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Air France has just released the below video of their employees at Paris-Charles de Gaulle breaking into booty moves along with Jennifer Lopez's song "On the Floor." The song includes the lyrics, "Brazil, Morocco, London to Ibiza // Straight to LA, New York, Vegas to Africa," which are more than a few of Air France's destinations. Perfect.
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We hear it over and over from frequent travelerswhy isn't Apple designing seat-back airplane entertainment systems and why isn't IKEA in the business of outfitting airline gate areas? Well it looks like we may have gotten the latter wish, as IKEA has opened a pop-up airline lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle International Airport.
Why Paris? Why not? There's a regular IKEA store like a 5-minute drive down the A1 from CDG, but it's not like it's that easy to just duck out of the airport to scarf some Swedish meatballs or purchase a living room set.
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There's something jarring about partaking in the miracle of heavier-than-air flight, of literally dining in a chair in the sky as you fly across an ocean, and then - upon arriving at your destination in mere hours - having to stand in some horrible airport's interminable passport control line. Really? We can build commercial jets that break the sound barrier but we can't figure out how to efficiently stamp people's passports?
Here's a list of three of the worst wait time offenders. We're hoping that - all other options having been exhausted - maybe sustained public shaming will get through to them. Two are in so-called Alpha++ and Alpha+ global cities, so you'd think they'd try something now and again, and one is in West Africa, because we just can't get over how bad it is.
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The modern airport is for so much more than simply leaving a flight. These days, they features everything from excellent eateries to spas, and even a library in Amsterdam's case. Well, the SkyTeam alliance is fully aware that their member airlines fly to some of the coolest airports in the world, and they wanted to show off a bit with a video series of famous names showing around their favorite hubs.
Granted, we've already featured the Pam Ann-takes-LHR video, but up until today's web searching, we didn't know there were more to the series. Enjoy!
So, do you think the $1 Billion sale of social photo sharing site Instagram to Facebook has had any effect on photos posted this week? We mean aside from any jokey reaction shots after the news of the sale hit the wire. For one, we've personally noticed increased brand activity on Instagram, especially with travel brands who realize it's a channel they can control (and no one wants to read press releases--just show the pictures!)
Air France has fully adopted Instagram, though only recently using it as a kind of supplementary news stream. The latest news? Air France will open their largest lounge ever, at Paris-Chares de Gaulle's new S4 boarding satellite, this summer.
The 3,000 square meter Salon d'Affaires will have 600 seats. Here's a few views, via airfrance on Instagram:
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We love Paris—and so does everyone else—but that love usually doesn't extend to the city’s largest airport. Well, city and airport officials have finally dealt with Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and its reputation for long enough and it sounds like they’re finally going to do something about it.
This summer marks a new beginning for the airport, as Aéroports de Paris—they’re the ones in charge—plan to streamline operations. The hope is that things will become a little more convenient, a little friendlier, and whole lot more enjoyable for those flying to—or connecting through—CDG.
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Just because Thanksgiving has passed doesn't mean that travel will dwindle much; Christmas and other holidays are now less than one month away, and of course travel to wherever you're heading for them will start sooner. If you're heading home or on vacation, and you can't convince someone to come pick you up from the airport, we might be able to help.
Throughout December, we'll be adding more guides on how to reach airports around the world via both public and private transportation, but for now, here are six guides we've already got for you:
· London-Gatwick (just the Express train featured)
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What's with the recent trend of travelers taking really great HD videos of their flights and making them into pseudo-dream sequences? We love it, really we do, and we're thrilled that our friend AirlineReporter has pointed out yet another amazing mini-film today: a two-minute trip from San Francisco to Paris onboard an Air France A340.
The video is recentuploaded to YouTube on April 1but there's no April Fool's joking about it. Watch above for breaktaking glimpses of the Northern Lights and snow-covered tundra. Passenger Nate Bolt captured 2,459 photos during the 5,576-mile trip, with the permission of Air France.
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Maybe it’s just us, but every time we fly out of Charles de Gaulle, we end up getting delayed for a few hours. After our recent trip to Paris, that delay turned out to be four hours all told, so we figured we might as well check out Air France’s Salon d’Affaires, and doesn't it sound so much better than “airport lounge?"
So, for the next installment in our Airport Lounge Series, we’re taking you for an inside look at the Salon d’Affaires, and its many amenities both bon et non:
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The remembrance stone in Roissy, France
Just over ten years after the deadly day, a French court has found Continental Airlines guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the July 2000 crash of the Air France Concorde, which took the lives of 109 passengers and crew and another 4 on the ground. So just how did this come to be, that another airline is convicted of murdering the entire flight of another airline? It all goes back to a small piece of metal.
The tragedy of the Concorde AF Flight 4590 is well known, but here's a sentence to refresh your memory: a Continental Airlines DC-10 flew out of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. The plane wasn't properly maintained, and a 12" x 17" piece of titanium (that shouldn't have been on the plane anyways) fell of it onto the runway at CDG. The Concorde took off next, and the metal strip burst a tire, pieces of which then ruptured a fuel tank, which then did all sorts of damage and turned the Concorde into a flaming projectile that crashed into a motel outside the airport. The structural fragility of the areas damaged in this crash caused all Concordes to be grounded for the time being, and all Concordes ceased flying in 2003.
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If you're planning on flying into or out of Paris-Charles de Gaulle or Paris-Orly airports today, you might want to be extra aware of your flight's status on FlightStats and have your airline's contact number at hand, as French airport workers have gone on strike over retirement age.
Tweeting live from the front linesfrom on a delayed plane at CDGis musician Ted Leo, of the band Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. First, his flight returned to the gate before takeoff with an equipment issue, and just as that was fixed and they were all set to leave for the US, the airport workers' strike began. His latest tweet: "We've been disembarked aaaaaaand it looks like the entire airport's shutting down." Now, CDG is delaying and canceling flights on account of the strike, and other Paris-bound flights from international airports should also be affected.
Now, for Berlin's similar issues...
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It's been too long since last time we really delved into the full-body scanning controversy, aside from that brief bit about the Pope hating full-body scanners. And now that more and more of the pricey, privacy-invading machines are being ordered up and delivered to airports, we thought it was about time to take another look at where you'll be encountering the massive gadgets.
The newest airports to the full-body scanning game are Chicago O'Hare and Boston Logan, with Boston welcoming their first of three scanners only yesterday. O'Hare is expecting to get their this week as well, and it will go into Terminal 1 with United, which means a significant amount of O'Hare flights will be screened throught them since this is United's home base. But although the scanners have arrived, they won't be operational and pushed on the passengers for another few weeks as employee training finishes and the things get plugged in.
Vive le full-body scan! More international airports join in, after the jump