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Real talk, New Yorkers: JetBlue has a better rooftop than you.
No offense, we love that patch of withered brown grass in Williamsburg that you call your own — and for only the annual price of a Mercedes, no less! But JetBlue just opened its T5 Rooftop — at the airline's JFK home, Terminal 5 — and we're sorry to say that it kind of upstages even your nifty new corn hole set. The rooftop area is now the only post-security outdoor space accessible to all travelers, and it's open from 6 AM to 10 PM daily during the summer. So when you're waiting for your flight and need a reprieve from recycled airport air and the sweet wafts of your fellow passengers' grab-and-go lunchmeat sandwiches, you can step out on to a wood roof deck with rare views of the Manhattan skyline (repeat that to yourself for emphasis), outdoor patio furniture, and plenty of green space boasting oak leaved hydrangeas, lilyturf, sweetsphire and other lovely plantings you won't recognize by name. (But, good to know, right?) There's also free Wi-Fi! Grab your laptop and soak up some rays, people.
It's basically a small park. It's dog-friendly (this is the first post-security dog walk area at JFK), and you'll even find "New York-centric" (as worded in a press release) food vendors: think street carts hawking Hebrew National hot dogs and Brooklyn's Blue Marble ice cream. And JetBlue "will host an ongoing Summer Friday series with DJ sets, acoustic performances, food and beverage samplings and other entertainment offerings" on the roof deck too.
You? You have a Foreman grill. And honestly, a plane ticket is probably less than your NYC rent.
Well done, JetBlue. We should, like, totally hang out more. [Applies SPF.]
[Photo by Paul Rivera]
It’s been five years since this editor last flew JetBlue. So when faced with needing a one-way flight from JFK to LAX, it was with great pain that I made what felt like a Sophie’s Choice, and turned my back on my beloved Virgin America (and the opportunity to pile on Elevate points to my already hefty pile), to try out JetBlue’s first class offering, JetBlue Mint.
Jaunted test-piloted JetBlue Mint on the ground when it launched in 2014 and the photos from that session are very true to what we found on board. I'm using my own photos for this review but if you need further detail on the items onboard, go here.
The day before my flight, I received many emails from JetBlue about the flight but one immediately caught my eye. The email announced they were testing a dedicated check-in for anyone flying JetBlue Mint from JFK to LAX or SFO or be a member of the airline’s Mosaic program. You can read all about that experience here. Essentially, Mint flyers have a private check-in and private security lane to go through.
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The day before our flight from JFK to LAX, we received an email from JetBlue saying we were eligible for a "dedicated check-in experience” on the arrivals level of Terminal 5, separate from the usual check-in spots. This type of "private" check-in is usually only seen for first class or business class on international airlines. So to have it here on a domestic flight sounded intriguing.
Like a Virgin Voyage: C.S. Air Debuts Direct Flights Between Southern China and America's East Coast
Usually, if someone hands you a flower unsolicited in the middle of a city square, you can rest assured that either a) a document of religious literature will soon follow, or b) somebody else is grabbing your iPhone out of your back pocket.
On Thursday, feel free to disregard this otherwise infallible rule of thumb.
Because on June 25 at 3 PM, expect to see reps from China Southern Airlines (C.S. Air) hanging out in NYC's Herald Square, handing out hundreds of Red Silk Cotton Tree flowers to passerby. Why? Because that's the official flower of Guangzhou, and Asia's largest airline announced this week the launch of daily direct flights to that South China city from JFK.
It's true! Yesterday was the kick-off to the new nonstop flights, offered 10 times weekly through September 11. Every day flights leave JFK's Terminal 4 at 11:15 AM, arriving in Guangzhou at 3 PM the following day; in addition, Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays have second flights that leave JFK at 1:45 AM and arrive in Guangzhou at 5:45 the next day. Do the math: That's 10 per week.
And it's ground (air?) breaking service, too. These are the first ever daily flights from Southern China to America's east cost.
We're glad to hear that this has bloomed. OHHH! THANKS, HERE ALL WEEK!
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While loyal United flyers may still be reeling from the airline's recent announcement that they'd be completely withdrawing from New York's JFK Airportmoving their "p.s." all-business-class transcontinental flights over to their Newark hubanother airline has quickly stepped up to fill the hole.
This morning, JetBlue stated that they'd be increasing their number of daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK to both Los Angeles-LAX and San Francisco-SFO, beginning October 25. That same date is, conveniently, the day United is scheduled to pull their six daily JFK flights to LAX and seven to SFO. And it's not just like JetBlue is throwing some extra flights onto the schedule; the boost will be exclusively Airbus A321s with JetBlue's premium "Mint" class onboard. Have a look around.
