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British Airways set to test Wi-Fi onboard its B747 planes

by Richa 29. November 2013 02:33

British Airways, the premier airline of Europe intends to experiment yet another time. Just recently, the airline tested digital tags and earned appreciation for its innovative thinking. It now intends to test Wi-Fi onboard its Boeing 747 series aircrafts.

The flagship airline of the United Kingdom currently flies to over 160 destinations worldwide. It also has inked codeshare agreements with several another carriers that will increase its presence around the world. With a huge customer base, the airline is forever in the lookout to try something that benefits its customers a great deal. Long haul travels can really get the better of travelers and more so in conditions when boredom strikes! Internet is a powerful medicine to kill boredom and many travelers appreciate the fact of staying connected with their loved ones even when they are flying miles high in the sky.

The airline management and customers are thrilled at the idea of making Wi-Fi available on its flights. Therefore, the airline is set to run a connectivity trial on its B747 planes next year. The airline will use the services of Panasonic Global Communication Suite for the same. The B747-400 planes operate on various routes giving the airline a scope to test its credentials at different locations throughout the world. Travelers who prefer to fly with the airline should expect more comfort and benefits in the times to come.

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The joy of flying with British Airways

by Richa 28. November 2013 06:23

British Airways is the flagship carrier of the United Kingdom and one of the largest operating airlines of Europe. London is the city where the headquarter is located. It functions out of the London Heathrow Airport and at present, flies to about 150 destinations across continents. It is popular for offering convenient flying options for travelers. It serves both short and long haul routes around the world. It merged with another European airline called Iberia to form International Airline Group in 20111.

The airline is extremely popular across Europe. It offers four travel classes for the travelers to choose from and these include first class, business class, premium economy, and economy class. The first class of the airline resembles a private and spacious suite. It comprises 6 feet 6 inch long beds for the comfort of the travelers. Travelers can treat themselves to premium skincare products, spas, generous attention, and 15-inch screen with noise cancellation headsets.

The business class on the airline too guarantees luxury and pleasure. Yet again, there are spacious suites, 6 feet convertible full flat beds, and lavish amenity kits. Travelers can also access the lounges at the airport. They are also privileged to use special check-in desks that surpass the long queues. On board a 10.4 inch monitor with noise cancellation headset is waiting.

Premium economy offers plush flying experience at not such-expensive fares. Wider than economy seats, extra legroom, better recline, cozy cabins, personal entertainment system, and generous baggage allowance. Whereas economy travelers can enjoy the joy of flying high with a world-class airline at affordable prices. They can access the in-flight entertainment system and carry large baggage with them.

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Relax in Kingston upon Thames in the UK

by Richa 27. November 2013 05:41

Kingston Upon Thames is a popular tourist and shopping destination in the United Kingdom. Shopaholics can have fun and shop to their heart’s content. Others can indulge in food, attractions, beauty, and other interesting adventures offered.

Many places of interests in the city capture the attention of the travelers. Some of these include Chessington World of Adventures, Richmond Park, The Rose Theatre, Bushy Park, Ham House, Rameses Revenge, Hippodrome, Morden Hall Park, Kingsmeadow, Marble Hill House, Nonsuch Park, Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Kingston Museum, Kingston Rowing Club and Guildford Museum.

Travelers can plan a trip to the lovely Kingston Upon Thames depending on their preferences, choice, likes and dislikes. If the intention to visit the city is strong, then nothing else matters or acts as a deterrent.

The city is home to some of the notable restaurants. When in town one can step into amongst The Cocoanut, Roz ana, Thai on Thames, Bruschetta, Lebanese DeliCafe', Little China, Las Iguanas - Kingston, Akbar Tandoori Restaurant, Warren House Restaurant, The Oak, Stein's, and Mino, for a scrumptious meal.

Flybe, Ryan Air, EasyJet, British Airways, Vueling, Iberia, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Aer Lingus, and Lufthansa are some of the airlines that connect various destinations across the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States with London Gatwick Airport. Book a flight with one of these to escape into the charm of its gorgeous locales.

Travelers can find cheap hotels in Kingston Upon Thames. Some of the neighborhoods that house discounted accommodation include Washington Road, Kingston Hill, Beaufort Road, and Albert Road. You do not have to worry about your upcoming tour of the city. All you need to think about is relax and enjoy!

