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After all the hype (and drama) with the introduction of Boeingís 787 Dreamliner, this summer should see the arrival of another 787 sibling to the family, the 787-9. Like the long-wheelbase version to the existing 787-8, Air New Zealand will be the first to fly it, but Virgin Atlantic is hoping to get their hands on the first few of their order list too.
While the airline hasnít formally announced launch routes yet, it did brainstorm possible destinations way back when the aircraft order was placed, before being hit with its years of production delays.
So what will it be? In addition to replacing older aircraft for routes in its existing network (we wouldnít be surprised if it goes head to head with some of the choices British Airways has made), Virgin mentioned routes of London to cities like Bangkok, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver.
At this point we have to assume that airline safety videos are in production pretty much all the time, as it seems that each and every week another airline is revealing their creative take on getting the message out. This week itís Virgin Atlantic and their safety film. Itís their animated take on things, and it pays tribute to plenty of past themes and ideas from your favorite movies.
You might need to head to the break room for a second cup of coffee this morning before you watch the whole thing, as this video clocks in at almost a solid six minutes in length. We think this is the first major update to the carrierís pre-flight safety announcements in over a decade, and weíve got to say they did a good job.
The next time you are pre-departure wining and dining at Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class Lounge in Heathrow, keep an eye out for staff sporting Google Glass. Since we know that there's nothing fashionable as yet about Google Glass other than its rarity, Virgin Atlantic is dispatching the fresh tech for its functionality.
For the next six weeks, the airline will be providing a seamless customer service experience with the help of Glass. Lounge staff will have the ability to give passengers flight information, weather at their destination, and even translate foreign languages on the go. Of course all that can come from a simple Google Search, but Glass has the cool aspect to it. Eventually, Google Glass would even be able to inform staff of a returning guest's dining preferences or favorite drinks, providing a personalized experience.
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Almost everything that's been said has been said, so here's the news plain and simple: the royal baby arrived today to parents Prince William and Kate Middleton.
While royal watchers and much of the UK catches their breath, brands are racing to express their well wishes. Of course airlines are getting in on the action, taking to Instagram and Twitter. Here's a few who've likely already sent little wooden toy airplanes to the hospital:
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"You're on the list."
Unless they're referring to the TSA's No-Fly List, that little sentence may bring big things if you're flying Virgin Atlantic from one of the airline's seven destinations in the US or UK.
The "Guest List" program is now available (for a price) to all Virgin Atlantic travelers, sharing the perks once solely reserved for Upper Class flyers with those seated in Economy or Premium Economy. It's essentially a fast track to VIP treatment without having to pay the premium airfare of an Upper Class ticket, from only $384 per person or $544 per couple (traveling in the same car).
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
The year was 1984 and the place was London-Gatwick International Airport. A 747-200 named "Maiden Voyager" taxied on the tarmac for a virgin flight to Newark, on a virgin airline. The airline's name? Virgin, or, well, Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin's flight attendants weren't yet known for their cherry red lips, or their scarlet pencil skirts and chic up-dos, but they were on their way.
Fast forward to today, as Virgin Atlantic continues to fly 747sthe fleet and destination list are much larger nowand they're again ready to show a fresh face with new flight crew uniforms designed by Vivienne Westwood.
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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Little Red's check-in desks at Edinburgh Airport
Little Red flies three routes: from London-Heathrow to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester, all intended as feeder destinations to get locals to Heathrow for Virgin Atlantic's long-haul flights. There are 26 flights a day in totalsix each way on the Edinburgh route, three for Aberdeen and four for Manchester. All are perfectly timed to connect with the rest of VA's network.
Thereís a launch sale on right now that means you only pay the taxes. Unfortunately, since this is the UK, that means youíre not getting a bargain; it ends up £98 for a return flight between London and Scotland, and £103 return from Manchester.
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Yesterday we brought you coverage of the fanfare upon the Edinburgh arrival of Little Red, Virgin Atlanticís new domestic UK service, flying from London-Heathrow to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester. Today, itís time for a photo dump...but also some thoughts on the interior and the overall LHR-EDI flight experience.
Was it as well planned as Bransonís kilt-flashing incident?
The short answer: yes, pretty much.
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Remember a couple of years back when Richard Branson lost a bet with Air Asiaís CEO Tony Fernandes, which meant he was going to have to dress up as a female flight attendant? That may not have come to fruitionalthough, according to Fernandes, the time is nighbut he went one step
better worse further early this morning at Scotland's Edinburgh Airport.
Launching Little Red, Virgin Atlanticís domestic UK service and a major step for the airline, Branson donned a kilt and then dressed down by flashing us.
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Someday, someone will explain to us the mirth to be found in having the Internet become useless every year on April 1st. It's not that we harbor any hostility toward people who write things that are false but plausible, and who then giggle when people belieactually, no. Those people are ridiculous and they make the world a worse place to live.
There was maybe a marginal justification for their existence when the Internet was younger. Back then April Fools' Day pranks were the web advertising equivalent of Superbowl commercials. But now that the White House is posting pranks the whole thing is just grating.
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Last week we highlighted what the world of travel can expect from all of the major airline changes occurring around the globe and how that affects the big airline alliances of Oneworld and Star Alliance. Now, it's SkyTeam's turn as we have a look what's in store for the Delta-led airline partnership that has had some big growth in the past few years.
The Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda, is gearing up to be a strong South East Asian presence for the alliance. Although not technically joining until 2014, travelers will see the beginnings of the buddy-up to ease the long-haul travel woes. If this means it's easier to head to the beaches of Bali while accruing frequent flyer miles, then we're all for it.