Qantas unveils next generation cabins for 787 Dreamliner

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Qantas has unveiled what customers onboard its flagship 787-9 Dreamliner can expect when the aircraft arrives in a year’s time.

The Qantas Dreamliner will seat 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins in a layout that has been designed to maximise comfort for the longer distances the 787-9 is expected to fly.

The Business Suite is the next generation of the very popular seat recently installed on Qantas’ Airbus A330 fleet. These suites are known for providing a high level of privacy, made more flexible on the 787 with the ability to now adjust the divider between each seat.

The suites also have a fully-flat bed and offer plenty of space to eat, work or relax. Laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration, each suite has direct aisle access as well as the ability to stay reclined during take-off and landing.

Economy passengers will also have more room – including an extra inch of seat pitch compared with the national carrier’s A380 – and an all-new seat. It features a new personal device holder and USB ports; more storage areas; a seat-back mood light designed to minimise disturbance for other passengers; and a high-definition entertainment touchscreen that is five per cent larger.

The seats also feature an updated version of the popular Qantas ‘footnet’ first introduced on the A380, designed to cradle the legs during sleep.

Unveiling the Business and Economy seats in Sydney today, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the interiors had been carefully designed with longer routes and changing passenger preferences in mind.

“The Dreamliner is an aircraft built for comfort. The windows are bigger, it helps reduce jetlag, it’s extremely quiet and there’s a system that smooths out turbulence. Customers are going to love it,” said Mr Joyce.

“We’re planning to make the most of the 787’s amazing range, so we’ve designed the cabin to give Qantas passengers a better experience on long haul flights.

“Many of the cabin design elements reflect what our customers have told us. Personal storage rates really highly, so we’ve created extra space in Economy for customers to store their personal devices and water bottles.

We’re proud that our new Economy seat includes features other carriers reserve for Premium Economy.

“We’re also redesigning the in-flight experience for the Dreamliner, from rethinking our menus to making better use of the self-service bars during different phases of flight,” added Mr Joyce.

The Dreamliner cabin interiors and new economy seat, designed by Australian industrial designer David Caon, are a progression of the Qantas aesthetic established by Marc Newson.

Detail on initial Qantas Dreamliner destinations will be revealed in coming months, with the first international flights on sale before Christmas. The aircraft will gradually take over routes currently operated by the airline’s B747 fleet as well as adding new city-pairs to the Qantas International network.

The Dreamliner’s Premium Economy cabin, which will offer a class leading experience and a revolutionary new seat, will be unveiled in early 2017.

Source: www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-unveils-next-generation-cabins-for-787-dreamliner/

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Air India sets record with world’s longest non-stop flight in shortest time

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Air India’s flight AI173 flew 15,300 km from New Delhi to San Francisco  on October 16 through the trans-Pacific route instead of the usual Atlantic route, which is shorter in length. Despite that, the non-stop flight was able to complete the journey in a record 14 hours and 30 minutes.

The eastern route meant that Air India’s Boeing-777 200LR flew 15,300 kilometres (9,506 miles), surpassing the previous holder of world’s longest flight, Emirates’ Dubai-Auckland route that clocks up 14,120 kilometres (8,825 miles). What’s more, by flying east over the Pacific, Air India took advantage of the 86mph tailwinds of the Jet Stream and knocked two hours off its flight time, covering the distance in just 14-and-a-half hours.
The Atlantic route would have subjected the flight to face the winds head-on, which would have slowed down the speed, and hence increased the duration of the flight and consumption of fuel.

Singapore Airlines prepares to reinstate its Singapore-New York route that will cover 16,500 kilometres (10,252 miles) in 19 hours  so the record will not stand for long..


Source: www.airindia.in


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Delta’s new uniforms to be Lands’ End quality

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More than 60,000 frontline employees worldwide will don the new uniforms in 2018

Delta is putting the legendary service, style and quality of Lands’ End into its new employee uniforms. The airline has partnered with the global lifestyle brand to provide uniforms for approximately 60,000 employees worldwide, including the Lands’ End unconditional Guaranteed.Period. promise.

“The new uniform collection will be a strong brand statement and builds on our team members’ sense of pride as they serve our customers around the world,” said Gil West, Delta’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Fit, form, function and style are all integral to the uniforms for Delta people, and Lands’ End is the right partner to deliver on these things.”

Lands’ End will manufacture and supply uniforms designed by Zac Posen for above-wing Airport Customer Service ticket and gate agents, Delta Sky Club and In-Flight Service employees. Lands’ End drew inspiration from Posen’s designs and color palette to create uniforms for the airline’s below-wing Airport Customer Service, Delta Cargo, Ground Support Equipment Maintenance and Delta TechOps employees. The airline plans to publicly unveil the entire uniform collection for the first time at an exclusive event in Atlanta on Oct. 18.

“This exciting project has leveraged the strengths of the Lands’ End team with the thoughtful and meticulous attention to detail they have put into the fit, function and design of the below-wing apparel collection to support the uniform needs of Delta,” said Joe Ferreri, Senior Vice President of Lands’ End Outfitters. “We are honored to collaborate with Delta Air Lines and be the supplier of their below-wing and above-wing uniforms.”

Almost two years ago, the company established a Cross-Divisional Uniform Committee (CDUC) to represent the voices of employees in concept, design and supplier reviews and provide feedback to the design team and suppliers.

“The employee uniform committee has been involved every step of the way,” said Chad Holmes, Delta ramp agent and CDUC member. “Lands’ End brought us innovative designs and fabrics, and their team was truly passionate about creating the most functional, high-quality uniform pieces.  Throughout the design process, they listened to our needs through job shadows and focus groups. Beyond the wealth of knowledge that Lands’ End brings, they have an amazing corporate culture that mirrors Delta’s of caring both for the customer and the employee.”

