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This is the Worst Airport Outfit of All Time

February 3, 2014 at 11:52 AM | by | Comment (1)

So, a couple months ago while walking down Oxford Street in Sydney, our attention was momentarily grabbed by a store sporting nothing but onesies in the window. Surely there had to be more to their retail concept? But no, it was, in fact, "One Piece," a brand and entire worldwide chain of stores dedicated to bundling up the adult population like nappy-wearing infants. We only hoped we'd never witness onesies supplant Juicy Couture track pants as a trend in airplane attire.

Turns out we're hoping against hope, since a girl of questionable fame was recently caught by the paparazzi at London-Heathrow emerging from baggage claim in what is simultaneously the world's most comfortable and least appropriate travel outfit. And it's not the first time; she—Perrie Edwards of UK girl group "Little Mix" and fiancé of one of the One Direction boys—pulled a similar look at Glasgow Airport.

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Air India Moves Forward with In-Flight WiFi Hopes and Dreams

Where: India
January 31, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s time for some WiFi news, as another international carrier is jumping on the in-flight connectivity bandwagon. This week it’s Air India that’s getting ready to install wires, switches, and antennas in hopes of keeping passengers happy and logged on during their time up in the air.

Details are kind of limited at this point, but the carrier has announced that WiFi is coming to both their big planes and little planes—on both domestic and international journeys. Right now they’re still reviewing PowerPoint presentations and other sales pitches, but it does sound like Thales is just one of the companies in the running to install the WiFi bits and pieces.

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Inside Emirates' First Class Amenity Kits for Both Men and Women

November 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

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 basics—eye shades, socks, ear plugs, toothbrush—but 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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The Next New Aircraft Seating Idea is All About Adjustments

November 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve seen saddle seats, in-flight couches, and those side-slip seat things, and yet there’s still room for more unique and interesting takes on the airline seating situation. This week we caught wind of another company’s take on the next big thing in seating surfaces, and this time it’s all about customization.

Seymourpowell is the organization behind this new idea, and their plan is to bring their idea—called Morph—to the friendly skies. Basically instead of just taking a one-size-fits-all approach to the airline seating system, these new seats can change things up right on the fly.

If you’re looking for a wider seat that’s not a problem, as the seat can shift, shake, and shape to exactly what you’re looking for. The thought is that the airlines would be pretty interested in something like this, as with customization comes the opportunity to charge passengers for the convenience of doing so.

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A First Look at KLM's New World Business Class, Taking Off on 747s

November 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM | by | Comment (1)

The Dutch are good at many things—making cheese and growing tulips would be traditional examples, but a much more modern one is their ability to provide a good lay.

Wait a second. We’re not talking about Amsterdam’s infamous red light district; shift focus across the city to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and the KLM aircraft buzzing around it, where passengers are now enjoying a good lay…all the way back in lie-flat seats. It’s here you’ll find the current palette for Dutch talent, in the features and service of KLM’s brand new World Business Class.

Where once buying a Business Class ticket on KLM meant reclining just enough for a comfortable nap, it’s now all about the lie-flat bed and a proper snooze. In fact, some 70% of business class used to be awake for the full, hot breakfast before arrival; the new seats mean more sleeping in, however, and the uptake on breakfast is down to 20%. We’re living proof of this; we drooled in deep sleep and awoke to the farmland of Holland, with only enough time before landing to scarf down a cinnamon roll.

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Hawaiian Airlines Will Increase Your Legroom...for a Price

November 6, 2013 at 6:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even if you’re flying from the left side of the country the flights over to Hawaii are still a little bit far, and we all certainly appreciate a little extra space and legroom. Travel to the Aloha State is even more extreme when coming from overseas, and thankfully Hawaiian Airlines is getting ready to introduce their very own version of a more legroom for more money system.

It’s hardly a new idea, as Delta has Economy Comfort, American does Main Cabin Extra, and United has had years and years of Economy Plus. You’re probably familiar with the concept, but basically you get a little more room to stretch your legs in exchange for a few extra bucks at the time of booking or check-in.

