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JetBlue Airways offers most comfortable coach seats, says poll

by amit.uniyal 7. November 2014 01:36

A recent poll published its results outlining that JetBlue Airways is the best airline in the United States to offer most comfortable coach seats to its customers. Alaska Airlines also fared well in this regard. However, major legacy carriers were left behind in the race failing to keep pace with the low-cost carrier like JetBlue Airways.

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According to the poll conducted by a prominent U.S.-based travel research website, 21 percent of the respondents responded favorably about JetBlue Airways. The poll asked the respondents to vote for the domestic airline which offered most comfortable seats in the economy class.

The poll indicated that that JetBlue Airways with 21 percent votes was ranked as the best carrier to offer most comfortable coach class seats. Among other airlines who made it to the top four included Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Frontier Airlines. The report said that Alaska Airlines emerged second with 17 percent, Hawaiian Airlines was third with 14 percent votes, and Frontier Airlines was placed in the fourth position with 13 percent votes. A travel expert giving his opinion on the poll said that the legroom matters the most and even 1 or 2 inches are enough to make a difference.

JetBlue Airways is renowned for providing more legroom in its economy class to the customers than any other domestic carrier in the United States currently. The airline offers a seat pitch of 33 inches. However, other carriers provide only 31 inches of seat pitch on their Boeing 737 aircrafts. Spirit Airlines offers a seat pitch of only 28 inches.

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Musical playlist to match specific dishes on British Airways now

by amit.uniyal 5. November 2014 03:01

British Airways has come up with a new idea to keep its long-haul customers entertained while taking their in-flight meals. This is nothing but innovation at its best!

UK’s national carrier British Airways will start offering its customers an entirely new flying experience. Come November, and the airline will start providing a curated musical playlist matching specific dishes aimed at keeping the passengers entertained while enjoying their meals onboard their aircrafts. According to the airline, the soundtrack will work wonders and even enhance the flavors of the meals.

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British Airways came up with the new idea after considering a study by Oxford University which outlined that the taste perception can be influenced by music. The study further said that music can also make food up to 10 percent more salty or sweet. The study also indicated that during a flight the passenger’s sense of taste diminishes by 30 percent.

Keeping in view the importance of study and its relation to in-flight meals, British Airways hired the services of a leading chef named Mark Tazzioli. He played a crucial role in concocting a meal that could be greatly enjoyed by a passenger onboard the aircraft while listening to music from a special playlist.

According to British Airways, the special menu has been named “SoundBite”. It will be accompanied by 13 tracks on the airline’s “Rock and Pop” audio channel and would be available to the passengers on long-haul flights. The British dishes can be enjoyed while listening to Lily Allen’s “Only We Know”. Similarly, famous song "Scream (Funk My Life Up)” by Scottish singer Paolo Nutini can be enjoyed while savoring the Scottish salmon hors d'oeuvre.

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Qantas Airways introducing new benefits for elite frequent flyers

by amit.uniyal 4. November 2014 02:52

Qantas Airways has indicated that it will be introducing new benefits for its frequent flyer program members belonging to the most elite tier. The airline has acknowledged them for their outstanding loyalty and decided to reward them. The airline’s move is also simultaneously aimed at encouraging those frequent flyer program members possessing lower loyalty card status to consider booking more flights in future in order to be at the top-tier level.

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A spokesperson of the airline in a statement said that the spouse or de facto partner of its Platinum One members would be provided a complimentary Platinum membership. Among various other benefits to be provided to Platinum One members include earning double points in Qantas-operated restaurants, free membership in Qantas Golf Club, free phone bookings, and switching to an earlier domestic flight without paying any charges whatsoever.

According to Qantas Airways, the members of the airline’s most elite tier belonging to the invitation-only Chairman’s Lounge include celebrities, politicians and corporate leaders. However, the Platinum One members are currently in fewer numbers when compared to the elite tier members. The Platinum One membership is open to all members of the public who fly frequently, especially in the premium classes.

Lesley Grant, Chief Executive of Qantas Loyalty, said that the airline strongly feels that there is a paramount need to ensure that the frequent flyer program remains quite attractive and people be given more incentives for upgrading to a higher tier. Grant said that the current changes are being implemented after receiving feedback from the Platinum One members.

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Qatar Airways wins Best Middle East Airline award for 2014

by amit.uniyal 3. November 2014 01:55

Qatar Airways was recently presented with the “Best Middle East Airline” at the recently-concluded 2014 Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards conducted at Hong Kong. The airline won the award for the fifth time consecutively. Prominent aviation and travel industry professionals attended the gala award ceremony.

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The Doha-based 5-star airline is presently operating a total of 38 flights every week to mainland China and Hong Kong, both of which it considered as most valued markets on its network.

The Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards is presented annually and is currently in its 23rd year. The awards are given in above 50 categories.

