Friday, June 29, 2012

IFSA forms communications committee

The Communications Advisory Council (CAC) of the International Flight Services Association was recently formed to help the group “become more active in providing a united voice on matters involving the interests of the onboard services industry.”

The committee will be responsible for several tasks initially, and will finalize a list of priority projects at the end of July. The Council will serve as a media spokesperson on topics related to broader industry issues. IFSA also plans for the council to be a source for industry statistics and a place where membership can look for communication.

Members of the CAC are: (Chair) Christina Ulosevich, Corporate Communications, gategroup; Josefine Corsten and Dena Aly, Corporate Communications, LSG Sky Chefs; Gail Kay, Inflight Services Commercial Manager, Virgin Atlantic Airways;  Judy McLaren, Marketing Specialist, Green OnBoard; and Uyen Nguyen, Marketing Manager, Cuisine Solutions.

Friday, June 15, 2012

A cool development in the works

Engineer Anton Jachim is looking for financial backing for a recently designed stand for an Apple iPad that fits comfortably for easy viewing and work onto an economy class tray table.

The designer is showing a prototype of the multi-functional iPad stand on the website, where designers float ideas and seek funding. Jachim is looking to raise US$60,000, according to the website So far, he’s raised approximately US$5,000 for the product and has set a goal of June 19 to go over the top. A video of the concept can be found here

The product, dubbed the Arctic Flight (named after the developer's memorable flight over Greenland's fjords and ice fields), can be used in portrait or landscape modes. Jachim, a Twin Cities resident is working with redgroup in Minneapolis to finalize the product design, and SBS Group  in St. Paul to provide logistics.  

Inflight entertainment developers around the world have been keeping a keen eye on the personal electronic devices that people carry with them when they travel and developing ways to adapt them to their onboard products. If more products like this make their way into the consumer market, look for more passengers attracted to the ease in which the gadgets can be used while on the move. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

More Height Cuisine

In time for a big summer travel season to the United Kingdom, British Airways has launched a new selection of Height Cuisine videos that can be found on its Facebook page. The concept is also featured on the front of the airline's website.

The videos are well-produced efforts to give passengers background on their menus with lots of attention to detail. This segment of the travel industry always wins when food service is highlighted in this way. 

On the subject of the Olympics in London, British Airways announced last month the menu of its latest celebrity chef, Simon Hulstone, prepared for a star-studded group at the Royal Albert Hall. More than 3 million passengers on British Airways are now having the chance to taste Hulstone's offerings through the summer. The menu items were inspired by popular foods in 1948, the last time the Games were in London. 

Hulstone is the Chef at The Elephant restaurant in Torquay.  

Friday, June 1, 2012

Air France and Guy Martin

This news arrived slightly too late for the e-newsletter, so we though we could include it here. Some lovely looking pictures of the latest Guy Martin offerings in Air France Business Class.
Sautéed chicken with
 orange and maniguette pepper,
 endive and pearl onions

June 1st, long haul passengers in Business Class on Air France began enjoying exclusive signature dishes designed by the Michelin-starred chef at the Grand Véfour restaurant.

Orecchiette pasta with
 calamari and arugula served
 over tomato sauce with coriander
"Memories of holidays, colors and scents have inspired Guy Martin to come up with classic and inventive recipes," said a release from the airline. "Air France can now exclusively reveal these dishes, subtle blends of flavors for an original and contemporary culinary experience on board."

 Breast of duckling and
 a fennel and mango compote
This is the 10th year Martin has been working with Air France. These will be flying on the airline for the next eight months. Guy Martin offerings follow up from the dishes of Joël Robuchon. Passengers can also tune in to the Air France inflight entertainment system and see an  Epicerie Fine presented by Guy Martin. Each episode features the culinary delights and flagship rises of French cuisine.