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Gadget Use Under 10,000' is a Decision for Uncle Sam

October 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here at home we’re waiting to see if we will finally be able to utilize electronic doodads during all aspects of the flight, as we’re just too connected to flip things off even if for just a few minutes. Obviously we’re not the only ones that love our mobile devices, and now it looks like another country is thinking about allowing the opportunity to listen to music, watch a movie, or actually get work done during take-off and landing.

Down in Australia their air safety group, CASA, is keeping an eye on what’s going on in the United States. They’re pretty curious about the safety of using gadgets during all aspects of the flight, and it sounds like they’re thinking about allowing passengers to keep things switched to on. Specifically this would affect domestic flights down under like those taking to the skies aboard Qantas or Virgin Australia.

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Gogo Internet is Bringing Feature Films To Your Next Flight

October 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've got something for you to watch on an upcoming flight that’s way better than just looking at the seatback in front of you. We all know that Gogo is the best when it comes to streaming those in-flight WiFi waves, and now they’re partnering up with Hollywood to bring you even more content. Let’s just hope the guy in 16A isn’t hogging all the bandwidth, so we’ll actually be able to see what they’re offering.

Magnolia Pictures has inked an agreement with Gogo, and this will allow some airlines to offer first run films before they even hit the local multiplex. This is the first time Gogo has scored something like this, and we’re kind of hoping that it’s just the beginning.

A pair of movies, The Last Days on Mars and Best Man Down, will make their debuts at 35,000-feet as part of Gogo Vision—the WiFi provider’s video on demand service. The movies will be offered a good month before they come out in theaters, so be sure to pack plenty of popcorn in your carry-on bag.

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60,000 Slimmer Seats for United Planes are All Set to Save Fuel

October 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of your next United flights might be a little less comfortable, as it looks like the carrier is just the latest to the remove padding and streamline their seats. Of course United promises that the seats will be better for everyone, but we’ll have to see how they are once they’re released into the wild.

The new seats will feature leather seat covers in a couple different shades of blue, and they’ll even be throwing on some kind of United-branded tag—so you’ll be reminded which airline you're traveling with as you sit down. In both Economy Plus and United Economy they’re promising more ergonomic designs, increased seat-back storage, and supportive cushioning.

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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: An Economy Class of Awesome

October 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

All this talk about Mint and A321s is exciting, for sure, but adding fancy new premium seats on a new airplane isn't going to distract JetBlue from their bread and butter: Economy Class.

JetBlue has, from their very beginning some thirteen years ago, touted their egalitarian approach to air travel. Everyone gets a leather seat; everyone enjoys free snacks and beverages; everyone can watch live, DirecTV channels on seatback screens; and everyone has a chance at low airfares. This isn't going away with the arrival of A321s into JetBlue's fleet, but being improved. Even better? The improvements are very noticeable; this is not a case of, "oh, we added some nice new accent piping to the headrest" (though there's that, too).

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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: Amenity Kits and a Full Food Menu

October 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

You've already seen the new "Mint" seats, but what about all the goodies that come with a premium in-flight experience and $599 one-way? Since Mint won't fly until June 15, 2014, JetBlue has plenty of time to refine the extras. Still, it's obvious they're pretty excited and want travelers to be as well, so yesterday they gave a glimpse of a few goodies they're working on for including with Mint.

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USB Ports and More Legroom Coming to Air France in 2014

Where: France
September 30, 2013 at 8:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your next overseas flight is about to get a little bit better—even in the back—as Air France just announced that they’re spending plenty of cash to upgrade their up in the air experience. This time the upgrades and improvements aren’t just for those paying extra to sit up front, as the most recent sent of renovations are scheduled for the economy and premium economy cabins.

It looks like the carrier is prepared to fill out an oversized check in the amount of like 500 million euros, as they move forward with all kinds of enhancements. Old seating surfaces will dragged off to the curb for trash pickup, as the economy and premium economy seats will be brand new. Air France promises lighter seats—saving on that airplane fuel—as well as ones that provide head support and retractable armrests.

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