Qantas

Fully stocked Qantas 747 bar carts set to fly out the door

 Qantas

AVIATION ENTHUSIASTS LINE UP FOR HISTORIC MEMORABILIA

Qantas is opening its memorabilia storage shed to the Australian public, offering 1000 Qantas 747 galley carts stocked with a range of items from champagne and Australian red and white wine to Tim Tams, PJs and an exclusive-to-Qantas First Class Sheridan throw.

The bar carts were removed from the airline’s recently retired and much-loved 747 aircraft before they were flown to the Californian desert.

Qantas operated various incarnations of the 747 “Queen of the Skies” for almost 50 years before retiring the jumbo jet six months early as part of its response to the COVID-19 crisis. The farewell of the last Qantas 747 in July inspired an outpouring of affection and nostalgia from the Australian public.

Qantas Executive Manager of Product and Service, Phil Capps, said the airline wanted to offer up a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to own a physical piece of the 747 legacy, particularly at a time when travel was out of reach for many.

“These pre-loved carts served Qantas and our customers well during their world travels from London and Los Angeles to Singapore and Santiago, with each one averaging around 2,000 flights. While we no longer have use for them, they still have life in them, especially for those with an appreciation for aviation collectables and an eye for design.

“There has been huge demand for Qantas 747 memorabilia and Frequent Flyers have expressed keen interest to convert the bespoke inflight trolley into everything from lamp stands to storage units. The fact they come fully stocked with some of Qantas’ most popular on-board service items will hopefully inspire some high-flying fun at home.”

Mr Capps added, “We know people have been ordering Qantas Wine to enjoy at home and our Qantas ‘iso care kits’ featuring the PJs sold out within hours.  The bar carts offer the trifecta of wine, PJs and a piece of aviation history.”

Qantas

The 747 half bar cart features:

  • A Qantas 747 half bar cart
  • 40 mini bottles white wine and 40 mini bottles of red wine & 1 bottle of Champagne from the Business class cellar
  • 2 Qantas Business Class amenity kit featuring ASPAR Travel Essentials
  • 1 Sheridan throw made exclusively for Qantas First Class made of 100% combed cotton
  • 2 Qantas Business Class sleeper suits M/L & L/XL (suitable for most shapes and sizes)

Half bar carts will cost $974.70 including delivery (or 169,000 Qantas Points). A small number of full size carts will be available with double the items for $1474.70 including delivery (or 256,000 Qantas Points). Delivery to metro locations in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth only.

The Qantas 747 carts will be on sale today via wine.qantas.com

Download → 747 Bar cart information booklet

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Southwest

Southwest Bolsters The Southwest Promise by Keeping Middle Seats Open for Fall Travel

Carrier leaves middle seats open through Nov. 30 while continuing its multi-layered commitment to supporting the comfort and well-being of Customers and Employees throughout the travel journey

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today renewed its ongoing commitment to supporting the well-being and comfort of its Customers and Employees by announcing that the carrier will continue limiting the amount of seats sold on every flight to allow middle seats to remain open through Nov. 30, 2020. Additionally, as part of The Southwest Promise, the airline requires face masks to be worn at all times, has implemented physical distancing measures in airports and onboard aircraft, and maintains a stringent cleaning schedule of its facilities and aircraft throughout each day.

“As we transition into autumn and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday season, we want Southwest Customers to have the confidence of knowing that middle seats will remain open through Nov. 30 to accommodate their fall travel plans,” said Ryan Green, Southwest’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Southwest has been operating flights with middle seats open throughout the summer and has added thousands of flights to in-demand destinations to provide extra seats for on-board physical distancing and added comfort.”

As always, Southwest Customers may choose their own seats. In Southwest’s open seating environment, families, or those traveling together, may still sit together and occupy a middle seat for their convenience. Previously, middle seats were open through Oct. 31, 2020.

The Southwest Promise: A Multi-Layered Approach to Cleaning and Comfort

In addition to keeping middle seats open this fall, Southwest continues supporting the comfort and well-being of Customers and Employees by executing a multi-layered approach to cleaning and physical distancing.

Prior to Travel:

Face Coverings Required: All Southwest Customers and Employees over the age of two are required to wear a covering over their mouth and nose throughout the travel journey. If a Customer does not have a face covering, the Southwest Team will have face masks available at the airport and onboard our aircraft to ensure compliance with the policy.

