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We’re here to remind you that just because the weather is starting to get a little cooler, it doesn’t at all mean that fun trips to Europe have to wait. That’s especially the case for Amsterdam, as a new tourism video has us yearning for a visit in any season.
Their latest ad lets travelers know that everything hip is from Holland, and it looks like the whole thing was shot with liberal application of instagram filters. From bicycles and townhouses to "quirky hipster stuff"—their words not ours—the city has it all.
Late September through November is a lovely time to form any excuse to hop over for a long weekend over in Europe. Perhaps this is that excuse.
[Photo / Video: visitholland]
[Photo / Video: visitholland]
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This has been a week of ups and downs on social media for British Airways. After sailing on positive press for their new A380 and 787 aircraft, a hit came in the form of a single promoted tweet bashing their luggage handling. More on that later.
For now, we return to their bright and shiny planes new to the tarmac, both of which will take to the skies on their inaugural routes within 30 days of each other. In fact, the 787 already has set up and out on its route from London to Toronto, but it's the London to Newark route inaugural on October 1 that'll be the real trophy. To prepare for this and the September 24 start of the A380's service between Los Angeles and London, BA is launching a fresh ad campaign, first debuted this morning on social media channels.
When the term North Pole is thrown around, images of polar bears, icebergs, snow, and sometimes even Santa come to mind. Now you may add a lake to all that imagery of northernmost point of planet Earth.
The folks up at North Pole Environmental Observatory are tasked with ensuring that the frozen-tundra ecosystem is monitored appropriately. This scientific body is chock full of environmental experts who closely watch the happenings of the top of Earth and, this season, they've witnessed a lot of action for an area that has few visitors; this action might have a ripple effect on those of us that live a bit closer to the Equator.
The "airplane mode" debate is always a hot topic, and we admit to "forgetting" to turn our electronics all the way off during takeoff and landing, but until there are definitive answers instead of a "we don't know so just ban it all" attitude, travel-savvy passengers will take the electronic interference warnings with a grain of salt.
College Humor recently put their talents to work on a short skit as a nice social commentary on the divisive issue. It's definitely a cute clip until the flight attendant overacts the last minute. Sidenote: you may want to turn down your volume or risk everyone hearing the f-bombs yelled by the FA. One quick spoiler before the video (posted below) is our favorite quote:
So you're saying a $90 million dollar aircraft can't ignore the signal from my $40 iPod Shuffle? That's weird.
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The creative minds behind some of Air New Zealand's most entertaining in-flight videos have struck again. This time there are no Hobbits or flight attendants in merely body-paint or disco dancing Richard Simmons for that matter. This video features the (very touching) 'love story' of a Chinese couple and cleverly compares the act of falling in love with staying safe between take off and landing.
Starring Weibo, Chinese Twitter, icons, Molly Wang and Solo Zhuang, the video documents the pair going through a proper courtship that will not only ensure safety at 36,000 feet, but prevent some bumps and bruises along the rocky road of love. From helping each other with their seatbelts and an oxygen-depleting first kiss, the couple navigates around pitfalls of a mile-high romance.
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Airports have a long and happy history with Flashmobs, from holiday jigs to entire epics. Just when you think every possible airport flashmob has already been done, along comes Dublin Airport and a host of Celtic dancers to perform a Riverdance-style step routine in the main atrium.
Granted, it is a planned and organized performance so it's less of a "flashmob" and more of a surprise performance, but still it's pretty neat. All in all, the DUB dancers were an international cast of over 60 of the world's leading Irish Dancers, representing 11 different countries.
This occasion actually served two purposes. For one, it was entertainment for weary travelers and for another, it was an ad for "Take the Floor," a dance show happening at Dublin's Helix Theatre from August 9.
[Photo & video: Dublin Airport]
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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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Today's Tuesday and, since we've successfully started another week, it's time to celebrate with a cool video. We could come up with a cutesy series like Tilt-shift or Time-Lapse Tuesday, but whatever we call it, the result is the same: a vid with lots of planes! This time around, it's SWISS' time-lapse romp of happy planes taking off and landing on a sunny morning at Zurich International Airport.
As expected, the video is filled with "pluses," both literally and figuratively. The first plus is watching planes of all shapes and sizes zip by the camera lens on their way to a gate or a new destination. Filmed with tilt-shift capabilities, the aircraft look as if they're all part of a tiny, model airport and make us feel as though we're kids again.
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Starting next February, British Airways is planing to bring one of their newest birds down to Johannesburg, so it makes sense to build some excitement around the news of a new A380 route. We're not talking about painting London cabs like safari animals or dishing up biltong on every BA flight (although that would be cool); this one involves a little man versus machine action.
The newest advertisement from the airline features South African rugby player, Bryan Habana, challenging the super jumbo to a race in the hopes that they'll discover which finely tuned machine is faster. The 100 meter race takes place on a runway (of course) and has the sportsman racing the Airbus from a dead stop. Although Habana slows to a stop, obviously the super-jumbo rotates to complete a takeoff.
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While scrolling through Buzzfeed, like we do, we came across this picture gallery describing a tiny island just off Japan's main coast called "Bunny Island." Yes. The Japanese have an entire island where tourists can interact with wild yet tame fluffy rabbits that so overrun the area that it's reasonable to call the place "Bunny Island." Because of course Japan has that.
The island is technically named "Rabbit Island" - Okunoshima - and it has kind of a dark past. During World War II it was used to produce chemical weapons which the Japanese turned against the Chinese. Over six kilotons of mustard gas and tear gas were produced at a chemical weapons facility built on the island. As the war wound down, evidence of the project was largely destroyed or covered up. Today the island is a pristine park with a resort hotel, clear swimmable water, a golf course, and bunnies.
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There's no hiding the fact we are really excited for Disney's newest animated feature, Planes; after all, it is about planes! Valuable life-lessons, star-studded voice-overs and cute talking airplanes, what more can you ask for?
The creative minds at Disney have drawn up Rochelle, a spitfire little racing plane determined to win any race she enters. Acting as the heroine of the story, she is painted pink, hails from Quebec, and voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Here's the twist, she is only French-Canadian for the North American release of the movie and will take on different names and sport a different paint job in different countries. For example, in the Russian release she's red, white and blue and in Australia and New Zealand, she is the Aussie 'Shiela' with a kangaroo painted near her tail.
Nice and settled on the flight then all of a sudden you smell something off, look to your side and... WTF pic.twitter.com/Rg85ufGokD— Gareth Emery (@garethemery) July 21, 2013
July is coming to close and what a month it's been for air travel. Aside from the airplane news of the Ethiopian 787 fire, the Southwest nose gear fail and who can forget Asiana 214, there's also been some incidents inside aircraft. Thankfully, the incidents of which we speak of mostly etiquette offenses, rather than anything illegal, but there's nightmares nonetheless.
First up is the above tweet and photo, from musician Gareth Emery. Just when you think everyone knows not to force feet into the personal space of other fliers, a pair of stinky soles shows up at your elbow. Notice how they've crept through the curtain separating Economy class to prop up on the armrests in Business.