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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]

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Which Award-Winning Airplane Concept of the Future Do You Like Best?

April 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The annual Crystal Cabin Awards, a competition that strives for excellence in futuristic aircraft interior innovation and design, took place this week in Hamburg, Germany. There were seven categories in total: Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment; Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts; Material & Components; Passenger Comfort Hardware; Passenger Comfort Systems; Premium Class & VIP; and University.

The full list of winners is still trickling out, but we're zoning in on the concepts that are aimed at directly benefiting the future passenger - aka, us. Below, we take a look at a few of the winning ideas. None are guaranteed to appear in the consumer realm anytime soon, but they serve as reasonable prototypes for what we might see down the road. Which are you most excited about?

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The Beverage Selection Gets an Upgrade with New Microbrews on Three Airlines

April 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Treat yourself during your next flight, as airlines are adding better beers and beverages suitable for an in-flight toast. Here’s a few of the carriers doing the microbrew thing at 35,000-feet, and their newest additions to the up in the air menu:

Delta & SweetWater Brewing Company

No offense to the Budweiser and Coors Light crew, but there’s better things brewing in Delta’s beverage cart. Last month the carrier introduced a little local flavor to their in-flight menu, as they’re offering up something from Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company. Thanks to some new canning techniques sky-high distribution is now available, and you can enjoy some 420 Extra Pale Ale on select Delta flights. These will set you back $6, but for now are limited to flights between Atlanta and New York-LaGuardia.

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Delta's New Economy Amenity Kits are Small, But Welcome

April 3, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

2014 has thus far been quite the year for Delta, what with the detrimental changes to their SkyMiles frequent flyer program and an emergency landing or two, but this week has been something of a bounce back with a slew of positive news. Among the good news is the announcement that Delta is ready to give something to and not take something from economy class travelers.

Introducing Delta's sleep kits, specifically for the comfort of economy on long-haul international flights. Everyone gets an individual pack containing eyeshades and earplugs. It's very similar to JetBlue's Snooze Packs, which are handed out on red-eye transcontinental flights.

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Delta Flips the Switch for In-Flight WiFi on Their 747s

April 3, 2014 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

When Delta merged with, gobbled up, or joined forces with Northwest Airlines, the carrier acquired a whole bunch of Boeing 747s. Slowly but surely things have been upgraded and updated to incorporate new levels of flying fun, and recently one of the final pieces was put into place—in-flight WiFi.

This isn’t just an option in and around the lower 48, as the in-flight WiFi on these 747s in Delta’s fleet are able to stream, download, and surf across continents and oceans. The very first flights were those heading over to Narita International Airport in Tokyo, as flights from both Los Angeles and Atlanta were able to flip the switch to this kind of up in the air connectivity.

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Finally, a Travel Neck Pillow That's Not Ugly and Useless

April 2, 2014 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've been discussing Economy Class travel quite a lot recently, from surviving a 14-hour flight sitting up to the next generation of seats, and now it's time to share our little secret in the realm of BYO comfort: the MUJI microbead neck cushion.

Neck pillows are ugly, awkward, and embarrassing to be seen with outside an airport. We kind of hate them, actually, Unfortunately, they're still very much required if you hope for any sort of lengthy sleep in economy.

About three years ago we discovered the microbead neck cushion at one of Japanese retailer MUJI's NYC stores, and it's been keeping us comfy company on long flights ever since. At $25, it doesn't break the bank, and there's a few other excellent reasons we deign to drag it along:

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Delta To Begin Serving Atlanta's SweetWater Brew in April

March 28, 2014 at 7:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Next week brings good news to 35,000-feet for those looking for better beer options in the cabin, as Delta is set to bring a little Atlanta flavor right into the beverage cart.

SweetWater Brewing Company distribution has been limited to the Southeast, but now things are going sky high. One of the brewery’s best offerings—the 420 Extra Pale Ale—will be come an option up in the air aboard some Delta flights.

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With Premium Class Travel on the Rise Again, What Does That Mean for the Economy Sector?

March 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

IATA, the International Air Transport Association, released numbers yesterday that showed premium travel to be on the rise. Premium passenger numbers rose 6.1% in January, up from the 4.2% growth in the same month of 2013. Much of the increase is attributed to "positive business developments," especially in the Far East.

"Growth in Asian trade activity over recent months has helped support international business and premium travel," the report said. "There have been some signs of improvement in trade growth in regions like Europe, the US and Asia. This has helped support the stronger growth we are seeing in business-related premium travel over recent months."

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New Washington Wines Hit the Beverage Carts on Alaska Airlines

March 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just a couple weeks ago we were discussing the new beer options aboard Alaska Airlines, and now this week it’s once again time to raise a glass—cheers!

Alaska Airlines knows that tastes and smells all work a little bit differently when high in the sky, so they’ve selected some blends and vintages that will perform well on the palate at cruising altitude. Now they’ve partnered with a Walla Walla, Washington winery—say that three times fast—to get some new stuff loaded into the beverage cart.

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