Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Emirates notes decade of inflight mobile phone calling

In March of 2008, Emirates became the first airline in the world to allow passengers to make and receive calls, as well as send SMS messages from their own mobile phones.

The inaugural phone call was made on March 20, 2008 on Emirates flight 751 from Dubai to Casablanca. Since then more than 2.8 million calls have been made, 60% of which were made from the aircraft, while more than one million calls were answered by passengers traveling on Emirates.

The longest call recorded was on a flight from Orlando to Dubai on February 5, 2018 lasting 3 hours and 50 minutes. Over the last 10 years, 87 million SMS messages have also been sent or received.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

SPIRIANT dining concept wins award

The bone china in Étagère is light weight and airline friendly

SPIRIANT, the LSG Group’s inflight equipment solutions subsidiary, has won an iF Design award for their new Étagère premium dining ware concept. 

“The concept creates a holistic meal experience where visual appeal and functional requirements are perfectly combined, living up to SPIRIANT’s brand claim, “’Where inspiration meets performance,”’ said a release from SPIRIANT.

Fine bone china used in the design is thinner and more transparent than common porcelain, making it both elegant and lightweight for air travel, said the company. SPIRIANT made the design with a serving plate, a smaller plate and bowl that can be arranged in several forms and stacked. It can also be used in a lounge or at the onboard bar.

Daniel Knies and Eva Hotz on
the winning night for SPIRIANT
The awards ceremony took place on March 9 at the BMW World exhibition center in Munich. Daniel Knies, Director Design and Product at SPRIANT, and Eva Hotz, Product Manager for Premium Experience SPIRIANT, proudly attended to accept the award. 

“We are elated that the Etagère concept is receiving the recognition that we have always felt it deserved,” said Knies. “The work that we put into the design process was meticulous, in-depth and always with the premium passenger experience at the forefront of our minds.”