Lucky group dines onboard a Pan Am 747 model outside Los Angeles

Remember Anthony Toth? He’s the guy who created a replica of the interior of a Pan Am Boeing 747 inside a Los Angeles-area warehouse. From the outside, it’s completely fake. But the interior? It looks almost exactly like the real thing.

On Saturday night, Anthony played host to an “on-board” dinner. And according to an excellent blog post by Brett Snyder, who helped organize the event, the evening was a rousing success. Tickets were actually available to the public, though they sold out very quickly.

The pictures on Brett’s blog are just unreal. Read on to see a few of them.

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JetBlue Airways unveils new first class cabin for LAX flights

JetBlue is naming its new first class cabin, "Mint." Photo courtesy of the airline.

JetBlue is naming its new first class cabin, “Mint.” Photo courtesy of the airline.

You’ll have to wait until next June to try it out, but JetBlue Airways officially unveiled its new “first class” product on Monday at an event in New York City. The product will only be available on certain transcontinental routes.

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How JFK Airport deals with “VIP movements,” according to the N.Y. Times

Before last month’s U.N. General Assembly in New York, John F. Kennedy Airport counted almost 250 different “VIP” movements, according to a great story in the New York Times.

As you might expect, it’s not easy to coordinate that many flights, especially when many of the dignitaries arrived in New York on private planes and required a police escort to get to Manhattan. According to the story, “…Secret Service and the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service provided varying levels of protection depending on the ‘threat perception.’” Some world leaders got the so-called “heavy weapons package.”

You might be surprised to know the airfield only shuts down for two people — the President and Vice President of the United States. And even then, it only shuts down for 15 minutes or less, according to the Times.

I think my favorite part of the story is this gem:

Some years can be more complicated than others. When Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended the General Assembly, he would have the pilots turn off their plane’s transponder as it approached the airport, causing it to disappear from the screen used in the command center to track aircraft, Lieutenant Lomonaco said. Or his plane would veer north away from the city “trying to be a little evasive” before landing, he added.

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Air Tahiti Nui flies to four continents with a fleet of only five planes

Air Tahiti Nui

Air Tahiti Nui flies to four continents but has only five airplanes – all Airbus A340s. Photo courtesy of the airline.

My readers are good.

Last week, I asked a trivia question: “What airline serves four continents but has only five planes?”

Two readers correctly guessed the right answer. It’s Air Tahiti Nui, a 15-year-old airline with an impressive route network and a very small fleet. With a “hub” in Papeete, Tahiti, Air Tahiti Nui files to Paris, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Auckland. (The Paris/Papeete flight makes a stop in Los Angeles.) Air Tahiti Nui actually only schedules four of its planes at any one time, using the fifth one for charters and as a spare.

The airline has a fleet of all Airbus A340-300s. The A340s have four engines, and they’ve fallen out of favor with most airlines because they’re not particularly efficient. The Wall Street Journal recently wrote about the airplane, noting that “Leading airlines from Canada to China have unloaded the massive planes after just a few years of use, and new takers have been few.”

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Jet Airways is the answer of this week’s Name that Interior trivia

Jet Airways, an Indian carrier, has a pretty cool first class cabin. Photo courtesy of the airline.

Jet Airways, an Indian carrier, has a pretty cool first class cabin. Photo courtesy of the airline.

We have a winner!

L.A. Airspace sends a hearty congratulations to Ian Petchenik, the first person to correctly guess Jet Airways, an Indian airline, as the carrier pictures above. He wins an Eva Air Hello Kitty tote bag.

Check bag soon for the next installment in our Name that Interior game.

Ian Petchenik has won this tote bag. Are you jealous?

Ian Petchenik has won this tote bag. Are you jealous?

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