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What's arriving with JetBlue's A321s:1. The "Mint" premium seats
2. "Mint" eats & treats
3. Upgrades to everything else
Bigger? For surethe A321 beats JetBlue's current fleet of A320s and E190s in size.
Better? You know itnew 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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Your next overseas flight is about to get a little bit better—even in the back—as Air France just announced that they’re spending plenty of cash to upgrade their up in the air experience. This time the upgrades and improvements aren’t just for those paying extra to sit up front, as the most recent sent of renovations are scheduled for the economy and premium economy cabins.
It looks like the carrier is prepared to fill out an oversized check in the amount of like 500 million euros, as they move forward with all kinds of enhancements. Old seating surfaces will dragged off to the curb for trash pickup, as the economy and premium economy seats will be brand new. Air France promises lighter seats—saving on that airplane fuel—as well as ones that provide head support and retractable armrests.
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Nearly two years ago American Airlines filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in US Bankruptcy Court. It was a dark time, with AA suffering from an old fleet and style that was more shabby chic than chic. In that time, the airline has managed to re-brand, take delivery of new aircraft, introduce new seats, and overall "get with the picture."
We recently took a tour through the Flagship First Class cabin onboard one of AA's new Boeing 777-300ERs and were shockedSHOCKEDat how far the airline has come with their reinvention. Although there's still a ways to go before AA makes Economy cool (a fool's errand), at least paying for First Class now yields the passengers a worthy experience.
Without further ado, the five things we're surprised to see in American Airlines First Class:
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"This Hello Kitty jet is for everyone. On it, every day is a happy day. We are spreading a message of happiness." - EVA Air's Chairman (and Captain) K.W. Chang
In 2005, EVA Air painted Hello Kitty on the side of a plane. Then they did it again in 2006. The two planes turned frowns upside-down for a few years, but went away in 2008. Then, in 2011, we showed you the return of the Hello Kitty planes, though these newest versions only flitted around Asia at the time. Now, the US finally gets in on the kawaii action as the airline debuts their first Hello Kitty Boeing 777 and a first trans-Pacific route for the cute Sanrio character: Taipei to Los Angeles.
"Other airlines only do the exterior job [of theming a plane], but we've done it all," says Chang. "We want everyone to share our world," before connecting to other Star Alliance flights and returning to their world. You've already read the 11 coolest facts about these airplanes, but see exactly what Chang is talking about in our 77 original photos of outside, inside, and all around the new 777:
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Well, you already know that the travel gods (and goddesses) weren't looking down on us when we decided to bid a few hundred dollars to attempt upgrading to a lie-flat bad for a trip across the Pacific on Air New Zealand. Perhaps the flight was just pretty full and the chances of sitting up front were slim from the beginning, but we rallied and returned with with a slightly higher bid for the last leg of our itinerary, and...we got it!
If you remember, our confirmed seat was in one of those cool spaceseats the Kiwi airline has been flying long-haul on their 777s and, while they're pretty roomy and comfy, being properly ensconced in a private pod while jetting over the ocean overnight seemed a bit more appealing. Thus, we pulled together the 'recommended' offer of $600 and, one week out, we received the email detailing the acceptance of our upgrade offer. Woohoo!
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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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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So-called "hallelujah moments" often serve as inspiration to travelers, whether it's hearing a language for the first time and deciding to study it, or meeting someone on the other side who you know will be a friend for life. For Jaunted Editor Cynthia, one such moment was something as simple as her first bump up to a better seat on a flight.
I didn't pay for the upgrade.
There were no frequent flyer miles exchanged, as I had none.
It wasn't even a result of airline status, because I didn't have that either.
Instead, my first-ever upgradefrom "World Traveller" to "World Traveller Plus" on British Airwayscame about after I shed some honest-to-goodness tears in full view of the check-in desk at Detroit-Metro Airport.
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You may want to sit down for this.
The rumored JetBlue premium lie-flat "suite" seats are very real, very adjustable, and coming to the airline's brand new A321s very soon. They'll be an option for booking before you know it, since these seats start flying the second quarter of 2014, for the JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO routes.
This may only be a peek, but it's the first peek at the real, live seats and not just that computer-generated video. More to come, of course, but it's not too soon to start licking your chops.
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Ahh, the elusive upgrade. Like a rare animal, we seek them out and hope for something more than a glimpse. The desire is to experience the cushy seats, free-flowing champagne and delicious grub. And while many airlines ask passengers to fork over a large amount of miles for an available seat in the first or business class cabin, Air New Zealand may soon be saying, "Come on down!" to you with their bidding process for passengers to fly in the lap of luxury.
In just a few days, we'll be hopping an Air NZ plane heading over the pacific and, in the course of booking our travel, figured we should splurge a little when we came across a pretty sweet deal for one of their SpaceSeats in the premium economy cabin. And then an email arrived, proposing a possible upgrade to business class.
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They're heeeeerrrrrrrreeeee! The "First Class" seats JetBlue has been dangling in front of transcontinental flyers were finally leaked, but there's still quite a long road ahead before the private suites with lie-flat seats (yes, lie-flat seats on a JetBlue plane!) take to the skies in fresh-off-the-factory-line Airbus A321s.
A video and some details were shared yesterday at the Global Business Travel Association convention in San Diego, but it looks as though December will the be possibly earliest passengers will have the privilege to plop down and prop up their feet.
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2013 has been quite the year so far for passengers at the pointy end of the plane. The new American wowed us so we hardly believed it was American Airlines at all. We were among the very few to explore British Airways’ latest First cabin on its A380. Just a few weeks ago, we drooled all over Singapore Airlines’ new First Class. And now, Cathay Pacific is ready to throw down with all of them, with its very own refreshed First Class product.
We've flown the existing First Class already, and loved it so much we wished we could have stayed in our suite, all cozy in the Shanghai Tang pajamas, for even longer than the flight. So what more is the new First Class going to bring?