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Only Good News as Another Airline Announces Collaboration with Hello Kitty

Where: Japan
September 9, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Stop the presses for important breaking news. Hello Kitty is collaborating with yet another Asian airline and, for the first time, the partnership is all about featuring the cartoon girl-cat in her signature colors of pink, purple and white.

This week, Peach , the low-cost airline based at Osaka's Kansai Airport and a subsidiary of ANA, showed off the newest addition to their merchandise.

The “Revoltech Hello Kitty Peach" figurine costs 2,300 JPY ($21.65 USD) plus tax and may be found on sale at Peach's online shop, within Peach's own airside brick-and-mortar store at Osaka-Kansai Airport Terminal 2, and in select toy shop locations (see Facebook).

Peach wants you to play with this toy, instead of just look at it on a shelf. It even includes accessories:

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First! What Airline Will Claim the Inaugural Boeing 787-9 Flight?

August 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just when it seemed that front page focus on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner would peter out now that Boeing has delivered over 160 of them, the aircraft is again making headlines with the launch of a new version: the 787-9.

What that little "-9" brings is a bigger plane, as we've explained, and this week marks the introduction of the airliner to its first regularly scheduled commercial routes.

Who will have the honor of being first to fly the 787-9? The answer is figuratively up in the air, as both Air New Zealand and ANA are in a tug-of-war for the title. Let's break it down:

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Where to Find (and Fly) the Very Last Airplane Painted with Pokémon

Where: Japan
May 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a 'Hello Kitty' world now.

As Taiwan's EVA Air continues to promote their fleet of six Hello Kitty jets (5 A330s, 1 777) and Japan Airlines gets in on the action with one Kitty-fied 777, ANA is slowly saying fond farewells to their once robust fleet of Pokémon planes.

The idea to paint up an aircraft in Pikachu and other characters goes all the way back to 1992, with a contest ANA hosted to welcome children's drawings as design concepts. No plane was painted with Pokémon until 1998, however; the first was a 747 on domestic routes, which flew for 17 years before heading into retirement.

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What's the Shortest Route Flown by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner?

May 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ah, the Dreamliner, Boeing's most advanced commercial aircraft and the darling of aviation geeks. As of today, 17 airlines operate some sort of regular service with the airplane, and the upcoming release of the 787-9 with improved range will increase destination options.

Although most of the airlines put their 787s on long routes, there are some exceptions; one airline in particular takes the top prize for the shortest regular 787 route. The launch customer, Japanese airline ANA, flies the Dreamliner between Tokyo-Haneda and Toyama, a scheduled flight of approximately 40-60 minutes from take-off to landing.

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New Route News from Qatar, United, and ANA Means New Destination Ideas

April 11, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Qatar Airways:
Just last week Qatar Airways made another debut on US soil, as the carrier officially started up service to and from Philadelphia. Things started flying during the middle of last week, as Boeing 777s brought a new international option to the Philadelphia area for the first time in a long time. Nonstop flights will do their thing all the way over to the carrier’s hub in Doha, and after that there are connections available to pretty much anywhere else in the region. Qatar Airways isn’t stopping here, as they will also be heading to Miami in June. After that they will also be visiting Dallas-Ft. Worth beginning in July.

· Emirates:
A new plane is headed to Dallas-Ft. Worth later this year, as Emirates shows off what it can do flying to and from the area. As of now it’s October 1 for the very first flight, as an Airbus A380 will carry plenty of passengers between Dallas-Ft. Worth and Dubai. For those keeping count of the big bird’s capacity it will be exactly 489 passengers heading between the two countries. Emirates currently offers nonstop flights aboard some Boeing 777s, but it sounds like they need a few more seats to keep up with the demand on this route.

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ANA Hopes Free Stuff Will Help You Forget Their Boeing 747s

Where: Japan
March 31, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, it's been a good run. Today marks the end of Boeing 747 service on Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA). The double-decker Queen of the Skies first took to the skies for ANA in 1976, flying Tokyo-Sapporo and Tokyo-Fukuoka.

ANA flew 47 of the jumbos, and its 38-year career ended with a domestic flight from Naha to Tokyo-Haneda. That final aircraft will now make its funeral flight to the recyclers.

