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The Best Time To Buy US Airline Tickets Is On Sunday 57 Days In Advance

The Christmas travel season is coming, and here’s some important new data that might help you enjoy it more: The cheapest airline fares can be found 57 days before your planned departure. What’s more, the best day of the week to buy those tickets is now Sunday — which has changed in recent years. It used to be Tuesday.


How Flying Is Getting A Lot Safer In One Simple Graphic

Fascinating interactive data visualisation by Information Is Beautiful Studio for BBC Future: All the flight incidents from 2014 to 1993 in one single graphic — 436 in total. The size of the circles correspond to the number of fatalities. Particularly interesting is the chart on the top right.


I Flew To Work In The Uber For The Skies

Flying from LA to San Francisco on business is a task normally fraught with stress and rage. But today, my journey begins from a better place. Instead of the gargantuan mess that is LAX, my Uber rolls up to a tiny airport three miles to the east. I start to realise just how different my work commute will be today.


I Want To Spend My Days Flying Like This Golden Eagle

Mongolians love their golden eagles. They use them to hunt on the steppes of Western Mongolia, riding on their horses at the same time — an art known as “Horse Riding Falconry”. David De Vleeschauwer and Debbie Pappyn went to Mongolia to put a camera on one of these winged beasts of the Altai Mountains.


Planes Will Start Running On Biofuels From Fallen Trees In Two Years

Now here’s some welcome innovation in the airline industry. Southwest Airlines announced today that it will be using biofuel on several of its flights by 2016, purchasing the blended fuel from a Colorado company that salvages “140,000 dry tons of woody biomass feedstock” per year — fallen timber from local forests that might otherwise serve as fuel for wildfires.


This TSA Checkpoint Is Carved Entirely Out Of Wood

Would a trip through airport security be a little better if it looked like this? Roxy Paine, a New York artist, has painstakingly whittled every last detail of a TSA checkpoint, rendering everything from the X-ray monitor to the plastic boxes for our belongings in smooth, sanded maple.


For $300, You Can 'Fly' On A Perfectly Recreated Pan Am 747

Pan Am ceased to exist 23 years ago, but the defunct airline enjoys a dedicated cult following — whose fixation with the past that doesn’t seem quite so odd when considered in light of the stinky, knee-obsessed, genital-groping present of air travel. Now, for roughly what it costs to fly to Ft Lauderdale, you can turn back the clock.


Mexico City's New Mega-Airport Will Collect Its Own Energy And Water

Cities all over the world have been scrambling to build mega-airports in an effort to lure tourism dollars and modernize their image. The latest to step into the fray: Mexico City, with a gigantic new airport proposal announced today that it’s calling the “most sustainable” in the world.


I Flew Like A Bird Using Oculus Rift

It should be a truth universally acknowledged that any man or woman using Oculus Rift will look like a dumbass. As awesome as it is to experience Oculus Rift, to everyone else, you are a crazy person with a black box strapped onto your face groping at thin air. And then I, of course, had to strap myself to some wings, stick my feet in the air, and flap my arms to Birdly — an ambitious virtual reality flying simulation.


Cheap Aeroplane Seats Shouldn't Recline At All

Yesterday, we shared the amusing case of the cross-country trip that was diverted when two passengers got in a battle over a reclining seat. But the real villain here isn’t our travel-addled selves. It’s that we still let aeroplane seats recline at all.


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