Souvenir Sunday at Boston Logan Airport

Sunday is Souvenir Sunday – a day to take a look at some of the iocally-themed gifts you can buy when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week’s items come from Boston Logan International Airport, where we found lobsters galore:

BOS GUMMY LOBSTERS

BOS LIVELOBSTERS

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Fresh amenities at EWR & LGA

Traveling to or through LaGuardia Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport anytime soon? Look for some of these new dining and shopping outlets.

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Through the end of August, The Food & Shops at LaGuardia Terminal B is having a party to celebrate a year’s worth of improvements that include new specialty stores (America!, Desigual, Duty Free Americas/ L’Occitane, Eddie Bauer, Lacoste, Lick, InMotion Entertainment, Ruby Blue and Tumi) and expanded dining options that now include Bowery Bay Tavern, Piccolo Mercato, Six Blocks Bakery, Sorrentine and Villa Pizza Kitchen.

Be on the lookout for free food tastings, store discounts, live music and special events There’s also a Twitter contest with merchandise giveaways underway.

Over at Newark Liberty International Airport – in United’s Terminal C – OTG has opened some of the first pieces of the “re-imagined” space.

Designed to be “dining oases,” Proof Whiskey Bar and Caps Beer Garden are now in the center of the long hallways. The first of 38 redesigned gate lounges in Terminal C has also opened.

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EWR CAPS BEER GARDEN

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Fresh airport art exhibits

Stuck at the airport? Lucky you! In these and many other airports, you’ll get to see some great art.

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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has a new art exhibit featuring wind instruments from the Sheldon Art Galleries through December 13, 2015 in the Lambert Gallery.

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On view: beautiful and exotic wind instruments from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America, and Central and North America, which are a part of The Sheldon’s Hartenberger 2,500 piece World Music Collection.

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At Austin-Berstrom International Airport there’s a new exhibit featuring beadworkd from the Austin Bead Society.

Graphic Explosion by Nancy Vaughn

Graphic Explosion by Nancy Vaughn

 Waters Edge by Robynne Simons Sealy


Waters Edge by Robynne Simons Sealy

And in the Terminal C-D link, Philadelphia International Airport is commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the start of its commercial air service with a new exhibit looking back at the airport’s transformation into a major hub airport.

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Kenneth Aston, Philadelphia International Airport.

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courtesy Philadelphia International Airport

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courtesy Philadelphia International Airport

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Homegrown safety video for Hawaiian Airlines

In a switch-up from the funny and celebrity-filled in-flight safety videos that are becoming the norm on airlines, Hawaiian Airlines has decided to go heartfelt and local.

The carrier’s new safety video features crew members and their families sharing the crucial information – in picture-postcard Hawaiian locations, including Yokohama Beach and Kualoa Ranch on Oʻahu, Haleakalā National Park and Po‘olenalena Beach on Maui, Waimea Canyon and Waikoko Farm on Kauaʻi and Saddle Road Lava Fields and Umauma Falls on Hawaiʻi Island.

Hawaiian Airlines is having a social media contest (open to U.S. residents only) to celebrate the new video.

The prize: 140,000 HawaiianMiles.

To enter, post a picture to Instagram or Twitter of your favorite Hawaiian location.
Use the hashtage “HAOnlocation” and post your photos by September 18.

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ANA introduces two new Star Wars planes

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What fun!

Japan’s ANA airlines will soon have two new Star Wars planes, decorated with BB-8, a brand new character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and with our old friend, R2-D2. The new designs are part of an agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) and will be in addition to the previously announced R2-D2 ANA Jet, which is scheduled to go into service on October 18, 2015.

The new BB-8 ANA Jet, will be a Boeing 777-300ER. The new Star Wars ANA Jet, which will be decorated with both BB-8 and R2-D2 on the outside, is a Boeing 767-300. The previously announced R2-D2 jet is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The decorations won’t just be on the outside. Like EVA Air’s Hello Kitty jets, ANA’s Star War-themed jets will have headrest covers, paper napkins and cups, and no doubt other in-flight service item (Star Wars toilet paper, please…) featuring Star Wars characters.

ANA Star War image

The airline also announcing that it will now offer all six of the currently released Star Wars films as part of the in-flight entertainment options on international routes.

All three Star Wars Jets will fly international and domestic routes. The R2-D2 ANA Jet is scheduled to go into service on international routes on October 18, starting as flight NH116 between Tokyo and Vancouver, and then fly between Japan and other cities, including Seattle and San Jose, Munich, Paris and Brussels, Sydney, Beijing and Jakarta.

In November, the Star Wars ANA Jet will begin flying domestic Japanese routes, with the BB-8 jet starting international routes, between Japan and North America in March 2016.

Here’s a link to ANA’s fun website site with all things Star Wars and a video of the jets “in action”:

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