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How to Get Onboard an Air Canada Boeing 787 Dreamliner (and for How Much)

December 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

At this time last year, spotting a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the skies was quite the rare occurrence. But as the aircraft's teething problems have calmed and more tails roll off the factory floor, airlines are more eager than ever to welcome the efficient jet into the fold.

LAN became the first airline in the Americas to add 787s to their fleet, welcoming the aircraft back in early September 2012. United soon followed, with the title of first in North America that November. Since then, however, no other American airlines have picked up the keys to a Dreamliner.

Air Canada is about to break that dry spell as they prepare their hangars for 787s, to be delivered in spring 2014 and running test routes both domestic and transatlantic until summer. The initial regular route—Toronto to Tel Aviv—commences in July, 2014 and seats are already on sale, beginning at $1,400 roundtrip (we even found availability in all classes for July 1 on AC084).

[Update 8am December 6, 2013: Air Canada has just announced that also beginning July 1, 2014 will be nonstop flights on the 787 from Toronto to Tokyo-Haneda! This will be the only daytime flight from North American to Haneda, and the only nonstop from a Canadian airport to Haneda, which is a more convenient airport to downtown Tokyo than Narita.]

By 2019, the airline will have 37 total 787s in the skies (15 787-8 and 22 of the stretched 787-9s), so Toronto to Tel Aviv is only just the tip of the route map.

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Etihad, United, and Japan Airlines Bring This Week's New Route News

October 11, 2013 at 8:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Japan Airlines:
If you’re still looking to catch a ride aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner there’s some new options coming your way thanks to Japan Airlines. The carrier has a few of the planes, and in a couple months they’ll be sending them to some new spots. As of December 1 it looks like the plan will be to fly nonstop between Tokyo-Narita and Sydney; however, that’s not all. Just a day later—that’s December 2—the 787s will also start connecting Tokyo with Bangkok. We obviously love us some Boeing 787s, and who doesn’t enjoy Tokyo, Bangkok, or Sydney—happy booking.

· Frontier:
More flights are coming to and from New Jersey’s Trenton-Mercer Airport, as Frontier is adding some new nonstop flights to its menu of destinations. The plan is to start flying to Cincinnati and Charlotte on February 12. With these new options this bumps up Frontier’s flights to and from the airport to eleven. The other cities include spots like Atlanta, Chicago-Midway, Columbus, Orlando, Detroit, and Tampa.

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Toronto's City Airport Tunnel Finally Sees the Light

Where: Toronto, Canada
September 3, 2013 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Any frequent traveler from Newark Airport has seen the cute little prop planes of Porter Airlines on their frequent and friendly routes to Toronto’s more convenient airport—the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. It looks like flights to and from the airport might be even more fun in the near future, as the city is hard at work constructing a tunnel to whisk passengers from the airport to the city center.

Our bad for not mentioning this earlier, but we just found out about the plans for the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport pedestrian tunnel. The plan is to connect the airport on the Toronto Islands with the mainland, and the project just hit a pretty big milestone. Last week, workers finished off the hardest part of the construction, as they finally broke through—and saw the light—from one end of the tunnel to the other.

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United, Delta, and American Rule New Routes This Week

August 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· United:
Nothing is official as of yet, as United needs to wait for the necessary stamps, seals, and approvals; however, it looks like the carrier is planning to send some of its Boeing 787s to a new spot. United recently applied for permission to fly non-stop between San Francisco and Chengdu, beginning on June 9, 2014.

If things go as planned the flights will depart the United States on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and the flights would head back from China on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It’ll be a roughly a 14-hour journey—plus or a few minutes depending on whether you’re heading east or west.

· Southwest Airlines:
The booking window for Southwest Airlines has recently been extended, and with it comes some new routes news. It looks to be only seasonal service, but when you’re in dire need for some fun in the sun these options could be critical for your well being—ha. New round-trip nonstop flights will run down to Fort Myers from spots like Albany, Denver, and Kansas City—only on Saturdays. Other options included nonstop flights between Portland, Maine and Orlando, as well as Minneapolis-St. Paul and Tampa.

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Emirates, Air Canada and Volaris Lead This Week's New Routes News

August 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Air Canada:
They are already flying nonstop between Montreal and San Francisco, but things are going so well that they’re now going to do it all year long. Air Canada just announced that this city pair will be more than just a seasonal option beginning this November, as Airbus A319s will make the flight throughout the entire year. The flight times are even pretty nice too, as they don’t even stick you with an overnight flight. No redeyes on the way back from California, as the flights depart San Francisco around 8am and arrive in Montreal around 4:30pm—all times local.

· Interjet:
There was some new airplane action this week to and from Mexico City, as Interjet is on the move once again. They’re bringing the low cost carrier thing to New York City, as earlier this week nonstop flights started between Mexico City and New York-JFK. There’s plenty of competition on flights between these two cities from carriers like Aeromexico and Delta, but let’s hope that a little friendly competition brings airfare down. If JFK isn’t where you want to go, Interjet also flies nonstop to spots like Miami and San Antonio.

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Who Ever Thought a Flight Attendant Uniform Could be 'Geek Chic?'

