Qantas today announced the introduction or Bid Now Upgrades an invitation only Business Class Upgrade bidding system that will begin operation from this week. Bid Now Upgrades will allow Economy and Premium Economy passengers booked on both domestic and international Qantas services to upgrade to business if they receive the Bid Now Upgrade invitation email. See the sample Bid Now Upgrade invitation email below How will the system operate? After Classic Upgrade Reward seats have been allocated any additional seats will be available for Bid Now Qantas Loyalty CEO Lesley Grant said Bid Now Upgrades will provide greater opportunity for customers to travel in Qantas’ premium cabins. “As Australia’s leading loyalty program we are always exploring new ways for our Frequent Flyers to redeem their Qantas Points and we know that upgrading to a more premium cabin is something that many of our members aspire to,” she said. “This is designed for Frequent Flyers who don’t have a balance high enough to request an upgrade “For a member who doesn’t have enough points to submit an upgrade request for their whole family, Bid Now Upgrades offers an alternative chance to travel at the front of the plane with their spouse and children using a combination of money and points.” Ms Grant said Bid Now Upgrades will not change the process or priority for Frequent Flyers submitting classic Upgrade Rewards more than 24 hours out from their scheduled departure. “This new initiative will in no way impact the chances of members securing a Classic Upgrade Reward – these will always be confirmed first regardless of their Frequent Flyer tier and they remain the best value option,” she said. Important notes: Customers invited to participate in Bid Now Upgrades will receive an email, seven days before departure, enabling them to make an offer for an upgrade within a set range of points Minimums are from 3,000 Qantas Points for a domestic upgrade and from 5,000 Qantas Points for an international upgrade. A minimum dollar amount will also be required. Customers’ Bid Now Upgrades offer can be modified or cancelled at any time up until 24 hours before departure, but customers don’t see each other’s offers. Customers will be notified via email approximately one day before departure if their offer has been successful or not. If a customer is not successful, they pay nothing and keep their current seat. More information can be found here: http://www.qantas.com/bidnowupgrades
Dipankar Bhakta has shot this video of the LAN Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner landing at Paine field following its first flight on 18th January 2015. The airline first operated the 787-8 from 1 October 2012 so the airline is not a new dreamliner operator but this is the first -9 series aircraft that it will receive in February 2015. This video shows the landing from the first flight of LAN Airline’s FIRST Boeing 787-9 dreamliner (registration# CC-BGA) at Paine field on 18th January 2015. LAN has ordered 10 787-8s and 8 787-9s till now. This one is the first of the 8 787-9s ordered and is supposed to be delivered to LAN by February end. Enjoy the video and thanks for watching!!
Korean Air this week announced a new Business Class offering “Prestige Suites” which has already been rolled out to several Airbus A330 aircraft flying routes to Guangzhou, Singapore and Hanoi. This new cabin product goes beyond what the airline deployed in its Airbus A380 in June 2011, read details here Korean Airlines A380 Business Class (opens in new window) The new Korean Air Prestige Suite which was designed by BE Aerospace will be rolled out to 12 Boeing 777-300ER, 10 Boeing 787-9, 10 Boeing 747-8 and 6 A330-300 new aircraft which the carrier has on order. Configuration wise the Prestige Suite is laid out in a staggered 2-2-2 seating configuration with a unique design that allows for direct aisle access for window passengers without disturbing the aisle passenger. Each seat has a width of 22.5 inches when in its lie flat position and 21 inches in its regular seat config, and a pitch of 87 inches. On the entertainment side the new Business Suites’ IFE system gets an upgrade with a larger 17 inch LCD display.
An great compilation of 23 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners featuring 16 different airline liveries landing at Paine Field Everett WA during 2014 well worth a watch. 2014- A year in review of the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner at KPAE Paine Field in Everett, WA USA. Though I’ve missed a view, this video is to showcase nearly each airline that has taken delivery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in 2014. You can enjoy 13 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners and another 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners arriving at mostly Paine Field.
Travel blogger RvXKaz posted this video review of Asiana Airlines A330-300 service from Seoul to Singapore zW45v5t32w5c A flight experience onboard Skytrax 5 Star Airline, Asiana Airlines (아시아나 항공) on the A330-300 aircraft on a regional flight from Seoul to Singapore. Inflight service was very good and the cabin crew were very polite and smiled cheerfully. Their English skills were excellent too. Though the entertainment system was a bit old, I enjoyed it very much. I also loved the Korean option, bibimbap, during meal service. It was a great first experience onboard Asiana Airlines.
