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Six years! That's how long the Airbus A380 has been flying the skies with paying passengers on both decks. That's also how long British Airways has jealously watched other airlines fly their superjumbos around, anxious for the day they could play with their own.
That day is now within reach, as British Airways prepares to take delivery of the big plane later this year. Travelers may already book flights on the first British Airways A380, as it flies from London to Los Angeles from October 15, 2013 and London to Hong Kong from November 15, 2013. Tickets went on sale this morning, and you know British Airways is already rolling out special rates.
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Cunard World Club is offering Austen-themed tours on select Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossings.
The tours include a visit to the Winchester Cathedral with a focus on the Life & Times of Jane Austen, a trip to the Jane Austen Museum and Chawton House Library, and a day trip to Stonehenge and the Salisbury Cathedral, one of the filming locations in 1995's Sense & Sensibility.
Tours start at $850 and take place in July, August, October, and November. To see the full schedule, visit cunard.com.
Put an abandoned site together with street art and it's like travel photography gold. Mark the derelict ship Duke of Lancaster on your must-visit map as it's the newest place to add graffiti to its rusting hulk. We can smell the Instagram "likes" already.
Located in the Dee estuary near Mostyn, on the north coast of Wales, the Duke of Lancaster has sat unused and seemingly unloved since 1979. It was only recently that former street artist Maurice Blunt spotted the ship while traveling on a train, and formed the idea to turn her into a canvas for street art.
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We can't ignore the fact that we see more and more children becoming frequent flyers nowadays. 2013 is the year for British Airways to cater to their smallest flyers with the addition of expanded kid-friendly products and services.
As much as we would rather not travel with children, it's inevitable and it makes sense for an major airline like BA to take the energy to ensure the youngest frequent flyers are taken care of and comfy both in the air and on the ground. Realistically, these young flyers will grow up and become full-fledged customers with their own spending power.
It’s hardly a done deal just yet, but it sounds like an idea is kicking around to change up the name of an airport over in the United Kingdom. Right now Birmingham International is named after the city in which it resides, but officials are thinking that it might need something a little more creative. They’re not going with a war hero or elected official, but so far so good on another figure of (modern) history—Ozzy Osbourne.
The famous rocker—and reality TV star—is originally from the area, and the thought is that a new airport name could boost tourism to the area. Heck yeah we'd go out of our way once in our life to land at Ozzy Osbourne International Airport, but it sounds like at least for now the idea is simply just in the brainstorming stages.
As has been well-documented by scientists and statisticians, travel has never been less dangerous. In both broad and specific senses that's a very good thing, since more people can travel to more places, but for dangerous travel aficionados it's becoming a problem.
As has also been well-documented by scientists and statisticians, British tourists are among the world's worst people. They throw stag parties that are by turns crude and destructive, and their outrward behavior is sometimes indistinguishable from low-level rioting. Where do you think this post is going?
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Can we please have a moment of silence for airline BMI, which ceased to fly the skies earlier this year as it was sold and snatched up by International Airlines Group (ah hem British Airways).
[Moment of silence].
Okay, now we can be a little happy as it's just been announced that some former slots of BMI at London-Heathrow Airport have been awarded to Virgin Atlantic on the platform that, according to Virgin, "without the remedy slots, [British Airways] would continue to fly from Scotland to Heathrow uncontested but Virgin Atlantic said today that domestic flyers would now have a compelling alternative."
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Everyone knows that those low-cost carriers practically give away the cheap flights over in Europe, but there’s also another kind of low-cost carrier—buses.
Megabus has made its way to the shores of the United States, but they still have a special place in their hearts for the citizens across the pond. That's especially the case for those who call the United Kingdom home.
To celebrate winter they’re giving away 10,000 free tickets to destinations all over the country, and it’s all part of their Megabus Winter Sale. Just like the cheapie airlines, these ground guys also know how to stick it to travelers when it comes to the fees and charges. The free tickets are almost free, as you'll still be plonking down 50 pence as a reservation fee.
VisitBritain is hoping to cash in on hype surrounding the new James Bond film Skyfall with a new tourism campaign including the launch of an on-line game called Agent-UK.
The game isn't just a fun way to kill time during the work day; it's also a chance for Britain's tourism office to get people excited about visiting local landmarks, many of which players visit as they become agents and solve cryptic clues left around the virtual country.
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We're embarrassed to admit that the opening of the new Doctor Who Experience Exhibit in Cardiff, Wales completely flew under our geeky radar...until now.
The exhibit has been bringing fans on an interactive journey through time and space since it opened up back in July. According to the website, visitors "step though a crack in time and help the Doctor, armed with his Sonic Screwdriver to escape from his foes, fly the TARDIS and come face-to-face with some of the scariest monsters seen on screen including Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans."
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Forgive the obvious train headline pun.
You wake up and inevitably roll over to check your phone. Emails, Twitter replies (none), and finally Facebook. Based on what you see there, you're going to have your first instinct on calling it a good day or a bad day.
Well, my friends, today's already one of those bad days as the first bit of news we caught was the end of Britain's Virgin Trains. You can read all the details behind the line's impending closure at BusinessWeek, but essentially Virgin Trains rebid to continue running their services on the privatized west coast lineslines they've been running for 15 years at currently 30 million passengers per yearand LOST.
Virgin will continue running until December, when the switch will take place to see Virgin out and UK rail company FirstGroup in. This means the end of slick, red-painted tilting Virgin Pendolinos on routes including London to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, and Liverpool (our favorite).
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The seventeenth annual V Festival may be right around the corner, but there are still plenty of ticket packages available.
The two-day music fest kicks off on Saturday, August 18th at Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Weston Park in Staffordshire, England and will include more than 50 musical acts and comedians.