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Icelandair aires Björk. Norwegian Air Shuttle plays unpronounceable Scandinavian artists like Röyksopp. And Hawaiian Airlines leaves passengers with some soothing ukulele. In-flight music sets the tone for an entire journey. While boarding your flight, would you rather hear some overly dramatic piano cover of Asia’s "Heat of the Moment" like it’s 1982, or bounce to the addictive electronic beats of The XX?
We decided to examine the music on various US airlines. Who has the best tunes? To decide, we considered criteria like modernity, tempo, mood setting capabilities, variety — and number of piano or glee club cover songs.
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Just last month we were celebrating the greatness that is JetBlue and their version of in-flight WiFi — or as they like to call it, Fly-Fi. The basic Fly-Fi plans are free, and it seems like that’s going to continue for the forseeable future. But what if you’re looking for a little more bandwidth? Like, say, enough to catch up on a little television?
According to Yahoo Finance, JetBlue has you covered through a new partnership with Amazon. Amazon Prime subscribers will now have free access to Amazon Prime's library of TV shows, movies and other videos. Subscribers won't have to pay for the premium Fly-Fi Plus service that is typically required for streaming vids. (They'll also have access to Amazon's music streaming service, e-books, apps and more.) JetBlue is already known for their complimentary access to plenty of live television channels, but seriously — when it comes to in-flight entertainment, the more the merrier, right?!
The Mamava Lactation Suite, which debuted May 6, gives nursing moms a comfy, private place to nurse or pump. The 4 X 8-foot pods comfortably fit a woman traveling with a breast pump and luggage — and of course, a baby. The suite has fold-down tables, electrical outlets and cushy seats.
LaGuardia also debuted one Mamava lactation suite while Newark’s Liberty introduced two. Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport has had one since March, and according to USA Today, plans are in the works to bring the suites to Houston and Atlanta as well. The message on the suite at JFK explains the concept perfectly:
Hello Mamas! The Mamava Suite provides a solution for nursing mother’s on-the-go –- because necessity is the mother of invention! This private, peaceful, practical room is perfect for women who need to pump or breastfeed. Breastfeeding is welcome anywhere in T5, but please feel free to use this lactation suite if you need a place to pump or a quieter place to nurse your baby.The suite provides the same message in Spanish on the other side.
Kudos to all the partners involved with these suites – instead of contributing to boob-gates (poorly handled public breastfeeding incidents) they are offering solutions. The suites will be in place through October and might be extended, presumably based on usage and feedback.
[Photo: Seventh Generation]
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Now there’s a way to carry your love for JetBlue with you all day long, as USA Today reports that the carrier recently donated a whole bunch of old uniforms, fabrics, and other leftovers in hopes of helping the textiles finding a second life. Thankfully the folks over at the Manhattan Portage were up for the challenge, and they have been busy upcycling things into all kinds of new goodies.
Carry-on bags, totes, messenger bags, and more are now all available, and if you want to get something for us—we kind of like the cute little toiletry bag. All in all there are five new options from which to choose, and they’re all part of the JetBlue Uniform Bag Collection with items starting at $39.
Jackets, rain pants, and flight attendant shirts are just some of the materials getting the recycling treatment, and we have to say each looks pretty darn nice. No word on if bringing one with you on your next JetBlue flight will get you anything special, but we wouldn't be surprised if you scored a smile from the crew.
[Photo: Facebook / Manhattan Portage]
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While JetBlue has partnered up with a hotel developer, the terminal won't be a JetBlue Hotel a la Virgin Hotels. Still, we'll keep our fingers crossed for some cool JetBlue partnerships since the airline's main terminal is just across the way.
But JetBlue does have another hotel of sorts in Orlando--The Lodge at OSC. Sadly, it's not for regular folk as USA Today tells us it's a hotel built specifically for JetBlue employees visiting the airline's Orlando Support Center (OSC), which includes the "JetBlue University." However, it does have a quite a few similar perks to your average boutique hotel. Here's what's inside:
· A 24-hour, 2,000-square-foot gym and fitness facility
· Walking track and bicycles for use on local roads
·Outdoor fire pit seating area
·Basketball half-court, soccer practice field, fields for kickball and softball
· Saltwater pool
· Complimentary guest laundry facilities
And we're assuming Free WiFi. Please.
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What were you doing on December 11, 2013? We remember what we were up to, which was being in flight over Cape Cod, testing out JetBlue's latest onboard amenity: in-flight WiFi, or, as JetBlue calls it, "Fly-Fi."
Since that day, the airline has worked to install the high-speed, Ka-band system on more and more of their airplanes and, as of this month, celebrated their 100th Fly-Fi-equipped A320. Wandering Aramean reports that all A321s are connected, all A320s should be finished soon, and even the Embraer 190s are due to be online in 2016.
