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Fans of Eos Airlines will be thrilled by this scoop. The luxury airline just announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with US Helicopter to provide helicopter service between Manhattan and JFK International Airport for its London passengers. And get this: the helicopter transfer is free for folks reserving unrestricted tickets aboard Eos. After checking in at the heliports (located downtown at Wall Street and also at East 34th Street), guests go through security screening and check their bags to their final destination, before being whisked away on an eight-minute ride to the awaiting Eos jet at JFK.
It is with great sadness that we learn the news about Maxjet, the all-business class luxury airline connecting London and the East Coast. Maxjet filed for bankruptcy at the end of 2007 and has ceased service. This is especially disappointing for Washingtonians who were spoiled by Maxjet's sensational service-- as Eos Airlines, the main competition in this niche upscale market, only flies to NYC.
Now there's another reason to jet to Singapore, the business capital of the East. On Wednesday, the ultra-modern $1.2 billion airport terminal will receive its first passengers. After Hong Kong welcomed its new terminal a few months ago and Bangkok ushered in the problem-choked Suvarnabhumi Airport in 2006, Singapore hopes to bolster its position as the region's aviation hub. Changi Airport's Terminal 3, boasting a gorgeous five-storey vertical garden with waterfalls, is designed to handle the massive Airbus A380, the world's biggest passenger plane, which was first operated by Singapore Airlines in October. This new terminal will alone handle 22 million passengers a year. Its ambiance? Like a lavish five-star hotel...
There's a few more days to take advantage of this cool offer. During the month of December, when you book a flight for travel completed by February 29, 2008, you can score triple award points valid on any airline, anytime. This is yet another reason to fall in love with the "flying boutique hotel" which handed out Nintendo® Wii™ video game systems to passengers who booked flights this fall between New York and London Stansted. With just 48 seats and premium service, Eos is the "all-business class" airline that has everyone talking. Globetrotters actually find flying to be fun. The airline's Class 48 is a frequent flier award program like no other. You can redeem points for travel on all major airlines, including Eos, with no blackout dates. There are also awards beyond air travel: luxury items and gift certificates to top retailers like Harrods and John Lewis.
PS. Look out for routes between Newark and Stansted, and JFK and Paris, starting in 2008.
Kiss goodbye the era of lousy overnights at airport hotels. The latest trend, as detailed in Forbes Traveler, is a spectacular array of posh properties at airports around the world. In 2007, the industry pumped millions into capital investment for luxury airport hotels. Case in point: the swanky Radisson SAS which opened at London Stansted Airport, home to the business class-only airlines Eos and MaxJet. Road warriors will find four restaurants, excellently-appointed guest rooms, and full meeting and fitness facilities. The best part of all? "The 13-meter-high wine tower which holds 4,000 bottles of wine obtained each evening by 'wine angels' who fly on cables to retrieve your choice." For the full list of exciting airport hotels, check out ForbesTraveler's slide show.
The world's biggest jumbo jet landed in Sydney today. The first commercial flight for the A380, operated by Singapore Airlines, was a resounding success, as the tickets for the inaugural flight were sold as part of a charity auction. (Folks paid between $560 and $100,380 for seats.) Word from the lucky passengers who took part on the maiden voyage? The plane is an engineering marvel, with a cabin that's practically silent. The cabin products are dreamy. Case in point: the Singapore Airlines Suites (pictured)-- a class beyond first. Modeled on luxury yacht interiors, the suites feature real beds with Givenchy-designed bedding. It's like your very own personal cabin, where you dine off fine china and drink from crystal glasses. The plane will be introduced on long-haul routes to London, Tokyo, and San Francisco in early 2008.
The award-winning international carrier, Emirates Airlines, has just announced some ground-breaking improvements for its popular nonstop flights between NY and Dubai. For the evening flight from JFK, the new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will feature enhanced versions of the talked-about First Class suites, life-flat massage seats in Business Class, and extra legroom in Economy Class. And the industry's largest personal TV screens. Emirates is spending $50 million just to install the enhanced First Class suites on the new aircraft. These First Class suites are more akin to what you'd find on a corporate jet than a commercial aircraft; they include a fully-flat bed with in-seat massage, dine-on-demand room service, in-suite personal mini bar, a big personal wardrobe within the suite, and sliding doors for the ultimate in privacy. Plus, there's a new communal First Class bar area. So next time you jet to Dubai, you just may not want to get off the plane.
Looks like United and American are still in the running. Luxury airline favorites like Eos and Maxjet have been getting a lot of press (read: a lot of business), and the major U.S. carriers are taking notice. High-paying customers have flocked to the new all-business class airlines, where spacious seats, cutting edge technology, and truly decadent meals are run of the mill. Now United and American Airlines, the nation's largest air carriers, are preparing to enter the fray with costly makeovers to get a piece of the pie. On international flights, first-class and business travelers can soon expect big lie-flat seats, ample leg room, elaborate in-flight entertainment systems, and lots of pampering and perks. These changes to business and fist-class seats will start to take place late this year and early next year.
At long last, Boeing introduced its newest commercial jetliner on July 8 (fittingly, that's 7/8/07) before a packed house of 15,000 folks at the assembly factory in Everett, Washington. The first test flight won't take place until late August or September, but that doesn't mean the orders have stopped streaming in. Boeing's counted orders from 47 customers for a whopping 677 of the aircraft. Built from composite materials, the planes will be a lot lighter and thus use 20 percent less fuel per passenger than similarly sized aircraft. It also means quieter takeoffs and landings.
Abu Dhabi is emerging as a bright, thriving, cosmopolitan city with lush green parks and a bustling commercial hub and Dubai claims it is "the City built for Tourism all around the year." With these two major cities, and others, the United Arab Emirates continues to consistently top "Best of" lists for its attractions, business, and accommodations. In addition to the impressive number of super-luxury hotels, the United Arab Emirates features Etihad Airways as its National Airline. With three Guest Zones on each flight for passengers to choose from - Diamond, Pearl or Coral - there are new levels of comfort and luxury for travelers.
Etihad's Pearl Zone guests enjoy luxurious seating, extensive entertainment options, ambient mood lighting and signature cuisines. The new Pearl Zone seat (pictured) reclines 180 degrees into a fully flat 6 ft and 1-inch Business Bed. The Pearl Zone seat offers plenty of space and privacy with an 88-inch pitch and direct access to the aisle. A built-in massage facility helps passengers relax. Learn more about the Pearl Zone entertainment, communication, dining and service here.
Until July 28th, click here to enter your contact details for a chance to win 2 tickets to any Etihad destination - with over 43 international destinations across the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania and North America - you're sure to find somewhere you would like to travel in comfort and style.