Customer Health Declaration: Customers are required to acknowledge an awareness of the carrier’s face covering policy and confirm they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been diagnosed with, or exposed to, COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to travel. They also are required to confirm they do not have a fever when they travel. The declaration appears during the online check-in process via the Southwest app, Southwest.com, the carrier’s mobile website, SWABIZ.com, and airport kiosks.

In the Airports:

Airport Cleaning: Southwest is cleaning ticket counters, gates, kiosks, and baggage claim areas multiple times per day. Additionally, the airline is utilizing electrostatic sprayers to apply a disinfectant to Southwest’s airport areas at least once per week.

Physical Distancing in Airports: Southwest is now boarding in smaller groups of 10 to allow for distancing and queuing only on one side of boarding poles in the gate areas. Additionally, new airport signage and floor markers highlight and encourage proper distances throughout the boarding areas. Southwest also has installed Plexiglas® at ticketing and gate counters and baggage service offices to provide more protection during in-person transactions and interactions between Employees and Customers.

Don’t Forget Your Hands: Hand sanitizer is available at check-in kiosks, ticket counters, and gates.

Onboard our Aircraft:

HEPA Filters: Every aircraft is equipped with a sophisticated air recirculation system that introduces fresh outside air into the cabin while inflight, resulting in a complete exchange of cabin air every two to three minutes. Southwest uses HEPA filters onboard that remove 99.97% of airborne particles*—similar to the technology found in hospitals (*measuring 0.3 micrometers or greater in diameter passing through the filter).

Enhanced Overnight Aircraft Cleaning: Southwest deep cleans each plane from nose to tail for nearly six to seven labor hours every night, including all high-touch surfaces such as seat belt buckles, tray tables, air vents, arm rests, galleys, and lavatories.

Electrostatic Aircraft Spraying: Both an electrostatic disinfectant and an anti-microbial spray are applied on every surface of the aircraft, killing viruses on contact and, then, forming an anti-microbial coating, or shield, for 30 days.

Cleaning Before Every Flight: Sani-Cide EX3, a broad-spectrum disinfectant, is used to clean all onboard lavatories and every tray table before every flight. Additionally, cleaning wipes are available for Customers onboard, upon request.

Southwest continues relying upon a data-driven, science-based approach to develop and evaluate operational policies and practices and reviews the latest research and recommendations from both internal and third-party experts. We invite you to learn more about our efforts at www.southwest.com/promise.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

In its 50th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 60,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 130 million passengers in 2019. Southwest became the nation’s largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. In peak travel seasons during 2019, Southwest operated more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 103 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. Southwest will begin service to Steamboat Springs, Colo. on Dec. 19, 2020, and also recently announced intention to serve Palm Springs, Calif. and Miami, Fla.

The carrier issued its Southwest® Promise in May 2020 to highlight new and round-the-clock efforts to support its Customers and Employees wellbeing and comfort. Among the changes are enhanced cleaning efforts at airports and onboard aircraft, facemask requirements for Customers and Employees, and capping the number of passengers on every flight to allow middle seats to remain open through Nov. 30, 2020. Additional details about the Southwest Promise are available at Southwest.com/Promise.

Southwest coined Transfarency® to describe its purposed philosophy of treating Customers honestly and fairly, and low fares actually staying low. Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free® to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply, some carriers offer free checked bags on select routes or in qualified circumstances). Southwest does not charge change fees, though fare differences might apply.

Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. Learn more about how the carrier gives back to communities across the world by visiting Southwest.com/citizenship. 

Book Southwest Airlines’ low fares online at Southwest.com or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

BA

British Airways 747 retirements, full details of each retired aircraft

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© Image British Airways

*LAST UPDATED 23 SEPTEMBER 2020*

In July British Airways announced that all 31 of its remaining 747s had sadly flown their last commercial services as a result of the devastating impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the airline and the aviation sector.

Full details of each retired aircraft are below. This log will be updated as each retirement date is confirmed – please keep checking back for further details.

More information from the 747 retirement announcement is available here. Images of British Airways’ 747 fleet can be downloaded here.

