Archive for December, 2014

AirAsia flight QZ8501 goes missing

Monday, December 29th, 2014

An AirAsia flight on its way from Indonesia to Singapore went missing early Sunday morning. The Airbus 320-200 lost contact with air traffic control in Jakarta at 6:17 am. There were 162 people on board: 155 passengers and seven crew members. The pilots asked to change course from 32,000 feet to 38,000 feet to avoid bad weather; shortly after that, the flight disappeared off of radar. The plane has been in service since 2008 and in that time, flew 13,600 flights. The carrier has never had a fatal accident in the 20 years it’s been running. So far, AirAsia has announced that most of the passengers were Indonesian; the remainder of the passengers were three South Koreans, one Frenchman, 1 Briton, and 1 Malaysian.

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Cheapflights tells how to make a frozen vacation

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

If you have kids who love the movie Frozen, or love it yourself, Cheapflights has put together a list of vacation spots celebrating the movie. The most obvious place is at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Elsa and Anna are taking over the Norwegian corner at Epcot starting in 2016. At Magic Kingdom Park, they are featured in the parade and visitors can see Queen Elsa light up Cinderella’s Castle. If you’re lucky enough to be in a city where Frozen on Ice will perform, you’ll see Mickey and Minnie Mouse skate alongside a bunch of Disney princesses including the Frozen characters. Finally, if you like stuffed animals, head to a Build-A-Bear workshop to make yourself an Elsa, Anna, or Olaf.

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Christmas icons looked at by

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Cheapflights looked into the origins of Christmas traditions from around the world. Here are some stories of the history of Christmas icons. Starting with New York’s Rockefeller Center, the 85-foot tree was grown in Danville, Pennsylvania and is 90 years old. Over 45,000 LED lights and a 9.5-foot Swarovski star adorns the top. Once it’s brought down in January, it will be turned into wood that will be used for Habitat for Humanity homes.

Rio de Janeiro has the largest floating Christmas tree: it’s 280 feet tall and the theme for 2014 is “Um Natal de Luz,” which gives honour to the importance of light in people’s lives. There are star, moon, and sun symbols throughout the tree. The structure has 3.1 million microlights and weighs 542 tons.

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Lufthansa will offer budget long-haul flights starting in 2015

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Lufthansa is going ahead with its plans to start offering budget long-haul flights starting in 2015. The board gave approval on Wednesday to increase its budget flight portfolio in order to try to stay competitive. This decision came mid-week of a strike planned by Lufthansa pilots. The first long-distance flights will start off going to southern Africa, some destinations in the Indian Ocean and Florida by late 2015. The company will also work to expand the regional airline Eurowings. The striking pilots say that the airline is making cuts in the wrong places in an effort to keep flight costs low. The pilots are fighting to keep retirement schemes that the airline wants to discontinue.

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