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Kudos to British Airways for its terrific billboard ad

by Richa 26. November 2013 04:28

British Airways is touching new skies. Well not, just in terms of the fact that it is expanding and launching new routes, and purchasing swanky aircrafts but for its innovation too. The airline has recently touched the epitome of novelty with its billboard ad placed at London’s popular Piccadilly Circus.

The airline, which operates out of its main hub in London, has placed a billboard that has caught the fancy of the passer bys. Pedestrians cannot stop peeping into the billboard every time they cross paths with it. The ordinary-looking billboard sports a boy pointing a finger at the sky. The ad instructs you to glance upwards. Wow! The minute you look, there is a plane flying by. In addition, no the ad does not request you to go ahead and book a seat with the airline. In fact, it guides you about the real time plane passing by. The billboard displays information about the plane like its flight number and the destination. The striking ad is in a way, efforts by the airline to make its presence felt.

The video billboard with that small boy is fancy, novel, and creative at the same time. Courtesy the magical effects of the GPS system. Launched in Chiswick, the second of its kind is set to decorate the buzzing West End intersection in the coming weeks. This ad is indeed a perfect example of interactive advertising in the modern times.

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Air Canada intends to launch flights on Calgary-Beijing route

by Richa 25. November 2013 06:07

Air Canada is contemplating direct flights between Calgary and the Chinese capital of Beijing. If all goes well for the airline, it will soon have a flight between the cities carrying passengers on a transatlantic route. It believes many business concerns and tourism related business units are pressing for a strong demand to launch this service.

Air Canada, the flagship carrier of Canada operates service to over 178 destinations worldwide. It offers flight tickets to destinations in Asia, Europe, Americas, and Caribbean. The airline has been working closely with authorities since 2010. However, no confirmation on the same has been issued till date. For passengers who wish to fly to Beijing with the airline, the flight between Japanese capital of Tokyo and Calgary is the only viable option. It wants to capitalize on the growing demand and commence service that it deems profitable.

The airline is however, facing time slot issues in Beijing. To land in Beijing at an appropriate time it needs the right slot in the day and the crunch is responsible for delaying its plans. Beijing is a very busy city and has no time to spare for the outbound flights from Calgary. The airline is set to welcome the fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner next year and with the arrival intends to expand its international reach. The airline is popular with business travelers across the world. It offers services like priority check-ins, generous baggage allowance, flat bed seats, delectable meals, and onboard hospitality.

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Possibility of Air Malta being privatized in the future

by Richa 22. November 2013 05:57

Is the privatization of Air Malta on the cards? Seemingly so! Recent media reports said that Malta’s Tourism Minister Karmenu Vella is refusing to rule out the possibility of Air Malta’s privatization in the future. Air Malta is presently undergoing a restructuring process. According to media reports, Vella insisted that it was too early to assess the success of Air Malta’s ongoing restructuring process.

Earlier, there had been rumors that China’s national carrier Air China was making serious efforts to acquire a stake in Air Malta. The issue of Air Malta’s privatization was debated in the country’s parliament recently. Robert Arrigo, the Opposition’s tourism spokesman, was seen questioning whether the rumors that Air China was seeking to acquire a stake in Malta’s national carrier Air Malta was at all true.

Tonio Fenech, former Finance Minister of Malta, however defended the restructuring process he had initiated during his tenure. He said that even the present government had appointed the Air Malta board, which stated that the restructuring process of the national airline was very much on track and was successfully gaining pace. He however said that if there had been rumors about Air China seeking a stake in the airline then the predecessor government should not be held responsible for any trouble that Air Malta might have been facing.

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Etihad Airways transforms in-flight entertainment options

by Richa 21. November 2013 05:56

UAE national carrier Etihad Airways has transformed the in-flight entertainment with its new offerings. Etihad Airways recently introduced eight live television channels that will broadcast live news and sports. The airline treated its customers to the recently-concluded Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Etihad Airways in a statement said that it has started to broadcast live news channels like BBC World News, BBC Arabic, euronews and Sport 24 on its flights. The broadcast started from November 1, 2013. The airline also said that it will start broadcasting other TV channels as well such as CNBC, Japan’s NHK World Premium and CNN during this month. The airline is also planning to introduce Sky News Arabia in the coming months.

