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We've seen some cute airplane-theme nail art in our wanderings around the internetcreativity like this and thisbut never before has an airline offered to paint your nails the same color as their aircraft. That is, until American Airlines' launch of their brand new 777-300ER on the Los Angeles - London route and, with it, the creation of a nail polish with British brand Nails Inc.
The color is bespoke, the same mica shade as the fuselage of the "new American" livery. Nails Inc actually names their polishes after famous London destinations such as Notting Hill Gate, Portobello, St James, Piccadilly Circus and The Thames, but they've made an exception in this case, instead naming it "2 Park" for the oneworld alliance headquarters address in Manhattan.
Bobby Brown has been spotted again traveling in first class and once again, he was attempting to light up, er, turn on his e-cigarette.
We spotted Bobby the other week on a Delta flight from LA to Orlando puffing an e-cig right after take-off. Fortunately, he put it out not too long after that. We're not sure if a flight attendant simply told him that Delta has banned all e-cigarettes or if he just got the hit he needed. Either way, he was spotted trying to do the same thing on comedian Jenny Slate's flight to Atlanta on Saturday.
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
"Nobody's second class on Southern."
Nevermind that no one remembers Southern Airways. The beauty of this ad lies in the first half, as a coach class passenger on a competitor airline wanders into First Class and finds a toga party. Actually it's more than a toga party (only the flight attendants don toga dresses); it's a bacchanal, complete with elaborate food platters and feeding passengers grape-by-grape.
We won't spoil the surprise of what happens when that passenger returns to his "seat" in coach, but it's entertaining enough that we had to point out this ad to you on Throwback Thursday.
Think any First Class cabins are like this today? Perhaps Emirates or Singapore...though instead of togas it's a kebaya and instead of grapes it's Krug and Dom Perignon champagne.
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In today's awesome-stuff-found-on-the-internet, we have behind-the-scenes Instagrams of fashion designer/luminary/man-about-the-world Karl Lagerfeld. Don't sigh just yet, for these aren't your run of the mill backstage shots; they're candids of Karl's travels by private jet, as photographed by Sebastien Jondeau.
Today they've flown from Prague to Singapore. That's no small puddle jump, and so their flight prep and onboard meal (sashimi!) come under Instagram focus.
Jondeau, a bodyguard of sorts, acts as Karl's shadow as he travels around the world taking care of business. In his spare timetaking clues from his other Instagram photosSebastian enjoys dirt biking, cycling, skiing, and meeting cats.
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It's not too often that New York finds itself envious of Los Angeles, but in the case of VIP airport check-in lanes, LAX has it good. That is, had it good, since New York-JFK just opened an American Airlines Flagship Check-in on May 1.
If you're wondering where it is celebrities and other First Class flyers disappear to after the paparazzi have chased from the curbs at airports, it's lanes like this. The Flagship Check-in is a private zone for First Class and ultra-elite flyers, dedicated to the pre-security tasks of checking in, choosing seats, last-minute itinerary changes, and checking luggage with as little of the usual airport fracas as possible.
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Economy doesn't look too painful
There's something new in the air. Smell it? That's the scent of a refreshed American Airlines and their shiniest new toy: the Boeing 777-300ER. AA is the first US airline with the plane and we just stepped off one of its first flights. So let's talk about it.
The Jaunted Series on American's Shiny New Toy
1. The New Hotness
2. Getting High
3. The Final Word
Over the past several days, we've shared what's new inside the American 777-300ER and what happens during the flight, but now it's time for a final judgement and what you need to know for when you're all set to jet.
Although we flew in Business Class (window, seat 7A if you're looking to snag the same), we made a point of spending time back in Economy (Main Cabin) as well, to get to know the new bird in for both the premium and budget travelers.
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Lately we’ve been featuring some ideas on where to spend your tax refund, but this one might just be the best option out there. However, this assumes that you pulled some shenanigans with your taxes, because we’re pretty sure no one scores this much cash back from Uncle Sam.
VeryFirstTo is a site that sells all kinds of luxury goods, experiences, and other designer niceties. While we do think their $2,400 Oliver Ruuger umbrella is worth every penny (sike!), it’s the vacation package that we have our eyes on.
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One of the craziest things you can do—at least legally—at 35,000 feet is to strip down to your birthday suit and take an in-flight shower. We’re not talking about a quick refresh in the airplane lavatory with a first class amenity kit, but we actually mean hot water, soap, and shampoo while on an airplane. Right now it’s only available to first class flyers aboard Emirates' A380 flights, but if Emirates gets their way there might just be a few less in-flight showers moving forward.
It sounds like Emirates is considering what a lot of carriers have already done, and shifting some of their planes to just a two-class configuration. That means just business and economy, no first class. The plan is to cram more seats into the oversized airplane, and more seats means more money. We’re hardly airline industry economists, but it’s pretty clear how this new move would benefit Emirates in a good way.
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Flying Cathay Pacific or Dragonair in Business or First Class to Hong Kong? Lucky you, not just because you'll be kicking back in bigger seats on what is a very long flight, but you're heading for one of our absolute favorite places in the entire world. Sure, Hong Kong is excellent, but we're talking about the airport itself!
Cathay Pacific, being the flag carrier and largest airline at HKG, takes huge pride in their elite lounges. Airside, we've already toured you through the premium playgrounds that are The Wing, The Cabin and The Pier, but there's also one sweet little secret lurking on the lower level of the arrival hall, outside security. It's simply called "The Arrival."
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Now that Malaysia Airlines has become a full-fledged member in the Oneworld Alliance, they've enhanced the experience for hungry premium passengers by letting more people in on the Chef-On-Call service.
Originally only for Platinum level frequent-flyers in their Enrich program traveling in first and business class, the perk was eventually offered to all who could pay the big bucks for a first class seat. Now, the folks in the business class cabin get to pick their meal before flying. Unlike the chef programs of a few other airlines, however, there's not actually a chef on-board.
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Though to us sitting up front is still something for special occasions or mileage redemptions, it's always reassuring to know the slippers and champagne are there on the other side of the curtain. That’s why we’re pleased to hear that American Airlines is getting ready to up the ante on some of their premium class freebies.
We already knew that the carrier is set to go all out with the interior upgrades and finishes on their brandy new Boeing airplanes, and now they’re turning their attention to the little things. For the most part the refreshed goodies will arrive on international flights headed to spots in Europe, Asia, and Latin America (so nearly all over).
The new amenity kits for first class passengers will be filled to the brim with Dermalogica products, and the whole thing can serve double duty as a case for your tablet device. New slippers, mimosas, and an extra pillow round out the offerings.
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Are you ready for this jelly? Virgin America has just used the opportunity of today's notable 12-12-12 date to debut their very first airline lounge. It's called The Loft and you'll find it snuggled up airside in Terminal 3 at LAX near the Virgin America gates.
The lounge, in all its mood-lit glory, replicated much of what makes the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses so desirablenamely the slick design (and designer furniture) and complimentary meal and drinks service. Instead of a grab-and-go snack bar like you'd find in many US domestic lounges, Virgin America offers a menu with options like smoked salmon bagels, sushi, soba, and shrimp caesar salad.
And, instead of a cash bar with well drinks, the Loft offers six specialty cocktails (drooling over the "Runway Ruddy Mary"), top shelf liquors, red, white and sparkling wines, domestic and imported beers on tap and in bottles, and even juice mixes if you've already had one Ruddy Mary too many.