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Flying Wizz Air, European low-cost airline

Flying Wizz Air, European low-cost airline I just flew with Wizz Air, a major budget airline in Europe whose name and stunts I had previously only snickered over. It turns out in addition to offering low fares across Europe, they are also the largest carrier in Hungary (at least according to Wizz, Malev Hungarian...

Gadling test drives new search engine Hipmunk.com

Gadling test drives new search engine Hipmunk.com The new buzz on the internets this week is all about a new fare booking site called Hipmunk, a catchy, minimalist little site with a unique way of presenting fares. Founded by the co-founders of Reddit (Steve Huffmann) and BookTour (Adam Goldstein), Hipmunk brings a...

Daily Pampering: Three most luxurious first-class cabins

Daily Pampering: Three most luxurious first-class cabins America can learn a lot from the Far East in the way of air travel. We rounded up the three best first-class cabins for your flying pleasure. After all, if you're going to travel around the world, you might as well do it in style. Singapore Airlines: They call them...

On Your Side by Christopher Elliott helps with travel customer service issues

On Your Side by Christopher Elliott helps with travel customer service issues In the travel world, Christopher Elliott is a bit of a hero - on his blog, he regularly saves passengers from lost tickets, rental car horrors and other travel mishaps. Since there is only one Christopher Elliott, he's started a site designed to aid travelers in resolving...

Ryanair pushing ahead with $6 standing room only seats and paid bathrooms

Ryanair pushing ahead with $6 standing room only seats and paid bathrooms Last year, Ryanair first mentioned their concept for several rows of standing only seats. The idea back then was to install special standing seats and offer them for a reduced fee. The new seating innovation has not been implemented yet, but Michael O'Leary wants everyone...

Top ten best airlines revealed in 2010 World Airline Awards

Top ten best airlines revealed in 2010 World Airline Awards Spoiler alert: U.S. based airlines apparently all suck. At least, if you believe the results of the Skytrax 2010 World Airline Awards. The top ten airlines in the world are mostly from Asia. The only upside for U.S. based airlines is that no European airlines made it to the...

Lufthansa takes delivery of its first Airbus A380 super jumbo

Lufthansa takes delivery of its first Airbus A380 super jumbo Earlier this week, Lufthansa Airlines took delivery of their first Airbus A380. With room for 388 passengers in coach, 98 in business class and 8 in first class, this is one massive plane. For the passengers in coach, the experience is nothing too special - with a 3-4-3...

AOL's "Mystery Flyer" takes to the skies to find the friendliest service

AOL's In the world of mystery shoppers, someone visits stores and restaurants to determine their level of quality. Our friends at AOL Travel are doing something similar - but they are after ratings on domestic US airlines. Yesterday, this "spy in the sky" took their first...

Once a free perk, many airlines now charge for advanced seat selection

Once a free perk, many airlines now charge for advanced seat selection A recent Airfarewatchdog poll revealed that after checked bag fees, the most hated airline fee is the one extracted for advanced seat selection. This used to be entirely free, but no more. Say you log on to JetBlue's Web site to book a flight. You choose one, you...

Daily Pampering: British Airways' Club World service from London City to JFK

Daily Pampering: British Airways' Club World service from London City to JFK Thirty-two seats is all that your business-class-only jet will host on your journey from New York City to the heart of London, England. The aircraft, an Airbus A318, has been outfitted by British Airways specifically for this purpose – as a posh, express service...

Spirit Airlines announces another raunchy marketing stunt

Spirit Airlines announces another raunchy marketing stunt Ah, Spirit Airlines - the airline equivalent of a Beavis and Butthead episode. After annoying their own staff with their "MILF" promotion back in 2007, the marketing minds at this low cost carrier have decided to ignore all the previous criticism, and launched yet another...

The story behind Air New Zealand's new seats (with video)

The story behind Air New Zealand's new seats (with video) Typically when an airline makes an advancement in their seat technology, a press release is sent out along with a few pictures. This week, Air New Zealand has given us a behind the scenes look at what went into their latest product. They started the process using four...

Coach cabin revolution -- Air New Zealand adds beds in economy

Coach cabin revolution -- Air New Zealand adds beds in economy Innovation may have played a part in Air New Zealand's eight-year quest for renewed profitability. As Kathryn Gregory, director of marketing for the Americas region recently said, "We like to look at what the other airlines are doing in their marketing and then......

Inside Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class clubhouse

Inside Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class clubhouse Any traveler who has come within a stone's throw of a major American airport has heard of the Virgin airlines. Among other brands, they've got Virgin America operating service between a handfull of fortunate, domestic cites, V Australia bouncing between Los Angeles and...

Who was tops in Zagat airline survey?

Who was tops in Zagat airline survey? The fliers are having their say, and Zagat is there to record it. It's time for Zagat's annual Airline Survey, tracking travelers' experiences with 16 U.S. airlines and 73 foreign airlines, and 30 U.S. airports. Each airline was rated on its comfort, service, food, and...

Poll: Have you ever passed up the cheapest airfare to avoid a bad airline?

Poll: Have you ever passed up the cheapest airfare to avoid a bad airline? People love to complain about the dismal state of air travel these days. Whether it's the stomach-churning airline food (and there's so little of it!), the complete lack of leg room, or the fact that your luggage was for some reason routed through Honolulu, we've come to...

Inside the Emirates A380 First Class shower

Inside the Emirates A380 First Class shower Last week, I wrote how smelly passengers are among the most annoying people to be sitting next to on a flight. For passengers in First Class on Emirates flights serviced by their Airbus A380, body odor can be a thing of the past (and I don't mean though copious amounts...

Mile High Dining Club: Air France

Mile High Dining Club: Air France Welcome to the first installment of the Mile High Dining Club where I'll be exploring and reviewing all things delicious (and perhaps not so) in the air, on the tracks, and on the ground. As airlines continue to cut more services, the bygone Pan American days of bottomless...

Onboard Central America's thriftiest carrier: Sosa

Onboard Central America's thriftiest carrier: Sosa Honduras has two carriers that fly among San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, and the Bay Islands. Those are Islena Regional (a division of TACA) and Aerolineas Sosa, "Su linea Aerea Amiga" (Your Airline Friend!) Among other aircraft, TACA operates a few ATR-42s on these routes, a 42...

The Accidental Chef Travels: An Introduction

The Accidental Chef Travels: An Introduction This post is the first installment of my culinary travel feature column, "The Accidental Chef Travels". Come join me to discover all that's delicious! I think the best way to introduce myself is to begin with the basics. I grew up in an unusual family -- part West...

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