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Why Australian Airlines Are Up In Arms Over Thongs

April 3, 2015 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is no April Fool's joke.

On April 1, Qantas begin enforcing long-standing dress codes at the many Qantas Clubs, Business Class lounges, and First Class lounges in their Australian lounge network. Passengers who were turned away due to the tightened door policy include those wearing hi-ves workwear, T-shirts, shorts, and/or flip-flop sandals.

The policy, which requests/demands "smart casual" attire in the lounges, has left passengers confused, not to mention angry, when, at hot weather and vacation-popular airport like Brisbane, they've been turned away for wearing sandals. Qantas takes issue with what Aussies call "thongs," the casual beach footwear that bares most of the foot. Women's dressier sandals and, as far as we can tell, men's Birkenstock or Teva-style sandals do pass muster.

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Rolex Clocks and Terrace Views: Inside the Emirates Lounge at LAX

March 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

This may be where you'll see Paris Hilton hanging out at LAX before she heads out to Dubai.

On Wednesday, Emirates Airlines officially unveiled their newest lounge on the 6th floor of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

Open to Emirates' First and Business class passengers as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members, the lounge has an array of luxury amenities and services that you'd expect from Emirates. Below are some shots of the lounge, but keep reading to find out what's inside:

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Photos: Cathay Pacific's First Class Menu by Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

February 27, 2015 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Once you fly in First Class, on a long-haul international flight, it's quite difficult to return to coach on another flight having tasted what's on offer in the front of the plane. This is especially true for First passengers on Cathay Pacific, not only because the First Class seats were recently updated and remain a flyer favorite, but because the airline enjoys showing off in the in-flight dining department.

For 2015, Cathay Pacific's big treats for First Class travelers are monthly menus designed by Executive Chefs from Mandarin Oriental properties around the world. We already gave you an exclusive preview of the MO New York February meals, but now it's time for March and Mandarin Oriental San Francisco.

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Photos: Cathay Pacific's First Class Menu by Mandarin Oriental New York

February 6, 2015 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine.

You’re in First Class on Cathay Pacific. The flight is a 16-hour nonstop from New York to Hong Kong, and you’re looking forward to a little sleeping, a little working, and a little eating while watching that movie you’ve been meaning to catch. Then the flight attendant hands you a pair of soft pajamas and the in-flight meal menu, and it becomes quite clear that you’re going to enjoy this flight.

The cherry on top of the experience? 2015 is the year Cathay Pacific has dedicated to featuring unique First Class menus created by chefs from Mandarin Oriental hotel properties around the world. And, oh yes, there will be caviar.

What began as a special feature for just the London route in 2014 expands throughout 2015 to 5 more destinations. The lucky routes: Between Hong Kong and New York-JFK, Boston, San Francisco, Paris, London, and Tokyo-Haneda.

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Qantas Tries Something...Um...Different for In-Flight Entertainment

February 3, 2015 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Isn't it a little too early for April Fools?

Qantas is banking on the fact that international first class passengers paying beaucoup bucks for the comfy seats won't mind looking silly with a virtual reality headset loaded up with Hollywood blockbusters, destination tours and highlights of new services from the Aussie airline. (Looks like we spoke too soon last week.)

Partnering with Samsung, the red roo is offering high-rolling flyers, both in-flight and on the ground, an option to be transported to a new dimension with the headsets. Whether you're waiting for your plane in the First Class Lounge in Sydney or Melbourne or flying in first on selected A380 flights to and from Los Angeles, passengers can strap on and experience the trial service for three months starting in March.

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Inside the Renfe Club Lounge at Barcelona Sants Train Station

January 8, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

For all the travel we do, maybe because of it, we appreciate the little joys along the way and train or plane lounges rank right up there. When we come across a modern gem like the Renfe Club Lounge at Barcelona Sants Station our heart gives a little leap: it’s a seriously cool place to chill while waiting for your train.

Entry into the lounge, which reopened on April 2 of this year after a major overhaul, takes a Club, First-Class or Grand Comfort class ticket. Once you’re in you can choose from at least five different areas to park it, all with a different look and feel. There’s a self-serve drinks area with a few complimentary snacks as well – nothing spectacular, but enough to get you through until you board your train and can enjoy the first-class treatment on board.

(Want to see more? Check out the photo gallery!)

