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NASA Orb-3 Misson Launch Catch Fire and Explode On Liftoff

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 A NASA unmanned Space Rocket explode seconds after liftoff. The rocket was operated by Orbital Sciences Corporation; the launch used Orbital’s Antares CRS-3 rockets and was the 3rd of eight mission launch. Operated as MISSION ORB-3  on behalf of NASA to bring the Cygnus Spacecraft; cargo and other supplies to Astronaut workers aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

$99 TO FLY TO EUROPE! SAY WOW!

SMADE WASHINGTON DC | Yup you’re seeing right and it’s not just an illusion. WOW Air a low-cost carrier base in Iceland is launching $99 promotion fares from Boston-Logan International Airport to Europe. WOW founded in 2011 and begun operating 2012. WOW currently operates 3 single class configured A320 aircraft with 180 seats. The airline is base at Keflavík International Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland and operates to 15 European destination and set to launch flights to U.S Cities such as Boston and Washington D.C. Service to Boston-Logan is set to begin March 2015 followed by Washington D.C – Baltimore–Washington International Airport in June 2015.

For their service to the United States; WOW air is launching special promotion that will get you into Europe from Boston and Washington connecting through the airlines hub at Keflavik International Airport. However these fare was quickly sold-out. As of 3:00am this morning(Qct. 25 2014) WOW listed price for a trip to London from Boston will cost you $273 one way. Washington D.C to London $195 one way; $506 Round-trip + $67 per check bag and $3 to $24 per seats + $38 for any carry on luggage that exceed 12kg – These fare are for September 7 – September 9 2015. My final total for my Round Trip from Washington D.C to London $667 that $161 worth of Extra. That is before we get to the airport.

WOW introductory fares are too help promote its new routes. As of 9:30 pm ET on Wednesday (Oct. 22 2014), WOW was offering flights to Copenhagen and London for $228 round trip (including taxes). It was the lowest price flight between destination.  Make sure you check each day for a good fare that your willing to pay. WOW Air doesn’t plan on making these low fares available every day. The airline said it plans to operate these route seasonally.

WOW founder and CEO Skúli Mogensen spoke about his carrier’s future in North America.


“We are proud to set the pace for low-cost transatlantic travel,”Says  Mogensen “From our first day of operations, my dream has been to connect North America and Europe through Iceland. I am confident we will expand to other cities and build a robust air service across the Atlantic.”

– Skúli Mogensen,WOW Air Founder and C.E.O


Wow air is the latest low-cost carrier operating between Europe and the USA! With Norwegian Long Haul 787 Dreamliner service between the USA and Europe including routes between New York-JFK and London-Gatwick, offering a direct flight on a newer state of the art commercial airliner and similar pricing. We wonder how will WOW stack up once it promo fare starts to not be so promo. Transatlantic Low cost low haul service is becoming a thing. With WestJet looking to enter this market between Canada and Europe using Boeing 767-300ER wide-body and Ryan Air looking to jump in the pot of low-cost long haul transatlantic flight. Will this make it easier for passengers to get long haul service at a decent price. How will big carriers like United British Airways and Delta take these low-cost carriers. Lufthansa is also looking to join in on the fun.

I compare United Airlines and Wow air for travel between Washington D.C and London. United cost me $1600 and yes Economy Class; Even thought United is getting me there quicker, with a meal and a straight flight. In the end what matters to you? comfort, hassle free, fastest, cheapest? yes you obviously pay less on WOW, but how do I  know what else they will charge me once i reach the airport.  Regardless where your traveling too if you don’t care which airline you fly with; always do your full research because less some can sometimes mean more.

 


SISC’ Explore WOW Air


LINKS

WOW Air Destination – All Flight Operates From Keflavík International Airport To The Following Destination 

CITY (destination)

AIRPORT

TERMINAL

Alicante (ALC)

Alicante Airport

International

Amsterdam (AMS)

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Main: Departure 3

Barcelona (BCN)

Barcelona–El Prat Airport

2

Berlin Schönefeld (SXF)

Berlin Schönefeld Airport

3

Copenhagen (CPH)

Copenhagen Airport

2

Düsseldorf (DUS)

Düsseldorf International Airport

B

London Gatwick (LGW)

London Gatwick

South

Lyon (LYS)

Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport

3

Milan (MXP)

Milan Malpensa Airport

1

Paris (CDG)

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

3

Salzburg (SZG)

Salzburg W. A. Mozart Airport

1

Stuttgart (STR)

Stuttgart Airport

3

Vilnius (VNO)

Vilnius Airport

Main

Warsaw (WAW)

Warsaw Chopin Airport

1

Zürich (ZRH)

Zürich Airport

2-Zone 5


GALLERIA | WOW AIR A320 operations



 

QATAR AIRWAYS A350 XWB Future Plans and Operation

SMADE NEW YORK | Qatar Airways today release its future plans and operations for their upcoming Airbus A350 XWB, which will be delivered in December. Qatar, just receives its first A380 this past September, and launch flight to Landon Heathrow from its Doha Hub. The Middle East carrier also took delivery of Boeing latest aircraft the 787 Dreamliner, and now will operate Airbus latest wide-body airliner, making Qatar the first airline to operates all 3 of the latest wide-body aircraft.

The OneWorld carrier currently has orders for 80 aircrafts (43-900 and 37-1000) and will be the largest operator of the A350 XWB. Qatar plans to have at least eight frames in its fleet by the end of 2015.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, says the airline is demonstrating a commitment to quality and comfort with the latest Delivery of Airbus A380 and A350 XWB.

Qatar Airways has officially released the schedule and destination for its upcoming A350 XWB aircraft. The OneWorld carrier will officially launched the Airbus A350-900 XWB between its Doha Hub and Frankfurt, Germany; A big change to originally planned Doha – New York-JFK Route, which Qatar was pointing towards as being the first route for their new long-range aircraft. Flights between Doha and Frankfurt will start from January of 2015 and be operated on a daily, non-stop services, by Qatar Airways A350 XWB with 283 total seats configured in a two class layout; 36 Business Seats and 247 Economy Seats.

Qatar pointed out that the reason why Frankfurt was chosen as the A350 first destination because of “significant capacity the aircraft provides for the comfort of its business and leisure travellers”.

According to SISC (SMADE MEDIA INFORMATION n DATABASE SYSTEM CENTER) and World AirRoutes; Qatar Airways currently operates two daily nonstop service between Doha and Frankfurt using a mixture of Airbus A330,Boeing 777, and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Qatar plans to switch both service to A350 XWB operations. Qatar is also launching new service from its Doha Hub between Asmara and Djibouti pushing the airline to 146 destinations served.

