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New T-Shirts Let Travelers Declare Airport Allegiance

September 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Covering walls with runway diagrams wasn't enough. Now it's time to profess your airport allegiance on a t-shirt.

A small company aptly named "Pilot & Captain" has designed a range of basic tees with the theme of airport codes. There are 20 in all, ranging from DFW (Dallas/Ft Worth) to CDG (Paris), and there's even some wall prints and totebags. Each shirt is $32 and available in men's or women's sizes and fits.

They may be awesome, but the general graphic tee etiquette rules apply here; you don't wear a band's shirt to their concert, so no sporting these at the airport. It's just weird.

[Image; Pilot & Capt]

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What Does This Fashion Week Manicure Have to Do with Travel?

September 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

What could a manicure possibly have to do with travel?

NYC-based manicurist and salon owner Jin Soon Choi is famous for simple and elegant nail looks. But the look she created for the Tibi show at New York Fashion Week this week had a somewhat surprising backstory.

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The TWA Flight Center at JFK Has a New Name and, Perhaps, a New Future

September 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend brought even more news on the fate of JFK Airport's TWA Flight Center or, as we may soon call it, The Standard, Flight Center.

The NY Post' s Page Six reports that hotelier Andre Balazs has more to celebrate than just the 5th anniversary of his Standard Hotel in NYC's Meatpacking District, as his plans to develop the Terminal 5 Flight Center into a 150-room hotel and convention center move forward.

The final proposal hasn't yet been approved by the Port Authority and, as we recently reported, they aren't having the easiest time agreeing that Balazs' design plans are the right ones for the space. Thus, this is the ideal time for Balazs to leak details in a bid to gain more publicity and garner excitement over the possible "Standard, Flight Center," while its neighbor, the old Terminal 3 Pan Am Worldport, is reduced to rubble (sharing a fate with the I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 Sundrome, demolished just two years ago).

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The TWA Flight Center at JFK Will Again Open to the Public for One Day

September 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

October can't come soon enough, as we've just confirmed that the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Sunday, October 13.

The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. The weekend is October 12-13 and although the full schedule won't be released until early October, it's nice to know if the TWA Terminal is a part of the fun since many people actually travel in for the pleasure of roaming and photographing this icon of modern architecture.

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'Futuristic' New Fashions Coming for JetBlue Flight Crew

August 5, 2013 at 12:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

From Air Canada Rouge's "Glee" geek chic kits to Qantas' supermodel, runway-ready wear, 2013 has already been a busy year for airline uniform announcements, but there's still more.

First leaked in April, the news is that JetBlue, after 12 years, has sat down with a design team (Stan Herman and Michael Schwarz) to brainstorm and sketch a complete wardrobe revamp. Schwarz describes their inspiration as "fresh and new and almost future, but still maintain that heritage of JetBlue." Seeing as how JetBlue hasn't even been around for 15 years yet, that "heritage" is actually all modern in one way or another, so throwing a little futuristic flash into the flight fashion is the only direction they can move.

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Picture This: Airport Runways as Wall Art

July 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

It doesn't matter if you're a frequent flyer or an avid armchair traveler so long as you're a lover of good design when it comes to what we've got for you. Picture this: your walls, decorated with schematics of airports, but in more of a minimalist-Apple sort of way and less back-of-the-inflight-magazine.

The Chicago-based NOMO Designs fulfills this fantasy, with the runway layout (and pertinent facts) of some 30 international airports printed in white ink on 18" x 24" steel gray sheets. The two newest? Dallas-Fort Worth and Hong Kong. There's even a few available on T-shirts if your airport allegiance runs truly deep.

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Air New Zealand Sees Their Fleet and Wants to Paint It Black

June 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Most of the time our conversations about Air New Zealand involve the awesomeness that is the in-flight sofa bed or the wackiness of their safety videos. Well this week it looks like they’re adding something else to the neato column, as they’re rolling out a brand new paintjob for some of their planes.

Out with the old and in with the new, as Air New Zealand is going with the official New Zealand Fern Mark as the decoration for the side of their planes. It’s all part of a new agreement with Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, as each group is pretty darn fond of that image as well. The silver fern will be slapped along the side of plenty of white planes, but there will be a few planes that will be painted primarily black—badass.

To start things off right, one of their very first Boeing 787s will get the black look, further solidifying the plane’s cool factor.

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Throwback Thursday: Airline Logos Over Time

June 6, 2013 at 6:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

2013 is a year for change in the airline industry. Now, you could argue that nearly every year is a "year for change," but 2013 is only half over and already it's brought fresh uniforms, frequent flyer program updates, entirely new airports and terminals, and—our focus for today—the rebranding of several airlines including American Airlines, Fiji Airways/Air Pacific, Avianca/TACA, Germanwings and we're probably forgetting a few more.

Thanks to the talents at JustTheFlight, there's now an infographic detailing how 17 major airlines have reinvented their look over the decades. Enjoy:

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Finnair's Cute Marimekko Plane at Center of Copyright Controversy

Where: Finland
June 3, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Someone over at Finnair is probably not having a good week, as an idea for a unique airplane paint job did not turn out as well as planned. The new livery was slapped onto the side of a plane as intended; however, it sounds like the original artwork might not have been truly original.

The Airbus A330 with the custom paintjob will be updated as soon as possible according to officials at Finnair, as they’re rushing around to fix the problem. Just the other day they were proud to show off a time lapse video of the airplane getting its new look, but now that video has been removed.

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Copenhagen's Airport Brings Danish Design to Departures

May 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s not quite an IKEA in the middle of the airport, but one pop-up shop over in Denmark is bringing a little Scandinavian style to the terminal.

Danish designers have set up an area to display their goodies, as the new shop is doing its thing at Nytorv next to Tax Free (New Square). Things kicked off on May 8, and it sounds like you have a couple weeks to enjoy the offerings from different artists and manufacturers.

There will be an on-site jeweler doing her thing, as well as those putting together some bicycles with a little more style than usual. Woven cane chairs will be assembled right in the middle of all the airport action, as airport officials are all about showing off in what they’re calling a “live showroom.”

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Old Airline Seat Covers Are Being Reincarnated As Trendy Travel Bags

May 9, 2013 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Earth Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t meant that we can’t continue to go green all year long. We’re excited about some of the products that Tierra Ideas have been cooking up, as not only do they recycle old stuff into new—but they do it with discarded airplane bits and pieces.

From purses and pouches to messenger bags and duffels, their main focus is on all types of bags. Seatbelts from old cars and tire inner tubes are just some of the trash that they turn into treasure; however, what we’re most interested in are the airline seat covers.

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At 'Pick Me Up London,' The Art Festival for the Rest of Us

April 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let's face it, sometimes we all feel a little out of place at art galleries. Some are stuffy, the free ones are crawling with kids (literally), and others feel more like convenience stores with the gift shops pushing touristy trinkets which have nothing to do with the art hanging on the walls.

While we can all appreciate the masters, sometimes we need to be inspired by fresh, new artists injecting their techniques and talent into vector graphics, sculpture and good old brush and canvas. The best place to see this type of work is at Pick Me Up London.

Pick Me Up London is the UK's original graphic arts festival, held annually at Somerset House in London. The 11-day festival focuses on contemporary graphic art, design and illustration. It consists of two floors of paintings, colorful giclée prints, zines, lectures and demonstrations, and a chance to meet some of the artists behind it all.

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