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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 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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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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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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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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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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Last week we told you how United decided to spruce up their home at Newark to make it all a bit more modern, but that wasn't the only excitement. Part of the festivities included a first glimpse of the new uniforms for staff.
In a move that seems like it's coming from every corner of the globe this season, United joins Qantas, Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern with a full refresh of uniforms. For United, travelers can expect to see flight crew donning their new duds in the skies and terminals starting June 25th.
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Someone must be a little bit jealous of all the hard hats and bulldozers over on the other side of the New York City area, as United is now thinking about sprucing up its home at Newark Liberty International Airport. In case you missed it the New York City area is a pretty decent spot to battle for the wallets of the traveling public, and Delta has been putting in a lot of work to ensure that New York-JFK will look snazzy for years to come.
Now United is getting ready to do something similar over in New Jersey, as we guess they aren’t too cool with flyers heading to Queens in order to catch their flights. In total it looks like they’re planning to spend—or invest—a good chunk of change, as they’ll grab around $150 million out of the corporate piggy bank to get stuff done.
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You know that we love us some airports. From terminal design and ticket counters to restaurants and lounges—we’re all about it. That’s why we’ve been wasting a few minutes of our day checking out some awesome aerial airport photographs from Jeffrey Milstein.
The photographer’s series Flying illustrates the twists, turns, and everything else from high above the airport. These photographs are taken just high enough above the ground to get a great view of the scene, but some of the little details are just out of sight—no matter how hard we look for the baggage handlers down on the ground.
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Newark Mayor Cory Booker is a bit of a social media celebrity. In addition to running a difficult city, starting a campaign run for a 2014 Senate seat and lending his support to the state after Hurricane Sandy, he manages to keep up with his followers on Twitter. Spotted a pothole in Newark? Tweet him and he'll take care of it. Witnessed a crime? Call 911 first, but tweeting at Cory to follow-up seems to yield results. It's also pretty clear he loves his airport, Newark-Liberty International.
Last night, Mayor Booker tweeted that though the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey run EWR and he has no say on what goes down there, he does know where to get a good cupcake. We asked for details, and this morning he answered:
Terminal C: Crumbs. RT @jetsetcd: omg Newark Airport cupcakes! Where exactly?!— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 16, 2013
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When it comes to delicious and nutritious the airport usually isn’t the place to look for food; however, we realize that sometimes the terminal is your only option. The good news is that one group has kind of gone through the options available in the concourse, and they’ve ranked the best—and worst—options available at airports throughout the nifty fifty.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is the group behind the latest list, as they crunched the numbers—and menus—at some of the busiest airports in the land. They’ve been doing this since 2001, and since then the average scores have jumped a good 19 points or so. That’s good for the airport restaurants and good for our waistlines—it’s win-win.
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"I just stepped off United's 787 Dreamliner and, boy, let me tell you about its awesomeness."
That's the sentence I had hoped to type to you today.
Instead, my story, typed from a hotel lobby across the country from home, goes a little something like this: "I flew to California and have nothing but disappointment." I only wanted to fly the United Dreamliner and had sought out an affordable route that included the 787 on one leg, from Newark (EWR) to Houston-George Bush (IAH). That routing just happened to go to Ontario, California. Whatever, so long as I get my 787 action. I booked it in October and also paid to upgrade to EconomyPlus. 24 hours before my flight, still seeing the 787 listed as my aircraft, I went ahead and booked a hotel night.
In case you aren't up on your Dreamliner news, the planes have had some electrical issues (resulting in non-life-threatening emergency landings) and United's been taking them off and on their routes. Reuters & WSJ have the latest updates. Knowing this, I had obsessively checked my travel details daily, fingers crossed that the 787 would stick. It did. Until it didn't.
Now I've wasted hundreds of dollars and have no United 787 photo galleries or stories to share with you, other than this sad one of lack of communication from United and a dreaded equipment change.
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Yes, the new Travel + Leisure survey of "Most Annoying Airport Security Checkpoints" is sort of kind of egregiously shameless link bait. Publishing top 10 lists on the Internet (or in this case top-14 lists) is basically cheating, up there with posting pictures of boobs and cats.
The only thing that's less subtle is putting in something that doesn't quite fit, so that people will argue about the list. Theoretically that's impossible to do on surveys, but that doesn't mean we can't still complain about the rankings. Can you believe they put Dulles TSA checkpoints as more annoying than the ones in Logan? Whoever thinks that's right has either never been to the airports or is an idiot or is a troll.
Also: well played, T+L.