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Throwback Thursday: Big, Clunky, Expensive Satellite Phones on Airplanes

April 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Yesterday, on a JetBlue flight from Boston to San Francisco, the airline had a record 125 devices connected to its new Fly-Fi in-flight WiFi, with speeds up to 28 Mbps.

To the average traveler, technology like this (with Skype easily running over the wifi) seems a bit like magic, but then again the simple act of making an air-to-land phone call also seemed like incredible magic only a decade ago.

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PR Expert Says Malaysia Airlines Was Atrocious About Handling MH370 News

March 25, 2014 at 6:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

As recently as a week ago, the consensus was that the coverage surrounding MH370 - though by turns saddening, horrifying, and infuriating - wasn't really damaging the reputation of Malaysia Airlines. The Sydney Morning Herald interviewed a bunch of analysts who went even further, saying that not only was there limited erosion right now, but that any negative impact in the future "was likely to be modest and short-lived." Things were obviously not going well, and most people expected the worst, but airline disasters are often treated far more as generic tragedies than airline-specific incompetence. That seemed to be happening here.

If that's how things end up - if MH finally emerges from this crash with its brand more or less intact - it won't be because they didn't make spectacular efforts to fuck it up. Instead, it's like the airline went out of its way to alienate people, from the victims' families to entire countries. This took some effort.

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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 Missing with 239 Onboard

March 7, 2014 at 9:16 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: 9M-MRO, the aircraft involved

BREAKING NEWS

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER has disappeared over where the Gulf of Thailand becomes the South China Sea, and neither the airline nor authorities are sure of its whereabouts or fate.

Flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 12:41am local time Saturday and disappeared at 2:40am. It was meant to land in Beijing at 6:30am local time but, as we write this, it is already past 10am without any sign of the aircraft. The last radio contact and position on FlightRadar24 shows it traveling on course at 35,000 feet.

Malaysia Airlines hosted a press conference to confirm that there is a search and rescue operation underway. Fuad Sharuji, Malaysia Airlines VP of Operations, on CNN's AC360, states the only definite: "at the moment we have no idea where this aircraft is right now."

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The Latest Airline Food News, from Gluten-Free to Luxury Ice Cream

March 4, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

Gone are the days when a hot meal was a complimentary part of any flying experience, so when any in-flight menu changes make the headlines, we get a little giddy. Here, for easy digestion, is a round-up of the latest in airline food news:

· Virgin America wanted their passenger's thoughts on the new First Class ice cream served in their swanky premium cabins, so they took to Twitter for a final decision. Designed specifically for the airline by San Fransisco-based ice creamery Humphry Slocombe, three unique flavors now complement Virgin America's existing Tahitian vanilla. Either Red Hot Banana (banana ice cream with Red Hot candies), Butter By Moodlight (buttery with a blueberry glaze) or Coconut Blonde Ambition (vanilla marshmallow fluff meets lemon sorbet) will make it the trays for transcontinental flyers.

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New Routes Arriving from JetBlue, Delta, and Air Berlin

November 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Air Berlin:
We know we’re sometimes guilty of not enjoying the moment and always looking ahead, but when it comes to transatlantic travel you can’t help but think about what’s next. Air Berlin is doing exactly this, as they’re already thinking of boosting their options for the warmer months of 2014. The plan is to start three more weekly flights between Berlin and New York-JFK beginning next May, and that will bump things up ten weekly options. The flights between Dusseldorf and New York-JFK will also be doing their thing ten times per week. Finally, Air Berlin is also boosting their flights between Berlin and Chicago-O’Hare to make things a daily option.

· Malaysia Airlines:
This one is certainly a bit away from where we call home, but if you’re looking to make your way around the globe it’s a great option. This week Malaysia Airlines started nonstop service between Kuala Lumpur and Darwin, Australia. The flights will do the back and forth thing thanks to some Boeing 737-800s, and this is option number six for the carrier from its base in Kuala Lumpur. Other destinations in Australia include spots like Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne—among a few others. As of now flights are scheduled to run four times each and every week, so say goodbye to Malaysia and g’day to Australia.

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Climb Aboard New Routes from Virgin America, JetBlue and Sun Country

March 29, 2013 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Virgin America:
We knew this was going down, but we thought we’d pass along a reminder as the time is drawing near. Virgin America is getting ready to start up service out of Newark Liberty International Airport, as they plan to fly all the way over to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Sounds like things should start doing their thing on April 2—that’s next week—and there will be three flights in each direction every day of the week. To promote the new service they’re even running a little bit of a deal and a contest. They’re calling it “Fly Like a Boss,” and you can score up to 25% off your flight and maybe even a freebie as well.

· Malaysia Airlines:
They may hate children, but they don’t hate new destinations and new options over at Malaysia Airlines. Now that they’re part of the oneworld airline alliance they must have ants in the pants or something, as they’re all eager to spread their wings.

This week they announced that they’ve got their eyes on Australia, as the carrier is planning to fly nonstop between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane. Airbus A330s will be the airplanes heading back and forth, as the daily flights will start doing their thing on June 20. It’s technically not an entirely new option, but it is a boost in service as there are apparently plenty of passengers looking to head between the two cities and the two countries.