24 September G-CIVK

Date it entered service / BA delivery 28 February 1997
Retirement date 24 September 2020
Popular / recent routes Last commercial flight was from Cape Town on 20 March 2020. Popular routes include Cape Town, Miami and Accra
Liveries worn Landor

Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard with oneworld logo

Seating configuration First: 14

Club: 52

World Traveller Plus: 36

World Traveller: 243

Facts and stats (approximate) Top speed: 565mph

Take off speed: 180mph

Length: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4m

Weight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes

4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

24 September G-BYGE

Date it entered service / BA delivery 5 February 1999
Retirement date 22 September 2020
Popular / recent routes Last commercial flight was from Boston on 23 March 2020. Popular routes include New York, Boston and Philadelphia
Liveries worn ‘Rendezvous’ World Images livery

Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard

Seating configuration First: 14

Club: 86

World Traveller Plus: 30

World Traveller: 145

Facts and stats (approximate) Top speed: 565mph

Take off speed: 180mph

Length: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4m

Weight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes

4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

Flown 86,611 hours, 10,845 flights and around 40 million miles

21 September – G-CIVP

Date it entered service / BA delivery 17 February 1998
Retirement date 21 September 2020
Popular / recent routes Last commercial flight was from Miami on 25 March 2020. Popular routes include Cape Town, san Diego and Miami
Liveries worn ‘Colum’ World Images livery

Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard with oneworld logo

Seating configuration First: 14

Club: 52

World Traveller Plus: 36

World Traveller: 243

Facts and stats (approximate) Top speed: 565mph

Take off speed: 180mph

Length: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4m

Weight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes

4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

 

16 September – G-CIVE

Date it entered service / BA delivery 20 December 1994
Retirement date 16 September 2020
Popular / recent routes Last commercial flight was from Vancouver on 25 March 2020. Popular routes include Miami, Cape Town, Accra, Las Vegas and Denver
Liveries worn British Asia Airways, Landor – ‘City of Sunderland’

Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard

Seating configuration First: 14

Club: 52

World Traveller Plus: 36

World Traveller: 243

Facts and stats (approximate) Top speed: 565mph

Take off speed: 180mph

Length: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4m

Weight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes

4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

Flown 117,086 hours, 13,356 flights and around 55 million miles

10 September – G-CIVO

Date it entered service / BA delivery 5 December 1997
Retirement date 10 September 2020
Popular / recent routes Last commercial flight was from Cape Town on 26 March 2020. Popular routes include Vancouver, Las Vegas and Cape Town
Liveries worn ‘Benyhone Tartan’ World Images livery

Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard

Seating configuration First: 14

Club: 52

World Traveller Plus: 36

World Traveller: 243

Facts and stats (approximate) Top speed: 565mph

Take off speed: 180mph

Length: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4m

Weight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes

4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

9 Septemeber – G-CIVI

Date it entered service / BA delivery 2 May 1996
Retirement date 9 September 2020
Popular / recent routes Last commercial flight was from New York on 29 March 2020. Popular routes include New York, Boston and San Francisco
Liveries worn Landor – ‘City of Gloucester’

Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard with oneworld logo

Seating configuration First: 14

Club: 86

World Traveller Plus: 30

World Traveller: 145

Facts and stats (approximate) Top speed: 565mph

Take off speed: 180mph

Length: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4m

Weight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes

4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

Flown 100,414 hours, 14,040 flights and around 50 million miles

8 September – G-BYGA

Date it entered service / BA delivery 14 December 1998
Retirement date 8 September 2020
Popular / recent routes Last commercial flight was from New York on 21 March 2020. Popular routes include Chicago, Dubai, Los Angeles and New York.
Liveries worn ‘Chelsea Rose’ World Images livery

Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard

Seating configuration First: 14

Club: 86

World Traveller Plus: 30

World Traveller: 145

Facts and stats (approximate) Top speed: 565mph

Take off speed: 180mph

Length: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4m

Weight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes

4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

Flown 89,593 hours, 10,981 flights and around 40 million miles

2 September – G-BYGB

Date it entered service / BA delivery 9 January 1999
Retirement date 2 September 2020
Popular / recent routes Last commercial flight was from New York on 21 March 2020. Popular routes include San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
Liveries worn ‘Colum’ World Images livery

Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard

Seating configuration First: 14

Club: 86

World Traveller Plus: 30

World Traveller: 145

Facts and stats (approximate) Top speed: 565mph

Take off speed: 180mph

Length: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4m

Weight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes

4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

Flown 90,821 hours, 11,425 flights and around 50 million miles

31 August 2020 – G-CIVH

Date it entered service / BA delivery 23 April 1996
Retirement date 31 August 2020
Popular / recent routes Last commercial flight was from Dallas on 18 March 2020. Popular routes include Chicago, New York and Washington.
Liveries worn Landor – ‘City of Hereford’

Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard

Seating configuration First: 14

Club: 86

World Traveller Plus: 30

World Traveller: 145

Facts and stats (approximate) Top speed: 565mph

Take off speed: 180mph

Length: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4m

Weight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes

4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

Flown 101,976 hours, 13,884 flights and around 50 million miles

26 August 2020 – G-BYGF

Date it entered service / BA delivery 17 February 1999
Retirement date 26 August 2020
Popular / recent routes Last flight was a repatriation flight from Larnaca, 9 April 2020. Popular routes include Boston, New York and Los Angeles.
Liveries worn Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard
Seating configuration First: 14

Club: 86

World Traveller Plus: 30

World Traveller: 145

Facts and stats (approximate) Top speed: 565mph

Take off speed: 180mph

Length: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4m

Weight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes

4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

Flown 90,897.4 hours, 11,075 flights and over 45 million miles

 

18 August 2020 – G-CIVD

Date it entered service 14 December 1994
Retirement date 19 August 2020 to Castellon, Valencia
Popular / recent routes Last flight was to Lagos, part of the repatriation effort, on 18 April 2020
Liveries worn Landor – ‘City of Coventry’

Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard with oneworld logo

Seating configuration First: 14

Club: 52

World Traveller Plus: 36

World Traveller: 243

Facts and stats (approximate) Top speed: 565mph

Take off speed: 180mph

Length: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4m

Weight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes

4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

Flown 115,276.8 hours, 13,364 flights and over 50 million miles

New Airline

South Africa’s brand new airline, set to launch domestic flights later this year, has invited you to put your creativity to the test and suggest a name for the new carrier

New Airline

It’s time for some good news for South Africans.
It’s time for a better way to fly
It’s time for a brand new airline

South Africa’s brand new airline, set to launch domestic flights later this year, has invited you to put your creativity to the test and suggest a name for the new carrier.

The airline, which has drawn inspiration from Uber’s high tech, customer obsessed approach to mobility, is a partnership between Kulula founder Gidon Novick and Global Aviation, a leading operator of Airbus A320 aircraft. The first flight, between Johannesburg and Cape Town (the 12 busiest route in the world), is planned for December 2020.

Help to find a name that is unique, aspirational, and cool – if selected, you could be the lucky winner of a year’s free travel on the airline valued at R480 000.

Entries can be submitted here and the winner will be announced within the next two weeks – www.brandnewairline.co.za

Lufthansa

Homage to the Oktoberfest: Lufthansa Trachtencrew takes off again this year

Lufthansa
© Image Lufthansa

Even if the Munich Oktoberfest cannot take place as usual this year, Lufthansa is holding on to the beautiful tradition of the Trachtencrew flights. As a tribute to the world-famous folk festival, eleven flight attendants will take off for New York/Newark on 22 September with the A350. At the same time, passengers on board of Lufthansa CityLine can experience the traditional costume crews on numerous European flights. From 21 to 25 September the flights will take passengers from Munich to Copenhagen, Helsinki, Manchester, Berlin and Vienna and  to the holiday destinations Santorini and Sylt.

The tradition of Trachtencrew flights is as long as it is successful at Lufthansa. The first flights in traditional costume took place as early as 1957, and even back then they were already  fascinating Lufthansa passengers all over the world. In 2006 the idea was taken up again and the maiden flight went – as well as this year – to New York. Since then, the Lufthansa Trachtencrew has been heading to 25 destinations from China to Japan, India and the USA, as well as  destinations all over Europe.

