American Airlines arrives on 12 new airport pairs


On 19 December, Curaçao Airport celebrated the arrival of American Airlines’ new service from Charlotte Douglas with a traditional cake cutting ceremony. Flights from North Carolinian airport will operate weekly on Saturdays in direct competition with Insel Air.

American Airlines launched two new routes to Punta Cana on 19 December from Chicago O’Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth. Services on the former will operate on Saturdays using 737-800s, while the oneworld member will also serve the Texan hub with the same operation except it will use A319s. The Dominican Republic airport celebrated the opening of the routes with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony.

American Airlines commenced services between Dallas/Fort Worth and Quito on 18 December. The Ecuadorian airport celebrated the launch by getting the inaugural passengers to pose with a special photo frame to help publicise the route on social media. The 4,150-kilometre link will face no direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.

American Airlines commenced a total of 12 new routes between the 17 and 19 of December. Of the 12, eight will face direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data, with four of city pairs facing more than one incumbent carrier. Apart from the oneworld member’s new service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Sydney (SYD), a route which is 12,056-kilometres in length, the average sector of the remaining 11 routes is 2,433 kilometres and are all connections on the North American continent. Only five of the new 12 airport pairs are US domestic services.

Source: www.anna.aero



Air France

Air France bomb: Kenya confirms explosive device found in toilets of plane carrying 473 people from Mauritius to Paris

Air France

Updated information:

The object was analyzed and found to contain no explosives, the airline said.

Air France CEO Frederic Gagey described the object as a cardboard box containing papers, with “something like a kitchen timer” inside it.

It was found by a passenger in a cabinet behind the restroom mirror, he said. He could not say whether the object was assembled before the flight, but the materials would not usually be on board the aircraft.

‘It seems like a nasty joke’
He said an inquiry will determine who planted the item in the restroom, an act he described as “stupid” and “completely unacceptable.”

“It seems like a nasty joke,” he said. “This is behavior which is in extremely bad taste.”


A suspicious device found in the toilet of an Air France flight to Paris is a bomb, Kenyan authorities have said.

Two suspects from flight 463 – which was carrying 472 people – are being questioned by Kenyan security forces after the Paris-bound flight from Mauritius was forced to make an emergency landing in Mombasa at 12.37am when a suspicious looking package was discovered in the toilet.

A statement was posted online by Kenya Airports Authority under the heading “Kenyan Security foil a bombing attempt on Air France”.

The statement said: “Kenyan bomb experts discover a bomb inside Air France at Moi International Airport, Mombasa. The explosive was carried away to a safe place outside the airport.

“Bomb experts from the Kenya Navy took the bomb away to safety. The Kenyan security is zeroing in on two passengers who appear suspicious.

“The Mombasa Security team and Airport security in Mombasa have also secured the Airport and all critical facilities around.

“The bomb has been taken to safe destination for detonation in the morning.”

All 459 passengers and 13 crew were escorted safely off the aircraft, while the bomb was taken by the Kenyan navy to be detonated safely away from the airport.

Kenyan bomb experts have been examining the device since the plane landed, while passengers have been taken to nearby hotels. The security services have cordoned off the airport and flights have been suspended.

Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Source: www.independent.co.uk



Qatar Airways adds destination no 3 in South Africa – Durban


Life’s a beach. Just one of the attractions waiting for passengers getting off the inaugural Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Durban is the Golden Mile Beach close to downtown. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker was keen to get his Speedos on and get down there after the VIP reception at the airport.

Qatar Airways launched a new service between Doha (DOH) and Durban (DUR), operating via its existing route to Johannesburg, on 17 December. The four times weekly 787-8 service to the host city for World Routes in 2015 further complements the airline’s existing daily flights to Cape Town and double-daily flights to Johannesburg. “Qatar is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners in the Middle East and we are proud to strengthen this business relationship with the launch of our new route connecting Durban directly to Doha.

With its excellent aviation infrastructure and the development of the Dube TradePort, we expect the number of business and employment opportunities in Durban to increase,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. No other airline operates this city pair, although fellow MEB3 airline Emirates does also fly to the South African city from its Dubai hub.

Source: www.anna.aero



ANA’s R2D2 Jet Uses The Force to Transport Stars Between The ‘Star Wars’ Premieres


The world went crazy this week as Star Wars Premiered in Los Angeles. Part of the action were ANA who’s partnership with the Star Wars franchise runs deep. The force certainly is strong with ANA. Japan’s largest airline shuttled the cast and crew of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the World Premiere in Hollywood on Monday to the London Premiere in its custom R2-D2™ ANA JET, a Boeing 787-9.


