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You Can Now 'Pinch and Swipe' on Virgin America (and Other Travel News)

June 18, 2015 at 12:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Do you remember when Virgin America first launched in 2007, with their game-changing Red in-flight entertainment system? We do because, well, we were there.

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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The Dude From Iron Maiden Is Relaunching This African Airline

Where: Djibouti
May 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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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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There's Two More Chances to Fly an American Airlines 787 Inaugural (For Now)

May 8, 2015 at 4:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday marked the very first day of regular commercial flights for American Airlines' newest to their fleet: the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The brand new plane, the first for AA of 42 787s on order, left Dallas-Ft Worh Airport for Chicago-O'Hare, a typically rote domestic flight turned celebration for the introduction of the aircraft.

Now we have good news and bad news.

The bad news is that the AA 787, which has already been inducted into domestic service, has had her party and you're a little late to it. The good news is that, with American welcoming more than just one 787, there's plenty more partying in the near future.

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Watch World War 2 Airplanes Fly Over Washington D.C. This Friday

May 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

May 8, 1945: V-E Day. The Allies officially celebrate the end of World War 2 with the acceptance of the surrender of Nazi Germany and the Axis powers. For the first time in years, airplanes flying overhead meant only celebration and the return of good times instead of loss and potential tragedy.

May 8, 2015: The 70th Anniversary of V-E Day. The airplanes flying overheard on this day will again celebrate the victory of the allies, and some of the aircraft will be the very same which flew those 70 years ago.

Washington D.C. will be the site of the United States' grand 70th anniversary celebration of V-E Day this Friday, and Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum reports that the highlight will be a flyover of one of the country's largest private collections of World War 2-era aircraft.

The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum is the chief sponsor, and has a bunch of extras for those who both will and won't be there to watch the display. From the Smithsonian:

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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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Plane For Sale: Abercrombie & Fitch Discounts Their Private Jet

March 17, 2015 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

Open your wallets and start counting that loose change, we've got the deal of a lifetime if you're in the market for a private corporate jet that comes with a little bit of tumultuous history.

The Gulfstream that carted the former Abercrombie & Fitch CEO, Mike Jeffries, around the portfolio of erotically marketed collegiate clothing stores, has just been marked down a few million dollars for the most interested party. After a few years of sales that have used a good amount of red ink, the clothier dropped the G550's price by $11 million in the hopes of making a quick sale.

We're not too sure the new owner would adopt the 47-page rule book that Jeffries required it's crew to abide by while jetting off with the exec. Now, we've heard of tough flight attendant rules from some of the best carriers in the world, but these rules are far from the deportment classes that Singapore Girls attend and Amazon jungle survival skills that TAM's crew learn. We're talking about where Jeffries' dogs sat, what type of underwear the male crew wore and how to respond the requests.

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Photos: Thousands of Airplanes in the Arizona Desert, at Pima Air and Space Museum

February 19, 2015 at 8:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, we called the Museu Tam outside Sao Paulo, Brazil the "greatest aviation museum you've never heard of," but what what institution can lay claim to the sister title of the "greatest aviation museum you have heard of?" For that, we go not to the Smithsonian, but to the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, home to Pima Air & Space Museum.

Before you protest to say that you actually haven't heard of it, wait a sec.

Pima has become the final resting place of many a historic airliner, including a NASA "Super Guppy" and the DC-6 which served as Air Force One to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Pima's massive museum and even more ginormous outdoor exhibition area (over 80 acres!) is a jolly neighbor to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), which you'll most likely recognize as the haunting landscape of 2,600 acres full up with retired military aircraft.

The AMARG makes occasional cameos in movies, TV shows, and on curiosity websites, but spends most of its time as a mecca for #AvGeeks from around the world.

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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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