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Cookies on Air: An airline meal is incomplete without them

by amit.uniyal 29. October 2014 08:00

In-flight Dining is a quintessential expression of the services that airlines provide to tempt the travelers. From entrées to main course meals and desserts, the airlines ensure that the guests enjoy the food served during the air journey. The chewy, crumbly and soft indulgence that is a freshly baked cookie baked on board is something anyone would love to relish. This sweet assortment satisfies your sweet tooth and drinking milk is incomplete without it.

Cookies on Air

Sometimes, it is all you need to get your journey started or get rid of the grogginess upon arrival, but chomping such tidbits during flights these days can be rarely seen owing to the cutbacks and mergers.

Most of the airlines including Frontier Airlines have stopped serving cookies after 2012. Don't give up hope yet! There are still few airlines that ensure you do not miss the sweet bites even at 10,000 feet.

American Airlines

American Airlines is known to have introduced the baked on-board cookies. AA bakes different varieties of cookies on 1,000 to 1,298 miles flights. The guests get to try white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin, oatmeal cranberry, nutty butter and other varieties. •

United Airlines

United Airlines competes fiercely for Baking as it does for routes. The carrier hired Chicago-based Poppie's Dough to bake the melt-in-mouth chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter and cinnamon cookies on flights between 900 and 2,299 miles. The carrier serves them in branded to-go wax bags. • Virgin Australia Virgin Australia serves Spotted Cow cookies complimentary on some flights and on sale in most of the economy flights. The "udderly delicious" gluten free cookies are also available across Hudson’s coffee shops. The passengers can enjoy a wide variety of baked on-board cookies including fruit mince spice, cranberry, triple chocolate fudge, white chocolate and macadamia, chocolate and salted caramel, choc chunk, Anzacs and spotted cookies.

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Emirates, others win 2014 Best In-flight Dining Awards

by amit.uniyal 26. October 2014 07:09

The best airline meals have now been revealed and so are the wining airlines providing these. A popular luxury food magazine ‘Saveur’ recently announced the winners of its second annual Culinary Travel Award. The 2014 Best In-flight Dining Award provided to carriers offering the best in-flight options was given in two categories – first and business, and economy.

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Emirates Airline was announced the winner of The Expert Choice Award for the second consecutive year. The panel of experts comprising editors, aviation industry experts, skilled chefs, photographers and travel writers who jointly announced the winners said that they were simply amazed by the quality of service and food provided by Emirates Airline to its customers.

According to the panel, the delicacies provided by the airline were quite delicious. They highly appreciated the delicacies such as lamb noisette with roasted seasonal vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes, and also wild Iranian caviar with sour cream and blinis, which were created by award-winning chefs. The menus were not only exquisite, but healthy as well. The seven-course meals are served on Royal Doulton fine bone china by the airline to its long-haul passengers. They are also offered an impressive range of vintage wines.
 
Emirates Airline offers its first class and business class passengers onboard shower facilities. They are also served gourmet meals comprising of traditional Arab mezze and lamb noisettes along with creamy mashed potato and roasted seasonal vegetables.
 
Another Middle East carrier Oman Air was also declared winner for providing best first class and business class meals. The airline was voted as Readers’ Choice winner.

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Chinese Airlines offer utmost comfort with better seat designs

by amit.uniyal 20. October 2014 06:32

Chinese Airlines continue to grow tremendously in the global aviation industry with millions of passengers traveling every year. The Chinese Airlines ensure that the services provided in-flight are extraordinarily comfortable for the international as well as the domestic traveler. The passengers between U.S. and China would be quite pleased with the services offered on the various airlines.
Check out the 5 Chinese Airlines that shout absolute comfort.

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China Southern Airlines First Class
China Southern Airlines First Class Seat is the widest in its class, i.e. 33 inches with a seat pitch of 82 inches. It reclines to 180 degrees and is equipped with the latest technologies including connectivity IFEC system in five languages: English, Simplified Chinese and Japanese, Korean and French and Thales’ Top Series AVANT in-flight entertainment. This entertainment screen is 23 inches wide HD controlled with Touch Passenger Media Unit. This seat is available on B777-300 ER.

