With Sennheiser PXC 360 BT Noise Canceling Bluetooth you can enjoy the Sennheiser sound you love at 28,000 feet. Luxurious around the ear cups powered by NoiseGard 2.0 eliminates 90% of background sound for a incredibly relaxing flight, with the added benefit of Bluetooth enabling you to listed to iPad, iPhone & android devices without any audio cables giving you more freedom and increased mobility. Incredibly the Sennheiser PXC 360 BT Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headset are one of the very few Noise Cancelling headsets with both active noise cancellation as well as Bluetooth technology built-in to them Price: US $334.99 Geek Town has the following to conclude about the Sennheiser PXE 360 BT Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones “So should you buy the PXC 360 BT’s? Well, there’s no escaping the price. In the course of this review we sampled a number of competitive headphones which offered similar sound quality, often for hundreds of dollars less. But what we couldn’t find was a pair that hit so many of the high points frequent travellers are looking for. Marrying high quality sound and solid construction in a compact, lightweight design while packing Bluetooth and noise cancellation into one set of headphones is more than most people will need, but if you find yourself removing your shoes before passing through a metal detector more than once a month, $500 may seem like a small price to pay for a little serenity between takeoff and landing.” Born2Code Blog has the following to say about this set: “Overall, I’m very happy with these headphones. I like having the option to choose between wired and Bluetooth and active noise cancellation only makes it better. I’m also glad that I can use the PXC 360 BT as wired headphones even without the battery. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s always on the move. The Sennheiser PXC 360 BT retails for $589.95 but is available on Amazon.com for $329.99” The Sennheiser PXE 360 BT Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones have the following operating times on a single recharge: Bluetooth enabled: 10 Hours Bluetooth + Noise Cancellation Enabled: 8 Hours Wired + Noise Canceallation Enabled: 20 Hours What we like Sennheiser PXE 360 BT Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones: Fold-able Design Allowing for compact storage when traveling Great Sturdy carry case Talk-Through Technology which allows you to hear a conversation that is going on around you without taking off your headset, simply press the button. Great Battery Life Bluetooth – need I say more no need to be teathered with your iPhone or iPad with the option for Wired if you are using a device that does not have Bluetooth 2 Year Warranty Cons: A little on the more expensive side, however you do get some great features (Bluetooth & Noise Cancellation) Price: US $334.99
Virgin Australia today announced Mackay as the second destination in line to get the companies new Domestic Business Class service. Virgin Australia will operate the service by the end of this year on one of their new Boeing 737-800 that was featured at the Virgin Australia launch event earlier this month, which features 8 business class seats configured in a 2-2 seating configuration, and will feature luxury leather seating, inflight entertainment options restaurant quality gourmet meals inspired by Luke Mangan. Along with the new Virgin Australia Business Class service Mackay will also see the first Virgin Australia Lounge, which is also slated to be opened by the end of 2011. Virgin Australias Mackay lounge will feature: 260m² in size lounge seating for up to 70 Guests Premium Luke Mangan designed refreshments A premium selection of beverages Business services including complimentary WiFi, power, PC and printer Entertainment and relaxation with newspapers, premium magazine titles and a Panasonic high definition Virgin Australia Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director John Borghetti stated “Mackay is an extremely important market for Virgin Australia. It is the gateway to many of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations and also boasts a strong mining industry which attracts business travellers”. “We are in the process of rolling out our new Business Class product across our Boeing 737 fleet. Travellers to and from Mackay will be able to experience new levels of comfort and in-flight service before the end of 2011. “The new Business Class product offers Guests luxury leather seating, contemporary interior design, high quality in-flight products and gourmet food inspired by Luke Mangan,” he said.