Where: Canada
May 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yet more airline crew uniforms news! This time it comes from north of the border with Air Canada's newest little baby carrier, Rouge. Continuing the "rouge" (red) theme, the leisure carrier has launched trendy uniforms in deep reds, completing a corporate identity which will no doubt turn heads in the airport.

These duds feature the the airline's signature burgundy color with a few fun flourishes. Ladies bring a red-zippered cardigan and colorful scarf with the "R" logo pattern in reds, blue and gold (by Canadian designer Marilena Cobuzzi). Comfort is key when it comes to footwear; Vancouver shoe brand John Fluevog specially designed a heather grey, double Mary Jane with burgundy trim and soles. For primping, L'Oreal and Redken worked to provide custom makeup and grooming products.

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Seven Extra Inches! Air Canada Stretches Out with 'Premium Economy' Seats

Where: Canada
February 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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Test Your Cockpit Knowledge to Win a Day at an Air Canada Flight Simulator

Where: Canada
February 1, 2013 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Have you ever dreamed of sitting in an airplane's pilot seat?"

Air Canada isn't asking if you've ever dreamt of flying a plane, just if you want to sit in the pilot seat, which is all well and good considering they've just opened up a Facebook contest to win a day with an Air Canada instructor pilot in a flight simulator at the airline's Flight Training Center in Toronto.

To score such an awesome prize, you've got to show off some basic A320 cockpit knowledge by playing a multiple choice game called "Land Your Way."

Progress through three levels of harder and harder questions to reach the status of "Captain" and view your final score. The more points you get, the more times your name is entered into the draw to win the flight sim grand prize. Unfortunately the prize is only open to Canadian citizens, but that's not stopping you from playing the game.

[Photo: Facebook screenshot]

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Call Air Canada, Maybe?

Where: Canada
January 29, 2013 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Can there be anything more awkward than a band of flight attendants taking a break from their onboard duties to lip-sync to an over-played pop song? We thought we had heard the last of this song, maybe? But Air Canada has revived the Carly Rae Jepsen hit, Call Me, Maybe?

After some initial cringing for the first 30 seconds, our lips started curling into a cheesy grin. That's the power of the music, we guess. By the end of the song, we looked past the grainy video and bad lip-syncing and actually liked it.

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New Airline Alert: Air Canada Rouge, Flying to Cuba and Beyond in 2013

Where: Canada
December 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hey look! There's fun new airline stuff happening up in the Canada, too! Today, Air Canada makes the announcement that they're proceeding with the launch of a low-cost carrier little brother airline, to be called Air Canada rouge, a name decided through a Facebook contest. Yes, that "R" is lowercase, but we're going to uppercase it from here on out to save our sanity.

Beginning July 1, 2013, Air Canada Rouge will jet from Toronto to a variety of international destinations, some never before serviced by Air Canada itself. We're talking Venice, Edinburgh and Athens from $949 roundtrip, Cuba from $538 (roundtrip) and Jamaica, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic from $269 (one-way). These are the introductory, yay-we-will-fly-soon fares to get you all hot and bothered, and they're good for booking on aircanada.com and aircanadavacations.com until December 25, 2011.

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Air Canada, US Airways and JetBlue Do This Week's New Route Thing

November 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· US Airways:
If there’s one international destination easily accessible from the United States it’s got to be London, and it’s soon going to be even easier thanks to US Airways. The carrier is getting ready to link Charlotte with London-Heathrow, and the flying fun will be done thanks to some of the airline’s Airbus A330s.

US Airways already flies nonstop between Charlotte and London, but the flights are less convenient for some as the flights land over at London-Gatwick. We kind of have a hunch that the Gatwick flights will eventually be dropped in favor of the new Heathrow options, but for now it sounds like nothing has become official. The new flights between Charlotte and London-Heathrow are set to start this spring.

· Southwest:
Southwest isn’t quite yet ready to head south of the border, but thanks to their buddies over at AirTran they’re one step closer. It sounds like Southwest—through AirTran—has their eyes set on another international destination, and this time they’re planning to connect Denver with Los Cabos.

Nothing is official as of yet, but the airline has sent an email over to Uncle Sam asking for permission to start linking the two cities. The thing is that only a certain amount of flights can head back and forth—and they’re already at the limit. However, Southwest is kind of mad that Frontier and Republic are hogging one too many of the options, so they’re ready to add their blue-bellied planes into the mix.

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The Best Instagram Hashtag Right Now: #kicksonaplane

October 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

Now that you've hopefully gone and followed all those airlines on instagram, it's time to shake it up. Though we're not one to participate in hashtags on any social media platform, one on Instagram immediately had us hooked. Ladies and gentleman, #kicksonaplane.

For those who don't know what "kicks" are, what are you doing on Instagram? Ha--kidding (kinda). Kicks is another term for shoes, specifically sneakers or other rubber/gum soles, though it can be broadened to include all footwear. Instagrams tagged with #kicksonaplane depict the person's shoes as they are, seated and ready for takeoff on a flight.

It's like a visual representation of "I'm here, ready to go, let's do this," with the necessary little bit of showing off that touches on the personal vanity of the user and the sweet envy of the viewer, both key components in the success of Instagram.

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