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DFW airport mulls spending 12 million to study premium lounge

by amit.uniyal 15. August 2014 00:43

The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has decided to hire a consultant and spend up to $1.2 million for studying the feasibility of a premium travel lounge at Terminal D for hosting international travelers.

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The consultant firm would be asked to undertake a study and review the lounge offerings at various airports worldwide for international customers and evaluate possible partners for running a premium lounge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Sean Donohue, CEO of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, acknowledged that the airport’s current lounge is quite competitive on domestic front. He however said that the DFW airport is simply not competitive when viewed from a global and international perspective. There is a need therefore for the airport to step up its game and stay ahead in competition.

The DFW airport is presently serving even more international first class as well as business class customers than ever before. This is because of new Middle East and Australian carriers, and also new flights to Asian destinations.

Donohue said that the DFW airport is likely to see further increase of international travelers with Emirates Airline and Qantas Airways adding double-decker Airbus A380 aircrafts on DFW routes this fall.
 
Sharon McCloskey, Vice President of Marketing at DFW airport, remarked that the existing lounges at the airport are nearly close to capacity and are unable to provide the same amenities and services that are currently available to premium customers at various other international airports world over.

There are many lounges in Terminal D at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport serving first class and business class customers. These are however operated by different airlines such as American Airlines and others.

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Harvard MIT become new summer destinations for Chinese students

by amit.uniyal 8. August 2014 10:15

Here’s startling revelation from Hainan Airlines. Chinese students are visiting the Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tufts University in large numbers this summer. The airline in fact said that these three renowned institutions in the United States have become new summer hotspots for students from China.

Chinese students visiting Harvard University

Media reports said that with numerous Chinese students and their families heading to these institutions in Boston, Hainan Airlines has been prompted to launch direct flights between Beijing and Boston in June 2014.

Considering the growing demand, the airline said that it had to increase the frequencies of flights making it into a daily service from the existing four in the months of July and August this year. The airline stated that Tufts University receives numerous requests from large organized groups and therefore conducts separate tours for these groups.

The increasing affluence of Chinese middle class and the idea of gaining prestige on obtaining a degree from institutions in Boston have prompted a huge number of students to visit the U.S. According to recent reports, there has been a surge in Chinese students with the numbers in Boston metropolitan area nearly tripled to 10,913 in 2013 from only 3,800 in 2009. The report said that this has been rather faster than the growth achieved nationally, which has now more than doubled.

The reports said that Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and Boston University presently rank among the top 25 schools hosting foreign students in 2012-2013. The largest number of foreign students comprised of Chinese who accounted for 27 percent.

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Airlines worldwide competing to provide best amenity kit

by amit.uniyal 1. August 2014 10:04

Customers are the kings – thus goes the famous old adage. This is also proving to be quite true with the airline industry as well. Presently, airlines world over are trying to vigorously compete in providing the best amenities and services to their premium customers.

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Premium travelers with a penchant for flying in First Class and Business Class never had it as good as it is being currently seen. Many international airlines are in a mad rush to offer the best amenity kits in order to attract more premium customers and keep the loyalty of other frequent fliers intact.

There are many airlines such as Qantas Airways, Emirates Airline, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Etihad Airways and others that are offering amenity kits to premium fliers. The amenity kits on offer are such that these can be treasured as memorabilia or even prominently shown off to others.

Just sample all that these airlines have to offer in their amenity kits. Qantas Airways is providing luxe SK-II cosmetics including moisturizers and cleansers to its First Class passengers contained in a black twin-pocket kit. The amenity kit to women passengers is provided in a charming red clutch-style bag. The Business Class amenity kits offered by Qantas Airways consists of lotions from Malin+Goetz New York in a Kate Spade bag, which can later on be also used to keep your tablet, Kindle ebook reader or smartphone.

Similarly, Emirates Airline provides Bulgari bags comprising of Bulgari brand products such as body lotion and fragrances to its premium customers. The women passengers flying in British Airways first class are being provided amenity kit with skincare products from Aromatherapy Associates.

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Best Amenity kits in first class

by amit.uniyal 23. July 2014 05:06

Flying first class comes with its own set of luxuries raging from plush cabin seats, lavish meals, superior interiors, highly advanced entertainment options and the petite looking yet the perennial favorite among travelers, the amenity kit. This not so expensive yet effective gift pleases every passenger. It has become an integral part of the premium category flights, making the overall flying experience pleasant.