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: American's Airlines Unique Take on French Toast

January 6, 2015 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (4)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

Domestically, we were on an American Airlines in first class out of Chicago O'Hare to Fort Lauderdale and scored an awesome egg-less alternative to breakfast-- French toast strata with warmed peach compote. (Unless you're lucky enough to fly on Singapore Airlines in the premium seats, always steer clear of egg dishes.)

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Paris Hilton's Instagram Praise of Emirates First Class Worth Millions

December 12, 2014 at 12:09 PM | by | Comment (1)

Taking off on my favorite @Emirates Airlines ✈️Next stop Dubai! ❤️

Una foto publicada por Paris Hilton (@parishilton) el

3.5 million people looked at photos of Emirates First Class this week and it's all thanks to Paris Hilton.

Jetting through Miami, Dubai, India, and Los Angeles to play DJ gigs and make appearances in support of her eponymous fashion and fragrance lines this week, Hilton alleviated her in-flight boredom by planning her next photo op. Five times over the course of these travels she managed to post Instagram photos of herself enjoying the comfort of the premium class, and she's quickly becoming a champion for the airline, whether official or not.

Paris has made a habit of documenting her travels via Instagram, posing in her First Class seats when she flies commercial or opting for a full vogue next to the plane when flying private.

These images are immediately shared with her legion of followers, and average over 40,000 "likes" each. Her followers may not be subscribers of Robb Report, but they are young and impressionable, and images of aspirational travel are both memorable and an easy "like."

Considering a single tweet of hers praising the airline in 2009 (to only ~200,000 followers at the time) was valued at $1.5 million five years ago, we shudder to think of a possible valuation for her recent Instagrams, of which there have been five in one week (one a video tour of the First Class cabin).

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What is the Correct Way to Serve Warm Nuts on an Airplane?

December 9, 2014 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

A Korean Air Airbus A380 was delayed on departure from New York's JFK Airport for a very nutty weird reason Friday; there was an onboard disagreement over the presentation of the warm nuts given to Business and First Class flyers before takeoff.

Whether the issue concerned what was (or wasn't) said when the nuts were served or how they were or weren't served, there's no doubt that something went wrong enough to arouse the anger of Korean Air executive (and daughter of the chairman), Heather Cho. Her reaction to a slip-up in the service was to command the aircraft back to the gate at JFK and have the offending crew member removed, causing the flight to take a delay.

For an opinion on the matter we deferred to our friend, and airline catering authority, InflightFeed. What's the correct way to serve nuts in a premium class, disregarding airline-specific fripperies?

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What is 'Delta One?' The Necessary Details on Delta's New Seating Strata

December 9, 2014 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Did you hear the latest news from the folks over at Delta? We did, and it’s a little confusing. We’re here to help, of course, and we’ll do our best to explain it.

For the most part the airline is just throwing a little marketing spin and some new seating surfaces to already existing options, but here’s what you can expect from their different cabins classes beginning on March 1, 2015:

Delta One

So "Delta One" is actually just their BusinessElite cabin by another name. Think of it as first class on the good routes, namely international flights and those primetime transcontinental flights—like New York to Los Angeles. "Delta One" means access to the Delta Sky Club, amenity kits, noise-reduction headsets, and lie-flat seating options.

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Will.i.am's Fans Call Him Out on Twitter Rant Against United

October 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, Will.i.am took to Twitter to complain about United Airlines but he didn't receive much sympathy from his fans.

The rapper arrived at the airport 45 minutes before an international flight from New York to China, only to find his seat had been given away.

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The 7 Small, Barely Noticeable Special Details of Every Singapore Airlines Flight

October 1, 2014 at 7:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

Not gonna lie, Singapore Airlines deserves their reputation (and many awards) as one of the world's best airlines.

From the fluffy pillows with shams (even in Economy Class!) to the flight attendants who've been trained in both etiquette and oenology, Singapore is top-notch, a fact recently underscored by a review of their Suites Class. It's only too bad that much of that review was plagiarized. Also, the title is misleading; the $23,000 refers to the ticket's cost in Singapore Dollars. Priced in USD, it is closer to $18,000, but October flights in Suites are ringing up lower, around $7,000 each way/$14,000 roundtrip. Business Class is half that, with many of the same perks.

Regardless, the personalized service and thoughtful details are a hallmark of Singapore Airlines across all classes. Here's several semi-secret specialties you'll find on every Singapore Airlines flight:

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