Thai Airways A350 starts flights between London and Bangkok

Sep 18, 2017

Thai Airways A350 aircraft will now be seen on the London Bangkok route as the airline removes their 777 aircraft from the Heathrow flights. The airline’s first A350 flight departs from Heathrow today to the Thai capital.

This state of the art new aircraft from Airbus will offer passengers greater comfort, space and entertainment on the Bangkok flights. As with their A380, Thai Airways have decided to fit the larger 18inch wide economy seats. These seats offer improved comfort on long haul flights. We recently flew to Bangkok on their A380 which is equipped with the same size economy seats and didn’t have to leave the seat at all during the flight.

Thai Airways A350-900

The first A350 flight for Thai Airways will arrive today at Heathrow. Unlike the A380 it has just two cabin classes with 289 seats in the two economy cabins and 32 seats at the front in the Royal Silk business class cabin.

A350 Seat Map

Thai Airways A350-900 Seat Map

It’s a good move by Thai Airways to use the latest Airbus aircraft on this busy route. Flying between London and Bangkok you can now experience the two latest aircraft on a return trip too! Ideal for #avgeeks! Thai also offer a good economy service and there is very limited competition on this direct route so prices can be high. We’ve just priced up a trip in May 2018 for an adult, a youth and a child. Thai Airways only offer a full flexible fare with a total of £10,720.71 while BA offer a cheaper but restricted fare total of just £1,389.71.

But you don’t have to book direct with the airline and we enjoyed our flights earlier this year – even if we couldn’t sit on the upper deck without a £400+ addition to each ticket.

Thai Airways welcome you to their new A350 Royal Silk business class cabin


Thai Airways A350

Thai Airways Airbus A350-900

The A350 will replace the Boeing 777 on the Bangkok to London Heathrow day flight TG916 and TG917  leaving late evening from Heathrow to Bangkok.

Thai Airways A350 Economy Cabin Seats

Wide economy seats with great legroom on Thai Airways A350

In the economy class cabin you will find 289 seats, split into two cabins. The layout is 3-3-3 giving the cabin a very spacious feeling and easier to get to the aisle if you are stuck in the middle seat! The economy seat pitch is 32 inches and the width is 18 inches. Although we have not flown on an A350 yet this specification is certainly one of the better for any long haul passenger. Each seat is also equipped with an 11 inch touch screen inflight entertainment system that can connect to onboard WiFi, communicate with your devices, and offer USB connection.

Thai Airways A350 USB inflight entertainment socket

Larger windows and the design of the overhead lockers all help to make the economy cabin feel less cluttered. Along with the mood lighting it should all help to make your flight as comfortable as possible.

Thai Airways A350 economy cabin overhead baggage space

Thai Airways A350 economy seat inflight entertainment

Thai offer great service although not always with a smile. For economy passengers the food selection is still of a high quality and tasty and this should be now different with this new aircraft. If you are travelling on this new A350 tell us what you think and tweet us some images at @Plane_Talking.

Thai Airways A350 Royal Silk Business Class

Thai Airways Airbus A350 Royal Silk Business class flat seat

If you are lucky enough to turn left when you board the Thai Airways A350 then you will see the latest Royal Silk cabin. Here there are 32 lie-flat business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. As with the economy cabins there is ambient LED based mood lighting complete with 16.7 million colours. The high overhead lockers add to the feeling of space along with the larger panoramic windows.

Thai Airways A350 Royal Silk Business class cabin seat

These new business class seats have been  designed for maximum passenger comfort. There is a 41 to 46 inch spacing between seat rows and each seat is 21 inches,wide. Each seat  extends to a completely flat bed proving passengers with the perfect environment to fully relax on the flight.  For inflight entertainment each seat is equipped with a 16 inch touch screen that can connect to the on board WiFi, charge your electrical devices and offer a huge range of films and music.

Thai AIrways A350 Royal Silk business class seat room

Thai also offer a tasty selection of food on their flights although we have not seen what will be available on this route.

Thai Airways A350 Royal Silk Business class cabin seating

Between sales their prices may be high but a direct flight is usually a better option and if comfort is important for your trip then you should consider travelling with Thai Airways. We hope to travel to Thailand again, hopefully on the Thai Airways A350 to give you a complete review on what it’s like. In the meantime if you travel on this or any route tell us what you think and tweet us your photos and videos.

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Singapore Airlines operate first ‘Green Package’ flights with A350

May 3, 2017

Committed to the global effort to reduce international aviation emissions, Singapore Airlines (SIA), in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), has started operating a series of 12 ‘green package’ flights over a three-month period on its non-stop San Francisco – Singapore route.

