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Norwegian Is Launching East Coast to Caribbean Flights

July 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

Norwegian already has a rep for those affordable flights across the Atlantic, but now the carrier is looking for fame and recognition elsewhere. Step one: Shuttling passengers away from cold and cruel winters and toward some warmer destinations.

The airline just announced that, beginning in December, it will launch flights from Boston, Baltimore, and New York-JFK to the Guadeloupe Islands and Martinique — so now’s the time to start checking out TripAdvisor for ideas on what to do and where to stay. (Christmas getaway, anyone?)

USA Today has the full rundown on the schedules so that you can successfully plan a long winter weekend. Fares start at juts $79 each way depending on your airport of choice and final destination, and you'll hauling to warmer climes on some Boeing 737-800s — complete with leather seats and free WiFi.

Is it too early to start our wish list, Santa?

[Photo: Norwegian / Facebook]

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Richard Branson Hustles Hard as Virgin Atlantic Hits the Motor City

June 11, 2015 at 6:52 PM | by | ()

Detroit hustles harder and Virgin Atlantic wants to hustle too. That was the message from Richard Branson today as flight VS107 direct from London Heathrow touched down in Detroit.

Technically, Virgin’s newest route started last week – let’s call it a soft launch. The official inaugural flight was today, and Jaunted was on it.

When we say “inaugural”, we mean “party plane”. This is Virgin, so instead of a to-keep menu and a quick photo op at check-in, the plane contained the following:

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The 'New' Eastern Air Lines Takes To The Skies For A First Flight

June 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

In case you missed it, Eastern Air Lines is back in business — well, kind of. After filing for bankruptcy, the Miami-based carrier stopped flying in 1991; this reincarnation is unaffiliated with the old ownership, but acquired the intellectual property rights, reports the Miami Herald. The first step to reviving the brand? Launching Eastern's first revenue flights, now soaring twice-daily between Miami and Cuba. There are plans to add more flights to Cuba from other cities in the United States, but it will be a couple of months before those begin.

And don’t just assume that you can jump over to your favorite travel website and get booking, because flights are currently being operated through a partnership with HavanaAir Charters. Eastern sounds like it's taking the time to reheat its brand before launching its own regularly scheduled flights, a process that "could take a year once started," according to the Herald. In the interim make your way over here, and you might just find yourself aboard an Eastern flight to Cuba.

[Photo: Twitter / Eastern]

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Now Up For Sale: Finnair's First Flights With The Airbus A350 XWB

Where: Finland
April 14, 2015 at 5:41 PM | by | ()

Time to check the balance in the travel piggy bank, as Finnair just recently started selling seats aboard their brand new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

Finnair is the very first carrier over in Europe to score the keys to the new plane, and only the third airline in the world so far to gain access to all the new bells, whistles, switches, and controls. The tickets that are now available are for the launch route between Helsinki and Shanghai, as things are set to take to the skies October 25. After that, it’ll be Beijing scoring a route to Finland, as the plans call for that option to start November 21.

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Aloha! Virgin America Announces New (Real) Flights to Maui and Honolulu

April 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

Last week, Virgin America tried to prank us with their new flights to Branson, Missouri but we nipped that gag in the bud pretty fast.

However, today, they have announced REAL new flights from San Francisco to Maui and Honolulu. Whee!

Even better, Virgin America says the flights will be on new Airbus A320 jets that they are expected to receive later this year. New routes, new planes, new reasons for a Hawaii vacation.

We got so excited by the thought or riding a moon-lit Virgin America plane to paradise, we immediately headed over to Virgin America to start the booking process but our roll was slowed down by the fact that the new service won't start until November 2. That's for daily round-trip flights to Honolulu, starting at $199 one-way. The flights to Maui will begin on December 3. Because that's prime holiday vacation time, the rates are rather insane. There are a few flights at $199 one-way, but most of the flights are going for $782 in mid and late-December. Yes, that's one-way.

And of course, these new routes only serve the folks in the Bay Area, and people who fly themselves to the Bay Area, not Los Angeles which is another big market for Hawaii flights. But perhaps if all goes well, both San Francisco and Los Angeles will get lei'd by next year.

[Photo: Virgin America/Facebook]

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JetBlue to Get Mint-y from New York to Barbados: Premium Seats Come With Television, Tapas and More

April 1, 2015 at 12:16 PM | by | ()

As JetBlue continues its expansion in the Caribbean – the company’s inaugural flight from New York to Grenada is June 11 – it will also offer its Mint experience on flights from New York to Barbados starting later this year.