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New Routes Galore from Hawaiian Airlines, US Airways, and Qatar Airways

March 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
We can never get enough of Hawaii, so it’s good that Hawaiian Airlines is busy adding more flights between the islands and the mainland. This time it looks like Portland, Oregon is the carrier’s focus, as Hawaiian Airlines is sending some of their new Airbus A330s back and forth between Portland and Honolulu. Demand for the flights must be up, as they’re now getting ready to start things a little sooner than initially planned. It’s roughly three weeks early, as things should now take to the skies beginning on April 20. In case you’re interested in booking something for you and your crew, the flights depart Portland at around 10am and arrive into Hawaii around 1pm—all times local.

· Qatar Airways:
It might not be the vacation destination of 2013, but this year has certainly seen a boost in service when it comes to flight in and out of Iraq. This week it looks like Qatar Airways is planning service over to the country, and they should begin as soon as this summer. As it stands now the plan is to fly between Doha—that’s in Qatar—and Basra—that’s in Iraq—beginning on June 3. After that there will also be some flights over to Sulaymaniyah beginning on August 20. The flights will run four times per week once they start up, so there’s plenty of options from which to choose.

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What's Up with the Oneworld Airline Alliance in 2013

March 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's been some big, exciting news in the aviation world, and some bankruptcies and some mergers that cross the lines of traditional airline alliances. These shake-ups will redraw alliance lines and might affect your ability to earn and burn frequent flyer miles to your dream destination. Let's discuss Oneworld since the recent American and US Airways merger will mean the most for US-based travelers.

We already know that the New American will be sticking with Oneworld, which means the inevitable departure of US Airways from Star Alliance. In general, this doesn't open up a wealth of new US destinations, but it actually expands an already thorough South American network and opens a few new European cities to Oneworld.

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What Malaysia Airlines' Addition to the Oneworld Alliance Means for You

February 5, 2013 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

We knew it was happening, but now it’s official. Your travels around the world have just gotten a little bit easier, as Malaysia Airlines is now the newest member of the oneworld global airline alliance. They’re joining buddies like American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, and Cathay Pacific—along with plenty of others. Plenty of stuff will remain pretty much business as usual now that Malaysia Airlines has found a new family, but there’s also a few changes that will improve the way you get around.

One of the newest things we find most useful is the ability to burn frequent flyer miles on Malaysia Airlines flights. All those flights on American Airlines to spots like Dallas-Ft. Worth and Chicago just got more valuable, as they’ll now jet you all the way over to Kuala Lumpur. From the United States options are somewhat limited, but redeemable flights exist out of Los Angeles International Airport to both Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo. After that you’re in Malaysia, so your options to travel even farther are plentiful.

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Malaysia Airlines' Newest Ban on Children is Its Most Ambitious Yet

Where: Malaysia
April 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

When Malaysia Airlines promised that their new Airbus A380's would showcase bleeding-edge innovations in passenger comfort, we assumed they were just referring to the impressive engineering lengths to which they'd gone: 2 decks and 494 seats' worth of new chairs and USB-enabled entertainment systems. But while technology is important—and no one appreciates slick travel rollouts more than we do—there's more to in-flight coziness than extra legroom and the ability to watch your illegally downloaded House MD episodes on the screen in front of you.

Our buddies over at Australian Business Traveller heard it first that that they're also going to go ahead and ban children from the top deck of their new airplanes.

"Noise-sensitive passengers," by which we assume they mean "everybody," will now be able to reserve those seats secure in the knowledge that screaming babies will be at least one full plane deck below. Thus the first lesson of this post: if you're flying from Kuala Lumpur to London or Sydney this summer, consider Malaysia Airlines.

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Malaysia Airlines Psychs Up for Their First A380

March 14, 2012 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

One airline is pretty excited to get their hands on their very first Airbus A380, and that airline is Malaysia Airlines. The arrival of the first plane is still out for delivery—we’re assuming they use UPS—but that doesn’t mean that the airline isn’t already planning what to do with their big bird. Expect all kinds of new technology, new seats, and other new airplane bits and pieces to be stuffed inside the A380, as of course Malaysia Airlines wants their plane to be the biggest and the bestest in the skies.

July 1 is scheduled to be the big day, as the plane is to fly the plane three times per week between London-Heathrow and Kuala Lumpur route. That’s just the first plane too, as there are plans for other new A380 deliveries to fly between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney as soon as August of this year.

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Qantas' RedQ Business Class Airline Just Can't Take Off

Where: Australia
March 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM | by | Comment (1)

We have seen a number of airlines come and go—lately it's more going than coming—but some airlines don't even have the opportunity to take off. Last week, negotiations with potential partners stalled, forcing Qantas to scrap the idea of creating an ultra-premium airline based in Asia.

When we first talked about the airline, a concept named RedQ, the idea was to cater to the quickly growing Asian corporate market by being one the first to have all-business class airplanes hopping around major cities in the region. In its infancy, the new airline was to compete with flights from Singapore, with a proposed hub based in Kuala Lumpur. And then Malaysia Airlines agreed to join the Oneworld alliance.

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