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The Day Pigs Flew and British Airways Rocked a Long-Haul Flight

January 19, 2012 at 10:06 AM | by | ()

You might remember our surprise (understatement: we nearly had a stroke with shock) when we flew British Airways from Heathrow to Vegas on Christmas Eve, and were confronted, instead of the usual sullen frowns and canít-do mentality, by smiles, extra booze, cheery greetings and an atmosphere that didnít send us screaming for the emergency exit handle.

Back then, we told you about the crew, and promised more on the flight later. Sorry about that—itís taken three weeks to process the shock of a pleasant BA flight. But anyways. Did the flight-our first longhaul in BA economy for a couple of years-live up to the crew? Letís see.

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Virgin Atlantic's Complimentary Welcome Cocktails Finally Hit Economy

November 7, 2011 at 3:20 PM | by | ()

For a year and a half, we've featured an In-Flight Cocktail of the Month and managed to get mighty tipsy in the process. Over the course the last 18+ months, one airline has had the most stand-out cocktails worthy of the feature and that is Virgin Atlantic with their Virgin Redhead, "New" New York Sour and Indian Summer.

Free drinks on flights? Awesome, right? Well, not so awesome if you're flying economy because the free cocktails were limited to meal service. A change in the economy menu, announced this week, now brings a complimentary welcome cocktail to those in the back of the plane.

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Delta Wants You to Lean Back in New Premium Economy Seats Coming Soon

February 7, 2011 at 1:51 PM | by | ()

A row of regular Delta economy seats on our recent 14-hour flight

Weee! Today is a very happy day for Delta flyers indeed! The airline has just announced that will indeed be outfitting "160 of its Boeing 747, 757, 767, 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft" on with premium economy seats, in a class to be called "Economy Comfort." The seats will begin showing up on select international routes this summer, but they'll be open for booking in May, costing $80- $160 extra each way, on top of the price of your economy ticket.

This is music to the ears of travelers who love Delta for the breadth of their route network and those juicy, direct long-haul flights (like JFK-Tokyo and JFK-Berlin) that leave you wanting something better than the bare-bones economy experience, but without making the huge fare jump to business class. While the new seats won't be revolutionary, they will boast some welcome extras. The Points Guy has discovered that updates to make Economy Comfort so comfy will include "free booze, in flight entertainment, power ports" and increased seat recline. Rest assured you'll get to board a little bit earlier as well, so first dibs on overheard bin space comes as a plus.

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Higher Fuel Costs Threaten to Send Airfares Skyrocketing in 2011

January 5, 2011 at 1:31 PM | by | ()

Unfortunately it looks like we're going to have to reopen our oil prices category. You'll remember that sky-high fuel prices were brutally hammering airlines during the summer of 2008. Publishing articles about the "end of travel as we know it," and predicting permanently high ticket prices became something of a cottage industry. Then the global economy functionally collapsed at the end of the year. With factories literally grinding to a halt, the demand for oil plummeted and—the law of supply and demand being what it is—oil prices soon followed. Ticket prices dropped somewhere back down to reasonable.

Now the economy is slowly recovering, and so oil prices are threatening to shoot back up. Oil import costs have skyrocketed roughly 300% over the last few months, and of course those costs get passed on to the companies that use fuel, at which point they get passed on to the rest of us. In the airline industry that means not just higher ticket prices, but also higher luggage fees and—just to make up for lost revenue—higher penalties.

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Fresh from Frankfurt! Go Inside First Class, Business and Economy on Lufthansa's New A380

Where: Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport, Hamburg, Germany
May 19, 2010 at 4:23 PM | by | ()

Heading to the second floor, for First Class and Business

Only a few hours ago, the first superjumbo Airbus A380 belonging to Lufthansa set out on its first flight, from Hamburg-Finkenwerder to Frankfurt International. We were onboard the flight, which should have only taken 40 minutes, but instead took over two hours as the plane made low passes over airports, factories where its parts were made, and even took a turn over Rotterdam for the scenery.

Before today, Lufthansa's new interiors for the A380 were kept tightly under wraps, especially so for First Class, which features an entirely new design for the eight seats, which cost around $10,000 per person for a round-trip from Frankfurt to Tokyo. So what makes them worth a hefty 10K? And how nice are the spiffified Business and Economy classes on the A380?

Check out the full photo galleries, after the jump!

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