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There's a New Breed of 'Geeks' in the Air on JetBlue and Virgin America

February 13, 2015 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

We recognize that we’re probably a little bit greedy when it comes to our in-flight entertainment needs. First there were movies—maybe just on one screen—but soon we wanted more choices, our own screens, and maybe even some live television as well. We moved onto WiFi as well, but apparently the traveling public is looking for more and more when it comes to up in the air distractions.

Thankfully higher education has heard our complaints, as online courses are the latest option to be streaming at 35,000-feet. JetBlue was one of the first carriers to kick things off, as late last year they started offering excerpted streaming lectures and learning from the folks over at Coursera—think business classes, music lessons, and other academic awesomeness.

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Kaching! Apple Pay Will Soon Be in Play on JetBlue Flights

February 10, 2015 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (0)



Back in October we discussed the ways in which Apple Pay would make life easier for travelers, namely allowing us to leave the credit cards at home while we shopped from traditional vendors. But now JetBlue has gone and surprised us with this news--starting next week, JetBlue will allow passengers to use Apple Pay to take care of their in-flight food and beverage purchases.

To make this all work, JetBlue is giving their flight crews iPad Minis to handle transactions. And obviously, passengers can only use Apple Pay if they have it enabled on their iPhones.

For now, Apple Pay will be available on coast-to-coast JetBlue flights from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco in mid-February. More Apple Pay flights will be added in March, with all JetBlue flights having Apple Pay by June.

JetBlue is also promising to allow guests to use Apple Pay within the JetBlue app later this year. And supposedly, when the Apple Watch comes out this spring, passengers can use that too to pay for their snacks and drinks.

Right now, JetBlue is the first airline to accept Apple Pay in-flight, but we have a feeling that won't last for very long.

Who do you think will be next airline to accept Apple Pay? Put your guesses in comments below!

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Flight Review: Kicking Back in SWISS Airlines' Business Class

February 6, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We had the chance to fly with SWISS Airlines from Zurich to Montreal in Business Class not so long ago and all we can say is that we wanna do it again.

Aside from the tasty food and good service, their new international biz class seat has it all going on. Done in a stylish grey tartan and light wood, it’s a generous size for generous hips, becomes a 6’7” lie-flat bed and has a spot to plug in your electronic gadgets. We liked the fact that each seat has a large side table that not only gives you separation from your neighbor, but can hold all of your books, mags, water, wine, headphones and No Jet-Lag tablets (we do like to spread out!). If you’re traveling solo, have a good look at the seating chart when you’re selecting your seat: Some of the single window ones have not one, but two tables per seat. You’ll feel like you’re King (or Queen) of the Universe.

Besides the expected array of movies and music that is part of the in-flight entertainment system is the unexpected ability to use the screen to view your own stuff from your cell or iPad. The system is controlled by a convenient handset that you can, as well, leave handy on that large side table.

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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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Trust British Airways to Have the Most Intellectual In-Flight Entertainment in the Skies

Where: LHR
January 19, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we flew to Buenos Aires from London Heathrow on British Airways last week, there was one thing we were looking forward to help us cope with the 13-and-a-half hour flight:

KITTENS AND PUPPIES.

However, there was a problem. The much-vaunted Paws and Relax channel, which was announced in August and supposed to debut in September with nothing but animal programs was not on the inflight entertainment. Nor was it in the High Life magazine.

Actually, we can’t remember seeing it when we flew to Vegas in December, either. And, in fact, when we asked cabin crew where the puppies were, not one of them had ever heard of it. Does this mean it never launched, or it did launch but it bombed? Nope, the latter is just not possible.

While we request a ticket refund get over our trauma, there are other options. In fact, we couldn’t help noticing that BA has some rather intellectual in-flight entertainment. They may not be showing debates from the Oxford Union, as they used to, but this is still one high-class IFE roster. If you want to stimulate your brain onboard, here’s what we suggest:

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Alaska Airlines' 'Alaska Beyond' Concept is All Good News for Economy Class

December 15, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems that calling an airline class by "Economy" or "Business" or "Coach" is no longer cool. 2014 has seen the launch of "JetBlue Mint," "Delta One," and now, "Alaska Beyond."

