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Good news from the folks over at Southwest Airlines, as the airline has announced several new routes between the States and Mexico.
The carrier has been adding over the border destinations this year, many to the Caribbean, and now it's flying to a couple new spots down in south of the border. These are all flight paths that have been inherited from its acquisition of AirTran Airways, so rather than totally new routes, they’re kind of like revamped routes.
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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.
You might not have started to plan your winter holiday, but JetBlue already has started to do exactly that on your behalf. They’re adding a new Caribbean destination to their network, as flights between New York-JFK and Curacao will start up for the very first time on December 2. The planes and people will head back and forth two times per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and it’ll be Airbus A320s responsible for heading high into the skies.
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More flights in and out of Haiti, and this time it’s American Airlines bringing in the new connections. The carrier is adding a nonstop flight between Miami and Cap-Haitien—it’s on the northern coast of Haiti. This is the second destination to and from Haiti for American Airlines, and it looks like things will takeoff beginning on October 2. Boeing birds will be utilized—737-800s—and it’s a daily round trip option.
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Attention kiddos! You best remember to keep your electronic gadgets charged and ready before your next flight, as Southwest Airlines has a new in-flight entertainment channel geared right to your tastes.
Okay so it’s not just for kids, but programing from Cartoon Network will now be delivered via WiFi through the carrier’s in-flight entertainment system. Just do note that aboard Southwest Airlines it’s going to be a bring your own device situation, so keep that phone or tablet nearby.
We’d imagine that refreshing and upgrading a cabin creates plenty of trash, rubbish, and garbage. However, it looks like the leather seating surfaces used by Southwest Airlines will find a second life after their time up in the air is complete.
The airline details things over on their blog, but we figured we would share things with you as well. It’s pretty darn neat. It’s all part of the airline’s program called LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose, as they turn old stuff into better stuff—or what they call upcycling rather than recycling.
Southwest officially began its much anticipated service outside of U.S. borders yesterday to three destinations in the Caribbean, taking over AirTran's former routes to the Bahamas, Aruba, and Jamaica from Atlanta, Baltimore, and Orlando.
Later this year, flights to Mexico City will begin on August 10th and to Punta Cana on November 2nd. The new routes come as part of Southwest's acquisition of AirTran, and the plan is to eventually serve 96 destinations in six countries. We're sure other nonstop flights will also be announced to the Caribbean and Mexico as things progress.
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We try our best not to pick on one airline, but let’s just say that there are airlines up with the latest in technology and then there are carriers like Southwest. Thankfully they’ve slowly but surely been catching up with what some of the other guys have to offer, as there’s now even WiFi aboard plenty of their flights. Now they’re finally pitching the paper and going electronic, as mobile boarding passes are finally an option across pretty much all of their flights.
Domestic flights to here and to there are now all offering up mobile boarding passes, so that’s good to know when you’re running late and still have to ditch the rental car back at the garage. It all arrives as part of an upgrade to their mobile app, as now goodies like itineraries, flight status updates, and your gate number can be accessed with just a tap or a swipe.
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We're not sure how cynical you are when it comes to airlines and their motivations/intentions, but we've got to believe that the Department of Transportation is getting pretty fed up.
Yesterday, it was announced that the DOT has fined Southwest Airlines for advertising false fares that didn't exist. The DOT caught Southwest in a lie when it found that none of the flights touting $59 fares actually offered seats at that price. In other words, it was your classic bait-and-switch sales pitch.
Better late than never for the budget carrier, as it becomes one of the last major airlines to offer what has quickly become a standard service. Southwest does so many other things well, though, from its on-board drink specials to its best-in-the-biz boarding policy, we suppose we'll give them the benefit of the doubt and simply call this being fashionably late.
The process finally looks like it's wrapping up, as the combined carrier just announced when AirTran will be disappearing once and for all. Luckily there's still a few more months to slip AirTran safety cards before the brand says sayonara.
Say what you want about the fact that Southwest doesn't assign seats (that's a separate discussion), but the way the airline handles its boarding process is something we've really grown to appreciate.
We've all been involved in the traditional method that involves boarding zones. In theory, it is supposed to serve as a way to organize passengers and let them know when they should board. Unfortunately, it rarely results in any sort of organization. Nine times out of ten, a bottleneck ensues, creating a gauntlet of people hovering around and blocking the boarding lanes.
By now, you’ve probably seen the footage of the Southwest flight attendant who made the mother of all mockeries of the safety briefing. Lots of flight attendants have put on such a routine in the past, yet few have been so transparent about their second-hand intentions. Most, we assume, are just trying to make a mundane, mandatory speech colorful and interesting. But according to this latest video’s description on YouTube, this flight attendant had a bigger vision: She wants to make an appearance on Ellen.
This writer is not even going to get into that last part, as it would only help her cause. I will tackle the bigger picture here, the well-known fact that even flight attendants aren’t afraid to advertise that the safety video is nothing more than a legal burden, that they think it’s an absolute joke, so much so that they’re consistently willing to go out on a limb to make fun of it, to joke around as if airplanes never have accidents, to refer to the lifejacket as a "teeny weeny yellow Southwest bikini."
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The average traveler is only going to glance at signage around a boarding gate a few times before heading out onto a flight. These signs flash information about connections, upgrades, reminders about rules and regulations, and where you might be on the standby list. Most airlines have had digital flatscreens for years and years, but that hasn’t been the case for Southwest Airlines.
Things are finally changing, and it's all positive for departing passengers. Up first for installations and improvements is Chicago-Midway, as the new gate displays have already started to arrive at the airport.