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


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.

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


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 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


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.



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.


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


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Two michelin-starred chefs creates new menus in Air France’s La Première and Business Class Cabins


Over the next three months, Air France customers will be able to enjoy new dishes signed by Régis Marcon in La Première class and by Guy Martin in Business class on board long-haul flights on departure from Paris.

To continue to surprise Air France’s La Première customers with inventive gourmet cuisine, Régis Marcon is signing two new starters and seven new main dishes for the next three months; unique gourmet creations concocted with the best French produce.

By choosing this triple Michelin-starred Chef, Air France wishes to promote its role of ambassador of fine French cuisine around the world. From Ardèche to Auvergne, between the plains and mountains between Velay and Vivarais, Régis Marcon offers customers in the designer suite an authentic cuisine with a particular emphasis on seasonal produce.

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Guy Martin, the renowned chef of Le Grand Véfour in Business Class

In order to surprise its passengers while confirming its role of ambassador of fine French cuisine, Air France is entrusting its Business menu to Guy Martin, honoured two Michelin stars, for the next three months.
On departure from Paris, on board long-haul flights and certain medium-haul* flights, the chef invites customers to discover or rediscover a selection of 6 main dishes, inspired by global flavours and renewed every two weeks.

* Cod, basmati rice with curcuma, mashed courgette with cashew nuts, coconut sauce fragranced with Espelette pepper
* Veal chuck chop with fried wild mushrooms, artichoke puree and organic beetroot and blackcurrant sauce;
* Fried prawns, broccoli with ginger, butternut puree with shellfish and parsley sauce
* Orecchiette pasta with squid and rocket, tomato fragranced with coriander
* Roast breast of guinea fowl, carrot and cardamom puree, organic red quinoa risotto and  cranberry juice
* Veal stew fragranced with Maniguette pepper, penne pasta with organic corn, vegetables and baby onions.


Gourmet menus created by Michelin-starred chefs

On board the La Première designer suites, Air France works with the Servair Culinary Studio chaired by Joël Robuchon; throughout the year, French Michelin-starred chefs take it in turns to introduce new culinary creations onto the La Première menu. Joël Robuchon, Michel Roth and Régis Marcon and Guy Martin succeed one another with the aim to offer the finest dining experience in the sky.

Quality products and prestigious French brands, respect for the seasons and subtle flavours, a fine balance in the dishes proposed, with a simple and light offer of consistent quality are just some of the principles that the chefs in their role as ambassadors for fine French cuisine set out to meet for Air France passengers.


With the “A la Carte” dishes available on all the Company’s long-haul** flights on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, La Première and Business customers can enjoy more freedom and pleasure during their trip, on the theme of Asian delights or a seafood basket. Customers can pre-order one of the six dishes before their flight, at no extra charge.

* Thai cuisine

* Traditional Chinese

* Flavours of India

* Japanese delights

* A taste of Korea

* Seafood basket


Step inside Boeing´s Elaborate new 737 Test Plane

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The improved 737 MAX 7 — A Better Way to Fly according to Boeing.

The MAX 7 will fly farther, increase revenue and provide the lowest seat mile cost of any airplane in its class. The airplane will open new markets and provide exceptional performance for high elevation airports and opens new opportunities for low cost carrier airlines. 

The 737 MAX will compete directly with the Airbus A320neo, both fighting for dominance of the single aisle passenger jet market.

Watch the elegance and power of Boeing’s 737 MAX as it maneuvers through the air for this incredible air to air video shoot.

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With 20% lower costs per seat, the 737 MAX 200 brings the opportunity of affordable air travel to everyone.


The most efficient winglet on any airplane

The new 737 MAX AT winglet is the most efficient ever designed for a production airplane. This is the story of the ingenious manipulation of aerodynamics that makes this distinctive design so efficient.

Without any winglets, the air flow over the tip of every wing will roll up from the high pressure area under the wing to the low pressure area above it.

When the wing is moving forward at high speed, airflow over the tip of the wing is forced back, with the upward and backward flow elements combining to form vortices. These vortices cause lift-induced drag, lowering the efficiency of the wing.

With the original blended winglet design, the airflow at the tip is used to create lift on the winglet, primarily vectored toward the fuselage. There is also a small element of lift vectored forward, reducing the lift-induced drag. Both these elements improve the efficiency of the wing.

Boeing is introducing the very latest in advanced winglet technology, the 737 MAX AT Winglet. In addition to the inward, upward and slightly forward lift components of the upper aerofoil, the new lower aerofoil generates a vertical lift component that is vectored away from the fuselage, and also slightly forward. Working together, these provide the perfectly balanced winglet that maximizes the overall efficiency of the wing.

