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The Envelope, Please: Check Out This Year’s Award-Winning Premium Airline Cabin

April 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

"And the award goes to..."

Sadly, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler weren't in attendance. But there were some seriously celeb-ready cabin accommodations recognized at this year's Crystal Cabin Awards, the Aircraft Interiors Expo's annual honors for excellence in aircraft interior innovation. (Read: Cool cabins.) The awards are given out by an international panel comprised of 20 academics, engineers, aircraft manufacturers, and industry journalists.

This year's winner of the "Premium Class & VIP" category was Etihad and its new A380, which has an "upper deck" that features three distinct passenger experiences: The Residence, a private three-room cabin with a living room, bedroom, and bathroom (cue the MTV "Cribs" theme); First Apartments in First Class, which are much larger than First Class Suites and have a separate bed and armchair; and lightly furnished Business Studios in Business Class that offer 20% more space than typical Business Class. (This year's Crystal Cabin Awards were also doled out for categories like "Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment," "Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts," and "Passenger Comfort Systems," among others. Check out all the winners here. )

As for the A380: Want to see what all the hype is about? We previewed this aircraft when it was launched and released at the end of last year (alongside a look at the airline's spiffy new uniforms). But here again is a glimpse inside the now award-winning cabin. Click on the photo groups and follow the links for larger versions of each image.

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Why Everyone's Going to Abu Dhabi All of a Sudden

December 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

$200 for a roundtrip flight half-way across the world? This little fantasy came true yesterday for many who chanced upon some ridiculously cheap airfares on Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad.

The deal—first reported by TheFlightDeal in the earliest hours of Christmas—lasted for nearly 20 hours, a lifetime when it comes to "mistake fares." It might not have been a mistake, and while there's no telling how many lucky travelers went all the way through to booking tickets, there was however enough attention to drag travelers away from their families and to the computer to book the flights on a holiday.

Judging from comments on the deals, the most popular destinations ended up being Abu Dhabi (of course, it was cheapest), Johannesburg, several cities in India, and even Hong Kong. One of the best deals, for those willing to pay a little more, was flying all the way from the USA to the Seychelles for under $600, an itinerary which typically costs around $1,500.

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Three's a Charm: Etihad Unveils Airbus A380, Boeing 787-9, and New Uniforms

December 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

The rule of three is a writing concept that suggests things are more satisfying when presented in groups of three. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad must have taken this to heart when planning their big reveal today, as they've not only gone ahead and welcomed their first superjumbo Airbus A380, but also thrown in a new Boeing 787-9, and a complete revamp of the crew uniforms.

The big advancements here are Economy seats with fixed headrests (supposedly covered in locally sourced camel leather) for easier napping for both airplanes, and brand new premium classes. The A380 is the show-stopper, with the "Business Studio" and "First Apartment" seats adopting a residential elegance that has a good chance of making passengers forget they're even on a plane. And there's no ignoring the Etihad Residence, a private jet cabin within a superjumbo, for a First Class above First.

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Lufthansa is the Latest Airline to Welcome Falcons Onboard

December 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, we covered the fact that Emirates allows passengers in all cabins the ability to bring their pet falcon on the plane with them. Now, Lufthansa is responding to the uptick in popularity of falconry by also opening their arms to the birds of prey, even creating a nifty little stand for both bird and owner to be comfortable on a plane.

Starting later in 2015, falcons will be allowed to fly in Lufthansa cabins so long as they wear hoods and are tethered. In First Class, the birds can enjoy the Falcon Master, a perch-seat with safety and hygienic protection specifically for the bird, which secures in the tracks of Lufthansa's aircraft.

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Etihad Welcomes $5 and Up WiFi Onboard Their 777s

October 3, 2014 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

The awesomeness that is in-flight WiFi continues to be rolled out across airlines and their fleets, and this week there’s an update from the planes and people over at Etihad Airways.

They have announced that their cabin connectivity is now available across their fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft, and that’s a good thing, since they have like 24 of them criss-crossing the globe.

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Air Canada, Etihad and Frontier Lead This Month's New Routes News

July 18, 2014 at 11:28 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:
Just a couple weeks ago Air Canada opened up a new option between Toronto and Tokyo-Haneda, and just the other day that fresh route got even more exciting. The airline's first Boeing 787 is now doing the flying fun between the two continents. If you’re looking to catch the flight anytime soon, you'll want to book AC005 YYZ - HND and AC006 for the return. As for other Air Canada 787s—they’ll be headed between Toronto and Tel Aviv later this summer and between Vancouver and Asia when winter rolls around. Stay tuned for more!

· Frontier:
The folks over at Frontier have been doing plenty of moving and shaking lately when it comes to new routes, and the latest news continues to reveal more and more options across the country. This time they’re focusing in on Chicago-O’Hare, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love other cities as well—St. Louis is also getting a little new route love. New flights between Chicago and Denver begin on October 1, and other brand new options include flights between Chicago and Atlanta starting just a day later. As for St. Louis—the city and airport is getting nonstop flights down to Fort Myers beginning on October 3.

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Etihad, Volaris, and Alaska Airlines Set Up Some New Routes

December 13, 2013 at 9:11 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.

