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Food fight breaks out in airline industry as passengers benefit

by amit.uniyal 4. March 2014 06:07

Air travelers never had it before as it is now! Just relax and regale over the tiff that is prompting airlines to bend over backwards to keep the passengers’ appetite satiated on board their flights. These days a food fight is currently ensuing in the U.S. airline industry.

Gone are those days when airlines only vied with each other to provide the best seats and cheap airfares. These apart, major airlines in the United States are now vigorously trying to promote many other services as well. These services in which the airlines are heavily investing of late include food, in-flight entertainment and airport lounges. The airlines in their game of one-upmanship are trying to attract more and more passengers to fly with them.

The California-based carrier Virgin America has unveiled a new menu for its premium customers traveling in first class. The new gourmet menu includes hors d’oeuvres of mozzarella skewer, olive, marinated artichoke heart and roasted tomato, served along with mixed nuts that are slightly warmed. Virgin America also introduced three options for its signature dessert – the ice cream flavor, and asked the fliers to vote and make known their preferences.

Leading U.S. carriers like United Airlines and Delta Air Lines are also not to be left behind in the food race. United Airlines introduced its new menu for its privileged customers. The airline is now providing new zero-protein dishes, which includes salad dressing. The airline is also providing nut bars and fruit, as well as snack boxes, along with these dishes.
 
In February this year, Delta Air Lines made its menu quite interesting by adding many low-calorie wrap sandwiches on its transcontinental flights. The chip cookies prepared with multi-seed coconut chocolate are accompanied with the wraps.

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Fewer passengers complaining even as flight delays in U.S. growing

by amit.uniyal 3. March 2014 06:15

Major airlines in the United States are reporting flight delays increasingly, but this has refused to dampen the spirit of the passengers and only fewer are complaining. This was disclosed in a recent study by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

According to the flight data provided by the federal Department of Transportation, only 68.9 percent of domestic airlines reported flights arrivals within 14 minutes of schedule in December 2013 as compared to 76.6 percent during the same month in 2012. The report said that flight cancellations also rapidly increased.

The report said that early December last year proved to be costly for the U.S. aviation industry. Thousands of flights were cancelled and delayed because of the freezing temperatures, ice and snow that inordinately put a stop on the operations of airlines at big hub airports in Dallas and Chicago.

Airlines were reported violating federal rules. The report citing these violations said that 10 flights were grounded during December 2013, and nine of these violations took place at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on December 8, 2013.  

Prior to these cancellations and delays, the airlines were seen making sincere efforts to stay on schedule. According to the report, the on-time rate dropped to 78.3 percent for all or 2013, a decline of 3.6 percentage points as compared to 2012.

The report said that 16 airlines, including big carriers as well as leading regional carriers, were covered as revealed by the government figures. Small but growing carriers like Allegiant Air and Spirit Airlines are not included in the study.

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Collinstown Suite at Dublin Airport delves into the luxury

by amit.uniyal 28. February 2014 06:15

Traveling is a hectic and tedious experience. Whether or not you are flying business class with the carrier, you are bound to get fatigued out during the journey. No matter if you are flying on a short haul journey or have embarked on a long distance travel, somewhere at the back of your head the very thought of traveling makes you sick to your stomach. After all, it is never easy. Travel can be a gruesome experience for young mothers traveling alone with their little bundles of joy irrespective of the sector or the route.

As such, a warm and cozy experience at the airport gives that much-needed breather. Dublin Airport is an international airport catering the Irish city. Domestic and international travelers flying to and from the city use the airport’s services. The airport is fast gaining popularity amongst travelers for offering the best of services at its premises. What more, the Collinstown Suite is the place to head to at the airport before, during, or after the journey here. This place has proved its merit by deeply impressing travelers flying to/from the capital city to their respective destinations worldwide.

The ambiance, staff, amenities et al is a delight and act as a savior for the ones who wish to relax a little. Travelers encounter a royal treatment and are made to feel important during the welcome process. The reception is kind enough to deal with your luggage and documents, and ensures to hand it over to you safely. Post these tedious procedure you are guided to your private suite, where world-class champagne greets you in your comfortable zone. Then you are on your own in the company of your loved ones and the gorgeous decors of your room. The suite encompasses facilities like Wi-Fi, snacks, reading material, loaded refrigerator, tea/coffer making machine and a large TV set.

Therefore, it is not a bad choice to break your journey, relish the services, and enjoy a few relaxing moments here.

