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WestJet Looks to Bigger Planes for Better Budget, Long-Haul Flights

Where: Canada
July 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

The people over at WestJet have been offering budget flights around Canada and beyond since 1996, but now it sounds like they’re thinking about switching up their fleet to include more airplanes for more passengers, for more routes. Right now they are pretty much only utilizing different versions and flavors of the Boeing 737, but the future may bring wide-bodies.

It sounds like they’re thinking about scooping up as many as four larger planes, as they look to boost capacity—and profit—with more seats. Right now the focus seems to be Hawaii, as the carrier plans to utilize these new planes as soon as the fall of 2015.

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Better Bin Space Coming Soon for Alaska Airlines Carry-ons

July 11, 2014 at 12:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Good news from the planes and people over at Alaska Airlines, and this time it has nothing to do with their in-flight oatmeal. The carrier is pretty darn proud of their latest airplane advancement—thanks to Boeing—and now they’re all about sharing the news about their expanded overhead bins.

These new so-called Space Bins can increase carry-on capacity by roughly 50 percent, and that’s certainly appealing to those passengers bringing plenty of personal belongings along for overhead storage.

Alaska Airlines is apparently the first carrier that will offer these up, and for those familiar with the airline’s current Boeing Sky Interior—it’s kind of a similar look but with even more capacity.

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Inside the First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

July 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

New airplane alert!

163 Boeing 787 Dreamliners are flying the skies right now, a number current as of this week. That includes 162 787-8s and 1 lonely 787-9 for Air New Zealand, which only headed from Boeing's headquarters in Everett, WA to its new home of Auckland, New Zealand at dawn this morning.

That 787-9 won't be lonely for long, however; over 25 airlines have placed orders for more than 400 of the sleek and efficient jets. So why are we getting excited for yet another Dreamliner? The answer is shockingly simple: it's awesomer. Sure, the original flavor 787-8 is great and Boeing will continue to roll them out, but the 787-9 is, as Daft Punk would sing, "harder, better, faster, stronger."

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Plan Now for the 'World's Greatest Aviation Celebration': Oshkosh 2014

July 7, 2014 at 6:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

For one week this summer—July 28 - August 3—the busiest control tower in the world will be the one at a small regional airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

What's so cool about Oshkosh, exactly? Well, all that week runs the "world's greatest aviation celebration," called EAA AirVenture (colloquially just "Oshkosh"), and tens of thousands of participating aircraft take to the skies and ground at OSH. The impressive numbers of flying machines and visitors (nearly half a million!) bestows upon Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport that superlative title and, for a brief summer week, all eyes are on the Midwest.

Although we flew in 2 years ago, last year we road-tripped up from Chicago to see if doing Oshkosh in a day would be possible. And it totally is. Three hours driving each way, $35 in gas, a pit stop to buy cheese curds, $10 in parking at Oshkosh and lots of listening to Sirius radio was all it took to spend the day amongst fields of aircraft (from brand new Honda private jets to vintage warplanes) and under loop-de-loops of the nearly constant aerobatic action.

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Five Exercises for Staying Fit and Healthy During a Long Flight

July 3, 2014 at 10:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we offered up some tips for exercises to do before a flight, while still on the ground in the airport. Once you're in the air, however, it's perfectly okay to sneak in a few more stretches, and getting up and moving around is actually the healthiest way to pass the time (but only if the seatbelt sign is off).

If you turn to the back of most in-flight magazines, you will find a section addressing in-flight health. It typically describes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and how to prevent it with small movements, like heel lifts, foot circles, neck rolls and knee pulls. These are all lovely and do work, but we've got a few more small exercise suggestions to add to the repertoire:

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Why Your Embraer E190 Flight May Be a Tad Delayed This Week

July 1, 2014 at 6:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ll admit that this isn't exactly the most exciting piece of airline news, but if you’re traveling over the next few days we figured you’d like to know what’s going on with your airplane.

Carriers like American Airlines are busy checking out some of their Embraer E190 jets, as a couple bits and pieces might be loose. Engine pylon bolts might not be as tight as they should be, and the airplane manufacturer has recommended that airlines go ahead and check things out—you know, just in case.

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250 New Emoji to Include More Airplanes, More Travel Icons

June 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Rejoice, for the day of new emoji is here! Released this month, some 250 more teeny, tiny characters will be added to the Unicode 7.0.0 standard. In order to use these new emoji, keep an eye out for software updates from Apple, Google, Microsoft and the like.

