Singapore Airlines to fly A380 with new cabins to London and Hong Kong

Jan 15, 2018

Singapore Airlines has today announced that London and Hong Kong will be the next destinations to be served by its newest Airbus A380 aircraft, featuring its recently unveiled new cabin products. The airline has always been seen as providing a high quality inflight service and these new cabins continue to offer incredible comfort and service for long haul flights.

Singapore Airlines food Roasted Chicken with RiceThe New A380 Schedule

Starting from the 16th February 2018, the aircraft will operate as SQ322 (Singapore-London) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. From the 17th February 2018 to the 5th April 2018, it will operate as SQ305 (London-Singapore). With effect from the 7th April 2018, the new aircraft are scheduled to operate as SQ317 (London-Singapore) on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Singapore Airlines Nasi Lemak with Fried ChickenFrom the 18th February 2018 to the 6th April 2018, the new A380 aircraft will also be deployed on services to Hong Kong, operating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as SQ860 (Singapore-Hong Kong) and SQ863 (Hong Kong-Singapore). With effect from the 8th April 2018, the aircraft are scheduled to operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as SQ856 (Singapore-Hong Kong) and SQ861 (Hong Kong-Singapore).

These new cabin products were publicly unveiled last year in November and debuted on the 18th December 2017 to Sydney following the delivery of the first of five new A380 aircraft from Airbus.

Singapore Airlines First Class Suites

In the Double Suites, the centre divider between rooms makes way for a luxurious double bed. At a touch, the mood lighting in these private bedrooms change to one of five settings. Or, you can individually finetune all 10 light sources from your control panel to suit the time of day or the activity. You can even save your personal settings through your KrisWorld account and they’ll even greet you automatically on your next flight.

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Singapore Airlines A380 Suite BathroomSingapore Airlines A380 Suite LavatoryThe new cabin products will initially be fitted to the five new A380 jets, following which retrofit work will commence on 14 aircraft that are already in service.

First Class Food

In First Class you’ll find bone china tableware from Wedgwood laid out on crisp linen on your personal dining table. This provides a supurb location to enjoy the sumptuous meal from the inflight menu. Or, you can get a main course crafted by the airline’s acclaimed International Culinary Panel of chefs from around the world.

Singapore Airlines First Class food Bak-kut-tehSingapore Airlines First Class food Lobster ThermidorSingapore Airlines First Class food Nut Crushed Veal FilletSingapore Airlines First Class food Prawn and Chicken LaksaThe new A380 cabin products seat up to 471 customers in four classes, with six in Suites, 78 in Business Class, 44 in Premium Economy Class and 343 in Economy Class.

New A380 Business Class Cabin Seats

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New A380 Business Class Food

Business Class food NarumiNew A380 Premium Economy Cabin

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Boeing 787-10 continues performance testing in California

Jan 9, 2018

The Boeing test team has put on quite the performance recently while putting the 787-10 Dreamliner through a series of flight tests. These flight tests are used to check out the Dreamliner’s performance and handling.

Boeing 787-10 Take-Off Flight Tests

During the take-off performance testing in California, the team assessed how the aircraft would behave during high speed and low speed take-off. They needed perfectly calm wind conditions for this testing, and that’s what they found at Edwards Air Force Base.

Perhaps one of the more thrilling tests for the pilots is ground effect testing, which measures the aircraft’s aerodynamic behavior low to the ground.

“We’re flying very low, just above the runway” said 787-10 chief model pilot Tim Berg.

“It’s fun and exciting for the flight test team because it’s a very dynamic environment.”

Currently the 787-10 has a range of 6430 nautical miles, 1205 less than the 787-9 although it has the capacity to carry an additional 40 passengers.

The 787-10 Dreamliner is the newest and longest member of the super-efficient 787 family. As a stretched version of the 787-9, the 787-10 leverages the family’s proven technology, long range and preferred passenger experience and with unprecedented efficiency. It has 10 percent better fuel and emissions than the best on offer by the competition and 25 percent better than the airliners it will replace.

