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My First Time on a Boeing 787: A Dreamliner Virgin Flies Jetstar

Where: Australia
November 18, 2013 at 1:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last week we brought you the inaugural of Jetstar's newest little toy, a shiny Boeing 787 Dreamliner. As the first 787 in Australia, the plane is affording a new batch of travelers their first taste of modern aviation innovation, and our Aussie contributor is one such flyer. Here, he shares his impressions of a first flight on the Dreamliner:

As soon as Jetstar announced their newest bird would be flying from Melbourne to the Gold Coast, I jumped online and purchased tickets, psyched to finally fly this state-of-the-art aircraft for myself, after watching what felt like every other continent get their chance. My base in Brisbane is an easy drive to the Gold Coast Airport, and I jump at any chance to visit Australia's culture capital of Melbourne, so the decision was an easy one.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Book JetBlue Mint Seats Between JFK and LAX

November 17, 2013 at 7:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Big news today, as the sold out JetBlue Mint premium seats are once again up for grabs.

Previously JetBlue flights were only available for booking through June, 2014. Today, however, the schedule opens up further for flights through September 2, 2014. This means more Mint seats to go around, on JetBlue's nonstop routes between New York-JFK and Los Angeles-LAX from $499 each way (or 29,100 TrueBlue points), and includes "Even More Speed" preferred security lane access.

As a refresher, check out our three-part series on what's new at JetBlue, including all the Mint details and even fresh perks coming to Economy:

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The Dream Finally Takes Flight Down Under: A Peek at Jetstar's Boeing 787

November 13, 2013 at 1:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Today, November 13, Australian low-cost airline Jetstar premiered its Boeing 787 Dreamliner, flying from Melbourne to the Gold Coast.

As the very first Dreamliner to wear an Australian tail number, VH-VKA is a breath of fresh air for Jetstar, featuring amenities such as USB charging in each seat, video on demand and adjustable headrests. This is all in addition to the features that come standard in every new 787, such as larger, auto-dimming windows, LED lighting, and improved cabin ambiance.

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Southwest Breaks Ground On Its First Ever International Terminal in Houston

October 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yes, that statement still sounds a little weird for us too.

Last week, construction crews started moving dirt to make way for Houston Hobby's newest expansion: the airport's first international terminal, which will benefit Southwest as it plans to cross borders for the first time in the 43-year history of the airline.

The $156 million project plans to add a completely separate building to house Southwest's international operations. When all is said and done, the airline will be pulling up to one of 5 gates the airport will offer with immigration facilities. Along with new gates, the existing ticketing and security areas will see a facelift to make way for increased passenger traffic.

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Social Media Haters at Ryanair Finally Cave, Join Twitter

September 24, 2013 at 10:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

The traditional approach of Irish LCC Ryanair - reviled customer-demeaning, customer-exploiting airline that it is - has been to avoid social media except in those precise cases where it can be used as a platform for the airline's celebrated douchebaggery. When travel bloggers label you literally the world's worst airline, getting feedback from customers probably isn't high on your list.

We actually once wrote a post musing about what a Ryanair Twitter feed might look like. One possibility we imagined at the time: "@BritishAirways is teh suck lolol!!1!"

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JetBlue Gets Approval to Move Forward with In-Flight WiFi

September 6, 2013 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve done our best to more than fill you in on all the goings-on related to JetBlue and their plans for in-flight WiFi. Now we have a little bit of an update, as the carrier just received some of the approvals for which they’ve been awaiting for quite some time.

Uncle Sam—through his buddies at the FAA—just handed out everyone’s favorite piece of government paperwork. It’s the Supplemental Type Certificate—STC to those in the know—and it was awarded to JetBlue’s A320s. That means that installation across the fleet can move forward full speed ahead. We imagine as you’re reading this there’s a JetBlue plane out there getting some new wires and antennae.

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Bet You Never Thought You'd See This on a JetBlue Airplane

September 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

You may want to sit down for this.