The airline said that it will broadcast the Brazil Grand Prix live on November 24, 2013. Earlier, the highlights of the sports coverage included the final races of the Formula 1 season with the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix held on November 3 at Yas Marina Circuit and the US Grand Prix held on November 17 this year. Apart from this, the customers will also be able to watch several top sporting actions live this November including Euroleague Basketball, German Bubdesliga and English Premier League matches, and the ATP World Tour Finals. Etihad Airways will broadcast major sports events in 2014 as well. These include the FIFA World Cup, the Masters and Ryder Cup golf, the Winter Olympics, and the Australian Open, French Open and US Open tennis championships.

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United Airlines effect changes to frequent-flier award miles

by Admin 20. November 2013 06:07
United Airlines recently revamped its frequent-flier award chart bringing changes to number of miles requirements needed for some of its most popular awards. Media reports quoted Rahsaan Johnson, a spokesman of United Airlines, as saying that the airline is increasing miles requirement in some of the markets for the first time in several years. This was being done to cope up with the increased cost of providing transportation, particularly in the premium cabin and especially on the Mileage Plus partner carriers.

Johnson said that the airline was confronted with a hard decision that was also being faced by other airlines. A piquant situation had arisen before United Airlines and tough choices remained whether to increase the number of miles required for partner awards or to eliminate them altogether. He said that the airline finally arrived at a decision and concluded that its frequent-fliers would prefer to keep those options at an increased cost instead of eliminating them.

United Airlines said that it is changing the number of miles required for both its “Saver” and “Standard” level frequent-flier tickets, including those needed for domestic “stopovers”. The airline further stated that it is changing the amount of miles required to redeem awards for First and Business Class tickets on its Star Alliance partners, including Air Canada, Thai Airways, All Nippon Airways, Lufthansa and many others.

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Vueling Airlines to offer Wi-Fi on its planes

by Richa 19. November 2013 01:00

The airline industry is one of the most lucrative industries in the world. Whether it’s about a job with the airline, or the kick of flying high, the idea seems to excite all. Travelers who are rich and can afford to dole out big bucks can find solace in the lap of luxury onboard. However, for the budget travelers amenities are far from required. The thrill of flying at affordable costs is more than satisfactory.

Going by the trends the airlines had shifted their focus completely on first and business class travelers. However, in the recent past there is a remarkable shift in the thought process of airlines. At present, it is not just the big commercial players trying to keep their clients happy but also the low-cost carriers. The latest to enter the bandwagon is Vueling Airlines.

The budget carrier seems to have understood the importance of offering amenities and little luxuries to its travelers. In a bid to do the same, the airline announced its plans to provide Wi-Fi onboard. Travelers may be able to utilize the facility as soon as next month, nothing is certain though. Internet is one of those luxuries that have paved their way into the everyday life, and is now considered a necessity. This news is sure to spread joy and happiness amongst the travelers flying Vueling. After all, staying connected with the loved ones through the journey is exciting. The Barcelona based airline offers convenient flying options to travelers across 100 destinations in Asia, Europe and Africa.

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Spirit Airlines mulling new kind of checked-bag fee

by Admin 18. November 2013 09:00

It is common knowledge that some low-cost carriers are basing airline ticket prices on demand. And, this has happening at a frenetic pace. The customers have also been expecting for quite some time that traveling the day after a holiday would be more expensive than traveling midweek before it. But as the low-cost carriers continue to be at some trick or the other to increase fees and earn big revenues, have you ever thought of the very fact that even basing ticket prices on checked-bag fees on demand would be implemented. Yes, this sound as much true and might soon become a reality. Thanks to the ultra low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines which charges fee for almost all its services!

Spirit Airlines has a fee for virtually everything. The airline prides itself in making the largest chunk of its revenues from fees alone. Spirit Airlines’ modus operandi is unlikely to change in the future, and it will continue to find itself in difficulty by showing up on time and keeping its customers happy.    

Sprit Airlines has indicated that it is now devising a new plan on how to levy a fee with its new idea. The airline is seriously considering a plan under which it is going to charge a higher rate to check a bag or pick a seat on a flight during a peak travel day, such as right before or after a holiday. The airline will however continue to keep the fees lower on a less-full flight, perhaps in the middle of the week. Media reports quoted Ben Baldanza, CEO of Spirit Airlines, as saying that the airline has been thinking about this for a while, but it is yet to arrive at a final conclusion.

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