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The Little Things: Austrian Airlines' Incredible Onboard Coffee Service

Where: Austria
January 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Business Class passengers on Austrian Airlines experience a spectacular onboard coffee service, choosing from the 10 most popular Austrian specialties.

What do you think of when you think, "Austria?" Not Australia, but Austria, that magical and musical country of mountains, castles, 'Sound of Music' tours, and Viennese coffee. Hopefully that last one comes before all others for you, because flying there on Austrian Airlines means a taste of the best before you even land.

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Lounging Around Vienna Airport's Groovy Gate Furniture

Where: Vienna International Airport (VIE), Vienna, Austria
December 23, 2013 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve sat and waited at one airport gate for your flight to board, you’ve pretty much waited at them all. Sure, there is the idiosyncratic experience of open-air lawn chairs in the tropics or something equally unusual in other far-flung destinations, but most bear a depressing resemblance to each other: immovable rows of rigid chairs that will give you a numb butt way before it’s time to get on board.

That’s why we were so happy to come across something different during a recent departure from Vienna International Airport (VIE), where you can find these leather-clad, multi-faceted lounge islands.

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New Routes News from JetBlue, KLM, and Scoot This Week

November 1, 2013 at 8:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· KLM:
Good news for those flying from—or through—Amsterdam, as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is getting ready to send some of their beautiful blue planes to some new destinations. If you want to get technical it’s KLM Cityhopper doing the flying fun with Embraer 190s, as they’re connecting Amsterdam with nonstop service over to Florence. Things started up earlier this week, and the flights will run twice daily on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays—Tuesdays and Thursdays just have one flight per day. We don’t know about you, but we certainly can’t complain about a few days in Amsterdam followed by a few days in Florence.

· Austrian Airlines:
Lots of moving and shaking from the planes and people over at Austrian Airlines, as the carrier is getting ready to start boosting some of their international options. Beginning on July 2 of next year, they’re doing the nonstop thing between Newark and Vienna with a little help from some Boeing 767s. These flights will run five times per week, and they’re not done here. Austrian Airlines is also adding bigger planes—Boeing 777s—to their flights out of Washington Dulles, and they’re adding more back and forth frequencies out of Chicago-O’Hare.

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Austrian Airlines, United and Southwest Lead This Week's New Route News

May 24, 2013 at 8:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Austrian Airlines:
We try not to pick favorites when it comes to the week’s new routes, but we just might be most excited about the new option that’s heading to Chicago-O’Hare. This week Austrian Airlines filled up the tanks for the first time, as they started flying between Chicago and Vienna.

In case you’re interested in what they’re using to head across the Atlantic, it will be Boeing 767-300ERs doing all of the heavy lifting. With their hub at Vienna International Airport the fun just doesn’t stop in Austria, as connections will get you to here and there over in Europe as well.

· Lufthansa:
It’s been about a week since the first planes started heading back and forth, as Lufthansa is now flying from Vancouver all the way over to Munich. It’s Airbus A330s that are doing all the flying, as the carrier adds another option to go alongside their service between Vancouver and Frankfurt.

According to the press release this is the only international long-haul route Lufthansa is adding to the scheduled this year, so you might as well go ahead and enjoy this one. We’re not really sure if this is the best flight for a long weekend, so go ahead and ask for that time away from the office—you’ll need it.

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From Wings to Wheels: Four Cars That Look Like Airplanes

April 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

The usual way of going about getting on a flight is to drive a car to the airport and then hop on a plane. Well, some airlines are hoping that cars will help you to get on airplanes in another way—through advertising. Of the top of our head, here's four airlines who've dabbled in painting up pairs of wheels to match planes:

American Airlines' London Taxi

The days of black London taxi cabs are nearly over as the cars become ad territory. The latest brand to smack their logo on cabs is American Airlines, in their big push to introduce both sides of the pond to their new 777-300ERs.

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The World of Wild & Crazy Airplane Paint Jobs

March 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (2)

We find it exciting to walk through an airport and catch a glimpse of a specially painted airplane gliding by the windows, or even sneak a peek at vibrant liveries while taxiing to our gate in a foreign land. Thankfully the airline world is chock full of super quirky, stand-out airplane designs and, while some make us raise an eyebrow and tilt our head, all bring a smile and make us reach for our camera.

Here are some of the more flamboyant aircraft paint jobs::

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Alaska, Austrian Airlines and Frontier Bring Plenty New Route News This Week

November 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Alaska Airlines:
To us it’s pretty clear that Alaska Airlines may like Hawaii even more than Alaska. They're about to send even more love out to the islands, as once again they’ve announced another nonstop flight over to Hawaii. This time it looks like San Diego will be getting a flight right over to Kauai—Lihue to be specific.

