Take a look at LATAM Airlines Group Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 Cabin Product photos, these are mockups of what the final product will look like but they would be fairly accurate.
Today Emirates added a Dubai to Los Angeles A380 service making it the world’s longest Airbus A380 service. At 16 hour 20 minute long the world’s longest A380 flight crosses Russia the North Pole and then Canada before entering US Airspace and landing in Los Angeles. Even though Emirates operates world’s longest A380 flight the title of the world’s longest flight of any commercial aircraft by distance goes to Qantas with its 747 operated Sydney to Dallas flight and the longest flight in time goes to Delta Air Lines with a 17 hour Johannesburg to Atlanta service. Emirates A380 has 489 seats in total across 3 classes with 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 in Business Class and 14 luxurious first class suites. First Class also features the world’s only inflight showers. The Dubai to Los Angeles service operates under flight number EK 215 and the return flight from Los Angeles operates under EK 216.
Qantas operates dedicated Business Lounges in its Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane Airports in addition to its Qantas Club lounges at these airports and occasionally I am asked the difference between the Qantas Domestic Business Lounge and their Qantas Club lounge, so on a recent Qantas Business Class Flight between Sydney and Adelaide I took the opportunity compare both lounges side by side. Qantas Club Lounge | Qantas Business Lounge In Sydney at Qantas’s Terminal 3 building both the Qantas Business and Qantas Club lounges are located right next to each other and to the left of the terminals security screening point, with the Qantas Business Lounge being the first lounge on the left and the Qantas Club second on the left, both lounges roughly opposite gates 4 & 5. As you approach both lounges you will notice the first difference between the lounges, with the Qantas Business Lounge sign indicating the lounge is for Business Class, as well as first Class Qantas Platinum and Oneworld Emerald Frequent Flyers. In addition the Qantas website states additional access as follows: Emirates Platinum Skyward Members “Next onward flight that day must be on a Qantas or Emirates flight number. One guest allowed and must be travelling with the member on the same flight.” International First oneworld Customers “Eligible if travelling on a Qantas domestic flight connecting to or from a oneworld flight in International First on the same day. One guest allowed and does not need to be travelling.” International Business oneworld Customers “Eligible if travelling on a Qantas domestic flight connecting to or from a oneworld flight in International Business on the same day No guest allowed.” The Qantas Club Lounge sign indicates Qantas Club Membership, Qantas Gold as well as oneworld Sapphire or higher frequent flyers with the additional access as follows: Emirates Platinum Skyward Members “Next onward flight that day must be a Qantas or Emirates flight number. One guest allowed and must be travelling with the member on the same flight.” Emirates Gold Skyward Members “Next onward flight that day must be a Qantas or Emirates flight number. One guest allowed and must be travelling with the member on the same flight.” International First oneworld Customers “Eligible if travelling on a Qantas domestic flight connecting to or from a oneworld flight in International First on the same day. One guest allowed and does not need to be travelling.” Qantas Club Lounge After clearing the security screening point my first stop was the Qantas Club lounge to enter I was asked to show my boarding pass and immediately the lounge staff said you’re welcome to use our business lounge if you prefer, I said that’s fine I will head over there later. At 6:30am the lounge was starting to get busy with roughly half the tables occupied with at least one person per table, food options were quite limited with the usual selection of cold cuts of sliced meat, chesses, breads cereals and juices. Heading around the corner I found the bar […]
Air New Zealand recently released a seat map diagram for its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that will make its inaugural paying flight from Auckland to Perth on 14 October 2014. The seat map clearly shows 3 classes with Business Premier, Premium Economy and Economy with a sections dedicated to their innovative Economy Skycouch seating. Also see the Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Seat Photos The class and specifications break down for the seat map is as follows: Class # Seats Seat Pitch Recline Seat Config Inflight Power IFE Screen Business Premier 18 na Lie Flat 1-1-1 1 / seat 11”(27cm) Premium Economy 21 (104cm) 9” (22cm) 2-3-2 1 / seat 11”(27cm) Economy 263 (79-81 cm) 5” (12.5 cm) 3-3-3 2 / 3 seats 9″ (22cm) Economy Skycouch 42 (79-81 cm) 5” (12.5 cm) 3-3-3 2 / 3 seats 9″ (22cm) The seating number for Economy class above includes Skycouch numbers, also Skycouch seats are marked in Blue/Aqua in the seat map below.