Featuring SIA’s latest-generation and most fuel-efficient aircraft – the Airbus A350-900 – the ‘green package’ flights are the first in the world to combine the use of biofuels, fuel-efficient aircraft and optimised flight operations. CAAS is facilitating the use of these optimised flight operations and Air Traffic Management (ATM) best practices which reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions for the flights.

The first of the 12 flights, SQ31, departed San Francisco at 11:21hrs (San Francisco Time) on 1st May 2017 and arrived in Singapore at 19:10 hrs (Singapore Time) on 2nd May with 206 passengers on board.

The initiative supports the efforts under the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint (SSB) 2015 to develop Singapore as a Leading Green Economy, where businesses adopt more efficient and sustainable processes and measures to reduce their resource and environmental impact, and contribute towards a Sustainable Singapore. The flights will also raise awareness of sustainable biofuels for aviation and provide the industry with valuable insight on the economics, logistical requirements and performance of biofuels.

Singapore Airlines operate first 'Green Package' flights with A350

Over the three-month period, flight SQ31 will be powered by a combination of HEFA (Hydro-processed Esters and Fatty Acids), a sustainable biofuel produced from used cooking oils, and conventional jet fuel. The biofuel, produced by AltAir Fuels, will be supplied and delivered to San Francisco by SkyNRG in collaboration with North American Fuel Corporation (NAFCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Aviation Oil (Singapore), and EPIC Fuels.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), sustainable biofuel is a promising technological solution which will reduce the airline industry’s carbon emissions. It has been certified safe for use in commercial aviation since 2011, and has been in use by airlines in other parts of the world.

In collaboration with CAAS and air navigation service providers along the flight route, these flights will also employ optimised flight operations, which will reduce fuel burn and carbon emissions. These optimised flight operations include User Preferred Routes (UPRs), Dynamic Airborne Reroute Procedure (DARP), 30/30 Reduced Oceanic Separation and Time-Based Arrivals Management.1

Other than the ongoing ‘green-package’ flights, SIA and CAAS have worked together in recent years on several other carbon emissions-reducing initiatives in international aviation. In January 2010, both organisations participated in the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE2) programme with a demonstration flight from Los Angeles to Singapore via Tokyo which yielded fuel savings of 6%.

In May 2011, CAAS and SIA launched regular ASPIRE flights on the Los Angeles Singapore route. Over the years, routes to various destinations in the Southwest Pacific, including Auckland, Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney, were incrementally added to the ASPIRE programme, the latest addition being SIA’s ‘Capital Express’ service between Singapore, Canberra and Wellington in September 2016. The series of 12 ‘green package’ flights will also adopt ATM best practices from the ASPIRE programme.

Singapore Airlines is also a member of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), which was established in 2008 to accelerate the development and commercialisation of sustainable biofuels for aviation, derived from environmentally and socially-sustainable sources.

“Singapore Airlines’ fleet is already among the most modern and fuel-efficient in the world. We now want to push ourselves further and are embarking on this initiative to help promote the use of sustainable biofuel in an operationally and commerciallyviable manner. This is in line with our long-term commitment to further reduce carbon emissions while improving the efficiency of our operations. This initiative is especially memorable as our first biofuel flight departed from San Francisco on 1st May, when Singapore Airlines celebrated its 70th anniversary,” said SIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Goh Choon Phong.

“CAAS is pleased to support and participate in this initiative. This is part of CAAS’ ongoing effort to develop new initiatives to achieve the sustainable growth of aviation. Collaboration is key in this effort. CAAS is therefore committed to continuing our work with industry partners to advance and drive greater innovation on this front, ” said Director-General of CAAS, Mr Kevin Shum.

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Fly direct to Lapland to Ski, see Santa and the Northern Lights

Jan 20, 2017

There is to be a new non-stop service from London Gatwick to the Lapland airport of Ivalo from mid December 2017.

Finnair has announced that it will start flying non-stop from the UK to Finnish Lapland. This new direct service will operate twice a week from mid-December 2017 until the end of March 2018. Flights are available to book now on the Finnair website.

 Finnair Logo 120x60 UK

The ski and holiday resorts in and around Ivalo are attracting an increasing number of international travellers and the area is well-known for its beautiful nature, winter activities and opportunities to experience Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights.

Visit Lapland

See Northern Lights Aurora fly Finnair Lapland Flights

Finnair will fly twice a week between London Gatwick and Ivalo on Thursdays and Sundays, with the flights operated by Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft.

