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Just when you thought ever-bankrupt Italian airline Alitalia was a last-choice option for crossing the Atlantic, they go and do something cool like debut a renovated lounge with all new bells and whistles.
The "Dolce Vita" lounge, located within Terminal 1 at Rome's Fiumicino Airport welcomes those flying Alitalia in Magnifica class, Business, Ottima or Comfort, plus those holding elite SkyTeam status. Alitalia has a total of 15 lounges, but this is the largest and thus, the flagship. Believe it or not, it only took them two months to complete the renovation, to reopen in early March.
So, let's get down to the good stuff! The Dolce Vita lounge now boasts a bunch of "Made in Italy" features, like furniture from B&B Italia, coffee by Illy, catering by Eataly, a wall mosaic by Bisazza, and Prandina lighting. "The Pilot Bar" serves up the aforementioned Illy and Eataly yummies, and the areas for work and relaxation will delight those with eyes for design. Still, we can't help but be most psyched for a massive new toy installed in the lounge: a Boeing 737 flight simulator!
The folks over at Alaska Airlines are cashing in all the spare change they find between the seats, as they’re looking to spend around $100 million to upgrade the interiors on some of their planes. Unfortunately they’re not adding wider more comfortable seats, but at least the upgrades they are making should give the airplane cabins a nice refresh.
Upgrades are coming to all of the carrier’s Boeing 737-800s, 737-900s, and 737-900ERs, as they replace the old seating surfaces with some new designs from Recaro. The new seats have a much slimmer design, so traveling butts might be a little less comfortable. However, the slimmer seats add more space for more travelers, and that’s a good thing when you’re an airline trying to make money.
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It's not only American Airlines that's got a shiny new toy to play with this month. Nopewave goodbye to Air Pacific and say "Bula" to Fiji Airways, as this week they officially received the keys to their newest baby: a brand spanking new Airbus A330. Let's have a look!
Yesterday we showed you the slick paint job on the outside of the newest ride for Air Pacific's rebranded airline, Fiji Airways. Today we take you inside, to check out the cabin, sit in the seats and otherwise give you a peek at what passengers can expect on their way to paradise.
It's worth mentioning again, the entire design for the aircraft is cool. We mean, like, super cool. Not only have they gone back to the original name of the airline, but the livery showcases Fiji through the artwork of their traditional designs, called Masi. The graphics and colors are only the start, as passengers are going to get a taste of the islands inside as well.
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We’ve been squished, squeezed, and smooshed into all kinds of economy seats during our long haul travels, so when a new business class product comes along we get pretty darn excited. It’s not just because it makes flying for long periods of time that much better, but it gives us something to dream about when we’re crammed into the coach cabin.
This week it’s KLM revealing some big news, as they’re planning a revamp of their World Business Class seating options. These days it seems like everybody and their moms want lie-flat seats, so KLM has decided to get in on the fun as well.
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When it comes to the craze of premium economy seating it looks like Air Canada is up next. Fortunately, they’re not taking the usual North American approach when it comes to this section of the coach cabin, as it’s going more than just a boost in legroom.
The plan is to start off small, as Air Canada gets ready to prepare for their new seats across five of their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. First and foremost those sitting in the forward cabin—of the rear cabin—will have their own little seating section, as there will be a dedication Premium Economy cabin. Larger seats are the big news here, as the seats are wider, offer like seven more inches of legroom, and they even recline just a little bit more.
Now, when stepping on-aboard an Air Berlin flight, those sexy red leather gloves may point your to the newest business class seats the airline has to offer. Just last week, the second largest German airline introduced its brand spanking new premium look on a flight from Düsseldorf to Abu Dhabi.
The flashy lie-flat seats are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to upgrades to the long-haul A330 business-class cabin for the carrier. Each of the 19 seats in the biz cabin will offer a 15-inch personal television loaded up with about 200 hours of on-demand programming and a USB port to keep those devices charged up.
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We’re still in a little bit of shock over the pictures offered up by American Airlines showing off their new 777-300ER airplane. We’ll eventually get over the fact that it’s American Airlines who's about to fly these new beauties rather some international carrier, but until then we’ll just let their marketing team go to work on us.
If you’ve ever seen Jimmy Kimmel Live you’re probably somewhat familiar with Guillermo. Well he's now working overtime as a pitchman for American Airlines, doing his late-night thing in a couple new commercials for American Airlines.
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Have a look at these photos. Just look at them. What airline would you think that is? Surely not American Airlines, right? Well, as the title of this post gives away, it is American Airlines and it will be something you can experience relatively soon as the airline just took delivery of this brand new Boeing 777-300ER today.
American is the first US carrier with this updated aircraft, which improves on original flavor 777-300s with longer wingspan and almost 2,000 nautical miles more range (hence the "ER," which stands for "Extended Range"). It's now the largest plane in American's fleet, with 310 seats. Kind of hard to believe it's only a twinjet with two engines, but those engines happen to be among the most powerful on a commercial airliner currently plying the skies.
Boeing 777-300ERs are not exactly super brand new, since deliveries of the 777-300ERs commenced from Boeing in 2004, but the US has had to wait these past eight years to get one for ourselves.
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Flying long-haul in First Class is a dream for many, a reality for only a few. Among first class cabins, Cathay Pacific’s suites are widely considered the sine qua non for comfort and serviceand as tickets can fetch $15,000 for a return between New York-JFK and Hong Kong, they’d better be.
We’ve previously taken you inside the Economy, Premium Economy, and brand new Business cabins on board Cathay, and now we can tell you first-hand what flying First is like. And no, we did not win the lottery; there are ways to make this work without maxing out your credit cards, even without leaving North America.
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”Don’t touch what you can’t afford.” It was our go-to putdown in high school and, you might say, the atmosphere in the poshest of London's shops, Harrods. Except, for two weeks, you can do just that, because Singapore Airlines have set up a mock business class cabin in the shop window.
Saying “mock” is kind of a disservice to Singapore Airlines' display, because these are two fully functional seats (18A and 19A); they recline, they lie flat, and they even have the right inflight magazines in their windowside storage space. Speaking of the windows, they’re filled in with photos of Singapore. Even the TV in the seatback is a working example of the Krisflyer inflight entertainment system.
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At this point you’ve likely familiarized yourself with some of the woes that American Airlines have been facing over the last few weeks. Some of the biggest news was all about those pesky 757 airline seats that just didn’t want to sit in their tracks. Initially it seemed like it wasn’t a problem, then it was a problem, and at some point the shaky seats were blamed on years of coffee, soda, and tea being spilled into the seating tracks.
Well now there’s a little bit of a good news coming to American Airlines, as it seems they have a handle on all these seating shenanigans. As you were finishing up your workweek there were about 40 planes all fixed up and ready to go, and over the weekend the airline putting the finishing touches on all the fixes.
After weeks of American Airlines having cascading delays and stalled union negotiations, the combination of which resulted in the lowest on-time arrival rate in September and which caused a sitting U.S. Senator to tweet his deep frustration, the airline decided to step things up this week. Instead of just not bringing travelers to their destinations on timewhich, while annoying, is something that airlines sometimes doAmerican was in the news for one freak safety incident after another.
The final evaluation from the Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch, published at the end of the week: "A broken-down airline for a broken-down nation." Ouch.