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Emirates catching up in new First Class product race

Emirates catching up in new First Class product raceDUBAI - In 2003 Emirates was the first airline offering fully private suites in First Class. Now other carriers are upping the ante and the Dubai-based carrier has to catch up. At the Dubai Air Show this week, Emirates managed to launch a few industry firsts in First – question is: Are they really enhancing the experience?»
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Taking United’s new Polaris seat from San Francisco to Frankfurt

Taking United’s new Polaris seat from San Francisco to FrankfurtSan Francisco - Hardly any product launch has stirred so much interest and discussions among frequent fliers as United Airlines did when it launched Polaris. When the world’s third largest airline announces a revamp of its premium product as United did in June 2016, this naturally raises expectations. »
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Singapore Airlines raises benchmark in new A380 Suites

Singapore Airlines raises benchmark in new A380 SuitesSINGAPORE/HAMBURG - It will have been ten years and barely two months since the world’s first A380 passenger flight when the new cabins of the first freshly delivered Airbus A380 for Singapore Airlines (SIA) are seeing their premiere.»
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Air Astana Business Class sets Boeing 767 benchmark

Air Astana Business Class sets Boeing 767 benchmarkASTANA - Kazakhstan sounds very far and remote for most Western Europeans, hardly anyone has an idea about this huge country. It is the world`s ninth-largest even, home to only 18m people, while its economy is just about half the size of Ireland`s.»
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Icelandair as cheaper premium alternative over the Atlantic

Icelandair as cheaper premium alternative over the AtlanticHAMBURG - Icelandair is a booming airline, last year it jumped the four-million threshold for the first time, carrying 4.1m passengers. Only in 2009 it flew just 1.3m customers. Then in 2010, a volcano erupted on the Atlantic island, paralysing air traffic over Europe for days.»
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Taking the Delta One Business Class over the Atlantic

Taking the Delta One Business Class over the Atlantic AMSTERDAM - For all Delta departures from Amsterdam, an important hub for the Skyteam partner, there are special procedures before boarding. All departure monitors and even the boarding passes don't indicate the real departure gate, but instead a special gate at which US-bound passengers have to undergo special questioning.»
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African adventure – taking TAAG Air Angola to Luanda

African adventure – taking TAAG Air Angola to LuandaLUANDA - The national airline of Angola in the southwest of Africa is one of the continent's oldest airlines, having commenced operations already in 1940. Still it is fairly obscure internationally. Its home state Angola is one of the most expensive countries on earth, where a civil war raged until 2002.»
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Taking an Air Seychelles A330 to the islands in the Indian Ocean

Taking an Air Seychelles A330 to the islands in the Indian Ocean DUSSELDORF - Air Seychelles is the national carrier of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. For the country consisting of 115 far flung islands, whose total footprint is a third smaller than the German city of Hamburg, and of which only a few are inhabited by a total of 93,000 people, tourism is the number one source of income.»
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Flying low cost, South African style

Flying low cost, South African styleCAPE TOWN - kulula is a low cost airline rarely known beyond the borders of South Africa. "Kulula" means "easily" in the Zulu language, linguistically almost an African take on easyJet. It was founded 2001 as spinoff of private airline Comair, which flies since 1996 in close relation with British Airways, since then also under the BA name and livery.»
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WOW air goes wide body – taking the purple A330 to Iceland

WOW air goes wide body – taking the purple A330 to IcelandKEFLAVIK - Icelandic LCC WOW air is a prominent newcomer to European aviation, which makes quite a wave not only because of the bright purple color in which its aircraft are painted. Travel writer Monica Suma reviewed the WOW air A330-300 product on behalf of PaxEx.com.»

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South African Airways receives its first A330-300

JOHANNESBURG - South African Airways (SAA) has taken delivery of its first of five new leased A330-300 widebody jetliners, becoming the first Southern African operator of the aircraft type.»

United strolls into bare fare territory

CHICAGO - United follows Delta along the bare-bone trail and hopes to appeal to cost-sensitive fliers with a new Economy Basic fare option.»