 


GALLERIA | Qatar First A350 Roll Out and First Flight


[GALLERY] Qatar Airways First A350 XWB

SMADE | GALLERIA High Definition Photo Gallery

This past week was a big week for Qatar first A350 XWB aircraft and The A350 program; Qatar first A350  Roll out the paint hanger in full livery and couples days later, the aircraft took off on its first flight


GALLERIA – Qatar Airways first A350 XWB Aircraft


 

First Qatar Airways A350 XWB Roll-Out and Takes First Flight  | At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. Qatar is the largest A350 Customer with 80 frames; The airline plans for delivery later on this December 2014
Qatar A350XWB Pushback | SMADE Galleria
First Qatar Airways A350 XWB Roll-Out and Takes First Flight  | At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. Qatar is the largest A350 Customer with 80 frames; The airline plans for delivery later on this December 2014
Qatar A350 XWB Rolling out of the hanger | SMADE Galleria
First Qatar Airways A350 XWB Roll-Out and Takes First Flight  | At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. Qatar is the largest A350 Customer with 80 frames; The airline plans for delivery later on this December 2014
Qatar A350 XWB Taxi Towards the Runway | SMADE Galleria
First Qatar Airways A350 XWB Roll-Out and Takes First Flight  | At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. Qatar is the largest A350 Customer with 80 frames; The airline plans for delivery later on this December 2014
Qatar A350 XWB On Runway at 80 Knots | SMADE Galleria
First Qatar Airways A350 XWB Roll-Out and First Flight  | At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. Qatar is the largest A350 Customer with 80 frames; The airline plans for delivery later on this December 2014
Qatar A350 XWB Rotates off Runway | SMADE Galleria
First Qatar Airways A350 XWB Roll-Out and First Flight  | At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. Qatar is the largest A350 Customer with 80 frames; The airline plans for delivery later on this December 2014
Qatar A350 XWB at Rotates Speed | SMADE Galleria
First Qatar Airways A350 XWB Roll-Out and First Flight | At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. Qatar is the largest A350 Customer with 80 frames; The airline plans for delivery later on this December 2014
Qatar A350 XWB at V2 Speed | SMADE Galleria
First Qatar Airways A350 XWB Roll-Out and First Flight  | At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. Qatar is the largest A350 Customer with 80 frames; The airline plans for delivery later on this December 2014
Qatar A350 XWB Cleared for takeoff | SMADE Galleria
First Qatar Airways A350 XWB Roll-Out and First Flight | At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. Qatar is the largest A350 Customer with 80 frames; The airline plans for delivery later on this December 2014
Qatar A350 XWB Takeoff on its First Flight | SMADE Galleria
First Qatar Airways A350 XWB Roll-Out and First Flight | At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. Qatar is the largest A350 Customer with 80 frames; The airline plans for delivery later on this December 2014
Qatar A350 XWB Gear Up and Takes to the Skies | SMADE Galleria
First Qatar Airways A350 XWB Roll-Out and First Flight  | At the end of September 2014, the A350 XWB had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide. Qatar is the largest A350 Customer with 80 frames; The airline plans for delivery later on this December 2014
Qatar A350 XWB Taxing | SMADE Galleria

– SMADE | Photo Credits: Airbus S.A.S


GALLERIA | Photo Notes


Airbus this past week officially rolled out, Qatar Airways first A350 XWB (Xtra Wide Body) aircraft; the aircraft painted in full Qatar Livery; with the registration A7-ALA also made it’s first flight on October 15 2014. A7-ALA has already made various significant milestone for the A350 XWB Program; and will continue to make milestone.

So far the aircraft has became:

  • The first XWB variant to be configured in full passenger layout.
  • The first XWB variant be painted in full A350 XWB customer livery.
  • Will be the first XWB variant to be delivered to a A350 XWB customer (Qatar Airways December)

Although the aircraft looks ready on the outside; it is far from ready on the inside. The aircraft still has more testing to be done; along with a cabin overhaul, before being delivered to Qatar Airways.

Qatar, the launching airline for the A350 XWB program; has order 80 aircrafts; split between 43 A350-900 variant, 37 A350-1000, the biggest of the A350 XWB order, at the moment Qatar is the largest operator of the A350 XWB aircraft. Deliveries are planned for later on this December 2014. After a series of training flights at Qatar; the airline planned to deploy the long haul aircraft on the Doha – Frankfurt route. As of September 2014, the A350 XWB program had won 750 orders from 39 customers worldwide.

 

 

Etihad Airways delays Dreamliner EIS; Cabin Crew undergo Training at Savoy Hotel

Etihad Airways has officially delayed the Entry into Service for their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, because of the latest GDS, and the OAG schedules; The Dreamliner will instead enter service on December 27, the same day as company A380 service; which will remained the same. The first flight is to Dusseldorf Airport in Dusseldorf, Germany followed by service to Doha, Qatar; these are both training flights.

Etihad Airways 787-9 Dreamliner service are as followed:

SERVICE FROM  Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi International Airport) 

SERVICE DATE

FREQUENCY

Abu Dhabi

Düsseldorf

 Düsseldorf Airport

Dec 27 – Dec 31

Abu Dhabi

Doha

Hamad International Airport  

Dec 27 – Dec 31

Abu Dhabi

Mumbai

 Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Jan 01

1 Daily

Abu Dhabi

Washington

Washington Dulles International Airport

Jan 01

1 Daily

Abu Dhabi

Dusseldorf

 Düsseldorf Airport

Apr 01

1 Daily

Abu Dhabi

Brisbane

 Brisbane Airport

Jun 01

1 Daily

Abu Dhabi

Moscow

Domodedovo International Airport

Jun 01

1 Daily

 

ETIHAD FOR THE 1 PERCENT


Both of Etihad’s 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A380 are fitted with their new state-of-the-art innovative and revolutionary cabin class; FIRST APARTMENTS and THE RESIDENCES; both includes a beautiful cabin layout design, that looks and feels like pure luxury with your own personal butler. With deliveries of the Dreamliner and A380 in the home straight-away; Etihad and Savoy Hotel head butler has begun training  cabin crews at the Savoy Hotel; as the airlines looks to get ready for the inaugural A380 and Dreamliner service beginning this December.

With the private suites running up $21,000 between the two class; you aspect the finest service on board, regardless if no airline has yet to do this and regardless if your the world first to provided on board commercial flights butler service. That is exactly the mentality of Etihad . Both Etihad Airways and The Savoy Hotel have personally hand pick 13 employees to undergo a special tailored  training in London. The lucky well trained 13 butlers, are all current employees of Etihad. Some work as in-flight chefs and the food & beverage managers on board Etihad Airways long-haul service, were given special training at the London School of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of West London.Their on-the-job training was completed at the Savoy Hotel.

The Lucky 13 will become the first set of trained butlers in the sky’s on board the A380 Abu Dhabi – London service in The Residences starting this December 27. Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways Vice President of Guest Services said:

‘I am extremely proud of the team’s achievements and they all qualified with flying colors to become the world’s first ever butlers in the sky.

‘They are really enthusiastic and cannot wait to board the A380 aircraft and put into practice all that they have learned.

‘Etihad Airways aims to be the best in everything we set out to do and the flying butlers will provide a level of service that no traveler has ever experienced in commercial aviation.’

– Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Guest Services

The team will be trained by Savoy Hotel’s head butler; using a series of skills and techniques to help boost cabin crews current level of customer service experience; classes are focused on etiquette and protocol, valet skills and concierge services. Sean Davoren, Head Butler says:

 

“They all now possess the skills required to provide the highest standard of hospitality for the airline’s premium customers, by blending the discretion of a traditional English butler with the efficiency of a 21st century personal assistant.”

he also added

“The Etihad Airways trainees have been an absolute joy to work with and they all now possess the skills required to provide the highest standard of hospitality for the airline’s premium customers, by blending the discretion of a traditional English butler with the efficiency of a 21st century personal assistant.”

– Sean Davoren, Savoy Head Butler

WHY SAVOY HOTEL PROVIDING TRAINING? 