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People wait anxiously for the launch of Erie-Chicago flights

by amit.uniyal 27. February 2014 06:10

Before the economic recession hit the world, shattering a million dreams, Erie enjoyed a well-connected air network with several cities within the United States. Four primary airlines operated service to and from the city to destinations like Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Atlanta. The scenario however, changed completely after the global economy was left crippled by the economic slowdown. Eight years after the devastating situation, Erie has something to cheer about in the coming times.

United Airlines has announced the launch of its nonstop service between its hub in Chicago and Erie. The new flights are set to debut on June 5 this year. This news has spread a wave of joy amongst the travelers who have waited patiently all these years to relish smooth connections from their city to other important destinations across the country.

Travelers will soon be able to fly between Erie International Airport and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. This service will considerably offer smooth connections and reduce the travel time otherwise taken to fly between the city pair.

Direct connections from here to Chicago will also boost the prospects of local business in the city. Nonstop flights are an added advantage when it comes to commercial and financial aspects. The city of Erie is sure to benefit from this service and the people cannot stop thanking the airline enough for its initiative.

Chicago is a popular world city and offers flights to other gateways across the country and the world. Apart from other airlines, United Airlines alone provides 600 daily flights from the city to various parts of the world thus paving way for smoother connections ahead.

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Delta overhauling its frequent flier program

by amit.uniyal 26. February 2014 09:22

Delta Air Lines is all set to make amends to its frequent flier program. The Atlanta, Georgia based airline now intends to reward those travelers who buy its expensive tickets rather than rewarding the ones flying the most miles with it. This new change will completely alter the basis of its rewards programs.

The airline is a popular carrier that flies to approximately 250 cities across the globe. Its fleet of about 737 aircrafts embarks on both short and long distance journeys on the domestic as well as international sectors each day. It is a popular choice with the local and international passengers and is famous for offering distinctive services onboard. Passengers prefer to book with the airline for various reasons including its reward program.

However, its decision to alter the very basis of the program may end up disappointing its frequent fliers. In addition, every other airline will be keeping a tab on its movements and the after effects of its decision once implemented. It however, is positive about the changes and believes that the 2015 SkyMiles program will woo business class travelers and help it get recognition for its innovative decision. It is also upbeat about the leisure travelers who do not mind splurging on luxury.

Interestingly, this is not the first time it has surprised all. Earlier in January 2013, the airline announced that only travelers who spend at least $2,500 in 2014 would qualify for the elite status. Previously, it allowed them to qualify based on the miles flown. It would be amusing to watch the impacts of its latest decision on the overall aviation industry in the country.

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CNN Predicts Pilot Shortage Due To Increased Air Travel Demand

by amit.uniyal 25. February 2014 04:13

As per the latest CNN report Asia Pacific aviation industry is going to boom by 35 percent in the coming two decades and this boom is going to come with a greater BOOM as it predicts huge pilot shortage.

If these predictions come true, then air travel industry is in for serious trouble. In order to curb the air travel demand Asia Pacific aviation industry will have to add nearly 13000 aircrafts. This directly means that the demand of pilots is also going to shoot up manifolds. With this comes the mother of all questions. Do we have enough pilots to fly these aircrafts and the answer is a big NO.

Bony Sharma, vice president of Mil-Com Aerospace Group, a Singapore-based aviation training company said there are nearly 100 pilot training schools in the Asia Pacific region. And they are not sufficient to churn out the number of pilots the aviation industry is looking out for. Even if another 100  flying schools getstarted, the situation will still be as acute as it is now.

Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes said liaisons and partnership needs to be strived with the Government, airlines and flying schools to come together and come up with a training syllabus that helps the future pilots in their training. He further said we will be able to curb this problem the moment we are able to improve our technology towards offering stimulation based pilot certification training.

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Virgin America Offers New Food Menu to First Class Passengers

by amit.uniyal 24. February 2014 04:18

Virgin America truly knows how to please its passengers, but it’s a whole different pleasure when you are its first class passenger. With an endeavor to offer something new and innovative to its passengers every now and then, this California based airline has this time decided to offer food menu on its first class flights.

Passengers with effect from March 4, flying long-haul First Class Flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Washington DC, Boston, New York and Newark will be the ones to enjoy this feast. The new menu will comprise the likes of roasted tomato, marinated artichoke heart, and olive and mozzarella skewer hors d'oeuvre along with your cocktails, for starters green bean salad, healthy mixed-herb, a protein plate with mixed nuts and edamame hummus or chicken breast with apple fig compote for entree.

