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We don't know about you, but the idea of running on an actual runwaywhile aircraft go about their usual flying businesssounds awesome. So awesome, that in fact we just finished one such 5k (on JFK's major runway) and can't wait to do it again. Thus, we did some research and discovered there are SEVEN upcoming runway runs, six in the US and one in Canada:
· Bellevue AFB 7-mile Runway Run
Where: Bellevue, Nebraska. A course through Bellevue-Offutt Air Force Base and on the runway "through a formation of Air Force planes."
Date: Sunday, May 12
Official site & entry form
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Earth Day is in the rearview mirror at this point, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think green throughout the rest of the year. That’s clearly the idea over in Chicago, as both major airports are all about the eco-friendly.
Officials have issued some new rules and guidelines for those restaurants doing business at both O'Hare and Midway airports, as they hope to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The new green concessions policy provides a little bit of encouragement in hopes that the restaurants will do a better job utilizing eco materials and sustainable ingredients.
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2013 probably won't be the year of the airline club since that designation really belongs to 2012, but don’t tell the designers and organizers over at United that. After changing the name of their lounges following their merger with Continental, it looks like United is going all in with a little bit of a revamp and renovation to the United Club.
It all starts with one of the clubs over at Chicago-O’Hare, as the airline has released a sneak peek of what things will look like in Terminal 2.
To our eyes, the new design mimics the stylish lounges for long-haul travel, and by that we mean that they’re skipping the domestic carrier coffee-machine-and-a-comfy-chair look. Think a dash of Virgin's panache, but without all the additional features—and food and beverage—that come along with a true international airline lounge experience.
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‘Tis the season to be jolly, but it’s also the time of year when coughs, colds, and congestion decide to make an appearance. Flu season isn’t particularly fun for anyone, but you might just be able to prevent it from happening right at the airport. The concourses and terminals have been setting up flu clinics and kiosks, and here’s just five airports when you can stop in for a shot of your own.
Chicago – O’Hare
There’s lots of distractions available when flying to or through Chicago—many of them food related—but if you’re looking to do your public health duty they’ve got you covered as well. The O’Hare Medical Clinic in Terminal 2 offers up seasonal influenza vaccines, and it sounds like they’ll even do a little bit more. Appointments aren’t necessary, and you can even swing by for a general tune-up—think cholesterol screenings, other vaccinations, and stuff like that. If you can’t make it to the main clinic they’ll be setting up some kiosks too, so just look around while heading towards your gate.
Hm. So airports actually read comment cards.
One year ago, we published a tiny rant on airport coffee and the severe lack of quality coffeeshops within terminals, despite the recent trend toward adding gourmet, organic burger joints and wine bars and Top Chef-backed sit-down eateries. Where were the pour-over coffee bars and anything-other-than-Starbucks, we asked.
Chicago's two airports have answered.
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Quiet. That would be the word for United's Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as the first one for the US airline zipped into the skies yesterday morning on its maiden revenue flight, meaning there were actual paying passengers onboard. The flight, UA 1116 from Houston (HOU) to Chicago (ORD) hit its halfway point at 9:30am EST, meaning those passengers and invited guests sitting pretty in the whisper-quiet cabin were effectively sneaking in the special event before much of the country could wake up.
One such flyer was our buddy (and uber-major United frequent flyer) Peter Shankman, who filed this short video report from Economy Class:
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Space out in front of the fountain: just one thing to do at DTW
Now that Hurricane Sandy is upon the East Coast and canceling flights in droves, we're dedicating today to using all our travel know-how (and some on-the-fly advice, as half the Jaunted team is stuck at airports as well) to help you ride out the storm despite delayed travel. Stay tuned and stay safe!
There's all of this focus on New York City and travelers stuck in their airports, which is understandable considering it's the city at the center of the world and happens to lie in the center of the Hurricane's path, but let's not forget the scores of tired and cranky folks trapped at other airports around the country, trying to make it to and not away from the East Coast as a whole.