Easyjet launches Apple Pay on web bookings

LUTON - Easyjet announced that its customers can now use Apple Pay for bookings made on its website. "This makes payment a seamless 2 touch process", Easyjet said.»

Emirates to charge passengers for seat reservation

DUBAI - Emirates will start charging a seat selection fee in its bottom Economy fares Special and Saver by October.»

Cathay Pacific relaxes its baggage policy

HONGKONG - Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair announced the introduction of a new baggage policy, which will see passengers benefit from increased check-in allowances and lower excess baggage charges.»

American introduces premium IFE content on domestic flights

HOUSTON - American Airlines elevates its passenger experience by adding complimentary premium movies, TV shows, music and games in the main cabin on all domestic flights offering seatback entertainment systems or Wi-Fi.»

"Do you want fries with your flight?"

BRUSSELS - Belgium is known for Tintin, for surrealism, chocolate and above all… fries, something Brussels Airlines did not offer yet on board, until today. The airline has put fries on its in-flight menu, wíth mayo or ketchup, of course.»

American introduces Premium-Coach in November

DALLAS - American Airlines Group will be the first U.S. carrier to offer a premium economy cabin with more legroom, in a bid to win overseas travelers seeking extra perks at a lower price than in business class.»

Singapore Airlines to allow passengers to bid for seat upgrades

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines has introduced a system that would allow a few select passengers to bid online for a seat upgrade a few days before their departure.»

Easyjet invents the smart shoe

LONDON - Easyjet has unveiled a prototype smart shoe - named the "Sneakairs" - which with their built-in technology could help passengers explore new cities (or navigate through unfamiliar airports) with ease.»

World`s largest self-service bag drop opens at Gatwick

LONDON - Easyjet opened its new check in area in the North Terminal at London Gatwick Airport which is the world`s largest self-service bag drop, according to the airline.»

Emirates mulls premium economy service

DUBAI - Emirates mulls introducing a Premium Economy service as load factors drop at the world`s largest international airline.»

IAG partners with Gogo for in-flight connectivity

LONDON - Gogo will equip 118 British Airways aircraft, four Aer Lingus Boeing 757 and up to 15 Iberia long-haul aircraft with its Ku2 WiFi-technology.»

APEX wants to collect "genuine" passenger feedback

HAMBURG - Arrive. Rate. This is the seamless approach APEX, the industry network for passenger experience, takes with its app-based passenger-survey tool "Official Airline Ratings".»

Recaro books orders from Air China, SIA and Alaska Airlines

HAMBURG - Ten Air China Airbus A350 aircraft will soon be taking off with Recaro seats. The airline has ordered 2,500 units of the CL3710 seats from the German aircraft seat manufacturer.»

Experience your flight live on your tablet

HAMBURG - Making its premiere at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik will introduce an interactive system that lets passengers track their own flight live on their tablet or smartphone.»

Emirates increases lead time for check-in

DUBAI - Emirates extended its online check-in from 24 to 48 hours before departure in a move to encourage more passengers to use this option.»

Air Canada offers Gogo 2Ku WiFi on its 777s

MONTREAL - Air Canada announced it will offer satellite connectivity on international flights so customers can email, surf the internet and stream entertainment at broadband speeds while flying.»

United goes 10-abreast on domestic 777s

CHICAGO - United will retrofit 19 Boeing 777-200 of its fleet into a high-density cabin layout for domestic flights. A 10-abreast Ecomony seating will increase capacity by 20 to 364 seats, United confirmed to "USA Today".»

Air Europa to offer Wi-Fi on long haul fleet

PALMA - Air Europa continues to press ahead with its plan to offer Wi-Fi service to passengers on-board its three Airbus A330. The eXConnect system is supplied by Panasonic Avionics Corporation.»

American pulls the plug on air-to-ground WiFi

FORT WORTH - Gogo pioneered the in-flight WiFi industry but has to keep up with changing airline and passenger demands, as a public clash with Amercian showed.»

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