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Toast a Fond Farewell to Portland's Iconic Airport Carpet with Its Own Beer

February 18, 2015 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

The saga of the "PDX carpet" continues this week, with good news and bad news for the many worldwide fans of the flooring at Portland, Oregon's airport. The beloved carpet—a design based on the airport's runways and Pacific Northwest heritage—was originally installed in the 1980s and, this week, is being torn out and replaced.

Since our last update only little more than a month ago, the number of Instagrams tagged with #PDXcarpet has grown from 26,000 to 35,000.

The bad news is that the carpet is still saying sayonara, and the removal hit full speed at the end of January. The good news is the Portland Port Authority has finally figured out a way to get squares of the classic design to the adoring public, via a lottery system. KOIN has all the details, including how to subscribe to email updates on every step of the carpet's removal and repurposing process. Intense!

That's not all. There's also a PDX carpet beer!

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Oh Lei! Hawaiian Airlines is Spiffing Up Its Premier Club Lounges

February 6, 2015 at 10:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Leaving Hawaii is never easy, but at least your time at the airport might be that much more enjoyable thanks to the folks over at Hawaiian Airlines. They’ve always had a few lounges here and there across the island airports, but now they’re spending some cash to spiff them up for both tourists and locals alike.

All in all they’re upgrading and improving six of their Premier Club lounges, but up first was the one over at Honolulu International Airport—and it’s now open for business. Think the usual lounge offerings like free WiFi, plenty of power outlets, and free snacks and beverages.

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DFW Airport, the Gateway to BBQ and Beer, is Now Trying to Get Healthy

February 4, 2015 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just the other week we told you where to get beer, bourbon and barbecue when visiting Forth Worth. But should you overindulge in all that BBB goodness, you'll be happy to know that the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will help you get back on your diet with their new, "Healthy + Happy" promotion. (Side note: Uh, should Walgreens be concerned here about this name?)

Airport officials have worked with restaurants in and around the terminals, and as a result each and every one of DFW’s more than 150 restaurants now features at least one low-cal, low-fat, or some other low-this or free-of-that menu selection. Think stuff like oatmeal bowls with fresh fruit, roasted corn and lime tacos, veggie wraps, and plenty of egg whites for those breakfast sandwiches.

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Beijing Comes to Chicago at The United Terminal at O'Hare

January 27, 2015 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

The United Terminal at Chicago O’Hare International Airport just got a little artsier.

“City Windows,” a permanent art installation has been unveiled near gate B19, It was created by Chinese artist Qiao Xiaoguang and it’s pretty awesome. So awesome, it might not make us so pissed off to fly United anymore.

The ancient art of Chinese paper cutting was used to create a panorama of iconic images from Chicago and Beijing. The images highlight landmarks like Navy Pier and the Willis Tower in Chicago, and Tiananmen Square and the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. The display symbolizes the deep friendship and cultural and business connections between Chicago and China, and can also be viewed from outside the airport when approaching the terminal.

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Photo Gallery: Frankfurt Airport's Terrific Tarmac Tour

January 27, 2015 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been the subject of many awesome time-lapse videos and even a Star Wars fan fiction-style mini production, but Frankfurt International Airport is pretty great at offering live access via their Airport Tour by Bus.

Called the Flughafen Rundfahrt in German, the tours depart from the pre-security area of Frankfurt's Terminal 1 (level 0, Airport City Mall) and go through security (no airline ticket needed) to join up with a bus for an airside drive all along aircraft at gates, at hard stands, on the Cargo apron, in maintenance hangars, and of course on the runway.

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JFK's Newest Terminal Is One You May Never See

January 19, 2015 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

The newest terminal at New York’s JFK is one you might never see, as it will be specifically designed to help out and handle all the animals traveling through the airport.

Cleverly named The ARK at JFK, the air cargo facility will take up around 178,000 square feet and will cost just shy of $50 million to construct.

According to The Horse—your guide to equine health care—ARK Development and Racebrook Capital are the folks behind the venture, as they promise a state-of-the-art animal handling facility right at the airport. In a way it’ll be the first of its kind, as the place will be the first privately own facility like this—responsible for providing 24-hour airport quarantine for the import and export of critters like horses, livestock, birds, and pets.

