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There’s plenty of blue, white, and red, as we learn from some fashionable French folks that the seatbelt will do more than just protect us from bumps and turbulence—it will also elegantly highlight our waistline.
The jokes are subtle and stylish along with the whole video, and we’re thinking that Air France has a hit on their hands with this one. They even remind us what is chic (not smoking) and what is trendy (turning your electronic devices to airplane mode).
The statistical sensation—Nate Silver—has covered things like baseball and elections, but now he is turning his attention and the FiveThirtyEight blog toward the timing of flights.
The blog—now part of the ESPN empire—has run the numbers on millions of routes and options, as their goal is to provide you with the fastest way to get from here to there. They take a number of factors into consideration thanks to numbers from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, as they search to discover the flights that will avoid the most delays.
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If you were to ask us what commercial airplane we'd want as our own private jet and the Concorde wasn't an option, we'd have to go with a swingin' 747 with a groovy livery much like that of Austin Powers'. Something about an airplane forgoing the safe, corporate color of a white fuselage to rock a rainbow speaks to us, but sadly that 747 is fictional and only a computer-generated graphic.
It seems the closest the average traveler will get to a funkadelic airplane is on the groovy Bombardier CSeries airliners of Malaysia's new low-coast airline, flymojo.
The announcement of the new airline was made this week in Langkawi, as flymojo will not only be the first airline to fly the new single-aisle CSeries planes (of 100-149 seats onboard) in Southeast Asia, but it will also be the only airline based out of both Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu, with routes planned to other ASEAN countries.
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Just the other day United was on our radar, as the airline was talking about the newest additions and what not to their United Club menu—like pita chips. Now they are back once again, as United is trying out some new ideas when it comes to the boarding area.
Over at Chicago-O’Hare the carrier is changing things up within Terminal 1, as gates B4, B8, and B10 are getting the new look. Stuff like new seating areas, mood lighting, more power outlets, and even gate agent podiums are all part of the new look. We’d imagine it’s been decades since any thought or design has been put into the boarding area over at United, so we’re thinking that change is a good thing.
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Can you hear it? That buzzing sound in your ears is the noise of hundreds of thousands of companies busily working on their Apple Watch apps.
Yesterday's formal reveal in San Francisco of the Apple Watch, as well as an updated Macbook, detailed the various version of the watches and the in-store release date of April 24. This means companies, including airlines and travel brands who are up on their technology, have little more than one month to develop their apps. .
Always happy to shout "FIRST!!!!!!" is Air New Zealand, who've already issued a release with the news that their app is done and ready to go, meaning they'll be the first airline with an Apple Watch app unless others join them on release day in April. Air New Zealand CIO Julia Raue says the airline’s developers visited Apple in California during the development of the app, so they mean business.
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New technology should allow for in-flight WiFi to and from spots across the Caribbean as well as Latin America, so now there will be no need to logoff while on the way to a little sun and sand. It’s all because Delta—and their buddies at Gogo—are switching from an air-to-ground connectivity system to one based more on satellites.
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The planes and people over at Alaska Airlines have been doing something similar for years, but now Delta will give it a go as well. The airline is testing out some kind of baggage guarantee, as they look to "upgrade" the traveling process for their passengers.
Basically checked bags are supposed to arrive onto the baggage carrousel within twenty minutes—for domestic flights. If they don’t then the airline will hand out 2,500 miles for the inconvenience. So twenty minutes for your bag or 2,500 miles—it’s simple enough. The guarantee is in trial mode thought the end of March.
For much of the nifty fifty it’s cold, cold, and more cold—along with a side of snow. So now is as good of a time as ever to embrace the winter weather and hit the slopes. Sure it’s costly between the lift tickets, transportation, and to rent all that gear; however, Alaska Airlines has a little bit of a program that might save you from cracking open that piggy bank in search of coins and cash.
It’s as simple as trading in your Alaska Airlines boarding pass in exchange for a lift ticket, and the airline has partnered with a number of mountains and resorts to allow travelers to ski for free. Some mountains just provide a discount while others offer up complimentary access to the slopes, but understandably you’re probably going to need to bring some funds to rent skis—assuming you didn’t bring yours with you.
We have been on the lookout for the northern lights for years, and thankfully we had a couple successful run-ins with the wonderful phenomenon. Now it might just be a little bit easier thanks to the folks over at Icelandair, as they’re pretty much guaranteeing a sighting on your next trip. That is—as long as you’re satisfied with an artificial airplane version.
Earlier this month Icelandair launched an airplane with a new aurora borealis-themed look that they’re calling the Hekla Aurora. The plane has special interior mood lighting to simulate things on the inside, and outside of the Boeing 757 there’s a new livery celebrating the beauty of the northern lights.
We recognize that we’re probably a little bit greedy when it comes to our in-flight entertainment needs. First there were movies—maybe just on one screen—but soon we wanted more choices, our own screens, and maybe even some live television as well. We moved onto WiFi as well, but apparently the traveling public is looking for more and more when it comes to up in the air distractions.
Thankfully higher education has heard our complaints, as online courses are the latest option to be streaming at 35,000-feet. JetBlue was one of the first carriers to kick things off, as late last year they started offering excerpted streaming lectures and learning from the folks over at Coursera—think business classes, music lessons, and other academic awesomeness.
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Way, way back in 2010, a Jaunted writer asked the question, as part of a rant, "US Airways, do they still even exist?"
Five years later and we can only answer that with "well, kinda."
The airline known as US Airways continues to merge with American Airlines and flew its final 767-200 revenue flight yesterday, from Philadelphia to Charlotte. This is but the first of many lasts for US Airways, and indeed we've already seen US Airways planes fully painted in the #newAmerican colors out on the tarmac.
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Do you or a loved one suffer from triskaidekaphobia? (The fancy seven-syllable word means a fear of Friday the 13th.) Traditionally feared as a day of misfortunes, the panic extends to air travel causing Friday the 13th to be one of the cheapest days to fly.
"It is fascinating to see just how much the concern caused by Friday 13th is affecting consumer travel behavior," KAYAK Managing Director Annie Wilson told the Daily Mail. "The savvier option is to put aside superstition and snap up a bargain flight while others are battening down the hatches."
We totally get that the number 13 is considered unlucky; it’s why many hotels intentionally leave out a 13th floor. Even Winston Churchill allegedly refused to sit in row 13 on an airplane--and he was a seemingly rational human being. But would it stop us from traveling? Highly unlikely. Mishaps can happen at any time, any place. A mystical date on the calendar sure isn’t going to dictate our luck.
Are you flying this Friday? Did you get a noticeably better fare for booking your flight on Friday the 13th? Are you taking any superstitious pre-flight precautions? We want to know.