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It’s not everyday that a new record store opens up, and that’s especially the case over at the airport. Things are a little bit different over in Seattle—in a good way, of course—and the city’s airport just cut the ribbon on an outpost of the area’s famous Sub Pop Records right at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The independent label is bringing the sounds of Seattle right into the terminal and concourse, as the spot is now doing its thing within main terminal near the start of Concourse C. It debuted Thursday morning complete with a concert from singer songwriter Chad VanGaalen—signed to the Sun Pop Records label.
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Good news if you’re heading to the airport in the next couple of days, as Alaska Airlines might just help you get there. They’re definitely in the holiday spirit with their latest promotion; however, you do need to call the Seattle area home to get in on the deal.
Alaska Airlines is teaming up with the ride-share folks over at Uber, and they’re giving free rides to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The freebies are scheduled to run both today and tomorrow—December 23 and December 24—as travelers are welcome to a free one-way ride to the airport.
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We’re pretty accustomed to getting off an airplane one way and one way only, and that’s moseying down the jet bridge or jet stairs and heading back into the terminal. There’s one carrier looking to change that by re-adopting the old school approach of rear disembarkation, if only to speed up de-planing and turn around aircraft faster.
Alaska Airlines is testing out some new procedures, including hoping off the plane through both front and rear doors. In theory it doesn’t really sound like that big of a deal, but two exits area better than one and it bodes well for on-time performance.
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We’re pretty familiar with the greening of the airline industry at this point. It might not be everywhere just yet, but we have certainly seen our share of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Specifically jet fuel has been given the eco-friendly treatment, as more than a handful of airlines have given the green gas a go. Now it looks like one carrier is looking towards the sun, as solar power is just another way to save energy and reduce the electric bills.
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In case you haven’t had your eyes on the calendar this month, we’d like to remind you that St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. The time to celebrate all things green is drawing near, but don’t worry if you’re holiday plans include transiting through an airport. Thankfully airports are down with the season—especially when it comes to pre-flight beverages.
All across the country there’s plenty of pubs and bars from which to choose, and airports aren’t lacking when it comes to those with an Irish theme. Down in Florida you can swing by Rooney’s Public House on the main level of Terminal 2 at Palm Beach International Airport, so that you can enjoy a pint in the comfort of some air conditioning.
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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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HMSHost—you know them from airport restaurants everywhere—is teaming up some new up and coming chefs, as they just tapped the Culinary Institute of America for some new menu ideas. They held a little contest for some new and tasty recipes, and two students—Jessica Hargrove and Lauren Fury—came out on top. Among some other stuff their culinary creations will now be featured at airports across the country, so it’s time to dig in during your next layover.
The winning dishes are Toasted Flatbread Mac n’ Cheese and Chicken and Waffles, and will be available at select restaurants through the end of February. For those looking to indulge in the macaroni and cheese dish, you can expect the usually stuff piled onto a whole-wheat flatbread topped with candied bacon—nice. As for the chicken and waffles it’s pretty much what it sounds like, but there’s also white gravy, maple syrup, and green onions to top things off.
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It’s time to check those credit card statements, as there might just be a little bit of a bank error in your favor. You’re not going to get to quit your job anytime soon, but if your car has spent a lot of time in the airport parking garage over in Seattle you might have scored a pretty decent discount—as in free.
Over at Sea-Tac Airport there was a little bit of a parking glitch during the year, and the bottom line is that the airport is now short a cool $400,000 in fees and charges. As much as we want to just assume that this was a goodwill gesture—it wasn’t—and now the Port of Seattle is trying to figure out what happened.
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Too much awesome aviation news came down the pipeline this week, so we'll just wrap it up neatly for you with some bullet points:
· LAN's first 787 Dreamliner hit the South American skies: Well, it's official; South America's first Dreamliner is running its first regularly scheduled service, flying 22x week between Santiago (SCL) and Buenos Aires (EZE). The inaugural happened on October 1 after the plane got some fresh ink (check out the 787 underneath the cockpit windows). Wanna see more? LAN's Facebook page has an entire gallery from the event and our own photos and video of the delivery event are still hot and fresh.
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You might have already done so overseas, but here at home slapping your JFK or LAX bag tag onto your suitcase yourself is certainly the exception and not the norm. That might change soon enough if Alaska Airlines gets their way, as they’re the airline that’s leading the charge.
Recently over at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Alaska Airlines finished installation some of their first baggage tag printers. That means passengers are now free to go crazy and slap on their own stickers and bags tags—assuming they can be trusted. It sounds like they’re already hungry for more, as future airports are scheduled to receive similar options later this summer. However, for now it looks like you’ll have to be departing from SEA to play with the stickers.
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Go ahead and call us picky, but one of our travel pet peeves is landing at a beautiful airport and then suffering through a horrible shuttle ride over to an outdated and poorly lit rental car lot. We’re big fans of oversized rental car facilities where we can walk, bus, or train it over to our rental, so that’s why we’re pumped to hear about the plan over at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle.
Costing around $400 million buckaroos, the new place takes up like 23 acres or so of space, and there’s plenty of room for rental everything, from big SUVs down to Chevy Aveos. It’s even freeing up around 3,000 parking spaces from other spots in and around the airport, so that’s a positive for those who arrive at the airport the old fashioned way—by taking their car. The new rental car palace has room for over 5,000 cars, and the plan is that it can process as many as 14,000 cars during a single day. We just wonder how it’s going to hold up during its first Memorial Day weekend.
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The airport that serves the greater Seattle area—Seattle–Tacoma International Airport or Sea-Tac—is already a pretty decent airport, but now they’re bringing a taste of the local music scene to those arriving for the first time. The airport is spending some cash on a slice of musical marketing, and they’re hoping that the "Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative" will have passengers humming long after they've passed through the concourses and terminals.
Passengers can use the airport’s free WiFi to access the airport’s official webplayer, where they can tap into airport-approved tunes, and of course there have been more than a few live concerts right in the middle of the airport. Local artists have been reading the overhead announcements, and there are even music videos streaming on the monitors near the baggage claim area. Sir Mix-A-Lot, Jerry Cantrell, and Macklemore are just some of the artists lending their voices to remind passengers to watch their baggage at all times.