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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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Photos: Inside the Reopened Delta Flight Museum at Atlanta Airport

October 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: the Delta DC-3

2014 has been a huge, huuuuuge year for airline anniversaries, and at the top of the list is Delta's 85th Anniversary of passenger service, which they celebrated with a reopening of their aviation museum at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Why a re-opening? Well, as it goes with museums, sometimes exhibits need polishing and the Delta Flight Museum had originally opened back in 1995. It's so much more than spit-shining some cases, however; an entire new aircraft was waiting to be added to the permanent collection.

Now visitors can finally get up close with the Boeing 767 "Spirit of Delta," which was actually purchased by donations totaling $30 million from Delta employees. This plane almost single-handedly allowed Delta to weather the tough economic times of the early 1980s and begin modernizing their fleet. She flew for 23 years and is now half time capsule, half museum-within-in-a-museum, and completely open for visitors to tour.

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Travel Contest Alert: Win Tickets on a KLM Final Flight

October 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we talk about exciting, historical flights we typically talk about inaugurals. First flights are celebrated for a reason; they are a promise of travel to come and often a demonstration of the growth of a community or the prowess of new technology. Why, then, shouldn't we also celebrate the end of a service, after an airplane has delivered on its promise?

KLM agrees, and they're now holding a contest for one lucky AvGeek to join the final flight of their MD-11 on November 11.

KLM has been flying the three-holers since 1993, and will retire them from the fleet next month.

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Quiet Bubbles and Virtual Reality: What You Missed at the 2014 Aircraft Interiors Expo

October 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, the airline industry descended upon Seattle for the North American side of the 2014 Aircraft Interiors Expo, a conference that focuses on the future of passenger experience and interior cabin design.

Not only are related issues discussed, but private companies present their products to the airlines, aimed at inventing and improving the future of air travel.

Here's some takeaways from the conference:

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Photos: Looking Skyward to Daytona Beach's Incredible 'Wings and Waves' Air Show

October 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University holds its popular "Wings and Waves Air Show" in Daytona Beach, FL every other year, and for 2014 the lucky dates were October 11-12.

As the action takes place right along the shoreline, the beach and piers of Daytona are a blanket of people for miles in both directions, all with their eyes pointed skywards. The scheduled performers were the same for both days, each taking turns impressing the crowd.

This year’s performers included:

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Video: Watch a SWISS Plane and Fighter Jets Show Off Over Switzerland

September 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Talk about Swiss precision!

On August 30 and again on September 6, a SWISS International Air Lines Airbus A330, flanked by six Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighter jets of the Patrouille Suisse, whizzed above a crowd of approximately 50,000 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Air Force and 50th Anniversary of its aerobatic division. It was only one flying display within the AIR14 PAYERNE air show but, for such an occasion, SWISS brought out the big cameras (38 in total!) to create a short "pilots' view" film.

The videography and editing which went into the production of the video is simply spectacular, and it seems the internet agrees; the video has only been posted to YouTube for a couple days, and already it's just short of 50,000 views.

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Red Bull Air Race Releases Free Game, Kisses Your Productivity Goodbye

September 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

With milliseconds to spare before the end of the Red Bull Air Race 2014 season, much as in the actual heats themselves, Red Bull delights with a surprise up their sleeve. In this case, it's today's release of a free Red Bull Air Race app for both iOS and Android.

Okay, so it's not so much milliseconds before the program of high-performance stunt flying races ends—there's still Las Vegas on October 11-12 and Kunshan, China on November 1-2—but the bulk of the Air Race events have been decided and their elite pilots showered in champagne many times over. Still, it's never too late to join in the virtual action.

Your first play of AIR RACE throws you right into the scenic course at Rovinj, Croatia. Clear a few of those gates with one thumb on the throttle and the other on, well, every other control with a single button, and the game deems you worthy of the full story. From there, it's an introduction to the 12 "Super License Pilots" of the real Red Bull Air Race. In order to follow in their footsteps smoke trails, it's off to "secret Pilot Camp in Brazil" on the route to your own Super License.

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Inside the Greatest Aviation Museum You've Never Heard Of: Brazil's Museu TAM

September 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Every aviation museum worth its salt these days can boast of classic warplanes, military fighter jets here and there, and perhaps a pre-jet-age Lockheed Constellation, but few go the extra mile to secure and preserve the rarest, most historic, and, in some cases, most expensive airplanes nearly lost to history as does the Museu TAM.

The museum is the baby of TAM Airlines and is now the largest museum in the world maintained by an airline. Unfortunately it isn't the easiest daytrip destination; the Museu sits in a spacious pair of hangars just outside the town of São Carlos, an hour's drive from the city of Ribeirão Preto (location of the nearest commercial airport), which is itself an hour's flight (or 3-hour drive) from São Paulo. You'd never expect to find one of the world's most important aviation museums way out here, in this part of rural Brazil better known for sugarcane plantations, but here it is.

The museum opened to the public in 2006 with only around 32 aircraft, but they've been quite busy since and the collection now numbers 89 vintage and rare flying machines (49 of which are incredibly still in flying condition).

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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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Name the New Goodyear Blimp for a Chance at a Joyride

April 29, 2014 at 10:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Need new tires for your car? Wanna take a ride in a blimp? If you've said 'yes' to at least one of these, then have we got the contest for you.

Goodyear is working to replace their aging blimp fleet with newer models from Zeppelin NT, but they're a little stuck on what to name the first one.

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Exclusive: How the Ethiopian Hijacking Hit Twitter and Became a Social Media Emergency Lesson

February 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM | by | Comment (1)

At Jaunted, we strive to bring you the news, not be a part of the news. Today, we did both, and we wanted to take some time to talk about that.

Thousands upon thousands of retweets and shares, and even more regurgitation by general media, of our early and comprehensive coverage of this morning's Ethiopian Airlines flight 702 hijacking started the week. The news of the situation first broke out and took hold thanks to the diligent research and tweets of John Walton, aviation journalist, former contributor right here at Jaunted, and current Director of Data for Routehappy.

The bulk of the action transpired online around 6:00am local time in Geneva, or midnight in EST. The Twitters of John (@thatjohn), and of our own Editor, Cynthia Drescher (@JetSetCD), quickly became the top source accounts for updates on the situation (even yielding a recommendation from Twitter's Director of Data, @smfrogers), despite being 4,000 miles removed from Geneva.

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How to Get Tickets to the Red Bull Air Races in Dallas and Las Vegas

January 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like just yesterday that the VROOM of high performance aircraft was booming over New York Harbor, but in reality that was already three years ago, when the Red Bull Air Race World Championships last took to the skies to crown one aerobatic pilot most daredevil of all.

Now, after those three years of quiet, the "world's fastest motorsport" returns and soon! While there's no NYC date on the calendar, the US will see the races come to Dallas and Las Vegas and tickets are already available.

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