Air New Zealand recently revealed photos of its seating options for its upcoming Boeing 787 Dreamliner which will be launched on the Auckland to Perth route from 15 October 2014. As expected the Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be a three class cabin with Business Premier, Premium Economy and Economy. Click to navigate to the relevant section: Business Premier Seats | Premium Economy Seats | Economy Skycouch Seats | Economy Seats Also see the: Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Seat Map Diagram Business Premier Seats Laid out in an angled 1-1-1 seating configuration from rows 1 to 6 there are a total of 18 seats Business Premier Seats which convert into a full lie flat beds. All seats feature inflight power and USB as well as an 11” Capactive Touch Screen Premium Economy Seats Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner Premium Economy seating is located in rows 23 to 25 and feature 21 seats in a 2-3-2 seating configuration. Seats have a 9” (22 cm recline) and a 41” (104 cm) seat pitch. All seats feature inflight power and USB as well as an 11” Capactive Touch Screen Economy Skycouch Seats Air New Zealand’s Economy Skycouch seats are an innovative design which allow the back rest part of the seat to be folded down as seen in the pictures below. If you are travelling with kids it’s great and gives you more options and room for sleeping. Air New Zealand’s Skycouch Seats are located in Rows 36-43 ABC and 36-41 HJK see the blue/aqua coloured seating in the following Air New Zealand Boeing 787 9 Dreamliner Seat Map for the exact location. Economy Seats In total there are 263 Economy Class seats on Air New Zealand’s 787 Dreamliner laid out in a 3-3-3 seating configuration. Seats have a 5” (12.5 cm) recline and a seat pitch of 31-32″ (79-81 cm) Entertainment wise each Economy Class seat features a 9” (22 cm) touch screen in addition to inflight power 2 plugs for every 3 seats, as well as USB power in every seat.
Virgin Australia is adding an additional six flights per week to Bali Indonesia from the east coast of Australia. The additional flights that will go into operation from 19 December will see an additional three flights from Melbourne, two flights from Sydney and an extra weekly flight from Brisbane. All flights will be operated on Virgin Australia’s new two class (Economy and Business) Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Virgin Australia Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton said: “Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to adapting our schedule to meet the demand of travellers. “Bali is one of Australia’s most popular international leisure destinations, visited by over 2.8 million Australians each year. By adding more than 1,000 seats per week, we will be able to support increased demand to this region. “We have also invested in a number of product and service enhancements on our services to and from Bali, to enhance the travel experience for our customers. We are now pleased to offer inclusive hot meals and choice of beverages and, by the end of the year, our innovative new wireless in-flight entertainment system will be available on all flights to and from Bali”, Ms Crompton said.
