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Why One Airline is Adding Crickets to the In-Flight Menu

October 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

There is no such thing as too many options when it comes to in-flight dining, snacking, and drinking. Thankfully JetBlue knows we’re suckers for a good in-flight snack, and that’s why we’re eager to try out their latest offering—even if it’s a little out of the ordinary.

Beginning in 2015, JetBlue will be handing out some unique snack bars featuring cricket as an ingredient. To be specific, they will be protein bars in flavors like blueberry vanilla and peanut butter and jelly, and one of the main components will be cricket flour—we guess that means ground up cricket carcasses.

Pricing and other details haven’t been rolled out as of yet, but we do know it’s part of a collaboration between the folks at JetBlue and AccelFoods' start-up Exo.

[Photo: Exo]

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Condor Business Class to Germany

September 16, 2014 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Blue and yellow. A crane-like logo (it's actually a Condor). German flight crew with jaunty neck scarves.

Sounds like Lufthansa, right? In most cases, yes, but here we were somewhere between Toronto - Frankfurt on DE1061, a Condor Boeing 767. The similarities are no coincidence; Condor is a partner of Lufthansa and we were on our way to visit Condor HQ in Frankfurt, Germany,

Their 767-300s are three-class airplanes, with Economy, Premium Economy, and Business Class (formerly “Comfort Class”). Business on Condor now sports flatbed seats, with a multi-course meal and some of the nicest HD in-flight entertainment with which we’d had the pleasure to play.

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What's Better Than Beer Onboard? In-Flight Smoothies!

September 9, 2014 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

JetBlue is bringing a few new options to their in-flight beverage cart, as they’re utilizing some new goodies from their neighborhood—greater New York State.

Smoothies will soon be on the menu, as they realize that flyers are often looking for something a little more substantial—and healthy—than a baby bottle of alcohol and side of soft drink from their EatUp Café offerings.

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Finnair Flaunts Plans for Their Brand New Airbus A350s

Where: Finland
August 21, 2014 at 6:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this summer we were finally able to check out FInnair and their up in the air abilities, but now it looks like we’ll have to try them out once again—we know, so difficult. That’s because the carrier is anxiously awaiting some brand new planes from the folks over at Airbus. The planes are some A350-XMBs to be specific, and in advance of their arrival the airline is showing off and sharing some images of the cabin.

The design, look, and feel of things are all thanks to the dSign Vertti Kivi & Co firm over in Helsinki. Travelers can expect a more spacious cabin, but that’s probably more the airplane than the design team—think larger windows, ambient lighting, and an improved air filtration system.

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Remember Your iPad for Monarch's New In-Flight Entertainment

August 6, 2014 at 7:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to in-flight entertainment we’ve seen more and more systems that require you to bring your device. Now there’s another carrier asking you to tote along your tablet, as Monarch Airlines and their MPlayer offers up all kinds of movies and other media straight to your iPad.

The MPlayer app is available in a few flavors from iOS to Android, and there’s both free content and those programs that you have to pay for. Just remember to download things before heading off to the airport, and we can only imagine that will help things go that much more smoothly.

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Yes, Airplane Bathrooms are Shrinking (At Least on Qantas)

Where: Australia
August 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

It feels like everything from the seats to the bathrooms aboard airplanes keep getting smaller and smaller, and apparently that truly will be the case with some Qantas planes and their interior refurbishments. Not that you want to spend anymore time in an airplane lavatory, but just note it’s not you getting bigger it’s them getting smaller.

Qantas is in the middle of planning on adding and squeezing a few more seats into some of their domestic airplanes, and they’re doing so in hopes of boosting capacity by around three percent.

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Southwest Turns the TVs to Cartoon Network

August 1, 2014 at 8:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Attention kiddos! You best remember to keep your electronic gadgets charged and ready before your next flight, as Southwest Airlines has a new in-flight entertainment channel geared right to your tastes.

Okay so it’s not just for kids, but programing from Cartoon Network will now be delivered via WiFi through the carrier’s in-flight entertainment system. Just do note that aboard Southwest Airlines it’s going to be a bring your own device situation, so keep that phone or tablet nearby.

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We All Scream for Ice Cream Aboard Air Berlin

Where: Germany
July 30, 2014 at 7:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re roughly in the middle of the summer season, and with the warmer weather comes the need to cool down. Sure air conditioning is great—and kind of a necessity—but some cool treats are also always welcome. That’s especially the case up in the air, as it’s hard to beat a little ice cream at 35,000 feet.

This season—and in seasons past—airberlin is handing out ice cream to travelers heading out on their summer holidays. The premium ice cream comes to the airline and its passengers from Sylt restaurant, Sansibar, and travelers are offered up little 120mL cups—the same serving as those getting a little dessert at the restaurant.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Air Canada's Goodies for Premium Economy and Business Class

Where: Canada
July 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

When flight AC 5 left Toronto Pearson International Airport on July 15, it was more than the start of a routine 11.5-hour stretch from Toronto to Tokyo-Haneda; that particular flight meant the official inaugural of Air Canada's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner and her brand-spanking-new interiors which included a revamped Business Class and completely fresh Premium Economy.

We flew both during the cause of one roundtrip on the route (which is relatively new itself), and stay tuned for the full report next week. For now, a peek into the swag flyers are handed to improve in-flight comfort:

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Inside the Amenity Kit: A Pouch and PJs in Virgin Atlantic Upper Class

July 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

It's crazy to think that a passenger flying Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class could be in for more treats after experiencing the delights of the airline's airport Clubhouses, but it's true. Following a spa treatment, cocktails, and a full hot dinner (all complimentary) at the JFK Clubhouse, for example, Upper Class flyers then settle into the full-flat seats onboard and are handed an amenity kit (plus a small, appetizer snack bowl of Tyrrell's crisps).

The grey felt pouch has a looped leather-like strap and an interior lined in Virgin's signature scarlet. It's made of recycled materials, plus it's unisex, chic, and easy to reuse for purposes beyond stashing your in-flight amenities. In plainer terms, it's just right.

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What's the Deal with British Airways' 'Mood Blanket' Thing

July 1, 2014 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Don’t expect to be cuddling up with the latest in in-flight blanket technology anytime soon, but the folks over at British Airways are testing out a new wool blend in the cabin—complete with embedded electronics.

Basically it’s a mood ring but in blanket form, as the thing has tiny little LEDs inside of it that change colors to blue or red depending on someone’s feelings. Travelers wear some kind of band thing on their heads, and then their feelings and what not are transmitted to the blanket over Bluetooth. Blankets that are blue reflect cool and comfortable travelers, and those that change to a shade of crimson indicate that there might be some stress going on—or that they need a refill on their drink.

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Goose Island Beer Arrives on United's In-Flight Menu Next Week

June 27, 2014 at 7:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s another carrier adding a little craft beer to the beverage cart, and this week it’s United bringing a hometown favorite right into the cabin.

Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery has been tapped—ha—to send over plenty of 312 Urban Wheat Ale over to United Airlines. The sudsy stuff will be offered up on flights across the globe, and the ale will even be available in United Club locations across the United States. It sounds like things should be on the menu beginning on July 1.

It’ll be $8 for those in the back of the plane, and those up front in business and first class can score some free of charge. If you’re enjoying a little while awaiting your flight you can expect to hand over $3 for a drink in the United Club.

Best of all there’s going to be a little bit of an in-flight happy hour on Tuesday—we’re guessing July 1—to welcome the new beer to 35,000-feet. Passengers flying between Chicago and Houston on United Flight 312 will score a beer for free.

[Photo: swanksalot]