The rumored JetBlue premium lie-flat "suite" seats are very real, very adjustable, and coming to the airline's brand new A321s very soon. They'll be an option for booking before you know it, since these seats start flying the second quarter of 2014, for the JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO routes.

This may only be a peek, but it's the first peek at the real, live seats and not just that computer-generated video. More to come, of course, but it's not too soon to start licking your chops.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Budget Airline Jet2 Promises Cheap-ish Flights from the UK to USA

August 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

For those looking to making a transatlantic hop—good news—as there’s a new option for affordable flights across the pond. Jet2 usually does their thing to and from spots over in Europe, but now it looks like they’re getting ready to spread their wings across the Atlantic towards the United States and Canada.

Spots like Toronto, New York, and Boston are all on the menu for spring 2014. Flights are somewhat restrictive, as it looks like they’re trying to encourage booking tickets as part of a package deal, and the schedule is somewhat limited.

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And the Latest Airline to Create a Child-Free Zone is...

Where: Singapore
August 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Even in the middle of our Family Travel Week, it seems like some airlines are going the opposite direction of catering for the littlest flyers. Exiling children in the air started with Malaysia Airlines and then AirAsia, when both of the carries announced they will create a section of their long-haul aircraft specifically designed for travelers that choose not to be around children; in Malaysia's case, they've even banned children from flying in the first class cabins. Now, the newest child-free zone comes from Scoot.

Singapore's favorite canary yellow low-cost carrier is now reserving a portion of the economy cabin for those traveling without children. The ScootinSilence cabin has banned under-12s from sitting in rows 21 to 25 to make room for passengers coughing up $18 SGD (about $14 US) to have the privilege of sharing an armrest with someone closer their age.

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New Airline Alert: Welcome Vanilla Air to the Asia Budget Airspace

Where: Japan
August 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

It hasn't even been two years yet since Japan saw its first low-cost airline plying the skies, for it was November 2011 that premium carrier ANA launched their budget offshoot, Peach.

Peach may have been the first, but they sure weren't the last LCC to make a base in Japan, as Kuala Lumpur-headquartered Air Asia threw their hat into the ring with a joint venture with ANA, named Air Asia Japan. Now, in a fun twist in the always dynamic airline industry, Air Asia Japan will flip over to complete ANA control and be renamed and rebranded as Vanilla Air.

Why that name, in particular? According to the airline's president Tomonori Ishii, "Vanilla Air" was chosen because vanilla "...is popular and loved by everyone in the world" and "it is a very cute name." So too is the name "Peach," but thus far there are no plans to merge Vanilla and Peach, now both budget carriers under the wings of ANA.

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Design an AirAsia Plane to Win a Trip to Airbus HQ

Where: Malaysia
August 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here's another chance to haul out those giant markers and brush up on your airplane designing skills. The scarlet low-cost airline, AirAsia, is giving fans a chance to paint one of seven new aircraft. And while it's super cool to be able to walk through an airport and say, "see that plane, I designed that!," the grand prize is even better than just having your art taking to the skies.

The Asian LCC is calling on its most creative passengers to come up with a new livery for its newest Airbus A330s. Each of the seven birds are already named and the paint job should reflect that theme, but with names like XKLusive, Xiao Long Bao, Xeoul Mate, Xiaolin Spirit, Xcintillating PhoeniX, Harmonious DiverXity, Xakura Blossom, the creativity will be free flowing. The winner of the best livery will not only have their design on the side of a plane, but be flown to the Airbus factory in France to see where these babies are born.

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A Video First Peek at JetBlue's First Class 'Suite' Seats

August 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

They're heeeeerrrrrrrreeeee! The "First Class" seats JetBlue has been dangling in front of transcontinental flyers were finally leaked, but there's still quite a long road ahead before the private suites with lie-flat seats (yes, lie-flat seats on a JetBlue plane!) take to the skies in fresh-off-the-factory-line Airbus A321s.

A video and some details were shared yesterday at the Global Business Travel Association convention in San Diego, but it looks as though December will the be possibly earliest passengers will have the privilege to plop down and prop up their feet.

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