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Like a Virgin Voyage: C.S. Air Debuts Direct Flights Between Southern China and America's East Coast

June 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Usually, if someone hands you a flower unsolicited in the middle of a city square, you can rest assured that either a) a document of religious literature will soon follow, or b) somebody else is grabbing your iPhone out of your back pocket.

On Thursday, feel free to disregard this otherwise infallible rule of thumb.

Because on June 25 at 3 PM, expect to see reps from China Southern Airlines (C.S. Air) hanging out in NYC's Herald Square, handing out hundreds of Red Silk Cotton Tree flowers to passerby. Why? Because that's the official flower of Guangzhou, and Asia's largest airline announced this week the launch of daily direct flights to that South China city from JFK.

It's true! Yesterday was the kick-off to the new nonstop flights, offered 10 times weekly through September 11. Every day flights leave JFK's Terminal 4 at 11:15 AM, arriving in Guangzhou at 3 PM the following day; in addition, Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays have second flights that leave JFK at 1:45 AM and arrive in Guangzhou at 5:45 the next day. Do the math: That's 10 per week.

And it's ground (air?) breaking service, too. These are the first ever daily flights from Southern China to America's east cost.

We're glad to hear that this has bloomed. OHHH! THANKS, HERE ALL WEEK!

[Photo: ZK-NGJ/Flickr]

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More Mint for JFK as JetBlue Picks Up What United's Dropping

June 18, 2015 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

While loyal United flyers may still be reeling from the airline's recent announcement that they'd be completely withdrawing from New York's JFK Airport—moving their "p.s." all-business-class transcontinental flights over to their Newark hub—another airline has quickly stepped up to fill the hole.

This morning, JetBlue stated that they'd be increasing their number of daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK to both Los Angeles-LAX and San Francisco-SFO, beginning October 25. That same date is, conveniently, the day United is scheduled to pull their six daily JFK flights to LAX and seven to SFO. And it's not just like JetBlue is throwing some extra flights onto the schedule; the boost will be exclusively Airbus A321s with JetBlue's premium "Mint" class onboard. Have a look around.

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JetBlue is Adding Hotelier To Its Resume (Kind Of)

April 15, 2015 at 6:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter got a bit too excited earlier today when they read the news that JetBlue would be opening a hotel out of the iconic TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport.

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.

TAKE A LOOK AROUND THE TWA FLIGHT CENTER HERE

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Lake Tahoe Just Got More Accessible This Summer Thanks to JetBlue

March 25, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

This summer, Lake Tahoe will be more accessible for New Yorkers thanks to JetBlue

On the heels of our series of articles on Lake Tahoe, JetBlue has made a major announcement that should inspire those on the east coast to make a jaunt out west this summer.

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.

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Fresh Off Flying The Pope Around, Philippine Airlines Announces Direct Flights to NYC

February 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

Divine intervention

After a rough couple years that saw Southeast Asia airlines cancel direct flights from the States, the region has been working hard to become more accessible for travelers from America. Now, the latest announcement from the Philippines is a slam dunk in that regard.

Beginning March 15, Philippine Airlines, recently known for flying the Pope, will begin a nonstop flight between New York (JFK) and Manila. It will be the first airline to offer direct flights between the two cities.

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Here's Your First 'Stranded in the Airport During a Blizzard' Story of 2015

January 27, 2015 at 1:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Even though NYC was largely unaffected by the #Blizzardof2015 last night, with only 10 inches falling in the area, a few unlucky passengers on a London-bound Virgin Atlantic flight from JFK Airport were stuck inside a plane for six hours, waiting to take off, but then a passenger got sick and needed to be removed.

Then the plane had to be de-iced but time had run out. The travelers on flight VS004 were then told the plane would not be taking off tonight after all due to the weather. Given that 7,000 flights in the Northeast were cancelled because of the storm, this was not so surprising.

Unfortunately for the passengers, that decision was made at midnight, an hour after the 11pm curfew for road and subway closures, which meant they were forced to spend the night in the airport.

Passengers were given $15 vouchers to McDonald's, the only restaurant open in the airport. And then they had to find places to sleep inside the airport. Their luggage could not be be taken off the plane because reportedly there was no one qualified to take it off.

The Daily Mail, of course, has photos and eyewitness accounts from passengers. Be hold lots of uncomfortable sleeping positions!

