Emirates Airlines has been previously hailed for providing top-of-the-line in-flight entertainment. The airline has now gone a step ahead to entertain its passengers, packing its aircraft with 12.1-inch seat-back television screens in the economy class, the largest used in the aviation industry today! That’s not all. Those travelling by premium classes are in for a bigger treat, with the airline including 27-inch displays in the First Class and 20-inch screens in the Business Class! The screens, manufactured by leading electronics maker Panasonic, support High Definition content and will be hooked on to a new GUI developed together by Emirates and Panasonic for a hassle-free experience.
As business travelers on Virgin Atlantic’s First Class take to the skies, service begins in hushed tones as Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Suite flight crew is being trained in the art of whispering. The day-long training session will teach staff how to whisper at the proper decibel level, (between 20 and 30 decibels is ideal), how to speak with the right tone and feeling, and how to intuitively assess a passengers’ needs. The new program is part of the airlines commitment to offer their passengers the most restful travel possible, free from noisy interruptions or intrusions from the crew. Virgin Atlantic owner, Sir Richard Branson, believes that the new conscientious approach to in-flight service will soothe and relax customers, allowing for a restful flight experience.
Qantas’ which took delivery of ten of its 20 A380-800 aircraft has unveiled their First Class cabins, which look simply out-of-this-world. Definitely inspired by the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek, the A380 interior have been designed by Marc Newson and includes LCD touch panels, leather seating, plants, sheepskin-covered fourteen full-length beds and more than 1,000 videos to choose from. The airline will fly its superjumbo on more earthly routes including London to Sydney and Sydney to Los Angeles. ‘At first glance, this may look like the interior of the USS Enterprise, but it’s actually the first class cabin on a Qantas A380, complete with personal suites and centre socializing area,’ said TechEBlog this week.
Double Beds on Singapore Airlines: We love indulgence in the First Class and no one does it better than Singapore Airlines. Couples in Singapore Airlines’ suites cabins (exclusively on the airline’s 16 A380 planes) can get cozy by booking two middle-aisle rooms and transforming them into a double bed—the first such service in the industry.
It’s an all new high for gourmet travelers as first class chefs get onboard Etihad Airways flights to London, Sydney, Melbourne and Paris and further introduced across all other first class destinations by early 2012. The airline has hired nearly 110 chefs since they first announced plans to introduce fully-qualified international chefs dedicated to food service excellence in its diamond first class cabins. The chefs will also contribute to the menu development for lounges and flights. So how much cooking can you expect onboard? The chefs will be provided with a pantry stocked with prime cuts of meat, sauces, par-cooked items, spices and freshly chopped vegetables which allows for service and personalized dishes in the same way as chefs in a restaurant kitchen. They will also have access to tools including a whisk and foamer. The launch will be marked by a complete redesign of the first class menu, now called The Mezoon Grille. Passengers or Diners can select from a menu of four to six proteins (large, 160g portions of beef, chicken, lamb and seafood), four sauces and four side options, all prepared to order. The first choice of protein is guaranteed and Etihad chefs can also create custom sides and sauces to suit individual tastes. On applicable day flights, the airline will also replace its previous degustation menu with a “Taste of Arabia” menu, which has been formatted with a menu of six tasting servings, though all will now have a distinctive Arabic flavor. The A La Carte menu will maintain a similar formatting, featuring appetizers, mains and desserts, although the dishes can now be adapted with the help of the chef.
Since the announcement of Boeing’s 787 – first to Japan’s All Nippon Airways, all eyes await for a look of the 787 Dreamliner. This will now be possible as Boeing will begin a six-month Dream Tour of the all-new 787 Dreamliner which will allow customers and partners around the world to experience the revolutionary technology and passenger innovation offered on the first new airplane of the 21st century. The December schedule for the 787 Dream Tour includes six stops in Asia, Africa and the Middle East:
Dec. 4-11: China with stops in Beijing, Guangzhou and Haikou to visit representatives from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) and Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co. (CAC).
Dec. 11-16: Africa with stops in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Nairobi, Kenya to visit Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways.
Dec. 16-19: Middle East stops in Doha to visit Qatar Airways.
Additional tour stops are being planned for January through April 2012 and will be detailed in future announcements.
Comlux, a charter company based in Zurich has unveiled their latest custom-fitted ultra-luxury jet, an Airbus A320 Prestige suitable for up to 19 passengers. The A320 has been tailored with top-quality exclusive materials, with a natural color palette that echoes the sand and sky of the desert. The main room offers a VIP lounge with L-shaped divan, two club seats and a large dining table for six guests. A fully private compartment can be sued as a cozy lounge for the day or be fitted with a large double bed for the night. A dedicated bathroom with shower completes the private lounge.
If you’re flying Lufthansa this winter, look out for their brand new First and Economy Class cabins, fitted in its Boeing B747-400 aircraft. Indian destinations will be among the first in Asia on which Lufthansa launches this new product. Lufthansa passengers will soon have access to a unique design concept of separate full-length bed in addition to a seat in the refurbished First Class cabin. Top-quality mattresses, temperature-regulated blankets and pillows, sound-absorbing curtains and sound-deadening insulation beneath the carpets are the other added benefits to ensure comfort and peace.
Who wouldn’t fancy a quick nap in between transit connections? Now Dubai International Airport is offering cozy ‘SnoozeCubes’ for their passengers, becoming the first airport in the Middle East to offer these modular sleeping pods for travelers. Ten ‘SnoozeCubes’ have been installed across from Gate 122 at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 1. Each of these ‘SnoozeCube’ accommodation units contain a full-size bed, a touch-screen television, high-speed internet access, and are connected to the airport’s flight-information system. Most importantly, the units are connected to the flight information system to ensure that amidst the rest and relaxation, passengers do not miss their flights at the world’s fourth busiest airport for international passenger traffic.
After Japan’s All Nippon Airways, United Airlines is gearing up for the big delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner following Boeing’s announcement of the completion of the final assembly Wednesday evening, finishing the first major step in the aircraft’s production. United will be the first North American carrier to take a 787 delivery, its first of 50 Dreamliners that will come into service in 2012. While in final assembly, the aircraft moved through four factory positions, including the final aircraft body join, landing gear installation, weight-on-wheels testing and installation of interior components and systems. Over the next several months, the aircraft will move to the next phase of completion, which includes final cabin configuration, installation of engines and painting.