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The Worst Part of Flying on a Cape Air Cessna is Admitting Your True Weight

April 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM | by | ()

Last week, Jaunted contributor Christine headed down to the US Virgin Islands in a plane smaller than any she had ever been in before. This is her story.

Those who travel around the Caribbean often think nothing of boarding an island-hopping flight on a Cessna 402, but as a first timer I would be lying if I didn't admit the experience was a little daunting.

As I waited at the Cape Air counter in San Juan International Airport, my initial fear of flying from here to St. Croix in the tiny plane was quickly replaced by the pulse-quickening realization that passengers were required to provide their weight. This must be said aloud in front of a line of fellow travelers. Of course, I shaved 7 pounds off of my real weight, which earned me a double-take and an eye roll from the Cape Air attendant checking me in. I silently wondered if she had once worked summers guessing weights at an amusement park kiosk.

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Copa, Spirit Airlines and Frontier are Ready for Plenty of New Routes

January 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

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.

· Copa Airlines:
For those who call Boston home—or can get to the airport easily—there’s some big new route news this week thanks our buddies over at Copa Airlines. They’re getting ready to fill up the tanks on one of the area’s first nonstop flights into Latin America, as the plan is to connect Boston with Panama City—that’s Tocumen International Airport to be specific. It sounds like July 10 will be the first day that things start heading back and forth, as Boeing 737s will do their best to zip through the air during the five and a half hour flight. With connections available in Panama to pretty much anywhere in the region, this is some good new route news.

· easyJet:
If you’re thinking about flying into Russia, it’s unlikely that the first carrier that comes to mind is easyJet. However, you better readjust your expectations, as they’re the latest carrier planning to head to and from Moscow-Domodedovo. The low cost carrier is doing their thing between London-Gatwick and Moscow beginning on March 18, and the tickets recently went up for sale. Starting off the flights will be a daily option, but after a month or so things will be bumped up to a couple times per day. We checked out prices through their site, and we saw some one-ways for as little as $86—nice.

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It's Hawaiian Airlines, Volaris and Cape Air with New Routes This Week

June 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

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.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
It seems like Hawaiian Airlines is adding new routes at a pretty quick rate, and it’s not just between the islands and the mainland either. They’ve got plenty of international routes, and now it sounds like they’re ready to add one more. Hawaiian Airlines is sending some more planes down under, as the plan is to link Honolulu with Brisbane beginning on November 27.

The flights will do their thing three times per week in the fall, and all the flying fun will be aboard the carrier’s Boeing 767-300ERs. They’re actually the only airline based in the nifty fifty to offer nonstop service over to Brisbane, which is good news if you need to add a stop on your around-the-world itinerary.

· British Airways:
So this might not exactly be a new route announcement, as British Airways flies between Phoenix and London pretty darn regularly. However, the frequency of the route is getting a little bit of an upgrade. Just in time for the holiday season, the back and forth flights will become a daily option beginning in December.

Boeing 747s do the hefty lifting between the two cities, so there’s always a chance that you could sweet talk your way to the upper deck. Obviously visiting London this summer to check out the Olympics would be quite a score, but if not, it’s good to know there will be plenty of flights connecting these two cities after the games have run their course.

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Nantucket on a Budget: Getting There by Air

June 19, 2012 at 10:50 AM | by | ()

Cape Air Cessna 402Cs parked at ACK

Welcome to summer! Let's talk island, hm? We just got back from a spur-of-the-moment trip to the notoriously expensive Nantucket and this week we'll share with you all the awesome, not-so-spendy stuff we loved on the sandy bit of land off the cost of Massachusetts. Pack your Nantucket Reds, your Sperry Topsiders and an argyle cardigan (or four) to drape around your shoulders, and away we go!

Part One: Getting There.

When was the last time you paid less for a flight than for the car service to the airport? For us, the answer is this last weekend. Here's what happened:

JetBlue had an online airfare sale a month or so ago, as they are wont to do. We spotted $35 one-way tickets from New York-JFK to either Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. We chose Nantucket simply because it's a little further away. Traveling on a Wednesday and returning on a Saturday, we paid a TOTAL of $73.50—the line-item, gosh-darn truth straight from our AMEX statement—in a world where calling car service just to drive one-way to JFK costs $80.

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Start the Week with Some Sweet Airport Rush Hour Time-Lapse Video

June 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM | by | ()

In case the coffee hasn't kick in yet, let us remind you that it's Monday. This isn't just any Monday, however; it's the final Monday of spring 2012. This Wednesday, June 20, the Summer Solstice hits and though we'll have more on that soon, we wanted to start off the week and end the season in style, in our favorite way: with a time-lapse airport video!

The above video, from YouTube user BostonAirborne, gives a sense of what it is to watch "rush hour" at Boston-Logan International. Filmed from Bayswater, aka the BOS plane spotter hotspot, the video captures the majority of the major US carriers patiently lining up for their go at the departure runway.

Keep your eye out for the few teeny tiny Cape Air Cessnas, who'll be popping up in other stories on Jaunted this week as we look at summer travel to Nantucket!

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Wish You Were Here: The Whaling Museum of Nantucket

June 14, 2012 at 6:22 PM | by | ()

Scrimshaw from the "Susan" on a whale tooth

What a lunch break! Today, while the sun burned away the grey clouds that had been hovering over Nantucket, we headed into the Whaling Museum to learn exactly why the word "sperm" plays such a huge rule in the history of this tiny island off the coast of Massachusetts.

The answer? Sperm whales and their spermaceti oil, which was used in lighting and candle-making, literally fueled both the development and industrial boom of Nantucket, setting the maritime foundations for history tourism. Have you read Herman Melville's Moby Dick? If so, then you're already well aware of one of the biggest events to feature in Nantucket's timeline: the sinking of the Essex, a Nantucket whaleship rammed by a nearly 90-foot sperm whale in the South Seas. The real-life tragedy of the Essex inspired Melville's fictional Pequod and her captain, Ahab.

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US Airways, Cape Air, and a Double Dose of Delta are This Week's New Routes

January 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM | by | ()

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.

· Delta:
If you’re looking to get outside Providence—ha, we’re so funny—Delta is the airline that can help you out. Rhode Islanders looking to depart from TF Green will now have more options in 2011. There’s three new daily flights to Washington National Airport, but that’s not where the new routes end. Connect anywhere in Delta’s network thanks to additional service to both Detroit and Minneapolis. It’s not as exciting as a new transatlantic option from the airport, but with a connection in Detroit, all of Asia is only one-stop away.

· Cape Air:
We have to admit we thought that Cape Air was all about flying to warm weather New England destinations like Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, but they’ve got plenty of other places to visit. Last month the airline increased its number of destinations by adding new flights to Missouri, Maine, and even Anguilla. Unfortunately the British West Indies flights are only available from Puerto Rico, so we hope we didn’t excite those from Maine looking for a winter escape. Augusta, Maine and Boston are now connected as well as Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and St. Louis—sure beats driving!

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