China Eastern Airlines Business Class
The new business class in Boeing 777-300ER for China Eastern Airlines features Zodiac Cirrus with 52 seats placed in 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration allowing each passenger direct aisle access. The 21 inches wide seat has 81 inches wide seat pitch equipped with power ports for charging your devices.

Hainan Airlines Business Class
The flat bed is the standout feature of Hainan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner and so is the 15-inch crystal clear video screen. The 22.5 inches wide seats with 74 inches seat pitch adorn red plush seat cushions which give the feeling of an oriental ambience. The 36 flat bed business class seats are divided in 2-2-2 configuration which is somehow bothersome. The passengers might not appreciate climbing over their neighbors to even attend the nature’s call.

Air China
The 12 first class seats arranged in 1-2-1 configuration offer direct access to the aisle. The 23 inches wide seat with 80 inches seat width are surrounded by curving cabin walls and mood lighting system. The seat reclines to 180 degrees.

Xiamen Air First Class
Xiamen Air first class features 4 Zodiac Apollo seats in a distinct shell-like design. The 28 inches wide seats arranged in 1-2-1 configuration offer direct aisle access. The 15.4-inch IFE screen features Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system.

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Emirates Airlines proves to be the most glamorous airline

by amit.uniyal 19. October 2014 09:00

Emirates Airlines is all about extravagance, elegance and pleasure in air. The First class private suites with flat beds, Caviar, Aubergine Lasagna and other hors d’oeuvres served with champagnes and vintage wines, shower spa with Timeless Spa kits, the gorgeous flight attendants adorning red hats with white veils and khaki colored ensemble represent the Emirates royal experience. The company, founded in 1985 is the fastest growing airline while it fans out actively in the U.S air travel market, leaving the U.S. air passenger carriers behind.

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Business class travel in the U.S. is flourishing and Emirates is making the most of it. At present, the U.S contributes to 7% of business for Emirates. However, the airline aspires to expand in the U.S as it plans to add more destinations to the existing nine. Emirates is procuring more and more aircrafts to its existing fleet of 217 as it strives to achieve a 70 million customers per year target by 2020 as compared to 40 million as of now.

Emirates’ marketing campaigns, does not only set its sight on the business commuters but the routine fliers as well. Emirates also launched an ad campaign to make the airline accessible to all, depicting a company that connects the travelers worldwide.

Despite its much famed luxury travel, Emirates acquires major profits from the economy seats, not the business or first class seats. Filling the economy seats is prioritized.

Emirates Airlines has been conferred with various awards portraying it as one of the most glamorous airlines. Brand Finance, U.K presented the title of the most valuable airline brand across the globe to Emirates. In 2013, owing to 19 million surveys by customers worldwide, Skytrax fabled it the world’s best airline. The first-class lounge at Dubai International Airport also attained first spot in 2013 World Travel Awards.

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Domestic U.S Airlines hike airfares despite cheap oil windfall

by amit.uniyal 18. October 2014 07:37

Holiday Travel may burn a hole in your pocket as U.S. air passenger carriers raised the base fares for domestic flights last week. Despite the good fortune of decreased oil prices and Ebola epidemic distress, the 5 major airlines in U.S have attempted a fare hike in October 2014 thrice, wherein the third attempt was successful.

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The fare hike was initiated by JetBlue Airways with up to $4 round trip raise on some domestic flights’ fares. 4 hours later, Delta jumped on the bandwagon and extended the increase with 37 times as many fares. American Airlines, US Airways and Southwest Airlines following suit on Friday. Airlines usually hike fares to rationalize the higher costs, especially for fuel. However, oil prices have gradually plunged in a few weeks and carriers are gaining a windfall.

Although Ebola epidemic was believed to tumble the stocks down and that the people will be reluctant to fly. However, the demand has only surged with the holiday season.

According to an investment analyst, this hike represents the first successful increase across the domestic aviation industry since April and the fifth one this year. These price bumps should allay the investors’ concerns that lower fuel prices will only profit the consumers with lower air fares.

Airlines do not also want to charge more than Southwest Airlines, the low cost carrier with maximum number of domestic passengers, so they run sales, reduce fares on certain flights and try to fill middle seats with extra perks.