The Savoy Hotel, a 5-Star hotel located in London, England, known for their luxurious and beautiful interior design; Savoy is also famous for the level of service provided by their butler; Along with Savoy Hotel background of great service. They definitely won major points for the work they have done with butlers. Etihad Airways choice came down to location, location and Savoy history and location was the perfect a combination due to the prime location for the tailored training course. Etihad is also a teaching hotel; it was one of the first hotel worldwide to establish its own teaching academy; dedicated to teach the butler profession; turning the average Joe Butler into a British Butlers.

THE RESIDENCE

A truly unique and travel experience, delivered with complete discretion and limitless hospitality – The Residence by Etihad. Designed for up to two guests travelling together, it has been created by leading interior designers and hospitality experts who understand the discernment and sophistication expected by the private traveller. The Residence is a haven of tranquility, reflecting an exclusive lifestyle that offers the ultimate in high-end luxury.

  • VIP Travel Concierge Service

Our VIP Travel Concierge Service takes care of guests booked into The Residence from the moment of reservation right through until the end of their stay with Etihad. From a luxury chauffeur to private check-in and lounge, we have designed every part of the travel experience to be seamless and discreet.

  • The Etihad Butler

Onboard, The Etihad Butler is on hand to ensure all arrangements are in place and plan both the in flight and après-flight itinerary according to personal preferences.

  • Inflight Chef

An inflight Chef can prepare meals from a range of gourmet menu options or even create a guest’s favourite dish.

Virtual Tour of The Residents on Board the A380 by Etihad


GALLERIA | Etihad A380 & 787 DREAMLINER


 

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– Etihad unveils new Geometric Pattern corporate livery and flagship Airbus A380

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Etihad Airways Airbus A380 - The Residences
Etihad Airways Airbus A380 – The Residences

Indigo Airlines Signs MoU For 250 Airbus A320neo

NEW YORK | Airbus won a large order today from India largest commercial airline by market shares; Indigo Airlines. IndiGo along with its Co-Founders, Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia, Group Managing Director of InterGlobe, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 250 firm A320neo Family aircraft thats worth more than 24 Million Dollars. The agreement will become Airbus’ single largest order by number of aircraft ordered at once.

Indigo Airlines currently operates a fleet of more than 80 A320ceo aircraft; that is both lease and owned. It also has an order for 280 aircraft’s that is separate from todays announcements. The order are for 100 A320ceo and 180 320neo.  Along with today announcements Indigo Airlines now was more than 500 Airbus aircraft’s on order. Why so much you might ask? Indigo promise to have an average age fleet of no more than 6 years old. Once a plane reach that age mark Indigo then least those to other carriers. Aditya Ghosh, President of IndiGo Airlines and Fabrice Bregier of Airbus; comments on the new orders

“This new order reaffirms IndiGo’s commitment to the long-term development of affordable air transportation in India and overseas. The additional aircraft will enable us to continue to bring our low fares and courteous, hassle free service to more customers and markets and will create more job opportunities and growth. The IndiGo team is energized and excited to herald this new phase of our growth.”

– Aditya Ghosh, Indigo Airlines President

“The A320neo continues to dominate world market share and this commitment confirms the A320 Family as the aircraft of choice in the most dynamic aviation growth markets. We thank IndiGo and its Co-Founders, Rakesh Gangwal and Rahul Bhatia for their tremendous vote of confidence,” said Fabrice Brégier,

– Fabrice Bregier, Airbus President and CEO.

WHO IS INDIGO AIRLINES?

Indigo Airlines is owned and operated by InterGlobe Enterprise and was founded in 2006 by Rahul Bhatia of InterGlobe Enterprises and Rakesh S Gangwal of NRI. InterGlobe holds 51.12% stake in IndiGo and 48% is held by Gangwal’s Virginia-based company Caelum Investments

The airline commenced operation in 2006 and haven’t look back since; having more than 84 aircrafts in its fleet and more than 500 on order as of October 15 2014; the airline has became the only airline in India today that has been making profits. All within 8 years. it is also great to know that Indigo Airlines launched with more than 32% of the Indian commercial market. A market that is only likely to get bigger and bigger; and with other airlines such as SpiceJet, Jet Airways and Air India are all looking for a piece of a large pie.

Today Indigo Airlines operates to more than 30 domestic and international destination worldwide and maintained a hub at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi; where most of Indigo Airlines operation happens, the airline also has operating base at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport In Mumbai and Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. International destination includes; Singapore; Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Dubai International Airport in Dubai, UAE.

Indigo Airlines A320 in Landing Position Aircraft on Final
Indigo Airlines A320 in Landing Position Aircraft on Final
Indigo Airlines A320 Taxing after landing
Indigo Airlines A320 Taxing after landing
Indigo Airlines A320 Takeoff
Indigo Airlines A320 Takeoff
Indigo Airlines A320 with Sharklets (Photo: Airbus S.A.S)
Indigo Airlines A320 with Sharklets (Photo: Airbus S.A.S)
Indigo Airlines A320 on ramp loading up for depature
Indigo Airlines A320 on ramp loading up for depature
Indigo Airlines A320 with Sharklets holding short for takeoff
Indigo Airlines A320 with Sharklets holding short for takeoff
Indigo Airlines A320 Taxing
Indigo Airlines A320 Taxing
Indigo Airlines A320 on the Ramp
Indigo Airlines A320 on the Ramp

GALLERIA | Indigo Airlines A320 Photo Gallery



 

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Jetblue to start Jetting between San Francisco and Las Vegas

NEW YORK | NEW YORK | Today JetBlue Airways announces plans to launch new nonstop service between San Francisco International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The award-winning airline will offer two daily round-trips beginning January 5, 2015.

To celebrate this new route, flights are now on sale starting at $38 one way (a) for travel between January 10, 2015 and April 1, 2015 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (blackout dates January 17, 2015 to January 24, 2015). Tickets must be purchased by October 3, 2014.

JetBlue will serve the SFO-LAS market with spacious 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft featuring the most legroom in coach (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch of U.S. airlines), free seat-back entertainment, and unlimited free snacks and soft drinks. In addition, customers now have access to fast, free Fly-Fi — the industry’s speediest in-flight internet service on the majority of the airline’s A320 fleet. Scott Laurence, spoke about the brand new non-stop route.

“Our loyal San Francisco customers have long asked for a high-quality option to Las Vegas so we’re delighted to make this addition to our route map,” said Scott Laurence, “Plus, in just a few short weeks we’ll debut our popular new Mint service on flights between San Francisco and New York, yet another way we’re bringing a higher standard of service to the market.”

– Scott Laurence, Senior Vice President of Airline Planning

SCHEDULE 


JetBlue’s schedule between Las Vegas and San Francisco, effective January 5:

BASE: New York – John F. Kennedy International Airport
LATA: B6
ICAO: JBU

FLIGHT #

DEPARTURE

DEPARTURE TIME

ARRIVE CITY

ARRIVAL TIME

EQUIPMENT’S 

B6-2889

Las Vegas

11:00am

San Francisco

12:30pm

A320 Family

B6-1889

Las Vegas

5:00pm

San Francisco

6:30pm

A320 Family

B6-88

San Francisco

1:15pm

Las Vegas

2:45pm

A320 Family

B6-888

San Francisco

7:15pm

Las Vegas

8:45pm

A320 Family

 

Today’s new route announcement comes as JetBlue is ramping up service in both the San Francisco and Las Vegas markets.

On October 26, JetBlue will debut its popular new Mint experience on flights between San Francisco and New York. Mint offers transcontinental customers the widest seat and longest fully-flat bed in the U.S. domestic market, with four private suites among the 16 seats. Coinciding with the rollout of Mint, JetBlue will expand its JFK-SFO schedule from three round-trips per day to five round-trips by early 2015. JetBlue also serves San Francisco with service to Boston, Long Beach, and New York/JFK.