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The 6 Must-Sees Inside Doha's $16 Billion Hamad International Airport

Where: Doha, Qatar
January 15, 2015 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fly from the US to Europe with a layover in the Middle East? How about a long-haul from Europe to Australia with a lunch of Arabic mezze in Qatar? This is the (near) future envisioned by the brand new, superlative city that is Hamad International Airport-DOH in Doha, Qatar.

The numbers behind the $16 billion(!!) project are appropriately gigantic; DOH can handle 8,700 passengers per hour, and has the space and infrastructure to see 50 million passengers annually through 65 gates once all phases are finished. 60% of the land the airport is built on was reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf, and in all that space passengers will find 22,000 sq m of retail, 15,000 sq m of dining, and a gobsmacking 80,000 sq m dedicated to the 16 lounges within the airport.

A simple layover may not be enough to fully enjoy all of Hamad International Airport, so we’ve done the legwork to name the highlights:

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People are Freaking Out Over the Final Departure of Portland's Airport Carpet

January 9, 2015 at 11:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: There are over 26,000 Instagams tagged #PDXcarpet.

Not-so-fun fact: The cult-favorite carpet inspiring such photo documentation is making its final departure this month, as Portland International Airport in Oregon lays down a fresh rug with an updated design.

The APEX blog discovered that the new look, due to be installed mid-January, doesn't stray far from the original scheme of the beloved original design. That original, installed in the 1980s, was an "abstract representation of the airport’s runways and aircraft"; the newer design expands upon this, to evoke “organic and man-made shapes found within the surrounding areas of PDX, including airplane wings, runways, leaves, trails, and waterways.”

So what will happen to the 13 acres of graphic funkiness that is the famous PDX carpet? The NY Times hints that actual squares of the rug will be given away:

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Indianapolis' New Claim to Fame? It's Now Home to the World's Largest Airport Solar Farm

December 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sure the international airports are where it’s at, but we really need to stay here at home and finally check out the offerings over at Indianapolis International Airport. All we hear is good things, and of course they now have robots!

Known as the IND Solar Farm, the panels and people have just completed the second phase. All in all there’s 86 acres of solar powered fun, and spread across all that area are over 32,000 sun tracking panels. This might not be something worth planning a layover around, but it sure is something that allows for some good airport bragging rights.

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Where to Find Each and Every Vino Volo Airport Location

December 19, 2014 at 6:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

The holiday travel season is in full swing, and that means the uncertainty of a layover, an inconvenience, or just some generalized airport anxiety. That’s where alcohol comes into the picture! We’re kidding of course, but a nice glass of wine at the airport never seems to make things worse.

Better than a dingy airport bar is a classy and clean wine bar, and you can’t get much better than Vino Volo. It also certainly doesn’t hurt that they have plenty of locations at airports around the globe, and that they offer up free WiFi along with some light bites to eat. So whether it’s a chardonnay or some merlot to go – here’s where to find each and every airport location of Vino Volo:

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Why the Best Buy 'Geek Squad' is on the Scene at Chicago-O'Hare

December 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

If your electronics and mobile doodads aren’t behaving this holiday season there’s a new way to get things repaired and fix while on the go. Best Buy is sending their Geek Squad unit into the airport, as the brave women and men will be stationed at Chicago-O’Hare for the next few weeks.

When your phone just isn’t keeping up its end of the bargain make your way over to Terminal 3 near the Concourse H food court. There you’ll find the Geek Squad, and that’s where they will be providing tech support for free through December 23.

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Sydney Airport Doubles Your Pleasure with a Double Debut of Airline Lounges

December 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Flying through Sydney Kingsford-Smith's International terminal isn't always a pleasant departure, seeing as you're probably looking at 8-13 hours on a plane. Thus, those pre-departure hours are key for both relaxation and business, and the airport is finally upping its game in those areas with the debut of two completely new lounges.

Open as of yesterday, SYD welcomes its own American Express Centurion Lounge—which we recently called "the best $50 we've ever spent at an airport"—and a SkyTeam lounge.

Here's what you need to know about accessing and enjoying either:

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