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There’s a special delivery scheduled for later this year, as KLM is in line to receive their very first Boeing 787. They won’t get their hot little hands on things until the fall, but just the other day the send out a nice preview of what we can expect to experience when things finally take to the skies.
For those keeping score at home it’ll be a 787-9 for the KLM folks, and airline officials are promising more privacy and comfort with their version of the new airplane. Updates and upgrades include new business seating options for those lucky enough to find a space within the World Business Class cabin. Here lie-flat seats are the standard with each having direct access to the aisle. Add in some 16” in-flight entertainment screens, and you’ll be good to go from here to Amsterdam.
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Clear out your phones of all those old selfies and lunch snapshots, because it’s time to make room to download a new airline app. The folks at KLM have been working overtime to upgrade and improve their offerings, and a refreshed app is now available for download — in both iOS and Android flavors.
The new interface and graphics are crisp and clean — we like what we see. As for the content: the app tries to predict what you're looking for at each step in your journey, and adjusts its opening screen accordingly. KLM officials say that the app will learn individual preferences the more you use it, all the better to offer customized promotions and things like that.
In addition, there’s now a more simplified booking tool, one click check-in, quicker payment options, and even a slick way to switch and swap your seats. (And since the app remembers preferences if you selected an aisle seat for this flight chances are that it will offer a similar selection on a future flight — it just gets you.) Of course there’s integration with Apple Watch as well, so frequent flyer status, check-in reminders, and flight information can always be right on your wrist.
The new app might not be a complete travel and airline concierge as of yet, but it’s getting there. So if you’re a big KLM flyer be sure to check this one out, and use it often. The more you swipe, click, and tap that more it’ll know about you and your travels — just don't get too creepy, KLM, or we'll probably share a little less.
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You might need to position yourself accordingly, as it looks like the flash fares to Abu Dhabi are valid from spots like New York, Boston, and Houston. [Update: Terms of the flash sale have changed, according to a rep. Today's fares are available from New York and Houston only.] Economy class round-trip flights can be had for as little as $799, so kind of a good deal if you ask us. Just be sure to pack the sunscreen, as it will certainly be quite warm over there.
Book today to travel between June 9 and June 25. Anything else you need to know about the sale can be found right within KLM’s website.
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Flying long distances with children isn't exactly the easiest thing, and parents often struggle to figure out how to entertain a child for many, many hours of sitting in a seat. Add to this the fact that the child may be a little scared of flying, with no idea of what to expect, and you have a stressful situation.
KLM understands, and has actually made an effort to help by introducing a new animated film, aimed at the littlest flyers, to both entertain and educate. The star: "Bluey," an excitable and adorable 747 plane who uses his jet speed and compassion to help a friend. Apparently the character has existed since November, with branded kids products, "ranging from keycords, trolleys and card games, to a fun Bluey meal box for children on international flights."
Although Bluey is designed to entertain children on planes, we enjoyed watching his first animated short ourselves and would watch an entire series of such cartoon adventures featuring Bluey. Catch him on KLM's YouTube (embedded below) and, from June, on KLM's intercontinental flights as part of the in-flight entertainment.
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Let’s not beat about the bush: if you’re flying long-haul, business class is best. In fact, once you’ve turned left on a plane, and tasted that delicious champagne and that (hopefully) flat bed, it will take nerves of steel to cross an ocean in any other way.
But not all business classes are created equal. Some are worth that premium price; others less so. Some are best for working; others for sleeping; and others for simply feeling glam (as you'll see below, it's a very personal choice). So because, much as we’d like to, we can’t all afford biz all of the time, we asked the frequent flyers of Jaunted (plus an extremely knowledgeable friend) two questions: which business class is your favorite, and which would you not bother with? Because, if you’re going to splurge, it’d be a shame to land up with a dud, right? #firstworldproblemsalltheway
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
We’re always dreaming about getting away, and thankfully loads and loads of travel contests keep us daydreaming even when we're home on the couch. It seems like someone is always giving away a trip to Hawaii or to filming locations, and of course there's also those contests that have a charitable angle.