Starting at the Premiere on Monday, ANA had a large scale model of their 777 Star Wars Jet which was signed by the stars of the franchise. “ANA is proud to be part of the global celebration for Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” said Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA. “As we fly passengers to Japan and across the world, we aim to provide our guests with the magic and joy that these films spark. As the first aircraft to be decorated with Star Wars livery, there was no question that the R2-D2 ANA Jet was chosen to fly between the U.S. and U.K. premieres of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”


Following the World Premiere of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Hollywood, the film’s stars including Harrison Ford and newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, the director of The Force Awakens J.J. Abrams, and producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, flew on the chartered flight from Los Angeles to London. The flight number of the trip was NH 1977, in honor of the first Star Wars film release in 1977.


Source: www.thedesignair.net


Airline Food across the classes – which one do you prefer?

Airline Food

Virgin Upper Class
Clockwise from top right: Salted butter, malted wheat and oat roll, glass of Garden Brut Premiere Cru Champagne.
Thai beef salad, seared sirloin beef, dressed with a sweet chili, lime and ginger dressing and crumbed roasted cashews. Created for Virgin by Lorraine Pascale.
Italian buffalo mozzarella, heritage tomatoes and sweet pepper berries, drizzled with Italian extra virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze.
Brioche and butter pudding, served with Madagascan vanilla syrup and double cream.


Virgin Premium Economy
Clockwise from right: Chicken, sweet potato and coconut curry, with coriander rice.
Asian slaw salad of carrots, celeriac, sweet chillies and slaw dressing. As well as Jacob´s crackers, Croxton Manor mature Cheddar, 1/4 bottle of wine.
Apple & blackberry pudding

Virgin economy

Virgin Economy
Clockwise from bottom right, Slow-coocked beef bourguignon, with rosemary, roasted root veg and mustard mash.
Mediterranean orzo salad, dressed in a sunblushed tomato and roasted pepper dressing.
Gu Chocolate Orange. As well as Jacob´s crackers, Boursin Garlic & Herbs, 1/4 bottke of wine.

All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways First Class
Clockwise from top right: Miso Soup
Pickles preserved in vinegar Japanse tea
“koshihikari” brand rice from Nichinan-cho Hino-gun in Tottori Prefacture.
Simmered salad with wasabi.
Seasonal salad with wasabi. Dressed asparagus and kojac with sweet sesame paste.
Marinated salmon in piquant-vinegared sauce. Japanese tea. Clear soup with a steamed prawn cake.
Zensai, a selection of morsels including Japanese omelette and sake-steamed abalone.

All Nippon

All Nippon Airways Business Class
Clockwise form top right: Assorted pickles. Seasonal salad. A selection of morsels including dressed bamboo shoot and simmered octopus.
“Koshihikari” rice. Simmered duck and vegetables. Miso soup. Depp-fried sea bream with thick ponzu sauce.

All Nippon

All Nippon Airways Economy
Clockwise from top right: A selection of fresh fruit. A selection of traditional appetisers. Seafood curry with steamed rice. Japanese noodle with spring onions, served with soy-bases source.
Miso soup.


Source: Sam Barnes, www.independent.co.uk/


The SkyDeck will ‘provide an exhilarating view of the aircraft’s external environment while in flight’


Windspeed Technologies, which bills itself as a “premier aerospace engineering services company”, has released details of a system called SkyDeck that allows passengers to observe the view in-flight from on top of the plane.

The system features a semi-external glass “teardrop canopy”, or a pod, protruding out the top of a plane, where passengers can sit. The company says it will “provide an exhilarating view of the aircraft’s external environment while in flight” and will be available soon.

There are two different designs, one includes an elevator to transport the passenger into the canopy, and the other installs a set of stairs going up into the canopy in the roof of the plane.

The innovation follows another patent that has shot to prominence this month – although this one seems exclusively designed for the cattle class.

Plans released by French aircraft manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace show passengers seated in a windowless baggage hold.

According to the company, only 37 per cent of cargo space on modern planes are being used because more people travel on budget airlines which charge extra for checking in baggage.

President and CEO of Windspeed Technologies, Shakil Hussain, describes the SkyDeck as “the next exciting experiential in-flight entertainment for VIP aircraft owners and the airline industry”.

In an interview with Business Jet Interiors International, he said the patent for the design is currently pending, but estimates for cost would be between US$8m (£5.34m) and US$25Mm (£16.6m) installed and certified.

Windspeed Technologies thinks the SkyDeck could result in additional revenue for airlines if they charge on a pay-per-view basis, allowing airlines to charge an exorbitant premium on the experience.

“A large aircraft manufacturer in Europe plans to start offering the SkyDeck to potential customers soon.”

Windspeed Technologies says it has developed the SkyDeck to withstand all the elements, flight loads and potential impacts, such as potential bird impacts.