Traveling on Thanksgiving weekend will pinch the passengers’ pocket as the domestic flights’ fares are up by 17% at $467 in comparison with $400 in 2013. On the other hand, fares for Christmas holiday flights will increase by 2%, averaging at $493 as compared to $482 last year.

Meanwhile, Wall Street remunerated the fare hike as the shares for airlines gained an average 5%.

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The Aviation Industry takes a giant leap on Air Social Media

by amit.uniyal 12. October 2014 07:04

Social Media is now an integral part of Global Aviation Industry. More and more airlines are using social media to engage with their customers just like they use the phone for issue resolution. Qatar Airways is now ruling the social media game as it has transcended the 5,000,000 Facebook fan milestone, reclaiming its position as second most liked international airlines on Facebook. It has 300,000 plus Twitter followers and has gained 3rd position on Instagram among airlines, upholding its ever increasing online media engagement with the fans. Adding another feather in the cap, Qatar Airways has been conferred with the award for the Best Use of Emerging Platform for 2014 by SimpliFlying, one of the best aviation marketing consultancies.

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The rapidly growing carrier has soared above its competitors in social media fan base, particularly after developing a global partnership with FC Barcelona and earned huge profits on the arrival of its first super jumbo jet Airbus A380 in Doha in the month of September. Qatar Airways has 13 social media platforms for engaging with customers on which the CEO, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker commented that Social media has undeniably opened various channels of communication between Qatar and its fliers. It is an excellent way to engage with the passengers in innovative ways.

Qatar Airways has embarked upon several initiatives to strengthen the relationship with the social media followers. As a tribute to this, Qatar Airways was nominated and awarded as an airline making the Best Use of Emerging Platforms at the Annual SimpliFlying Awards held last year in New York. Qatar Airways, during the award ceremony, demonstrated how Instagram and Pinterest were used to achieve the marketing targets for the carrier.

The airline has been recognized by SimpliFlying twice in a row, having been awarded Best Emerging Airline on Social Media in 2013.

 

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Tourists to get Chinese-language map of Boston by Hainan Airlines

by amit.uniyal 4. October 2014 08:44

Chinese tourists traveling to Boston will now find their stay and travel to the city more convenient and hassle free as Hainan Airlines has now decided to provide them Chinese-language maps of Boston.

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Hainan Airlines had earlier this year launched direct flights between Beijing and Boston. The airline partnered with a travel consultancy named Attract China for providing the Chinese-language maps of Boston to the tourists.

The airline has decided to co-brand the map and provide it to all the passengers flying into Boston’s Logan International Airport.
 
Zhang Ning, General Manager of Hainan Airlines Boston office, said that an increasing demand by Chinese travelers is being recently witnessed for travel to the United States. He said that by providing a resourceful Mandarin map to the Chinese tourists, they will find it easy to access and navigate the city of Boston.
 
The passport-sized map of Boston is presently available at city information kiosks, Chinatown restaurants and over 100 hotels in Boston area. By providing the Chinese-language maps to the tourists Hainan Airlines and travel consultancy Attract China want to ensure outstanding travel experience. The prime objective of providing the map is to provide the travelers with insights and adequate information on the types of destinations that interest them the most.

The map will be prominently highlighting the major shopping areas in Boston as well as 21 recommended destinations such as the USS Constitution Museum, the Freedom Trail, and Freeway Park.

Chinese-language maps for other important cities in the United States such as Chicago and Seattle are likely to be released by the end of 2014, while more U.S. cities would be covered in 2015.

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Hawaii becomes a prime focus for various markets and airlines

by amit.uniyal 30. September 2014 02:35

Hawaii is attracting keen interest from various markets and airlines. This has been made clear at the recently-concluded 2014 Hawaii Tourism Conference when Mesa Air Group's go! interisland subsidiary said that it was becoming rather too difficult to compete with the Hawaii’s flagship carrier Hawaiian Airlines in the interisland market.

Hawaii

Hawaii currently has the most diverse airline network. This has prompted numerous airlines and markets to show keen interest in Hawaii. This has also made the State of Hawaii less vulnerable to significant swings in the travel market.