The Dirndl of the Lufthansa long-haul crews was createdby the Munich costume designer Angermaier: The flight attendants’ Wiesn-Dirndl is dark blue with a silver-grey apron, the men wear short leather pants with a dark blue vest in the fabric of the Dirndl.

It has also been a long-standing tradition for Lufthansa’s passenger service staff in Terminal 2 to welcome passengers in Dirndl and traditional costume suits during the Wiesn season.

Bavarian delights on board and in the Lufthansa lounges

Munich’s Lufthansa Lounges also continue the tradition of previous years. In the lounges, passengers can choose between typical Bavarian dishes such as Leberkäs’, cabbage or potato salad. There are also roasted almonds, pretzel pearls and Oktoberfest beer.

On board of the Business Class, trout and Bavarian cream are served  during the month of September, a Weissbier can be ordered on request as well.

Alaska Airlines

Rain or shine you can rely on Spokane Passenger Service Agent Marsha at Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines
© Image Marsha Pilimai / Photo by Susan Ewbank

When Horizon’s Ground Services crew at Spokane International Airport needs early-morning help because of a storm or employee illness, Marsha Pilimai often assigns herself to arrive at 3:45 A.M. to assist with shoveling snow, de-icing aircraft, loading baggage, marshaling airplanes, and whatever else is needed.

“That way, I don’t have to mandate another employee to come in,” says Pilimai, who is dual-qualified to work in Ground Services and to do her primary job as Passenger Service Team Captain on the Duty Desk, which involves staffing, scheduling and submitting payroll information for employees at the Spokane, Wenatchee, Pasco, Walla Walla and Yakima stations.

She usually starts her Duty Desk shift around 8:30 A.M. in Spokane, although if Ground Services needs help anytime during the day, or even on her days off, she’ll jump in then, too. “I’ll do whatever needs to be done. They know they can count on me.”

Because she has been with Horizon for more than 26 years, she’s able to answer questions, and she’s been a great mentor. She’s known for her sense of humor and making work fun, but also for insisting on safety, and that policies and procedures are followed.

She provides co-workers with support for personal as well as work issues. “We tell people the Duty Desk here is a safe place. We do vital things like tracking hours to make sure everyone gets paid correctly, but we also provide psychologist- and mom-like caring.”

Pilimai, who worked for three years at a youth center after graduating from high school, joined Horizon after a friend let her know the airline had openings.

“It’s been such a good job for me and for my family all these years,” she says. “I had flexibility to attend sports and school events when my two daughters and my son were growing up. Also, I really enjoy my job. I’ve said that I’ll be here until they wheel me out the door in my office chair.”

Questions & Answers

What do you like most about your job? The variety, the flexibility, the friendships, and participating in the Fantasy Flight event Alaska Air Group does each December at the Spokane airport. Underprivileged and at-risk kids board a flight that circles the airport, then lands, and parks at a hangar that represents the North Pole. I help with decorating and with filling gift backpacks for the children. These kids melt your heart with their stories. It gives me so much happiness to do this for them.

What’s important to you in life? I want to live life to the fullest, to do the best job I can each day, to be a good person, to be there for my family and friends. My husband and kids and our grandkids are the most important to me. And I want to be authentic. My mom always said, “Be who you are, and do what makes you happy,” and I live by that. I’m the same person at work and at home.

What do you take with you on a trip? My good walking shoes—I don’t want anything to hold me back.

Where do you like to travel? I love Disneyland. It just makes me happy.

Praise for Marsha

“Recognized as the heartbeat of the Spokane Station, Marsha is a shining example of our core values: own safety, do the right thing, be kindhearted, deliver performance and be remarkable. When the ramp needs help loading bags, Marsha steps in. If help is needed to de-ice a plane, Marsha steps in. If a guest needs assistance, Marsha steps in. She is known for going above and beyond, and being loyal to Horizon and the employees she works with each day. Marsha is also heavily invested in the Spokane Fantasy Flight, joyfully preparing for the many kids taking a trip to ‘the North Pole.’ In addition, her door is always open for anyone needing guidance. She is trusted, highly respected and a wonderful example.”—Matt P., Horizon Vice President of Station and Inflight Operations, Seattle

Horizon Air employees such as Marsha Pilimai are the reason for our excellence. Join us in creating an airline people love. Visit horizonair.jobs.