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Virgin Australia introduces Pre-Christmas Festive Favorites

by amit.uniyal 9. December 2014 02:21

Virgin Australia is ready to delight its customers with pre-Christmas offerings. The airline is sprinkling Christmas joy in flights and domestic airport lounges with traditional delicacies of the season.

The travelers coming to the airport lounges of the airline will get to savor Christmas puddings with spices, vine fruits, stout and brandy flavors.

Virgin Australia

The Sydney lounge of the airline started serving the puddings designed by Luke Mangan on December 5. The pudding will be served on the lounges in Melbourne and Brisbane on December 10 and December 19 respectively. The airline will serve mince pies on domestic business class cabins and short-haul international flights between December 17 and December 25. The Economy class passengers will also savor mince pies on triangle routes (Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney) on Christmas. On December 25, the airline will serve Christmas lunch with all the trimmings in Business class aboard international and domestic flights.

The Group Executive of Virgin Australia, Danielle Keighery expressed delight and said that thousands of domestic and international passengers fly on the airline during Christmas and New Year and the airline is pleased to offer special Christmas food options during these busy times.

Chef Luke Mangan also commented in a statement that the festive season is an opportunity for the airline to delight customers with unique Christmas treats and recipes while they travel. He also added that he is very happy to work with Virgin Australia to offer pop up treats for the customers.

The airline also recently launched a new menu in Business class created by the Chef including coral trout fillet with coconut broth and spanner crab, king prawns with mango and floating islands dessert with a smack of berries, figs and crème anglaise. The carrier has also launched 'The Pantry' which offers premium snacks free of cost for the duration of the flight. The service is available on flights up to 6 hours and 30 minutes.

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Air Canada and Air China announce new partnership

by amit.uniyal 8. December 2014 02:08

Air Canada and Air China have signed a new partnership agreement saying that they are entering into a joint venture to boost traffic growth between Canada and China. The MoU was signed in Beijing during a recent official visit of the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to China. The joint venture between the two national carriers is expected to become effective by the end of 2015 after regulatory approvals.

Both Air China and Air Canada are members of Star Alliance, a leading global airline alliance. The agreement is likely to benefit passengers traveling between the two countries in terms of pricing and additional services. The two carriers will also be enhancing their cooperation in the areas of airport operations, marketing and sales.

Air Canada

The partnership pact will now enable Air China to place its flight code on Air Canada-operated flights to be conducted from Vancouver to Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton. Similarly, Air Canada will also be permitted to put its flight code on Air China-operated services from Beijing to Xi’an, Wuhan, Shenyang, Chengdu, Chongqing and Guangzhou.

Air Canada is presently operating up to 28 weekly services between China and Canada. The flights are being conducted from Vancouver and Toronto to/from Shanghai and Beijing. Air China is providing up to 11 flights services every week between Vancouver and Beijing.

Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada, said that the cooperation between Air Canada and Air China will enhance revenue earnings and offer a seamless travel experience to the customers of both the carriers.

According to a study, the air travel market between Canada and China has shown an appreciable growth on average by nearly 11 percent annually over the past five years. The trend is likely to remain strong in the future as well.

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Airlines are now offering Healthier Food Options for Travelers

by amit.uniyal 6. December 2014 08:14

At 40,000 feet in the air, the dining options are pretty limited if you are not flying first class or business class. Earlier, the food served was high on calories when the passengers could not even walk it off while traveling. However, the airlines are improving their food menu and adding more low on calorie food items as per a public health expert in New York.

Airline Meals

This assessment was done by a public health expert who had been studying airline food trends for the past fifteen years. The expert ranked the food of several airlines including Virgin America, Delta, JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines, Frontier and Spirit Airlines. As per the analysis the biggest growth was seen by Delta Airlines, which jumped to first position sharing screen space with Virgin America, from its 8th position last year. Delta’s jump has created a stir in the market, ensuring that other carriers also follow this trend soon.

Virgin America topped the list as it has replaced the high on calorie granolas with Autumn Veggie Wraps and Salmon Soy Ginger Salad.

Delta Airlines has improved markedly as the airline offers Luvo packaged food items including vegetable and hummus wraps for lunch and supper while hard-boiled eggs and fruits are available for breakfast.

According to an expert nutritionist, Hawaiian Airlines scored the lowest as its average meal has 1056 calories which is more than double the calories on Virgin America meals. Upon asked for a comment, the airline stated that it offers local Hawaiian cuisine specially made for visitors.