Boeing 787 Technical Specs

787-8787-9787-10
Seats (2-class)242290330
Range nm (km)7,355 nmi (13,620 km)7,635 nmi (14,140 km)6,430 nmi (11,910 km)
Length57 m (186 ft)63 m (206 ft)68 m (224 ft)
Wingspan60 m (197 ft)
Height17 m (56 ft)
EngineGEnx-1B / Trent 1000GEnx-1B / Trent 1000GEnx-1B / Trent 1000
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Air New Zealand’s London to Auckland route January sale is now on

Jan 3, 2018

Air New Zealand flights to Auckland, New Zealand operate from London via Los Angeles, now only £723. The SALE[eafl id=”21056″ name=”Air NEw Zealand main link” text=”Air New Zealand”] ends on the 31st January 2018.

Auckland Flights

As an Economy Class passenger on Air New Zealand, you will enjoy:

  • Great leg room in economy class
  • Complimentary food and wine
  • Snacks on demand – at the touch of a screen
  • In-flight on-demand entertainment from gate to gate
  • New ergonomically designed seat, with adjustable headrest
  • Personal 10.6” inch personal touch screen for every seat with on-demand visual and audio capabilities.
  • Checked in Baggage allowance of 1 piece at 23kg weight per person

Air New Zealand has been crowned 2018 Airline of the Year by leading international aviation website AirlineRatings.com.

The award marks the 5th consecutive year [eafl id=”21056″ name=”Air NEw Zealand main link” text=”Air New Zealand”] has received the top honour in its Airline Excellence Awards.

AirlineRatings.com’s panel of six judges, who have a combined 180 years experience in aviation, assess airlines on 13 major criteria for the awards each year. These include passenger reviews, in-flight product offerings, safety, profitability, fleet age and environmental policies.

“In virtually every criteria Air New Zealand is a clear winner or equal first,” says AirlineRatings.com editor-in-chief Geoffrey Thomas.

“Quite simply, Air New Zealand is an airline of first choice. And given the airline’s location and the country’s size, its performance is remarkable. No other airline has consistently demonstrated success like Air New Zealand so far this century.”

Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod says receiving the Airline of the Year accolade for the fifth time is something all 11,800 staff will feel incredibly proud about.

“Our people on the ground and in the air work hard to deliver a uniquely Kiwi experience that sets us apart from competitors. It is terrific to see this effort across every part of our airline recognised by one of the most experienced judging panels in aviation,While we will take some time to reflect on this latest award, we are also keenly focused on redefining the customer experience in aviation and look forward to showcasing some exciting new initiatives in 2018.”

In addition to being named Airline of the Year, Air New Zealand won the AirlineRatings.com award for Best Premium Economy – also for the 5th straight year.

Economy Flights to Auckland – [eafl id=”21056″ name=”Air NEw Zealand main link” text=”Book Now”]

Air New Zealand's London to Auckland route January sale

Economy sale on for Auckland flights

[eafl id=”21056″ name=”Air NEw Zealand main link” text=”Air New Zealand”] was also named Top Airline in the World by prestigious US magazine Condé Nast Traveler in its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Virgin Atlantic Expects Festive Salt and Pepper Shakers to Fly off Planes

Dec 13, 2017

Virgin Atlantic has launched a festive red version of its highly collectable salt and pepper shakers in its Upper Class cabin.

The sought after items, currently onboard, in silver and black,are named Wilbur and Orville and are shaped like mini planes. They are so coveted they even have Pinched from Virgin Atlantic stamped onto the feet to try to discourage light fingered passengers. They’ve even been found on Ebay selling for up to £20 per pair!

Festive Flying With Virgin Atlantic

Over the Christmas period, from the 21st-26th December the shakers will be available onboard in Virgin Atlantic red. The airline is encouraging passengers to pinch them and take them home to sit pride of place on the Christmas dinner table or gifted to that aviation enthusiast relative.

Virgin Atlantic Salt Pepper Shaker

Mark Anderson, Executive Vice President Customer at Virgin Atlantic commented: “When we launched Wilbur and Orville over 15 years ago we had no idea they’d become so iconic and loved by our customers.  Although our cabin crew  keep a close eye on them, thousands have been pinched over the years as customers like to take home a special memento of their Virgin Atlantic flight. This Christmas we’re shaking things up by introducing limited edition red sets of Wilbur and Orville on all flights, and expect to see them fly off the planes.”

