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The Days of This Qantas Business Class Seat are Numbered

Where: Australia
May 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM | by | Comment (1)

What you see above is the original Qantas “Skybed,” the angled flat seats which are still found on the airline’s Airbus A330s and which we experienced on a recent flight from Bangkok to Sydney. They wont be around for much longer though, as an improved business class seat—fully flat, and all seats with aisle access—is being rolled out from the end of this year.

While we had a pretty good flight on this overnight sector, and spent most of it stretched out in our window seat trying to get some sleep, we’ll be looking forward to the refurb for a number of reasons. We’ll give you a quick rundown of what things are like today, and what you can expect going forward:

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On a Virgin Australia Turboprop, the Last Row is First

May 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

When flying Economy on a narrow-body aircraft, we usually aim to sit as far forward as possible. Most importantly, this move generally gets you served first and off the plane first after landing. And there's the added bonus of minimizing the number of rows in front of you, which makes the cabin feel less crowded compared to a sea of heads between your seat and the cockpit.

That strategy might work in the majority of cases, but here is one example where it didn’t. On a recent hop from Sydney to the Australian capital of Canberra, our aircraft was a Virgin Australia ATR72-600 Turboprop. The only aircraft doors (which incorporate steps, private jet-style) are actually at the back, just behind the last row (17). We originally had a seat near the front, but were asked while already on the plane to move to row 15, which worked out just fine.

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This Could Be the Best Passenger-to-Passenger Note Ever

May 16, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

In an airline reality where people prefer not to talk to one another, the high-school-esk idea of conversing via note exchange has captured many an imagination. "Note wars" are nothing new between airline passengers, even ones that turn out not to be true.

A few months ago, we gave you some advice on how to be less annoying on your next flight. One of our suggestions was to look behind you before reclining your seat, to show respect for whoever is sitting behind you. The latest newsworthy note to make waves on the Internet humorously tackles this exact issue in the form of a "Knee Defender Courtesy Card." Check out this gem that was reportedly handed to a passenger by the person sitting behind them:

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Flight Review: Air Berlin Looking Much Better with New A330s

May 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we reviewed a flight from JFK to Berlin via Air Berlin a few summers ago, we thought they still had some work to do after joining the One World Alliance. The planes were a bit outdated at the time, but the carrier has since added new A330s and lie-flat business class seats to its fleet for long-haul routes.

Last week, we flew the airline from Chicago to Berlin, riding in economy class one way and business class the other. It was good to see that most of the problems previously reported in economy have been solved thanks to a spruced-up interior cabin with individual entertainment systems. Unlike last time, there was plenty of content (movies, TV, music) to keep our attention, free headphones, and several free alcoholic beverages before and during dinner service.

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Pick Your Seatmate Via Facebook on South African Airways

May 13, 2014 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it come to selecting an economy seat for a flight, there is a very limited platform on which you can base your decision. There are two decisions to make: Aisle or middle, and front or back. Other than that, it's a blind decision, most notably in terms of who ends up being your seatmate. The classic complaint always revolves around an annoying seatmate who talks your ear off all flight, but is this only because we typically sit next to people with whom we have nothing in common?

South African Airways thinks so, and is launching a new feature called Social Check-In to help people select their seats based on common interests with other passengers. The concept is pretty simple. When you check in online, you can choose to share select Facebook details, such as your interests or upcoming events, which are then available for other passengers to see when they are selecting their seats. Passengers can then vet the value of empty seats by evaluating who is occupying the ones adjacent to it.

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Which Award-Winning Airplane Concept of the Future Do You Like Best?

April 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The annual Crystal Cabin Awards, a competition that strives for excellence in futuristic aircraft interior innovation and design, took place this week in Hamburg, Germany. There were seven categories in total: Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment; Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts; Material & Components; Passenger Comfort Hardware; Passenger Comfort Systems; Premium Class & VIP; and University.

The full list of winners is still trickling out, but we're zoning in on the concepts that are aimed at directly benefiting the future passenger - aka, us. Below, we take a look at a few of the winning ideas. None are guaranteed to appear in the consumer realm anytime soon, but they serve as reasonable prototypes for what we might see down the road. Which are you most excited about?