The flights will start up on June 7 of next year, and will be a nice compliment to the other flights out of San Diego to the islands of Maui and Oahu. That’s not the end of the news, as Alaska Airlines is also linking San Diego with Boston beginning on March 29. They might be totally different destinations, but if you’re in San Diego both Hawaii and Massachusetts are now one flight closer.

· Austrian Airlines:
It’s time for yet another new nonstop flight over to Europe. The plan is to connect Chicago with Vienna beginning on May 17, 2013, five times per week. Boeing 767s will be doing the heavy lifting across the Atlantic, and the flights will have lie-flat beds up in the business class cabin as well as a new in-flight entertainment system in both cabins. In total there will be around 26 nonstop flights between North America and Europe next summer, so no matter when you need to go—Austrian Airlines has got you covered.

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Seven Secrets Inside Lufthansa's Exclusive First Class Terminal

Where: Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
October 23, 2012 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

SPOILER ALERT. If flying First Class is on your to-do list and you'd rather "open the gift" of the First Class Terminal when that day comes, stop reading now!

It's an almost mythical place, the First Class Terminal (FCT) at Frankfurt International Airport. In the darkness of the autumn evening, just before the last flights depart ahead of the 11pm curfew, a little building just off of Terminal 1 glows with the golden crane of the Lufthansa logo.

We've previously shown you all around the spaces and even detailed what whiskey to order, but looking a little closer there's far more to explore.

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Pick the Best Whiskey at Lufthansa's Frankfurt Airport First Class Terminal

Where: Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
June 1, 2012 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Did you know that there's a whole separate building, just off the tarmac at Frankfurt Airport, that caters only to First Class passengers? Wait—it's even more specific than that; you've got to be flying First Class on Lufthansa or Austrian Airlines or Swiss Air and have enough time on your hands to enjoy the amenities of this special building, such as nap rooms, bathrooms with showers and and (gasp!) soaking bathtubs.

Hopefully you did already know this, because we've taken you through it with a photo gallery and this time we just want to know what's good to drink up in here.

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Airlines Actually Increase Checked Bag Limits, Thanks to the 'Piece System'

May 14, 2012 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (2)

With all of the drama and outrage about certain airlines decreasing baggage limits, charging for extra baggage, and even (over)charging for carry-on baggage, here is a story that make you feel excited to fly. Yes, Virginia, there is happiness in flying.

Believe it or not, there are airlines that don't nickle and dime their passengers by charging to check a bag in the belly of the plane. And there are even airlines that have chosen to get even more liberal with how much they allow you to stuff in one suitcase. Or even up to three suitcases. We can't be more excited for these new rules.

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United, WestJet and Copa Airlines Plan New Routes to Here and There

February 3, 2012 at 7:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· WestJet:
If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out what WestJet has to offer, this may change in 2012 as they bring new flights down to the nifty fifty. Of course they already have cheap flights to here, there, and everywhere in and around Canada, but now they're prepping to take on New York-LaGuardia.

Live, in-flight television will be yours to enjoy on seven new nonstop flights between NYC-LaGuardia and Toronto beginning June 4. A couple weeks later they’ll be boosting the flight frequency up to eight flights, so they definitely mean business when it comes to serving the flying public between New York City and Toronto. They even just launched a codeshare deal with Delta, so you can continue on aboard Delta until your final destination.

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Virgin Atlantic, JetBlue and United Airlines Announce New Routes to Warm Destinations

June 17, 2011 at 8:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Virgin Atlantic:
Unfortunately we’ll be waiting a little bit for this new route to take flight, but we’re still pretty excited that Virgin Atlantic is looking to head into Mexico. The new option will link London with Cancun, and this will be the airline’s 33rd destination around the globe. Things are scheduled to start up on June 12 of 2012, and the new flights will run just two times per week. They’ll be using Boeing 747s to get the job done on this new route, and they’re planning on splitting things into three different cabins—start saving up your pence for a chance to ride in one of the upper class suites.

· Southwest Airlines:
They’re busy gobbling up AirTran, but that doesn’t mean that Southwest Airlines doesn’t have a little time to add some new options to its route network. The free checked baggage airline just added three nonstop options into and out of Denver from Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, and Newark-Liberty. None of these cities are new to the Southwest family, but the ability to connect a little closer to the West Coast should improve the trip for those looking to make the journey across the country. After all, one connection is always way better than two.

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