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April 1 may be known for April Fools' Day pranks, but the United 777s that dotted the tarmac at Sydney Airport were no joke. Yesterday marked the first day for United's regular LAX and SFO service to Sydney to be operated by all 777-200s, instead of the older 747-400s. The last UA 747 to depart Sydney said "so long" on March 31, and with it goes the worst plane to fly between the US and Australia, in terms of passenger comfort and entertainment.
Our friends at Australian Business Traveller detailed the change after it was announced, and noted that this means fewer seats in all classes. Overall, however, the news is excellent for travelers on the 14-hour non stop flights.
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Stay a little more connected during your next flight with United, as the carrier is doing their best to keep you charged up during your time at the gate.
The airline is adding around 500 charging stations to airport terminals and gate areas. Their home at Chicago O’Hare International Airport is the first to get the installations and upgrades, as they’re already hard at work putting in more than 100 such stations across the airport’s Concourse B and Concourse C.
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Coming this April to United aircraft: live streaming movies and TV shows directly to your Apple device. The scoop comes from Patently Apple. As with any major United announcement lately, however, there is both good and bad news.
The good: the new entertainment system will initially roll out onboard the airline's Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 747-400 and select 777-200 fleet, to offer passengers 150 movies and 200 TV shows for free.
The bad: It will only be accessible on Apple iPhones and iPads running iOS 7 with the United app, and on MacBooks (without the need to download an app). No word on if Android gadgets will eventually enjoy the same.
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Gone are the days when a hot meal was a complimentary part of any flying experience, so when any in-flight menu changes make the headlines, we get a little giddy. Here, for easy digestion, is a round-up of the latest in airline food news:
· Virgin America wanted their passenger's thoughts on the new First Class ice cream served in their swanky premium cabins, so they took to Twitter for a final decision. Designed specifically for the airline by San Fransisco-based ice creamery Humphry Slocombe, three unique flavors now complement Virgin America's existing Tahitian vanilla. Either Red Hot Banana (banana ice cream with Red Hot candies), Butter By Moodlight (buttery with a blueberry glaze) or Coconut Blonde Ambition (vanilla marshmallow fluff meets lemon sorbet) will make it the trays for transcontinental flyers.
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United might not have been the first one to introduce in-flight WiFi, but they are trying to lead the way with faster speeds and better tray table connectivity. Just the other day they flipped the switch on some of this technology, so your next flight just might be that much better.
The newest United technology kind of takes a page from what JetBlue has been doing, as the bits and pieces of up in the air technology rely on ViaSat-1 satellite stuff. That means way faster speeds, and a lot more in-flight streaming of Netflix and Hulu—at least in theory.
First Class amenity kits are big collector's items, no doubt. Do a little search on eBay and you'll see what we mean (some kits, like the Rimowa cases, commend $75 each!), but lately a flood of United kits has hit the market.
Available for customers in United BusinessFirst on long-haul international flights departing from the United States, collectable tins highlight each of United's eight North America hubs. The contents include a toothbrush/toothpaste, eye mask, earplugs, comb, pen, purell wipe, tissues, and some Philosophy skincare products of minuscule size.
Since these are only being handed out through this month, United obviously has some backstock to unload as they've begun legitimately selling them on the United online store.
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We might just be spreading rumors at this point, but we figure that’s it better to share the message anyway. We’ve seen a couple mentions of this across frequent flyer forums and other travel blogs, and it sounds like United is getting ready to crack down on its carry-on baggage rules starting on March 1. Things aren’t necessarily changing at all, but the carrier is actually just going to start enforcing them as they are written.
One has not arrived in our inbox as of yet, but United has been sending out reminder emails to its customers notifying them of these carry-on rules and regulations. The fun is scheduled to start on March 1, so if you have plans to travel aboard United anytime soon you might want to double-check that bag—or be prepared to check it.
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Last week we got pretty excited about United's news to bring some 787 Dreamliners across the Equator for the long trip from Los Angeles to Melbourne, beginning in fall 2014. While this won't mark the first flight from SoCal to Australia's cultural capital, it is the first for the US airline; United used to first stop in Sydney, then hit the sky again to Melbourne.
If MileagePlus isn't your preferred loyalty program, there are plenty of other options to hop on the nearly 16-hour flight down under. In fact, there are two other airlines running here nonstop from the US, making that long way over the Pacific.
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Okay—we realize that we usually try to consolidate our new routes news, but we just couldn’t resist sharing this one sooner than later. It’s especially the case since it might just be a decent use of those United MileagePlus miles that you have been saving up for years and years—maybe even since the Continental days.
As you know United is a fan of the Boeing 787, and they’ve got a few of them on hand for some flying fun. Well the fun is about to go down under, as United has just loaded a new flight into their schedule. The carrier will be doing the nonstop thing between Los Angeles and Melbourne—in Australia—beginning this October.
Get ready to burn your hands on that flavorful airplane coffee, as United Airlines has finally decided that styrofoam cups probably aren’t the best idea to be handing over to millions and millions of flyers.
Just the other day the airline announced that they’d be doing mother nature a solid, so they’re setting aside foam cups in the cabin in favor of ones which are a little kinder to the environment.
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When two airlines love each other very much and decide to merge there’s plenty of celebration, but at the same time there is often loss and sadness. That’s the case over at United, as after shacking up with Continental a couple of years ago—it’s time to revaluate things.
United is getting rid of their hub over in Cleveland, as apparently plenty of flights in and out of the airport are just no longer part of the bigger picture. With hubs in plenty of including spots like Chicago, Washington, and Houston, it sounds like there’s just not the need to have planes and people hanging out at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
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Unfortunately, the folks over at Yankee Candle have yet to concoct a creation that features new airport smell, so that means we need to enjoy the opportunity to breathe in fresh airport terminal air whenever it arises. That chance is this week, as San Francisco International Airport is busy putting the final touches on its latest terminal revamp and renovation. It held a public event over the weekend to check things out, but it’s officially open to flyers beginning tomorrow.
The new additions are happening at the airport’s Terminal 3, as the new slice of the airport is Boarding Area E—they’re calling it T3E for short. It’s where a lot of United flyers will depart and arrive, so passengers with United stamped across their boarding passes will be the ones enjoying the new restaurants and amenities.