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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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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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Singapore Airlines is consistently ranked tops for luxury when it comes to their planes, service, and even their airport lounges. After this summer's announcement of a major update for seats in all cabins, it was only a matter of time until the carrier announced plans to similarly freshen up the environment of the lounges.
SIA unveiled the new concept for their airport oases at Sydney International. Tucked behind a customized batik screen and designed by ONG&ONG, the SilverKris lounge is modeled to convey a sense of "home away from home" with living room, kitchen, and dining room areas.
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Flying during the holiday season is frustrating at best, and you can better believe that the airlines and airports know travelers aren't exactly happy to be paying top dollar for packed flights, likely during winter weather. Thus, airlines attempt to create smiles for the season by introducing little festive touches to their inflight service.
The littlest things can go a long way to get passengers in a positive mood. Here is the list of those airlines going the extra mile, getting into the spirit, and giving back to their passengers with something special:
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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 basicseye shades, socks, ear plugs, toothbrushbut 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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Nearly two years ago American Airlines filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in US Bankruptcy Court. It was a dark time, with AA suffering from an old fleet and style that was more shabby chic than chic. In that time, the airline has managed to re-brand, take delivery of new aircraft, introduce new seats, and overall "get with the picture."
We recently took a tour through the Flagship First Class cabin onboard one of AA's new Boeing 777-300ERs and were shockedSHOCKEDat how far the airline has come with their reinvention. Although there's still a ways to go before AA makes Economy cool (a fool's errand), at least paying for First Class now yields the passengers a worthy experience.
Without further ado, the five things we're surprised to see in American Airlines First Class:
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As the 14 lucky First Class passengers on the new British Airways Airbus A380 were working their way through The Langham London’s afternoon tea and five-course tasting menu en route to Los Angeles, we were already on the ground in California for a proper welcome following its maiden long-haul flight.
There was a water cannon salute made over the aircraft by the LAX fire brigade, and champagne, cupcakes, and little A380 models at the gate. Passengers were even treated to a red carpet and step-and-repeat complete with Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Charlie Chaplin impersonators.
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You probably know by now that Los Angeles International Airport has lifted the veil off its billion-dollar makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. While that means improved facilities for all travelers, premium passengers on Star Alliance flights will also benefit from a gigantic new lounge complex, opening todayWednesday, September 25.
We attended the ribbon cutting by Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab earlier this week to give you all the details on the 18,000-square-foot spread. Come in for the shower suites and the wine wall, stay for the outdoor terrace with fire pits and tarmac views.
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This is a big week for Los Angeles International Airport. First it debuted the $1.7 billion dollar makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and then it welcomed a Hello Kitty-themed 777. Naturally they've saved the best for last, as British Airways today celebrates inaugural long-haul flights of their spanking new Airbus A380, nonstop from LAX to London-Heathrow.
In fact, while we type this, there are 469 travelers up in the sky in this plane, enjoying a memorable first meal service. Only 14 of those 469 will be privy to the most unique British Airways menu currently flying, however; it's one created specifically for this aircraft and route by The Langham Hotel, London. Sure, the 97 seated a little further back in the Club World/Business Class cabin will also enjoy a Langham menu, but that's a three-course affair while First gets a full, five-course tasting menu and afternoon tea withshockerthree premium champagne options.
Let's have a look!
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About a month ago, we asked you to choose what we'd be eating on an upcoming American Airlines flight. Well, the time came for us to step aboard our silver bird and head on over to Chicago - O'Hare from LAX and we can now officially announce that the winner was the chicken.
The full description of the choose-your-own-entree on AA is quite limited, but the lemon thyme chicken with quinoa and arugula turned out to pique the most interest from you guys, so it became our pre-prder.
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This is just the Amuse-bouche
On any given day, there are 9-10 British Airways planes zooming up into the skies from New York's JFK Airport. Touch down may be London's Heathrow Airport, but the 7+ hours in-flight time is absolutely a destination in itself. This is especially true for First Class guests who opt to open the menu for a meal, rather than just close their eyes for a sleep.
The focus for British Airways' First Class cuisine is, to quote BA's Manager of Food & Beverage Design, Chef Gwendal Hamon, "lovely ingredients with good provenance, simply prepared." Catering is by Do & Co, who employ over 500 people just at their JFK facility, with the aim to provide the best quality foods for the best possible taste at altitude and, in this case, especially for those in the best seats on the plane.
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Just over a year ago we first told you about American Airlines, and their plans to woo celebrities, business people, and other hotshots that regularly fly from coast to coast. A lot has happened since then, but the basic premise remains the same—new Airbus A321s with lie flat seats will be doing the transcontinental flights from New York to spots like San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Just to remind you of what these planes are packing, each brand-y new jet will be a true three-cabin aircraft with 10 of those totally flat sleeper seats in First Class, 20 seats in Business Class, and then plenty of other seats back in Economy Class—including three dozen or so extra legroom Main Cabin Extra seats. Even with JetBlue trying to cash in on the transcontinental market, we’ll risk saying that American Airlines might just have the best up front product on cross country flights.