Virgin Atlantic has given the following statement on the event:

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JFK's Newest Terminal Is One You May Never See

January 19, 2015 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

The newest terminal at New York’s JFK is one you might never see, as it will be specifically designed to help out and handle all the animals traveling through the airport.

Cleverly named The ARK at JFK, the air cargo facility will take up around 178,000 square feet and will cost just shy of $50 million to construct.

According to The Horse—your guide to equine health care—ARK Development and Racebrook Capital are the folks behind the venture, as they promise a state-of-the-art animal handling facility right at the airport. In a way it’ll be the first of its kind, as the place will be the first privately own facility like this—responsible for providing 24-hour airport quarantine for the import and export of critters like horses, livestock, birds, and pets.

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Why The Host Hotel for The Golden Globes Might Be One of LA's Most Historic Spots

January 9, 2015 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

Stock up on salsa and chips and get start warming up your live-tweet thumbs. The Golden Globes broadcast is happening this Sunday, January 11.

Now in its 72nd year, the annual ceremony has taken place at The Beverly Hilton (in Beverly Hills, duh) every year since 1961. And the setup for this year’s soiree is well underway. Check out the above photo of the under-construction ballroom tweeted by LA Times film writer Amy Kaufman yesterday. It’s nearly ready for its close-up.

While the annual Globes might be the most prominent event to grace The Beverly Hilton, the hotel has — perhaps unsurprisingly — a pretty storied history. Several other famous (and infamous) events incidents have gone down at the Hilton over the years, involving celebrities, politicos, and quite a bit of bump-and-grind.

You can see the full list over on HotelChatter but here’s a quick digest of some of the most hotel’s most historic marquee moments. And yes, this is all celeb-related. Remember that in LA, celebrity history is like, just as important as like, textbook history, or whatever you call it.

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Fantasy Friday: an 8-Minute Helicopter Ride from Manhattan to JFK

December 19, 2014 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

It will be the shortest, most expensive, and most productive scenic flight you ever take.

BLADE, an aviation company known for its helicopter transfers between New York City and the Hamptons, just announced that it will provide service between Manhattan and JFK, leaving from the West 30th Street or East 34th Street heliport.

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Good Luck Slicing Into a Steak at JFK Restaurants

November 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Something the everyday traveler wouldn't notice is now the focus of security action by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

That thing? A steak knife, as served with meals delivered to customers at airport restaurants, after passing through TSA security.

An investigation by Newsday, published last week just in time for the busy holiday travel season, highlighted that at least two JFK eateries (The Palm in Terminal 4 and Bobby Van's in Terminal 8) were essentially violating airside weapons bans:

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TSA Asks Holiday Travelers to Please Leave the Chainsaws at Home

November 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

The TSA is making its annual "please don't make holiday travel more miserable than it already is" push, in which the agency begs travelers not to bring obviously prohibited items into checkpoints for at least the next few months. TSA officials try something like this every year, and it usually more or less completely fails. The problem isn't with the airport security organization, for once. The kind of person who tries to bring chemical-soaked sparklers on board an airplane - real example - just isn't the sort of person who reads TSA-related press releases. Or any press releases, really.

And yet here we are. This year the agency tried to get attention by throwing together a press event at just a single airport, gathering reporters for a show-and-tell at JFK. That's not a terrible idea as far as PR goes, because local reporters always need stories and this way things are easy for them. You give them a press kit, you issue a statement, and everyone is done in time for happy hour. We're not sure it'll actually make a difference, in the sense that we're pretty sure it won't make a difference. But it was a mildly entertaining show, and so you might as well know it happened.

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JetBlue Debuts Brand New 'T5i' International Zone for JFK Terminal 5

November 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)


T5i's immigration and customs area sports the latest technology, like these automated passport processing kiosks

Next time you saunter through the market area at JetBlue's Terminal 5 at New York's JFK Airport and stand beneath the information halo wondering which way to go, you may notice there's a few more gates than usual. Go right or go straight ahead and it's all the same. Veer left, however, and you're heading for the spanking new international gate zone, dubbed T5i.

Yesterday marked the public opening of this, JetBlue's latest big project, and the first flights to arrive to the shiny new digs were JetBlue's non-stops up from Santo Domingo and Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Of course now it's open to all arriving JetBlue flights* from any of their nearly 25 international destinations from JFK.

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