed) to join up with a bus for an airside drive all along aircraft at gates, at hard stands, on the Cargo apron, in maintenance hangars, and of course on the runway.

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What's So Special About Today's American Airlines 787 Landing at DFW

January 23, 2015 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

TGIF! Not only is Friday the best of the week because it means the weekend is here, but this Friday in particular ranks highly as it marks the day American Airlines flies their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (of the 42 they have on order) home to Dallas.

The aircraft—gleaming in the "New American" striped livery— flew earlier this morning from Boeing's factory in Everett, WA , slicing the skies with its raked, carbon fiber wings before a scheduled 4:21pm landing time at American's HQ at Dallas-Ft Worth DFW. The airline signed the final documents and symbolically took the key for the plane from Boeing just yesterday, but don't expect to be able to book a ticket on it until this spring at the earliest.

The details of the arrival, according to Dallas News:

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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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The Jaunted Instagrams You Liked Most in 2014

December 26, 2014 at 11:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

2014 was a busy year for the Jaunted team.

If you've been following our exploits on Instagram then you undoubtably will recall that we've spent the last 365-ish days everywhere from Papua New Guinea to the Brazilian Amazon and from Christmas Island to an ocean liner in the middle of the Atlantic.

Follow us into 2015 @jaunted.

Thank you for being a reader, and for your "likes." Speaking of, here's what Instagrams you liked the most in 2014:

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Throwback Thursday: The Awesome Airplane Coach Lounges of the 1970s

December 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get 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.

Before airlines considered the economy cabin worthy of nothing more than a seat 18" wide and about 8 peanuts as a complimentary snack, it used to be they would reward any passenger flying one of their newest planes with an in-flight lounge experience.

The onboard First Class lounges of the 1970s are things of legend, of course, but what about coach? On selected aircraft, they too enjoyed a dedicated space for enjoying in-flight diversions like gossiping, having a cocktail, card-playing and, in the case of American Airlines' 747-100 Coach Lounge, even piano-playing.

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Airbus' New Airplane Concept is a 'Flying Doughnut.' Yum.

November 19, 2014 at 8:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Want to ride in a flying saucer?

Me neither. Those probes are cold.

But here’s something close to it, and kind of cool. Airbus has filed a patent for a new plane design that has a UFO-style look to it. The application dubs the invention as an “Aircraft Including a Passenger Cabin Extending Around a Space Defined Outside the Cabin and Inside the Aircraft.” Shorter version: a plane where passengers are seated in concentric circles. Or as one publication put, as “flying doughnuts.”

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Video Interlude: The Airbus A380 as a Canvas for Light Projection Artwork

November 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes right down to it, all aircraft are works of art. One particular masterpiece of recent is the super-jumbo A380, with its double-decker curves and four-engine strength. British Airways is particularly enthralled with their sparkling new A380s and thus created a piece of video art in homage to it.

The British carrier has swapped canvas for fuselage to celebrate their newest non-stop route between London-Heathrow and Singapore with a stunning video that's right out of the cool 4D trend of late. You know—when a projection on a building gives the illusion of it coming alive right before your very eyes.

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Airbnb in a Plane! KLM Opens Contest for Airplane Sleepovers at Amsterdam Airport

November 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you only do one thing today, let it be entering KLM's ingenious contest to travel to Amsterdam and have a sleepover inside their recently retired MD-11 airplane.

From now through November 20, KLM is asking all fans of the three-holer aircraft to book it for an overnight stay, as they've cleared out all the typical airplane seats in favor of cozy apartment-style furnishings.

The "Airplane Apartment" sports a master bedroom with king-size bed, a second bedroom with two beds, kitchen, living area, 8 bathrooms, WiFi, a cockpit, and 116 windows. There'll be one winner for each of the three nights, and each winner may bring up to three friends/family along for a total occupancy of 4 people in the Airplane Apartment. But wait, there's more! Winners will also receive international roundtrip flights on KLM to reach Amsterdam, and a 500 EUR Airbnb gift card.

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This is the Fastest Way to Board a Plane. Good Luck Getting People to Cooperate.

November 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

“This isn’t rocket science,” said just about everyone who has ever waited an interminably long time to board a plane.

It’s not. Astrophysics on the other hand, might help.

At least if you trust Jason Steffen, an astrophysicist at Northwestern University, who thinks that he has come up with the #flawless, fastest way to get airplane passengers boarded. “Wired” magazine just detailed Steffen’s system, which he developed several years ago — though it continues to fall on deaf ears. Steffen says that while the traditional back-to-front order of operations makes sense on its face, it fails to account for the fact that bottlenecks will still occur as passengers try to hoist their bags into overheads at the same time.

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Stories to Make You Feel Boring: Man Builds Airplane in His Extra Bedroom

Where: MI
November 11, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | Comment (1)

Thank you, local news station, for bringing us a truly inspiring tale of American ingenuity.

Because having a woodshop in your garage is totally #BasicBitch, suburban Michigan man Andy Millin spent 11 years of his life building his own operational airplane, not in a hangar but inside his house. Millin, who wasn’t even a pilot at the time (read that again, let it sink in) built everything from scratch, wings to fuselage to engine, according to WWMT Newschannel 3, which recently profiled Millin’s tale. But wait, there’s more.

"Homebuilt" planes are actually more common than you'd expect, but the special bit of Millin's construction is that he and his buddy/partner-in-insanity built an addition to his house, which served as their hangar/workshop. Today that space has been converted to a master bedroom, a condition of Millin’s crafty wife, who inadvertently inspired this whole plan when she booked her husband a birthday ride on a B-17 back in 1995.

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A380 Service to Chicago O'Hare May Actually Happen

November 6, 2014 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Make way for some super-jumbo aircraft in the heartland, since the folks over at Chicago's O'Hare Airport are ready to spend some cash to be able to allow Airbus A380s to pull up to its terminals.

ORD would be the last of the top 5 busiest U.S. airports to upgrade facilities for the double-decker airplane, and this is great news not only for travelers, but for a few airlines who have already pinned Chicago on their route map.

The massive airplane will head on over to Terminal 5, and the 34 airlines who call it home in Chicago have agreed to open up their wallets and cough up the $1 million for the preliminary designs for the airport upgrades. This comes after O'Hare's newest runway, (10C and 28C) along with nearby taxi route, was rated to accommodate the heavy aircraft.

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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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