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FAA In-Flight Gadget Update: What Airlines Have the Thumbs Up to Keep the Power On

November 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been nearly two weeks since the Federal Aviation Administration issued a directive allowing air travelers to use personal electronic devices (PEDs) from gate-to-gate, without the wait for the airplane to reach 10,000 feet. Already there's a photo contest and funny flight attendant story, but the freedom is limited to airlines with FAA approval.

The new directive went into effect on November 1, and airlines have been quick to send in their applications. Before keeping that smartphone/tablet/camera switched on, know if you're even allowed to by checking out which airlines even have the go-ahead from the FAA:

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Guess Who Vomited on a JetBlue Flight Yesterday

November 11, 2013 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Celebs! They're just like us! Well, "us" in general, since we would probably never find ourselves in the messy predicament actress and comedian Jenny Slate (Parks and Recreation, SNL, Marcel the Shell) found herself in on a flight yesterday:

JetBlue's flight number 794 travels from Austin, TX to New York, NY, a popular route with filmmakers, musicians and others in creative industries.

Thanks to Slate's attention to detail and inclusion of the flight number in her tweet, @jetblue responded that they will go the extra mile to make sure the crew receives her thanks and appreciation.

Also onboard was fellow comedian and new author Rob Delaney, who also took the time to tweet an observation at JetBlue, to which JetBlue replied with their usual social media brilliance.

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Travel Contest Alert: Keep Your Gadget On, Take a Photo Under 10,000 Feet, Win First Class Flights

November 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like only yesterday the FAA allowed flyers to keep their gadgets turned on below 10,000 feet on flights. In fact, it was last week, and already the approved airlines are going gung-ho to promote this new sliver of flyer freedom.

Thus far, the FAA has given the go-ahead for gate-to-gate portable electronic device (PED) use on all Delta and JetBlue flights, and most American Airlines flights.

Already JetBlue is reminding flyers that it's totally cool to take advantage of the new gadget rule to take awesome photos out the airplane window during take-off and landing. And of course there's a hashtag for that: "share your no-need-to-be-sneaky pics by tagging them #below10kfeet."

In the meantime, Delta has rolled out the first contest to award photos taken below 10,000 feet.

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Take a Look at the First Flight with FAA-Approved Personal Gadget Use

November 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Happy Friday indeed, as today marks the first time air travelers may use personal electronic devices (PEDs) from gate-to-gate, without the wait for the airplane to reach 10,000 feet. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) passed down the new directive yesterday, but held off on issuing airlines final approval until this afternoon when JetBlue and Delta got the sign-off on required testing to keep devices switched on.

According to ABC News:

Delta said on Thursday that all of its aircrafts had completed the "carrier-defined PED tolerance testing" needed to ensure that the electronic device frequencies didn't interfere with the aircraft. JetBlue said the same today, noting that all of its 191 planes had passed inspection.

These preparations have paid off for the airlines, as JetBlue and Delta came into a photo finish to the be the first airline approved under the new FAA directive. Other domestic airlines have either submitted for approval or are in the process of it, with the goal of Thanksgiving. Of course, flight attendants may just look the other way.

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New Routes News from JetBlue, KLM, and Scoot This Week

November 1, 2013 at 8:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· KLM:
Good news for those flying from—or through—Amsterdam, as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is getting ready to send some of their beautiful blue planes to some new destinations. If you want to get technical it’s KLM Cityhopper doing the flying fun with Embraer 190s, as they’re connecting Amsterdam with nonstop service over to Florence. Things started up earlier this week, and the flights will run twice daily on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays—Tuesdays and Thursdays just have one flight per day. We don’t know about you, but we certainly can’t complain about a few days in Amsterdam followed by a few days in Florence.

· Austrian Airlines:
Lots of moving and shaking from the planes and people over at Austrian Airlines, as the carrier is getting ready to start boosting some of their international options. Beginning on July 2 of next year, they’re doing the nonstop thing between Newark and Vienna with a little help from some Boeing 767s. These flights will run five times per week, and they’re not done here. Austrian Airlines is also adding bigger planes—Boeing 777s—to their flights out of Washington Dulles, and they’re adding more back and forth frequencies out of Chicago-O’Hare.

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FAA Finally Allows Gate-to-Gate Gadget Use! But Wait, There's a Catch

October 31, 2013 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Personal electronic gadget use does not crash airplanes. One would think this is already an accepted fact, but it's only today that the Federal Aviation Administration has concurred. At 10am EST, the FAA issued a new directive concerning the use of "PED" (Portable Electronic Devices) on commercial flights.