But it’s not just the salt and pepper pots that go missing, the top pinched items from Virgin are:

  • Wilbur and Orville salt and pepper shakers
  • Mugs in Upper Class and Premium Economy
  • Blankets from all cabins
  • Noble Isle hand wash and hand cream from the bathrooms
  • Cutlery
  • Safety cards
  • Sick bags

Virgin Atlantic prides itself on the bespoke design of its onboard offerings making everything onboard look and feel uniquely Virgin. Therefore it’s no surprise that passengers like to take home a memento of their flight….especially from Upper Class!

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Singapore Airlines launches Kris chatbot for customer questions

Dec 12, 2017

Singapore Airlines (SIA) today launched Kris, a beta chatbot, as it expands digital servicing channels for customers. The bot, named ‘Kris’, will initially be available on the SIA global Facebook page, and will later be made available on the singaporeair.com website.

Access Kris on Facebook

Customers who visit the SIA Facebook page and reach out to the Airline via Facebook Messenger will be able to chat privately with Kris and receive assistance for pre-flight-related queries. As a beta bot, Kris will be in constant learning mode and its capabilities will develop over time. The bot is currently trained to address queries in English related to baggage, check-in, online booking, as well as travelling with infants and children.

“SIA is committed to offering our customers more choices and greater convenience in how they engage with us – at any time of the day or night. Kris will be under constant development as we further develop its knowledge library based on what our customers are most frequently reaching out to us for,” said Mr Marvin Tan, Senior Vice President Customer Services & Operations.

Kris the Singapore Airlines chatbot“Customer preferences are changing and with Kris we are taking feedback into account by expanding our servicing platforms beyond traditional contact centre and email channels.”

Based on historical data, the beta bot has been trained to address the most frequent queries customers search for on singaporeair.com or reach out to reservations offices for. Using variations of actual questions received from customers, Kris’ responses have been fine-tuned through rounds of iterations using artificial intelligence, with the aim of training the bot to provide conversational replies that can meet the needs of customers promptly and efficiently. SIA has been progressively enhancing its digital capabilities and the development of Kris was led by an in-house team.

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Virgin Atlantic begin direct Barbados flights from Heathrow Airport

Dec 11, 2017

From today Virgin Atlantic has launched the only direct Barbados flights from London Heathrow. The new, twice weekly service will help make Christmas in the Caribbean a reality for even more holidaymakers.

Heathrow to Barbados Flights

The new flights operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays as part of the winter 2017 schedule using an Airbus A330. This new service means that Virgin Atlantic will now offer up to 11 Barbados flights per week from three UK Airports (Gatwick, Manchester and Heathrow).

Shai Weiss, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic commented;Shai Weiss, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic

“The Caribbean has always been a core market for Virgin Atlantic and we’re excited to be offering more choice to our customers with the option of flying from Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester direct to Barbados.”

Virgin Atlantic has seen strong demand for their Upper Class and Premium Economy cabins on these Caribbean flights and so took the opportunity to utilise an A330. This aircraft is fully configured with 31 Upper Class, 48 Premium Economy and 185 Economy seats, allowing more customers to experience Virgin Atlantic’s award winning service.

Heathrow-Barbados has become Virgin Atlantic’s fifth new service to launch in 2017 – with flights to Seattle, Boston, New York and San Francisco launching in spring 2017. In addition, Virgin Atlantic’s recently extended codeshare agreement with FlyBe will mean that customers from Scotland can now easily connect from Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports to Barbados via London Heathrow.

Barbados Flights

The Virgin Atlantic A330 will be flying twice a week from London Heathrow to Barbados and is offering return Economy fares from £649 per person including tax. But hurry you’ll need to be quick to get these flights.

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Finnair to grow longhaul routes this winter with new flights

Oct 25, 2017

Finnair is poised to enter the largest expansion in its history during the upcoming winter season. With its fast-connecting hub in Helsinki, Finnair offers one of the most reliable and convenient networks linking several key destinations in Europe with Asia.

New Finnair Winter Flights

Finnair’s growth strategy will be in full swing during the winter season with 20 intercontinental destinations, over 100 destinations in Europe and a significant increase in capacity for Lapland destinations.

Finnair is opening new routes to Goa, India on the 1st November, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on the 5th November, to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic on the 30th November and to Havana, Cuba on the 1st December.

