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SPOILER ALERT. If flying First Class is on your to-do list and you'd rather "open the gift" of the First Class Terminal when that day comes, stop reading now!
It's an almost mythical place, the First Class Terminal (FCT) at Frankfurt International Airport. In the darkness of the autumn evening, just before the last flights depart ahead of the 11pm curfew, a little building just off of Terminal 1 glows with the golden crane of the Lufthansa logo.
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Did you know that there's a whole separate building, just off the tarmac at Frankfurt Airport, that caters only to First Class passengers? Waitit's even more specific than that; you've got to be flying First Class on Lufthansa or Austrian Airlines or Swiss Air and have enough time on your hands to enjoy the amenities of this special building, such as nap rooms, bathrooms with showers and and (gasp!) soaking bathtubs.
Hopefully you did already know this, because we've taken you through it with a photo gallery and this time we just want to know what's good to drink up in here.
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With all of the drama and outrage about certain airlines decreasing baggage limits, charging for extra baggage, and even (over)charging for carry-on baggage, here is a story that make you feel excited to fly. Yes, Virginia, there is happiness in flying.
Believe it or not, there are airlines that don't nickle and dime their passengers by charging to check a bag in the belly of the plane. And there are even airlines that have chosen to get even more liberal with how much they allow you to stuff in one suitcase. Or even up to three suitcases. We can't be more excited for these new rules.
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It's a Swiss bar that looks like a plane! Or is it...a Swiss plane that looks like a bar? Oh c'mon you know it's the former, and you can step right into it yourself for a drink when you're next in Zurich, Switzerland. It's surprisingly easy to find, too; located on the main street along the River Limmat, Limmatquai, Wings Bar is a perfect spot for attracting regular folks and not just avgeeks.
Inside, the decor is proper Swiss Air red and white, which makes sense seeing as how the owners are former Swiss crew, who opened the place back in 2001 after Swiss Air went bankrupt and sold off some goodies at auction. You'll find those goodies tucked around the place; there's real airline seats here and there, fronted by cocktail tables for enjoying a drink from their rather large menu.
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While we're busy speculating on what destinations are next up for Virgin America, here's the need-to-know new routes coming your way:
· easyJet is expanding for summer 2010 on an astonishing 36 new routes. After all, they've got pale Britons to get to the sunny spots! The complete, drool-worthy list is here, but a few highlights are: Basel – Thessaloniki, Rome Fiumicino – Dubrovnik, Ibiza – Venice, Paris Orly – Mykonos and Doncaster – Prague.
· Iceland Express is an LCC we've had our eyes on now for some time, and starting in summer 2010, they'll be flying our waya few miles away to be more specific, since Newark to Reykjavik is totally happening. Rest assured that we'll be all over this like syrup on some pecan pancakes.
But wait! There's four more...
Just as we were gushing over the digs in the First Class cabins on Cathay Pacific, Swiss Air was readying for the launch of their own redesigned lookers. Luckily for daydreaming economy-fliers everywhere, Wallpaper snuck a peek at the new first class suites, which are being hailed for their clean lines and consideration of space for a full-size adult. Forget those dinky seat-back TV screens with Swiss, as they've introduced 23" flatscreens and enough space to actually stretch out and attempt to enjoy whatever third-rate movies are on offer.
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We love to daydream about the ultimate airline seat--the one that actually enables us to sleep well. Swiss Air has just announced a new version of a fully-flat seat for business class that looks like it might do the trick.
By 2011, all of Swiss Air's long haul flights will have these six-foot-plus long "beds" installed, with a pretty clever design that saves space by having a passenger's feet fitting into a cut-out of the seat in front.
They're also replacing conventional foam with an air cushion filling that you can easily adjust to be either firm or soft. We'd be happy to have that at home, too!
For green fans, the new seats have one more bonus--each one is 9 pounds lighter so the planes will be cheaper to fly, saving 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions a year. Comfortable seats that save the planet? We always knew those Swiss could do more than just make great chocolate.
[Photo: Swiss Air]