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Vodafone recently began a brilliant campaign to showcase communication technology as it relates to improved quality of life. One video has members of a refugee camp making the first call home, while another details the creation of the first "color-conducted" orchestra concert. Without a doubt, however, their masterpiece is "An & Ria's #First Flight," a 9-minute short film following two elderly women as they embark on what is not only their first flight, but their first experience abroad.
Head to 4:00 for the beginning of their airport experience, where they marvel at airplanes ready to take off for exotic destinations. Rememberneither of these women (aged 78) have been more than a drive or train away from their homes for their entire life, vacationing near so as to avoid air travel.
Keep your eye out this month, Australia, as The Rolling Stones are flying around in their very own Boeing 767 painted with their lips-and-tongue logo. The 767, tail number ZS-DJI, is pretty minimal otherwise (but we bet the interior's anything but!). That's not a tiny private jet, by the way; a Delta 767, for comparison, holds just over 200 passengers.
The band landed in Perth yesterday to being their Australia tour, and today received the news that L'Wren Scott, acclaimed fashion designer and longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, had died.
The show must go on, however, and the Stones are all set to take their private jet around the continent for shows in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hanging Rock, and even down to Auckland, New Zealand. The Perth Airport Spotter's Blog has a few images of the plane in daylight.
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Do yourself a favor this Valentine's Day and skip the expensive dinner, skip the diamond engagement ring. Instead, put airline tickets in the hands of your love, and give the gift of an experience. All this week, we'll be sharing a few of our own recommendations for some of the most romantic travel ideas in this world.
Idea #2: Seaplane flights for two
Please allow us to switch into the first-person for a moment, to describe the most romantic thing we did for ourselves in 2013 and which you, in 2014, should absolutely take under consideration.
There's something innately seductive about Vancouver. Perhaps it's all that fresh air, the surrounding mountains and sparkling harbour, and a summer season short enough to get the entire city out and about in their shortest shorts from July to September. For a frequent traveler like myself, however, the allure is heightened by the delicious tangibility of seaplane flights.
Vancouver is the home base for Harbour Air, the world's largest seaplane airline and also the only completely carbon neutral airline. Their DeHavilland Otters and Beavers buzz Vancouver's shoreline day-in and day-out, flying commuters and residents to Victoria, Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island and Whistler, but it's their extra special offerings you'll want to check out.
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Inside a charter Hawker 800
In news that surprises no one, Justin Bieber has been detained at an airport for potentially flying in his private jet while smoking weed, news broken by Page Six. The actual interesting part of this recent headline is that the offense took place today at Teterboro Airport, as Bieber flew in on a chartered Raytheon Hawker 800 with his dad and a posse of ten to head to this weekend's Super Bowl.
Nothing was found after a search of the aircraft, and this is actually the smallest issue in Bieber's month; he flew in from Toronto after being charged with assault there, and he's looking at a DUI for pot in Miami and vandalism in California.
It's no secret that Justin loves the leafy greens, but he should know better than to try to fly into a NYC-area airport with illegal substances during a time of heightened security. Save those antics for Colorado Springs Airport!
What has French actor Gerard Depardieu been up to? According to the Wall Street Journal, he's diversifying his interests and increasingly moving away from acting to pursue real estate concerns, wine sales, hospitality, and most recently, airline management.
Depardieu has formed Cyran R, a company dedicated to storing his private jet and leasing it out for charter services from its base at Lesquin airport, "outside of the French city of Lille, just across the Belgian border from Estaimpuis, where the actor currently lives." Despite all this information, no one seems to have details on exactly what type of plane Gerard is flying.
Naturally, he's not the first celebrity to consider turning his private jet into a business all its own. Here's a few other famous people who dabbled in the airline business:
Tonight’s Powerball lottery jackpot is expected to climb to roughly $400 million, and you know we’re already dreaming of where we can go and where we can visit. Obviously things like the world’s longest flight—in business class of course—would become a regular option for us, but with that kind of coin we’re thinking we can take the spending to another level.
There’s a new travel company on the block, as Intrav is looking to woo those travelers who measure their wealth in millions rather than in twenties. Things are very much still in the planning stage, but eventually Intrav hopes to start offering up ridiculous itineraries in 2014 and 2015.