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While JetBlue has partnered up with a hotel developer, the terminal won't be a JetBlue Hotel a la Virgin Hotels. Still, we'll keep our fingers crossed for some cool JetBlue partnerships since the airline's main terminal is just across the way.
But JetBlue does have another hotel of sorts in Orlando--The Lodge at OSC. Sadly, it's not for regular folk as USA Today tells us it's a hotel built specifically for JetBlue employees visiting the airline's Orlando Support Center (OSC), which includes the "JetBlue University." However, it does have a quite a few similar perks to your average boutique hotel. Here's what's inside:
· A 24-hour, 2,000-square-foot gym and fitness facility
· Walking track and bicycles for use on local roads
·Outdoor fire pit seating area
·Basketball half-court, soccer practice field, fields for kickball and softball
· Saltwater pool
· Complimentary guest laundry facilities
And we're assuming Free WiFi. Please.
TAKE A LOOK AROUND THE TWA FLIGHT CENTER HERE
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This summer, Lake Tahoe will be more accessible for New Yorkers thanks to JetBlue
Last week, we were explaining that Tahoe's position on the border of California and Nevada gives travelers the choice between three different airports. Our conclusion was that Reno is the best option for those that simply want to get there, as it is the closest and provides options for easy transfers to the lake itself.
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After a rough couple years that saw Southeast Asia airlines cancel direct flights from the States, the region has been working hard to become more accessible for travelers from America. Now, the latest announcement from the Philippines is a slam dunk in that regard.
Beginning March 15, Philippine Airlines, recently known for flying the Pope, will begin a nonstop flight between New York (JFK) and Manila. It will be the first airline to offer direct flights between the two cities.
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Even though NYC was largely unaffected by the #Blizzardof2015 last night, with only 10 inches falling in the area, a few unlucky passengers on a London-bound Virgin Atlantic flight from JFK Airport were stuck inside a plane for six hours, waiting to take off, but then a passenger got sick and needed to be removed.
Then the plane had to be de-iced but time had run out. The travelers on flight VS004 were then told the plane would not be taking off tonight after all due to the weather. Given that 7,000 flights in the Northeast were cancelled because of the storm, this was not so surprising.
Unfortunately for the passengers, that decision was made at midnight, an hour after the 11pm curfew for road and subway closures, which meant they were forced to spend the night in the airport.
Passengers were given $15 vouchers to McDonald's, the only restaurant open in the airport. And then they had to find places to sleep inside the airport. Their luggage could not be be taken off the plane because reportedly there was no one qualified to take it off.
The Daily Mail, of course, has photos and eyewitness accounts from passengers. Be hold lots of uncomfortable sleeping positions!
Virgin Atlantic has given the following statement on the event:
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The newest terminal at New York’s JFK is one you might never see, as it will be specifically designed to help out and handle all the animals traveling through the airport.
Cleverly named The ARK at JFK, the air cargo facility will take up around 178,000 square feet and will cost just shy of $50 million to construct.
According to The Horse—your guide to equine health care—ARK Development and Racebrook Capital are the folks behind the venture, as they promise a state-of-the-art animal handling facility right at the airport. In a way it’ll be the first of its kind, as the place will be the first privately own facility like this—responsible for providing 24-hour airport quarantine for the import and export of critters like horses, livestock, birds, and pets.
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Stock up on salsa and chips and get start warming up your live-tweet thumbs. The Golden Globes broadcast is happening this Sunday, January 11.
Now in its 72nd year, the annual ceremony has taken place at The Beverly Hilton (in Beverly Hills, duh) every year since 1961. And the setup for this year’s soiree is well underway. Check out the above photo of the under-construction ballroom tweeted by LA Times film writer Amy Kaufman yesterday. It’s nearly ready for its close-up.
While the annual Globes might be the most prominent event to grace The Beverly Hilton, the hotel has — perhaps unsurprisingly — a pretty storied history. Several other famous (and infamous) events incidents have gone down at the Hilton over the years, involving celebrities, politicos, and quite a bit of bump-and-grind.
You can see the full list over on HotelChatter but here’s a quick digest of some of the most hotel’s most historic marquee moments. And yes, this is all celeb-related. Remember that in LA, celebrity history is like, just as important as like, textbook history, or whatever you call it.
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It will be the shortest, most expensive, and most productive scenic flight you ever take.
BLADE, an aviation company known for its helicopter transfers between New York City and the Hamptons, just announced that it will provide service between Manhattan and JFK, leaving from the West 30th Street or East 34th Street heliport.