Finnair A320 Lapland Flights

“There is increased interest towards Finland and especially Lapland as tourist destinations, and we are excited to be able to offer flights direct from London to Lapland,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair.

“In addition to multiple alternatives via Helsinki, these new non-stop flights will offer great additional opportunities for UK holidaymakers visiting Lapland. Finnair is the only airline serving all Lapland airports and this gives our customers the flexibility to travel around Lapland and experience the beautiful variety in the region.”

The announcement by Finnair is part of a wider expansion of new non-stop routes between key European cities and Finnish Lapland. Other new services for winter 2017 include weekly flights between Zurich and Kittilä on Saturdays, Frankfurt and Kittilä on Tuesdays and Paris CDG and Kittilä, also on Tuesdays.

Fly direct to Lapland

Additional capacity and flights to Lapland from Helsinki airport will also be added for the 2017 – 2018 winter season, offering even more connections for Finnair customers. The award-winning carrier will add three weekly flights to Rovaniemi, bringing it to 30 weekly frequencies. Furthermore, additional frequencies will be added to Ivalo (four weekly), Kittilä (four weekly) and Kuusamo (one weekly). In total, Finnair will operate up to 52 weekly frequencies from Helsinki to Lapland airports during the peak winter season. With these additions, the airline will be increasing its total capacity to this popular destination by 18% compared to the current winter season.

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Cathay Pacific moves New York JFK operations to Terminal 8

Jan 11, 2017

Cathay Pacific will relocate its operations at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Terminal 8, commencing on the 15th January, in a move that will benefit its customers through added convenience and enhanced connectivity.

Cathay Pacific to move to JFK Terminal 8

The relocation, which sees Hong Kong’s home carrier shift its passenger handling services from Terminal 7, will provide its customers with a more seamless travel experience when connecting to flights operated by Cathay Pacific’s oneworld partner, American Airlines, which has a significant presence at Terminal 8.

Cathay Pacific partner American Airlines Admirals Club in Terminal 8 at JFK Airport

The new American Airlines’ Admirals Club in Terminal 8 will adopt the same design concept as its lounge in São Paulo when it fully reopens in April.

Flight CX845, with a scheduled departure of 00.45 local time on the 15th January, will be Cathay Pacific’s final departure from Terminal 7. All subsequent flights to Hong Kong will depart from Terminal 8, which is the largest passenger terminal at JFK and twice the size of Madison Square Garden.

Cathay Pacific Director Service Delivery James Ginns said: “Moving our operations to Terminal 8 at JFK, the home of our oneworld partner American Airlines, will improve our passengers’ travel experience considerably. The first-rate facilities and amenities available, in addition to the significant connectivity advantages that the move brings, will further enhance the delivery of our brand promise of a Life Well Travelled.”

All Cathay Pacific passengers will enjoy the myriad dining, retail and entertainment facilities that the terminal provides before boarding their flights, while First and Business Class passengers, in addition to eligible Marco Polo Club members, will have the option of relaxing in American Airlines’ lounges – the Admirals Club or the Flagship Lounge, which is set to be the most impressive on the airline’s network once extensive renovations are completed in April.

The Flagship Lounge, which will feature updated interiors, more space, additional privacy and a more personalised service, will also see the introduction of Flagship First Dining, meaning passengers can choose from a seasonal, multi-course menu that features fresh, regionally-inspired dishes designed by an Executive Chef.

Cathay Pacific operates more non-stop flights between Hong Kong and New York than any other airline, connecting two of the world’s most important financial centres with four daily services to New York, including one via Vancouver and one daily flight to Newark Liberty International Airport.

In total, Cathay Pacific operates 108 scheduled passenger flights per week to North America, including 84 flights per week to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles New York and San Francisco in the United States and 24 flights per week to Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.

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Take A380 flights to Narita Airport Tokyo with Emirates

Jan 4, 2017

If you are looking to fly to Tokyo on the Airbus A380 you now have the option to book flights to Narita with Emirates. And if you are flying economy you even get to sit on the upper deck!

Emirates will resume its flagship A380 service between Dubai and Narita from 26th March 2017. This follows the airline’s recent A380 deployment to Moscow, and will take place after the upcoming launch of A380 services to Johannesburg. It will also coincide with the launch of A380 services between Dubai and Casablanca.

