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What's yellow and black but turns faces red?
Spirit Airlines yesterday unceremoniously unveiled their new aircraft paint job, posting the unflattering image above to Twitter. The bold yellow-and-black scheme is a massive change from their most recent clean look, and it's already being dubbed the "Pikachu plane," although Spirit themselves like to describe it as "unique, bold, fun & clearly identifiable even at 35,000 feet."
It's also ugly, but you know what? Spirit don't care. It's all about making money, which they happen to do at the expense of none-the-wiser budget travelers who think they're getting a good deal, only to be nickel-and-dimed all the way to the destination (and made to drink wine-in-a-can). The new look is so visible, so eye-searing, that no doubt flyers onboard other planes will spot Spirit's birds on the runway and remember that name for future bookings, and that's the whole idea.
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We were just young travelers back when Air Florida stopped doing its thing in and out of Miami International Airport, but now there are some rumors that the airline could take to the skies once again.
Air Florida is just the latest carrier trying to resurrect and restart a former name, as others like Eastern and PEOPLExpress have thought about—or have—done the same.
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Stop the presses for important breaking news. Hello Kitty is collaborating with yet another Asian airline and, for the first time, the partnership is all about featuring the cartoon girl-cat in her signature colors of pink, purple and white.
The “Revoltech Hello Kitty Peach" figurine costs 2,300 JPY ($21.65 USD) plus tax and may be found on sale at Peach's online shop, within Peach's own airside brick-and-mortar store at Osaka-Kansai Airport Terminal 2, and in select toy shop locations (see Facebook).
Peach wants you to play with this toy, instead of just look at it on a shelf. It even includes accessories:
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Australia may be home to the "Best Job in the World," but with the ups come the downs, and Oz now also offers positions for what seems like the worst job in the world: "Cabin Baggage Officer" for Jetstar.
Working for an airline may be a dream job to some, but you'll want to steer clear of starting this low on the ladder; Cabin Baggage Officer is a brand new position designed to enforce carry-on luggage rules and charge any applicable fees directly to the passengers, at a point when travelers think they're already good to go. Our friends at Australian Business Traveller elucidate the Officer's responsibilities:
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53 crowns were placed in the overhead bins on a flight yesterday, as the contestants holding state beauty pageant titles headed from Washington-Dulles Airport to the Miss America pageant destination of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The winner of the Miss America title won't be decided until September 14, but Atlantic City's Airport is already celebrating their arrival, which was onboard a PEOPLExpress Boeing 737.
Okay, so maybe we exaggerated a little in the title by saying no one's heard of the airline; perhaps a few thousand travelers have flown the ultra-low-cost PEOPLExpress since their launch at the end of June, but it's still quite the small sample. The carrier is a reboot of a 1980s airline by the same name, which was eventually absorbed into Continental. Alas, everyone had pretty much forgot about them until this summer.
A few months ago, we wrote about how we enjoyed our experience in Air Berlin's new lie-flat business class seats. Now, in theory, you have a chance to try them out on your own at a bargain on your next flight.
Announced yesterday, Air Berlin has launched an initiative that gives guests the option of bidding on an empty seat in business class up until 72 hours before departure. Winning bids will get a seat in business class as well as priority check-in, fast lane boarding, and lounge access.
The budget carrier of Air Canada—known as Air Canada Rouge—seems to already be rethinking their original plan, as now there are rumors that they won’t just be sending planes and people outside of the country.
Money wise the carrier seems to be doing well, as Air Canada just recently announced some of their biggest quarterly numbers ever. Apparently Air Canada Rouge is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to strong earnings.
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You’re probably pretty familiar with Spirit Airlines at this point. The ultra low cost carrier charges for this, that, and the other thing, and they’re not exactly known for their customer service or putting flyers first. Now things are about to get even worse—or better—as the airline is kind of setting their Twitter presence on autopilot.
Spirit recognizes that keeping up with social media takes some time, and that time is money. That’s why they just announced that they are planning to just rely on automatic responses to feed into their Twitter account. That means that if you’re complaining to them through Twitter or just looking for a little bit of help all you can expect is an automatic reply.
When it rains, it pours. This is especially true for our friends in Canada, since the aviation game up there is rife with low-cost carriers this year. It began with Air Canada Rouge earlier this year and, just Monday, we brought you the news of Jet Naked; now we announce the dreams of a start-up named Jetlines
Similar to that "airline in the buff," Jetlines is planning to bring a bare bones approach to air travel in Canada. With fares 40% less than the two dominant carriers, the airline plans charge for carry-ons, food, drink, seat selection, and any other extras. It also plans to offer specialized in-flight services such as nannies and iPad rental, obviously both at a premium cost.
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Remember when Ryanair announced a few years ago that it was going to experiment with "standing seats" on its flights? The airline said it would be able to offer tickets at extremely low prices, but ultimately the idea got shot down by a regulator, mostly due to concerns over seat belts and safety.
Despite those questions, we found the idea peculiar yet intriguing, especially for commuter flights of an hour or less, say, from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, Philadelphia to New York, New York to Boston, etc. Would it be so bad to stand for 45 minutes if the cost was significantly less? A new study released this week has once again brought up the concept, finding that airlines that remove seats in favor of a "standing section" could fit 20% more passengers and offer significant discounts on tickets - as much as 44%.
There's some potentially exciting budget news coming from north of the border, thanks to Canada's newest low-cost airline and its super cheeky name. Jet Naked Airlines plans to take to the skies soon, saving Canucks a few 'loonies' along the way.
The airline is actually considered an ultra-low-cost carrier as, just like Spirit and Frontier, it will charge for every little thing you might need to take a flight, including carry-on baggage. Boeing 737s will do zipping between provinces, and Jet Naked is promising ticket prices about 40% less than Air Canada or WestJet.
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WiFi is scheduled to arrive is set to arrive at Nok Air sooner than later, and it sounds like Thaicom are the folks behind the in-flight Ku-band technology. Installations are moving quickly, and the system could be up and running as soon as this July or August. The plans are to start with six planes as soon as possible, and after that they’ll move into installations for 30 more.