In addition to more work icons (like "back of envelope" and "clamshell mobile phone") and weather ("cloud with tornado!"), the slew of fresh emoji will include a barrage of updated transportation and travel icons. Here's what to expect:

· Up-pointing airplane
· up-pointing small airplane
· small airplane
· northeast-pointing airplane
· airplane departure
· airplane arriving
· passenger ship
· diesel locomotive
· bellhop bell
· sleeping accommodation
· desert island
· national park
· beach with umbrella
· snow-capped mountain

We know it's not every day you take a diesel locomotive from a national park to a snow-capped mountain, but now you can rest comfortably in the knowledge that, should that day ever arrive, you'll be able to adequately illustrate it in a text message or tweet, thanks to the new emoji. View the entire list over at emojipedia.

Now, how about a cheese or taco emoji, or some additional country flags?

[Screencap: Jaunted]

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11 of the Best Airshows Yet to Come in 2014

June 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Summer is pretty much here, and that means it’s airshow season. Slap on some of the SPF and take to the fields, airports, and waterfronts across the country to check things out. Vintage aircraft to modern war machines are all out to show off their stuff, so here’s a few events not to miss this summer and beyond:

· American Heroes Air Show – June 21 – Lakeview Terrace, CA

· Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival – July 2 to July 6 – Battle Creek, MI

· Tacoma Freedom Fair Airshow – July 4 – Tacoma, WA

· National Cherry Festival Air Show – July 5 to July 6 – Traverse City, MI

· EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – July 28 to August 3 – Oshkosh, WI

· Chicago Air and Water Show – August 16 to August 17 – Chicago, IL

· Rocky Mountain Airshow – August 22 and August 23 – Greeley, CO

· Cleveland National Air Show – August 30 to September 1 – Cleveland, OH

· Oregon International Air Show – September 19 to September 21 – Hillsboro, OR

· Memphis Airshow – October 18 and October 19 – Memphis, TN

· NAS Pensacola Airshow – November 7 to November 9 – Pensacola, FL

[Photo: MebS09]

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Take a Look at the Snazzy Airplane Flying Belgium's Team to the World Cup

June 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's go time, folks. If the 2014 World Cup teams aren't already in Brazil, then they're on their way. A few days ago we detailed 7 special planes taking teams to the World Cup down in Brazil, but one aircraft stands out from the pack. Owing to details both inside and out, it's Brussels Airlines Airbus A330 that's caught our eye and, apparently, also that of Facebook.

This specific plane, tail number OO-SFO, is painted with the team's Red Devils colors and symbol, along with soccer ball. That's the tip of the iceberg, however; the interior is fully kitted out with everything from green soccer pitch-print aisle carpeting to custom embroidered headrests in Business Class for each of the team's players. Bulkheads between cabins feature images of the team in action, and there's even a social media hashtag for the flight number (#SN2014). The idea is for the players to use the hashtag while posting selfies and such to their channels, and fans can interact and follow the action.

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7 Special Airplanes Flying World Cup Teams to Brazil

Where: Brazil
June 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

World Cup 2014 begins in little more than a week, on June 14. Right about now the national soccer teams are either packing up to hit the skies before hitting the turf, or they're already touching down in Brazil for pre-game practice.

Seeing as how the World Cup games are played in 12 different cities throughout the month, teams not only need transportation to Brazil, but within the massive country. For this, each team relies on a private or chartered aircraft, and many take the opportunity to show off a bit of their national pride.

Here are 7 such special aircraft you'll spot in the skies over Brazil this next several weeks:

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How to Take a Seaplane to the Hamptons This Summer

May 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

The decision to spend a summer weekend on the beaches of Long Island need not begin with dread for the long train ride/car trip/bus journey to the Hamptons. There are other options, but a faster, more comfortable ride will of course cost more. Prices have gone up $25 from summer 2013, but they're still competitive.

Did somebody say seaplane? In 35+ minutes from Manhattan's East River seaplane port, small planefuls reach the shores of East Hampton, Montauk and beyond.

Here are the two companies with regularly scheduled flights:

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Where to Find (and Fly) the Very Last Airplane Painted with Pokémon

Where: Japan
May 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a 'Hello Kitty' world now.

As Taiwan's EVA Air continues to promote their fleet of six Hello Kitty jets (5 A330s, 1 777) and Japan Airlines gets in on the action with one Kitty-fied 777, ANA is slowly saying fond farewells to their once robust fleet of Pokémon planes.

The idea to paint up an aircraft in Pikachu and other characters goes all the way back to 1992, with a contest ANA hosted to welcome children's drawings as design concepts. No plane was painted with Pokémon until 1998, however; the first was a 747 on domestic routes, which flew for 17 years before heading into retirement.

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