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What the British Airways 787 Dreamliner Has That Other Airplanes Don't

October 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

An average day sees 12 British Airways planes soaring up into the skies on their way from New York to London. Only one is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Perhaps you've already heard about the advantages of the new 787—the quieter cabin, lower interior pressure, larger windows, improved fuel efficiency, automatic toilets, and general spaciousness—but since each airline can do what they want with their 787s, this often means further improvements beyond the standard.

So why is this 787 so special, and why should you pony up to enjoy it in BA's version of Business Class, "Club World?" Here's just a few reasons to book it and make the trek to Newark:

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A (Possibly Final) Look Inside the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport

October 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are no other buildings that show the romance of travel like the TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK Airport. The Saarinen-designed terminal was completed in 1962 and closed in 2001 following TWA’s financial deterioration. Countless starry-eyed travelers were lucky enough to pass through the doors and check-in to their flights under the vaulted ceiling while it was operational.

The rare opportunity to visit inside the structure this last weekend was thanks to the openhousenewyork festival. Plans are in the works to convert the terminal to a hotel and convention center, so this might have been your last chance to see it filled with people as it was meant to be.

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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: An Economy Class of Awesome

October 2, 2013 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

All this talk about Mint and A321s is exciting, for sure, but adding fancy new premium seats on a new airplane isn't going to distract JetBlue from their bread and butter: Economy Class.

JetBlue has, from their very beginning some thirteen years ago, touted their egalitarian approach to air travel. Everyone gets a leather seat; everyone enjoys free snacks and beverages; everyone can watch live, DirecTV channels on seatback screens; and everyone has a chance at low airfares. This isn't going away with the arrival of A321s into JetBlue's fleet, but being improved. Even better? The improvements are very noticeable; this is not a case of, "oh, we added some nice new accent piping to the headrest" (though there's that, too).

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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: Amenity Kits and a Full Food Menu

October 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

You've already seen the new "Mint" seats, but what about all the goodies that come with a premium in-flight experience and $599 one-way? Since Mint won't fly until June 15, 2014, JetBlue has plenty of time to refine the extras. Still, it's obvious they're pretty excited and want travelers to be as well, so yesterday they gave a glimpse of a few goodies they're working on for including with Mint.

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What's Arriving on JetBlue's New A321s: 'Mint' Premium Suite Seats

September 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:

1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else

"Bigger, better, bluer." That's the message of JetBlue as today CEO Dave Barger announced a slew of shiny new improvements to come with the arrival of Airbus A321s.

Bigger? For sure—the A321 beats JetBlue's current fleet of A320s and E190s in size.

Better? You know it—new planes mean new seats, mean new improvements to comfort and entertainment.

Bluer? Well, that's up for debate as the headline-grabber of the day involved the introduction of "Mint," the 16 premium seats set to form JetBlue's first attempt at a Business Class in the front of the plane.

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Photo Gallery: Inside the Ginormous New Star Alliance Lounge at LAX

September 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

You probably know by now that Los Angeles International Airport has lifted the veil off its billion-dollar makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. While that means improved facilities for all travelers, premium passengers on Star Alliance flights will also benefit from a gigantic new lounge complex, opening today—Wednesday, September 25.

We attended the ribbon cutting by Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab earlier this week to give you all the details on the 18,000-square-foot spread. Come in for the shower suites and the wine wall, stay for the outdoor terrace with fire pits and tarmac views.

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Five Courses for First Class: The Unique Menu Onboard British Airways' A380 to LA

September 24, 2013 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is a big week for Los Angeles International Airport. First it debuted the $1.7 billion dollar makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and then it welcomed a Hello Kitty-themed 777. Naturally they've saved the best for last, as British Airways today celebrates inaugural long-haul flights of their spanking new Airbus A380, nonstop from LAX to London-Heathrow.

In fact, while we type this, there are 469 travelers up in the sky in this plane, enjoying a memorable first meal service. Only 14 of those 469 will be privy to the most unique British Airways menu currently flying, however; it's one created specifically for this aircraft and route by The Langham Hotel, London. Sure, the 97 seated a little further back in the Club World/Business Class cabin will also enjoy a Langham menu, but that's a three-course affair while First gets a full, five-course tasting menu and afternoon tea with—shocker—three premium champagne options.

