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Just in time for the southern summer, there's an ultimate travel contest for anyone with more stamps in their passport than Facebook friends. Since the Antarctic is no ordinary place, it calls for no ordinary assignment. Air New Zealand and National Geographic have teamed up to find the world's most adventurous traveler to call the South Pole home for a little while, with the goal of bringing environmentalism to the forefront for rest of the world.
As one of the most fragile places on earth, Antarctica is home to not only a lot of ice and penguins, but a handful of research stations to expand knowledge of the frozen continent. The lucky winner of the Air NZ contest will work side-by-side with a few scientists and National Geographic photographer, Jason Edwards at one of these stations. The winner will learn about environmental issues hurting our planet's southern most ice mass and, ultimately, the rest of earth.
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We already told you how we scored a $600 last-minute upgrade on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Auckland, so of course we want to share. Along with our super cushy mattress-covered lie-flat seat, we weren't left hungry on the 13-hour flight over the Pacific.
If you've been lucky enough to visit the island nation of New Zealand, you know they take their food (and wine) very serious. It's no different at altitude, as Air NZ have tapped celebrity chef Peter Gordon to design their in-flight menu for business class passengers.
We heard Qantas was doing something like this, and now Air New Zealand is joining in on the fun. The carrier is getting ready to start some new flights over to Antarctica, but these planes will actually be landing on the snow and ice. These flights won’t just be for sightseeing, as Air New Zealand wants to determine how feasible it is to run flights to and from Antarctica.
The thought is that scientists and researchers need to get to Antarctica, so it makes sense for Air New Zealand to get them there. Usually the Air Force takes care of these flights, but soon you might just be ordering a nice refreshing selection from the beverage cart before coming in for a landing.
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The masters of creative and humorous in-flight safety videos have struck again with another brilliant take on maintaining well-being during flight and in the event of an emergency. We've seen Air New Zealand use nude cabin crew, cartoons, and even hobbits, but this time they've recruited Betty White to help us remember to fasten our seatbelts and point out the emergency exits.
The Golden Girl is featured in the airline's latest vid, titled "Safety Old School Style," as some Air NZ cabin crew help passengers with all the basics. Betty gets a little backup from some other "folks that have been there and done that," including The Love Boat's most famous cruise ship captain, Gavin McCloud.
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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.
The smaller jets are on the move this week, as Delta is building upon their route network in both Seattle and San Francisco. New nonstops will begin between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and San Francisco International Airport, as Delta starts six new daily options beginning at the end of March. Eventually—like around June 5—the flights will be bumped up to seven daily flights. The always comfortable and cozy Bombardier CRJ700s and CRJ900s will be in charge of the flying fun, and the flights should have first class cabins along with some up in the air WiFi.
· Air Astana:
New flights news for those over in Kazakhstan, as Air Astana is getting ready to start up some new flights. The new flight will head over to London-Heathrow beginning on October 29. This is an upgrade to the existing options, as round-trip flights will now run thrice weekly between Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom. Boeing 757s will be used on these flights, with a few spots up front in business class and way more spots in economy.
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Hopping between club nights around the world, international DJ Max Graham is seemingly always up in the air and plugged in. Still, evolving travel technology means encountering new features every so often. Here, he shares his impression of a first flight using using streaming entertainment to a personal device:
I recently booked myself on Virgin Australia from Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia to Brisbane, Australia in order to join two other DJs for a four gig Oz tour. About two days before the flight I got an email from Virgin Australia informing me that my upcoming flight had their “wireless entertainment system” and that I should do three things to use it: download their app, activate the app before I fly, and make sure my device is fully charged (no power onboard, I guessed).
So i did just that, grabbed the free app for my iPhone from the app store and fired it up for a quick registration process. Once my travel day arrived and I boarded the plane, it really could'nt have been much easier. I joined their onboard signal, launched the app, and was immediately presented with options titled Watch, Listen, Information, etc, and further segmented into categories for Movies, TV Series, Music Videos, and more.
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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 todayWednesday, 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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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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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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· 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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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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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.