On October 29, JetBlue will expand in Las Vegas, with daily nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a new link to South Florida that also provides easy connections to JetBlue destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America. JetBlue currently offers flights between Las Vegas and Boston, Long Beach, and New York/JFK.
PHOTO GALLERY


SOURCE


JetBlue Blog

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Virgin Atlantic Airways Birthday Girl Homecoming

Virgin Atlantic Birthday Girl; a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, The First Dreamliner for the UK airline and the first 787-9 Dreamliner in the United Kingdom, made a wet touchdown today at London-Gatwick Airport from the Boeing factory and Boeing Pine-field Airport in Seattle, Washington; The aircraft (G-VNEW C/N 40956 / LN 218) is the first of 15 Dreamliner being delivered to Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Italy Landmarks in 4K Ultra HD Resolution

A fellow YouTube that goes by the handle name [devinsuperstramp] has captured some of Italy’s most famous landmarks and cites, including Rome, Vatican City, and Pisa. All in 4K Ultra HD resolution. Devin Graham; the owner and operator of the channel, have been traveling the world filming some of the most beautiful landmark and destination worldwide.

His channel has been a huge hit, with over two million viewers. Graham also has a channel name Devin Graham, where he features great behind the senses video. Mr. Graham has received recognition from companies such as Turkish Airlines, who now is offering trips to his channel viewers.

*update: the video has been removed

Stopping Ebola; Health Measures being place at U.S. Airports

BRONX | NEW YORK – On the day, the first United States Ebola patients, Thomas Eric Duncan died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas. The Federal Government, both CDC (Center for Disease Control) and Homeland Security detailed health screening measures it plan to placed at five_(5) of the country busiest airports. These five_(5) U.S. airports will take the necessary steps to help stop the Ebola outbreak. These five_(5) airports receive more than 94% of passengers from Ebola hot zones in Western Africa, that’s more than 190,000 people per day. The 5 airports includes:

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport – Queens, New York
  • Newark Liberty International Airport – Newark, New Jersey  
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Chicago, Illinois  
  • Washington Dulles International Airport – Washington D.C Virginia Area

These five airports will start temperatures screening passengers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and other countries in West Africa. Nurses at the airports will take arriving passengers temperatures. If a passenger temperatures is high enough to suspect Ebola, the passenger will then be transferred to a isolated area of the airport for more
testing. At New York John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty if a patient is suspected of having Ebola after further testing the patient will then be transported to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where they currently have isolation unites setup along with nurses and doctors ready to treat any patients suspected of having the Ebola virus.

A STATEMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT READS


Government Listed Specifics

Here’s what will happen after travelers’ passports are reviewed upon their arrival at any of these airports:

  • Travelers from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will be escorted by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to an area of the airport set aside for screening.
  • Trained CBP staff will observe them for signs of illness, ask them a series of health and exposure questions and provide health information for Ebola and reminders to monitor themselves for symptoms. Trained medical staff will take their temperature with a non-contact thermometer.
  • If the travelers have fever, symptoms or the health questionnaire reveals possible Ebola exposure, they will be evaluated by a CDC quarantine station public health officer. The public health officer will again take a temperature reading and make a public health assessment. Travelers, who after this assessment, are determined to require further evaluation or monitoring will be referred to the appropriate public health authority.
  • Travelers from these countries who have neither symptoms/fever nor a known history of exposure will receive health information for self-monitoring.

JFK International Airport will implement the new screening measures this Saturday, while Washington Dulles, Newark, Chicago O’Hare, and Atlanta will begin the following week. CDC is also sending additional staff to these five airports.

“CBP personnel will continue to observe all travelers entering the United States for general overt signs of illnesses at all U.S. ports of entry and these expanded screening measures will provide an additional layer of protection to help ensure the risk of Ebola in the United States is minimized,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. “CBP, working closely with CDC, will continue to assess the risk of the spread of Ebola into the United States, and take additional measures, as necessary, to protect the American people.”


Passengers will not only be health screening in the United States, passengers will also be screen before entering an aircraft bound for any destination out of the effected areas. The Feds also talk about this in the release document today

Since the beginning of August, CDC has been working with airlines, airports, ministries of health, and other partners to provide technical assistance for the development of exit screening and travel restrictions in countries affected by Ebola. Which includes:

  • Assessing the capacity to conduct exit screening at international airports
  • Assisting countries with procuring supplies needed to conduct exit screening
  • Supporting with development of exit screening protocols
  • Developing tools such as posters, screening forms, and job-aids
  • Training staff on exit screening protocols and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • All passengers leaving the affected countries are screened for Ebola symptoms before they leave. The exit screening process involves travelers responding to a travel health questionnaire, being visually assessed for potential illness, and having their body temperature measured.

These new security measures came on a day Thomas Eric Duncan, passed away after battling the Ebola virus for the past two_(2) weeks in Dallas, Texas. Mr Duncan was in his home country of Liberia before returning to the United States to his family, now another man, who came in contact with Mr. Duncan family, A sheriffs captain, who was rushed to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas earlier today. It is the same hospital on the same day that Mr Duncan died at. Officials, however said that, the sheriffs symptoms was mild and was taken to the ER as a precaution. The family of Thomas Eric Duncan is calling for the feds to do a proper investigation into Mr. Duncan death, as many may know that Mr Duncan had travel to the Emergency Room two_(2) days before returning back to the ER in server condition, Mr Duncan, has sustain server liver damage and was on dialysis. Mr. Duncan also had a complete floor to him-selves for server isolation. Over the pass two days Mr Duncan was coming around, his body temperature was normal, along with his liver damage. Mr. Duncan then past away, the Ebola virus was just too much for his body.

Thomas Eric Duncan
Thomas Eric Duncan

Delta Air Lines and South African Airways has direct flights to/from West Africa from both New York area airports, Delta also has flights to Western Africa from its Hub at Harts-field-Jackson in Atlanta. South African flies to/from South Africa to both Washington Dulles and New York-JFK. New York – JFK and Newark Liberty are major hub and traveling hot spot for passengers from Europe; Middle East and Africa. These 5 Airports play a major role to the United States Travel Industry. John F Kennedy has the most International Passengers arriving into the United States, Hartsfield-Jackson is the busiest Airport in the world in both passengers carried and traffic movement. Both Airport are Home to Delta Air Lines. Both Newark Liberty, Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles International airport for hubs for United Airlines.

Many people around the world are being effected by the Ebola crisis whether are not you know or knew someone from Africa or visited Africa in the past months, if you have a heart you know what am talking about. However if you visited any of the Ebola hot zones are Africa period, or if you knew/know someone who travel in the last couple of months whether to or from Africa are any other destination worldwide; you might want to know what to look for in terms of; what are the signs of Ebola:

Symptoms of Ebola include

  • Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.

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Airbus A350 XWB program hits major milestone, Thanks to EASA

BRONX | NEW YORK | October 1st

Airbus hit a major milestone with the A350 program, yesterday (September 30th) the A350 receive its Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The type powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engine. The certificate was signed by EASA Executive Director and handed over to Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering,Charles Champion and the A350 Cheif Engineer, Gordon McConnell, which complete this significant milestone.

Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier, spoke about its milestone.