As reported in back in February the new Virgin Australia Business will be put into service with two Airbus A330-200 from 26 May 2011 between Sydney and Perth. Today we got a firsthand look at this new cabin and seats. Virgin Australia Business Class Seats In total there 27 business class seats across 4 rows in a 2-2-2 seating configuration for the 1st row and a 2-3-2 seating configuration in the remaining 3 rows. The Virgin Australia Business Class seat on their Airbus A330-200 aircraft First row center aisle in Business Class on the Virgin Australia Airbus A330-200 Virgin Australia Business Class seat in a full reclined sleeping position These seats are reclined rather than lie flat and they are very comfortable, personally I would find it more acceptable on a 5 hour flight from Sydney to Perth, for someone like myself that has trouble sleeping in on most flights I am sure I could more than a few hours shuteye on a 5 hour flight to Perth with the help of Virgin Australia’s noise cancelling headphones that are provided for the flight. In-flight Entertainment SystemVirgin Australia’s In-flight entertainment system in Business Class is a multi-channel system seat back LCD display system, I did put the question how many channels the system supports but the product manager was unable to reveal this, however as these aircraft have been leased from Emirates the In-flight system is the same that is found on other Emirates Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which is a Panasonic Avionics system that supports up to 40 movies, 15 TV, 22 Audio and 18 interactive games. Size wise the IFE screen measures 16.5cm (6.5 Inch) Luke Mangan Business Class in-flight dining Luke Mangan’s philosophy behind the new menu was to source the finest, freshest local and Australian ingredients and showcase them with a clean and contemporary twist. Renowned for his modern creations, the new designer menu across economy and business class also highlights his French classical training and Asian influences, married with simple, fresh and clean flavors. Overall Virgin Australia have done a great job in Business however final judgment should be reserved until after it goes into service as the cabin and seats are only one half of a great Business Class experience. More coverage of Virgin Australia launch day can be found here with: Virgin Australia is Officially Launched Watch out Qantas Virgin Australia Launch Photos Virgin Australia TV Commercial
American Airlines announced this week that it was the first airline to test and the streaming of in-flight video and entertainment, which the company expects to give passengers a “Brand-new innovative in flight entertainment options” that will allow them to stream entertainment options to their personal Wi-Fi enabled devices. The solution that is currently being trialed in conjunction with American Airlines in-flight Wi-Fi Internet provider Aircell is already in trials on two transcontinental Boeing 767-200 aircraft, with customer testing to being early summer, with the full roll-out to being this fall. It is important to note this solution does not stream entertainment content from the ground to a passenger’s device but rather from the Aircraft’s media library to a passenger’s personal device/s. “Once again, American leads the industry in providing innovative options to keep customers connected, productive and entertained. American was the first North American airline to launch inflight Wi-Fi, and today we again set a new industry standard as the first domestic airline to test inflight streaming video content,” said Rob Friedman, American’s Vice President – Marketing. “We know our customers want to be connected on the ground and in the sky, so we are working hard to stay on the leading edge of connectivity through technology enhancements like this.” In addition, American will work with Aircell to further enhance onboard connectivity by expanding inflight Wi-Fi to its narrow body fleet, including additional MD80 and domestic Boeing 757-200 aircraft – successfully completing its Wi-Fi offering on all of its domestic aircraft dedicated to flying within the continental United States. The Wi-Fi expansion will include 93 of American’s domestic 757s used for routes within the continental United States, and up to 50 additional MD80 aircraft. Installation will begin this summer and continue through 2012. In addition, American continues to install Wi-Fi service on its entire fleet of 737-800 aircraft. “By expanding Wi-Fi to the remainder of American’s domestic fleet and adding movies and TV to the already powerful Internet, American and Aircell continue to transform the inflight experience,” said Ash ElDifrawi, Executive Vice President and CMO of Aircell. “In this new era of inflight entertainment and inflight connectivity convergence, we are proud to be American’s partner in innovation and applaud their leadership.”
To go with the rename/re-launch of Virgin Australia the airline has released a new TV commercial, introducing the new Virgin Australia brand to the country. The 60 second long TV commercial shows elements of the companies re-branding from aircraft seating through to The Lounge and new staff uniforms. There are no voice over’s or people speaking during the commercial just an upbeat music from Les Gock Sound Thinking then toward the end the text WE’VE ASSEMBLED THE BEST TO PUT THE MAGIC BACK INTO FLYING, followed by the Virgin Australia logo and now you’re flying is displayed. You can watch Virgin Australia’s new TV commercial below: The new commercial was shot in Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai and was created by Clemenger BBDO Agency Sydney Virgin Australia Airlines CEO John Borghetti said the new advertising campaign was designed to be unique and memorable and provide Australians with an entertaining insight into how Virgin Australia was working to create a superior airline experience. “Our new brand and service values embody a vibrant and professional organisation that offers every guest an excellent travel experience. The new advertising campaign captures the fresh energy and appeal of Virgin Australia and the talent and commitment of our staff”, Mr Borghetti said.
