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Cheers! These 13 Airlines Aren't Afraid to Pour the Good Champagne

January 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (3)

Just because the confetti is cleaned up, Auld Lang Syne is retired in your iTunes playlist, and your outfit from New Year's Eve is at the dry-cleaners doesn't mean we still can't talk about one of the best parts of ringing in a new year: a champagne toast! Since 'popping bottles' is for such special occasions, we can't think of a better way to sip some bubbles than when on a plane heading for a new destination.

While some airlines have a knack for feeding passengers fine food like lobster and caviar, there are thankfully more still taking sparkling wines just as serious. If your 2014 travel plans include flights in First or Business Class on the following carriers, be sure to reach for that PDB (pre-departure beverage) and ask for a flute of these fine pours:

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What It's Like to Belly Up to Emirates' A380 Onboard Bar

December 13, 2013 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Long gone are the days when flying was an event and passengers "dressed to the nines" to be wined and dined at 30,000 feet. Despite cost-cutting and the spread of air travel to more than just the moneyed, a few modern airlines manage to pull off bits of those glamor days still. One of these is Emirates, because traveling on one of their A380s is one of the more civilized experiences, stretching from boarding to deplaning. On our own recent flight, however, it was the full bar that wowed us most.

The airline's superjumbos feature separate First Class and Business Class bars, both fully stocked with top-shelf liquors, fine Champagnes, and light bites to lubricate passenger relaxation and socializing. Just after take-off, while the cabin crew are prepping for meal service, a few crew members are tasked with setting up this flying perk that is unique to only a few carriers.

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Leading the New Route News are Air Canada, LAN, and Hainan Airlines

December 6, 2013 at 8:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Air Canada:
It’s been a long time coming, but Air Canada is finally going to score its very first Boeing 787s once 2014 rolls around. Things seem to finally be on scheduled for delivery, and if all goes according to plan the new planes will be hitting the hangar as soon as March. If you’re eager to fly in one of these new planes it looks like Air Canada is planning to introduce them on nonstop flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv and Toronto and Tokyo-Haneda. Both flights are scheduled to take to the skies on July 1, but before then they’ll be testing out all the buttons, switches, and whatnot on the new toy—probably even flying it domestically between Toronto and Montreal and on a few transatlantics.

· LAN:
So you’re in Aruba enjoying the sun and the sand, but then you start thinking that somewhere else might be nice to visit. Just head over to LAN Airlines’ website, as they’ve got an option that you might enjoy. This week they started up new nonstop service between Bogotá—in Colombia—and Aruba. Things took off earlier this week, and the planes and people will head back and forth on Mondays and Thursdays. Airbus A320s are in charge with the flying, of course with some help from the pilots, and it’ll be a quick flight with only roughly 500 miles between the destinations.

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Even on a Short Hop, We're Enamored with Emirates' Business Class

November 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (2)

Yesterday, we unzipped our amenity kits and showed you what's inside the über-luxe Emirates First Class swag. Now we can reveal what it's like to fly on their A380.

We booked a Business Class seat on one of the world's most sought-after airlines, on a bit of an odd route. An Emirates super jumbo A380 actually flies from Brisbane to Auckland. It's a trip of a little over three hours, but that's plenty time to enjoy a little extra luxury.

As you can expect, everything from time in the Emirates lounge to sitting back in our lie-flat seat on the upper deck contributed to our lack od desire to leave the plane upon arrival in Auckland.

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Inside Emirates' First Class Amenity Kits for Both Men and Women

November 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you've been lucky enough to fly internationally in a First or Business Class seat, then you know it's quite the treat and not only because of free-flowing champagne or the extra legroom. Some bonus fun comes in the form of a special gift, an amenity kit. Sometimes these amenity kits contain the basics—eye shades, socks, ear plugs, toothbrush—but in the case of Emirates, the kits are a luxury sampler.

Here's our peek inside the elusive first class amenity kits for both ladies and men who cough up lots of cash (or frequent flyer points) to fly up front in the airline's A380s. We should mention that both kits are Bulgari-branded and chock-full of stuff that will last beyond your time onboard the plane.

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Air China, Emirates, and Alitalia Work It Out with New Routes

September 20, 2013 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Emirates:
Some of the biggest new routes this week comes from the folks over at Emirates, as once again they’re looking to expand their reach across the globe. This week news arrives that they will be starting service between Boston and Dubai as of March 10. Emirates will go between the two spots on a daily basis, as they will rely on Boeing 777-200LR jets to get things done. Overall this is destination number eight for Emirates in and out of the nifty fifty, as they also do the nonstop thing over to Dubai from places like New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

· Air China:
There’s few people that wouldn’t be interested in a new option over to Hawaii, so that’s why we’re excited to pass along the news regarding a new flight in and out of Honolulu. Air China is thinking about starting nonstop service between Beijing and Honolulu beginning in January of 2014, so pack those snorkels and swimsuits. It looks like this new option will be competing with some new service between the two cities from Hawaiian Airlines, so be on the lookout for the possibility of some competitive fares.

