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Free food from United Airlines – on the ground

You may not be getting served complimentary meals in the air, but in Manhattan and San Francisco, United Airlines  is sending out food trucks stocked with complimentary food items inspired by some of the places the airline flies to from Newark and San Francisco.

This week in New York the food truck will be distributing pastries that include rugelach and black & white cookies to celebrate the Newark to Tel Aviv route.

Beginning, July 31, the food truck will be handing out Dulce de Leche doughnuts and coconut cream pineapple doughnuts in honor of the Buenos Aires route.

And starting August 7, to celebrate service to Narita, Japan , the United food truck will offer cherry doughnuts and “Yuzu” lemon zest doughnuts.

In San Francisco, the food truck will be promoting the new SFO to Munich route with horseshoe almond and apple crumb cakes daily.

To find out where the trucks are located in New York, you’ll need to follow @SweeteryNYC on Twitter.

There is no Twitter handle offering clues on where the truck will be in San Francisco, but United says look for it in these neighborhoods:

South of Market – Brannan St

Financial district – Sansome

Outside San Francisco (Retail) – Mission Bay Blvd. N

Pastry from Jet Blue’s inaugural Quito flight

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Blue roses from the arrival party for Jet Blue’s inaugural flight to Quito, Ecuador from Fort Lauderdale

 

I was pleased to join Jet Blue as a guest on their inaugural flight from Fort Lauderdale to Quito, Ecuador on Thursday morning, Feb 25 and will be circling back around with a more details on why this route is especially meaningful for Jet Blue and for Ecuador – but it’s late here in Quito and what’s really important to share are these snaps of the pastry created for the send-off and arrival parties.

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I didn’t get to taste the cake (I was wondering what a passport might taste like) but ate two of those Jet Blue shortbread cookies for dinner.

Route round-up: more ways to get from here to there

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Increasingly, you can get there from here. Here’s a round-up of some new airline routes that may help.

British Airways will begin its San Francisco – London service with an Airbus A380 next summer. The airline began A380 service between Los Angeles and London last September 2013 and starts A380 service to Washington DC in October.

Air New Zealand announced it is adding more flights to its North American routes. with additional service from Vancouver and Los Angeles to Auckland.

Starting in April 2015, ANZ will fly LAX-AKL three times daily through October. Starting in June 2015, ANZ will fly YVR-AKL five times a week through September.

Southwest Airlines will add service between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and San José, Costa Rica, starting in March 2015.

And Icelandair announced new seasonal non-stop service from Portland, Oregon to Reykjavik, Iceland beginning May 20, 2015 and continuing through October 21, 2015.