“Receiving the A350-900 Type Certification from EASA is a great achievement for Airbus and for all our partners who have contributed to designing, building and certificating this fantastic, new generation aircraft. The A350-900 is now ready to fly from the nest and be enjoyed by airlines and passengers,”. “The A350 XWB embodies many extra innovative technologies which make all the difference in passenger comfort and airline efficiency.”

“The A350 XWB manufacturing programme has also been innovative and ambitious, aiming for a fully mature aircraft at entry into service and this is what we are proud to be delivering to our first A350 XWB customer, Qatar Airways, before the end of the year. Our fleet of five test aircraft completed the certification campaign, on time, cost and quality. Accumulating more than 2,600 flight test hours, we created and successfully achieved one of the industry’s most thorough and efficient test programmes ever developed for a jetliner,”

The Airbus A350 XWB Family, is a medium to long range wide body airline set to compete with the Boeing 787-9 (dash)10 and The upcoming Boeing 777X. Airbus A350 XWB, is set to be at least 6% more fuel efficient, than current generation Boeing 777, it’s lighter, with its wider cabin, it has the ability to use 9-breast seating arrangement comfortable, using 18inch seatings.

Qatar Airways is the launching carrier of Airbus new Wide-Body jet, who has 70 frames on order. Other airlines like Etihad, Air France-KLM, Japan Airlines, Ibera (IAG), all have orders for the new passenger jet. The A350 has more than 750 orders from 39 operators worldwide. First delivery to Qatar is set for November 2014, while first passenger flight schedule for December 2014.

Airbus said FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certificates for the A350 program will follow soon, currently American Airlines and United Airlines has place order for this type.

[GALLERY] American Airlines first A330

SMADE GALLERIA – American Airlines A330 by O’Keeve Foster (SMWA)


 

Very first Airbus A330-300 aircraft in American Airlines Livery and to wear the American name. The A330-300, Belonging to US Airways, which officially merged with American Airlines this past summer 2013. The aircraft N270AY offically Airbus A330-323 completed it’s first flight wearing the American titles and livery. AWE728 takeoff from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL | KPHL) as flight bound for London, England, UK – London Heathrow – International Airport (LHR | EGLL) on September 19th

SMADE MEDIA Photography - American Airlines A330-300 New Livery
SMADE MEDIA Photography – American Airlines A330-300 New Livery

SMADE MEDIA Photography - American Airlines A330-300 New Livery
SMADE MEDIA Photography – American Airlines A330-300 New Livery

SMADE MEDIA Photography - American Airlines A330-300 New Livery
SMADE MEDIA Photography – American Airlines A330-300 New Livery

SMADE MEDIA Photography - American Airlines A330-300 New Livery
SMADE MEDIA Photography – American Airlines A330-300 New Livery

SMADE MEDIA Photography - American Airlines A330-300 New Livery
SMADE MEDIA Photography – American Airlines A330-300 New Livery

SMADE MEDIA Photography - American Airlines A330-300 New Livery
SMADE MEDIA Photography – American Airlines A330-300 New Livery


 

  • Tail Number: N270AY (cn 315)
  • Aircraft Type: Airbus A330
  • Carrier: American Airlines
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Etihad unveils new Geometric Pattern corporate livery and flagship Airbus A380

HUMBURG | GERMANY | SAT, September 27 | by O’Keeve Foster (SMWA) Today Etihad unveiled their brand new much anticipated livery on their brand new Airbus A380. It seems like September has been the month for new livery unveiling and so far we haven’t been disappointed. Southwest Airlines started off the month with their new modern blue “One Heart” livery followed by Frontier Airways throwback yet modern livery and the boldest yet so far Spirit Airlines “Bare Fare” livery, followed by China Eastern Airlines livery, well some of you guys maybe disappointed with this one, but the old one needed too go. Well for who was disappointed, am sure Etihad today has rebound your livery hearts.

At the Airbus hanger in Humburg, Germany, Etihad Airways rolled out their brand new Airbus A380 painted in their brand new corporate livery, a livery that’s more modern, it like more of a modern art painting, more luxurious and bring it on par with its two biggest competitor Emirates and OneWorld carrier Qatar Airways. The new livery is known as “Facets of Abu Dhabi” is a tribute to the airline hometown of Abu Dhabi. The Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 will be two of the first aircrafts to wear this new art work coat of paint.

The Airbus A380 is covered in 4 layers of paint, that’s 600 kilograms of paint, that’s thinner than a human hair all together. The livery isn’t a complete departure from the old one, it still features the browns fuselage paint with a billboard style Etihad written on the fuselage. What you will find different however is the tail, the “Abu Dhabi Emblem” logo has move up next to the word “Etihad” similar to British Airways coat of arm, first appeared on their A380. The tail is now covered in what Etihad calls “Geometric patterns” of triangles and squares. By 2018 the entire Etihad fleet will be wearing the new livery.

Although beautiful Etihad wants you inside to see the real beauty: The A380 is Etihad new flagship aircraft sorry 777, with flagship status comes flagship products, Etihad A380 features: The Resident and First Apartment, two very revolutionary products for air travel, and very expensive. The Resident is around 125sqft, both First Apartment and The Resident are you private flying houses. For the other half you have Business Studio and Economy Smarts.

EXPERIENCE: ETIHAD A380 CABIN


 The RESIDENCES

 

A truly unique and bespoke travel experience, delivered with complete discretion and limitless hospitality – The Residence by Etihad. Designed for up to two guests travelling together, it has been created by leading interior designers and hospitality experts who understand the discernment and sophistication expected by the private traveller. The Residence is a haven of tranquility, reflecting an exclusive lifestyle that offers the ultimate in high-end luxury.

  • VIP Travel Concierge Service

Our VIP Travel Concierge Service takes care of guests booked into The Residence from the moment of reservation right through until the end of their stay with Etihad. From a luxury chauffeur to private check-in and lounge, we have designed every part of the travel experience to be seamless and discreet.

  • The Etihad Butler

Onboard, The Etihad Butler is on hand to ensure all arrangements are in place and plan both the in flight and après-flight itinerary according to personal preferences.

  • Inflight Chef

An inflight Chef can prepare meals from a range of gourmet menu options or even create a guest’s favourite dish.

Virtual Tour of The Residents on Board the A380 by Etihad


First APARTMENT

 

The First Apartment is upholstered with the finest Poltrona Frau leather and features a wide armchair, an ottoman and even includes space to walk around in. The ottoman opens out into an 81-inch long bed. A companion can join you for a meal or meeting in your spacious First Apartment. When travelling with a partner the divider between Apartments can be lowered to join rooms. The First Apartments come equipped with an adjustable 24-inch flat screen TV, which can be viewed from the armchair or while relaxing in bed, together with a vanity cabinet with ample lighting and space for your personal effects, a chilled drinks cabinet and a wardrobe. Freshen up before arrival with exclusive amenities and an energising shower in the First Class bathroom

 Virtual Tour of First Apartments on Board the A380 by Etihad

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usiness Class with Etihad is not business as usual. The luxury, comfort and service we offer in business equates to that of first class on other airlines. The Business Studios on our A380 and B787 are the embodiment of style, simplicity and functionality. The modern design and thoughtful features create a sense of space and freedom, with direct aisle access, convenient storage spaces and mood lighting. The seat converts into a comfortable fully-flat bed of up to 80.5-inches. Relax on all ultra long-haul flights on special mattresses for bedtime comfort in complimentary loungewear. A large personal 18-inch touch screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets delivers over 750 hours of the latest blockbusters, timeless classics and interactive games. With a special pneumatic comfort system to adjust the firmness of the seat, in-seat massage and lighting, all at the touch of a button, guests can customise the perfect environment for every stage of the journey.