For desserts Virgin America has contacted Humphry Slocombe, the most popular ice cream maker in San Francisco. Humphry Slocombe is famous for its unique flavors, innovative creations and unusual combinations. First Class Passengers during their flight will get to choose from ButterByMoodlight - a smooth textured combination of blueberry glaze and brown butter; RedHotBanana - sweet cinnamon spice from mashed Red Hot candies combined with buttery banana cream or CoconutBlondAmbition creamy coconut, lemon citrus sorbet and vanilla marshmallow fluff, a signature recipe of Humphry Slocombe.

 

Virgin America is renowned across the globe for its award winning culinary delights and class-apart business class seats and first class cabins.

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United operates first flight with Split Scimitar Winglets to LA

by amit.uniyal 21. February 2014 04:23

United Airlines has added a new feather to its cap. The commercial airline of the United States has become the first airline in the world to take to the skies using the advanced Split Scimitar Winglets. The airline’s first flight with the brand new winglets departed from Houston for its maiden flight to Los Angeles recently.

The airline operated the Boeing 737-824 N37277 aircraft between the city pair sporting its latest possessions. These winglets use the latest technology. The airline was earlier granted the approval by the FAA to put these winglets in use on its Boeing 737-800 series planes. It is a moment of pride and happiness for the entire management and the team that worked hard to achieve this fleat.

The Chicago, Illinois based airline flies to over 370 destinations worldwide. It is a popular name in the domestic as well as international aviation industry. Renowned for its innovation, the airline has won several accolades for using the technology to the best of its capacity.

Currently, the airline has fitted about 350 aircrafts with these technically advanced winglets. The airline is in the process of wrapping up the installation of these winglets on its 737, 757, and 767 series planes. It then expects to save about 65 million gallons of fuel on a yearly basis, courtesy the newly fitted winglets. This will help the airline become one of the most environment friendly airlines in the United States. It intends to save a total of $1 billion in fuel costs by the end of 2017 thanks to the latest technology.

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Demand for onboard Wi-Fi services benefit companies like Gogo

by amit.uniyal 20. February 2014 06:14

The airline industry across the world is doing good business. At present over one million commercial airlines, offer flights to different destinations worldwide every year. Within the United States, itself about 87,000 flights ply on several routes every single day. These flights include commercial passenger service airlines, private jets, as well as air taxis. The number of rising demands is good news for these airlines that are set to do good business this year.

With the rising number of passenger demand, the requirement for onboard services including Wi-Fi, music, and videos too sharpens. Passengers booking airline tickets worldwide prefer to book with the ones that are innovative for the satisfaction of their customers. Currently, Gogo, a pioneer in offering onboard internet services is in high demand. More and more commercial airlines are turning towards the company in order to benefit from its services. The company was born out a business idea in one of the barbecue restaurants in the state of Texas.

It was however, noticed in 2008 after it aggressively launched different Internet schemes on various commercial airlines. That was just the beginning for it. In June 2013, the minor company launched its IPO and today is one of the leading Internet providers in the sky. Ever since, its shares have witnessed an upward movement of about 24 percent. Companies like Gogo help airlines innovate with their services and experiment with business ideas that at first instance sound bizarre.

Since it played its card at the right time, today it stands amongst the leaders in the business of offering in-flight Wi-Fi. At present, its services are available on more than 2,000 aircrafts. Its business is predominantly spread across North America and it enjoys a large chunk in the market of about 80 percent. Though it has proved its mettle here, it has a lot of scope to penetrate into the unknown segments and make its presence felt.

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Airline industry set for happy times ahead in 2014

by amit.uniyal 19. February 2014 21:44

There is good news for the global airline industry. Going by the facts, figures, and even performances in the bygone year, the industry should expect happy times ahead in this year. However, two prime factors to be credited for the joyous news include mounting travel demand and steady fuel prices.

Though the news is happy for the airline management, top-level executives, investors, and shareholders only time will tell as to who will ultimately benefit in the end. It is not even evident as when will these profits be passed down.

On the other side, the airlines may even go ahead and decide to cut down fare prices. Passengers should hope for the best and pray that the airlines take a few decisions in their favor. Another, good news is that analysts expect the big players not to fiddle much with the fare pricing owing to still and steady competition from the budget carriers. The constant pressures on big daddies of the open skies will be forced to keep the thought of hiking the fares at bay, at least this year!

This year passengers should stop bothering about price rise on airline tickets and plan that much awaited holiday with their loved ones anywhere in the world. Some experts even suggest that airlines will rather invest in the comforts of the passengers. They are set to divert their energies into refurbishing the existing seats by making them more spacious, enhancing the entertainment options, and innovating their onboard menus.

All these factors will count in their favor and the major airlines around the world will together accumulate profits of $19.7 billion in 2014, exceeding their previous high of $19.2 billion in 2010.

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