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Why You'll Want to Avoid Newark Airport for 75 Days This Summer

April 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Granted, our usual NYC travel advice is to avoid Newark Airport whenever possible, but take it doubly serious this summer as public transportation to/from the airport is going to be the worst.

FlyerTalk alerted travelers to the situation, confirmed by the Port Authority and local news reports.

The Newark Airport AirTrain will be closed for necessary repairs for 75 days during summer's peak travel season: May 1 - July 15. Rubbing salt into the wound, not even Amtrak will be stopping at Newark Airport's train station, meaning the only option for public transportation is a replacement shuttle bus leaving from downtown Newark.

Additionally, with no AirTrain, travelers making transfers between terminals or heading out to the parking or rental car lots will also need to pile in the shuttle buses. Yuck.

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Flight Review: Cheap and Easy from Newark to Munich on United

Where: Munich, Germany
January 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

The flight: United 106 from Newark to Munich, Germany.

We're not huge United flyers and usually prefer to hop the later Lufthansa flight out to Munich, but the price for United was too good (under $500!) to pass up in this instance.

Seated all the way in the back—seat 38K—isn't bad at all for a tad over 7 hours to Europe. Heck, we've endured a less comfortable seat for non-stops to Asia, so we boarded the plane already with a sense of "this won't be bad at all." This is regular Economy, not even "Economy Plus," as United calls their premium economy option, offering a few inches more legroom for a hundred dollars or more.

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There's a New 'Longest Flight in the World' and It's a Doozy

November 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM | by | Comment (1)

The king is dead, long live the king!

Just before dawn across the world at Singapore-Changi Airport, an Airbus A340-500 touched down and taxied to its gate. The passengers filed off, followed by the flight crew, and there was no fanfare for this last arrival of the longest flight in the world.

At nearly 18 hours and 9,500 miles, Singapore Airlines' SQ 21/22 between Newark and Singapore was a monster of a nonstop which only accommodated 100 travelers in all-Business Class comfort. All good things must come to an end, however, and Singapore dropped the route in order to trade in the old, gas-guzzling, four-engine A345s for some shiny and efficient A350s to come.

It's a smart move, but a sad one regardless. Singapore 21/22 will live on through the stories of those who flew it, and we're proud to add our hour-by-hour account to the aviation history books.

Moving on, another flight route must now ascend to the throne and claim the title of "longest flight in the world." For that, look no further than Texas.

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The Best Seats on the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Plus 40 Photos!)

October 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Flights from New York to London are almost as frequent as a bus service; there's nearly one every hour. The majority fly between New York's JFK Airport and London-Heathrow, but switching it up and choosing the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner departure from Newark's Liberty International Airport means picking the plane with most pizzazz.

With 35 seats in Club World (business), 25 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 154 in World Traveller (economy), the 787 is no jumbo jet. Instead, we'd say it's more of a boutique experience, a specialty service of sorts which brings all the fun new stuff of the Dreamliner to the transatlantic routes typically served by the same ol' same ol'.

We've already detailed what the BA 787 has that other airplanes don't, and now it's time to go inside.

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What the British Airways 787 Dreamliner Has That Other Airplanes Don't

October 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

An average day sees 12 British Airways planes soaring up into the skies on their way from New York to London. Only one is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Perhaps you've already heard about the advantages of the new 787—the quieter cabin, lower interior pressure, larger windows, improved fuel efficiency, automatic toilets, and general spaciousness—but since each airline can do what they want with their 787s, this often means further improvements beyond the standard.

So why is this 787 so special, and why should you pony up to enjoy it in BA's version of Business Class, "Club World?" Here's just a few reasons to book it and make the trek to Newark:

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What It's Like to Fly for 18 Hours on the Longest Flight in the World

Where: Singapore
September 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

9,500 miles on one fell swoop. Welcome to the longest commercial flight in the world, Singapore Airlines non-stop between Singapore and Newark. As much as we hate the word "bucketlist," that's what this is—a superlative experience with an entry in the history books and, sadly, an expiration date.

The planned distance of flight number SQ 22 is 9,525 miles with a scheduled flight time of 18:55h. The return, SQ 21 from Newark to Singapore, is a tad longer depending on winds, but we count them together. Even the aircraft is special; it's an Airbus A340-500 arranged with only 100 seats, all Business Class. The 1-2-1 configuration means comfort and relative privacy for both solo travelers and couples.