“This winter, we are entering the biggest expansion phase in our airline’s 94 year history,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair.

 

Finnair A350 economy class, in-flight entertainment

“We are opening several new destinations, expanding our network and fleet including our eleven Airbus A350 aircraft, adding capacity to Finnish Lapland and taking important strides in our customer experience. It’s a very exciting time to fly Finnair.”

Due to the continued increase in demand for Lapland as a tourist destination, Finnair is also heavily expanding its capacity to several Lapland airports for the upcoming winter season. Finnair is the leading airline flying to Lapland with several weekly connections, and timetables designed to support smooth connections from Europe.

Finnair A350 economy class cabin, with wifi portalFinnair is increasing its capacity to Lapland by over 20%. As of mid-December, Finnair will start flying new non-stop flights to Lapland airports, Kittilä and Ivalo from London Gatwick. Finnair is also increasing its capacity from Helsinki airport to several Lapland airports for the entire winter season. In total, Finnair is offering 430,000 seats to five of Lapland’s airports during the winter season.

In line with its growth strategy Finnair recently announced they are extending their current partnership with British Airways with several new code-shares flights within Europe, aiming to increase the connectivity for both carriers through their respective Helsinki and London airport hubs. British Airways will place its codes on several of Finnair’s European destinations including the new flights from London Gatwick to Kittilä and Ivalo. Finnair will place its codes on British Airways flights between London Heathrow and Tallinn, Copenhagen and Gothenburg.

 

 

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Air New Zealand leads the way in inflight waste with Project Green

Oct 4, 2017

Air New Zealand, its catering partner LSG Sky Chefs and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have teamed up to tackle inflight waste from Air New Zealand’s international services arriving in Auckland with a world-leading partnership expected to divert 150 tonnes of waste from landfill annually.

Project Green

The waste reduction initiative Project Green has enabled 40 Air New Zealand inflight products that were previously sent to landfill due to biosecurity controls, to be reclassified so they can be reused on future flights if removed from aircraft sealed and untouched.

Products approved to date include sealed beverages and unopened snacks with further items to be added in coming months. In the first month of running Project Green across its international fleet, the airline diverted 13 tonnes of waste, including 266,000 plastic cups, 480kg of sugar packets and 3.5 tonnes of bottled water.

Inflight Waste

The programme, which has been developed over 18 months, is also enabling greater recycling of low biosecurity risk packaging, more accurate loading of catering items onto aircraft and reduced waste disposal costs with fewer items sent to landfill.

Waste management is a significant issue for all airlines, with International Air Transport Association (IATA) data estimating the global industry generated 5.2m tonnes of inflight waste in 2016. While Air New Zealand has always been waste-conscious, quarantine controls have presented challenges to recycling initiatives in the past.

Air New Zealand Head of Operational Delivery Alan Gaskin says, “We’ve spent considerable time auditing our inflight waste to gain a better understanding of how we can improve our handling processes. By collaborating with LSG Sky Chefs and MPI we’ve been able to make significant gains and we’re incredibly encouraged by the early data we’re seeing.”

“Project Green is an outstanding example how airlines can work with border regulators to develop solutions to reduce cabin waste without comprising quarantine controls.”

The project has required a change in onboard processes for the airline’s staff, particularly for cabin crew who play a key role by returning unused items to stowage and separating goods correctly.

LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand General Manager Pieter Harting says, “Our role in Project Green is to ensure items taken off aircraft are sorted correctly and meet the standards we’ve agreed with MPI and Air New Zealand, before reloading trolleys with approved items for the next service. It’s been an exciting journey for us, requiring a big culture shift and getting our people onboard with new ways of working.”

Ministry for Primary Industries Cargo Manager Stu Rawnsley says, “This project is rethinking how waste from international flights is managed in New Zealand. It’s been excellent working with Air New Zealand and LSG to ensure the initiative meets New Zealand’s tough biosecurity standards.”

This is the first stage of the airline’s collaboration with LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand and MPI. Moving forward the organisations will look at how they can further expand the range of unused products that can safely be recovered and develop a more precise approach to analysing collection data to ensure aircraft are catered more accurately.

Project Green is just one of several initiatives Air New Zealand has in place across its business to tackle waste. The airline also has programmes in place to recycle paper coffee cups used on domestic jet services, organic waste from head office, office materials and lounge furniture, staff uniforms and blankets.