Believing there was even more efficiency to be gained on top of the benefits from this ingenious solution, the 737 MAX team went on to incorporate Boeing’s advanced natural laminar flow technology into the surface material specification for the MAX AT winglet.

Boeing 737Test airplane 1A003 at sunrise getting ready for a day of flight testing at Moses Lake, Wash.

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Boeing 737(left to right) Boeing flight test pilots Craig Bomben and Ed Wilson along with 737 MAX vice president and general manager Keith Leverkuhn at a press conference following the first flight of the 737 MAX, Jan. 29, 2016.


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Emirates introduces new flavours of Japan onboard – it looks delicious!


Emirates has unveiled an exciting new Japanese menu for First Class and Business Class customers on flights between Dubai and Haneda, Narita, and Kansai airports in Japan. Emirates’ catering team in Dubai conceptualised the new menu options and created them in collaboration with a local caterer in Japan, utilising the freshest ingredients possible.

Complementing its gourmet international menu, First Class customers on Emirates flights to and from Japan can now experience traditional Kaiseki (multi-course meal) cuisine and Business Class customers have the option of a newly designed bento box. Emirates, which was named World’s Best Airline 2016 at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2016, is the first Middle Eastern Airline to serve Kaiseki-inspired meals on board.

Emirates collaborated with Gate Gourmet Japan to develop and produce the new menu items. Gate Gourmet Japan, which is located in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, offers a farm-to-table experience. It has established a system to source freshly-picked vegetables from local farms, such as the Hokuso Vegetable Farm, that are all within a one-kilometre radius from their facility. This means the freshest locally-grown ingredients are used to prepare Emirates’ onboard meals.

The First Class Kaiseki cuisine features five courses, including cold appetisers, a hot dish, flavoured rice, pickled vegetables, miso soup, and is finished with a serving of “wagashi”, which are traditional Japanese sweets typically enjoyed with a cup of green tea.  ‘Wagashi’ sweets are prepared using a variety of ingredients and methods and come in different shapes, sizes and textures.

“Kaiseki” is traditional Japanese multi-course haute cuisine. Its origins date back centuries ago in the simple meals served at tea ceremonies. Today, Kaiseki is enjoyed on special and celebratory occasions and served in specialised restaurants and at Ryokans (Japanese-style inn). The ingredients are natural, of high quality and change seasonally. Each course is served soon after it is prepared so as to maintain the freshness of the ingredients. The food design and serving style is a reflection of shapes found in nature including forests, mountains, islands, flowers or leaves. The balance between the colour, texture, flavour, consistency, and shape of the food and the aesthetics of the tableware is also carefully considered.

Business Class offers a specially-arranged bento box in a high-end Japanese catering style, perfect for eating onboard. Bento is the art of arranging one’s lunch in Japan, and has a history of over a thousand years. Although commonly known to be a take-out meal, bento boxes can also be enjoyed as celebratory meals that are elaborately prepared. Attention to detail and care is given to its taste and presentation. The aesthetics of the lunchbox, the texture of the food in each section of the box, demonstrate the “kodawari” or dedication of the maker and the skill in preparation and artistic presentation.

To create a truly authentic Japanese dining experience onboard, Emirates also collaborated with renowned Japanese tableware maker Noritake to develop exclusive tableware designs for the new menus based on the concept of “miyabi,” meaning elegance or refinement. 

Noritake experts worked closely with the Emirates product and catering teams on the tableware designs, paying attention to the finest details to ensure that the tableware complements the food and enhances its presentation.  With tableware that reflects Japanese traditional design, Emirates seeks to further enrich the customer on board experience. Japanese customers will feel at home when they are served the food  trays, while our non-Japanese customers are able to enjoy an authentic Japanese meal experience.

The menus are served with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including Asahi beer, which are only available on Japan routes.

Emirates flights to and from Japan cater to the needs of Japanese travellers with Japanese-speaking cabin crew on board. Emirates award-winning entertainment system, ice, offers up to 2,500 channels of audio and visual entertainment, including Japanese movies such as “If Cats Disappeared From The World, as well as Hollywood blockbusters dubbed in Japanese such as “Zootropolis.” There are also hundreds of channels of music, audio books and games. Emirates passengers can enjoy a generous baggage allowance, with 50kg for First Class, 40kg for Business Class and up to 35kg for Economy Class passengers.


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