November 23, 2013 is the final flight of SQ 22, and Singapore's route from Los Angeles (the second longest flight in the world) is also due to end, on October 20, 2013. You have been warned. This season is the last chance to get onboard the world's longest flights, but a white glove experience comes with a premium price; a roundtrip starts from $7,500 during these finale months (but they do accept Star Alliance miles for award bookings).

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Airfare Deal: $759 Nonstop from New York to Hong Kong for Spring 2014

Where: Hong Kong
September 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hong Kong may be clear on the other side of the world from New York, but Cathay Pacific's 777-300ER airplanes can make the journey in one swift hop over the North Pole. Come next spring, they'll even be doing so often with a new nonstop route from Newark-Liberty International Airport to Hong Kong.

To celebrate, and to fill up their first month of flights with smiling faces, they've launched a deep discount airfare sale on the new route, with roundtrip tickets going for a total of $758.37 (or even $742.90, on some dates).

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: Lobster Thermidor on Singapore Airlines

Where: Singapore
September 3, 2013 at 2:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

Beef Wellington. Sole Meunière. Lobster Thermidor.

Though these entrees still emerge from kitchens at nicer restaurants on the ground, they've been gone from aircraft galleys since the days of brown fedoras and pillbox hats in the overhead bins. That is, unless you're lucky enough to be flying in a premium seat on an airline that still prints a multi-page menu on silky paper stock and cares enough about individual tastes to collect passenger's meal orders in advance.

We specifically speak of Singapore Airlines and their Book the Cook program, an option available to all Business, First Class and Suites passengers out of Singapore and other select international airports, provided they've indicated their choice more than 24 hours before departure.

Recently we flew on the all-business-class A340-500 service from Singapore nonstop to Newark. To prepare for the "longest flight in the world," we went online to check our itinerary details and chose a "Book the Cook" meal, the advantages of which include a much larger selection of meal choices and the guarantee that we'll get what we want and not what's left.

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Do Not Do: Take a Taxi into NYC from Newark Airport

August 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM | by | Comment (1)

The days of fretting over whether taxicabs take credit cards are practically over--as most taxis in major cities and at major airports have long ago installed credit card machines, freeing you up from having to take out cash at the ATM when you land. Except at Newark International Airport taking a taxi into Manhattan and paying by credit card is still a hassle.

For starters, there is an additional $5 charge to all points in the state of New York (except Staten Island.) Second, the taxi stand makes you pre-pay for your ride at one of these machines. You then give the slip to your driver, with your desired destination and he will process the full payment at the end. That does not include tolls (which are about $10 and up) and tips (whatever you feel is appropriate.)

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Brand New British Airways: A Bonus Peek Inside Their Boeing 787 Dreamliner

July 11, 2013 at 10:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we were one of only 50 people onboard the brand new British Airways A380 as it made its delivery flight from the Airbus factory in Toulouse to London Heathrow. We have both extensive shots of its shiny exterior and each of the four cabin classes. As a bonus, once we landed at Heathrow we parked up next to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, delivered just the week before. Read on for the inside look at part two of BA’s new plane era.

Compared to the delivery of the Airbus A380, British Airways brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived with very little fanfare in late June, winging its way from Boeing's HQ near Seattle nonstop to London. Nevertheless, there are enough reasons to be interested in what British Airways has in store for travelers, especially given the initial routes to Toronto (YYZ) and Newark (EWR). North American travelers who enjoy hopping the pond should listen up; this could be your next transatlantic ride.

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Bookstores are Out and Cupcakes are In at US Airports

July 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

If the bankruptcy and subsequent shuttering of all Borders Bookstores made you frown, just wait until you hear what business will soon that frown upside down in the former Borders location within JetBlue's Terminal 5 at JFK. A cupcake bakery is moving in, but it's not just any cupcake bakery. It's Baked by Melissa, a small NYC chain of shops specializing in buttery, moist, cutesy cupcakes that cost only $1 each.

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Be First Onboard the British Airways 787 Dreamliner This September

June 27, 2013 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

British Airways has lots in store for the #avgeek in you this year. We previously showed you how to book yourself onto its first Airbus A380, and now you can do the same for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which touched down at London's Heathrow Airport for the first time today.

The inaugural route will be London-Heathrow to Toronto (LHR-YYZ), starting from September 1. A month later, on October 1, London-Heathrow to Newark (LHR-EWR) will be added. Special fares are available on both routes, coinciding with a UK sale in World Traveller (Economy) and World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) cabins.

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