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So, Who Won BBC Top Gear's A380 Race to Sydney?

March 5, 2014 at 5:33 PM | by | ()


Above: James' final leg, from Dubai to Sydney

24 hours ago, BBC Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May set off from London-Heathrow Airport with a final destination of Sydney, Australia. They flew on separate planes through different layover airports, and their arrival times were to be within thirty minutes of each other despite the incredibly huge distance traveled. The trip evolved into a Top Gear Live challenge, with the usual jokes and competitive spirit of a regular Top Gear challenge, except that it all occurred over Twitter.

Well, now that the guys have completed their #RacetoSydney journey and are on the ground Down Under, it's time to name the winner.

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Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson and James May are Racing Planes to Sydney

March 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM | by | ()

UPDATE: The race has concluded, nearly 24 hours after it began. Check out who won, and how some twists made it a real nail-biter.

The sun has set for tonight in London, but it's already a bright new day over in Sydney. The miles and time zones between the two world capitals are many, and right now they're the focus of a new, live Top Gear race, as presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May challenge each other to be the first to zip across the globe and touch down at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith International Airport.

Both are traveling on commercial flights—Jeremy's onboard Singapore Airlines SQ321 to Singapore and James is on Emirates EK6 to Dubai—and both on Airbus A380s for all legs. They're also due to share their travels on Twitter thanks to the magic of in-flight wifi, but only Jeremy seems to have gotten the hang of using the network onboard his flight, which is currently chasing James' flight across Germany.

But is this race really for BBC's Top Gear? All signs point to yes, as Jeremy notes that it is a "Top Gear race," and the video of their announcing it (posted below), was uploaded to a "Top Gear Live" channel. There's a hashtag, of course: #RacetoSydney.

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Watch an Emirates 777 Strip Down and Suit Up

February 18, 2014 at 7:42 AM | by | ()

There’s no new livery to be had here, but we can't help and sit back for a couple of minutes and enjoy the time-lapse distraction from the folks over at Emirates. It’s hard running an airline with all the planes and paint, and every once in a while one needs to strip things down and throw on a fresh coat—got to keep things looking good.

In the embedded video above Emirates shows off what it takes to clean a Boeing 777-300 down to bare metal, and then to bring things back to airport ready condition. Repainting an airplane to keep things looking professional is just part of the airline business, but when you speed things up into a quick little video it becomes that much more interesting.

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The Little Things: Emirates' First Class Almond-Stuffed Dates

February 14, 2014 at 2:33 PM | by | ()

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Emirates' First Class bite, Bateel figs stuffed with almonds.

Emirates, which is known to be über-luxurious on the ground as much as it is in the air, presents guests with a little treat before flying: a wooden box filled with Khidri dates from the prestigious Bateel gourmet confectionery of the U.A.E. Dates are considered a perfect after dinner desert to top off a delicious feast and Bateel is known to have some of the best.

Not only are guests in the lounges treated with a box on each counter, but First Class passengers onboard flights are offered a plate of these delicious fruits as a pre-arrival snack. Similar to a piece of chocolate prior to landing, the figs are a sweet end to a sumptuous flight experience and keep your belly from grumbling through immigration.

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Even Falcons Get to Fly on Commercial Aircraft

January 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM | by | ()

Have you ever flown with a pet? It can be a frustrating experience, not to mention expensive, but from time to time even four-legged and feathered friends need to go on vacation too.

This brings us around to the above photo, of two men traveling in economy class on a flight either to or from the middle east, who are enjoying a little in-flight entertainment, a little nap, and a little quality time with their falcons.

The image comes courtesy of @mrstrefusis on Twitter, who explains a bit further: "my friend who lives in the UAE sent it to me - I've asked him if it's something he saw himself or if he found it on t'interweb."

Now, next time we see a traveler trying to calm a yapping dog, we'll just be happy we're not sitting next to two birds of prey with very real claws and very real sharp beaks.

[Photo: @mrstrefusis, hat tip to @runwaygirl]

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

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

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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 | ()

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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