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Watch Emirates Break the Record for World's Shortest A380 Flight

July 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)


Emirates' EK857 & EK858 are currently the world's shortest Airbus A380 flights at 1 hour, 25 minutes and 1 hour, respectively. They travel between Dubai, UAE to Kuwait City, Kuwait, a route which saw the Boeing 777 up until mid-July, when the superjumbo took over and this video was made on the inaugural.

The switch to the A380 coincides with Emirates' 25th Anniversary of service to Kuwait, so the video concludes with all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds such a milestone.

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Ever Wonder What Frankfurt Airport Would Look Like as a Star Wars Location?

July 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

This was posted to YouTube last week, it swept through reddit three days ago, it landed at Laughing Squid on Monday, and on AdWeek later that day. We're only bringing it to you now and, for that, we apologize.

YouTube user Frank Wunderlich says he was flying back from the United States into Germany's Frankfurt Airport when he discovered that "the biggest german airport plays a key role as an imperial starport in the new episode" of Star Wars. Since most people can't really visualize what that means - even though the new Star Wars movie is kind of a big deal, and people have been sort of talking about the series in general for a while - he went ahead and posted the video we've embedded below.

The video - which he titled "Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!" - is now inching toward 5 million views on YouTube. Because the Internet is kind of magic that way.

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Video Interlude: A Lip-Synced Layover at Las Vegas Airport

June 11, 2014 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

All by myself from Richard Dunn on Vimeo.

A long layover at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport is a common occurrence, but far less common is making a mini-film out of it. Traveler Richard Dunn recently found himself passing a night at LAS, and decided to have a little fun with his iPhone, shooting a lip-synced version of Celine Dion's "All By Myself."

The 5-minute, 20-second video is something of a de facto ode to Las Vegas, in that it features Celine Dion, McCarran Airport, and the thrill of entertainment in Sin City. Of course "anything," in this case, involves turning an average passenger into a music video superstar, which is what is happening on the internet as the video has been trending in popularity since yesterday.

Alas, frolicking in a nearly empty airport during the late hours isn't an original idea; a duo made a brief video (below) inside Dallas-Ft Worth Airport during a similarly boring stretch of pre-flight waiting.

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Expedia Sees a Trip to Paris as the Answer to Life's Problems

Where: Paris, France
June 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

A few years ago Google published an ad about finding love in Paris, which ended with a guy...well, finding love in Paris. The purpose of the spot was to highlight all of the different things you can find by using the search engine (information, flights, locations) and it was widely acknowledged as a successful bit of advertising that left everybody with a nice, pleasant feeling.

This new video that just came out from Expedia Mexico is the opposite of that. We're not saying that it doesn't work—it definitely makes us want to travel to France, as France-themed travel advertising ought to do—but it's not exactly designed to generate warm fuzzies. Crushing regret is closer to what this commercial seems to be aiming for.

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How Australia is Marketing Itself as One Big, Gourmet Restaurant

Where: Australia
June 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Some destination ad campaigns can be brilliant in doing their job to inspire travel, while others are simply awful. Luckily for Tourism Australia, they've decided to go in a different direction from that full-frontal kangaroo, in favor of the country's delicious food and wine.

Themed as "Restaurant Australia," the 3-minute commercial equates the country to one big restaurant. The menu is the journey, with obligatory shots of Sydney Harbour, Melbourne's Laneways, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef interspersed with glossy close-ups of glorious seafood, sippable vintages and, of course, tender Aussie lamb, all set to a powerful soundtrack by Aboriginal musician, Dewayne Everettsmith.

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Bill Murray Gives the Best Advice

May 28, 2014 at 1:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a well-known fact that actor Bill Murray can turn up anywhere, at anytime, inject your life with a dash of sage-like wisdom, and then disappear back into the world like some kind of burly fairy godmother. Events like these happen with such delightful randomness and frequency that there's a website devoted to tales of Bill Murray encounters.