Virgin Australia’s new Boeing 737-800 & Airbus A330-300 arrives in Sydney for the Virgin Australia brand launch. Virgin Blues New Boeing 737-800 Boeing 737-800 named Bondi Beach close up Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 in foreground and Airbus A330-200 in background Virgin Australia Launch Richard Branson and John Borghetti wave the Australian Flag on the new Airbus A330-200 Some shots of Richard Branson, John Borghetti and the flight crew after both the new Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A330-200 touched down in Sydney. Richard Branson Two Thumbs up for the Launch of Virgin Australia Richard Branson and John Borghetti Richard Branson and John Borghetti’s announce the transformation for Virgin Blue into Virgin Australia The new Virgin Australia Crew Uniform The new Virgin Australia Crew Uniform Virgin Australia Boeing 737-200 Interior Cabin Photos Virgin Australia 737-800 Business Class Seat that will begin service as Premium Economy Business Class seat on the Boeing 737-800 Economy Class Seats on the Boeing 737-800 Virgin Australia Airbus A330-200 Interior Cabin Photos The Business Class Seat on Virgin Australia’s Airbus A330-200 Virgin Australia Business Class Meal on the Airbus A330-200 Virgin Australia Business Class Meal on the Virgin Australia Airbus A330-200 The Business Class Seat fully reclined on board Virgin Australias new Airbus A330-200 Virgin Australia Airbus A330-200 Economy Class Virgin Australia Airbus A330-200 in-flight entertainment screen in Economy Class More coverage of Virgin Australia launch day can be seen here: Virgin Australia is Officially Launched Watch out QantasVirgin Australia TV CommercialVirgin Australia Business Class Airbus A330-200 Cabin Overview
As speculated here last month Virgin Blue was today officially renamed to Virgin Australia at today’s media event at Sydney Airport, on hand to announce the re-branding was Virgin CEO Richard Branson and Virgin Blue now Virgin Australia’s CEO John Borghetti. Virgin CEO Richard Branson gives two thumbs up to Virgin Australia Virgin Australias Airbus A330-200 in the background with the tail of the 737-800 to the right The Virgin Australia name change is a small part of John Borghetti’s plan to change the company into a full service airline, below I have outlined some of the elements of the rebranding that featured at today’s Virgin Australia launch The first and most obvious change is the name and company logo, as reported here last month the new Virgin Australia logo follows the design elements of other Virgin Franchises around the world with the word Virgin in red on the tail down the fuselage from the front of the aircraft is the name virgin australia in an all lower case blue/grey font. Sir Richard Branson Announcing the new Virgin Australia Brand Points to take our of the media launch event were: One Virgin Australia Brand All Virgin brands in Australia (Virgin Blue, V Australia and Pacific Blue) will be rolled into the Virgin Australia brand by the end of the year, with Virgin Blue brand already operating as Virgin Australia this only leaves V Australia and Pacific Blue Velocity Loyalty/Frequent Flyer Program to be revamped by the end of the year with a new name Business Class to be expanded to more aircraft and more routes Alignment of cabin product across all aircraft Sir Richard and John Borghetti believe their cabin product in both Business and Economy will beat Qantas in terms of price and quality The next most obvious element of the Virgin Australia re-branding is Virgin Australians’ new Aircraft with the inclusion of a business class cabin. Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 The first aircraft to taxi over to the media event was the new Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 named Bondi Beach this aircraft is the latest generation 737-800 that has 176 seats in total with 168 seats in Economy class that are laid out in a 3-3 seating configuration and at the front of the aircraft is Virgin Australia’s 737-800 Business Class seats that will initially operate as Premium Economy the 8 seats in Premium Economy that are laid out in a 2-2 seating config, I was told that this aircraft will go into service tonight so anyone lucky enough to be flying Premium Economy on this aircraft will actually be sitting in what will be a Business Seat. It should be noted that this aircraft does not have any in-seat inflight entertainment systems installed at present, these will be added in the future, for tonight first flight passengers will have access to portable IFE units. The Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 […]
Flight Global Wings Down under Blogger Will Horton has revealed the new Virgin Australia Logo that was recently lodged with the Australian brand management agency IP Australia. The Virgin Australia logo submitted to IP Australia was a gray-scale version of sporting the same design elements that are seen on other Virgin airline logos around the world, with the traditional Virgin tail with the added australia in a lowercase non-italic font. The new Virgin Australia brand is expected to be released in Sydney on Wednesday 4 May along with Virgin Australia’s new Airbus A330-200 and next generation Boeing 737-800 with its futuristic Sky interior that was designed by Boeing. Last week Virgin Blue’s CEO John Borghetti confirmed that the airline would be re-branded in order to reduce and align the number of brands under the now Virgin Blue banner, however it should be noted that John Borghetti said that: “You won’t see us, or you probably won’t see us, move to one brand but I can guarantee a rationalisation.” From the above statement we are expecting the international brand V Australia to remain with the possibility of Pacific Blue & Polynesian Blue being rolled under the V Australia umbrella; however this is only speculation on our part, full details are expected to be released at next week’s Virgin Australia launch. The rebranding of Virgin Blue into Virgin Australia is part of Borghetti’s master plan to transform the company from a low cost carrier into a full service carrier; one that can compete with Qantas at all levels. Other parts of the Virgin Australia master plan include: Virgin Blue Virgin Australia Business Class
V Australia has announced that last night V Australia flight VA02 from Los Angeles to Sydney returned to Los Angeles after the pilot found performance issues with the left engine. The airline has chartered a Boeing 747 to maintain today’s scheduled services from Australia and is working to minimize delays to passengers. Last night International passengers were provided overnight hotel accommodation in Los Angeles, and all passengers were re-imbursed transport costs to take them to their accommodation and/or homes. V Australia is assisting passengers in making alternative travel arrangements including transferring to other Airlines. V Australia operates Boeing 777-300ER on the Sydney to Los Angeles route powered by General Electric GE90 engines, it is not yet known the cause of the power issue and investigations are continuing.
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