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Let's face it. Americans love to "practice" the British accent just as much as Brits love to dream about moving to California. Luckily American Airlines has combined both into one awesome contest to win a flight on their Boeing 777-300ER from Los Angeles to London (or vice versa).
Here's the deal. AA is letting another of their brand new planes loose on a major routein this case, from Los Angeles to London-Heathrowand they want to send you along for the ride assuming you're willing to submit a YouTube video or Vine of you faking a British (or, if you're British, an American) accent.
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Today is more than just any Friday; it's National Donut Day. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we'll be doing what we do best: writing about donuts. And travel. Traveling donuts! People who travel for donuts! You get the idea. Now go get a cruller.
For those of you that are planning to be in the air today, there's no need to be left out of the National Donut Day action today (or really any day), as we've located the best airport donut outlets for getting it on with some sort of glazed-, cake-, frosted- or sprinkled-doughnut goodness.
For those that have decided that an ultra long-haul flight to Singapore is in order, look out for the Singapore Airlines gift of the sweet treat. The airline will start serving up Randy Donuts to passengers who fork over some extra cash to fly in their suites and business class seats form LAX. If you just can't swing that kind of dough, get some literal dough at Randy's shop in Inglewood, where the airline will be offering a free doughnut to anyone who stops by from 7 to 10am (today only).
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We’re always quick to point out a solid option for airport eats, but more times than not we’re focused on the food. This time we’re looking at more of the story behind the restaurant, but don’t worry, they’ve still got some good grub to grab on the go.
Homeboy Industries is a non-profit organization looking to help those down on their luck work their way back into the community. The place does its best to help keep former gang member out of jail and on the straight and narrow. They do all kinds of good as well as plenty of warm and fuzzy, but what we’re most interested in is their latest venture over at the airport.
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No matter how many times you’ve made your way through the airport security shuffle, the whole travel experience Is still a little bit stressful. That’s why we’re pretty excited to hear about Los Angeles International Airport’s plan to bring a little more relaxation to the airport. They’re not doing yoga within the terminal—at least not yet—but they are bringing some furry friends right into the airport.
Therapy dogs are now doing their thing in the boarding areas, near the baggage claim carrousels, and everywhere in between over at LAX. It’s part of a new program aimed to help people relax prior to takeoff or just after landing, and they’re calling it PUPs—Pets Unstressing Passengers.
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Over the last few months we’ve seen several sneak peeks and first looks at what’s going on over at JFK Airport and Delta’s plan for the renovation at Terminal 4. From the SkyDeck to the SkyClub and everything in between the place looks like it’s going to be a hit when it debuts later this year, and that’s especially the case since what it’s replacing was so terrible—to put things lightly.
Anyway now that the bulldozers and construction crews are getting ready to pack up over in New York, it looks like they’re already getting their next assignment. Apparently Delta now has its eyes on mixing things up over at LAX, as they’re about to start spiffing things up as part of a $229 million upgrade and improvement.
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Six years! That's how long the Airbus A380 has been flying the skies with paying passengers on both decks. That's also how long British Airways has jealously watched other airlines fly their superjumbos around, anxious for the day they could play with their own.
That day is now within reach, as British Airways prepares to take delivery of the big plane later this year. Travelers may already book flights on the first British Airways A380, as it flies from London to Los Angeles from October 15, 2013 and London to Hong Kong from November 15, 2013. Tickets went on sale this morning, and you know British Airways is already rolling out special rates.
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If you’re thinking of taking a transcontinental flight this summer you might want to check out Delta’s fares before selecting your carrier. We know they already have some stuff to make the ride a little bit better, like pretty much guaranteed WiFi, and there’s even a little more room—if you’re willing to pay for it—thanks to their Economy Comfort seating options. Now they’re kicking things up a notch, by boosting their offerings on some of their longest domestic flights down in the lower 48.
