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.
9. October 2013 05:48
United Airlines is committed to offer better services and a
comfortable flying experience to its customers. United Airlines has
recently introduced its new signature seat design promising maximum
comfort to its customers. Apart from customer comfort, the airline is
also focusing on environmental responsibility, with a modern,
United Airlines said that it would be deploying new seats on hundreds of
its aircrafts offering flights services within the United States,
Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. The new design is being
introduced with a Bombardier CRJ700 being presently operated by United
Express carrier SkyWest Airlines. The airline expects to deploy the new
look design on its domestic mainline aircraft as well as on regional
aircraft that is operated by United Express carriers. United Airlines
ultimately plans to introduce the new design on more than 60,000 seats
on more than 500 aircrafts. By 2015, the airline expects the new seat
design to be introduced on approximately 400 aircrafts.
Providing details about the new design, United Airlines said that this
includes bold elements, more ergonomic and supportive cushioning, and
additional seat-back storage space in United Economy Plus and United
8. October 2013 07:04
Germany’s flagship carrier Lufthansa is currently witnessing a remarkable growth in Qatar. The airline, which has reported a steady passenger growth in the Doha-Frankfurt sector over the past few years, said that it is seeing Qatar emerging as one of the fastest growing markets for premium travel in the GCC countries. Media reports quoted a Lufthansa official as saying that 2011 was the most successful year for the airline in Qatar. Lufthansa is a leading carrier in Europe presently.
According to Lufthansa, the airline carried more than 70,000 passengers to and from Germany and beyond in 2012. The airline said that it registered a huge increase of more than 40 percent last year as compared to 2011. The airline further said that the number of passenger arrivals to Doha for business or leisure purposes was an all time high. This significantly strengthened the airline’s service, which operates daily nonstop flights between Doha and Frankfurt with the help of an Airbus A340 aircraft. With such a fantastic increase now, Lufthansa wants to expand its Doha service further.
Carsten Schaeffer, Lufthansa’s Vice President Sales & Service, South East Europe, Middle East and Africa, said that Qatar has developed as one of the fastest growing markets for premium travel in the GCC nations. He said that the growth in first class passenger numbers is particularly impressive, with the volume nearly doubled within one year. This testifies that the airline’s strategy to invest into brand new First and Business Class products as well as the world’s only dedicated First Class Terminal has been finally paying off.
7. October 2013 05:24
Passengers traveling with Qatar Airways are going to be a little
happy. While most airlines are doing every bit to please their
travelers, the Gulf carrier, following suit has announced its decision
to increase baggage allowance. Passengers flying to various destinations
in Africa including Entebbe, Kigali, Nairobi, Kilimanjaro,
Dar-e-Salaam, and Addis Ababa will be able to carry more baggage between
7 and 10 kilograms, depending of course on their class.
The economy passengers will be able to add another 7 kilograms as the
airline has upped it from the earlier set 23 kilograms. Business
travelers will be able to enjoy additional weight of 10 kilograms up
from the previous limit of 30 kilograms. The airline uses the services
of Airbus A320 to serve African cities from Doha. This plane comprises a
seating capacity for only business and economy class passengers. This
route does not consist of First Class. However, these premier travelers
will be able to carry up to 50 kilograms along with them to their
destinations across the world.
The airline also announced that it would not be able to switch
operations to the new airport in Doha until 2014. Apparently, the
construction of the plush airport will take some time hence delaying the
carrier’s plans to launch service from its sprawling premises. The new
airport is equipped with several amenities that are set to benefit
business and first class travelers and heighten their travel experience.
The airline expects to launch its Airbus A380 superjumbo service from
the brand new complex by March next year.
4. October 2013 05:18
British Airways, premier airline of the United Kingdom recently
launched service to Chengdu with a panda plane. Apparently, Chengdu, the
city in China is home to the world famous giant panda and the airline
wanted to please the people with its unique offering. The airline
specially painted its Boeing 777-200 plane to look like a panda.
This aircraft sports a huge smile like that of the cute animal. The
panda plane will offer thrice-a-week service between London Heathrow and
Chengdu. Interestingly the city is the carrier’s first new destination
in China since launching service to Shanghai in 2005. The airline
believes that mainland China comprises an important part of its
itinerary and hence it is committed to serve the people with direct
services. This plane comprises a seating capacity across four class
including First, Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus
(premium economy) and World Traveller (economy).
On the other hand, the airline is inching close to a new experiment. The
popular European carrier plans to allow passengers automatically
check-in on a trial basis. The airline wants to discard the conventional
method of manual check-ins and pave way for automated check-ins
instead. It therefore, plans to test its idea in the first phase with
flights to Vienna, Copenhagen, Vancouver, Toronto, Rome Fiumicino,
Mauritius, and Cancun. As per its strategy, passengers can proceed
towards check-ins six days ahead of their departures. These travelers
will receive confirmation and boarding passes 25 hours before takeoff.
3. October 2013 07:11
Air France, the premier carrier of Europe has a pleasant surprise for all its customers. The airline that operates numerous flights to various destinations worldwide announced it was up for another round of innovation for the comfort of its travelers.
The popular carrier offers flights to Europe and beyond. Travel with the airline is going to enhance the experience of its economy and premium economy customers. This time around, the airline has announced an upgrade for these two classes. These two classes will sport brand new seats as the carrier has decided to get rid of old and outdated ones. It has promised to bring out a lighter yet comfortable version of the old seats. These seats will in return help it improve its fuel efficiency. Talk of cost cutting measures!
It is not just about the design. These seats will be fitted with USB ports to allow passengers to plug in their personal devices, and entertain themselves throughout the journey. There are electric outlets to compliment the USB port along with a modified and larger seat back monitor. This considerate effort by the airline is sure going to help it win the hearts of economy and premium economy travelers and may be in the future its bookings simply shoot up. Other facilities offered include wider trays, headphones holder, and extra legroom. Additionally Wi-Fi may also be available. Boeing 777s have been selected for these makeovers and the airline expects to wrap up the process by July 2016. It is not clear as of now which routes will have these planes fly to.