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Last Chance to Sneak Inside London's Newest Airport Terminal Before Opening Day

March 12, 2014 at 11:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

Since it won't be any time soon that travelers will walk the halls of Berlin's new airport (ah hem national embarrassment ah hem), it's time to throw full focus on the nearly complete Terminal 2 at London-Heathrow Airport.

Formally named "The Queen's Terminal," the $2.5 billion GBP ($3.9 billion USD) structure is nearly set to open, but it needs your help.

Heathrow is looking for hundreds and thousands of volunteers willing to play passenger and put the terminal through the paces before the official opening. This is called a "proving period," and we can say from firsthand experience (as a volunteer during T5 at JFK's proving period that it's generally great fun running around a fresh-built airport.

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Virgin Atlantic's 787-9 Dreamliner: Where It's Going and What's Inside

March 11, 2014 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

After all the hype (and drama) with the introduction of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, this summer should see the arrival of another 787 sibling to the family, the 787-9. Like the long-wheelbase version to the existing 787-8, Air New Zealand will be the first to fly it, but Virgin Atlantic is hoping to get their hands on the first few of their order list too.

While the airline hasn’t formally announced launch routes yet, it did brainstorm possible destinations way back when the aircraft order was placed, before being hit with its years of production delays.

So what will it be? In addition to replacing older aircraft for routes in its existing network (we wouldn’t be surprised if it goes head to head with some of the choices British Airways has made), Virgin mentioned routes of London to cities like Bangkok, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver.

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The Next Destination for the British Airways A380 is...

February 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yet another exciting destination is being added to the routes the latest British Airways aircraft are flying: the Airbus A380, which premiered at LAX in September, will be starting services from London Heathrow to Singapore Changi (SIN) on October 28.

Initially operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (with the return to London the following day), the route will go daily A380 from February 9 next year. Why Singapore? Heathrow to Changi is an important route for both corporate and leisure traffic and competition is intense, with the original A380 flyer - Singapore Airlines - offering several double-decker services a day between the two cities.

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Qatar Goes Super Luxury with All-Business-Class to London

Where: Qatar
February 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Getting to the Middle East might seem like a fuss with only a few handfuls of non-stop flights from the U.S. and plenty of hours in a plane, so a welcome addition is Qatar Airways' launch of all-business-class flights from Doha, Qatar to London-Heathrow. This marks the first time for such a service between the two regions.

In all, flights from Qatar to the UK take just about 7 hours. So, for that amount of time, passengers will be able to eat, sleep, and catch up on work with the in-flight SMS and GPRS technology. The Airbus A319 will seat a mere 40 passengers in a 2-2 configuration of lie-flat seats, so the sense of a small domestic flight will be as pervasive as the free-flowing bubbles.

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This is the Worst Airport Outfit of All Time

February 3, 2014 at 11:52 AM | by | Comment (1)

So, a couple months ago while walking down Oxford Street in Sydney, our attention was momentarily grabbed by a store sporting nothing but onesies in the window. Surely there had to be more to their retail concept? But no, it was, in fact, "One Piece," a brand and entire worldwide chain of stores dedicated to bundling up the adult population like nappy-wearing infants. We only hoped we'd never witness onesies supplant Juicy Couture track pants as a trend in airplane attire.

Turns out we're hoping against hope, since a girl of questionable fame was recently caught by the paparazzi at London-Heathrow emerging from baggage claim in what is simultaneously the world's most comfortable and least appropriate travel outfit. And it's not the first time; she—Perrie Edwards of UK girl group "Little Mix" and fiancé of one of the One Direction boys—pulled a similar look at Glasgow Airport.

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Europe On Track to End Air Travel Liquids Restrictions, While USA Shuffles Feet

November 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

In 2010, the TSA was actually putting up signs at security checkpoints promising that "future advances" in x-ray technology would let them play around with the restrictions on the amount of liquid travelers can carry on board planes.

Fast forward to 2013 and we still have liquids restrictions on U.S. flights. Meanwhile the EU regulations which were set to expire in 2013 are - wait for it - actually expiring. We don't know if the decision is deliberate or the result of laziness, but either way European airports will now let you carry shampoos onboard airplanes. Small victories, ladies and gentlemen, small victories.

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The Best Seats on the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Plus 40 Photos!)

October 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Flights from New York to London are almost as frequent as a bus service; there's nearly one every hour. The majority fly between New York's JFK Airport and London-Heathrow, but switching it up and choosing the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner departure from Newark's Liberty International Airport means picking the plane with most pizzazz.

