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A trend emerging from the bookshelf targets road warriors who are desperate for tips on how to overcome jet lag, weeks on the road and dicey food choices. None, however, comes with the experience of the true road warriors – pilots – the men and women who sit in the heady air at the front...
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Qantas’ frequent flyer epiQure online wine store is expanding to specialist foodie nosh and gift packs in the latest salvo of the fight for Australia’s most spendy travellers, most frequent flyers, and paid business or first class passengers. EpiQure is now offering a wide variety of gourmet food, from cheese to chips, salt to salmon...
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Just a few years out of college in 1997, Japanese writer-director Naomi Kawase became the youngest winner ever of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for her autobiographical debut feature Suzaka. Presented each year to a first-time director as a way of encouraging them to direct a second film, Kawase’s Camera d’Or win...
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With UN international airline body ICAO’s Air Navigation Commission expected to recommend a moratorium on shipments of lithium-ion batteries on passenger airliners until regulations to reduce risk are put in place, the US airline pilot union ALPA is insisting that cargo pilots and crew should also be protected. “ALPA has long advocated for the expedited...
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After what RGN understands is a twenty-seven year period without a contract, six key mechanic staff at the Icelandic Transport Authority are striking — affecting all new aircraft registrations in a country that punches significantly above its weight in terms of airline operations, leasing, subcontracting and charter flights. Trouble in one of the world’s most...
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In-flight snacks are making a comeback on the Big 3 US carriers and all three have announcements out today about new or upgraded offerings.
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About frickin time... Oh, and I've loved the Biscoff snacks on Delta flights.
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Thanks for the shout-out CNBC and +harriet baskas.
Two big airline carriers are winning praise from fliers who believed a small but key amenity — free snacks — had all but disappeared forever.
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With carriers the world over making meaningful efforts to court parents and their wee ones with a host of fun, #PaxEx perks for kids, Qatar Airways recently raised the bar considerably with the unveiling of its new Mr. Potato Head amenity kit. Yes, the plastic spud with a detachable face has his very own children’s...
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For a lot of communities, you just can’t get there from here because of the wholesale abandonment by major carriers or the drop in frequencies to hub markets. Now, a fledgling New Orleans-based operator – GLO – is seeking to change that predicament with new, local air service targeting underserved markets in the Gulf and Mid-South region. “There are...
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In the perennial quest for the optimum business class seating configuration balancing increasing passenger expectations about space requirements with the hard product realities of widebody cabins, the signs of major changes are often as much about the products airlines stop installing as the new products that replace them. American Airlines’ decision to drop Zodiac Aerospace’s...
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Alongside its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft (new first class suites with questionable pegboard-style holes, Thompson Vantage business class in a 2-2-2/1-2-1 configuration lacking direct aisle access, no premium economy, narrow 3-4-3 economy seating with 31” pitch — an inch less than Swiss’ previous 2-4-2 Airbus A330/A340 longhaul economy, ridiculously expensive Ku-band connectivity) Swiss is launching...
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JetBlue's new, higher-density A320 cabins will have fewer seats added than previously announced. The A321 Core fleet will also see a remodel as part of the project. These details were released by the company today as the retrofit project prepares to ramp up in the second half of the year.
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Cannot "thumbs up" this. I am only 175cm tall and the smallest 17-inch seat, at a 31-inch pitch for more than 3-hours tells me NOT to fly that airline.
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