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Why American Airlines' Big 777 Announcement is Awesome for All Passengers

April 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week in Hamburg, Germany, airlines and media are happily schmoozing during the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, and you know what happens when airline executives mix with international journalists? Hands are shaked, cocktails are quaffed, and big announcements are made.

American Airlines was nearly first out of the gate with a doozy of a news drop, that they'll be retrofitting their entire 777 fleet to new Business Class and Main Cabin seats. Previously, only AA's brand new Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A321Ts boasted these best seats in the fleet, but this news means the bulk of AA's international service on 777-200s will soon join the fun.

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A Quick Peek Inside Japan Airlines' Newest Business Class Cabin

Where: Japan
March 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, Japan Airlines launched their new business class cabin, but it's only just now beginning to take to the skies. And while we always get pretty excited for flat-bed seats, we're even more excited to announce these newly outfitted birds are bringing their bells and whistles to US routes.

Japan Airlines seeks to tick all the boxes for travelers hoping to cross the Pacific in comfort. The seats are aubergine-hued, lie-flat, with dual mode mattresses, large entertainment systems, direct aisle access for each, and lots of nooks and crannies to store your stuff.

A roaming Jaunted associate got lucky and scored the new cabin on a recent flight from Chicago-O'Hare to Tokyo-Narita; he was left quite impressed with the entire seat and comfort of the cabin. He only took a few photos, but here they are.

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Hawaiian Airlines Debuts Premium Economy for as Low as $60 an 'Upgrade'

February 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

After a couple of in-flight Mai Tai beverages you might need a little bit extra room to stretch out and relax, and thankfully that’s now a possibility aboard Hawaiian Airlines. The carrier is jumping on the pay-to-play system when it comes to increased legroom seating, and now these options are officially up for sale to passengers.

You still might need to wait a few months before testing things out, but you can now at least pay a little extra for them and guarantee that they will be available for your flight later this year. These Extra Comfort economy seats will be first available on the carrier’s Airbus A330 fleet, and you are now welcome to select these better seats right on the airline’s website. Travel on or after August 1 is an option as of now, so you might want to delay that vacation until that time.

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Air New Zealand's SkyCouch is On The Move to China

Where: China
January 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (3)

An idea from Air New Zealand that practically revolutionized economy class travel is now being licensed out to different airlines to tempt flyers to book long-haul flights. China Airlines liked the kiwi airline's SkyCouch so much, they arranged to have it on its newest planes.

China Airlines, the first airline to agree to (what we can only imagine) a hefty licensing price-tag, will now include the roomy row of economy seats to its newest delivery of 777-300ERs. The keys to these new birds should be handed over by September of this year, so if you've got plans to spend some time in the air over the Pacific on one of these planes, you might get lucky.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Book JetBlue Mint Seats Between JFK and LAX

November 17, 2013 at 7:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Big news today, as the sold out JetBlue Mint premium seats are once again up for grabs.

Previously JetBlue flights were only available for booking through June, 2014. Today, however, the schedule opens up further for flights through September 2, 2014. This means more Mint seats to go around, on JetBlue's nonstop routes between New York-JFK and Los Angeles-LAX from $499 each way (or 29,100 TrueBlue points), and includes "Even More Speed" preferred security lane access.

As a refresher, check out our three-part series on what's new at JetBlue, including all the Mint details and even fresh perks coming to Economy:

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A First Look at KLM's New World Business Class, Taking Off on 747s

November 13, 2013 at 10:38 AM | by | Comment (1)

The Dutch are good at many things—making cheese and growing tulips would be traditional examples, but a much more modern one is their ability to provide a good lay.

Wait a second. We’re not talking about Amsterdam’s infamous red light district; shift focus across the city to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and the KLM aircraft buzzing around it, where passengers are now enjoying a good lay…all the way back in lie-flat seats. It’s here you’ll find the current palette for Dutch talent, in the features and service of KLM’s brand new World Business Class.

Where once buying a Business Class ticket on KLM meant reclining just enough for a comfortable nap, it’s now all about the lie-flat bed and a proper snooze. In fact, some 70% of business class used to be awake for the full, hot breakfast before arrival; the new seats mean more sleeping in, however, and the uptake on breakfast is down to 20%. We’re living proof of this; we drooled in deep sleep and awoke to the farmland of Holland, with only enough time before landing to scarf down a cinnamon roll.

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