31. October 2013 07:06
Get ready to see Iberia in an entirely new look. Keeping pace with the changing times, Iberia has also decided to rejuvenate itself with a new brand image. Iberia has recently introduced its new brand image and logo, and plans to roll out across the airline from the end of November this year.
Iberia provided details about its new branding features. The airline said that its familiar red and orange colours that were part of the previous logo will be prominently featured. The airline however said that its IB IATA code letters have undergone transformation and would now be displayed into a more stylized tailfin shape. The airline indicated that the new designs would be rolled out across all its aircrafts over the next few months. According to Iberia, the new livery would be featured on the first aircraft in mid-November.
Iberia issued a statement while introducing its new brand image and logo before the mediapersons. The airline stated that the new changes have been inspired from Spanish culture and its influence in the world. The airline’s new image will be appropriately reflecting the profound changes currently underway at Iberia. The new image will convey an expressive, life-affirming and up-to-date message before the entire world.
30. October 2013 04:52
Chengdu has now become the fourth city in People’s Republic of China to allow visa-free entry to travelers from foreign countries. This became effective from September this year. The other three Chinese cities that are already allowing visa-free entry to foreign travelers include Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Chengdu has now become the first inland city in China to offer a 72-hour visa-free stay to transit passengers.
According to the new aviation policy promulgated by China, visitors from 45 countries, including the U.S., UK, France, Singapore, UAE, Switzerland, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands and others will be allowed up to 72 hours of city exploration while in transit. The direct transit passengers holding third-country visas and connecting air tickets would not be required to a visa to China while flying to Chengdu on international routes. The policy doesn’t allow the visitors using the visa to leave the city during the transit period, or else they may be warned, fined, detained or even expelled from China and prohibited re-entry. Qatar Airways and British Airways recently launched flights to Chengdu this year.
Chengdu had last year received 122 million tourists altogether, among which 1.6 million arrived from foreign countries. The new aviation policy is expected to help boost the local tourism economy and hasten the construction of a comprehensive transportation hub in western China.
29. October 2013 04:19
British Airways, the flagship carrier of the United Kingdom has decided to follow the innovation trail. The premier airline of Europe, which flies millions of passengers across the globe from its hub in London, has come up with an interesting idea. The airline recently launched its personalized digital bag tag scheme on trail basis. Passengers traveling from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 are the ones who will get to participate in the carrier’s novel proposal.
However, the airline has found its bait in Microsoft employees. The airline is hopeful that its idea will bear fruits and these so-called travelers will be able to generate the desired results. Basis the feedback, the carrier will formulate its final strategy regarding the product. These digital tags contain comprehensive information about travelers’ luggage details. The airline has already tested the paper tags and is happy that it has withstood the harsh treatments meted out during the journey. It now waits to see how the software responds when subjected to similar conditions.
Travelers participating in this trial will use Windows phones for check-ins, to select their seats, and to get their boarding cards. The phone helps in generating a new bar code for each flight, which includes the details of the bags final destination. One can do that by simply holding the phone over the tag. As of now, the carrier is experiment with Windows and later plans to extend it to other platforms as well. In reality, passengers will have to be a little patient until this trial is incorporated real time. The airline hopes to introduce it towards the end of the next year. Executive Club members will be the privileged ones to use this system!
28. October 2013 04:33
Philippine Airlines is ready with its superior service for its business class travelers. The airline recently opened its new Mabuhay Lounge offering higher level of service on the ground for its customers. The latest service enhancement would be exclusively available to the passengers travelling on board Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay Class cabin.
A Singapore-based interior design firm was hired to design the new Mabuhay Lounge. The lounge has been exquisitely designed with the best-in-class amenities being incorporated in the 520-square meter business class lounge. The main features of the lounge include restrooms, mini-theatre, library, buffet table, reception area and a dining area.
Ramon Ang, President of Philippine Airlines, said that this is just one of the many improvements that the airline is currently working on. He said that the new Mabuhay Lounge would provide and exceptional dining and rest experience within its inviting and warm atmosphere from the rich contemporary design features.
The in-house library in the Mabuhay Lounge houses a wide selection of reading materials for those seeking some relaxation and peace. A mini-theatre is among the main attraction here. It features aircraft-inspired seats and cabin like interiors and offers great entertainment prior to their departure.
25. October 2013 06:47
Halloween is just round the corner and people are gearing in the temper to celebrate the event. The annual event is celebrated in the United States with much pomp and show on October 31. At this point, the mood and spirit of travelers is high for some of them are returning home to their families and participate in the fun-filled affair.
Travelers are planning their costumes for this year’s event. Many airlines are getting into the skin of their passengers’ emotions. Some have gone a step ahead to themselves dress in funky Halloween inspired costume paints. These planes offer a delight to the eyes. It is unimaginable to think of British Airways or Southwest Airlines without their favorite color combinations.
However, this year is a different story. Nine airlines have actually gone ahead with the innovative concept of painting themselves away from their cliché images. They make all go gaga and wonder what it would be like to fly with them. The airlines that have painted themselves in bold colors include:
- Nok Air is dressed like a clownfish.
- Eva Air is all decked in the Hello Kitty shades.
- Alaska Airlines resembles a Pacific Salmon.
- ANA presents itself as a cute panda.
- Germanwings looks like a brown bear.
- Swiss looks jazzy in its San Francisco hippie attire.
- US Airways appear unique in its cardinal form.
- British Airways looks as peaceful as an Olympic peace dove.
- Southwest looks fiery as Shamu, the killer whale.
