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A Quick and Dirty First Timer's Guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

July 30, 2014 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're the sort of person who looks up to the sky at the sound of an aircraft engine, prepare to be nearly catatonic for hours every day at OSH.

"OSH" is the airport code for Oshkosh, Wisconsin's Wittman Regional Airport and the common term for the event formally titled EAA AirVenture, a massive aviation celebration of 10,000 airplanes and half a million people who swamp the tiny town for one week every summer. That week happens to be this week, july 28 - August 3, and we cannot stress hard enough the awesomeness of it all. You should go, if you aren't there already. Make it a long weekend, a day trip, whatever—just make it happen.

Should you heed our advice to give AirVenture 2014 a go, these are the quick and dirty tips to getting to the most of OSH:

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Inside the First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

July 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

New airplane alert!

163 Boeing 787 Dreamliners are flying the skies right now, a number current as of this week. That includes 162 787-8s and 1 lonely 787-9 for Air New Zealand, which only headed from Boeing's headquarters in Everett, WA to its new home of Auckland, New Zealand at dawn this morning.

That 787-9 won't be lonely for long, however; over 25 airlines have placed orders for more than 400 of the sleek and efficient jets. So why are we getting excited for yet another Dreamliner? The answer is shockingly simple: it's awesomer. Sure, the original flavor 787-8 is great and Boeing will continue to roll them out, but the 787-9 is, as Daft Punk would sing, "harder, better, faster, stronger."

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How to Follow Along with the Queen Mary 2's 10th Anniversary Voyage

May 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's more than one way to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Although flights between New York and London fly nearly hourly, a far more rarified experience is to travel between continents via ocean liner. It's hardly a thing of the past; Cunard's three ships regularly feature transatlantic itineraries of seven days at sea. In fact, we're aboard one at this very moment.

Today is especially important, as the voyage begins what is...
... The 10th Anniversary transatlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2
... A rare rendezvous in Southampton for all three Cunard ships: Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth. This is a grand send-off to the QM2 on her anniversary, complete with a 10-minute fireworks departure (one minute for each year of service so far), and an early preview of the excitement for next year, which will mark the 175th for Cunard Line.
... A royal visit. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will preside at the anniversary ceremony onboard the QM2. You may know him better as Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who herself christened the ship in 2004.
... The lead-up for another big event, next week. On May 16, when the QM2 arrives into New York Harbour, she will turn around and leave again, back across the ocean for Southampton, completing a round-trip anniversary. New Yorkers can watch her leave in the evening of May 16. Best views can be had from the Staten Island Ferry or Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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Americans Are Really Going to Love the Proposed Malaysia–Singapore High Speed Rail

January 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Will is on the ground in Kuching at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Follow along as he dishes on the latest travel news from Southeast Asia.

One of the major current and long-term goals of ASEAN is to further connect the ten member countries, marketing the region as "ten countries, but one destination" for travelers. Considering the long travel time, visiting multiple cities across a handful of countries makes total sense for those coming to Southeast Asia from the States.

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Cambodian Conundrum: How to Solve Overcrowding at Angkor Wat?

January 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

While Cynthia is buzzing through Brazil, Will is on the ground in Kuching at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Follow along as he dishes on the latest travel news from Southeast Asia.

The question and answer session took a heated turn as reporters fired off to the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism concerning the problem of overcrowding that has many worried about the future of Angkor Wat.

The world is indeed loving it to death, as the condition of the site continues to fall victim to the 2 million tourists that visit each year. And with this year's expected completion of a road connecting Phnom Phen to Angkor Wat, that number seems likely to increase as accessibility expands and a day trip from the country's capital becomes more feasible.

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Malaysia's Tourism Board Confirms Kuala Lumpur's Newest Airport Terminal to Open Soon

January 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Will is on the ground in Kuching at the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Follow along as he dishes on the latest travel news from Southeast Asia.

After experiencing delays last year that pushed back its opening date, Tourism Malaysia's Director General Dato' Mirza Mohammad Taiyab confirmed this week that the new international airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur, KLIA2, is on track to open this spring on May 2nd.

The new terminal will have 60 gates and 344,445 square-feet of retail space and the capacity to accommodate 45 million passengers a year. The big three airlines in the terminal will be AirAsia, Lion Air, and Zest Airways.

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Brazil is So Hot Right Now.

Where: Brazil
January 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hello from Rio de Janeiro!

While the snow inundates the Northeast of the US, we're soaking up the sun during the southern summer in Brazil Along with TAM Airlines, we'll be on the ground in Brazil this week and next, swaying to the beat of samba and bossa nova, and letting the fever for the World Cup and the impending Olympics guide our feet.