Narita will join more than 40 destinations on Emirates’ extensive global network served by its highly popular A380 aircraft, including Paris, Rome, Milan, Madrid, London and Mauritius. Emirates currently operates a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its daily flights between Narita and Dubai. The resumption of Emirates’ A380 service to Narita makes it possible for Japanese travellers to fly only on A380s to their final destinations, particularly when travelling to European cities, via Dubai.

Emirates A380 Returns to Narita, Japan

Emirates will deploy its three-class A380 on the Narita route, offering a total of 489 seats, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 mini pods with lie-flat seats in Business Class and 399 spacious seats in Economy Class, increasing capacity per flight by more than 135 passengers compared to the current Boeing 777-300ER.

Flight EK318 will depart Dubai at 02:40 and arrive in Narita at 17:35 daily. Return flight EK319 will depart Narita on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 22:00 and arrive in Dubai at 04:15 the next day, while on Tuesday and Wednesday, it will depart Narita at 21:20 and arrive in Dubai at 03:35 the next day. All times are local.

Emirates A380 on Tokyo flights

Emirates was named the World’s Best Airline 2016 and the airline with the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards. Emirates’ offers travellers in all classes a comfortable journey on the 11-hour flight from Narita to Dubai with the finest food prepared by master chefs. First Class passengers can opt for the Kaiseki menu, while Business Class passengers have an attractive Bento Box option. Travellers can also look forward to Emirates’ award-winning in-flight service from cosmopolitan Cabin Crew, of which Emirates employs around 400 Japanese nationals, and the best entertainment in the skies with Emirates’ ice (information, communication, entertainment), which offers more than 2,500 channels including Japanese movies and music. Passengers can access Wi-Fi to stay in touch with family and friends during most flights.

With the reintroduction of the A380, EK318 and EK319 will offer First Class customers the one-of-a-kind service with Emirates’ iconic onboard shower spa and First and Business Class customers can comfortably socialise or relax in the renowned Onboard Lounge on the upper deck.

Fly to Narita with Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge

Additionally, First and Business Class customers, as well as Platinum and Gold members of Emirates Skywards departing from Narita can take advantage of The Emirates Lounge, the first airline-owned lounge in Japan. Providing an experience of seamless luxury and comfort for guests, the lounge offers a complimentary selection of fine beverages and a wide range of hot and cold delicacies from a gourmet buffet. It also offers a selection of amenities and facilities, including a fully equipped business centre, complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as shower facilities, to name a few.

Trade between Japan and UAE has developed significantly since Emirates started services to Japan in 2002. Demand for transportation of passengers and cargo via Dubai remains high. The Emirates A380 service from Narita will provide both leisure and business travellers with ideal connectivity to destinations in the Middle East, South America, Europe, Africa and the Indian Ocean.

The double-decker A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft in service and it is extremely popular with travellers around the globe, with its spacious and quiet cabins. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of A380s, with 89 currently in its fleet and a further 53 on order. The reinstatement of A380 services to Narita, the only Emirates A380 destination in Japan, will connect Japanese travellers to Dubai and onwards to more than 150 destinations around the globe.

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airBaltic receives their second CS300 aircraft only 18 more to go!

Jan 3, 2017

The Latvian airline airBaltic has received the second jet of its 20 Bombardier CS300 order from the Canadaian aircraft manufacturer. The modernised fleet will ensure growth of the carrier with at least 10 additional routes and 16% more tickets on sale in 2017.

airBaltic Bombardier CS300 airliner

The second CS300 aircraft, registered as YL-CSB, departed from Montreal Mirabel shortly before midnight local time on the last day of 2016 and arrived in Riga in 2017. The flight time was seven hours and 11 minutes and aircraft covered 6582 km non-stop between the Canadian and Latvian airports.

airBaltic CS300

The new CS300 aircraft with a total of 145 seats, offers excellent flying experience with such benefits for passengers as wider seats, larger windows, more hand luggage space in the cabin, improved lavatories and other. New aircraft is also much quieter – with four times smaller noise footprint. Moreover, at the moment, it is the greenest commercial aircraft in the world, as it is the first aircraft to have a transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact, helping to reduce CO2 and NOX emissions by 20% and 50% respectively.

airBaltic is the launch operator for the CS300 aircraft, and has ordered 20 CS300 aircraft. The airline serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic also offers direct flights from Tallinn and Vilnius.

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Looking good at Gatwick Airport for Hotels, Parking and Lounges

Jan 2, 2017

It’s a sunny start today and Gatwick Airport is looking good in the sunlight.

Are you heading off to ski or do you prefer some winter sun? Wherever you are heading if you are flying from Gatwick then be prepared.