Virtual Tour of Business Studio on Board the A380 by Etihad


ECONOMY SMARTS SEATS

Our Economy Smart Seat is the ultimate in clever design, with a unique “fixed wing” headrest that will make the journey even more comfortable. The ergonomically designed seat also has adjustable lumbar support. The seat has a convenient entertainment and connectivity hub with all the accessories within easy reach from the seat-back. The mood lighting system helps provide a relaxed ambience throughout the flight. Subtle changes are designed to stimulate calm, sleep and finally revitalization so you arrive at your destination feeling rested and refreshed. Stay entertained with more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment on your personal 11-inch touch-screen TV, along with our special noise-reduction headsets. Remain connected with mobile and internet access.

Virtual Tour of Economy Smarts on Board the A380 by Etihad

 


- experiences by Etihad Airways and SMADE MEDIA

Etihad currently has 10 A380 on order, and will start taking deliveries of the A380 later on this year. The airline plans to deploy them on Abu Dhabi to London on December 27th of this year, consider it a beautiful amazing late Christmas gift. Later on in 2016 following the deliveries of 4 more A380 Etihad will put them on Sydney, New York City and Los Angeles. Continuing to make London-Heathrow and LAX a world hub for arrival A380 service.

 

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China Eastern Airlines Celebrate First Boeing 777 and The Beginning of A New Chapter!

BRONX | NEW YORK | WED, September 24 | by O’Keeve Foster (SMWA)


CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES BOEING 777-300ER DELIVERIES CELEBRATION


Today mark two milestone for China Eastern Airlines. The first milestone: The airline took delivery of its very first Boeing 777-300ER at the Boeing factory in Seattle,  Washington.  The airline was greeted to a beautiful welcoming party, celebrating, China Eastern first of 20 brand new Boeing 777-300ER. The airline will take until the year 2018, years down the road. Boeing rolled the red carpet to the stairs of the new long haul jet, as they get ready to hand over the keys to China Eastern pilots. 

The captain and the first officer step a board the brand new aircraft with that beautiful smell, a quick walk up and down the cabin of the Triple Seven. Then straight to the flight deck they go, waving to the employees of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, started the number one engine followed by the number two, and taxi out to the runway, as they continue to wave. As the Triple Seven Lineup for takeoff one more wave was made. The 777-300ER fly down the runway and off it went to China to start a new life with China Eastern Airlines.

For many that doesn’t know,  the Boeing 777-300ER is a twin engine long range aircraft capable of flying more than 300 passengers to over 7000 nautical miles. The 777 family is also the most successful twin engine long range aircraft ever made, along with the 200LR and 300ER, these big birds mostly act as the back bone of many airlines long haul service, because of it efficiency and its range.


 

CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES BOEING 777-300ER EXTERIOR AND LOGO


China Eastern Airlines currently operates 39 wide-body aircrafts, with a mixture of Airbus A330-200/300 and Airbus A340-600 these aircraft are responsible for carrying China Eastern travelers not only safely but efficiently on Domestic and International destinations. However the Airbus 340-600 isn’t capable of flying long haul mission efficiently as the Boeing 777-300ER, therefore are being retired and replace by Boeing 777-300ER. A move many airlines are turning too. China Eastern configure its Airbus A340-600 in a 322 seating arrangementm with a 8-42-272 seating layout spreading across the cabin in 3 class. China Eastern will configure the Boeing 777-300ER with 316 seats arrange in 6-52-258 seating in the same 3 class.

Chairman of China Eastern Airlines, Liu Shaoyong spoke about it’s new flagship Boing 777-300ER.

“We are delighted to introduce our first 777-300ER in China Eastern’s new look in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the 777-300ER program.” “The delivery not only marks a milestone in the long-standing business relationship between China Eastern and Boeing, but also signals the modernization of our world-class fleet and the enhancement of the competitiveness of our trans-pacific routes.”

Said Liu Shaoyong

China Eastern Airlines, a Skyteam member will be operating its new 777-300ER aircraft between China and North America, as the airline looks to boost its trans-Pacific products. The airline plas to make North America a major market for the airline. China Eastern is also will also add frequency to major cities the airline already servers from Shanghai, China to major cities in North America, such as New York, Vancover, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the reason for extra Business Class seats on board the Triple Seven(777) aircraft. However China Eastern Airlines will deploy its new 777 on routes to New York-JFK and Los Angeles-LAX.

The second major milestone for the airline: The Boeing 777-300ER will be debuting China Eastern new livery and new logo. The new logo and livery is the very first for the airline in over 25 years. The new logo featured a more modern look to its current logo. The C and E lettering are emphasize in the logo. The logo is now red and blue, the airline new colors. The new livery, which many calls the most boring livery ever, features a Euro-White fuselage with blue outlining of the doors and emergency exit. The airline name is written in both Chinese and English. Chinese appears in Red, while English appears in Blue.

President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Ray Conner Express his feelings on behalf of the Boeing Company 777 chosen to be the first to debut and wear the new livery and logo.

“We are honored to play an integral role in China Eastern’s growing success as a leading global airline,” “The 777-300ER is a perfect fit for China Eastern’s long-haul fleet and we are pleased to celebrate this milestone delivery together.”

Said Mr Conner


 

CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES BOEING 777-300ER INTERIOR


China Eastern Airlines configured its new Boeing 777-300ER in a 3 Class layout with 316 total seats. First Class has six suites seats arraged in a 1-1-1 layout. Business seats has 52 total seats, that’s 10 more Business seats offering on Trans-Pacific flights on board Eastern new 777-300ER. China Eastern Business Class Cabin is configured 1-2-1 layout while economy has 258 seats arranged in a 3-4-3 seating layout. China Eastern Economy Class on board their A340-600 are arranged 2-4-2. Eastern dedicate the more space offering on the 777-300ER to Business travelers. The SkyTeam carrier currently has 20 Boeing 777-300ER on order, the first of those 20 was delivered today(September 24,2014). These aircraft will be replacing China Eastern Airlines current fleet of Airbus A340-600 on Trans-Pacific flights.

FIRST CLASS

The Six First Class suites features new lighting system, A 180 degrees fully lie-flat bed seating. Since First Class is configured in a 1-1-1 seating layout arrangement, Travelers will always have privacy and always have access to aisle for quick access in and out of their suites.  Travelers in first Class will also love their personal 16-20 inch in-Flight Entertainment touch screen, with seat mounted controls along with an extra wide table for working during long flights, for meal service, so you can enjoy your meal with more personal space and or your personal entertainment devices. Once ready to sleep or for privacy purposes close your curtains extend your 180 degree fully flat bed, then kickback and relax.

BUSINESS CLASS

Travelers traveling in Business Class, once arrived on board China Eastern Airlines 777, you will be greeted with a beautiful cabin, mood lighting to get you into the traveling mood, once arrived at your seats you will be greeted with side table lamps, adding that little touch of luxury to Business Class.  Business Class will accommodate a total of 52 travelers, seats are arrange in a 1-2-1 layout,  given travelers easy access to aisle, making it quick and easy for travelers to get in and out of their seats with out disturbance to others travelers. This layout also gives a little bit of privacy to Business Travelers, with the increased seats in Business Class you can bet that most travelers will love this.