The expert also ranked Frontier, Spirit and Allegiant Air in the lower ranks for limited food options with high calorie intake.

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In-flight Wi-Fi and its costs on various international airlines

by amit.uniyal 5. December 2014 07:51

With the people making air travel increasingly and carrying along with them their smartphones, tablets and laptops, the trend of providing Wi-Fi on the ground and in-the-air is growing. And, people are also taking advantage of this frequently.

Many international airlines are competing with each other to stay ahead in the race and keep their customers happy and connected even at 40,000 feet above in the air. A recent study has indicated about the growing trend and revealed the in-flight Wi-Fi offering and the costs by some international airlines.

Wifi Connection in Plane

Air Canada is charging $5 for a one-hour pass to access their electronic devices through Wi-Fi. For those who want to browse internet for 24 hours will be required to pay $14. The in-flight Wi-Fi service will be available on select flights operating within North America.

American Airlines is offering Wi-Fi services on domestic flights and charging $14 for internet access for a period of 24 hours. The airline is however charging $19 on international routes for the entire duration of the flight.

Those traveling on British Airways can gain Wi-Fi access by paying $12.53 for one hour. However, for browsing internet during flight the airline will be charging $23.49 for a period of 24 hours. This service is being currently offered only on one flight operating on direct route between London City and New York JFK.

Emirates Airline has varied options for internet access. The airline is charging $2.75 for 5MB and $10 for 30MB for Wi-Fi access on mobile devices. However, for Wi-Fi access on tablets and laptops the airline charges $7.50 for 15MB and $20 for 100MB respectively. The service is available on select Boeing 777 aircrafts and all Airbus A380 aircrafts.

Qatar Airways provides in-flight Wi-Fi services on all its Boeing 787 aircrafts. The prices however vary according to the usage and duration. The airline is offering the service on select Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircrafts.

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The Luxurious and Affordable Business Class Travel

by amit.uniyal 4. December 2014 07:24

The frequent fliers especially on long-haul flights tend to choose business class. The benefits for the elite passengers offered in business class are worth spending your hard-earned money. Gone are the days when business class seats were highly expensive. One can find affordable business class deals with ultimate comfort. There are many exclusive privileges for business class travel that lure more and more passengers to fly in the cabin.

Check-in Privileges
Even before the flight takes off, the premium passengers start availing their benefits at the airport. They check-in separately, they are seated sooner than economy passengers and they get to wait in luxurious lounges while enjoying complimentary Wi-Fi and hot meals in many airport business lounges. The lounges also offer shower rooms, sleeping rooms and private eating space.

Dinner in Airline

Business-friendly Facilities
The businessmen who travel for their meetings, conferences or business deals cannot affords to waste their precious time on long haul flights. Hence, many airlines now offer exclusive facilities for the passengers including USB ports, power chargers on each seat, satellite phones and in-flight Wi-Fi to connect their personal smart phones or tablets.

Comfortable Seating
The business class seats are extremely comfortable and not as expensive as first class. This class is perfect for anyone who likes to travel in comfort. Most of the airlines have started offering lie-flat seats with 180 degrees recline. Some of them offer Sky Sofas, Cocoon style seats or Executive pods which offer privacy as well as more space for passengers. The airlines also ensure that passengers get direct aisle access and have spacious legroom. The seats also feature massage functions and retractable tray tables for laptops. The storage is ample too with exclusive pockets for tablets, laptops and knick knacks.

Better Dining Options
Most of the airlines are focusing on the dining options that they give to the premium passengers. Top airlines offer food from Michelin starred restaurants or on-board chefs who prepare menu according to the passengers’ choice. The elite travelers also get to choose the food before boarding the flight with pre-order menu on few of the airlines’ websites.

In-Flight Entertainment
The airlines are incorporating the latest technologies in the flight for better customer experience. From 18-inch touch screens to dual screens with gaming and 100 hours of the latest video content, the airlines ensure that the travelers do not get bored during the flights. Some even offer gate to gate entertainment options.

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Air New Zealand Wins Airline of the Year for the Second Time

by amit.uniyal 3. December 2014 06:59

The airline which features the Middle Earth and its denizens in its advertising campaigns and holiday vacations has been selected as the Airline of the Year by a popular airline rating agency. Air New Zealand has scooped this award for the second successive year. An Australia-based agency awarded the top rank to the airline for its trendsetting in-flight advancements, operational safety, in-flight technology enhancements and focus on the environment. The airline was also praised for the staff motivation and their outstanding efforts.