Media reports quoted Brad DiFiore, cofounder and managing partner of Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting, which operates interisland go! airline, as saying that the seat capacity to Hawaii from North America has increased 19 percent over a decade. Interisland air travel has significantly lowered than what it was 10 years ago despite the fact that revenue and average fares continue to be higher. DiFiore however said that the seats are likely to return with the growing travel demand now and Hawaii also proving to be a big market for airlines.

DiFiore said that for an outsider like Mesa Air Group's go! interisland subsidiary competing with a homegrown airline like Hawaiian Airlines is rather difficult as it has been proved now. He said that Hawaiian Airlines had 82 percent market share while go! had only 9 percent share for the interisland market.

Apart from Hawaiian Airlines, other carriers such as Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, Air Canada’s Rogue, Cebu Pacific, Virgin America and Jetstar have also made forays and focusing on flights to Honolulu.

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World Air Transport Statistics make public air traffic results

by amit.uniyal 28. September 2014 05:16

The 58th edition of World Air Transport Statistics has recently made public some of its findings outlining the air traffic results for the year 2013. According to the findings, Delta Air Lines transported most passengers than any other airline in the world during the year. The findings also revealed that the route between Taipei and Hong Kong remained the world’s busiest.

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The World Air Transport Statistics is considered to be a “yearbook” of the global aviation industry’s annual performance. The International Air Transport Association publishes the World Air Transport Statistics every year from Montreal.

The stats also prominently provided a snapshot of the aviation industry 100 years after the first commercial flight took to the skies. It may be noted that 2014 is the centenary year of commercial aviation.

Media reports citing the stats said that the commercial aviation has come a long way with a single aircraft transporting a single passenger in 1914. The report said that the global commercial aviation has now become a $2.4 trillion industry carrying above 3 billion passengers and 48 million tons of cargo on about 100,000 flights per day.

According to the report, the largest number of passengers transported was from the Asia-Pacific region, which stood at 1.012 billion. Europe and North America were in the second and third place with 825.9 million and 818.9 million passengers respectively. The biggest increase percentage-wise was also by Asia-Pacific region, up 9.3 over 2012.

The report further said that South Africa stood at first in Africa with the highest passenger traffic on both domestic and international routes. China gained first position in Asia-Pacific region with most passengers being transported from here. British carriers held sway in Europe, while Brazilian carriers transported most passengers to the Caribbean and Latin American countries.

The top five airlines in terms of total passengers carried included Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, China Southern Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines.

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All that you can expect at business lounges around the world

by amit.uniyal 26. September 2014 03:14

If you frequently take business class flights to travel around the world, you must surely be expecting various facilities being provided at the business class lounges. Here is a brief preview about all that you can expect at business lounges at London Heathrow and Frankfurt.

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British Airways Galleries Club Lounge
Get ready to brighten up your day at the British Airways Galleries Club Lounge at London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5. The business class lounge, which offers access to Oneworld passengers, is decked up in dazzling cheery colors and is located quite a distance from the noisy common waiting area. It’s quite relaxing to refresh yourself at the well-appointed washroom space, complete with branded, lotions and sweet-scented hand washes. Spend some comfortable moments sitting in the armchairs at a low tea-table or complete your official chores on the high tables using free Wi-Fi. Feeling hungry? Treat yourself to a breakfast buffet and savor gluten-free milk and cookies, cornflakes and nuts, and fresh fruits as well.

Lufthansa Senator Lounge at Frankfurt Airport
The Lufthansa Senator Lounge at the Frankfurt Airport provides a private, homely and comfortable feeling. It’s a home away from home, particularly in a foreign country. Pick a regular table or high-table to enjoy your hot meal and drink in the food and beverage area of the business class lounge. The business centre at the lounge fully equipped with printers, fax machines, photocopy machines, internet access, PCs and free Wi-Fi are there for you to fulfill your official chores. Still have few hours left to board your flight and want to take a nap, then head to one of the five ‘relaxing rooms’ fully-furnished with comfortable beds, a lamp and a table stand. The lounge also has 10 individual shower rooms as well.

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