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British Airways to take delivery of 25th 787 Dreamliner this week

Sep 27, 2017

British Airways will welcome its 25th Dreamliner into its fleet as it takes delivery of a Boeing 787-8 on Friday (29th September). Flight number BA8625 will depart Boeing’s Seattle factory on Thursday 28th 6.05pm local time, making its maiden voyage to the Heathrow. The Dreamliner should land at Heathrow at 11.15am local time on Friday.

This ninth 787-8, with the registration G-ZBJI, joins 16 787-9 Dreamliners in the British Airways fleet.  The airline has two further 787-9 aircraft and three 787-8 aircraft which will be delivered in 2018. BA has a further 12 787-10 aircraft on order which are due to arrive between 2020 and 2023.

British Airways 25th 787 Dreamliner

Captain Stephen Riley, British Airways’ director of flight operations, will be taking delivery of the aircraft.

“It is a great privilege to be the Captain flying to Heathrow in our newest aircraft. Some two-and-a-half years of work goes into the delivery of a new aircraft so it’s an exciting moment when we finally fly it home to join the fleet.”

“The Dreamliners are fantastic aircraft both to fly as a pilot and to enjoy as a customer. They are incredibly technologically advanced and the most fuel efficient long-haul aircraft. They’ve also been designed with travellers’ comfort in mind, which means customers arrive at their destination feeling great.”

This particular 787-8 will be a three cabin aircraft. Look our for flight number BA8625 arriving at Heathrow on Friday!

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Free book download to raise awareness of World Alzheimer’s Day and Month

Sep 21, 2017

September is the officially recognised World Alzheimer’s Month, and today, the 21st September is World Alzheimer’s Day. In the UK more than 850,000 people suffer from dementia with many more affected indirectly, and those figures are rising rapidly. As this is an illness predominantly associated with the elderly it is not on the radar of the average Millennial. However, whilst there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there is still immense importance in increasing people’s knowledge of it. It can help to reduce the stigma of the disease, provide essential support in the community, and in some cases the affects can be slowed down through the timely administration of drugs

One novel approach to making this subject more readily accessible, and especially to those who are not yet old enough to be affected directly, has been provided by author and pilot, Antony J. Stanton. His day job (or more usually his night job) is as a longhaul commercial pilot. Recently though he has been eschewing his flight controls in favour of a word processor. Five years ago Stanton’s mother died of early onset dementia, and he has channelled his own tragic experiences into a post-apocalyptic trilogy that has dementia at its very heart, or perhaps at its very head.

World Alzheimer’s Day

Dementia may seem quite an incompatible subject with a post-apocalyptic thriller featuring the end of the world and rampaging zombies, but for Stanton the link was obvious.

“A disease that ravages the individual, steals away their character and reasoning, leaving nothing more than a body driven largely by basic urges,” Stanton explains, “well that could just as well apply to dementia as to ‘The Walking Dead’.”

And this seemed to be a great way to subtly raise awareness of an illness that will affect, directly or indirectly, a vast percentage of the population.

Free book download to raise awareness of World Alzheimer’s Day and Month Once Bitten Twice Die booksThe books start with a scientist struggling to come to terms with his own mother’s dementia, whilst trying to create a cure for the disease. A drug he creates goes wrong and turns sufferers into crazed, wrathful lunatics, not dissimilar to the zombies that we know from so many TV shows. What is unique and proving to be popular about the story is largely the realistic genesis for the zombies based as closely as possible on medical fact and Stanton’s first-hand experience.

The first book in the trilogy, “Once Bitten, Twice Die” quickly rose to #3 bestseller on Amazon’s chart for genre with a host of five-star reviews. Most excitingly, Stanton now faces the prospect that the books are set to become adapted for the screen. A Hollywood producer wants to turn the books into a film/TV franchise, with shooting set to start as early as next year. This would bring the dementia issue not only into our libraries and book shelves, but also into our living rooms and television sets.

“The more we are aware of this issue, the more we can help others and the less of an isolating experience it will be.”

During this World Alzheimer’s Month, Stanton is donating all profits from book sales to a dementia charity and downloads of book one will be free.

To download book one just visit Smash Books and use code ZM59E by the 31st October 2017.

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