Above 35,000 feet: why airplanes fly so high

airplane in the sky

Have you ever wondered why airplanes fly at 35,000 feet? Probably not, but the answer is quite interesting! Let us break it down for you…

One of the main reasons is that the air thins out the higher the plane rises, allowing it travel quicker and easier. As such, the plane uses up less fuel, which saves the airline a lot more money.

The best altitude for the airplane to fly at is between 35,000 and 42,000 feet. If it goes below, there’s more air resistance, and if it goes too high, there’s not enough oxygen for the engines to operate properly. To determine the best altitude, planes have to fly higher or lower depending on the weight of the plane—if it’s lighter, it should fly higher, if heavier, then lower.


Best airports in the world for 2017 have been named

best airports in the world 2017

Skytrax has just released their World Airport Awards, and Singapore’s Changi Airport was named number one the fifth time in a row. It has been in the top 10 for seventeen years since 2000. Surprised?

Skytrax conducts a survey every year, collecting over 13 million questionnaires between July 2016 to February 2017 that covers over 500 airports located all around the world. The Q&A rates each airport based on the customer experience, the services provided in the airport, and products offered (dining, shopping, clubs, spas, etc.).

Aside from the Best Airport in the World award, there were also awards for the cleanest airports, airports with the best shopping and airports with the best dining. Curious? Here’s who made it to the top ten in each of these categories.


Travel apps you cannot be without in 2017

best travel apps 2017

We all travel with our phones, and no matter where we go, we always find ourselves relying on them (even more so when we’re away from home). It’s the best place to search for hotels, catch a cab, check-in with friends or family, lookup restaurants to eat at and sites to see. But rather than spending time Googling or Yelping what to do or eat, or finding the best (and safest) neighborhoods in the city you’re visiting, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best travel apps for 2017 that can do all the searching for you plus more.


The all-new business class seats on Qatar Airways

Qatar business class seat

Qatar Airways has recently unveiled their new business class seats—the Qsuites—which will be available on their new Boeing 777-300ER beginning this June, and they are the first of its kind. The middle seat converts into a double bed, bringing you “a new level of luxury” to business class.

From sliding privacy doors and entertainment screens that slide back, to more space for yourself and family—Qsuites is definitely a cabin you can look forward to. Let’s take a deeper look at these world-class seats.


Top destinations for the ultimate cultural experience

kyoto japan cultural experience

International travel is always—and will always—be a cultural experience, and is probably one of the best type of memories you can bring back home with you that will last a lifetime.

But do you know where to go and what to do to have the best cultural adventure? If yo’ve answered “no”, then we’ve got exactly what you need. Here’s our list of destinations and activities we recommend you take to get to know the people and traditions of that country or region.


The best airline safety videos on our list

airline safety video

How many times have you flown and actually paid attention to a safety video? Our guess is not very often because most videos—if you ask us—are not very entertaining, a trend that has been going on for about 20 years.

It wasn’t until 2007 that the Virgin America first broke the dull trend in 2007 with their strange, out-of-the-ordinary, cartoon airline safety video. A little freaky, but it did break the norm.

From then on, other airlines started to follow, and in 2009, Air New Zealand debuted the first attention-grabbing airline safety video that started a new trend. The video was definitely out of the ordinary, featuring flight crew covered in body paint and not much else. The airline took a big chance, and Air New Zealand knew that they were either going to make it or break it…(will people really pay attention this way?).


Emirates NEW lounge onboard their A380s will have a yacht-like feel

Emirates onboard lounge A380

Beginning in July of this year, Emirates will debut their new lounges onboard their new A380s, and it’s going to look like a bar on a private yacht.

The official design will be announced at ITB Berlin in mid-March, but Emirates’ president Sir Tim Clark said, “…we have increased the seating space, and also made it more intimate and conducive for our passengers to socialise or enjoy our lounge service”. We’re pretty excited, are you?


Here’s what upper class cabin looks like on Korean Air’s NEW 787 Dreamliner

korean air business class

Last week, Korean Air debuted its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and nine more are set to be delivered this year. But that’s not the big surprise. The interesting (and slightly odd) feature was the decision to place the same exact seat design in first class as in business class. Yes, you read that right—the seats in both cabins are the same!

The only major contrast between the two is the service, size of the entertainment screen, and exclusivity in each cabin. Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail.


New amenities first class passengers can expect in 2017

first class amenities

First class has many perks—private suites with sliding doors, more space to spread out, personalized service, showers, a la carte cuisines, complementary limousine service right up to the plane, as well as access to VIP lounges.

But it doesn’t stop there. This year, airlines such as Emirates, British Airways, Qantas and Qatar are coming out with brand new products—here’s a look into what’s being introduced this year.


A walk through United Polaris business class lounge

United Polaris Business Class Lounge

If you have yet to experience Polaris, the new business class seat on United, then you’re in for a treat.

But the seats are not the only new product—the airline has recently opened up a brand new business class lounge in Chicago on December 1st, and will open three more this year in Newark, Los Angeles and London, and two more in 2018 inside the Hong Kong and Tokyo airports.

These posh new lounges will replace Global First class lounges, however United Clubs will continue to run alongside the new Polaris lounges. For those of you who have not had the chance to experience the new club at Chicago O’Hare, here’s a sneak peak at what you can expect to see mid-year this year and on to 2018.