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Treat yourself during your next flight, as airlines are adding better beers and beverages suitable for an in-flight toast. Here’s a few of the carriers doing the microbrew thing at 35,000-feet, and their newest additions to the up in the air menu:
Delta & SweetWater Brewing Company
No offense to the Budweiser and Coors Light crew, but there’s better things brewing in Delta’s beverage cart. Last month the carrier introduced a little local flavor to their in-flight menu, as they’re offering up something from Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company. Thanks to some new canning techniques sky-high distribution is now available, and you can enjoy some 420 Extra Pale Ale on select Delta flights. These will set you back $6, but for now are limited to flights between Atlanta and New York-LaGuardia.
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Think fastBusiness Class to Europe is on sale right now, but for how much longer, who knows?
Airfares are hovering around $1,500-$1,700 for scattered dates during this summer; this is half off (at least!) the usual price of Business Class and what you'd easily pay for Economy seats during peak summer travel. United initiated the sale, but it hasn't been publicized. Reading between the lines, this means act fast. The lowest airfares come from non-hub cities, so search for departures from places like San Jose versus San Francisco, or Boston or White Plains versus New York.
We recommend paying close attention to the itinerary before booking, and trying for a routing that includes Lufthansa from Washington D.C. to Frankfurt on the new Boeing 747-8i. It showed up for us while searching Dayton to Malta!
2014 has thus far been quite the year for Delta, what with the detrimental changes to their SkyMiles frequent flyer program and an emergency landing or two, but this week has been something of a bounce back with a slew of positive news. Among the good news is the announcement that Delta is ready to give something to and not take something from economy class travelers.
Introducing Delta's sleep kits, specifically for the comfort of economy on long-haul international flights. Everyone gets an individual pack containing eyeshades and earplugs. It's very similar to JetBlue's Snooze Packs, which are handed out on red-eye transcontinental flights.
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When Delta merged with, gobbled up, or joined forces with Northwest Airlines, the carrier acquired a whole bunch of Boeing 747s. Slowly but surely things have been upgraded and updated to incorporate new levels of flying fun, and recently one of the final pieces was put into place—in-flight WiFi.
This isn’t just an option in and around the lower 48, as the in-flight WiFi on these 747s in Delta’s fleet are able to stream, download, and surf across continents and oceans. The very first flights were those heading over to Narita International Airport in Tokyo, as flights from both Los Angeles and Atlanta were able to flip the switch to this kind of up in the air connectivity.
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Next week brings good news to 35,000-feet for those looking for better beer options in the cabin, as Delta is set to bring a little Atlanta flavor right into the beverage cart.
SweetWater Brewing Company distribution has been limited to the Southeast, but now things are going sky high. One of the brewery’s best offerings—the 420 Extra Pale Ale—will be come an option up in the air aboard some Delta flights.
If live television and WiFi isn’t enough to keep you sufficiently entertained on your next flight, then how about an in-flight sales pitch? Delta is teaming up with the folks over at LinkedIn, as they’re trying their best to play business matchmaker up in the sky.
The new project is known as Delta Innovation Class, and the plan is to connect young professionals with established business leaders on trips to industry events and conferences. In theory, this will give those looking to pitch the next big thing the opportunity to do exactly that, and they might even be able to score a side of mentoring with their in-flight beverage and bag of peanuts.
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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.
Those who call Massachusetts home just got a new nonstop option this week, as Emirates is now doing its thing back and forth out of Boston’s Logan Airport. Boeing 777-200LRs will be the planes taking to the skies, as the passengers, pilots, and personnel do their thing between Dubai and Boston. Emirates will operate the flights each and every day of the week, so no need to balance your schedule to score a ride with them. For those that are interested in the specifics it’s flight 238 that departs Boston at around 11pm, and it arrives over in Dubai at around 7pm the next day, all times local.
Here’s one to add to the warm weather map, as JetBlue just announced destination number 86.
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Gone are the days when a hot meal was a complimentary part of any flying experience, so when any in-flight menu changes make the headlines, we get a little giddy. Here, for easy digestion, is a round-up of the latest in airline food news:
· Virgin America wanted their passenger's thoughts on the new First Class ice cream served in their swanky premium cabins, so they took to Twitter for a final decision. Designed specifically for the airline by San Fransisco-based ice creamery Humphry Slocombe, three unique flavors now complement Virgin America's existing Tahitian vanilla. Either Red Hot Banana (banana ice cream with Red Hot candies), Butter By Moodlight (buttery with a blueberry glaze) or Coconut Blonde Ambition (vanilla marshmallow fluff meets lemon sorbet) will make it the trays for transcontinental flyers.
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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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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.
We hate to ruin the surprise in advance of your next flight with Delta, but we have to tell you that the airline has another great safety video. We imagine that the holiday video from late last year has run its course, and this new one even features the updated rules and regulations about keeping those electronic doodads on and operating during takeoff and landing.
This time Delta is going back in the time machine, as they plan a visit—and a tribute—to all things 1980s. It looks like things were uploaded to YouTube just yesterday, and we’re hoping that things are also added into the seatback screen as soon as possible.
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It seems like just the other day that Delta’s final DC-9 flight took to the skies, and now the plane has already found a place to spend its retirement years. For those that are sad without DC-9s zipping across the sky here at home, you can now pay your old pal a visit at the aviation museum over in Charlotte.
One of Delta’s DC-9s is now a resident at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, and it will be doing its best to make friends with the other airplanes that call the place home. Another famous resident is the US Airways' Airbus that did the impossible during the “Miracle on the Hudson” incident.