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The amenity kits for females and males are different and are packed with basic things needed by them during their flight. Packed in style these amenity kits generally contain lip balm, moisturizer, toothpaste, etc. Since all the airlines offer some or the other amenity kit to their first class passengers, it has become a matter of pride for the airlines to offer top-shelf brands, as it enables them to stay ahead in the competition. We have handpicked few airlines that as per us offer the best amenity kits.

Qantas provides its SK-II cosmetics, one of the most expensive beauty brands in the world in its amenity kit. The men’s version comes in a black twin-pocket kit containing SK-II Men Moisturizer Cleanser and Age Revitalise Moisturizer, Rexona deodorant, Gillette shaving cream, razor, and other amenities. Women’s kit enclosed in a snazzy red clutch bag packs a mirror, SK-II Stempower Cream and Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser, and other basic amenities.

Cathay Pacific with its newly designed amenity kits offers men a smart and sassy bag designed by Ermenegildo Zegna containing Acca Kappa facial mist, moisturizer, and lip balm along with a nice and handy wooden comb. Women get a clutch designed by Trussardi containing Aesop skincare products like mandarin facial hydrating cream, rosehip seed lip moisturizer, mandarin facial hydrating cream, aromatic hand balm and bitter orange astringent toner.

Emirates offers a premium quality masculine brown leather bag for men, loaded the dapper and classic Bulgari products. The amenity kit contains foldable comb, Bulgari body lotion, after shave emulsion and EDT, tissues, Trueffut & Hill reusable razor, Axe Deodorant, toothbrush and Colgate toothpaste. Women are offered a chocolaty silky pouch by Bulgari containing  mirror, Bulgari Eau Parfumee Au Thé Rouge refreshing towlette, perfume, body lotion, face emulsion, tissues and toothbrush and toothpaste.

British Airways likes to call its amenity kits as ‘washbags’. The airline offer two distinct skincare brands Aromatherapy Associates for women and The Refinery for men. The kit provides especially tailored products for both women and men. The women’s kit contains eye serum, renewing moisturizer, hand lotion, hydrating cleanser, deodorant, lip balm and other regular products. The men’s kit comprises of moisturizer, shaving gel, eye gel, lip balm, deodorant and other regular products.

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Business class a must for long haul flights as per Ryanair

by amit.uniyal 18. July 2014 05:35

Business class is a must for long haul says Howard Millar, CFO Ryanair. The airline is famous for low cost and single class system on short haul.

Howard Millar, chief financial officer of Ryanair, said that long distance flights cannot be undertaken without business class. Long haul is not financially viable with only low-cost, single-class system. This system is pioneered by Ryanair and South West on shorter routes. For longer routes Ryanair will never fly with this system.

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He further said that after executing a number of business models on it, the conclusion was arrived that it is not feasible to operate a long haul flight without including business or premium class. Due to this reason the airline will never provide long haul flights. Ryanair at present provides short haul and point to point service within Europe.

He further pointed out the staffing concerns that occurred in long-haul business and gave an example of Norwegian Air. He also said that the cost of long distance aircraft will also be expensive. There are already huge orders placed by Gulf carriers with the makers of aircrafts. This implies that there are few long-haul aircrafts available that too at exorbitant prices.

Oliver Sleath, analyst at Barclays, said it is difficult to operate long-haul flights without business class. These flights need structurally higher costs that low cost airline like Ryanair cannot avoid. There will be fuel expenses, passenger taxes, and other expenditures that cannot be fulfilled by providing only one-class, low-cost service. This explains why Ryanair has not started low-cost long haul.

Ryanair is an ultralow cost carrier of Ireland established in 1985. This airline serves 28 countries in Europe and Africa. The carrier is adding more flights on major destinations.

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BA first class fliers to get cozy sleep in Happiness Blanket

by amit.uniyal 8. July 2014 08:45

British Airways wants to leave no stone unturned when it comes to offering extra privileges to its premium customers. This time it’s no exception as well. The airline has decided to move ahead to the next level to make its first class fliers feel more comfortable than ever before.

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British Airways doesn’t want to see its first class passengers getting a disturbed sleep in any case while on long haul flights. In yet another innovative step, British Airways has developed a blanket which will now be analyzing the “meditative state” of its first class fliers. The airline has designed a “Happiness Blanket” to offer a blissful sleep to its customers. This unique blanket is made of wool and tiny fiber-optic LEDs are implanted in it. The passengers are required to wear a band on their head. The LEDs change color after brainwaves are transmitted through a Bluetooth from this band. When the LEDs color changes to blue then it signals that the passenger is calm, in utmost peace and relaxed during his/her sleep. This also indicates that the passenger is in a deep sleep. However, when the passenger is stressed or getting anxious then the blanket displays crimson color.