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Emirates, Air Canada and Volaris Lead This Week's New Routes News

August 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Air Canada:
They are already flying nonstop between Montreal and San Francisco, but things are going so well that they’re now going to do it all year long. Air Canada just announced that this city pair will be more than just a seasonal option beginning this November, as Airbus A319s will make the flight throughout the entire year. The flight times are even pretty nice too, as they don’t even stick you with an overnight flight. No redeyes on the way back from California, as the flights depart San Francisco around 8am and arrive in Montreal around 4:30pm—all times local.

· Interjet:
There was some new airplane action this week to and from Mexico City, as Interjet is on the move once again. They’re bringing the low cost carrier thing to New York City, as earlier this week nonstop flights started between Mexico City and New York-JFK. There’s plenty of competition on flights between these two cities from carriers like Aeromexico and Delta, but let’s hope that a little friendly competition brings airfare down. If JFK isn’t where you want to go, Interjet also flies nonstop to spots like Miami and San Antonio.

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Hey, How About a Google Street View Tour of Inside an Emirates A380?

August 7, 2013 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that Google has high ambitions for Street View. In March the company expanded its offerings across Eastern Europe, and for the first time users got the opportunity to walk through Bulgaria, plus some 200 Russian cities. Then a few weeks ago we told you about new walkthroughs being built into Street View that will allow users to meander through rain forests, beaches, and maybe even a volcano.

Then news came this week that Google is letting users inside the insanely decadent Emirates Airbus A380. You start off on the concourse at Dubai International Airport. From there you get the option to step inside the plane. Here is the economy "bus with wings" section of the plane. Here are the steps you take if you're lucky enough not to be sitting there. And here is the bar you get to avail yourself of once you're upstairs. It's kind of amazing, the things we can do.

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International New Route News from Emirates, American, and Even Allegiant

July 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Emirates:
Sooner than later you’ll be able to spend more than just one night in Bangkok, as Emirates is getting ready to boost their service with some new flights. They’re increasing capacity between Dubai and Bangkok with another daily nonstop flight—this is number six.

The plan is to start it on October 27, and if you’re keeping track it’s going to do its thing as EK370. Airbus A380s head back and forth on this route already, but this extra flight is Boeing-flavored. Boeing 777-200ERs will do the heavy lifting on flight number six.

· Qatar Airways:
Over at Qatar Airways they love ‘em some Boeing 787s, and now it looks like they’re getting ready to send their planes to new spots. The Dreamliner will be on the move to and from Doha, of course, as the plan is to start flights to Stockholm on August 1.

After that the planes will also be heading to both Copenhagen and Oslo as of September 1. There’s 254 seats aboard this bird across a couple different cabins, so we’re sure that you’ll find a spot to rest your rear on the way to your next destination.

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Emirates Opens an 'Interactive Museum' Complete with Flight Simulators for the Public

July 8, 2013 at 8:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

A trip to London need not be filled with the usual Royal tours, high tea and Big Ben. Thanks to Emirates, visitors to Emirates Air Line, the recently opened cable car from the Greenwich Peninsula to the Royal Docks, will now be able to learn how modern aviation brought them to the foreign city. Remember when the airline renamed two stations?

Just yesterday, the airline opened their Emirates Aviation Experience on the south end of the cable line. The 300-square meter facility will host interactive exhibits teaching visitors how awesome aviation is; it's so hands-on that within the experience are four flight simulators so you may try your own hand at flying a Airbus A380 or a Boeing 777.

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Whoa. Airlines Reportedly Using Chinese Slave Labor to Make Headphones

June 26, 2013 at 5:23 PM | by | Comment (1)

We're not necessarily experts in PR, let alone in the specific dynamics of airline industry public affairs, so maybe one of you guys can unpack this for us: all things being equal, if you're a company and your name appears in a story about Chinese slave labor camps where "inmates are regularly beaten and held in solitary confinement for failing to meet production targets," is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Where to begin with this colossal clusterfark? China's notorious Dongguan Prison was built in 1988. Back then it was called Xinzhou Prison, and the Chinese used it to house foreign prisoners from Asia and Africa. Fast forward until today, and the prison has become known for mindblowing corruption, widespread beatings, systematic rape, and so on. It's considered bad even by Chinese standards.

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From Wings to Wheels: Four Cars That Look Like Airplanes

April 26, 2013 at 11:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

The usual way of going about getting on a flight is to drive a car to the airport and then hop on a plane. Well, some airlines are hoping that cars will help you to get on airplanes in another way—through advertising. Of the top of our head, here's four airlines who've dabbled in painting up pairs of wheels to match planes:

American Airlines' London Taxi

The days of black London taxi cabs are nearly over as the cars become ad territory. The latest brand to smack their logo on cabs is American Airlines, in their big push to introduce both sides of the pond to their new 777-300ERs.

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