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As a site that tracks the best in-flight cocktails on a monthly basis, we like to think that our credibility on booze travel is pretty good. While we do occasionally post the random teetotaling dispatch, on the whole you're more likely to find Jaunted posts with phases like "Avion Tequila" and "Eucalyptus Liquor". We are not uninclined toward mixing travel with fine spirits, is what we're saying.
That's why it's so frustrating to have to write about people like this douchebag, who got so drunk he threatened to stab a British Airways pilot with a shard of glass after flight attendants cut him off.
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As many already know, we have a serious obsession with airline cocktails, and so much is our passion that we've created a whole first-Friday-of-the-month feature called In-Flight Cocktail of the Month, which highlights the special concoctions that flight attendants whip up with only a cocktail shaker, some tiny liquor bottles and a whole lot of hope that it won't make you drunk and unruly.
Last summer, we dubbed Virgin Atlantic's Virgin Redhead the In-Flight Cocktail of the Month for June 2010. This summer, it's about time to highlight another Virgin drink, especially since their airport lounges feature an impressive signature cocktail selection.
Therefore, for July 2011, we're in love with the "New" New York Sour, a traditional whiskey sour with a surprise: a float of claret. Served up at Virgin Atlantic clubhouseswe downed this one in the New York-JFK Airport loungeand possibly on flights in Upper Class (ask nicely), the "New" New York Sour is served in a chilled glass with a nice foam. When ours arrived, both tables on either side of us asked after it and ended up ordering their own; it's a conversation-starter!
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Oh, happy day! American Airlines is bringing back a fun little thing they tried last Decemberthe 5@5 In-Flight Happy Hourfor the month of May (and to celebrate Cinco de Mayo). The deal is simple and straightforward in that, if you're on an American, American Eagle or AmericanConnection flights that departs in the 5 o-clock hour, then alcoholic drinks onboard are discounted to $5 each:
...Enjoy cocktails, wine and beer for $5 on American or American Eagle domestic flights departing between 5:00 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. Domestic flights are defined as those within the continental U.S. and those between the U.S. and Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The happy hour will offer customers a savings of $1 on beer and $2 on liquor and wine.
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Even though the year's biggest travel day is next Wednesday, November 24, American Airlines will wait until December 1 to begin a new treat for holiday travelers: the 5@5 In-Flight Happy Hour. The deal is simple and straightforward in that, if you're on an American, American Eagle or AmericanConnection flights that departs in the 5 o-clock hour, then alcoholic drinks onboard are discounted to $5 each:
Throughout December, the 5@5 happy hour will be available onboard domestic, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico flights scheduled to depart between 5 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. Customers will enjoy a savings of $1 on beer and $2 on liquor and wine as a thank you for their loyalty. Happy hour prices will be offered for the duration of the flight. As always, American serves complimentary non-alcoholic beverages onboard.
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You know the only thing we like better than a glass of fine wine…is a glass of fine wine at 35,000 feet. That’s why, whenever we take to the skies, we also take extra care to check out airlines’ wine programs to see who is making the friendly skies even friendlier.
Here’s a fun fact of the day: Air New Zealand serves over 6.5 million glasses of wine in-flight each year, making it the largest single server of wine in New Zealand. Thus, they take their job as an international promoter of Kiwi wines very seriously, as we discovered on a recent trip on the airline.
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First they come up with a "Hangover Clause" and now an open tab...
Even more news from Virgin America today, and this time it's less to do with their planes and more to do with what's inside of them. Virgin has upgraded their RED seat-back TV system to include more than just TV, music, games, passenger chat and food ordering; the RED TV now includes a whole shopping experience, enhanced Google Maps andomg, omgthe ability to keep an open bar tab.
We've already written about the SkyMall-powered touchscreen shopping news beforecheck out all those details and the $38,000 diamond-encrusted iPhone here and a video hereso let's now focus on the drinkin' and the mappin'.