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Social Media Fail: Grounded Airline Posts Wedding Photos to Facebook

October 20, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been nearly three weeks since fledgling airline PEOPLExpress announced they'd be putting a temporary stop to both flights and new bookings, and there's still no solid news on when the budget carrier will again take to the skies. There is, however, some odd activity on Facebook.

A notice on the flypex.com website appeared on September 26, explaining the shutdown as a result of "recent aircraft and crew availability and maintenance issues." The initial promise was to resume flights "on or about Oct. 16" and celebrate inaugural service from their base at Newport News/Williamsburg, VA to Orlando and Charleston, WV on the same day. Of course, as the calendar today flips to October 20 and PEOPLExpress remains grounded, that goal won't be met.

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One Airline CEO Needs Your Halloween Costume Help

October 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you haven’t finished your Halloween shopping just yet—note that there’s only 17 days until the big day. Southwest Airlines is very much aware of the timeline, as the carrier is looking for suggestions on how to dress up their CEO.

Over on the Nuts About Southwest blog they’re entertaining offerings on Halloween costumes for the big boss. As a reminder, the airline really LUVs—ha—Halloween, and each year CEO Gary Kelly dons a costume. Last year he went as Phil from Duck Dynasty, the year before he dressed up as Woody from Toy Story, and who could forget the time he was Frankenstein?

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Onboard and Online: A First Test of Nok Air's New, Free In-Flight WiFi

October 2, 2014 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Never heard of Nok Air? You're about to—a lot—as the low-cost, Thailand-based airline embraces innovation to soar beyond other airlines, while still keeping ticket prices low and flights fun. We've even flown 'em, but this time around we dispatched special correspondent Kinny Cheng to check out their latest news: the arrival of free in-flight WiFi.

A lover of spectacles, Patee Sarasin, the outspoken CEO of Nok Air, stood and addressed the room overflowing with journalists. His big announcement would mark a first in Asia, and certainly a revolutionary development for Nok, which describes itself as “Thailand’s homegrown premium low-cost airline.”

That announcement? Free In-Flight WiFi. Not only would Nok be the first in Asia, but they'd join a precious few carriers (like JetBlue and Norwegian Air) willing to let their passengers surf the net for free at altitude.

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Whoa Whoa Whoa: Ryanair Ends Production of Naughty Flight Attendant Calendars

October 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary with his 'girls' for the 2012 calendar

It's the end of an era, folks. Irish ultra-low-cost airline Ryanair has declared an end to their popular flight attendant bikini calendars, and none will be produced for 2015.

To be frank, they weren't that well produced anyway; the themes were thin and reminiscent of the opening scenes of a porn movie, and heavy makeup didn't help the image. Nonetheless, the calendars did sell both online and onboard Ryanair flights (for 10 Euros each), even seeing some of the proceeds over to charity since the first printing in 2008.

Ryanair flight attendants will be keeping their clothes on this year (and for the foreseeable future) since the schlocky calendar doesn't fit with Ryanair's fresh and friendly approach, an approach which has already shown to be successful; The Telegraph UK reports that Ryanair has recently seen a 5% jump in bookings.

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PEOPLExpress Grounds Flights Through Mid-October, At Least

September 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Update: If you've had your PEOPLExpress flight cancelled and it was to a destination also served by JetBlue, JetBlue has relief options. Read their notice and call 1-800-JETBLUE.

A mere three months after getting off the ground both literally and figuratively, the US' newest airline, PEOPLExpress, has already returned to the hangar.

Just this morning, the low-cost carrier based in Newport News/Williamsburg, VA posted an alert on their website, stating a notice to the effect that all flights are cancelled through October 16, and no new bookings taken for future flights. In fact, clicking the "book a flight" link redirects to the full text of the stoppage notice, viewable on their website.

Passengers will bookings through Oct. 15 will be automatically refunded, while those will future reservations will be notified upon resumption of service. The key words as to when this will occur lie in the notice: "on or about Oct. 16."

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Flight Review: WOW Air to Iceland for Under $150

September 18, 2014 at 4:51 PM | by | Comments (3)

This may sound weird, but our New Year’s resolution for 2014 was to fly WOW Air, a low-cost airline based in Iceland. Its awesome name aside, WOW intrigued us for its fleet of pink A320s, humor on Twitter, and promise of cheap flights to the notoriously expensive Reykjavik.

To complete that resolution, we booked Flight WW 201, departing Reykjavik-Keflavik at 6.45am and arriving London-Gatwick at 10.50am. That early flight and mid-morning arrival into Gatwick was ideal to then catch the train into town in time for lunch with a friend, followed by an afternoon nap—the best way to ease back into London.

So here’s how it went...

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10 Things That Look Better in Yellow and Black Than Spirit Airlines

September 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Oldie But a Goodie: Another Retro Airline Plans Relaunch

September 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Only Good News as Another Airline Announces Collaboration with Hello Kitty

Where: Japan
September 9, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

This week, Peach , the low-cost airline based at Osaka's Kansai Airport and a subsidiary of ANA, showed off the newest addition to their merchandise.

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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Airline Creates the Worst Job in the World, and They're Hiring!

Where: Australia
September 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

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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The Miss America Contestants Flew an Airline No One Has Heard Of

September 3, 2014 at 8:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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You Can Now Bid on Business Class Upgrades With Air Berlin

Where: Berlin, Germany
August 12, 2014 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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