Following the uniform reveal next week, Lands’ End will begin crafting final uniform prototypes for Delta’s 1,000 wear testers, who will be sporting the uniforms on the job in December through March 2017. Wear testers will identify any changes needed to improve fit, form or function before the final garments are produced. The new uniform collection is slated for rollout in early 2018 to all above-wing and below-wing employees.

Delta’s last uniform update was in 2006 for above-wing employees and 2000 for below-wing employees.


Source: www.news.delta.com/delta-s-new-uniforms-be-lands-end-quality

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Icelandair’s new celebration stopover Buddy Service with an Icelandair employee

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Last winter, Icelandair introduced a free service to their Stopover passengers. They gave them the chance to see Iceland through the experienced eyes of a local by requesting a Stopover Buddy, an Icelandair employee who acted as their personal host for up to one day.
Now, the Buddies are back and better than ever, offering transatlantic guests the chance to celebrate on their Stopover in Iceland.

Birkir Hólm Guðnason, CEO at Icelandair, comments, “Travellers are seeking local, unique and personalised adventures in an experience economy. By bringing back our Stopover Buddy service focusing around celebrations, we are able to help passengers create unforgettable memories on an Icelandair stopover through our Buddies’ local knowledge and connections. Our Buddies are passionate and friendly individuals who can not only help take passengers off the beaten tourist track but also educate them in local culture and responsible tourism.”

What’s in store this season?

Our Stopover Buddies not only know the lay of the land but they also know other interesting locals. That means they are just the right people to help you turn your Icelandair Stopover into a fun and memorable celebration.

This winter, pop open the champagne, put on your party hat and request an Icelandair employee to help you celebrate the way Icelanders do. From birthdays, to proposals, our Buddies have it covered. Alternatively, join in on local, Icelandic celebrations and allow our Buddies to show you how to make a good trip even better – Icelandair style.

Passengers who fly Icelandair across the Atlantic, can stopover in Iceland for up to seven nights at no additional airfare. That gives them the opportunity to explore Iceland, both country and culture, without adding onto their ticket price.

www.icelandair.com/flights/stopover/

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The US Department of Transportation Bans All Samsung Galaxy Note7 Phones from Airplanes

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), announced the other day that it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States.

Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States. This prohibition includes all Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.  The ban will be effective on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon ET.

“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.”

Device owners have experienced documented incidents of dangerous evolution of heat with both recalled and replacement Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. Samsung and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) acknowledged this imminent safety hazard with the company’s September 15, 2016 and October 13, 2016 recalls.  Additionally, on October 11, 2016, Samsung suspended the manufacture and sale of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device.

“The fire hazard with the original Note7 and with the replacement Note7 is simply too great for anyone to risk it and not respond to this official recall,” said CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye. “I would like to remind consumers once again to take advantage of the remedies offered, including a full refund.  It’s the right thing to do and the safest thing to do.”

What air travelers should know

  • If passengers attempt to travel by air with their Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, they will be denied boarding.
  • Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident.  Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.
  • Passengers currently traveling with Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones should contact Samsung or their wireless carrier immediately to obtain information about how to return their phones and arrange for a refund or a replacement phone. Samsung has provided guidance for customers about refund and replacement options, as well as how to contact wireless carriers, at www.samsung.com/us/note7recall/. Samsung is also answering customers’ questions at 1-844-365-6197.
  • If an airline representative observes that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Note7 device prior to boarding an aircraft, the air carrier must deny boarding to the passenger unless and until the passenger divests themselves and their carry-on and checked baggage of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device. Passengers absolutely should not pack the phones in their checked luggage.
  • If a flight crew member identifies that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device while the aircraft is in flight, the crew member must instruct the passenger to power off the device, not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks, and keep the device on their person and not in the overhead compartment, seat back pocket, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the flight.

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 device is considered a forbidden hazardous material under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-185), which forbid airline passengers or crew from traveling with lithium cells or batteries or portable electronic devices that are likely to generate a dangerous evolution of heat. PHMSA has issued a special permit to Samsung to facilitate commercial shipment of the recalled devices by ground transportation.

The Emergency Order will be on display in the Federal Register display on Friday, October 14, 2016, and the ban will be effective on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon ET. For additional information on the recall, visit the CPSC website at www.cpsc.gov.

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Hawaiian Airlines Launch Disney Moana Themed Aircraft

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Hawaiian Airlines, in collaboration with The Walt Disney Studios, unveiled October 15 the first of three custom Airbus A330 aircraft being adorned with imagery from the highly anticipated, CG-animated comedy adventure “Moana.”

The inaugural decal design features four characters from the movie on Hawaiian’s fuselage as they take off on a wayfinding journey, including the demigod Maui, the adventurous teenager Moana, and her two friends: Heihei the rooster and Pua the pig.

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HAWAIIAN AIRLINES COMMITMENT TO VOYAGING

As a proud sponsor of The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, Hawaiian Airlines invites Moana fans and guests to learn more about today’s celestial navigation. Malama Honua, to care for our Island Earth, is a four-year journey by the Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hokule‘a, and the research crew, Hikianalia, across the Earth’s oceans.

Powered by the wind, guided by the stars, and steered by the knowledge of ancient Polynesian navigators, the voyage will cover a total of 47,000 nautical miles and visit 85 ports in 26 countries.

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The Moana themed aircraft will be flying across the globe, with regularly scheduled U.S. domestic routes as well as to international destinations including Brisbane and Sydney, AustraliaOsaka and Tokyo, Japan; and Auckland, New Zealand all on the map through March of 2017. If fans want, they can also track the course of each “Moana”themed plane in real time at HawaiianAirlines.com/Moana.

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