When it comes right down to creativity and, no contest in 2014 can beat that of KLM and their Airbnb overnight-in-a-plane.
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If you consider that sleeping in a plane is probably the most popular activity on flights after lazy SkyMall browsing, you probably wouldn't guess that people would actually want to sleep in a plane not even going anywhere. But that's exactly what happened last month.
The KLM x Airbnb promotion, which saw the Dutch airline converting their last MD-11 airplane into an apartment for a few lucky contest winners, was apparently so popular that it's spawned a long-term partnership.
Today KLM announces that travelers will "be able to search for a place to stay on Airbnb through the KLM website along with their flight booking." The focus here is on offering unique accommodation experiences for KLM travelers once they've stepped off a plane, although the MD-11 will sadly not be one of the choices.
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Last week some great news for Economy passengers arrived from Down Under, as Qantas' introduced new meals for those flying in the back of the plane.
The Red Roo's overhauled menu includes more choices for in-flight grub via their Select on Q pre-order system, now with 50% larger meals and even special treats like ice cream snacks and a welcome drink. Meals not only do away with trays and feature more destination-based items (like BBQ beef sliders to North America and and full English breakfast to the UK), but they'll even surprise with items like a bread roll already infused with butter to eliminate buttery finger fumbling.
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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.
Good news for those trying to get to—or from—the Sunshine State, as Lufthansa is getting ready to make Tampa one of its newest nonstop destinations. The flights are scheduled to begin on September 25 of next year, so you have quite some time to get the funds in place. Things will begin by heading back and forth four times each and every week, but then things will bump up to five times per week when the weather gets warmer. It’ll be Airbus A340s doing the flying, but just note one thing—this will be one of the first flights operated by the carrier’s new low cost carrier arm.
Want to go to Finland? Finnair can take your there from all kinds of different destinations, but beginning next year Chicago becomes a new option. The plan is to start the flights beginning in June of next year, as it’ll be a seasonal affair between Chicago-O’Hare and Helsinki. Airbus A330s will do the back and forth thing, and it sounds like the flights will operate thrice weekly. Just be sure not to miss your flight, as things will end for the year on October 17.
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If you only do one thing today, let it be entering KLM's ingenious contest to travel to Amsterdam and have a sleepover inside their recently retired MD-11 airplane.
From now through November 20, KLM is asking all fans of the three-holer aircraft to book it for an overnight stay, as they've cleared out all the typical airplane seats in favor of cozy apartment-style furnishings.
The "Airplane Apartment" sports a master bedroom with king-size bed, a second bedroom with two beds, kitchen, living area, 8 bathrooms, WiFi, a cockpit, and 116 windows. There'll be one winner for each of the three nights, and each winner may bring up to three friends/family along for a total occupancy of 4 people in the Airplane Apartment. But wait, there's more! Winners will also receive international roundtrip flights on KLM to reach Amsterdam, and a 500 EUR Airbnb gift card.
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When we talk about exciting, historical flights we typically talk about inaugurals. First flights are celebrated for a reason; they are a promise of travel to come and often a demonstration of the growth of a community or the prowess of new technology. Why, then, shouldn't we also celebrate the end of a service, after an airplane has delivered on its promise?
KLM agrees, and they're now holding a contest for one lucky AvGeek to join the final flight of their MD-11 on November 11.
KLM has been flying the three-holers since 1993, and will retire them from the fleet next month.
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Do you like doggies?
What about traveling to Europe?
And you appreciate having lost items returned to you, right?
If you've answered a hearty "yes" to the questions above, then the video below was meant for you. It highlights the newest customer service innovation at KLM: an adorable dog named Sherlock with the ability to sniff out items forgotten on planes to reunite them with their rightful owners within the confines of Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport.
That's pretty much all there is to it, since the magic is really in the beautiful film. Enjoy, but do so knowing that was a one-time thing, and Sherlock isn't going to be a permanent member of KLM's team. For your real lost & found queries, there's always KLM's 130 social media agents ready to help.