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Now Up For Sale: Finnair's First Flights With The Airbus A350 XWB

Where: Finland
April 14, 2015 at 5:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Time to check the balance in the travel piggy bank, as Finnair just recently started selling seats aboard their brand new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft.

Finnair is the very first carrier over in Europe to score the keys to the new plane, and only the third airline in the world so far to gain access to all the new bells, whistles, switches, and controls. The tickets that are now available are for the launch route between Helsinki and Shanghai, as things are set to take to the skies October 25. After that, it’ll be Beijing scoring a route to Finland, as the plans call for that option to start November 21.

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Aloha! Virgin America Announces New (Real) Flights to Maui and Honolulu

April 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last week, Virgin America tried to prank us with their new flights to Branson, Missouri but we nipped that gag in the bud pretty fast.

However, today, they have announced REAL new flights from San Francisco to Maui and Honolulu. Whee!

Even better, Virgin America says the flights will be on new Airbus A320 jets that they are expected to receive later this year. New routes, new planes, new reasons for a Hawaii vacation.

We got so excited by the thought or riding a moon-lit Virgin America plane to paradise, we immediately headed over to Virgin America to start the booking process but our roll was slowed down by the fact that the new service won't start until November 2. That's for daily round-trip flights to Honolulu, starting at $199 one-way. The flights to Maui will begin on December 3. Because that's prime holiday vacation time, the rates are rather insane. There are a few flights at $199 one-way, but most of the flights are going for $782 in mid and late-December. Yes, that's one-way.

And of course, these new routes only serve the folks in the Bay Area, and people who fly themselves to the Bay Area, not Los Angeles which is another big market for Hawaii flights. But perhaps if all goes well, both San Francisco and Los Angeles will get lei'd by next year.

[Photo: Virgin America/Facebook]

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JetBlue to Get Mint-y from New York to Barbados: Premium Seats Come With Television, Tapas and More

April 1, 2015 at 12:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

As JetBlue continues its expansion in the Caribbean – the company’s inaugural flight from New York to Grenada is June 11 – it will also offer its Mint experience on flights from New York to Barbados starting later this year.

The premium Mint service includes private suites, wider seats, fully-flat beds, tapas-style dining, custom amenity kits and 15-inch flat screen televisions with free entertainment. With Mint service to the Caribbean, JetBlue will become the only U.S. carrier to operate regularly scheduled service with lie-flat seating to the region.

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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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What to Look For When Booking on American Airlines' New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

February 16, 2015 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

As promised, American Airlines worked through this long weekend to open up booking for the first flights of their brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and there's good news and bad news.

The good news is that both inaugurals—between Dallas-DFW and Chicago-ORD on May 7—still have some seat availability.

The bad news is that those seats won't come cheap; American is managing demand by making the 787-operated flights that day the most expensive, from nearly $500-$600 each way when the other flights (mostly operated by MD-80s) are $109. It's a 2.5-hour flight, which is a challengingly short period of time to enjoy such a festive flight and still push all the buttons and flip all the switches on the new in-flight entertainment, new seats, and new...well...everything else (auto-closing toilet lids!).

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Finally! American Airlines Reveals 787 Dreamliner Launch Dates, Routes, Interior

February 11, 2015 at 1:13 PM | by | Comment (1)

Forget Valentine's Day. February 14, for frequent flyers, has a new meaning this year thanks to a big announcement today from American Airlines. This Saturday, a date typically reserved for boxes of chocolates and flower bouquets, will be the day reservations open for domestic and international flights on AA's brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Wait—that's not all.

Along with the tease to get your credit cards ready for this Saturday's ticket rush, American Airlines also granted the first peek inside the plane, posting three photos each of Business Class and Economy Class to their social media networks.

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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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Did You Know That Boeing 787s are Already Flying to Cuba?

Where: Varadero, Cuba
January 2, 2015 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

The new year has barely been around for 48 hours and already it's brought two big surprises when it comes to Cuba travel. Firstly, January's onboard issue of United's Hemispheres magazine shows Havana added to their "where we fly" destination map, albeit in the color of a codeshare and not a forthcoming United nonstop. Secondly, Cuba welcomed the arrival of Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The 787, flown by Dutch airline ArkeFly touched down just before midnight on December 31, meaning that planeload of passengers no doubt celebrated the arrival of 2015 with their own arrival to Cuba's popular beach destination.

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New Routes from ANA, LAN, and United to Start 2015

January 2, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· ANA:
There’s still some government stamps and seals to be had, but it does sound like we’re well on our way to a new option from All Nippon Airways. The plan is for ANA to do the nonstop thing beginning on June 12 between Tokyo-Narita and Houston. The daily service will operate thanks to some Boeing 777-300ERs, and if you’re looking to book things or cash in some miles—expect eight seats in First, 52 in Business, and 190 in Economy.

· LAN:
New Boeing birds are on the move beginning next year, as LAN Airlines is sending their 787-9 between New York-JFK and Santiago, Chile. The new route will start doing its thing on July 20, so start planning your vacation now. Utilizing this stretched version of the 787, LAN will be the first carrier to offer up international service down to South America from JFK using a plane such as this. There are 313 seats in total, so we’re sure you can find one that fits you well.

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The New Eastern Air Lines Welcomes Its First Plane to Miami

December 26, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember Eastern Air Lines? Well they’re back, and they’re getting ready to take to the skies once again. They’re not exactly the airline you remember from the 1980s, as technically they’re a whole new carrier and operation—they just scooped up the old name and associated intellectual property.

As with most new airline operations there’s always a little risk, but so far so good for the planes and people over at the new Eastern. They are looking to get 20 new planes into the hangar, and just the other day they received the very first one of them—a Boeing 737-800 complete with a nice looking livery with a nod to the past.

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EVA Air to Fly Brand New Hello Kitty 777 Nonstop Between Houston and Taipei

December 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

OMG OMG OMG. We have good news and great news, both related to Hello Kitty and a certain airline fond of covering their planes in the illustrated character.

First, the good news:

Taipei-based EVA Air will soon add another Hello Kitty aircraft to their fleet, bringing the total to 7 airplanes covered in Sanrio cuteness. The theme hasn't yet been leaked, but the plane—the second Boeing 777-300ER to sport a Hello Kitty livery (the other five are Airbus A330s)—will be delivered in May 2015. Inside will be 333 seats: 39 business class, 56 premium economy, 238 economy.

Now, the great news:

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Air New Zealand, Southwest, and ANA Are This Month's New Routes News

December 12, 2014 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

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!

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