What's even more remarkable than this speedy work is the fact JetBlue has continued to offer the basic Fly-Fi access for free, even though they initially stated it'd be free for at least the first six months.
The latest news is that this commitment to complimentary onboard connectivity is continuing. You get free in-flight Fly-Fi! And you get free in-flight Fly-Fi!
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This summer, Lake Tahoe will be more accessible for New Yorkers thanks to JetBlue
Last week, we were explaining that Tahoe's position on the border of California and Nevada gives travelers the choice between three different airports. Our conclusion was that Reno is the best option for those that simply want to get there, as it is the closest and provides options for easy transfers to the lake itself.
Are you a charitable sort of person always trying to make the world a better place? If so, JetBlue wants to hear from you as part of its Flying It Forward social initiative, which rewards kindness with an airline ticket that gets passed from one good samaritan to the next.
It’s not JetBlue deciding who the ticket is passed to -- the current recipient chooses who deserves the next free flight. This “traveling ticket has enjoyed quite a journey so far.
Keep reading to see where the ticket has flown!
We recognize that we’re probably a little bit greedy when it comes to our in-flight entertainment needs. First there were movies—maybe just on one screen—but soon we wanted more choices, our own screens, and maybe even some live television as well. We moved onto WiFi as well, but apparently the traveling public is looking for more and more when it comes to up in the air distractions.
Thankfully higher education has heard our complaints, as online courses are the latest option to be streaming at 35,000-feet. JetBlue was one of the first carriers to kick things off, as late last year they started offering excerpted streaming lectures and learning from the folks over at Coursera—think business classes, music lessons, and other academic awesomeness.
In the spirit of New Years' Resolutions, we chose to be filled with love and light when it comes to airlines. So instead of focusing on the terrible TSA theater, the crappy meals served in-flight, the nickel-and-diming onboard, the exasperated attitudes at the gate or the rampant idiocy in the baggage claim, we're focusing on airlines and flight attendants doing it right. Below, a Jaunted reader and frequent biz traveler shares the story of a most fortuitous upgrade on JetBlue. These are her own words...
I booked my JetBlue flight to NYC last minute, and of course, I ended up in a middle seat in the back of the plane.
I noticed when I was checking in last night that there were some "Extra room" (called Even More Space) seats available, but wasn't sure I wanted to pull the trigger and spend the extra $90. The flight was already super expensive.
So on the way into the plane (and they board from back to front, which I love!!) I saw one of the flight attendants and asked if there were any "Extra Room" seats left. He told me to take my seat and he'd check. He told me that if there was anything after takeoff he's let me know.
Keep reading to see how the story ends!
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Back in October we discussed the ways in which Apple Pay would make life easier for travelers, namely allowing us to leave the credit cards at home while we shopped from traditional vendors. But now JetBlue has gone and surprised us with this news--starting next week, JetBlue will allow passengers to use Apple Pay to take care of their in-flight food and beverage purchases.
To make this all work, JetBlue is giving their flight crews iPad Minis to handle transactions. And obviously, passengers can only use Apple Pay if they have it enabled on their iPhones.
For now, Apple Pay will be available on coast-to-coast JetBlue flights from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco in mid-February. More Apple Pay flights will be added in March, with all JetBlue flights having Apple Pay by June.
JetBlue is also promising to allow guests to use Apple Pay within the JetBlue app later this year. And supposedly, when the Apple Watch comes out this spring, passengers can use that too to pay for their snacks and drinks.
Right now, JetBlue is the first airline to accept Apple Pay in-flight, but we have a feeling that won't last for very long.
Who do you think will be next airline to accept Apple Pay? Put your guesses in comments below!
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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.
· Air New Zealand:
For those who enjoy flying below the equator there’s a new exciting route heading towards the southern hemisphere thanks to the folks over at Air New Zealand. The new nonstop is planning to fly between Auckland and Buenos Aires beginning in December of 2015, so you have sometime to get those funds—or frequent flyer miles—saved up. Things could obviously change in a year, but it appears that the flights will operate back and forth three times each and every week aboard some Boeing 777s.
· Air Canada:
Time to head out of Canada, as Air Canada is getting ready to send some planes and people to and from Calgary International Airport. All in all there’s three new options—first is a daily nonstop between Calgary and Nanaimo—that’s in British Columbia—beginning on May 1. Around the same time the carrier will also be starting up some flights between Calgary and Halifax utilizing some Airbus 319s. Finally beginning on June 1 of next year it’ll be some new service between Calgary and Terrace-Kitimat—that’s in British Columbia too, and yes we had to look it up!