China Eastern added an extra 10 seats to Business Class on board the 777-300ER, that’s 52 total seats that’s 10 more on what the airline currently offer today on flights to North American cities on the company Airbus A340-600 aircraft. China Eastern made the move to use the extra space on the Bieing 777 to focus more to Business Class travelers and also decreased the number of seats available in Economy. With the increase in frequency to New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, The airline figured that less is more, with efficiency of the Boeing 777 and the added frequency, the airline figured that 316 seats are perfect. The Triple Seven first route is New York we will see how it does to and from the world financial capital.

ECONOMY CLASS

China Eastern travelers traveling on board the new Triple  Seven Economy Class, will feel a lot different then they did when they was flying aboard the company Airbus A340-600,  that’s because the seating arrangements are now 3-4-3  layout as compared to the A340-600s 2-4-2 layout, although travelers may feel a little cramp, because of the feeling of being bundle up/ stacked together, however what they will soon realized is that they are actually less travelers, traveling in Economy than before. China Eastern 777 Economy Class can accommodate 258 travelers that is 14 less seats, down from today’s A340-600 272 economy seatings service to North America.


 

MY TAKE ON CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES LIVERY AND EXPERIENING MEAL ON BOARD THE NEW 777-300ER


Today many carriers doesn’t even think about offering passengers any real service meal, what they now look forward too is offering chips, water and soda at the rate of a half-a-chicken with fried rice at any New York (Manhattan) Chinese Food restaurants. Which isn’t fair to travelers, travling with young children’s. So if you every plan to travel with a children or young teens, remember to pack a bag of snacks.

Many airline however does offer good meal service on board flagship aircrafts and very important destinations. Take Emirates, Etihad and Delta for instance all 3 offers some of the best meal on board international First and Business Class, however Economy does often get left out of the great meals. So what should travelers expect when flying on board China Eastern Triple Seven?

WHAT TO EXPECT ON BOARD CHINA EASTERN TRIPPLE SEVEN 

Travelers traveling to any destination,  whether to New York or Vancover as long as your on China Eastern Airlines. What you should come to expect is a great meal service from the SkyTeam Airline, to go alone with brand new flagship signature products.

When you’re in First Class, no matter how you whine up their, whether bum up, are you pay your heard earn $8,000+ ticket, you should expect an experience of a 8 star restaurant especially on flight over 10 hours long to China or North America. Why we say this? simple the reason they are more Business Class seats and less Economy is because North America is become one of China Eastern Airlines major destination,  especially to New York,  Los Angeles and San Francisco. That’s exactly why you should expect something beyond 5 star

MY TAKE ON THE NEW LIVERY

As many may think and speak negatively of the new logo and livery. The reason for that is simply because, China Eastern long 25 year old livery was one of the greatest airline liveries every created, it was what airplane liveries are ment be. Today we are stuck in a post 9/11 airline industry where so many airline focus more about making money than the art of operating an airline, with beautiful airplanes of all kinds.

I for one like the new livery of China Eastern Airline, and logo I feel that it is more fresh, modern and more appealing, it gives off a luxury feeling of Eastern products. The new logo is also more modern as well as more appealing, it now represents something and that’s everyone at China Eastern and it’s SkyTeam partners.

Regardless of what everyone thinks, China Eastern livery and logo was very dated. Just as how Americans Airlines Bare Metal livery was outdated, they both look dated next to other airlines aircraft. Eastern planes felt like a cheap airline, when you look at them, it makes you don’t want to fly on that airline, and am sure that’s what SkyTeam told the head masters at China Eastern.

At the same time of liking this new livery I also see why many hates it, we are in that world now that post 9/11, higher fuel cost, most airlines just doesn’t put livery as a priority anymore, as many aviation enthusiast and spotters may hate this, in reality it’s a simple fact. Euro-White is standard mondernizeing an airline livery. LCC are the ones creating amazing and unique livery now look at Southwest Airlines and Spirit Airlines.

CHINA EASTERN BOEING 777-300ER IN OLD LIVERY
CHINA EASTERN BOEING 777-300ER IN OLD LIVERY

 

 

Virgin Austraila improves Business Class and Premium Economy Products

BRONX | NEW YORK | WED, September 24 | by O’Keeve Foster (SMWA)

A week after Qantas unveiled their new business class product, Virgin Australia has followed in their footsteps and unveiled their new Business Class Suites set to be used on their flagship Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircrafts.

The new suites will be using Super Diamond seats, these are the same seats used by Air Canada for their Business Class, however they are customized for Virgin Australia aircrafts. Therefore this design is unique to Virgin Austraila Boeing 777 and Airbus A330.

Virgin Australia Business Class seating layout will be configured in a 1-2-1 arrangements on both the Boeing 777 and A330, giving each traveler easy access to the aisle, for the very first time.

Virgin’s Super Diamond Business Class Seats are manufactured by B/E Aerospace and design by Tangerine London and can be converted into a 180 degrees fully-flat bed with a 80inch width. However on the Airbus A330 Business Class, seating count will go from 24 seats to 20, providing a more spacious cabin for Business Class travelers.

Virgin Australia Chief Executive Officer John Borghetti spoke on the airline new products and its Virgin Vision 2017 Concept.              Mr Borghetti Said:

“Today marks a new era for our premium customer experience both domestically and internationally. We believe the sophisticated new suites will set a new standard in Business Class travel, not just in Australia but around the world”, “Our Virgin Vision to 2017 is to become Australia’s favourite airline group and today’s announcement is central to our strategy as it will see Virgin Australia deliver the best premium travel experience in Australia.” “We are committed to maintaining a competitive advantage in customer experience in order to ensure that Virgin Australia is the number one choice for premium travellers”, Mr Borghetti added.

For entertainment, Virgin Australia will be installing Panasonic EX2 In-Flight Entertainment System connect to a 16in touchscreen for Business Class only. Virgin Australia will also use Lufthansa BoardConnect WiFi Entertainment System to allow passengers in all class to be connected to the World Wide Web, and stream media to their mobile devices. Another great improvement made to Business Class is, Virgin has redesigned the Business Class bar, however removed the Premium Economy Bar, that’s won’t bum out Premium Economy Travelers.

With the removal of the Premium Economy Bar, Virgin Premium Economy travelers will love to flying on the flagship Boeing 777, because Virgin has increased premium economy seating pitch to 41 inches. However that means less seats in Premium Economy, seats will be reduced from 40 to only 24 seats, adding more legroom for travelers and providing a more comfortable quite ride for travelers traveling in Premium Economy.

Why the Premuim Economy Bar won’t be miss by travelers? Because the Business Class bar is so much more improved and Premuim Economy travelers has access to it. So not only bigger and less seats but also an awesome new bar. With the reduction of seats in Premium Economy, the Boeing 777 will now hold 339 travelers comfortable, that’s down from 361. Making the aircraft feel more premuim and adds exclusive to Premuim Economy travelers. The reduction also add range to the aircraft.

Virgin Austraila Chief Executive John Borghetti spoke about their Premium Economy

“Our intention here with premium economy is not to have it as an ‘economy plus’ product, but as a ‘business-lite’ product,” Borghetti also adds. “We’re trying to pitch the business class seat as a halfway house between Business and First, and premium economy as more of a halfway house between economy and business, but closer to business. Certainly all our research shows that will set us ahead of everyone else.”

The suites will roll out to Virgin Australia’s Airbus A330 fleet in early 2015 with the first aircraft expected to be in service by March and the complete refit of the fleet to be finalised by August.

