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Norwegian Is Launching East Coast to Caribbean Flights

July 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

Norwegian already has a rep for those affordable flights across the Atlantic, but now the carrier is looking for fame and recognition elsewhere. Step one: Shuttling passengers away from cold and cruel winters and toward some warmer destinations.

The airline just announced that, beginning in December, it will launch flights from Boston, Baltimore, and New York-JFK to the Guadeloupe Islands and Martinique — so now’s the time to start checking out TripAdvisor for ideas on what to do and where to stay. (Christmas getaway, anyone?)

USA Today has the full rundown on the schedules so that you can successfully plan a long winter weekend. Fares start at juts $79 each way depending on your airport of choice and final destination, and you'll hauling to warmer climes on some Boeing 737-800s — complete with leather seats and free WiFi.

Is it too early to start our wish list, Santa?

[Photo: Norwegian / Facebook]

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Here's How easyJet Wants to Use Drones and 3D Printers for Airplane Maintenance

June 12, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

Drones: What are they good for? Spying on neighbors, mostly. Also for maiming Enrique Iglesias.

But now it looks like drones may have a new purpose: helping to maintain airplanes. And their accomplice in this task? The 3D printer.

Per Bloomberg, low cost carrier easyJet just announced they'll embrace some innovative technological approaches to help keep passengers and planes safe. The plan is for drones to check out planes on the ground as part of regular inspections and maintenance. If you think about it, it makes good sense—another eye on things from above certainly can’t hurt.

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Spirit Airlines Sets Twitter to Auto-Pilot

July 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | ()

You’re probably pretty familiar with Spirit Airlines at this point. The ultra low cost carrier charges for this, that, and the other thing, and they’re not exactly known for their customer service or putting flyers first. Now things are about to get even worse—or better—as the airline is kind of setting their Twitter presence on autopilot.

Spirit recognizes that keeping up with social media takes some time, and that time is money. That’s why they just announced that they are planning to just rely on automatic responses to feed into their Twitter account. That means that if you’re complaining to them through Twitter or just looking for a little bit of help all you can expect is an automatic reply.

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One More Airline Will Offer In-Flight WiFi for Free

June 26, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

One of the world’s best airlines—based on livery appearance alone—is getting even better, as Nok Air is adding some switches, wires, and electronic doodads to improve the flying experience.

WiFi is scheduled to arrive is set to arrive at Nok Air sooner than later, and it sounds like Thaicom are the folks behind the in-flight Ku-band technology. Installations are moving quickly, and the system could be up and running as soon as this July or August. The plans are to start with six planes as soon as possible, and after that they’ll move into installations for 30 more.

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Say So Long to Tigerair Mandala of Indonesia

Where: Indonesia
June 26, 2014 at 6:21 AM | by | ()

There’s many flavors of Tiger Airways from which to choose, as the low cost airline offers up a few different options while holding down headquarters over in Singapore. However, now there’s one less option, as over in Indonesia the carrier known as Tigerair Mandala will no longer be climbing to cruising altitude as of July 1.

Apparently the cash and fare funds weren’t exactly pouring in, and after thinking things over it was decided that it would be best to just shut things down. In a statement they provided the following reasoning and rationale, as to why things would no longer be heading up in the air. “Mandala wouldn't be able to sustain its operations and the airlines key shareholders decided to cease funding the carrier."

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New Airline Alert: V Air Aims to Make Taiwan Travel Very Affordable

Where: Taiwan
April 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | ()

We’re not really experts when it comes to the aviation scene over in Taiwan, but we do know we’re always interested in the latest and greatest in low cost carriers. The country’s first cheapo carrier is still very much on the drawing board, but it sounds like things are quickly moving off paper and into practice.

TransAsia Airways does its thing in and around the region with a home base over in Taipei, and apparently they’re interested in spinning off a subsidiary. That’s where V Air comes into the picture, as it’s the name of the new budget arm of the airline. The carrier has a name and even a logo, as the airline is planning to use a smiling bear—it’s a Formosan black bear technically—as a logo and mascot.

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New Airline Alert: Thai Lion Air Makes a Home in Bangkok

Where: Thailand
December 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM | by | ()

There’s a new airline taking to the skies just in time for the busy holiday season, but this one is a little far from home, so you might just need to take a flight to catch a flight aboard this new carrier.

Thai Lion Air started its operations last week with a route between Bangkok and Chiang Mai with flights that run back and forth twice daily. You can expect the usual low-cost carrier service as it focuses on keeping fares reasonable.

The airline is already looking to expand beyond these initial options, though, as it sound like it's getting ready to head over to Kuala Lumpur as well as Jakarta as soon as December 18.

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And the Next Airline to Bring In-Flight WiFi to the Skies is...

Where: Spain
November 19, 2013 at 8:34 AM | by | ()

When we think of budget carriers, low cost carriers, and other cheap ways to travel the friendly skies amenities don’t usually come to mind. However, that’s not the case with Vueling, as they’re about to add something pretty darn awesome to the in-flight cabin.

Some of Vueling’s planes are heading into the hangar for an upgrade, as the carrier has plans to add in-flight WiFi to their fleet. Details are pretty limited at this point, as it sounds like even the company doing the wiring and whatnot is unknown. However, things could launch as soon as next month, so keep your WiFi settings updated and search for a signal.

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Cheap Flights from Hawaii to Tokyo is One Goal of AirAsia Japan

Where: Japan
August 6, 2013 at 8:31 AM | by | ()

There’s some moving and shaking in the world of low cost carriers this week, as AirAsia Japan is going under the knife for a little bit of work. They’ll still be around to whisk you off to here and there and, depending on where you want to go, their new destinations may even be more appealing than their former spots.

All Nippon Airways—ANA to their friends—are getting ready to try something new with AirAsia Japan. The new focus will be on warm and sunny destinations, as the carrier wants to do a little more travel to resort and leisure locations. Spots like Guam and Hawaii have been mentioned, but that's just the beginning of the possibilities.

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New Airline Alert: Aeroflot Dreams Up a Budget Buddy in 'Loukostera'

July 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM | by | ()

It seems like pretty much each and every airline is considering—or at least has or had—a low-cost carrier sibling. Competition is pretty strong out there, so if you’re able to offer up a cheaper alternative it’s probably a good idea.

The latest carrier to throw their hat into the budget ring just might be Aeroflot, as there are rumors that the Russian carrier is thinking of launching an LCC beginning at some point in 2014.

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Ryanair's Out to Make Another Buck by Using Planes as Billboards

July 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM | by | ()

Talking about what Ryanair charges for—and might charge for—gets kind of old, but their latest advertising initiative is a little more unique. They’re taking things outside of the cabin and away from the airport, as Ryanair is offering up the opportunity to slap your slogan, logo, or name right along the outside of one of their planes.

We’re not totally sold that this is going to happen, because after all this is the carrier that is constantly promising—or threatening—to add a pay-to-pee in-flight lavatory.

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PEOPLExpress Still Plans On Flying, Maybe As Soon As This Summer

January 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

There hasn’t been a lot of recent news kicking around regarding PEOPLExpress and their plans to finally hit the skies. It sounds like they’re still quite a bit away from flying to here and there, but they’re still hard at work arranging the moo-lah, planes, and people to get things moving.

Down in Newport News, Virginia there’s some cash on the way for the airline as the regional airport committee recently gave the go ahead to get the ball rolling on a $500,000 loan to help bring the new carrier to the area. This would help PEOPLExpress acquire the necessary charter services and five airplanes, and finally get the show on the road.

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