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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 itóespecially if youíre flying with Southwest Airlines. Thatís because the airline just partnered up with the folks over at Beats Audio, as theyíre adding up in the air music as part of their in-flight entertainment offerings.

Itís a pretty easy relationship to understand if youíre 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 WiFiójust 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 collectorís item. The airline isnít ditching the in-flight magazineódonít worryóbut 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 isnít 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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One Possible Explanation For Why American Only Showed One Movie on a 9-Hour Flight

August 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (3)

Last weekend, we flew American Airlines from Dallas-Fort Worth to Santiago. The route was serviced by a 767-300, which, due to maintenance problems, was delayed 12 hours from Thursday night to Friday morning. After we had reached cruising altitude, the flight attendants came on to explain "today's entertainment."

There were five old-school televisions on the plane, all hung up over the center row. Depending on where you were seated, you may or may not have been actually able to see one clearly Ė a frustration many passengers vocalized to themselves and their neighbors. I was lucky. I was sitting in a G aisle seat, about a half dozen rows back from a screen, and could see it perfectly in all its 9 by 13 inch glory.

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British Airways' New In-Flight Entertainment Will Be Truly Aww-Inspiring

August 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM | by | Comment (1)

From the airline that brought you a channel dedicated to a 7-hour train trip through Norway now comes a channel devoted to nonstop cuteness. Debuting this September on British Airways' long-haul flights, "Paws and Relax" will initially lead off with the comic series "Simonís Cat," the documentary "The Secret Life of Cats," and the awwww-inspiring "Americaís Cutest Dog."

It's obviously a departure from the usual in-flight fare of almost-new movie releases and TV series from B-list actors, but "Paws and Relax" is based on the very real research that watching cute animals lowers blood pressure and facilitates relaxation. The goal? To "enhance the wellbeing of customers" flying BA.

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All Jet, No Lag: Inside Premium Economy and Economy on Air Canada's New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Where: Toronto, Canada
August 8, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

[Also check out Part 1, Business Class]

Premium Economy is so hot right now.

Or, rather, the class between Economy and Business has been a popular addition to aircraft for many years now, every since Virgin Atlantic introduced it way, way back in 1992(!!), but some airlines have held off and, in turn, benefitted from the wait by introducing Premium Economy classes with all the latest bells and whistles.

One such airline is Air Canada, who put their first Premium Economy cabin in the air with the arrival to their fleet of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Flying AC006—11 hours back from Tokyo-Haneda to Toronto-Pearson—we settled into a window seat and experienced what this new class for Air Canada was all about.

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All Jet, No Lag: The Ultimate Guide to Flying Business Class on Air Canada's Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Where: Toronto, Canada
August 7, 2014 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

[Also check out Part 2, Premium Economy and Economy]

"Whoever said man wasn't meant to fly didn't see this coming."

These were the words printed on a banner welcoming passengers to gate 172 at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on July 15, 2014.

Outside the windows was one of Air Canada's airplanes, sitting chill in her ice blue livery and scarlet maple leaf logo while a flurry of ground vehicles prepared her for a 12-hour flight to Tokyo. Passengers waiting to board forwent selfies and instead pointed their cameras outside, at this aircraft which stars in the celebration of a new era for Canadian aviation.

But, um, hasn't Air Canada been flying from Toronto to Tokyo for, like, decades? Yes, yes they have, but never before to the Japanese capital's other, very recently updated and better located airport of Haneda, and never before with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Flight AC005 is non-stop from YYZ to HND, a lengthy trip which gives the benefits of the 787—the greater cabin humidity, lower altitude level, improved personal space, and fuel efficiency—a chance to strut their stuff. It was, in fact, the longest flight we've ever done in a 787, and absolutely one of the best in our own travel log.

Now, let's delve into the delicious details:

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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 weíve seen more and more systems that require you to bring your device. Now thereís 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 thereís 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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Double-check Your Device is Up to Date for Delta's New In-Flight Entertainment

August 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

This month, Delta launched free in-flight entertainment on all its routes, following in the footsteps of Southwest Airlines and becoming the first of the "big three" to offer it.

On aircraft with televisions in the seatbacks, the system is pretty self explanatory. But on older planes where there are no personal entertainment systems, the content will need to be accessed through your own device, such as a laptop, iPad, or Tablet. If you're using an older computer or operating system, you'll need to update it in order to stream the database of movies and television shows.

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

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