One such appearance occurred this week, at a bachelor party in Charleston, WV. Murray is caught on video (posted on Deadspin) sharing his tip for deciding whether or not marriage is the right choice in a relationship. As you can guess from the fact we're talking about it, Bill's focus is on travel companionship.

You can watch the video above to get it straight from Murray's mouth, or see the quote below.

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Delta Doesn't Disappoint with Their Funniest Safety Video Yet

May 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Delta really wants your attention, please. Their newest in-flight safety video seeks to grab and hold your eyeballs through the important informational aspects of the flight, while giving your imagination enough candy to delight.

They've been changing it up so often recently that it's almost as if Delta is a safety video production company with a flying habit, versus the other way around. Delta's 1980s-theme safety video hasn't even been in use for six months yet, and the airline is promising yet another video to follow next week.

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Sin City 'Celebs' Star in New Airport Security Videos

May 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

You might just be smiling on your next trip out of Las Vegas, and it will have nothing to do with all the money you won — ‘cause we all know that’s unlikely. Some of the city's most well known celebrities, entertainers, and performers have teamed up to make a few cutesy little videos, as it’s all in the spirit of getting travelers through airport security quickly and efficiently.

Folks like Louie Armstrong, Carrot Top, and the Blue Man Group are all some of the featured acts, as airport officials hope that this kind of “Only in Vegas” approach will speed things up while at the same time having a little bit of fun.

Check out the video above, have yourself a chuckle, and remember not to make jokes when in the line to meet and greet the TSA—it’s not funny.

[Photo/Video: YouTube]

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Why Air Canada's Boeing 787 Dreamliner Campaign Will Make You Misty-Eyed

May 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Canada is psyched.

Why? Well, simply because they've finally received a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to call their very own—their first 787 landed in Toronto on Sunday, fresh from Boeing—and the campaign to promote it is one of the most endearing airline projects yet.

It begins with Air Canada's 787 slogan, "Everything You Dreamed Of," and continues to slick promises like, "All Jet. No Lag."

Beyond the snazzy photos of interiors and that icy blue livery, however, we're most in love with a touching video series introducing the aircraft with a sentimentality that's so delightfully Canadian.

Air Canada has 37 Dreamliners on order, and an incredible 15 of them will hit the skies come this autumn, with the full lot delivered by 2019.

In the above "Born to Fly" video, the experience of such a technologically advanced aircraft is paired with the journey of one Air Canada 787 First Officer to his spot in the right seat. With it, Air Canada is answering a question we always find ourselves asking those lucky enough to sit up front in a brand new airplane: "where did this passion of yours originate?"

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Why an Airline Now Holds a Record for 'Highest Ever Theatrical Performance'

April 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Airlines are known for backing all sorts of arts, from Broadway musicals to flashmobs. Leading the charge towards an officially recognized "Shakespeare Day" is easyJet, who've spent this week going above and beyond in honor of the bard.

First, easyJet put their EasyJet Airbus A319 repainted with Shakespeare's portrait and named "Romeo Alpha Juliet" (even though the tail number is G-EZBI) on their London - Verona route for the April 23rd departure.

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Video Interlude: Nothing is Sweeter Than These Two Old Ladies on Their First Flight

April 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

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. Remember—neither 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.

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Video Interlude: Leave It to Red Bull to Produce an Epic Sky Dive

March 31, 2014 at 11:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to sports, Red Bull isn't one to do things by halves...or even wholes. No, Red Bull has to go fully over-the-top, even when it comes to sky diving. In fact, especially when it comes to sky diving; who can forget 2012's Stratos space jump?

More recently, Red Bull's been back at it with a glider-to-glider sky jump.

We're not going to spoil all the fun, but you've gotta watch the 2.5-minute video of the stunt (embedded below), which involves some vertiginous views, upside-down flying, and heart-pounding moments (even though you're just sitting at a screen, watching).

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