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by Sophie Gayot

There is a new “frontier” when crossing America from coast to coast. Long gone are the days of traveling by feet, horses and the wagons of the courageous pioneers (hey, without them we would not be here). For many, many years now we’ve had airplanes. But how to decide on an airline? The price, the mileage program, the credit card points, the safety, the service, the schedule, the airport, the onboard amenities, the extras you have to pay? The choices are vast.

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Emirates' A380 flight touches down in Los Angeles

Emirates’ A380 flight touches down in Los Angeles

Dubai holds a lot of world records — tallest building, tallest hotel, largest shopping center — so it’s no wonder its airline would hold a record of its own. Emirates recently launched the world’s longest Airbus A380 flight in operation, with daily service between Dubai and Los Angeles.

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Japan Airlines' First Class seats on the JAL SKY SUITE 777

Japan Airlines’ First Class seats on the JAL SKY SUITE 777

With an array of newcomers upping the ante for the quality of air travel, Japan Airlines is keeping up with the competition with its new JAL SKY SUITE 777.

After introducing its four redesigned classes earlier this year, Japan Airlines is set to complete modifications on all thirteen of its 777-300ER jets by 2014. The new classes on these aircraft are constructed to evoke a feeling of “one class higher.”

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Aluminum Overcast taxiing

Aluminum Overcast taxiing

Time Traveling with Aluminum Overcast

by Alain Gayot

Soon, we’ll be able to purchase a flight on Virgin Galactic for a twenty minute trip to space. But for nostalgic flyers who prefer to travel back in time, a WWII era B-17 Flying Fortress is the ticket.

For about $400, you’ll be able to sample, for twenty minutes, what brave men experienced as they went on bombing raids over Europe. No first class, no business class, not even premium economy here. These aluminum war machines took ten svelte men in a very noisy, rather uncomfortable environment featuring cat walks, cramped spaces and no facilities.

However, thanks to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s devotion to promoting all things aviation past and future, a happy few will be able to board the Aluminum Overcast, a pristine and fully functional aircraft, during its inaugural 2010 national tour. Stopping at an airport near you, enthusiasts can simply take a ground tour ($5) and chat it up with the crew or embark on their very own mission. You’ll also be able to purchase memorabilia and learn about aviation overall.

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Morumbi in Sao Paulo, home to Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo, one of Brazil's famous soccer stadiums

Morumbi in Sao Paulo, home to Estadio Cicero Pompeu de Toledo, one of Brazil’s famous soccer stadiums

Winter is coming, and what better way to escape the cold than with a trip to South America? Starting December 16, 2013, American Airlines travelers can book nonstop flights to and from Los Angeles (LAX) and Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU), as well as between Miami (MIA) and Curitiba (CWB) and Porto Alegre (POA), beginning November 21, 2013.

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TSA will allow pocket knives on planes

TSA will allow pocket knives on planes

Samurais and winemakers traveling with their equipment still have to check their sabres and bottles, but starting April 25, small knives, novelty bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment currently banned from planes will be allowed on board, according to the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new carry-on rules.





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Proud to be an American

on January 31st, 2013
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Flag design on tailfin

Flag design on tailfin

American Airlines Flies with new Logo and Livery

by Alain Gayot

Every so often an airline comes out with new features, and there is a lot brewing these days with new aircraft technology. American Airlines has reached such a milestone with the advent of light aircraft based on carbon fiber parts and other lightweight materials. For decades, the iconic airline flew with shiny aluminum skins only seen these days on vintage aircraft at shows and museums. A requirement had made it that AA needed to paint their planes. So starting today American Airlines Flight #963 from Dallas to Sao Paolo, Brazil, is the first commercial flight of the airline’s brand new 777-300ER plane to fly the new exterior scheme with silver mica paint to remind you of the earlier planes’ metallic look. A new modern logo with a stylized eagle sits next to the giant word “American” while on the tail waves a proud rendition of Old Glory.

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Cal Jet Air debuts direct flights to Mazatlan with carrier XTRA Airways

Cal Jet Air debuts direct flights to Mazatlan with carrier XTRA Airways

There’s no better time than now to visit one of the hottest wintertime destinations south of the Mexican border. For the first time in years, an American airline is offering convenient and affordable non-stop flights to Mazatlán from five different U.S. locations: Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Antonio.

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Lufthansa's Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental

Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental

Europe’s second-largest airline, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, is giving budget travelers reason to celebrate. The company has announced plans for a selection of its European short-haul operations to join forces with low-cost airline Germanwings. The collaboration is slated to begin in January 2013 with approximately 90 planes and is expected to fly eighteen million passengers annually on all domestic and European short-haul flights outside Lufthansa’s main hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. While the goal of this strategy is companywide cost-reduction, passengers will benefit, since the as-yet-named new airline will broaden the options for low-cost flights in Europe now offered by airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair.

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Virgin Atlantic A330 on the runway

Virgin Atlantic A330 on the runway

It seems that a person can’t go anywhere anymore without overhearing someone else’s cell phone conversation. The one place that seemed safe was the friendly skies. Not so any longer. Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will become the first British airline to allow passengers to use their own mobile phones at 35,000 feet. Using a link-up with Panasonic-owned AeroMobile, passengers will be able to make calls on the airline’s new A330-300 Airbus flights between London and New York, with as many as twenty planes available for this service by the end of 2012. Continue reading “Virgin Atlantic to Allow Sky High Mobile Phone Calls – Travel News” »


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