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Photo Gallery: Inside the Ginormous New Star Alliance Lounge at LAX

September 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

You probably know by now that Los Angeles International Airport has lifted the veil off its billion-dollar makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. While that means improved facilities for all travelers, premium passengers on Star Alliance flights will also benefit from a gigantic new lounge complex, opening today—Wednesday, September 25.

We attended the ribbon cutting by Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab earlier this week to give you all the details on the 18,000-square-foot spread. Come in for the shower suites and the wine wall, stay for the outdoor terrace with fire pits and tarmac views.

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Bidding for an Upgrade with Air New Zealand: Part Deux

September 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

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!

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12 Years Later, Traveling on September 11 Almost Returns to Normal

September 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM | by | Comment (1)

This week, America observed the 12th Anniversary of September 11 and, as with every passing year, reflecting back on that autumn day still means a somber sadness. This year, one Jaunted contributor took to the skies on September 11, boarding three different planes in three different airports while heading overseas. These are his observations.

· First flight: Delta Connection from Cody, Wyoming to Salt Lake City
This is a small regional airport where there is only one security lane and a grand total of two different flights per day. Check-in was as per normal, but the security line was a bit longer and slower than we're used to seeing. We can't be too sure if this is due to a temporary uptick in traveler numbers or a more vigilant TSA staff for the day.

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All the Boeing 787 News You Missed Over Labor Day Weekend

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

· British Airways' 787 took off to Toronto. It flies! Well, we already knew that. They were a half-hour late in arriving, but we wouldn't have wanted an inaugural on a 787 to end early, either. Check out our gallery to see more.

· British Airways adds Austin, TX to the 787 routes. While we're on the topic of the BA 787, might as well mention that this morning held the huge announcement of a new route to come in spring 2014: London to Austin, TX. The first flight will happen in March, bringing a second international destination to Austin Airport, which currently only has over-the-border flights to Mexico.

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Air New Zealand Channels Their Inner Bob Barker and Asks for Bids on Upgrades

August 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Air New Zealand's 'Romance Class' is Not a New Type of Airline Seat

August 12, 2013 at 10:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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(Equal) Love is in the Air on Air New Zealand

July 24, 2013 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

The island nation of New Zealand Travel may have become one of the newest countries to extend marriages to same-sex couples and now the national airline has gotten in on the fun. The creative Kiwis at Air New Zealand have come up with a fabulous new way to celebrate the passing of the country's marriage equality law allowing same-sex couples to say their "I dos" in a memorable way.

Last week, the airline announced they will host a contest for gay couples to vie for the chance to wed at 30,000 feet onboard a flight from Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island to the North Island's Auckland.

Similar to contest run by SAS a few years ago, the lucky couple will get to tie the knot in the air and, just like the Scandinavian equivalent, Air NZ will set aside some seats for the winner's families to witness the nuptials. Along with memorable matrimony, the winners will also jet off to Palm Springs for a honeymoon to escape the Southern Hemisphere winter.

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Even the Airlines Celebrate the Royal Baby's On-Time Arrival

July 22, 2013 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Almost everything that's been said has been said, so here's the news plain and simple: the royal baby arrived today to parents Prince William and Kate Middleton.

While royal watchers and much of the UK catches their breath, brands are racing to express their well wishes. Of course airlines are getting in on the action, taking to Instagram and Twitter. Here's a few who've likely already sent little wooden toy airplanes to the hospital:

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See the South Pacific with Air New Zealand's Explorer Pass

June 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (2)

After showing off some of the raddest retro travel ads from the South Pacific, it's an absolute pleasure to see that Air New Zealand is making it a whole lot more affordable to wander around the islands of the region. The airline's new Explorer Pass is the best way to add on a few new destinations to your itinerary.

Exclusively for flights originating from North America, the pass allows travelers to island hop all around the South Pacific with a pricing structure similar to that of a taxi cab. Based on zones, adventurers can explore 27 destinations in domestic New Zealand, Australia, and nine South Pacific islands including Tahiti, The Cook Islands and Fiji with easy add-on fares.

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Air New Zealand Sees Their Fleet and Wants to Paint It Black

June 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Most of the time our conversations about Air New Zealand involve the awesomeness that is the in-flight sofa bed or the wackiness of their safety videos. Well this week it looks like they’re adding something else to the neato column, as they’re rolling out a brand new paintjob for some of their planes.

Out with the old and in with the new, as Air New Zealand is going with the official New Zealand Fern Mark as the decoration for the side of their planes. It’s all part of a new agreement with Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, as each group is pretty darn fond of that image as well. The silver fern will be slapped along the side of plenty of white planes, but there will be a few planes that will be painted primarily black—badass.

To start things off right, one of their very first Boeing 787s will get the black look, further solidifying the plane’s cool factor.

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Not as Lame as It Sounds: Air New Zealand Trusts Bear Grylls to Teach In-Flight Safety

February 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, the mega-creative folks behind the quirkiest airline safety videos have struck again. Air New Zealand has put up a brand new, themed video and this one is an excursion you won't forget. Bear Grylls climbs mountains and floats down raging rivers all the while showing us how to have a safe flight.

We would agree that flying can be an adventure and with Bear walking across our person television screen, we would be able to relax a bit more knowing he is looking out for us. Taking in-flight safety out of the cabin and into the rough world, the Man vs. Wild star gets his hands dirty and gallivants all over the South Island's Routeburn Track, hunting for the ancient Moa.

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Air New Zealand's New 'Koru Valet' Idea is a Little Crazy, a Little Genius

January 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Maybe a former airline CEO can wash your car?

There's no doubt that Air New Zealand is always trying to think outside the box when it comes to keeping loyal customers and creating raving fans. Now, the Kiwi airline has added even more perks for hopping on one of their planes. Something called the "Koru Valet" hit the scene several months ago and we find the benefits pretty compelling.

The Koru Valet service isn't just your traditional, "we'll park your car and take you to the terminal" kind of deal. It's a bit more and, had we a car in New Zealand and an upcoming flight, we wouldn't hesitate to use it. It goes like this: an Air New Zealand staff member parks your car super close to the terminal and then you fly off, return, and get that car back washed, serviced and with a full tank of gas. Yep, all that in one valet parking lot.

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