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Last week Pope Francis made his first international trip as the pontiff to trek from Italy over to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day on Copacabana Beach. While we think it's great the head of the Catholic Church has decided to return to the continent where he got his start in the organization, we also found the details of his travels most intriguing.
First off, Pope Francis flies commercial; well, kind of. His ride is a chartered Alitalia A330 officially named Volo Papale (papal flight in Italian) and unofficially, Shepherd One. The crew is made up of Alitalia's very own pilots and cabin crew, ensuring all aboard are safe and comfy. This particular flight took the pontiff from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport non-stop to Rio's Galeão International Airport and clocked in at just over 12 hours.
When the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins last night in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, do you think they were worried about catching their flight back home? The answer is no, because the team arrived to Chicago with their trophy very early this morning, via private Boeing jet.
Now, the focus is on when and where the city of Chicago can celebrate the Stanley Cup win with the official victory parade. Whether you're a Blackhawks fan, a hockey fan, or just a fan of taking a half-day at work, you'll want to mark this Friday, June 28 on your calendar. That's the date being reserved for the Blackhawks' official victory parade, which will tour downtown and likely see record-breaking crowds. If you're not in Chicago, the event will be livestreamed online by WGN.
The full details of the parade route and exact start time haven't yet been released as the parade is still in planning stages, but we'll update this story when Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel makes the statement. Stay tuned.
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If you're going to road trip in South Africa, let it be on the Garden Route. This popular stretch of road connects Heidelberg and Storms River Village along the N2, traversing mountain passes interspersed with views out to the Indian Ocean. We recently drove it in a 2014 Subaru Forester XT, opting for the most picturesque (and least paved) stretches from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town. Come along for the ride all this week!
First things first. We flew into Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport and, minutes after the passport stamp, hopped on a charter flight to Plettenberg Bay (onboard a Beechcraft Super King Air), where the on-the-road action finally began. A more popular airport with frequent commercial service on both Kulula and South African Express is George Airport (GRJ).
We departed Plettenberg Bay after a jet lag-heavy sleep and immediately came across the vistas for which we'd traveled halfway across the world. This part of the route, from Plettenberg Bay west, took us north through the Meiringspoort, up and around the Swartberg Mountain range, and eventually back down through the Swartberg Pass to the town of Oudtshoorn.
What do you call three Buddhist monks with Louis Vuitton luggage in a private jet?
You call them not a joke.
That's rightthe following video is real, just as real as the cool attitudes and Evian waters of the monks traveling in style, complete with aviator glasses. The video is currently creating quite an uproar in Thailand, enough to make Nopparat Benjawatananun, Director-General of The Office of National Buddhism, clarify to the AP that the monks have been reprimanded and instructed "not to repeat the lavish behavior."
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In today's awesome-stuff-found-on-the-internet, we have behind-the-scenes Instagrams of fashion designer/luminary/man-about-the-world Karl Lagerfeld. Don't sigh just yet, for these aren't your run of the mill backstage shots; they're candids of Karl's travels by private jet, as photographed by Sebastien Jondeau.
Today they've flown from Prague to Singapore. That's no small puddle jump, and so their flight prep and onboard meal (sashimi!) come under Instagram focus.
Jondeau, a bodyguard of sorts, acts as Karl's shadow as he travels around the world taking care of business. In his spare timetaking clues from his other Instagram photosSebastian enjoys dirt biking, cycling, skiing, and meeting cats.
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It's happening. A Google airline terminal is happening.
Two months ago we hinted that Google was looking to drop some dough on some tarmac to call their very own. And, according to Airport World, that plan for a Google Terminal at San Jose International is moving full speed ahead after the San José City Council gave the green light for Signature Flight Support to sign a 50-year lease for land at the airport.
It's on that 29-acre piece of land that Signature (a fixed-base operator, or FBO) plans to put $82 million into the construction of 270,000 square feet of LEED Gold facilities (inclusive of the 17,000 square foot terminal) exclusively for "private jets belonging to Google chiefs and other Silicon Valley businesses." So, in other words, not your average travelers or even the highest tier frequent flyers will be welcome.