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Lots of new changes coming to Alitalia over the next few months. From a full fleet renewal, more transparent fares on their most popular flights, and even a very generous offering for their passengers from young to older. In true Italian fashion, they have named their newest classes of services super romantic names.
In the past 3 years, the Italian airline has spent a considerable amount of time, not to mention, euros, on creating a more pleasurable experience for all of their passengers. In a quest to fly the youngest fleet in the world, they have bought new planes and refreshed existing planes. By the beginning of next year, the entire fleet will be an average of about 6 years old.
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Just because Thanksgiving has passed doesn't mean that travel will dwindle much; Christmas and other holidays are now less than one month away, and of course travel to wherever you're heading for them will start sooner. If you're heading home or on vacation, and you can't convince someone to come pick you up from the airport, we might be able to help.
Throughout December, we'll be adding more guides on how to reach airports around the world via both public and private transportation, but for now, here are six guides we've already got for you:
· London-Gatwick (just the Express train featured)
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There are some good things about Rome's Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport. It's has some very pretty diplays, for instance, and there are rotating exhibits showcasing Italy's history that are kind of interesting.
But there are also some unpleasant things about FCO. It's the international HQ of Alitalia for instance, and the service is predictably chaotic. It is not unheard of to see the entire Alitalia customer service desk staffed by a single person during the height of morning rush hour. That's not a problem though, because when Italians complain about customer service they do so quickly and efficiently, without any extravagant hand waving or embellishment (no, not really). Also the security sucks. Also it's a pain to get to. Also it's one of the world's worst airports for spending the night. And we thought Budapest was bad.
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Now that we live in a post crotch-bomber society, officials all over the world are even more concerned about airport security. Here at home we have our doubts about what exactly the increased security is actually doing, but at least it seems like we have some additional oversight. There are still some spots—especially overseas—where things are a little shaky, but we were surprised to learn just how lacking security was in a country like Italy. Apparently once everyone goes home for the evening the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport rolls out the welcome mat for any and all looking to enter.
Technically the airport is closed throughout the middle of the night, but a couple people recently accessed things just by pushing their way through the doors. They weren’t looking to do anything too bad, but they did want to see if things were as safe as everyone wants to believe. The reporters tried on a different night—just to see—and were greeted with much of the same. No alarms and no police, just an empty terminal where anyone could stroll around.
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Your flight has landed, you've claimed your luggage and now you're trying to get the hell out of the airport. To erase confusion and get your on your way, all week long at Jaunted we will be detailing the various ways to get to and from major airports, and what those modes cost, from cheapest to the big blowout entrance. Got any tips or an airport suggestion? Let us know.
· COTRAL/Schiaffini Buses: As the cheapest option, taking a bus obviously involves the most hassle. Purchase tickets for the bus in the sundries shop down by baggage claim, and don't forget to validate it in the the little box machines inside of the bus. Head to Terminal A's ground transportation area to find the bus stop, and make sure you board the right bus. The one to Rome's main Termini station is "Aeroporto-Termini-Tiburtina," or there are also "Aeroporto-Roma Cornelia" to connect with subway line A and "Aeroporto-Roma Magliana" to connect with line B.
Total cost: €1.60 to €3.60 per person, each way depending on your route.
Total time:35 to 45 minutes
Do you feel the magic of Rome? Those same heady fumes that caused Gregory Peck to fall for Audrey Hepburn in "Roman Holiday"? Well, you may find love there, but it won't allow you to check your e-mail for free. Or pick up pretty girls via their shared iTunes network.
Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, the largest airport in Italy, offers WiFi to the masses through Boingo and the few through Megabeam. Even if you're lucky enough to be in the British Airways executive lounge or Terminal A's "Executive Center," you'll still have to pony up €3-€7 to log on. (Is that why there's no equivalent of "love letters" for the digital age?)
If you've done some international traveling recently, tell us which airports to celebrate and which to shame for our Airport WiFi map.
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At least he did on his latest trip into Rome. From our new favorite iPhone-carrying tipster:
Saturday. 8 am Rome time. At Fiumincino, Anthony Bourdain gets his and his family's luggage. The stars are just like us. Flew Continental from Newark, my flight, saw him on it.
Clearly Bourdain should be happy that checked bags are free on transatlantic flights. Maybe he's in town to check out the awesome eats?
In the upcoming sci-fi movie "Jumper," a young man finds out he can teleport anywhere he wants. Unfortunately for Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson, the stars of the movie, real life ain't sci-fi, so they've been crossing the globe the regular way to promote the movie.
Here they're departing Fiumicino Airport in Rome, whose Colosseum provided one of the key location shots for the movie, which was also filmed in Toronto and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The word "teleportation" was coined almost 80 years ago, so where are our teleporters, already?!
[Photo: Faded Youth Blog]