Air Newzealand

The 75-year-old national flag carrier of New Zealand has also been conferred with the Best Premium Economy Class Award. Geoffrey Thomas, Editor-in-Chief for the ratings website applauded the airline for its excellent customer service and fiscal management. He commented that Air New Zealand is an epitome of the airline offerings despite its location and the size of the country. The editorial team of the agency also heaped praise on the two award-winning seat designs for long-haul flights, Spaceseat for Premium Economy and Skycouch for Economy Class Passengers.

Christopher Luxon, CEO of Air New Zealand praised the 11,000 staff members for their "outstanding efforts" to bring this airline to its top position.

Qantas also received multiple awards for Best Catering, Best Domestic Service and Best Lounges. The airline also received an honorable mention for its safety record.

Etihad Airways received the second rank followed by Cathay Pacific. Etihad won the Best First Class award while Emirates on 5th rank received the Best In-Flight Entertainment award. Cathay Pacific received the Best Business Class award while the winner for Best Economy Class was Thai Airways. Virgin Australia received two awards for the Best Cabin Crew and inaugural Best New World Carrier.

The agency conferred Etihad for Middle East/Africa, Lufthansa for Europe, EVA Air for Asia/Pacific and Lan Chile for Americas with the Best Long Haul Airline award.

The Best Low Cost Airline also has multiple winners including JetBlue for Americas, Kulula for Middle-East/Africa, Scoot for Asia/Pacific and Norwegian Air for Europe. These airlines received this award for best value proposition.

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Top U.S. Carriers Compete for the Coveted Edinburgh-New York Route

by amit.uniyal 2. December 2014 09:07

United Airlines and American Airlines are at a neck-to-neck competition for Edinburgh-New York flight routes. United Airlines will start offering flights between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Edinburgh Airport (EDI) from summer 2015. The carrier will operate two daily flights on this route.

On the other hand, American Airlines will also commence its daily service between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and EDI from May 7, 2015. This route will replace the airline’s six months old Edinburgh-Philadelphia route.

Round Trip Flight

The customers traveling from the Scottish capital will be pleased with the three daily nonstop services connecting Edinburgh and New York. They will also have better access to the numerous onward destinations from New York. Currently, there is only one daily nonstop service offered by United. Travelers from the United States visiting Edinburgh during summers will have better accessibility to the city as they come to attend the Edinburgh International Festival.

American as well as United Airlines will deploy Boeing 757 narrow body twin jets on the routes. The aircraft will only have Business and Economy classes. American Airlines’ flights will depart from EDI at 9.15 am and arrive in JFK at 11.50 am local time. The return flight will leave from JFK at 7.25 pm and arrive in EDI at 7.15 am the following day.

United Airlines flights operate twice daily with departures from EDI at 9.25 am and 12.05 pm. The flights will arrive in EWR at 12.10 pm and 2.50 pm local time respectively. The return flights will leave Newark at 7.55 pm and 9.45 pm and arrive in Edinburgh at 7.55 am and 9.45 am the following day respectively.

The passengers are sure to witness some changes in fares as the time of launch approaches.

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Air New Zealand to move LAX operations to new terminal in Dec

by amit.uniyal 1. December 2014 08:51

Air New Zealand is excited to get a new home at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The airline recently announced that it will be shifting its flight operations at the airport to the newly revamped Tom Bradley International Terminal. The airline will begin operating flights from the new terminal effective from December 3, 2014.

With the flight operations from the new LAX terminal, the airline is exuberant and hopes to open a new exciting chapter. The airline has been providing flights services from Auckland to Los Angeles for nearly 50 years now.

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Carrie Hurihanganui, Air New Zealand’s General Manager Customer Experience, said that the new arrangement would prove to be beneficial for the customers. The present move is aimed at providing better connectivity to the customers to reach various destinations within the United States.

The customers while taking Air New Zealand flights from the new terminal can also look forward to other benefits as well such as vastly improved and hassle free transit experience, faster processing, a state-of-the-art lounge, and above 150,000 square feet of dining and retail space provided in the Great Hall.

Hurihanganui further said that the transiting customers will be provided greater access to the new expansive terminal while waiting to board their connecting flights. Earlier, such passengers had to remain confined in a dedicated transit facility before boarding their connecting flights.

Those customers who are eligible would also be provided admission to the Star Alliance-operated lounge at the Los Angeles airport. The lounge is being presently managed by Air New Zealand itself on behalf of Star Alliance.