The airline however said that the high-tech blanket is currently under trail. Presently, this blanket will not be provided for direct use by the passengers. The airline will instead use the blanket on several volunteers who readily agree to make themselves available for the experiment during transatlantic flights.

British Airways through this trail will be analyzing the data collected from the blankets so that it will be able to make the in-flight experience of its first class customers even better. The airline wants to stay ahead in the race of providing the ultimate service and amenities in its first class cabins, particularly at a time when other airlines are providing posh linens and flat-beds to attract their premium customers.

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US Airways and American Airlines to merge miles programs

by amit.uniyal 25. June 2014 08:03

The two top airlines of America, US Airways and American Airlines are merging their miles program. This will be effective from 2015.

The frequent travelers who have accounts with each merger airlines will have benefit through combination of their mileage balance. Till the change is put to practice the merger airlines is providing additional benefits to their elite travelers. From June 11, elite class passengers can upgrade their travel on the same day while using services any of the two airlines.

US Airways and American Airlines are merging their miles program

The elite Dividend Miles member of US Airways can upgrade their flights the same day on American Airlines using the same rules that is applicable to AA’s elite members. This facility is provided on a first-come-first-serve basis. The upgrade will be provided on American Airlines flights within USA (Hawaii included) and to Central America, Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada.

In the same way, the AAdvantage members of American Airlines can upgrade their flights on the same day using the criteria that is used by elite Dividend Miles members of US Airways. This facility will be given on first-come-first-serve basis. The upgrade will be provided on US Airways flights within USA (Hawaii included) and to Central America, Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada.

Both the airlines will also adjust the thresholds of its redemption policies for all US and Canada bound flights having a three-seat classification. The US Airways provides only two-seat classification, while few American Airlines provide three-seat classification. The coalition will increase the mileage demarcation on this route for high and medium buyback classes. These changes are also applicable on oneworld alliance members like Cathay Pacific that provides three-seat classification in few flights. These flights are between New York and Vancouver. In addition, Canada and Alaska are also included Dividend Miles award chart of US Airways.

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Best destinations in the U.S. to visit this summer

by amit.uniyal 20. June 2014 04:41

The summer season is now about to begin in the United States. This is one particular time when people along with their families or friends plan to spend their holidays in popular places in the country. Some might plan a visit to one of the famous cities that attracts tourists in large numbers during this time. For some, visiting a well known beach is a great idea for an ultimate summer vacations. The destinations may be quite varied, but they will of course make your holidays enjoyable and memorable.

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We have prepared a list of three renowned destinations that you may consider visiting in the United States. These include Honolulu, St. Petersburg and San Diego. A recent study has concluded that Honolulu has topped as the best destination in the U.S. to spend holidays this summer. St. Petersburg has made it to the top as a beach destination worth visiting. San Diego has gained a place of prominence as the top family summer destination.

Honolulu
Have you ever visited Honolulu, the beautiful capital city of the State of Hawaii? This is absolutely one of the best destinations to visit in the U.S. If you haven’t done so and planning to visit Honolulu for the first time, it will indeed be great to adhere to some of these travel tips. These are quite essential for all those making a trip for the first time.

Honolulu offers great attractions for the visitors here. If you are a history buff or have some interest in knowing about the history of this picturesque city, consider visiting the iconic site of USS Arizona Memorial. Visiting here brings the memories of Pearl Harbor attack alive. The memorial has been built to commemorate the marines and sailors killed on the fateful December 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese.

While you are in Honolulu, it will be wonderful to savor Hawaiian cuisine. The local restaurants are best to visit for relishing delectable pup u platters serving raw fish or poke dishes.

St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg is among the prominent beach destinations in the United States to visit this summer. It’s a place with plentiful of sunshine. Tourists from within the country and different parts of the world visit St. Petersburg in large numbers for relaxation and fun at its beaches. You can also enjoy concerts at Jannus Live in downtown St. Petersburg while enjoying your stay here.

The city has some attractions as well. Visit the Dali Museum, one of the famous landmarks, to see surrealist works showcased here in large numbers. If you are visiting the city in July, do remember to participate in the waterfront festival ‘Vans Warped Tour’ where you will enjoy musical performances by over 30 bands on five stages.
 
