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Startups Can Now Pitch Business Class Passengers via the Seat Back Screen on Turkish Airlines

Where: Turkey
November 12, 2013 at 6:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s something new for business travelers to check out as part of the in-flight entertainment, and we’re not talking about PowerPoint slides or the new cover sheets for the TPS reports. Turkish Airlines is now loading some business pitches right into the seat back screens, as it's launching something it calls Invest On Board.

Sit back and enjoy being sold a new business idea as you fly through the skies, and then when you hit the ground you can invest plenty of startup capital—or at least that’s the plan. There’s roughly ten different pitches from which to choose for business class passengers, and if you’re stuck on the ground you can even watch them online.

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Photo Gallery: Inside the Ginormous New Star Alliance Lounge at LAX

September 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

You probably know by now that Los Angeles International Airport has lifted the veil off its billion-dollar makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. While that means improved facilities for all travelers, premium passengers on Star Alliance flights will also benefit from a gigantic new lounge complex, opening today—Wednesday, September 25.

We attended the ribbon cutting by Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab earlier this week to give you all the details on the 18,000-square-foot spread. Come in for the shower suites and the wine wall, stay for the outdoor terrace with fire pits and tarmac views.

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Delta, JetBlue, and China Southern Go the Distance on New Routes

July 26, 2013 at 9:00 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.

· Delta:
If you’re looking to visit the home of the royal baby anytime soon—you’re in luck—as Delta is planning some new flights to and from London. Beginning on March 29—that’s next year—flights will fly nonstop between Seattle and London. Boeing 767-300ERs will do all of the flying fun, and they’ll be equipped with 35 full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite, 32 seats in Economy Comfort, and 143 Economy class seats. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, so if you’re ready to start booking—so is Delta.

· Turkish Airlines:
So right now might not be the best time to head over to Turkey, but that doesn’t mean that the airplanes are going to stop flying anytime soon. In fact the country is getting a few more flights, as it looks like Turkish Airlines is getting ready for a new option. The plan is to connect Boston with Istanbul beginning on May 12 of next year, as Airbus A330s will do the heavy lifting across the Atlantic and much of Europe. At first the flights will just do their thing five times per week, but after June 10 it’ll be a daily affair.

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JetBlue, Turkish Airlines and Delta are King of the New Routes This Week

June 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM | by | Comments (2)


Onboard JetBlue's party plane to Medellin

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.

· JetBlue: Party onboard! JetBlue recently began their nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale to Medellin, Colombia, marking their first entry into the country's second most populous city. They'll fly daily on A320s, and it's not simply a seasonal route. JetBlue is very serious about Latin America, so serious that they'll now be flying to three Colombian cities, for example. Count 'em: Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin.

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How an Incorrect Airport Code Sent Travelers 7,000 Miles in the Wrong Direction

May 20, 2013 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve joked before about heading to Toledo instead of Tahiti, but apparently a similar travel snafu just happened to a couple who ended up far from their true destination.

The original plan had the couple leaving from Los Angeles with plans to check out Dakar over in Senegal. However, a little bit of an error had them headed elsewhere. Their Turkish Airlines tickets were supposed to send them to DKR—that’s Dakar—but thanks to a little bit of a spelling error they were headed to DAC—that’s the Dhaka region and Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport way over in Bangladesh.

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First Lipstick and Now Booze, As Turkish Airlines Considers Yet Another Ban

May 3, 2013 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just the other day we heard about Turkish Airlines and their problem with red lipstick, and now it looks like the carrier is getting ready to ban even more in-flight stuff. Apparently the airline is not too keen on serving alcohol to Russian passengers, because apparently they’re a little too thirsty when it comes to up in the air beverage consumption.

The news is trickling out from a couple of sources, as the reports appear to have started over in Russia. If things are true the carrier would move to stop serving alcoholic beverages on flights to and from Russia, as Turkish Airlines isn’t really up for dealing with potentially unruly passengers.

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One Airline May Ban Flight Attendants from Wearing Red Lipstick

April 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM | by | Comments (0)


An airline famous for its red pout is Virgin Atlantic

While rumors of new Turkish Airlines uniforms are on everyone's lips lately, there's one thing supposedly being banned from lips completely: red lipstick on Turkish Airlines flight attendants.

According to BIANET, the new beauty policy on Turkish will forbid "the usage of red lipstick and hair buns for women flight attendants." The article also notes a 2012 revision to the dress code that banned "the use of red-bleached hair, platinum blonde style, and flamboyant silver make-up for female flight attendants."