In the past here at Jaunted, we've used our knowledge gained from previous frustrating layover escapades to develop a small series on Five Things to Do on Your Layover at...whichever major airport you're at.
Here, we focus on five major US airports outside the East Coast splosh zone:
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Look at that. Just look at those photos above. Chicago-O'Hare Airport is moving on up, yo.
Come Fall 2013, travelers heading out of O'Hare's Terminal 5 will find 15 new dining and retail vendors, plus fresh passenger amenities thanks to a massive transformation of the terminal, which was built in 1993 and has 24 airlines operating from it. The airport is using words like "luxurious," "sophisticated," and "lavish" to describe the new design, which isn't hard to see given the before-and-after images up top.
Right away we'll confess that we're most psyched for the arrival of an Intelligentsia coffee bar, especially seeing as how we ranted about bad airport coffee last winter after flying out of O'Hare. Still, there's more to get excited about...
The Intelligentsia rendering for ORD Terminal 5
Look at your chair right now. What is it made of? What's its shape? Is it comfortable? No matter your answers, there's a good chance that chair pales in comparison to one most commonly found in airports. Hear us out.
The strikingly modernist terminal building of Washington-Dulles International may have been designed by Eero Saarinen, but...those stylish rows of black chairs inside? Credit for these goes to Charles & Ray Eames. Perhaps you've heard their names before? They were, after all, behind other iconic furniture designs such as the DAR and No. 670, but without a doubt it's their "Tandem Sling" you'll likely encounter the most in your lifetime if you fly through US airports with any regularity.
Dulles, believe it or not, was the first airport engineered to accommodate jets. It opened in 1962, the same year the Eames' Tandem Sling was copyrighted, which isn't a coincidence; the Tandem Sling debuted with the airport, also counting the freshly built Chicago-O'Hare Airport as a client.
You'll still see (and sit on) these chairs at these airports today, not to mention the fact that many, many other airports followed suit. We snapped the photos below just a few days ago at Detroit-Metro, for example.
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Every time we hear about an airport Runway Run we’re motivated to lace up our sneakers and register for the race, and now it looks like we’re ready to potentially sprain an ankle once again. The huffing and puffing will happen to the finish line over in Chicago, as O’Hare is getting ready to open up for a 5K and a Community Day.
This year’s O'Hare 5K on the Runway and Community Day is set to start its day at 8am on October 20, and the fun will run—literally—until around 1pm. After that they’re shutting things down, as obviously there’s a need to use the airport for more pressing issues. United Airlines and the Chicago Department of Aviation are teaming up to organize things, and—warm and fuzzies warning—all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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There’s still a few months left in 2012, but we can’t help start to look back and wonder if this has been the year of the airport restaurant. It seems like each and every week there are new announcements and grand openings, and of course many have celebrity chefs doing their thing in the back.
This week it’s Cat Cora building upon her existing airport restaurant empire, as the Iron Chef takes her knives out to the airport in Salt Lake City. This is establishment number three for Cat Cora, and this one is located within Concourse B of the airport.
The menu at Cat Cora’s Kitchen seems to be somewhat similar to the offerings that she serves up over in both Houston and San Francisco, but there does appear to be a few tweaks here and there. We definitely wouldn’t complain about grilled New York strip steak with lobster mac and cheese prior to departure.
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Honestly we’re usually pretty focused on what’s going on inside the airport, as that’s where we spend most of our time. Sure we briefly cross into the outdoors while making our way down the jet bridge, but then we quickly find ourselves aboard the plane and up in the air. Well, it’s time to start focusing a little more on what’s going on outdoors, as there’s some pretty neat stuff to look at besides just planes taking off and landing. Like livestock!
To help combat the unwanted effects of nature a couple airports are adding a few animals to their payrolls. There’s always a need to mow the grass, but airports are turning to grass-munching animals rather than a landscaping crew.