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ Group Chief Executive, said that the airline is extremely proud to be once again a recipient of Best Middle East Airline award for the fifth consecutive time. He said that it is a matter of great privilege that the airline has been consistently recognized for its efforts in providing enhanced travel experience and five-star service to its customers.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways also emerged a winner by bagging the “Best Business Class Airline” award at a recently-held ceremony in London during the presentation of the Business Traveller Awards 2014. The airline won the prestigious title for the second consecutive year. Apart from this, the airline also made it to the finals in various other categories as well. These include ‘Best Cabin Staff’, ‘Best Middle East Airline’, ‘Best Economy Class’, ‘Best Long-haul Airline’, and ‘Best Airline’.

Earlier, the airline was also given the “Best Business Class Airline” by Skytrax during the Farnborough Air Show held in July this year.

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U.S. airlines in a Wi-Fi race to keep passengers connected

by amit.uniyal 31. October 2014 01:51

Business travelers know only one thing. It’s only WORK for them whether on the ground or in the air. For business travelers connectivity matters particularly when they are above 30,000 feet in the sky on their flights. It’s important for them to keep connected and fulfill their official chores of writing emails, answering SMS, doing research or setting up last minute meetings. And, the crucial role of in-flight Wi-Fi here comes into real play!

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Gogo, a leading in-flight Wi-Fi service provider on U.S. carriers admits that Wi-Fi is crucial in air, but its uptake is only among 6 percent customers who prefer using the service whenever it is available. This is particularly true with some business travelers, particularly workaholic type, who are loyal users and swear by in-flight Wi-Fi.

Considering the importance of in-flight Wi-Fi, there are many U.S. carriers who have already adopted the service or are in the process of adopting it for the benefit of their customers. Major U.S. carriers such as American Airlines, US Airways, Virgin America, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines are already providing Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi to their respective customers.

Both American Airlines and US Airways, who have now merged to form American Airlines Group, have installed Wi-Fi on 832 out of 984 aircrafts in their fleet. Some 15 of these Wi-Fi enabled aircrafts are presently serving on international routes. Virgin America is the pioneer among domestic carriers in the United States to have equipped its fleet with in-flight Wi-Fi. It was the first and continues to be the only U.S. carrier to offer Wi-Fi connectivity on all its domestic routes. Southwest Airlines has made 80 percent of its fleet Wi-Fi capable. The airline’s Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800 series aircrafts in its fleet have been made fully Wi-Fi capable.

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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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New passenger assistant at MIA’s South Terminal now

by amit.uniyal 24. October 2014 09:19

No matter whatever time of day or night you are at Miami International Airport (MIA), a new super employee will be there for you to assist in either English or Spanish about where to get last-minute gift item or your favorite pre-flight meal.

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The South Terminal at Miami International Airport now boasts of a new first-rate employee called “Leticia”. This newly installed virtual passenger assistant will now be assisting the passengers all seven days a week, 24 hours a day, by providing helpful information regarding an assortment of 60 shops, restaurants and other services at the airport.

Media reports said that the virtual passenger assistant Leticia functions through high-definition projection imaging and surround sound. The best thing will be that Leticia will be operating round the clock without taking a break.

The Leticia has been initially installed as a pilot program at two entryways to MIA’s South Terminal. If this proves to be a success, the Leticia will be installed at more locations at the Miami International Airport in the coming days.

The Miami International Airport is now the latest addition in the ever rising count of airports in the United States to deploy virtual assistants for the benefit of the passengers. According to MIA officials, the Leticia will be targeting dining and shopping customers.

Emilio T. Gonzalez, Miami-Dade Aviation Department Director, said that the Miami International Airport is proud to introduce an innovative way for engaging its customers and offering them improved travel feel. The novel virtual aid would be of immense help to the passengers and help them to utilize their time at MIA through interactive, fun and entertaining way.

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Two four-story hotels to come up in Sacramento

by amit.uniyal 22. October 2014 08:26

The California State University Sacramento will see two new hotels coming nearby in the next few years. Media reports recently indicated that the officials at the city of Sacramento have received a development proposal for the construction of two new four-story hotels. The proposal also includes the construction of a 10,000-square-foot retail building on 5.67 acres with the location being at 1817 65th St., near Highway 50 and an existing light-rail station.

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The application submitted to the Sacramento City authorities described the proposals to be a vital project and catalyst for the 65th Street area. The two hotels will comprise of a total of 250 rooms and would be serving Sacramento State University, SMUD as well as the medical campuses located nearby.

The proposal envisages the construction of a 117-room Hampton Inn & Suites on the eastern side of Sacramento State University, while the second hotel which is yet to be named would be located toward the western side. The retail building will however be situated on the 65th Street itself. According to the application, the construction of the Hampton Inn & Suites is scheduled to start from next year. The Hampton Inn & Suites would cover an area of 76,764-square-foot. However, the schedule for the construction of another hotel and the retail building is yet to be confirmed.

The application while providing the details of the site plans indicated that the main entrance of Hampton Inn & Suites would be on the north side of Sacramento State University. The outdoor pool and the surrounding parking spaces would be on the south side of the hotel. Apart from hotel rooms, the Hampton Inn & Suites will also have a breakfast room, a fitness center and a meeting space.

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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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