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To Taiwan in Ten Hours! Onboard Hawaiian Airlines' Inaugural Flight to Taipei

Where: Taipei, Taiwan
July 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

This month Hawaiian Airlines added a seventh star to their destination map of Asia, adding nonstop service from Honolulu, Hawaii to Taipei, Taiwan. We not only traveled on the inaugural but hung out in Taipei, and we'll be sharing what's so hot about this route and Taiwan in general, over the next week.

The party began at Honolulu International Airport around midnight, which may seem late, but the nonstop flights to Taipei's Taoyuan Airport depart Honolulu at 1:55am to ensure an early morning arrival into Taipei, perfect for making any connecting flights, business meetings in town, or getting an early jump on vacation.

At the gate in Honolulu, passengers were treated to live Hawaiian music, hula dancing, delicious Taiwanese delicacies, and even a lion dance during the ribbon cutting before all filed onboard.

This flight, HA 807, clocks in at a reasonable 10 hours and 20 minutes, which is just enough time to settle in with the complimentary meal service, make your way through a movie, and grab several hours of shuteye. Because the flight departs in the very early morning and heads west towards the international date line, most of the flight takes place at night, so we were personally able to get a solid 6 hours of sleep (even in an Economy seat!) which left us refreshed and ready to chow down on the Taiwanese-inspired breakfast as we approached TPE.

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Brand New British Airways: A Bonus Peek Inside Their Boeing 787 Dreamliner

July 11, 2013 at 10:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we were one of only 50 people onboard the brand new British Airways A380 as it made its delivery flight from the Airbus factory in Toulouse to London Heathrow. We have both extensive shots of its shiny exterior and each of the four cabin classes. As a bonus, once we landed at Heathrow we parked up next to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, delivered just the week before. Read on for the inside look at part two of BA’s new plane era.

Compared to the delivery of the Airbus A380, British Airways brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived with very little fanfare in late June, winging its way from Boeing's HQ near Seattle nonstop to London. Nevertheless, there are enough reasons to be interested in what British Airways has in store for travelers, especially given the initial routes to Toronto (YYZ) and Newark (EWR). North American travelers who enjoy hopping the pond should listen up; this could be your next transatlantic ride.

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Brand New British Airways: 1 Airplane, 4 Cabins, 469 Seats, and You

July 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine being one of only 50 people onboard an airplane built to fly 500. This was our experience yesterday, July 4, as British Airways took delivery of its very first Airbus A380 from Airbus' HQ in Toulouse, France. Stay tuned as we explore the outside, inside, all around and even BA's other new toy, the Boeing 787, over the next few days.

Right here, right now may be your only chance to tour all four cabins of the British Airways A380. You see, once it begins regular passenger service, there's those pesky privacy curtains separating World Traveller (Economy) from World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy), and definitely keeping the riff-raff away from Club World (Business) and First Class. As we frolicked on the A380 during the delivery flight from Airbus HQ to Heathrow, there's even a cockpit peek bonus!

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Brand New British Airways: Flying the A380 Home to Heathrow

July 5, 2013 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine being one of only 50 people onboard an airplane built to fly 500. This was our experience yesterday, July 4, as British Airways took delivery of its very first Airbus A380 from Airbus' HQ in Toulouse, France. Stay tuned as we explore the outside, inside, all around and even BA's other new toy, the Boeing 787, over the next few days.

Where to start? Some airplane glamorshots should set the mood just right, but we've got the lowdown on how one picks up an aircraft ready for delivery (always good to know), and the latest on when you can get yourself a seat, which is sooner than expected.

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What It's Like to Fly for 10 Hours on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Where: Santiago, Chile
January 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It flies! It actually flies!

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a headline hog. You can read all about it and its drama (lately more than ever) throughout major media, but there's nothing better than actually stepping onboard with a ticket to ride.

After more than a year of hanging out with the 787 on the tarmac, we finally flew the darned thing as South American airline LAN celebrated the inaugural flight of their new Los Angeles-to-Santiago, Chile 10-hour non-stop with the spiffy new bird.

So, what actually happens onboard a 787 flight? Is it really so different from any other airplane? Having just stepped off of this, our first 787 flight, we can finally answer those questions: lots of stuff and yes.

To describe a 10-hour flight is akin to boring neighbors with photo slides of a water park vacation. Instead, we're breaking it down into the hourly highlights ("the short of it") and, for those rapt with pleasure for every detail, the long of it, in first-person:

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