WestJet’s new discount airline ‘Swoop’ kicks off with the promise of $7.50 one-way flights between British Columbia and Ontario for customers who book before the 4th of February. The offer comes with a number of blackout dates and restrictions, but according to the airline, amounts to a $0 base fare plus taxes and fees. Swoop says it will have 500 seats available for the $0 base price from June 20th to September 4th, and will have another 1,500 available from September 5th to December 13th.
Other one-way sales on the site include $37 for a flight from Hamilton to Halifax, $39 to go from Edmonton to Abbotsford and $41 to go from Halifax to Hamilton, setting the bar sky-high for its debut year.
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Hong-Kong based airline Cathay Pacific debuted their new in-flight video series "Travel Well With Yoga” dedicated to yoga and meditation for flights, as part of their new campaign ‘Life Well Travelled’. All the moves are designed to be performed while sitting, for passengers to use before, during, and after a flight.
The in-flight program is a collaborative effort between Cathay Pacific and Pure Yoga, and consists of six videos focused on recommended yoga and meditation exercises designed to improve circulation, enhance joint mobility, and ease travel anxiety.
Cathay Pacific Entertainment platforms and connectivity manager Simon Cuthbert says: "We all know that sitting still for a long period of time can be uncomfortable. The need to get up, move and get your blood pumping is important during a flight. Yoga is an innovative way to do this. There are a series of exercises that can easily be done from an economy class seat whilst other moves are suitable for after the flight in your hotel."
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The ‘Google Flights’ search engine will use its advanced machine learning algorithms and understanding of historical data to predict delays before they’ve even been flagged by the airlines themselves. This will be especially useful for those on basic economy flights, as delays and unexpected changes are common
Google uses a combination of data and A.I. technology that mean it can predict some delays in advance of any sort of official confirmation. Google adds that it won’t flag these in the app until it’s at least 80% confident in the prediction, so you should still head for your flight on time, just be prepared for what’s to come!
You can track the status of your flight by searching for your flight number or the airline and flight route, the delay information will then appear in the search results.
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On Saturday, an “emotional support” peacock (named Dexter) was barred from boarding a cross-country flight out of New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport despite having his own ticket. Dexter the peacock is just one of the many strange and exotic ‘support animals’ that passengers have tried to fly with.
As you might expect, the majority of therapy animals are dogs and cats, but in the past skunks, turkeys, kangaroos and potbellied pigs have all flown on airlines before. So why not Dexter? Well, animals that airlines are not required to accommodate include snakes, reptiles, ferrets, rodents, sugar gliders and spiders (all of which passengers have attempted to bring on flights, noted Delta).
But what about peacocks?
“There are a number of reasons why Dexter was turned away,” according to a spokesperson for United Airlines including his “Weight and size.” “We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport,” United added.
In the end, it seems a little far-fetched that a peacock would ever be allowed to fly cage-free in a plane’s cabin, but it does raise some questions on airlines tightening restrictions on emotional support animals, and what that could for people who actually need to travel with these animal companions.
Finlay Sangster, a young football fan with cerebral palsy, was surprised at his school by British Airways pilot Jonathan Knowlson and whisked off to London as part of the project BA Magic, which aims to create special moments.
The Rangers fan and Mill O’ Forest pupil has always wanted to play Xbox with his friends but was unable to due to his condition. Finlay and his mum, dad Bruce and his five-year-old brother Brodie were flown to London by BA Magic for the youngster to get his very own bespoke and accessible Xbox controller.
Gail said the airline had “gone above and beyond on the family’s behalf” it even arranged for Rangers player Josh Windass to show up at their home at the end of their experience and personally deliver the Xbox to Finlay.
“Finlay actually said to me ‘thank you for making my dream come true’ and this is the whole reason we do what we do,” Said Mark Saville from SpecialEffect, the charity that worked with Finlay to design his controller.
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