Monday, April 17, 2017

Aeroflot launches English in-flight magazine

Aeroflot's new in-flight magazine will help keep its English speaking passengers informed on the country's amazing cities and include biographies of important Russians, and the vast country's protected wildlife areas and culinary traditions. 

The magazine will also include details of upcoming events such as premieres, festivals and exhibitions.

The first issue includes an interview with the artist and sculptor Mikhail Shemyakin, a guide to Moscow’s best hotels, a photo-essay of the stunning scenery of Yakutia, as well as useful information about Aeroflot. Aeroflot magazine was early this month and will be rolled out across the airline’s network in the coming months. 

The magazine will be published six times per year.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Airchair – 10 years of safe transit

The Airchair, enabling the safe and easy movement of passengers with reduced mobility (PRM’s) noted its 10th year of production this spring. 

Originally launched at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2007, the Airchair weighs in at six kilograms. It’s equipped with a folding back rest that enables the aircrew or care giver to move close to the passenger to assist a safe and smooth transfer of the passenger from one seat to another. It also has the swivel castors for maneuvering in tight spaces.

“Aircrew particularly like the fact that the Airchair is so lightweight and compact so not only is it easy to move around but it is easy to stow too”, explains Brian Richards, MD of Mercury Products and the inventor of the transit chair, in a release on the product circulated at Aircraft Interior Expo last week. “The Airchair is proving popular with both short and long haul airlines around the world because of its quality and the fact that, although it is small and compact, it is incredibly robust.”

Many of the design features focus on passenger comfort and safety. The seat and backrest are made from high quality, fire retardant leather, and waist and thigh straps, side restraints and a footrest keep the passenger safe during transit. The Airchair is available in three widths 14, 15 and 16 inches and can carry passengers up to 250 kilograms.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tray table art adorns Delta 767


Delta Air Lines and The Coca-Cola Company have teamed up to bring art to the tray table.

Twelve artists from around the world worked with Delta and Coca-Cola have created an art gallery in the sky one of the airline’s 767s.


“Each artist brought their own personal style and taste to their trays and drew inspiration from some of the airline’s most popular destinations, including: Amsterdam, Atlanta, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. Each piece of art celebrates themes of optimism, travel, refreshment and happiness," said a release from Delta. 

Delta will also be displaying the original trays in Concourse A, between gates A15 and A11 at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Video footage and other behind-the-scenes assets of the artists in action will be shown.

Delta, along with creative agency Wieden+Kennedy New York and Coca-Cola, developed and implemented the art gallery.

More on each artist and their specific tray table art can be found on Delta’s website.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Star Alliance salutes FFG ORD culinary team

Flying Food Group’s unit at Chicago O’Hare Airport and its culinary team earned accolades
A fruit platter prepared
by FFG ORD chefs
for the Star Alliance
luncheon
and praise for their skills from the Star Alliance. 


Alliance members and staff gathered at a recent luncheon hosted by FFG ORD. 

Thomas Trapp, Deputy Star Alliance Airport Coordinator and Station Manager for ANA, described the January 19 group dining event at Flying Food Group’s O’Hare kitchen as “amazing and scrumptious.” 

Trapp wrote to ORD Executive Chef Moe Elmaher: “You all truly proved your skills and talents to us.” 

The Star Alliance luncheon showcased FFG’s “culinary passion,” noted FFG ORD General Manager Steve Kershner.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Turkish Airlines offers Super Bowl viewing through connectivity


Turkish Airlines passengers will be able to watch the Super Bowl, the final game of the National Football League, live February 5 on all flights with an Internet connection.

“We are excited to offer American football experience with Super Bowl to our passengers at thousands of feet of elevation, and also debut our new commercial video on this broadcast,” said Turkish Airlines' Chief Marketing Officer Ahmet Olmustur, in today’s announcement.

Turkish Airlines offers in-flight entertainment service through its Planet system which in 23 languages including more than 800 TV shows, over 700 music albums, seven in-flight live TV broadcasts. The airline distributes Samsung Galaxy S2 tablets in Business Class for flights taking more than 2.5 hours and Denon headphones in all long-haul flights.

Friday, January 6, 2017

China Southern leads search for next inflight food innovation

China Southern Airlines, is hosting a #ChinaSouthernFoodies social media contest to find the next inflight food sensation.

Professional or home cooks, foodies and flyers across the world are encouraged to enter their own original recipe via social media. A number of entries will be chosen to compete in the final taste-testing event at BREAD® restaurant January 26 at the Nolitan Hotel in New York. 

The restaurant chefs will convert the winning entries into airline-friendly options to be tasted and voted on. "This is a very modern project so we love being part of it," says Lia Comandatore, Owner of Bread®. "We are looking to open Bread® in China, so this partnership looks like destiny."

China Southern Airlines has partnered with Nik Loukas and James Mellor of The Inflight Food Trip documentary. They are highlighting not just airlines but also the cabin crews, caterers and general public that have experience or interactions with inflight meals. 

"This is something that has never been done before. By inviting the general public, China Southern Airlines will substantially upgrade the transparency surrounding airline food, where all decisions are typically made behind closed doors,” says Loukas in the announcement of the contest.

China Southern has partnered with headset manafucturer Sennheiser for the event. Attendees of the event will enter the taste-testing wearing Sennheiser headphones, creating a realistic and immersive experience for the taste-testers.

"China Southern Airlines started this campaign to directly engage with travelers and learn more about local flavors. Partnering with these companies for this event will allow us to provide a better inflight experience," says Kevin Hou, General Manager at China Southern Airlines New York.

3G connectivity spurs usage, says AeroMobile


Since launching 3G inflight connectivity one year ago, AeroMobile reports it has seen a 160% increase in inflight data usage year on year.

More than half of the company partners are connected to the company’s 3G network. 
In addition to the increase in data usage, AeroMobile says there has been a 22% increase in inflight users and a 14% increase in sent SMS.

“Whether tweeting, texting, emailing, calling or messaging, passengers are staying connected to the world on the ground while on their travels,” said a release from the company.
The company’s 3G connectivity is now available on flights to 55 country destinations with USA, Australia and Ireland topping the 3G-inflight data usage.

AeroMobile recorded its first inflight phone call in 2008 and was the first to launch 3G inflight in December 2015. The AeroMobile service allows passengers to use their own mobile devices to call, text and browse the Internet inflight, and now has over 340 roaming agreements in more than 145 countries.

“It wasn’t long ago that most travelers were unaware of inflight connectivity. Since launching 3G a year ago we’ve seen a significant increase in awareness and usage of our inflight network as passengers can now access more services using their mobile phone. It’s now becoming the norm to tweet from a plane or pick up that important email and we’re proud to continue to lead the way for inflight connectivity,” said Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile.