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One Airline Wants to Track Their Gate Agents' Every Move

Where: Japan
July 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | Comment (1)

We have been there and you probably have been too, as there’s that situation when it’s time to go and you can’t find the gate agent. Well one airline wants to ensure it’s aware of the gate agents’ location at all times, as they’re hooking them up to a little bit of a tracking device.

Japan Airlines is teaming up with Nomura Research Institute to show off what they can do with an iBeacon and a smart watch. The test run is already underway, as they’re trying things out over at Tokyo-Haneda within Domestic Terminal 1.

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Celebrate the Season with New Routes From American, Air Canada, JAL, and More

November 29, 2013 at 8:53 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.

· Air Canada Rouge:
The budget arm of Air Canada has decided that its customers need access to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios all year long, as it is now going to fly down to Orlando even more frequently. Air Canada Rouge will start flying between Orlando and Toronto throughout the entire year, and it will also boost the service even further—adding two more daily flights—between the middle of December and the end of April next year. Airbus A319s will be responsible for taking to the skies, but you will be responsible for finding a deal on theme park tickets.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
We can all agree that Hawaii is a great place to check out, but we certainly can’t complain about continuing on towards somewhere else instead of returning home. Thanks to Hawaiian Airlines that’s an option, as tickets are now on sale for its new route between Honolulu and Beijing. This is the carrier’s first destination in mainland China, as Airbus A330s are expected to hit the skies on April 16, 2014. The route is still awaiting some necessary government approval paperwork and what not, but if tickets are already being sent out, it’s probably a pretty safe bet to go through. Flights will run thrice per week—enjoy.

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A Bikini-less Flight Attendant Calendar Hits the Stands for 2014

September 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Flight attendant calendars don't exactly have the best reputation. Despite the presence of attendants on flights for the safety of passengers, sexualizing them is all too common, even decades past the hotpants of retro Southwest.

While Ryanair continues their bikini calendars and Aeroflot goes fully nude, there's one airline still keeping buttons buttoned.

After a hiatus, Japan Airlines is reintroducing a cabin attendant calendar for 2014. Each month features a female crew member, sometimes with and something without an airplane, but always clothed (in new uniforms introduced this year!) and always smiling.

JALflyer finds that the calendars are only for sale in Japan at select bookstores or via the in-flight shopping magazine for 945 JPY ($9.62) each. Keep an eye to eBay!

[Images of past calendars: JAL]

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Airlines Get Hip to Family-friendly Flying with Onboard Nannies and Lactation Stations

September 5, 2013 at 10:02 AM | by | Comment (1)

After the recent news that more airlines are creating "child-free zones" in their aircraft, we are excited to announce something to actually benefit families. Etihad now has plans to train 500 of the airline's cabin crew as childcare specialists to act as "onboard nannies" for long-haul flights.

The Flying Nannies will be on hand to keep kiddies entertained throughout a long flight by serving meals earlier to ease into nap time, and filling milk bottles and offering snacks for the next leg of transiting passengers. If the kids just won't get some shut-eye, the attendants trained in the "gentle art of distraction" will use straws, stickers and cardboard teaching origami techniques. If you think all of that sounds fun, sock puppet kits are on the arts and crafts list too, but calm down as they are only for kids.

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In-flight Fast Food: Japan Airlines Adds a 'Teriyaki Egg Burger' to the Menu

Where: Japan
February 21, 2013 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like just the other day we were talking about Colonel Sanders and his finger lickin' good adventure at 35,000-feet. As a quick reminder, the fast food giant KFC sent some of their famous fried chicken up into the friendly skies, as they partnered with Japan Airlines to add a little fried fun into their in-flight menu. Now it looks like the carrier is reaching out into the fast food community once again, as they’re looking to serve up some mile high burgers.

This isn’t the first time, either; it's actually the third time Japan Airlines is collaborating with MOS Burger. It’s just the latest installment in the carrier’s Air Series in-flight meal service, and now all you need is to smuggle on a side of fries.

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Colonel Sanders Joins the Mile High Club with Fried Chicken on Japan Airlines

Where: Japan
December 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last year we saw Japan Airlines develop a taste for junk food, offering Mos Burger on select long-haul flights from Japan. Now the airline will be getting into the festive holiday mood with some KFC meal boxes for US routes, including Dreamliner flights.

Passengers flying from Tokyo-Narita in economy and premium economy will have the option for some original recipe fried chicken on the second service. The specially designed meal box will feature a drumstick, breast filet, coleslaw and lettuce leaves. The folks of KFC have even created an exclusive flatbread for the Air Kentucky Fried Chicken menu.

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Duty-Free Shopping Must-Haves: Souvenirs and Keepsakes

September 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're anything like us, you probably think that the in-flight duty-free shopping catalog can eat up a good chunk of time on long-haul international flights and provide a few giggles or unique gift ideas. This week, we'll dive into the pages of some favorite airline shopping magazines and highlight our picks for the just-can't-live-without items.

When browsing an in-flight shopping magazine and flipping past all of the pages of meh watches and perfumes, you may be missing plenty of amazing finds that make for great souvenirs (if only to show that you were actually thinking of your friends and family while away). Many catalogs actually have some items that rival what can be found in typical tourist shops, so let's explore a few:

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New Seats and New Interiors Bring the New Plane Smell Back to Japan Airlines

Where: Japan
August 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Over in the hangars at Japan Airlines there may just be a little airplane jealousy, especially as some of the carrier’s older planes check out the new looks of those Boeing 787s. In order to ensure they're still on big happy family, it sounds like JAL is sending some of their older planes in for a little bit of a refurb and refresh.

New seats are coming to their entire fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs, as the airline hopes to keep things cutting edge and comfortable across all different cabins of service. They’re planning to reveal a few more details next month, as well as some of the dining delicacies that you’ll be able to enjoy from the comfort of your seat.

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Five Airlines Flying Special-Edition Olympic Airplanes

July 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week marks the moment most of us have been waiting for after the city announcement came in 2005. This Friday, London will be on center stage as it hosts the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Thousands of athletes from nations all over the world have already been converging on the British city, clogging up the airports with their gear bags.

It very common for the Olympics host country to give their national flag carrying airline a new paint job advertising the world's largest sporting event. We have already talked about what British Airways have done to some of their metal, but it is worth another mention, as well as a highlight of what other airlines are getting in on the Olympic spirit.

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Surf at 35,000 Feet All the Way to Japan Thanks to JAL and ANA

Where: Japan
June 28, 2012 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not too long ago in-flight WiFi was limited to a few airlines, on a few routes, and only in a few countries. Sure, things were going well at 35,000' at home in the nifty fifty, but when it was time to take one of those long-haul flights the wireless options were few and far between. It seems like the airlines have really picked up the pace over the last 12 months or so, and now it looks like Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways are the latest carriers to invest a little cash in connectivity.

Up first is Japan Airlines, as they’ve already figured out plenty of the details—including pricing. The first planes to receive the JAL Sky system will be some of their Boeing 777-300ERs, and, if all goes according to plan, passengers flying between Tokyo-Narita and New York-JFK will be surfing the ‘net at as soon as July 15.

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Hawaii, Paraguay and Singapore Star in This Week's New Routes

June 15, 2012 at 8:43 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.

· American Airlines:
Thinking about visiting Paraguay? We kind of weren’t either, but now we are thanks to some news out of the American Airlines camp. The carrier is planning to start up the first nonstop option between the nifty fifty and Paraguay beginning later this year. The plan is to link Miami with Asuncion beginning on November 15, which is perfect for skipping the turkey here at home and checking out a slice of South America. Boeing 757s will be doing the flying four times per week, and we’re sure that there will be plenty who will be pumped over the lack of a flight connection. Just don’t expect any crazy introductory fares, as we’re thinking the convenience comes with a price.

· Japan Airlines:
Looks like the Boeing 787 is coming to a new city within the United States, and all the flying fun is on schedule to begin on December 2. We knew Japan Airlines was planning to connect San Diego with Tokyo-Narita, but we just weren’t sure when the pilots and planes were going to start heading back and forth. This is the airport’s first nonstop option over to Asia, and the plan is to run the flights four times per week. Flights will do their thing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, but if all goes well the flights might just become a daily option in 2013.

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The 787 Dreamliner is on the Move to Moscow, Beijing and Tokyo

May 9, 2012 at 9:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that some of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliners are flying around the globe, it seems that there’s been quite an increase in new route news. Japan Airlines and ANA already have their planes, but it’s JAL that’s getting ready for some new routes and destinations.

They’re already flying the first 787 back and forth to the United States—Boston to be specific—but the airline is not stopping there. Dreamliners started heading back and forth between Tokyo-Haneda and Beijing earlier this week, and it sounds like that route will continue with the new 787 service for quite some time.

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