Turkish is already getting flak for being restrictive, after an image leaked of what's supposedly their new uniforms. The wardrobe is not only conservative with respect to Muslim beliefs, but the style and colors look more early 1970s than early 2010s.

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Watch Travelers Try to Pronounce Ultra-Difficult City Names

March 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Hard to say, easy to fly." That's the title of a rather clever little video from the folks at Turkish Airlines.

All around Istanbul, Turkish Airlines has found people willing to give it a go at the pronunciations of Turkish Airlines' more exotic destinations, like Guangzhou, in China.

The video is a bit like Jay Leno's "Jaywalking" segments where the audience laughs at the cluelessness of the average person, when, most likely, they themselves also have no idea. We even admit to having no idea how to go about voicing a few of these cities. As one can imagine, it helps if you've been there (the case for Ljubljana, Leipzig & Guangzhou for us).

You know who would definitely have to know how to pronounce all of these city names? The people at Istanbul Airport, who announce airline departures to them!

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: The Halal Chicken on Turkish Airlines

Where: Turkey
March 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM | by | Comment (1)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

While it's extremely rare to find an airline with as large a variety of vegetarian meal options as Turkish Airlines, we already opined on this at length last month. Now let's get to the meat of the matter, literally.

All meat served on Turkish Airlines is halal, so clicking the box to request the "Moslem Meal" is redundant. As we recently discovered, even flights as short as our 4-hour trip from Madrid to Istanbul (on a brand new 737-800 with Boeing Sky Interior!) see passengers presented with printed menus and entree choices (even in Economy, where we were).

Our choice on TK 1858: Grilled Chicken Medallions with mustard curry butter, ratatouille, tomato rice, french green beans in olive oil, and plum cake. (The other option was "Tas Kebab," or traditional beef stew in tomato sauce).

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One Airline Offers Seven Different Vegetarian In-Flight Meals

Where: Turkey
February 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (2)

18. Eighteen. That's how many specialty meal types an international airline offers, on average.

21. Twenty-one. That's how many you'll find in the drop-down meal options when you book on Turkish Airlines. That's quite a feat, considering how complicated it already is for catering to stock an airplane with meals for several classes of service, then to throw special dietary requests into the mix.

We actually ordered a Moslem meal for our recent flight to Istanbul, but come to find out that all standard meals served on Turkish Airlines fall into this category, as the meat is halal and all ingredients are "in accord with Islamic religious beliefs." Next time we're definitely going for a vegetarian meal, because that's where things get crazy. Turkish Airlines has no fewer than seven different vegetarian meals! Check 'em out:

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It's United, Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian Leading This Week's New Route News

February 22, 2013 at 9:55 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.

· United:
At this point you’re probably well aware of some of the issues that the Boeing 787 has been experiencing. As a result, new flights, new routes, and other in-flight improvements have been delayed. Now it looks like United is grounding its planes to at least June, but there’s one route that is suffering a little bit less.

Assuming they fix those pesky batteries sooner rather than later, it sounds like the nonstop option between Denver and Tokyo will takeoff on May 12. Initially it was scheduled to start doing its thing at the end of March, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed that May is when it finally hits the skies.

· Delta:
For travelers looking to hit in big during North Dakota’s oil boom, Delta has you covered as they’re getting ready to boost their service over to the Roughrider State. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale tomorrow. Delta is planning to fly nonstop between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dickinson.

The flights will begin on June 10, and they’ll do their thing two times per day. Sure there’s money to be made in western North Dakota, but just don’t expect anything too comfortable on these flights. The back and forth flying will be done thanks to SkyWest and some less than comfy commuter jets.

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Turkish Airlines' New Flight Attendant Uniforms are the Opposite of Scandalous

Where: Turkey
February 13, 2013 at 9:28 AM | by | Comment (1)

There was a little bit of news out of the Turkish Airlines camp over the weekend, and it wasn’t exactly positive. Apparently a sneak peek of their new cabin crew uniforms was leaked out across the interwebs, and let’s just say the feedback was a little less than positive.

It doesn’t appear that Turkish Airlines has officially confirmed that this is the direction that they’re going in with their new uniforms, but if they listen to the masses they might want to throw these new uniforms in the trash and start over. Things on Twitter have kind of calmed down, but every once in a while you can still catch someone comparing these new uniforms with those from the 1960s.

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