Flights between New York-JFK and spots like Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco are all getting the service upgrades. A lot of the stuff is for those flyersin the BusinessElite cabin, but there’s still enough good stuff leftover for those stuck in the back. Up front there’s going to be sparkling wine to get the party started, and the flight attendants will be passing out copies of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
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What would your life be like if you hadn't yet traveled? If you'd spent years reading travel novels and fantasizing over guidebooks, but hadn't made the big leap? This is the case for Andy Miles, who in his late twenties has just embarked on trips to hit cities for the first time. He's walking us through the emotions and observations of a true Newbie Traveler.
Contrary to what I learned as a youngster growing up in Texas, everything is not bigger there. Truth be told, everything is actually bigger in FranceToulouse, France to be exact. The reason for this is because that's where Airbus completes final assembly of their massive A380 airplanes.
After years of waiting, I finally got the chance to experience one of these incredibly beautiful planes myself, on a Qantas flight from Los Angeles nonstop to Sydney, Australia.
Seeing as how I booked my first A380 flight six full months before the day of departure, I had a lot of time to tell my friends about it, i.e. brag incessantly. The thing I forgot about bragging is that in order for it to work, you have to be doing something others care about. Unfortunately for me, I did not hang out with many #avgeeks during this time, so my brags usually fell upon deaf ears and I just came off as "nerdy" for caring about something as uniquely marvelous as a two-story airplane.
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You're at Los Angeles International AIrport and preparing to wing your way to another continent and you'll be spending those in-air hours in either Business or First Class. First off, that sounds like you planned an excellent tripcongratulations. Second, you'll want to hit up the lounge for a last-minute tipple or email check, and if you're traveling on a Oneworld alliance airline (like Qantas, LAN, Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Japan Airlines), then the lounge for you is on Level 5 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
As it's a combined lounge, the amenities here are generic but plentiful. This means more than 10 shiny Mac desktops, a long buffet bar with both and hot and cold food options, two extensive self-serve beverage areas plus a full bar with bartender, private shower rooms, and plenty of modern, comfy chairs nearby power outlets. The design isn't exactly revolutionary or even notable, but it is clean, modern and spacious.
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It flies! It actually flies!
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a headline hog. You can read all about it and its drama (lately more than ever) throughout major media, but there's nothing better than actually stepping onboard with a ticket to ride.
After more than a year of hanging out with the 787 on the tarmac, we finally flew the darned thing as South American airline LAN celebrated the inaugural flight of their new Los Angeles-to-Santiago, Chile 10-hour non-stop with the spiffy new bird.
So, what actually happens onboard a 787 flight? Is it really so different from any other airplane? Having just stepped off of this, our first 787 flight, we can finally answer those questions: lots of stuff and yes.
To describe a 10-hour flight is akin to boring neighbors with photo slides of a water park vacation. Instead, we're breaking it down into the hourly highlights ("the short of it") and, for those rapt with pleasure for every detail, the long of it, in first-person:
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While this week hasn't exactly been all sunshine and rainbows for airlines flying their Boeing 787 Dreamliners around the world, last week sure was. On January 2, we stepped onboard aircraft CC-BBC, the gleaming new third 787 delivered to South American airline LAN for what would be a monumental inaugural flight, non-stop from Los Angeles-LAX to Santiago, Chile-SCL.
Our ticket read seat 1L. As the first row, first window on the right, that's practically a cockpit jumpseat (though our legroom and recline would be better). This would be more than a first 787 flight from LAX; it would be our own, personal first 787 flight. To say we were psyched is a gross understatement. The energy and optimism rippled through the line of waiting passengers in all classes, holding all types of tickets, as a special party for the full flight began at the gate.
The days of free parking just because you're eco-friendly have come and gone at Los Angeles International. The airport has announced that the incentive for passengers to park their electric car for free up to 30 days has been eliminated.
Although parking will cost the general rack-rate for all drivers, the charging facilities will continue to be free. Okay, this is great news, but the caveat is that there are only 38 spots for charging. So good luck on getting a charge because LAX is no regional airport. Since the plugs are a true premium, it has been causing some resentment from totally electric car drivers to hybrid drivers.
If you're flying out of LAX soon, you can still snag a free parking space up until March 1, after which time you'll have to cough up the $24 per day.