Instead of a cosmetic rebrand, Alaska Airlines is investing millions to update their entire in-flight experience with huge benefits for the economy traveler.

Alaska Beyond begins rolling out across Alaska Airlines' 737 fleet from today through 2015, and it consists of several updates:

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Is Nintendo Planning to Take 'Super Mario Bros' to the Skies?

December 1, 2014 at 7:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Super Mario and all of his video game buddies might be on their way to cruising altitude, and we’re not talking about packing your Game Boy in your carry-on bag.

Nintendo recently filed for a patent that has to do with some kind of video game emulator. Basically that means that things like your smartphone, tablet, and other electronic goodies might just be able to play some offerings previously only available on a traditional Nintendo made product. This includes airline in-flight entertainment systems, so that’s where Mario comes into the picture—think emulated Game Boy at 35,000 feet.

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Southwest Teams Up with Beats Audio for In-Flight Tunes

November 10, 2014 at 8:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not only is your mobile device a must when traveling, but now you also need to ensure you have a good pair of headphones to go with it—especially if you’re flying with Southwest Airlines. That’s because the airline just partnered up with the folks over at Beats Audio, as they’re adding up in the air music as part of their in-flight entertainment offerings.

It’s a pretty easy relationship to understand if you’re flying with Southwest, as basically they will provide streaming audio service to their passengers for free. Choose from playlists and what not all thanks to onboard WiFi—just be sure that your device is charged up and available to use. This certainly is a great companion to the other video streaming options now served up by the airline.

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A Review of United's BYO-Device Entertainment, Still in Beta Testing

October 15, 2014 at 10:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

Just about a year ago, Virgin Australia launched their cool new wireless BYO-device entertainment system. It was thought that this would be the wave of the future, as more travelers armed themselves with iPads.

Now we're excited to announce United has begun testing a similar system on this side of the Pacific. On a recent flight from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale, we were lucky to score a plane equipped with beta-test of this technology.

As a regular passenger, we received an email from United two days before departure, with the info that we'd be on a plane with this system. The email was similar to their webpage explanation, and it detailed how we could trial the entertainment choices by streaming them to our own iPad, iPhone, or laptop. By simply downloading the free application from the Apple App store, we would be able to enjoy hours of movies and television shows from gate to gate.

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British Airways Sprinkles Some 'Sonic Seasoning' on In-Flight Meals

October 14, 2014 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

British Airways is on a roll with tweaking entertainment for their flights. First, there was the 7-hour train trip through Norway that occupies some space in the in-flight entertainment channel line-up, which was soon joined by the cute animal-focused Paws & Relax channel.

And who can forget the mood blanket thing? (We kid--it was actually totally forgettable).

This month, the news from BA announces the launch of the "Sound Bite" menu, which pairs audio entertainment with what's on your meal tray:

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You Won't Believe What Showed Up on This In-Flight Map

August 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Twitter user @nycsouthpaw was onboard the notoriously lengthy Hawaiian Airlines nonstop flight from New York-JFK to Honolulu yesterday, when he noticed a little something special within the seatback entertainment moving map:

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A Refresh for the Seatback Pocket as American Revamps In-Flight Magazine

August 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

Be sure to grab a copy of the in-flight magazine from your seatback pocket on your next American Airlines flight, as it soon might be a bit of a collector’s item. The airline isn’t ditching the in-flight magazine—don’t worry—but they are bringing in a new company to run, write, and produce the periodical through a revamp.

Ink Global will now be in charge of American Way. This isn’t the first in-flight magazine for the folks over at Ink Global; it's their specialty, as they're in charge of periodicals as wide-ranging as United's Hemispheres and EasyJet's Traveller to Eurostar's Metropolitan and Thomas Cook's travel.

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