The airline’s investment in the new LAX terminal is being seen as yet another move to expand operations in North America.

Currently, Air New Zealand is operating twice daily flights between Los Angeles and Auckland utilizing a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The airline has also increased frequencies on Los Angeles-Auckland route for the forthcoming 2015 Northern Summer schedule by 20 percent. The airline will be offering three extra weekly services on the route.

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Tips to Make the Best of Thanksgiving Travel

by amit.uniyal 28. November 2014 00:20

With Thanksgiving around the corner, millions of travelers fly to another state or a country during the Thanksgiving Weekend. An analysis projected that 24.6 million people aboard U.S. airlines will travel around the globe from November 21 through December 2, 16 million of which will travel a day before Thanksgiving i.e. November 26 entailing busy airports, no extra seats and no carry-on baggage space. According to a data analysis of 5 years, 25 percent of the passengers will have to face a flight delay or cancellation.

These travel tips may help you travel smoothly during this family festivity of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgivings Celebrations

Follow Weather and Flight Delays
Traveling during winter season can be troublesome due to which most of the airlines offer weather waivers allowing you to travel to your destination a day earlier without paying any additional charge.

Lounge Access
In case of flight delays or keeping your kids occupied during long connections, lounge access is quite useful and takes you away from the hustle and bustle around the gates. Some of the co-branded credit cards offer ongoing lounge access (Amex Platinum Card) or one time passes (United Mileage Plus Explorer Card).

Check-in Options
Many airlines offer curbside baggage check-in which gets you to the gate faster without having to wait to check your bag in the long queue at the terminal. Some airlines also offer Pre-Check randomly, check your boarding pass before getting in the check-in queue. Kids under 12 can accompany an adult with Pre-Check privilege.

Keep your Gadgets Charged and Check Airlines Apps for Updates
With numerous passengers flocking at the airports, power ports may be hard to find. Keep you gadgets fully charged. You can check flight updates on the airline’s app, contact the airline authorities for alternate flight plans or simply keep your children entertained while waiting for the flight.

Carry-on Essentials for Children
Owing to the weather, many flights will get delayed. Ensure that you carry all the essentials for your kids in the carry-on, be it food, entertainment options, change of clothes or hygiene products.

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Kid-Friendly Airports in the United States

by amit.uniyal 27. November 2014 02:34

The long-haul layovers can torment parents, let alone the kids. Keeping the little tykes occupied at the airports can be a herculean task which makes parents to consider road trips. However, there are few domestic terminals that ensure that they cater to all your children’s needs. The top 5 American airports have earned their wings for offering the best children activities.

kid friendly airports

Orlando (MCO)
Orlando International Airport is the gateway too Disney World and it does a great job even before the theme-park vacation begins. A King of Kong video arcade, free Wi-Fi, plethora of restaurants, automated tram service to the gates and shops offering Disney, Kennedy Space Center, SeaWorld and Universal merchandise. The giant aquarium in the food court is magnificent.

Detroit (DTW)
The McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metro Airport offers several play areas, Motown and Henry Ford stores. Jelly sandwiches and gourmet peanut butter are sold at food concessions. Free Wi-Fi keeps the teenagers occupied while Play Port which is a soft sculpted playground at the North Terminal offers fun time for kids. There is a padded clouds slide and an aircraft.

Seattle (SEA)
The airport has four Starbucks outlets for the parents to enjoy respite. Sea-Tac International offers special playlists for teenagers that allow them to ‘Experience the City of Music’ via video screens, speakers, free Wi-Fi and a smart phone application featuring the top performers of Seattle. The younger tots can play in Children’s Play Areas located between the concourses A and B.

Minneapolis (MSP)
Minneapolis- St. Paul Airport offers two different play areas in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2; Lindburgh and Humphrey respectively. They have control towers with slides, mock airplanes and device charging outlets for adults while they wait. A statue of Snoopy at Terminal 1 is great for capturing photographs. A video arcades trio and free Wi-Fi keep the teens occupied. In case, you forgot to carry all your infant supplies, the Diaper Bag Basics vending machine in Terminal 1 has it all.

Denver (DIA)
The Denver International Airport is a treat for art lovers. 30 installations and sculptures include A Subterranean Journey and Deep Time/Deep Space. The light and sculpture installation in the inbound train tunnel at West Terminal is a mile long. DIA also offers free Wi-Fi and four scavenger hunts. You can find toys for your kids at Kazoo & Company or sports merchandise at Sports Terminal.

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