Once you have parked or been dropped off it is an easy walk to the check-in desks at the North or South Terminals. If you have an early flight then it may be wise to book a hotel room the night before. If you are driving to the airport you can also take advantage of more than just a  lie-in. Several of the hotels close by also offer some great car parking deals along with one nights hotel accommodation.

Gatwick Airport

With a short walk to the Terminals it wont be long before you are ready to go air side. you just have to get through the long lines at security and you battle your way to find a seat as you wait for your boarding time.  If you prefer a little peace and less queues, and you’re not travelling Business Class, then you may want to look at getting Airport Lounge access.  You can pay per visit or buy an annual membership. These airport lounge companies have locations around the world and sometimes they offer priority security access as well. Every little helps to start your travels with as little stress as possible.

We’ve used the lounges and they are very useful, especially if you are travelling with airlines like Air Transat. As airlines like Air Transat look to cut costs you can expect just a hot roll, a slice of cake and a small snack bag on a trans Atlantic flight. Access to seating, food and drink in an airport lounge can help fill the family before you take to the air.

Which ever airport you are flying from do tweet us your pictures and experiences to us or tell us about it on Facebook.

Safe travels!

Flying from Gatwick Airport

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It’s an early Christmas present for United with a new Polaris equipped B777

Dec 24, 2016

United Airlines received an early Christmas present this week with the delivery of their latest Boeing 777. This addition of the 777 to United’s fleet is the first aircraft to feature the new United Polaris all-aisle access, lie-flat Business Class seat. It is also the airline’s first of 14 777-300ER aircraft from Boeing.

United Airlines Boeing 777-300ER with latest Polaris Business Class Seats

Polaris Business Class

United’s new Business Class cabin features forward-facing, direct-aisle-access seats that recline flat, providing sleeping spaces that are up to 6 feet 6 inches (198.12 cm) long and up to 23 inches (58.42 cm) wide. In locations where two seats are next to each other, there’s a powered privacy divider so you can easily tuck yourself away and forget that there are other passengers nearby. They have even included an illuminated “do not disturb” sign that lets you signal to your flight attendants that you’d prefer not to be disturbed.

United Airlines Polaris Business Class Seat Boeing 777-300ER

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, United has worked with luxury goods department store Saks Fifth Avenue to create custom bedding designed to provide the best sleep in the sky. Because temperature is crucial to sleeping soundly, there is a choice of two different blankets — a quilted duvet and a lighter throw blanket — for the perfect amount of warmth. Mattress cushions are also available upon request. And if you tend to warm up when you sleep, you can ask for a cooling gel memory foam pillow instead of (or in addition to) the Saks Fifth Avenue pillows you’ll find at your seat.

United Airlines B777-300ER Polaris Business Class Seat

On board there are several dining options so you can choose the right time and pace for your meal. United offer a chef-redesigned, multi-course inflight dining experience, with each element presented in its proper order once the flight reaches altitude. If you’re eager to get as many hours of rest as possible, you can choose to enjoy a seated meal in the United Polaris lounge before your flight so you can go right to sleep in the air. Or if you’d prefer to eat in flight but don’t want to wait for each course, you can opt for an Express Dining service and receive a single tray with your full meal all at once, at the time of your choosing. For those mid flight cravings, there is also self-serve snacks and beverages that you can grab at your convenience.

In your United Polaris amenities you will find slippers, for quick trips out of your seat or just standing and stretching. There are also  provide premium sleep mist and skincare items from Soho House’s Cowshed Spa to keep you relaxed and refreshed. And ear plugs and an ergonomic eye mask ensure that you can block out any ambient distractions while you doze. On flights longer than 12 hours, we also offer 100% cotton pajamas upon request.

United Airlines Polaris service began on the 1st December replacing United BusinessFirst. This new aircraft should begin service in February 2017 with the additional new aircraft following throughout 2017.


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Dubai Airport Travel Tips as it welcomes 7 million passengers in December

Dec 13, 2016

Dubai International (DXB) is full of festive cheer as it prepares to welcome some 7 million passengers during December with an exciting array of seasonal activities, promotions, prize giveaways and entertainment for passengers at the world’s leading international hub.

“Nearly a quarter of a million passengers will be passing through the airport daily during the seasonal peak and we want to ensure they start enjoying their vacation as soon as they reach DXB,” said Anita Mehra, Senior Vice President of Communication & Reputation at Dubai Airports.