The roll out of the new Business Class product to the Boeing 777 fleet will commence from November 2015 and be complete by early 2016.

Today, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia also announced a partnership between the two airlines calling it a “world first for frequent flyers” the partnership is allowing members of KrisFlyer and Velocity Frequent Flyer to convert their Miles and Points between both programmes for the first time and receive a number of “innovative” new benefits.

 

QUICK NOTES


  • Virgin Australia Super Diamond Business Class Seats can be converted into a 180 degrees fully-flat bed
  • Airbus A330 Business Class will now hold 20 Travelers instead of 24
  • Airbus A330 are design to operated on Domestic TransContinental routes across Australia from Sydney.
  • Virgin plans to begin the overhaul for A330 begin in March 2015 and hopefully be completed by August same year.
  • Boeing 777 overhaul will then begin from November and should be completed by January 2016.
  • Virgin Australia has a total of 5 Boeing 777-300ER, which operated for the then V Australia.
  • Seating pitch pitch for the Boeing 777 Premium Economy will increase to 41 inches pitch.
  • Boeing 777 are used on international route too Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi.
  • Boeing 777 international routes to Los Angeles, provided VA travelers with connections to Virgin America or Delta for more destinations International and domestic United States.
  • Boeing 777 international route to Abu Dhabi provide Virgin Australia travelers to Etihad Airways for connection too cities such as London Paris and many more great destination.
  •  Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines own shares of Virgin Australia.

 

Experiance Virgin Australia New Business Class Suites in PHOTOS


 

Business Class new Bar on the Boeing 777
Business Class new Bar on the Boeing 777

The new Business Bar was redesign and are on,y featured on Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER fleet
The new Business Bar was redesign and are on,y featured on Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER fleet

Virgin Australia Business Class Cabin featured on the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777
Virgin Australia Business Class Cabin featured on the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777

Super Diamond Business Class seats featued on Virgin Australia A330 and B777 aircraft are manufactured by B/E Areospace and Design By Tangerine London
Super Diamond Business Class seats featued on Virgin Australia A330 and B777 aircraft are manufactured by B/E Areospace and Design By Tangerine London

Super Diamond Business Class Seats are capable of turning into 180 degrees fully-flat bed.
Super Diamond Business Class Seats are capable of turning into 180 degrees fully-flat bed.

 

 

Spirit Airlines Bares New Livery

NEW YORK | September 18 | Spirit Airlines decided to follow it’s two fellow low cost carrier Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines, both carrier unveiled new livery and logo’s last week.

Spirit this past Tuesday September 16 unviled their latest livery and logo. The livery features a bright yellow fuselage with the word “Spirit” written billboard style in the middle of the fuselage in a pencile sketch font concept. The sketch theme concepts looks as if the word “SPIRIT” was sketch onto the aircraft then filled in doodle style. The pencile sketching of the word “SPIRIT” will appear on the middle of the aircraft fuselage and on the tailfin. The word “Bare Fare” is written on both engines. Bare Fare is the airlines latest motto. 

Spirit Airlines dub the livery as the Bare Fare livery. USAToday got a chance to spend the day with Spirit at their facility in upstate New York. USAToday was able to get photography of the new livery being applied to an Spirit Airlines Airbus A319.

The airlines newest logo will continue the airline trend of wordtype logo. This latest one has “Spirit” font in a doodle sketch theme concept. The concept gives the lettering the look as if it was sketch by a fancy iPhone, Android app or by a well talented artist, instead of the typical type on fonts, use by all most every airline out there. The letters are jet black. The logo is then finish off with the company slogan Less Money, More Go.

The airline website also brings more of that sketch theme, the entire website done in bkack , yellow and white, feels as if it was sketched out. The sketched out theme used on the website is fun and adds a personality to Spirit Airlines, and erase their hungry fee grabbing personality applied to the airline today.

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Royal Jordanian Celebrates First Dreamliner

AMMAN | Royal Jordanian the national airline of Jordan, this past week celebrates the arrival of their first Boeing Jet and their very first 787 Dreamliner. The Middle Eastern OneWorld carrier became the second airline from the Middle East to operate the Dreamliner after Qatar Airways.

RJ currently has an order for 11 Dreamliners, where 4 are leased from AerCap. The first Dreamliner being delivered to RJ was acquired through leasing company AerCap. RJ operates a fleet of Airbus A320 family including A319,A320,A321, Airbus A330-200 and Airbus A340 widebody aircrafts

The Dreamliner is apart of RJ fleet modernization plans. Where the airline plans to operate 38 aircrafts by 2017 including 11 Boeing Dreamliner 5 Airbus A319 10 A320 and 4 A321. Their current fleet of A330/340 family will be phrase out.

Royal Jordanian 787 are configured in a 2 class layout with a total of 267 seats. First Class will have 23 180 full flat bed seatings and Economy will see 244 seats with a typical Dreamliner 9-Abreast configuration throughout Economy Class.

If you fly OneWorld are any of RJ partners you can catch RJ Dreamliners on routes to and from North America, where the airline plans to operate 6 weekly flights to Chicago, 4 weekly to New York, Montreal and Detroit will also see RJ Dreamliner in the future but Chicago will be the first stop on the companies list, after all Chicago is fellow OneWorld carrier American Airlines Hub.

Amman-Chicago – October 1

Amman-Montreal (Trudeau)-Detroit – October 2

Amman-New York JFK – October 2

 

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Royal Jordanian Dreamliner – Photo Source Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Dreamliner! A Dream for Airlines Livery’s Around the World

BRONX | AUG 15 | Many people all over the world rave about the Dreamliner interior, from the new electronics windows to the fresh air feeling, the Dreamliner is an definitely a Dream to fly but, its also a dream to look at, has anyone ever stop and look at the exterior.

The Dreamliner is certainly one beautiful bird, and so far every livery that has appeared on the Dreamliner makes the aircraft looks even better, but even more better, the Dreamliner make those livery standout in a special way. It’s like how celebrities wear the same designer dress but only some makes that dress standout. That only some is the Dreamliner.

Avianca Dreamliner First Picture
Avianca Dreamliner First Picture

Yesterday Avianca first Dreamliner surface but that aircraft and Avianca livery is a match made in heaven. The red and white hugs each curve of the aircraft bringing out the beauty of both the aircraft and Avianca new livery. What are some of the other liveries that standout on the Dreamliner.

 

Air Canada Dreamliner
Air Canada Dreamliner at Tokyo Narita

Air Canada probably has one of most unique livery of all airline, the person who came up with it should be proud of themselves. Although it’s a livery that fit almost every aircraft type once placed on the Dreamliner the livery took over feeling and looking more modern than on any aircraft in Air Canada fleet including the 777.

 

Xiamen Airlines 787 Dreamliner, Taxi Test
Xiamen Airlines 787 Dreamliner, Taxi Test

Xiamen Airlines 787 is also another example of beautiful livery that didn’t standout as much as it did before the Dreamliner, this livery is also a new livery seen on Xiamen fleet of 737 aircrafts but I know many people that doesn’t even realize certain livery and both Xiamen old and new livery fallen under that category. Sad but true. The Dreamliner is able to wear the new livery and make it stand far apart from the other aircrafts in its fleet.

Hate it or love it the Dreamliner is an awesome aircraft to both look at and fly in it helps you to feel better  On longer flights. It’s an amazing work of art that’s why most airlines sees the need to place special  livery on this beautiful bird.