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Take Yourself from London to New York, the French Way, on La Compagnie

January 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last June, we learned that a new all-business class jet would by flying in the skies from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Newark.

Its name? La Compagnie. Its philosophy? To be a "French boutique airline for people who like the freedom of business class travel without the business class price tag." We like French things, biz class and non-biz classes prices, so we're thinking we could be down to try it out, especially now that the airline is adding another route--London Heathrow to Newark-- on March 29.

But the all-important question remains--what are the seats like?

The Boeing 757-200 plane flown by La Compagnie has 19 rows and 74 all-business class seats. Here are the specifics on the seats and the amenities that the biz class travelers will get:

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Trust British Airways to Have the Most Intellectual In-Flight Entertainment in the Skies

Where: LHR
January 19, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we flew to Buenos Aires from London Heathrow on British Airways last week, there was one thing we were looking forward to help us cope with the 13-and-a-half hour flight:

KITTENS AND PUPPIES.

However, there was a problem. The much-vaunted Paws and Relax channel, which was announced in August and supposed to debut in September with nothing but animal programs was not on the inflight entertainment. Nor was it in the High Life magazine.

Actually, we can’t remember seeing it when we flew to Vegas in December, either. And, in fact, when we asked cabin crew where the puppies were, not one of them had ever heard of it. Does this mean it never launched, or it did launch but it bombed? Nope, the latter is just not possible.

While we request a ticket refund get over our trauma, there are other options. In fact, we couldn’t help noticing that BA has some rather intellectual in-flight entertainment. They may not be showing debates from the Oxford Union, as they used to, but this is still one high-class IFE roster. If you want to stimulate your brain onboard, here’s what we suggest:

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Video Interlude: The Airbus A380 as a Canvas for Light Projection Artwork

November 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes right down to it, all aircraft are works of art. One particular masterpiece of recent is the super-jumbo A380, with its double-decker curves and four-engine strength. British Airways is particularly enthralled with their sparkling new A380s and thus created a piece of video art in homage to it.

The British carrier has swapped canvas for fuselage to celebrate their newest non-stop route between London-Heathrow and Singapore with a stunning video that's right out of the cool 4D trend of late. You know—when a projection on a building gives the illusion of it coming alive right before your very eyes.

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Take a Whiff of London-Heathrow's Smelly New Attraction

November 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have seen some weird stuff at airports, but even the oddest things seem to have a purpose—like those sleeping pod things. Now we’re not sure about this latest addition to London-Heathrow, as officials have wheeled in some kind of globe that shares the smells of the world.

The entertainment—if you can call it that—is now set up in Terminal 2, as the scent globe shares different aromas, smells, and fragrances from around the world. Spots like China, Thailand, South Africa, and Brazil are just a few of the featured offerings. Apparently those spots smell nice, and they’re of particular interest to those heading out of Great Britain on holiday.

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Virgin Atlantic's 30th Birthday Brings the Boeing 787-9 to Boston

October 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

This isn't just any Tuesday. Today Virgin Atlantic becomes the 25th airline to fly a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as they inaugurate their new arrival with flights between London-Heathrow and Boston-Logan.

This isn't just any 787, either. Virgin Atlantic is the first European airline to welcome the longer, cooler 787-9 to their fleet, and they do so on their own 30th birthday as an airline, hence the aircraft's name, "Birthday Girl" G-VNEW.

Inside are 198 Economy, 35 Premium Economy, and 31 Upper Class seats, plus a new "Wander Wall" concept in Premium Economy. This is essentially a snack-and-chat station, since the bar is reserved for Upper Class only. Speaking of that bar—it's been redesigned to fit within the 787-9, but you'll still be able to pop on a barstool and order a Virgin Redhead somewhere 38,000' above the Atlantic Ocean. Instagram it instantly, thanks to long-haul in-flight WiFi onboard.

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Little Red Announces Long Goodbye, with Final Flights in September 2015

October 6, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Well, it was lovely while it lasted. After 1.5 years of flying, Virgin Atlantic's regional subsidiary Little Red is calling it quits. The goodbye will be a long one, however; the airline won't send its last A320 into the UK skies until September of 2015, making its total lifespan—from launch in April 2013 to close in September 2015—29 months.

Issues contributing to the demise include too much point-to-point travel versus connecting to Virgin Atlantic long-hauls from London, and too few slots to truly compete with British Airways on the routes. Both of these reasons go against the whole goal of starting Little Red, which was to offer travelers connecting flight service from other UK town into the Virgin Atlantic long-haul jets in London, and to offer "consumer choice on key domestic services after British Airways' takeover of bmi gifted them a monopoly on these routes."

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London Breaks Up Airport Monotony with Pop-up Parks

October 1, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

We know that we’re in the minority when it comes to loving everything and anything when it comes to airports. For most the airport is often just a means to an end—like "when are we getting to our final destination?!"

Now one airport is helping those who hate the typical waiting room atmosphere of airports, as they’re introducing a way to virtually escape the confines in favor of a more idyllic location.

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Skip 'Beef or Chicken' and Pick a Picnic on Flights from London-Heathrow

September 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Making the "beef or chicken?" choice on is hardly a highlight of the trip. But could we tempt you to get a little more excited over Gordon Ramsay's roasted Hereford rump of beef with green salad and mustard or perhaps slow spit-roasted chicken with fries, salad, bread sauce and roasting juices from Heston Blumenthal? Yeah, we thought so.

London-Heathrow likes to push the envelop when it comes to innovation and has a great idea for doing away with the typical in-flight fare. The airport will deliver full menu items from any one of the terminal's 118 restaurants right to your gate, all wrapped up in a cool bag for chilled items, or a thermal bag for hot items. Each meal is completely prepared and ready to be noshed at any time after take-off.

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Hey Boston! Virgin Atlantic's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is Coming Your Way

June 27, 2014 at 2:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Virgin Atlantic used the occasion of its 30th birthday a few days ago (the airline flew its inaugural flight on June 22, 1984) to announce where it will be sending its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner when it joins the fleet this fall: Boston. Appropriately enough, the airplane will be called “Birthday Girl."

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Here's Your Chance to Sit in a British Airways Concorde Seat

Where: London Heathrow Airport, London, United Kingdom
June 16, 2014 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

The chances of any of us that didn’t fly Concorde back in the day to experience what it was like to fly Mach 2 on the iconic plane are slim to none. Supersonic travel shows no signs of resurgence, and even if it were coming back, we doubt the original Concorde would be part of it.

While you can see a stationery Concorde in a number of places, there is one airport plenty of travelers pass through where you can still sit in a Concorde seat, even if it is before you get on a plane and take off. We're referring to London’s Heathrow Airport or, more specifically, British Airways' appropriately named Terminal 5 flagship lounge, the Concorde Room.

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The Last Virgin Atlantic Flight Has Left Sydney Airport

May 16, 2014 at 9:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

Earlier this month, we were spending a few early morning hours at Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport in the (pretty fabulous) Qantas First Class Lounge, which aside from rather swank surroundings comes with great views of the apron and city.

Sitting in one of the window-facing seats, watching aircraft taxiing here and there, we spotted an Airbus A340-600 being towed away with the Sydney skyline in the distance. At first, we didn’t think much of it among the rest of the aircraft movements, only realizing when we focused on the branding that we were in fact watching something a little more significant; this was one of the very last Virgin Atlantic aircraft to touch Australian soil, as the service from London discontinued just a few days later.

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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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