Ever wondered what it’s like to fly at the pointy end of the plane in first class on an Airbus A380 and how first class differs between each carrier? If the answer is yes we have put together this quick A380 First Class Comparison to give you a look. I have also written an article comparing Business Class on the Airbus A380 click on the following link to read it will open in another window that you can read later. Airbus A380 Business Class Comparison Below we look at the stats for first class on each A380 carriers, as this article is very big you can click on the airline names below to forward to the relevant section. Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Singapore Airlines set the standard for first class when it became the first Airbus A380 operator in October 2007, along with the A380 SIA launched the ground breaking Singapore Suites class, this new standard featured 12 private suites with a real bed in its suites, each suite features a bed that folds down from the back of the suite prior to this passengers had to settle for seats that converted into a bed. Singapore Airlines list of new wow features did not end there passengers travelling with partners booking adjoining center seats can convert their separate suites into a double including double bed. Singapore Airlines First Class Suites are located on the lower deck and laid out in a 1-2-1 seating configuration are 35 in (88.9 cm) wide and have a seat pitch of 81 in (205.74 cm) and that bed when fold out is 79 in (200.66 cm) long. Other features include Internet provided by OnAir as well as a 23 inch LCD screen standard features (for premium classes) include in seat/suite power, USB ports as well as noise cancelling head phones. USB Ports allow passengers to play music and video from personal iOS devise via the IFE system and screen. Checkout the video below that we recorded in SIA First Class Suite during the Sydney media event after the maiden A380 flight from Singapore to Sydney on 25 October 2007. Emirates A380 First Class Emirates was the second carrier to take delivery and put into operation the A380 they also went with the suite option, however these suites are more open than the ones SIA put into its aircraft. Emirates took first class further by introducing the world’s first in-flight spa/shower, due to limited water on board and timing factors the airline limits the use of the shower to 5 minutes per passenger however, in cases of longer flights or less passengers’ flight attendants can override this setting. All of its 14 Suites are located on the upper deck in front of Business Class and are laid out in a 1-2-1 seating configuration. Each seat is 23 in (58.42 cm) wide, has a pitch of 86 in (218.44 cm) and its bed extends to a length of 78 in (198.12 cm) but unlike SIA the […]
A video of Emirates A380 Economy Class with a walk through from boarding of the flight to the flight. Airbus A380 fly Emirates , The Emirates A380 promises customers in all classes the most luxurious travel experience available. Powered by four Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, the Emirates A380 offers both a quieter and more eco-friendly way to travel. With First Class Shower Spas, a spacious onboard Lounge , and our award-winning ice inflight entertainment system with more than 1,200 channels on demand, there’s no better way to fly.
YouTube user/Channel Flight Travels has a great YouTube Video Review of Economy Class Singapore Airlines B777-300E from Seoul to San Francisco. Check out the seat features and experience the long-haul service on-board Singapore Airlines B777-300ER aircraft. It was an enjoyable and comfortable experience even though the flight was full. Interestingly, many passengers appeared to be of South Asian ethnicity (given the flight was one from South Korea to the United States) and the meal service was quite interesting, given the large number of requests for Indian vegetarian and Indian non-vegetarian meals. I couldn’t sleep but spent my time enjoying the movies, filling myself with water and snacks in between the meals that were served. Have you flown Singapore Airlines on this route or aircraft, tell us what you thought of your flight and service? .
Below Mitja Ergaver (https://twitter.com/MitjaErgaver) posted a flight report of a trip from Dubai to Sydney, on Emirates Airbus A380 Mitja Ergaver comments: The Emirates crew were amazing, everything was perfect. The A380 is just an amazing plane, very quiet and massive Some of our Airbus A380 article that may interest you: Airbus A380 Business Class Comparision Qantas A380 Premimum Economy Flight Review Emirates A380 Business Class Flight Review
A flight review of our Thomson Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flight from Copenhagen Airport to Puetro Plata (Gregorio Luperón International Airport) in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean in economy class also called “Dreamliner Class”