The premium Mint service includes private suites, wider seats, fully-flat beds, tapas-style dining, custom amenity kits and 15-inch flat screen televisions with free entertainment. With Mint service to the Caribbean, JetBlue will become the only U.S. carrier to operate regularly scheduled service with lie-flat seating to the region.

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Lake Tahoe Just Got More Accessible This Summer Thanks to JetBlue

March 25, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

This summer, Lake Tahoe will be more accessible for New Yorkers thanks to JetBlue

On the heels of our series of articles on Lake Tahoe, JetBlue has made a major announcement that should inspire those on the east coast to make a jaunt out west this summer.

Last week, we were explaining that Tahoe's position on the border of California and Nevada gives travelers the choice between three different airports. Our conclusion was that Reno is the best option for those that simply want to get there, as it is the closest and provides options for easy transfers to the lake itself.

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What to Look For When Booking on American Airlines' New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

February 16, 2015 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

As promised, American Airlines worked through this long weekend to open up booking for the first flights of their brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and there's good news and bad news.

The good news is that both inaugurals—between Dallas-DFW and Chicago-ORD on May 7—still have some seat availability.

The bad news is that those seats won't come cheap; American is managing demand by making the 787-operated flights that day the most expensive, from nearly $500-$600 each way when the other flights (mostly operated by MD-80s) are $109. It's a 2.5-hour flight, which is a challengingly short period of time to enjoy such a festive flight and still push all the buttons and flip all the switches on the new in-flight entertainment, new seats, and new...well...everything else (auto-closing toilet lids!).

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Finally! American Airlines Reveals 787 Dreamliner Launch Dates, Routes, Interior

February 11, 2015 at 1:13 PM | by | ()

Forget Valentine's Day. February 14, for frequent flyers, has a new meaning this year thanks to a big announcement today from American Airlines. This Saturday, a date typically reserved for boxes of chocolates and flower bouquets, will be the day reservations open for domestic and international flights on AA's brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Wait—that's not all.

Along with the tease to get your credit cards ready for this Saturday's ticket rush, American Airlines also granted the first peek inside the plane, posting three photos each of Business Class and Economy Class to their social media networks.

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Fresh Off Flying The Pope Around, Philippine Airlines Announces Direct Flights to NYC

February 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Divine intervention

After a rough couple years that saw Southeast Asia airlines cancel direct flights from the States, the region has been working hard to become more accessible for travelers from America. Now, the latest announcement from the Philippines is a slam dunk in that regard.

Beginning March 15, Philippine Airlines, recently known for flying the Pope, will begin a nonstop flight between New York (JFK) and Manila. It will be the first airline to offer direct flights between the two cities.

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Did You Know That Boeing 787s are Already Flying to Cuba?

Where: Varadero, Cuba
January 2, 2015 at 2:10 PM | by | ()

The new year has barely been around for 48 hours and already it's brought two big surprises when it comes to Cuba travel. Firstly, January's onboard issue of United's Hemispheres magazine shows Havana added to their "where we fly" destination map, albeit in the color of a codeshare and not a forthcoming United nonstop. Secondly, Cuba welcomed the arrival of Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The 787, flown by Dutch airline ArkeFly touched down just before midnight on December 31, meaning that planeload of passengers no doubt celebrated the arrival of 2015 with their own arrival to Cuba's popular beach destination.

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New Routes from ANA, LAN, and United to Start 2015

January 2, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

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.

· ANA:
There’s still some government stamps and seals to be had, but it does sound like we’re well on our way to a new option from All Nippon Airways. The plan is for ANA to do the nonstop thing beginning on June 12 between Tokyo-Narita and Houston. The daily service will operate thanks to some Boeing 777-300ERs, and if you’re looking to book things or cash in some miles—expect eight seats in First, 52 in Business, and 190 in Economy.

· LAN:
New Boeing birds are on the move beginning next year, as LAN Airlines is sending their 787-9 between New York-JFK and Santiago, Chile. The new route will start doing its thing on July 20, so start planning your vacation now. Utilizing this stretched version of the 787, LAN will be the first carrier to offer up international service down to South America from JFK using a plane such as this. There are 313 seats in total, so we’re sure you can find one that fits you well.

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