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Delta, ANA, and Southwest Lead This Week's New Routes News

December 20, 2013 at 8:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· All Nippon Airways:
Plenty of Boeing 787s are now circling around the globe, and this week is no exception with another new route announcement. The folks over at All Nippon Airways will be adding a new daily nonstop option between Tokyo-Haneda and Munich, and they’re also adding a new flight between Tokyo-Narita and Düsseldorf. It looks like the flights will take to the skies for the first time on March 30, and it will be Boeing 787s doing all of the up in the air stuff back and forth between the different cities and countries. It’s just another option to get aboard one of these new planes—and to check out some new spots—so we’re not complaining.

· Southwest Airlines:
The planes and people over at Southwest Airlines have opened up their schedule well into 2014, as flights are now bookable through June. That means there’s also some new options to check out, as the carrier has added some new flights to get you to where you need to be. Out of New York-LaGuardia Southwest will be doing the nonstop thing to new spots like Nashville, Houston-Hobby, Chicago-Midway, and Akron-Canton over in Ohio. It should be around May 11 when these flights start cruising at 35,000-feet. They’re also mixing things up down in San Diego, as Southwest Airlines will also be connecting the California coast with spots like Orlando, Seattle, New Orleans, and Portland—the one in Oregon.

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Etihad, Volaris, and Alaska Airlines Set Up Some New Routes

December 13, 2013 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Etihad Airways:
There’s some moving and shaking this week over at Etihad Airways, as the carrier is getting ready to send some more planes and people back and forth between the United States and Abu Dhabi. The only problem is that you’ll have almost an entire year to wait, as the new service will hit the skies on December 3, 2014. Boeing 777-200LRs will do the flying between Dallas/Fort Worth and Abu Dhabi. For those looking to hop aboard to join in on the journey there will be eight first-class suites, 40 business class seats—flat bed ones—and 189 spots in the back of the plane.

· Alaska Airlines:
A few new flights went up for sale this week, as Alaska Airlines is getting ready to add a few new options to their route network. Nonstop flights are being added in June of next year, as the carrier will start flying between Salt Lake City and Portland—the one in Oregon. They’re not done there either, as Salt Lake City is also getting nonstop options to spots like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose. These new options kind of coincide with some existing options offered up by Delta, so hopefully a little friendly competition leads to more affordable fares between these cities and states.

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A Tarmac Trick-or-Treat: 9 Airplanes Dressed in Halloween Costumes

October 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's just over three weeks left until Halloween and, besides getting enough snack-sized Snickers for the little trick-or-treaters ringing your doorbell, there's all the planning that needs to go into a unique costume. Luckily there are some airplanes with creative paint jobs to lend some disguise inspiration.

From wildlife to wild childs, be on the look-out for some mile-high Halloween hijinks during your next trip with these airplanes on the loose. Here are nine of our favorite planes masquerading as something else:

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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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Cheap Flights from Hawaii to Tokyo is One Goal of AirAsia Japan

Where: Japan
August 6, 2013 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s some moving and shaking in the world of low cost carriers this week, as AirAsia Japan is going under the knife for a little bit of work. They’ll still be around to whisk you off to here and there and, depending on where you want to go, their new destinations may even be more appealing than their former spots.

All Nippon Airways—ANA to their friends—are getting ready to try something new with AirAsia Japan. The new focus will be on warm and sunny destinations, as the carrier wants to do a little more travel to resort and leisure locations. Spots like Guam and Hawaii have been mentioned, but that's just the beginning of the possibilities.

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Keep Your Eyes to the Sky for Planes Painted Like Pandas and Sharks

July 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Is it a panda or an airplane? The correct answer is...it's a panda-plane! Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) may have had this special livery Boeing 767 since 2007 as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their flying to China, but this is the year the panda look really gets a workout.

Starting October 1, 2013 ANA will increase seats from Tokyo to Chengdu, China, aka the "panda capital of the world." Instead of the 737 that once serviced this route, ANA will fly it using a 767. You can expect to see this panda plane as often as possible at Chengdu's Shuangliu International Airport. Imagine being able to fly a panda plane there, stay in a panda hotel, and then visit actual pandas? Even British Airways has famously gone bonkers for Chengdu this year.

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