With 35 seats in Club World (business), 25 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 154 in World Traveller (economy), the 787 is no jumbo jet. Instead, we'd say it's more of a boutique experience, a specialty service of sorts which brings all the fun new stuff of the Dreamliner to the transatlantic routes typically served by the same ol' same ol'.

We've already detailed what the BA 787 has that other airplanes don't, and now it's time to go inside.

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What the British Airways 787 Dreamliner Has That Other Airplanes Don't

October 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

An average day sees 12 British Airways planes soaring up into the skies on their way from New York to London. Only one is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Perhaps you've already heard about the advantages of the new 787—the quieter cabin, lower interior pressure, larger windows, improved fuel efficiency, automatic toilets, and general spaciousness—but since each airline can do what they want with their 787s, this often means further improvements beyond the standard.

So why is this 787 so special, and why should you pony up to enjoy it in BA's version of Business Class, "Club World?" Here's just a few reasons to book it and make the trek to Newark:

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Onboard the First British Airways A380 Flight from LAX to London

September 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (2)

Los Angeles International Airport had a week like no other last week: a new terminal, a Hello Kitty invasion, a new Star Alliance flagship lounge, and inaugural flights of the British Airways Airbus A380. We’ve been giving you all the details from the front line, now with everything you need to know onboard during a regular long-haul flight.

LAX-LHR may be the only British Airways A380 route to North America right now, but we’re pretty sure that Miami will be the second US destination, beginning some time in 2014. Let’s hope so, because in every aspect the A380 is an improved flying experience, no matter which cabin you are in.

Once the A380 touched down in Los Angeles and received her water cannon salute from the LAX fire brigade, it was our turn to try her out. We waved goodbye to the Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra impersonators at the gate's red carpet and went up the air bridge to an upper deck Club World (Business Class) seat for the overnight flight to London.

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LAX Rolls Out the Red Carpet for the British Airways A380

September 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

As the 14 lucky First Class passengers on the new British Airways Airbus A380 were working their way through The Langham London’s afternoon tea and five-course tasting menu en route to Los Angeles, we were already on the ground in California for a proper welcome following its maiden long-haul flight.

There was a water cannon salute made over the aircraft by the LAX fire brigade, and champagne, cupcakes, and little A380 models at the gate. Passengers were even treated to a red carpet and step-and-repeat complete with Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Charlie Chaplin impersonators.

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Five Courses for First Class: The Unique Menu Onboard British Airways' A380 to LA

September 24, 2013 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is a big week for Los Angeles International Airport. First it debuted the $1.7 billion dollar makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and then it welcomed a Hello Kitty-themed 777. Naturally they've saved the best for last, as British Airways today celebrates inaugural long-haul flights of their spanking new Airbus A380, nonstop from LAX to London-Heathrow.

In fact, while we type this, there are 469 travelers up in the sky in this plane, enjoying a memorable first meal service. Only 14 of those 469 will be privy to the most unique British Airways menu currently flying, however; it's one created specifically for this aircraft and route by The Langham Hotel, London. Sure, the 97 seated a little further back in the Club World/Business Class cabin will also enjoy a Langham menu, but that's a three-course affair while First gets a full, five-course tasting menu and afternoon tea with—shocker—three premium champagne options.

Let's have a look!

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Hot Tip: Pre-Order Your Pre-Flight Sushi at London's Heathrow Airport

September 24, 2013 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, one of the more popular sushi "conveyor belt" restaurants set up shop in London Heathrow's Terminal 3 and we guess things have been going swimmingly for Yo! Sushi since they also plan to open in the newest Terminal 2, the Queen's Terminal. Once the shiny new digs open in June of next year, Star Alliance passengers will be able to skip the traditional airport fare and grab some nori rolls before hopping on the plane.

Besides having 80 different options for waistline-conscious travelers, the Yo! Sushis at Heathrow will accept pre-orders via the internet. Yep, you've read correctly; the ease and convenience of a sushi train has just gotten, well, easier and more convenient. While you're tap tap tapping on the keyboard to check-in for your flight, you can also order that spider roll and a few pieces of sashimi. Once you clear security and belly up to the rails, Yo! Sushi will have your order ready. This is just sheer brilliance!

Best of all, if you're planning to take the rolls on the plane with you, the risk of being olfactory offensive to your fellow travelers is quite low. And that's something we can really get behind.

[Photo: Jaunted]