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Cheers! These 13 Airlines Aren't Afraid to Pour the Good Champagne

January 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | ()

Just because the confetti is cleaned up, Auld Lang Syne is retired in your iTunes playlist, and your outfit from New Year's Eve is at the dry-cleaners doesn't mean we still can't talk about one of the best parts of ringing in a new year: a champagne toast! Since 'popping bottles' is for such special occasions, we can't think of a better way to sip some bubbles than when on a plane heading for a new destination.

While some airlines have a knack for feeding passengers fine food like lobster and caviar, there are thankfully more still taking sparkling wines just as serious. If your 2014 travel plans include flights in First or Business Class on the following carriers, be sure to reach for that PDB (pre-departure beverage) and ask for a flute of these fine pours:

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Leading the New Route News are Air Canada, LAN, and Hainan Airlines

December 6, 2013 at 8:51 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.

· Air Canada:
It’s been a long time coming, but Air Canada is finally going to score its very first Boeing 787s once 2014 rolls around. Things seem to finally be on scheduled for delivery, and if all goes according to plan the new planes will be hitting the hangar as soon as March. If you’re eager to fly in one of these new planes it looks like Air Canada is planning to introduce them on nonstop flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv and Toronto and Tokyo-Haneda. Both flights are scheduled to take to the skies on July 1, but before then they’ll be testing out all the buttons, switches, and whatnot on the new toy—probably even flying it domestically between Toronto and Montreal and on a few transatlantics.

· LAN:
So you’re in Aruba enjoying the sun and the sand, but then you start thinking that somewhere else might be nice to visit. Just head over to LAN Airlines’ website, as they’ve got an option that you might enjoy. This week they started up new nonstop service between Bogotá—in Colombia—and Aruba. Things took off earlier this week, and the planes and people will head back and forth on Mondays and Thursdays. Airbus A320s are in charge with the flying, of course with some help from the pilots, and it’ll be a quick flight with only roughly 500 miles between the destinations.

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New Routes News from British Airways, United, and Alaska Airlines

September 6, 2013 at 9:14 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.

· British Airways:
In case you missed it earlier there was some big news for the residents of Austin this week, as British Airways announced that they’re bringing nonstop flights to London from Austin–Bergstrom International Airport. The flights will be operated with some of the carrier’s Boeing 787s beginning in March of next year. This is going to be the airport’s first regularly scheduled flight across the pond, so it’s quite a slice of awesome for those who call the area home.

· United:
A couple new options this week from the folks over at United, as they look to connect to a pair of new spots across North America. The carrier is now flying back and forth between Chicago-O’Hare and Saskatoon, but that’s not the only option. United is also getting ready to send planes and people between Washington-Dulles and Quebec City. Unfortunately, the new options will be served by some less than comfy regional jets—E145s from ExpressJet to be specific.

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Hainan, Brussels Airlines and Frontier Lead This Week's New Route News

February 1, 2013 at 8:03 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.

· Brussels Airlines:
If you’re still thinking about heading across the pond this summer it might be time to finally make a decision, as Brussels Airlines just announced that they’re starting up some brand new nonstop flights between Washington Dulles International Airport and Brussels Airport.

The flights are set to start up for the first time on June 18, so this is pretty much perfect for your summer holiday over in Europe. Airbus A330s will be doing the heavy lifting across the Atlantic, as the flights are scheduled to head back and forth five times per week. There’s solid in-flight entertainment across both cabins, and if you upgrade to business class you’ll even score yourself a fully flat bed—as your seat. Finally, the carrier is part of the Star Alliance, so feel free to cash in some of those United MileagePlus frequent flyer miles.

· Spirit Airlines:
They must be doing something correctly over at Spirit Airlines, as it seems like they’re always stealing a spot in our new route roundup. This week they’re at it again, as they’re looking to connect Las Vegas with Baltimore.

The new flights are set to take to the skies as soon as April 25, and the plan is to fly them back and forth each and every day of the week. Flights head out of Baltimore around 7:30pm and are scheduled to arrive over in Las Vegas at around 9:30pm—all times local. Heading out of Sin City en route to Charm City it’s going to be a redeye flight leaving at just before midnight and arriving back on the east coast at 7:20am.

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The Nose Knows a Good Airline Pilot?

Where: China
November 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM | by | ()

In some of the more bizarre airline news we've come across, Hainan Airlines has begun the recruitment of a whole crew of fresh pilots to take their planes, including their Dreamliners, up into the sky. That's not the bizarre part. A crucial step in the recruitment process is a body-odor check. Yep, a recruiter smells the pits of potential pilots; boy, that's the pits.

After an extensive assessment process of technical skills and personality interviews, the flight deck hopefuls have to get their underarms smelled for potential offensive body odor. Since the airline's pilots do interact with passengers, it makes sense to ensure that no interaction turns sour because of a little foul smell. A recruiter has even noted the parallel to the on-the-job duties by saying, "If they can keep their cool in this test, they aren't going to sweat in the cockpit."

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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner: Who's Got It and Who Desperately Wants It

September 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM | by | ()

As we type this very sentence, Air India flies at cruising altitude on the long journey that will take their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner all the way from South Carolina to New Delhi.

And yet it seems like only yesterday we were perched atop the Future of Flight Center in Everett, WA, in the early morning cold and mist, as the absolute very first Dreamliner was delivered, to Japanese carrier ANA. In fairness it's been a solid year since then and while five airlines now boast Boeing 787s in their fleets, there's a whole slew more champing at the bit to get their mitts on the sleek plane.

Let's review who's got it and who wants it, shall we?

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If You Haven't Flown 'Em, They're New to You

June 9, 2008 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

We're a bit embarrassed to admit that today was the first we'd ever heard of Hainan Airlines. We're clearly behind the times on this one, as the carrier is China's fourth-largest and the country's biggest privately-owned airline.

Hainan is now making its first flights to America, with four-times-a-week service between Seattle and Beijing, giving you another non-stop option between the US and the Olympics. (Don't get your hopes up, though: Hainan doesn't use the new Terminal 3.)

For now, Hainan is flying Airbus A330s, but once Boeing finally rolls out the Dreamliner, you'll be able to fly SEA-PEK in carbon fiber bliss.

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