San Diego
San Diego is a great destination to enjoy summer vacation along with your kids and family. The city has many attractions to offer. Consider visiting the La Jolla Cove for swimming, diving and snorkeling. Your kids will enjoy visiting the San Diego Zoo, is home to above 3,700 animals including the giant panda, which is rarely found elsewhere in the world.

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Turkish Airlines raises baggage allowance for Shopping Festival

by amit.uniyal 15. June 2014 04:27

Turkish Airlines, Europe’s top airlines, has increased the baggage allowance on Doha-Istanbul route. Extra baggage allowance is made to celebrate Istanbul Shopping Festival en-masse.

Turkish Airline has made it possible for passengers to carry more luggage, during this annual Istanbul Shopping festival. Commenced from June 7 the Istanbul Shopping Festival will run until June 29, 2014. Baggage allowance for the route will now be 40 kg for economy class and 50 kg for business class passengers.

Turkish Airlines increased baggage allowance

Turkish airline partner of Istanbul Shopping Fest, ISF, has increased the baggage allowance so that people could make best use of the shopping festival and can travel with lots of purchases from this fest. This will indirectly help both the partners.

Istanbul Shopping Fest is celebrated every year and is the main center of attraction of the city. This shopping extravaganza exhibits the artistic, cultural, and cosmopolitan highlights of Istanbul. People from all over the world visit this place to enjoy shopping, viewing street shows, attending to live concerts, and getting in touch with latest fashion.

ISF is providing attractive discounts on new collections. You can find a lot of international brands and exclusive collection of designer boutiques, antiques, valuables, artifacts, and many more. You can even shop in Istanbul Sapphire Building, the highest building of Europe and can visit Istinye Park, where can have a chance to meet a celebrity.

Apart from shopping you can enjoy local food delights, see historical places, spend time in spas, or relax in any luxurious hotels. Spend your time visiting famous landmarks of Isanbul.

Turkish Airline has the largest country flight network with connectivity from 253 locations. The airline is also the member of Star Alliance; hence connecting to various destinations will become convenient.

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Tips on how to make your business trips exciting and fun

by amit.uniyal 10. June 2014 08:22

Many travelers rue the fact that business trips often turn out to be more and more work, instead of leisure, particularly when visiting overseas. This can however turn out to be exciting and a great fun. Though it solely depends on you how the business trip is actually handled.

What does one do when embarking on a business trip? The very thought of endless business meetings and constant stay in hotel rooms may make you tizzy. But did you ever know that this might even become glamorous as well. Make your boredom that your business trip might entail just go away by simply adding a side trip to your itinerary. This is enough to break the monotony and turn your business trip into holiday travel magic.

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Here is how you can add more fun and pleasure to your business trip. There are many travelers who go for business meetings to destinations like Shanghai, Dubai, Delhi, Toronto or Santiago. Apart from your usual business activities here, you can simply enjoy your stay in these destinations as well.

If your company has asked you to go to meet a business client in Shanghai, here is how you should take advantage of your stay here. Consider extending your stay by a few days and think of visiting the futuristic Oriental Pearl Tower and ancient water town of Zhujiajiao. Both of them are quite remarkable and wonderful to visit. The 1,536 feet high Oriental Pearl Tower is China’s second and world’s sixth tallest TV and Radio tower. The unique architectural design makes it one of the most stunning places to visit. It offers a great photographic opportunity with the imagery of the Yangpu Bridge and Nanpu Bridge resembling to be twin dragons playing with pearls.

What if you are on a business trip to Dubai? How to make it exciting and fun is the foremost question that might appear in your mind. After putting off your business meetings behind, consider staying in Dubai for a few days more and visit the nearby Sultanate of Oman. Here you can enjoy spectacular views of wadis (oasis), mountain ranges and sand dunes. The Bedouin dwellings of nomadic tribes and date plantations are also equally pleasing to see. If you have decided to extend your stay by three days, then don’t forget to see the copper dunes of Wahiba Sands and the beautiful fishing villages in Oman.

When planning a business trip to India’s famed capital Delhi, you should better think of extending your stay for few days more and visit the nearby Agra, the fabled “City of Taj Mahal”. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this white marble mausoleum was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate the memory of his wife Begum Mumtaz Mahal. This alluring one of the seven wonders of world attracts millions of tourists from around the world every year. You can also spend your night in the renowned luxury hotel in Agra – The Oberoi Amarvilas. Here you can experience Indian hospitality, opulence and grandeur at its best while simultaneously enjoying fascinating views of the Taj Mahal.

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