Air New Zealand have announced that they plan to put the world first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Auckland to Perth Route. The world’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner route will begin operation on 15 October 2014 and as we wrote earlier internally the aircraft will feature three classes Business Premium, Premium Economy, and Economy with some economy dedicated to their Skycouch seating. The Airline has also revealed they plan to put future Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on their Auckland to Tokyo and Shanghai as well as Christchurch to Tokyo services, not exact dates for these additional services but their website says by the end of 2014. Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon made the announcement at the official opening of the airline’s Customer Innovation and Collaboration Centre in Auckland today. A feature of the centre is the only Boeing 787-9 full cabin interior outside the factory in Seattle. “The 787-9 is going to be a game changer for Air New Zealand and is a key element in delivering on our Go Beyond growth plan. Not only is the 787-9 around 20 percent more fuel efficient than the aircraft it’s replacing, it also sets a new benchmark for passenger comfort,” Mr Luxon says. “Our new Customer Innovation and Collaboration Centre will give us a venue to showcase the on board experience before the world’s first 787-9 to enter commercial service joins our fleet in the middle of next year. We’ll have a busy programme of hosting customers, trade partners and stakeholders at the centre over the coming months. We are confident they will be as excited as we are about the future of air travel.” Mr Luxon says the Customer Innovation and Collaboration Centre will also be the hub for further innovation from Air New Zealand. “We are determined to deliver step changes in customer experience and to work with our trade partners to crack business issues and seize opportunities together. This centre provides a focal point to bring to life the best of Kiwi ingenuity and we are going to make it available as a venue for other like minded Kiwi businesses to use.” Mr Luxon also unveiled the cabin layout and configuration details for Air New Zealand’s 10 new Boeing 787-9 aircraft at the centre’s opening. You can read about and see the seat photos Air New Zealand 787 Dreamliner Seats Revealed Photos and see the seat map here Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Seat Map Diagram Released
Following on from Delta, JetBlue and American Airlines, United Airlines is the next Airline to gain approval from the US FAA to allow Personal Electronic Device (PED) use by passengers during take-off and landing. As with other airlines Wi-Fi, Bluetooth enabled devices must be switched to flight mode during take-off and landing or below 10,000 feet. “I want to thank the FAA and Administrator Huerta for working with us so quickly to offer this great benefit to our customers,” said Jim Compton, vice chairman and chief revenue officer at United. “Safely expanding the use of portable electronic devices is one of the many ways United is working to deliver a more user-friendly travel experience for our customers.” Currently, only United customers traveling on mainline flights arriving or departing within the 50 United States may operate portable electronic devices below 10,000 feet. However, the airline is working with its regional partners to extend the benefit, and expects to allow customers gate-to-gate use of their electronic devices across all United Express flights operating within the 50 United States by the end of the year as well. Passengers may still be asked to turn off their electronic devices in certain situations, such as low-visibility operations, and are reminded to carefully follow crew member instructions at all times. Voice calls from cell phones or VoIP-enabled devices are also still prohibited during taxiing, takeoffs, landings and while the aircraft is in flight. The full media release from United Airlines can be read here: United Airlines Begins Offering Electronics-Friendly Cabins
Points, Miles & Martinis blog is reporting that domestically in the US Delta are drastically reducing first class seating numbers on Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The article which is referencing a flyer talk post confirms that the normal 24-26 first class seat count will reduce down to only 20 seats. The post goes on to say that this will greatly reduce the number of seats available as for reward or upgrade, however there is an upside to the story Delta plan to boot first class seating on its A320 aircraft from 14 to 16 seats. You can read the full post here: Delta Drastically Reducing Number of First Class Seats on 757′s
With the US’s air travel regulator the FAA last week easing rules to allow the use of personal electronic equipment during take-off and landing, there’s been a flurry of airlines rushing to get approval. Delta and JetBlue were the first to get it and as of yesterday American Airlines joined the club. Here’s some additional helpful information about PED use on American and American Eagle Airlines: When the aircraft doors are closed for departure, devices will need to be in airplane mode. Wi-Fi access on equipped aircraft will be available shortly after takeoff. Customers need to secure their handheld devices by holding them or placing them in a seatback pocket. Previously, these devices needed to be stowed under a seat or in an overhead bin during taxi, takeoff and landing. Because the safety of our customers and people is always our top priority, customers should listen to all safety briefings and comply with crewmember instructions. Our crewmembers don’t like to interrupt our customers’ productivity, but always want them to be safe. This change doesn’t apply to larger items such as laptops. These items will still need to be stowed during taxi, takeoff and landing. Some American Eagle flights won’t allow the expanded use of PEDs until later this year. It’s important to note that even though PEDs can be operated during takeoff and landing units that have wifi, cellular or Bluetooth capability are required to be switched into flight mode during take-off and landing/below 10,000 feet and calls are not allowed at all during the flight. The full FAA media release is here: American Obtains FAA Approval to Allow Extended Use of Handheld Portable Electronic Devices So what does it mean for us here in Australia? Australia’s regulator CASA is closely watching developments however David Flynn from Australian Business Traveller recently reported here in Australia there is no specific rule in regards to the use of PEDs inflight rather as reported by ABT “The issue is covered by rules which require aircraft operators to ensure safety is maintained at all times” “If the airlines wish to change the current restrictions they would have to show there was no risk to safety.”