Previously, all electronics had to be switched off (not just on "airplane mode") during the taxi, take-off and landing portions of flight, and only approved for use while the aircraft was cruising above 10,000 feet. With the new FAA directive, passengers will be able to continue with reading on their tablets, listening to music on iPods and smartphones, and playing games on handheld consoles.

THE CATCH: all electronics will still need to be put away during the safety briefing, and during takeoff and landing roll. Larger electronics like laptops will still need to be shut down and stowed until 10,000'.

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Norwegian, JetBlue, American and United Are Adding New Cities and Routes

October 18, 2013 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Norwegian:
It’s already time to start thinking about next summer, as Norwegian is bringing new and affordable long-haul flights between the United States and Europe. They’ve got plenty of 787s ready to do the flying, and the plan is to connect London-Gatwick with three new cities. One-way options start at around $240, as they’ll be flying nonstop between London-Gatwick and New York-JFK, Fort Lauderdale, and Los Angeles. Things are already open for your booking pleasure, so hurry up and grab the low, low fares before they disappear.

· American Airlines:
The new American Airlines is busy expanding once again, and this time they’re building their access to Asia from their home base at Dallas-Ft. Worth. The plan is to start new nonstop flights—pending government approval—from DFW to Hong Kong as well as Shanghai. There’s still plenty of stuff to do before the flights take to the skies, but it does sound like both flights will be daily options. Boeing 777s—in different flavors—will serve both routes, and it looks like American Airlines is hoping things will take flight in June of 2014.

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Why You'll Soon Find a Farm Stand of Fresh Produce at JFK's T5

October 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

These days airlines and airports are doing everything they can to bring the outside inside when it comes to things offered up in the terminals and concourses. JetBlue is often leading the way with stuff like this as they’re the ones who have been running their own concert series at their home at New York’s JFK, and now they’re starting something else pretty darn neat.

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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: An Economy Class of Awesome

October 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

All this talk about Mint and A321s is exciting, for sure, but adding fancy new premium seats on a new airplane isn't going to distract JetBlue from their bread and butter: Economy Class.

JetBlue has, from their very beginning some thirteen years ago, touted their egalitarian approach to air travel. Everyone gets a leather seat; everyone enjoys free snacks and beverages; everyone can watch live, DirecTV channels on seatback screens; and everyone has a chance at low airfares. This isn't going away with the arrival of A321s into JetBlue's fleet, but being improved. Even better? The improvements are very noticeable; this is not a case of, "oh, we added some nice new accent piping to the headrest" (though there's that, too).

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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: Amenity Kits and a Full Food Menu

October 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

You've already seen the new "Mint" seats, but what about all the goodies that come with a premium in-flight experience and $599 one-way? Since Mint won't fly until June 15, 2014, JetBlue has plenty of time to refine the extras. Still, it's obvious they're pretty excited and want travelers to be as well, so yesterday they gave a glimpse of a few goodies they're working on for including with Mint.

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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: 'Mint' Premium Suite Seats

September 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

"Bigger, better, bluer." That's the message of JetBlue as today CEO Dave Barger announced a slew of shiny new improvements to come with the arrival of Airbus A321s.

Bigger? For sure—the A321 beats JetBlue's current fleet of A320s and E190s in size.

Better? You know it—new planes mean new seats, mean new improvements to comfort and entertainment.

Bluer? Well, that's up for debate as the headline-grabber of the day involved the introduction of "Mint," the 16 premium seats set to form JetBlue's first attempt at a Business Class in the front of the plane.

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KLM, JetBlue, and Delta Lead This Week's New Routes News

September 27, 2013 at 8:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· TAM:
Those flying to down to Brazil have some more options this week, as TAM has now added a second round-trip flight between Sao Paulo and New York-JFK. Right now they already do the back and forth once daily, but the new flight will add to that existing service. The second flight will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and it’ll depart from JFK at around 9:30am and arrive in Sao Paulo just before 8pm—all times local. For those interested in the ride, it’s going to be Boeing 777-300s doing all of the flying fun.

· KLM:
More new flights to South America this week, as this time it sounds like KLM is the carrier getting ready to start up a new long haul flight. This will be destination number nine for the carrier in South America, as KLM looks to fly between Amsterdam and Santiago, Chile. The new flights are scheduled to start doing their thing on February 2, and it will be Boeing 777-300s doing the flying. Flights will run from Amsterdam on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday with a stop in Buenos Aires on the way. Flights headed back to Europe depart on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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