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The flight will go four times a week via a CA817/8 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and on the wings of a Boeing 777-300ER every Saturday. According to the release, the flight departs Washington at 16:35 local time and arrives at 18:15 Beijing time the following day. The return flight leaves Beijing at 13:00 and arrives in Washington at 14:35 local time.
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It’s time to stay connected high in the sky with yet another carrier, as this week there’s a buzz around El Al and their plans to install the necessary bits and pieces to support a little in-flight WiFi.
To start things will just be an option on the carrier’s shorter flights in and around Europe, as they are partnering up with the folks over at ViaSat to get things done. Boeing 737s will be the first to be hooked up with Exede in-flight internet, so be sure to fully charge all your electronic gadgets prior to heading off to the airport.
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Above: James' final leg, from Dubai to Sydney
24 hours ago, BBC Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May set off from London-Heathrow Airport with a final destination of Sydney, Australia. They flew on separate planes through different layover airports, and their arrival times were to be within thirty minutes of each other despite the incredibly huge distance traveled. The trip evolved into a Top Gear Live challenge, with the usual jokes and competitive spirit of a regular Top Gear challenge, except that it all occurred over Twitter.
Well, now that the guys have completed their #RacetoSydney journey and are on the ground Down Under, it's time to name the winner.
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UPDATE: The race has concluded, nearly 24 hours after it began. Check out who won, and how some twists made it a real nail-biter.
The sun has set for tonight in London, but it's already a bright new day over in Sydney. The miles and time zones between the two world capitals are many, and right now they're the focus of a new, live Top Gear race, as presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May challenge each other to be the first to zip across the globe and touch down at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith International Airport.
Both are traveling on commercial flightsJeremy's onboard Singapore Airlines SQ321 to Singapore and James is on Emirates EK6 to Dubaiand both on Airbus A380s for all legs. They're also due to share their travels on Twitter thanks to the magic of in-flight wifi, but only Jeremy seems to have gotten the hang of using the network onboard his flight, which is currently chasing James' flight across Germany.
But is this race really for BBC's Top Gear? All signs point to yes, as Jeremy notes that it is a "Top Gear race," and the video of their announcing it (posted below), was uploaded to a "Top Gear Live" channel. There's a hashtag, of course: #RacetoSydney.
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We’re sure you had your fill of celebrities and famous people with this weekend’s Academy Awards and whatnot, but if you’re looking for more then American Airlines has you covered. The carrier just launched their latest advertising campaign, and they’re playing up the good ol’ days.
Selling the idea that “the legend is back,” American Airlines is offering up the memory of yesteryear. They’re showing off what a transcontinental flight used to be, but at the same time giving a glimpse into what it’s like right now. Famous faces from the big screen, like Grace Kelly and Gregory Peck, are paired up with modern celeb flyers, like Julianna Margulies and Neil Patrick Harris.
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United might not have been the first one to introduce in-flight WiFi, but they are trying to lead the way with faster speeds and better tray table connectivity. Just the other day they flipped the switch on some of this technology, so your next flight just might be that much better.
The newest United technology kind of takes a page from what JetBlue has been doing, as the bits and pieces of up in the air technology rely on ViaSat-1 satellite stuff. That means way faster speeds, and a lot more in-flight streaming of Netflix and Hulu—at least in theory.
First Class amenity kits are big collector's items, no doubt. Do a little search on eBay and you'll see what we mean (some kits, like the Rimowa cases, commend $75 each!), but lately a flood of United kits has hit the market.
Available for customers in United BusinessFirst on long-haul international flights departing from the United States, collectable tins highlight each of United's eight North America hubs. The contents include a toothbrush/toothpaste, eye mask, earplugs, comb, pen, purell wipe, tissues, and some Philosophy skincare products of minuscule size.
Since these are only being handed out through this month, United obviously has some backstock to unload as they've begun legitimately selling them on the United online store.
At this point we have to assume that airline safety videos are in production pretty much all the time, as it seems that each and every week another airline is revealing their creative take on getting the message out. This week it’s Virgin Atlantic and their safety film. It’s their animated take on things, and it pays tribute to plenty of past themes and ideas from your favorite movies.
You might need to head to the break room for a second cup of coffee this morning before you watch the whole thing, as this video clocks in at almost a solid six minutes in length. We think this is the first major update to the carrier’s pre-flight safety announcements in over a decade, and we’ve got to say they did a good job.
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When we first heard the news that Delta would be changing its frequent flyer program to reduce the value of discount fares, we said aloud, "Do airlines ever make decisions with the good of the customer in mind?" From the other side of the room, someone said, "Yup... the high-paying ones!"
No truer words have ever been spoken. We've been very critical of airports who seem to forget about the budget traveler when they redevelop and add amenities, but this takes things to a whole new level. Delta's announcement is heard loud and clear: It doesn't want no stinkin', cheap-o travelers.
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We might just be spreading rumors at this point, but we figure that’s it better to share the message anyway. We’ve seen a couple mentions of this across frequent flyer forums and other travel blogs, and it sounds like United is getting ready to crack down on its carry-on baggage rules starting on March 1. Things aren’t necessarily changing at all, but the carrier is actually just going to start enforcing them as they are written.
One has not arrived in our inbox as of yet, but United has been sending out reminder emails to its customers notifying them of these carry-on rules and regulations. The fun is scheduled to start on March 1, so if you have plans to travel aboard United anytime soon you might want to double-check that bag—or be prepared to check it.
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Last week we got pretty excited about United's news to bring some 787 Dreamliners across the Equator for the long trip from Los Angeles to Melbourne, beginning in fall 2014. While this won't mark the first flight from SoCal to Australia's cultural capital, it is the first for the US airline; United used to first stop in Sydney, then hit the sky again to Melbourne.
If MileagePlus isn't your preferred loyalty program, there are plenty of other options to hop on the nearly 16-hour flight down under. In fact, there are two other airlines running here nonstop from the US, making that long way over the Pacific.
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Even with all the bells, whistles, and other accessories to check out aboard an Airbus A380 there’s always the chance for a little bit of boredom—especially on a long-haul flight. Thankfully Thai Airways is aware of our limited attention span, and they just flipped the switch on their in-flight connectivity.
In-flight WiFi is now an option on some of the carrier’s long distance journeys, as their A380 fleet is now equipped with the ability to access the internet in all its social media glory. Joining the A380s with the new technology are also some of the carrier’s A330 fleet, as the necessary bits and pieces needed for this kind of connectivity should be good-to-go on these planes as well.