21. October 2013 07:12
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be dumped in a bad seat on a plane? Of course, the most apparent reaction would be a gloomy and long face, cursing the airline for its choice. The pain of traveling on a not-so-comfortable seat causes anxiety and dismay. But not anymore! Travelers in Copenhagen can now get a Chocolate Upgrade in return for a so-called bad seat.
This is indeed a sweet gesture by Chocolatier Anthon Berg who in association with SeatGuru has come up with a novel idea to cheer the grim faces at the Copenhagen Airport. This scheme is called as Generous Upgrader. For sure, it cannot spell magic and promote you to a business or first class but the least it can do is cheer you with some free chocolates.
At the airport, passengers traveling to various destinations across the globe can simply walk into a pink kiosk, to scant their boarding cards. In a few moments, it grades your seat based on the SeatGuru database and allots one of the listed grades to your seat. Well the catch lies in the grades. Seats that score a good grade are rewarded with a few chocolates. Bad seats get a little better share than their good counterparts do. However, the stars here are the passengers whose seats have been graded in the lowest category. These passengers get a generous share of chocolates along with neck pillows and eye masks from Anthon Berg.
The machine has been dispensing happiness at the Copenhagen Airport for some time now but there are plans to spread joy in other cities as well. We guess Oslo is the next lucky airport that will get to welcome the Pink Machine towards this fall.
16. October 2013 07:16
The aviation industry is reeling under stiff competition. Tough
competition, monetary issues, passenger demands, in-flight amenities,
and other services are a few factors that are eating into their
customers. The availability of options to travel with an alternative
carrier is making it difficult for the airlines to attract customers and
hence sustain themselves. Therefore, many airlines have devised
innovative means to mint money from their customers in a bid to remain
in the flying league.
Small airlines like Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Allegiant
Air have started imposing various kinds of charges on carry-on bags.
Most big players are yet to follow suit but these small players have set
the ball rolling. These budget airlines have recognized carry-on bags
as a great prospective to earn those extra bucks. The big players are
probably refraining themselves from the fray for a simple reason that
they want to set their status apart from the low-cost carriers. Second
reason is the fact that they do not wish to levy extra charges on the
elite customers flying business class with them. This move is sure to
earn the ire of these so-called privileged customers.
A few have gone ahead to charge customers for priority boarding.
Standing in long queues and waiting for their turns to check-in is
certainly a pain for some customers. Well, they now have a superb chance
to gauge through these long and unending queues by paying at special
check-in counters. Giant players like American Airlines and United
Airlines have made travel a little more comfortable for their customers
by giving them the choice of priority boarding albeit with a fee. All
for the sake of making travel more easy and convenient!
15. October 2013 03:16
Etihad Airways announced its decision to fly to Los Angeles making the city its fourth destination in the United States. The Gulf carrier said it would add flights to the U.S. city from its hub in Abu Dhabi. The new service is likely to commence from June 1, 2014. The airline is however, awaiting necessary permissions from the authorities as a green signal to open this route.
If all goes well for the carrier, passengers will be able to book airline tickets and travel directly between Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi. The carrier sees Los Angeles as a potential market and believes the city to be a global center for business and economy. The management is happy and proud to include it to its itinerary.
As per the schedule the airline will offer daily round-trip flights between the city pair. It will use the services of Boeing 777-200LR aircrafts on the route. This plane is equipped with a seating capacity for 237 passengers. The airline recently signed a deal with Indian flagship carrier Air India to purchase five of its B777-200LR planes. The carrier will be using these planes to fly to various destinations including Los Angeles. At present, it serves the cities of New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Toronto, and Sao Paulo in the Americas.
11. October 2013 06:43
Regional carriers have proved to be major contributors in the
development of the Caribbean region by offering reliable intra-Caribbean
service. And, InselAir is no exception. A senior Caribbean airline
executive said that InselAir had been playing a significant role in
getting in visitors from the rest of the Americas.
Media reports said that Albert Kluyver, CEO/President of the
Curacao-based InselAir, is bracing to share his insights on the success
of the airline at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s State of the
Industry Conference to be held from October 15-18, 2013 in Martinique.
This year’s conference will focus on the theme ‘Perfecting the
Experience, Delivering Authenticity’.
Media reports quoting Kluyver said that he was looking forward to attend
the conference and is eager to share his views on how the regional
carriers had been successful and were major contributors to the
Caribbean tourism industry. He will also be dwelling at length on the
advantages that these regional carriers bring and the possible ways of
growing the value proposition for the air travelers. Kluyver said that
all efforts would be made to explore major elements for improvement that
would finally result in increasing the efficiency and volume of the
transportation sector in the Caribbean.
10. October 2013 07:08
WestJet Airlines has announced it will be purchasing 65 new 737 MAX aircrafts. The Calgary-based carrier recently signed a multibillion dollar deal with the aircraft maker Boeing, which would be delivering the aircrafts to Canada’s second-largest carrier.
WestJet Airlines has placed orders for 40 new 737 MAX 8 and 25 new MAX 7 aircrafts. The deal at the current price is valued at $6.3 billion. Gregg Saretsky, President and Chief Executive of WestJet Airlines, has said that this is the biggest deal for purchasing aircrafts in the company’s history. He also said that this is possibly the biggest ever deal in Canada as well, which is undoubtedly opening a new chapter in the company’s history.
Saretsky said that WestJet Airlines is looking forward to being among the first North American carriers to start flying the 737 MAX in 2017. He said that the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with its enhanced in-cabin amenities and increased fuel efficiency would be able to significantly lower operating costs and provide a great in-flight experience to its customers.