“We have an exciting line up of activities to delight and entertain our passengers, which will give the airport a truly festive atmosphere throughout December.”

Festive touches include a stunning Swarovski crystal tree, a gift-wrapping station, seasonal restaurant menus and festively decorated buggies. Children can build a snowman in the Kid’s Zone in Concourse B, while the entire family can participate in the interactive digital game ‘Find Pedro’ in Concourse D, with guaranteed prizes from a variety of popular food and beverage outlets at DXB. The musicDXB stage in Concourse B will feature carol singing from Dubai Duty Free Choir on December 15 and a special performance by X Factor Middle East winner Hamza Hawsawi on December 23. Last but not the least, the recently launched unlimited free high speed Wi-Fi across DXB will keep passengers connected to their friends and families and also allow them to make the most of their time at the airport.

With schools across the UAE closing for the holidays mid-month, Dubai Airports is anticipating near-record numbers in December with peak traffic anticipated on December 16, 17 and 22. As is the case during each peak traffic season, Dubai Airports, in collaboration with airlines and other partners at DXB is taking a number of measures to ensure passenger volumes don’t affect service.

Dubai Airports will augment staff levels and employ new passenger flow monitoring technology that allows the airport, airlines and control authorities to detect and deploy staff to areas of high passenger concentrations. Further, the airport’s new smart gate service, which allows the use of Emirates ID cards upon arrival and departure, will reduce immigration transaction times to 10-15 seconds and alleviate congestion at immigration points.

Dubai Airports has also issued holiday season smart travel tips to support passenger convenience during the holiday travel peak.

Smart Airport Travel Tips:

  • Be sure to check which airport and terminal you are departing from/arriving into beforehand. Passengers can confirm with their airline.
  • Arrive early at the airport. It is best to leave a minimum of three hours for check-in and passport control. Take into consideration daily rush hours and available routes in calculating your commuting time to the airport.
  • Leave extra time for your journey to the airport as the roads will be very busy. Please say your goodbyes at home.
  • Check with the airline in advance for information on your baggage allowance. Irrespective of the allowance, a single unit of baggage weighing more than 32kgs will not be accepted at check-in. You should expect to be charged for baggage more than the limit set by your respective airline.
  • It is always simpler to pack liquids, aerosols and gels (LAGs) in your check-in baggage. However, if you must carry LAGs in your hand luggage, make sure they are in a clear re-sealable plastic bag. Each item should not be more than 100ml and the total content of all items should not be more than one litre.
  • Beat the queues by checking-in online or using the self-service check-in kiosks in the departures hall. Customers with baggage can make use of the quick-baggage drop counters, while those carrying only hand luggage can proceed directly to Immigration.
  • Remember to put anything metal – watch, jewellery, mobile phone, coins, belt – into your hand luggage well before you arrive at the X-ray machine. This will save time at security screening.
  • UAE residents are encouraged to use Emirates ID cards at any smart gate which helps avoid queuing at passport control, both while arriving and on departure.
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Beechcraft to offer Pratt & Whitney engine upgrade to King Air 350 aircraft

Dec 6, 2016

Beechcraft today announced at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) conference in Dubai that the company is now offering Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines for improved performance on its King Air 350HW and King Air 350ER turboprops. In addition, the company is offering an increased gross weight option for these platforms, increasing the maximum takeoff weight to 17,500 pounds. Both enhancements are now FAA and EASA certified and offered as factory options for new aircraft or as aftermarket modifications.

Beechcraft Pratt and Whitney PT6A-67A engine upgrade

“The 350 platform is renowned as a worldwide mission enabler and these optional enhancements will offer customers added performance and payload for special mission operations,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president of Special Mission Aircraft.

King Air 350ER

King Air 350ER

“We have successfully modified a fleet of NATO air force-operated King Air 350ER aircraft with these upgrades, and we are excited to offer these options to provide more value to our special mission customers.”

The more powerful Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines provide superior field and climb performance, including hot and high operations. With an outside air temperature of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), the engine upgrade allows for a maximum takeoff gross weight increase of up to 2,700 pounds at sea level, compared to the standard aircraft. The increased gross weight option provides operators greater flexibility between payload and fuel, representing a potential increase in loiter time of two to three hours.

The King Air 350HW is a Heavy Weight (HW) version of the King Air 350 that provides operators an increased gross weight through larger and stronger main landing gear struts, wheels, tires and brakes. The King Air 350ER is an Extended Range (ER) version that includes the enhanced landing gear and increases the fuel capacity through the addition of low drag metal fuel tanks aft of the powerplants.

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