· Etihad Airways:
There’s some moving and shaking this week over at Etihad Airways, as the carrier is getting ready to send some more planes and people back and forth between the United States and Abu Dhabi. The only problem is that you’ll have almost an entire year to wait, as the new service will hit the skies on December 3, 2014. Boeing 777-200LRs will do the flying between Dallas/Fort Worth and Abu Dhabi. For those looking to hop aboard to join in on the journey there will be eight first-class suites, 40 business class seats—flat bed ones—and 189 spots in the back of the plane.

· Alaska Airlines:
A few new flights went up for sale this week, as Alaska Airlines is getting ready to add a few new options to their route network. Nonstop flights are being added in June of next year, as the carrier will start flying between Salt Lake City and Portland—the one in Oregon. They’re not done there either, as Salt Lake City is also getting nonstop options to spots like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose. These new options kind of coincide with some existing options offered up by Delta, so hopefully a little friendly competition leads to more affordable fares between these cities and states.

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Airlines Get Hip to Family-friendly Flying with Onboard Nannies and Lactation Stations

September 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM | by | Comment (1)

After the recent news that more airlines are creating "child-free zones" in their aircraft, we are excited to announce something to actually benefit families. Etihad now has plans to train 500 of the airline's cabin crew as childcare specialists to act as "onboard nannies" for long-haul flights.

The Flying Nannies will be on hand to keep kiddies entertained throughout a long flight by serving meals earlier to ease into nap time, and filling milk bottles and offering snacks for the next leg of transiting passengers. If the kids just won't get some shut-eye, the attendants trained in the "gentle art of distraction" will use straws, stickers and cardboard teaching origami techniques. If you think all of that sounds fun, sock puppet kits are on the arts and crafts list too, but calm down as they are only for kids.

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The Airline Formerly Known as Jat Airways is Now Air Serbia

August 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're traveling around Southeastern Europe soon, keep your eyes open for a new paint job taking the skies, thus saying "doviđenja" to Jat Airways and "zdravo" to Air Serbia. The name change not only comes with a refreshed paint job and corporate identity, but brand new owners with some deep, deep pockets.

The details go like this: Etihad has gone on an airline shopping spree lately and snatched up a portion of the formerly Yugoslavian carrier. In total, the Middle-Eastern behemoth now owns 49% of what we used to know as Jat Airways and, as part of the restructure, the 66-year old name will be no longer emblazon the side of planes. "Air Serbia" will.

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Etihad Elevates New York Service With Bigger Planes And In-Flight Wi-Fly

May 10, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here's some good news for Middle East-bound New Yorkers this summer: Etihad just upgraded one of its most popular routes, the 14-hour flight between New York and Abu Dhabi. The airline announced on Monday that it will increase capacity for the daily service by upgrading to a WiFi-enabled Boeing 777-300ER, the largest aircraft in its fleet.

The changes will go into effect on June 1, so, East Coasters, you've still got a little time to plan your Arabian Nights adventure. And hey, even if you haven't finished planning your trip on the day of your flight, you can continue planning it while you're in the air, surfing the web, making hotel reservations, and whatever else you need to get done.

The new aircraft will offer 328 seats (a 36.6% increase from the planes currently being used for the route), and represents a growing focus on one of Etihad's most successful daily service routes. The New York route has been around since 2006, and since then, they have shuttled over 800,000 passengers between the Middle Eastern and North American hubs. Etihad's CEO made clear that the US routes are ones in which they "see a need for more capacity."

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JetBlue, American, and Delta Add New Routes And New Cities

May 10, 2013 at 9:35 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.

· JetBlue:
Okay at this point it’s pretty much getting out of hand, as we can hardly go a week without talking about a new option from JetBlue. This week the carrier is celebrating the announcement of destination number 82, and it’s going to be Port-au-Prince in Haiti. One daily flight is an option to Toussaint Louverture International Airport from New York’s JFK Airport, and it’ll be two daily options back and forth from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Government paperwork is still pending, but it sounds like the flights should take to the skies on December 5 of this year.

· American Airlines:
We knew this one was in the planning stages, but yesterday was the official kickoff for the new American Airlines service between the United States and South Korea. To be specific, American Airlines will now be doing the nonstop thing between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Seoul each and everyday of the week all year long. It’s Boeing 777-200s that will do all the flying fun between the two counties. To celebrate American Airlines is even feeling pretty generous with their frequent flyer miles, as they’re offering up to 50,000 miles for those flying between the two cities on eligible fares between now and the middle of August.

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Etihad Will Give Economy Flyers a First Class Ride to the Airport, for a Price

January 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are plenty of airlines out there offering up a free ride to the airport for their first—and sometimes business—class flyers, but that’s not usually the case for those stuck in the back of the airplane. For those people—like us—that usually means taking a taxi, hopping aboard the train, or just parking in the long-term lot. Well it sounds like Etihad Airways is looking to change that, as they’ve begun offering up transportation to the airport for some economy class passengers.

The carrier is now providing their chauffeur service to passengers seated in Coral Economy, as long as the passengers are doing their thing to or from London-Heathrow Airport. It may be limited to one airport as of now, but that’s a heck of a lot better than what a lot of other carriers are offering.

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