Let's have a look!

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What It's Like to Fly for 18 Hours on the Longest Flight in the World

Where: Singapore
September 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

9,500 miles on one fell swoop. Welcome to the longest commercial flight in the world, Singapore Airlines non-stop between Singapore and Newark. As much as we hate the word "bucketlist," that's what this is—a superlative experience with an entry in the history books and, sadly, an expiration date.

The planned distance of flight number SQ 22 is 9,525 miles with a scheduled flight time of 18:55h. The return, SQ 21 from Newark to Singapore, is a tad longer depending on winds, but we count them together. Even the aircraft is special; it's an Airbus A340-500 arranged with only 100 seats, all Business Class. The 1-2-1 configuration means comfort and relative privacy for both solo travelers and couples.

November 23, 2013 is the final flight of SQ 22, and Singapore's route from Los Angeles (the second longest flight in the world) is also due to end, on October 20, 2013. You have been warned. This season is the last chance to get onboard the world's longest flights, but a white glove experience comes with a premium price; a roundtrip starts from $7,500 during these finale months (but they do accept Star Alliance miles for award bookings).

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First Look: JetBlue's Premium 'Suite' Seats are Pretty Sweet

September 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ignore the fact that it's Monday and put on a smile, because we've got good news and great news!

First, the good news: the rumored JetBlue premium lie-flat "suite" seats are very real, very adjustable, and coming to the airline's brand new Airbus A321s in May 2014, for the JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO routes. In fact, we've seen them with our own eyes and sat in them with, well, our own butt.

Keep in mind that these seats are only samples, and until the finalized versions are in place within aircraft, details can be changed. It's a bit like viewing wedding cakes "for display only," but still having to wait until the big day to taste the real thing. That said, JetBlue employees have been sitting and taking selfies in these seats for weeks now, and it's only a matter of time before it's your turn.

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20 Photos of Cosplay and Comic Books from Fan Expo Canada 2013

Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
August 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fan Expo Canada 2013 wrapped up on Sunday, but not before more than 100,000 fans got their cosplay on, tried out dozens of new video games, saw their favorite celebs up close, and bought lots and lots of comic books.

We've already deemed it better than San Diego Comic Con, but now you can see why.

Check out our gallery of photos from this year's Expo, which took place Aug. 22 - 25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre:

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Sneak Peek: British Airways' First Class Winter 2013 Menu from JFK to London

August 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (0)


This is just the Amuse-bouche

On any given day, there are 9-10 British Airways planes zooming up into the skies from New York's JFK Airport. Touch down may be London's Heathrow Airport, but the 7+ hours in-flight time is absolutely a destination in itself. This is especially true for First Class guests who opt to open the menu for a meal, rather than just close their eyes for a sleep.

The focus for British Airways' First Class cuisine is, to quote BA's Manager of Food & Beverage Design, Chef Gwendal Hamon, "lovely ingredients with good provenance, simply prepared." Catering is by Do & Co, who employ over 500 people just at their JFK facility, with the aim to provide the best quality foods for the best possible taste at altitude and, in this case, especially for those in the best seats on the plane.

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The Fur is Flying: How to Bring a Cute Kitty Cat as an Airplane Carry-On

August 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling solo or with a partner or even a group of friends is easy compared to traveling with little kids (or pets!). This week we'll be posting some insights and tips from the family travelers of the Jaunted crew. Today, Cynthia, editor of Jaunted shares her experience of flying with a pet cat.

Dogs on planes. So over it. They're seemingly everywhere, from First Class on a transcontinental to the last row of economy on a puddle jumper. Where are all the kitties?! If you enjoy travel, then perhaps your pets will as well. We recently put this theory to the test and picked up new tips by traveling with our own cat on flights from New York to Detroit and back.

About our travel cat: "Jetson" is a one-year-old mackerel tabby cat, who is very social and very curious. We rescued him as a tiny kitten, and he's been on short road trips, in the NY subway, and on one previous flight. He doesn't require any medication to be calm on flights, but will occasionally meow.

Flight price: $248 from New York to Detroit and back for one person, booked by calling Delta reservations (a requirement when traveling with pets). Plus $125 each way for the cat. Total: $498.

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