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Hey, aisle fans, here’s a tip for you.

[image of widebody jet] Prefer an aisle seat? If you're an aisle fan, pick one of the center aisle seats on a Boeing 747. The 3-4-3 layout means there's only half as many people clambering over you. Routehappy. Fly better.
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Posted in Boeing 747, Genius tips, Seat Layout

Oh Baby, Baby!

He has arrived, the #royalbaby. The world is taking to social media to announce their joys over the birth of Wills & Kate’s little one. But once the Royal couple are in need of a holiday to the States to get away — and, of course, to introduce the baby to America — how might the world’s number one set of new parents get here? Here at Routehappy we specialize in make the trip as happy for them (or you) no matter whether you’re traveling like a prince, princess or the fourteenth footman downstairs.

American Airlines, LHR – DFW on a freshly steeped 777-300ER

Let’s say the Royal family wants to take a trip to Dallas/Fort Worth. You know, land of big hair and personalities — oh, and that quintessential American department store, Neiman Marcus. They can hop onboard American Airlines’ new 777-300ER from Heathrow and make the 10 hour or so hop to the big D. Onboard, we’d recommend they sit in these comfortable first class full flat pods.


Air New Zealand, LHR to LAX on 777-300

Perhaps Kate wants to have high tea and trade Mommy (sorry, Mummy) tips with our very own Royal Mother in the US, Kim Kardashian.  For her, we’d recommend a hop on a true hidden gem. Air New Zealand flies from LHR with an ultimate goal of ending up in Auckland (AKL) of course, but since no aircraft can yet reach quite that far, they make a leisurely stop in Los Angeles (LAX). The London-LA leg is one of the best kept secrets in all of Hollywood.

Air New Zealand is known for their fabulous Kiwi staff, luxury and effervescence. When Kate needs that drink refreshed, she can belly up to the in-flight bar and select a delicious New Zealand wine (or two), chat with fellow passengers or head back to her full flat pod business class seat.


British Airways, LCY to JFK, on A318

Before you question a possible typo at the end there, we did mean A318. This is an all business class flight that jaunts from London City airport to Shannon, Ireland, and eventually to JFK. The stop in Shannon is quite brilliant – it’s a United States pre-clearance zone which allows folks on certain flights to clear customs in Ireland and avoid the sometimes long lines at JFK. Here’s a look at this intimate cabin with just 32  full flat seats:


British Airways, LHR to NYC (JFK or EWR), on a 777-200 or 747-400

If taking a brief Irish pitstop isn’t their jive, and the idea of a cozy private space seems more appealing, they may opt for a full flat pod in BA’s New First Class, offered on most flights to the US. Important note: supermodel Rachel Weisz isn’t included in the ticket price.

Seat - First Class Full Flat Pod - British Airways - New First - Rachel Weisz

Virgin Atlantic, LHR to JFK, on A330-300

Another exceedingly shiny way to get from LHR to JFK is Virgin Atlantic, in Upper Class. Virgin offers swish new full flat pod seating, a wide selection of on-demand entertainment, comfortable 1-1-1 seating layout, plugs, and a trial of Wi-Fi on most flights. Their new Dream Suites make the flight really comfortable and stylish.

Seat - Full Flat Pod - Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Dream Suite - A330 only

Naturally, one needn’t be related to Her Majesty to want a happier, more comfortable flight. And we at Routehappy don’t think you should have to pawn off the family jewels to pay for it! Find your own happiest flight — for the lowest price — at

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Posted in Air New Zealand, Airbus A318, Airbus A330, Airline, American, Boeing 747, Boeing 777, British Airways, Dallas, Flyer tips, Happiness Factors, London, Los Angeles, New York, Plugs, Seat Layout, Seats, Virgin Atlantic

Fly like a Kardashian on American to LAX.

Both roomier seats and fewer neighbors are part of our unique Happiness Scores. Window passengers don’t want to trouble more people than they have to in order to get out, and aisle passengers want a minimum of people springing over them like a gazelle/hippo in the middle of the night.

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Posted in American, Boeing 777, Genius tips, Los Angeles, Miami, Seat Layout, Seats, Type of plane

Look at all the storage space on Thai’s A380!

"Very nice new business class product on their A380." -Ben H, on Thai Airways, on Routehappy.
Don’t miss Ben H’s other reviews — and check out more expert tips about Thai Airways.

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Posted in Airbus A380, Bangkok, Flyer tips, Postcards, Seat Layout, Seats, Thai, Type of plane

Yes, that Air Koryo. The one from North Korea.

Of course you want to read more from Craig S… and more about Air Koryo!

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Posted in Air Koryo, Beijing, Flyer tips, Ilyushin IL-62, Postcards, Pyongyang, Routehappy favorites, Seat Layout, Seats

What do you think about these layouts? Good or bad?

"Air New Zealand business class on the Boeing 777-300 has the staggered layout with large lie-flat seats, and large personal screens. The only problem... it is difficult to see out the window." -James M, Auckland to Melbourne, on Routehappy
Controversial review there, James! Some people love Air New Zealand‘s Business Premier seat, some aren’t as convinced. Which one are you? Sound off in our comments or join the discussion on Twitter or Facebook.

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Posted in Air New Zealand, Auckland, Boeing 777, Melbourne, Seat Layout, Seats, Type of plane

Herringbone style seats: agree or disagree?

DL - Delta Airlines. "This plane has the angled individual seats in Business Class, which was a first for me. The set up took a bit of getting used to and I did not like not being able to see out the window during take off and landing." -Janel P, Sydney to Los Angeles, on a Delta 777, on Routehappy.
We love Janel’s expert tips — she’s a frequent flyer and it shows. But do you agree about Delta‘s 777 flat-bed seat, the one in the herringbone pattern? Share your thoughts in a comment, or hit us up on Twitter and Facebook.

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Posted in Boeing 777, Delta, Flyer tips, Los Angeles, Seat Layout, Seats, Sydney

Best. Main. Cabin. Extra. Ever.

[Roomier Seat.]Main Cabin, Extra Great. On American's new Boeing 777-300ER, Main Cabin Extra has one fewer neighbor across than Main Cabin. With more than four inches more legroom (and on-demand entertainment), it's a great way to fly. Routehappy. Fly better.
Read expert flyer tips about American Airlines, or go right ahead and find a happier flight (like this one!) today.

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Posted in American, Boeing 777, Genius tips, Seat Layout, Seats

Take the BA all-business “Babybus” to London.


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Posted in Airbus A318, Airline, Airports, British Airways, Genius tips, London, New York, Seat Layout, Seats, Type of plane, Wi-Fi

Filed under “things we love to hear”.

[Air France Economy Class seat on an Airbus A330] "Very good legroom on this modern A330, and very comfortable." -Robert A, in economy on Air France, on Routehappy
Check out more expert tips about Air France, or follow along with our globetrotting CEO Robert A!

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Posted in Air France, Airbus A330, Flyer tips, Paris, Postcards, Seat Layout, Seats, Type of plane
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