Monthly Archives: January 2019

Roots and Air Canada partner to mark “International Sweatpants Day” onboard Air Canada’s longest international flight

Iconic Canadian brands, Roots and Air Canada, partnered to make a long journey even more comfy in celebration of International Sweatpants Day. The two companies surprised more than 250 customers on Air Canada’s longest nonstop flight from Vancouver, Canada to Melbourne, Australia with a gifted set of Roots signature Salt & Pepper™ sweatpants, hoody and a handcrafted made-in-Canada Roots leather passport holder, bringing Roots quintessential cabin-meets-city style to the airplane cabin.

Landing at 10:05 a.m. in Melbourne, Australia and sporting Roots stylishly comfortable sweats, customers onboard the Air Canada flight will be some of the first people in the world to celebrate International Sweatpants Day in 2019.

To further mark International Sweatpants Day, Roots and Air Canada are calling on Canadians to enter the Roots x Air Canada contest. Entrants will have the opportunity to win the ultimate journey in comfort and style. Prizes include two Air Canada round-trip airfares to any destination in Canada as well as two Roots comfort and style travel packages, containing Roots sweats, a Banff Bag and more. The contest is open from January 21 to 25, 2019. For more details on how to participate, please see the following link.

Established in 1973, Roots is a premium outdoor lifestyle brand. We unite the best of cabin and city through unmistakable style built with uncompromising comfort and quality. We offer a broad range of products including: women’s and men’s apparel, leather goods, footwear, accessories and kids, toddler and baby. Our valued consumers can experience Roots through 118 stores in Canada, seven stores in the United States, 115 partner-operated stores in Taiwan, 30 partner-operated stores in China and a global eCommerce platform (as at November 3, 2018). Roots Corporation is a Canadian corporation doing business as “Roots” and “Roots Canada”.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Roots Air (Skyservice) Airbus A320-231 C-FRAR (msn 447) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 944260.

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Southwest Airlines to add more Atlanta flights for the Super Bowl

Southwest Airlines today added additional nonstop service options for football fans flying to and from the Super Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, the carrier will field the following nonstop service for fans:
Boston to Atlanta, four flights (an increase of two flights)
Los Angeles (LAX) to Atlanta, two flights (an increase of one flight)
St. Louis to Atlanta, five flights (an increase of one flight)

After the weekend, Southwest has fans covered with even more nonstop options for the trip home.  On Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, the carrier will offer the following additional flights:
Atlanta to Boston, four nonstop flights (an increase of two flights)
Atlanta to Los Angeles (LAX), two nonstop flights (an increase of one flight)
Atlanta to St. Louis, five nonstop flights (an increase of one flight)

QANTAS Airways to return to Fiji

QANTAS Airways Boeing 737-838 WL VH-VZF (msn 33481) BNE (Ton Jochems). Image: 945055.

QANTAS Airways has made this announcement:

QANTAS Airways is making it easier for customers to holiday in Fiji by relaunching new nonstop flights from Sydney, meeting a growing demand from customers wanting a premium travel option to the islands*.

From March 31, 2019, the direct service will operate four times per week to Nadi, the country’s main gateway, with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering a checked baggage allowance, inflight entertainment and food and drinks all included as part of the fare, and the option to fly or upgrade to Business class.

The flights add to Jetstar’s direct services which also operate four times per week and will see the QANTAS Group offer customers more than 75,000 seats on the route annually and the choice to fly to the popular holiday destination six days a week.

QANTAS will also add its code to Jetstar’s flights between Sydney and Nadi, for travel from  February 1, 2019.

QANTAS will also continue to codeshare on Fiji Airways’ services to Nadi.

QANTAS’ Sydney-Nadi (Fiji) schedule effective March 31, 2019

Route Flight Dep Time^ Arr Time^ Frequency Aircraft
SYD-NAN QF 101 1030 1630~ Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun B737
NAN-SYD QF 102 1735~ 2000 Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun B737

* Subject to government and regulatory approvals.

** Lounge access available in NAN operated by Fiji Airways and ports with Qantas operated lounges only.

^Times above are local. 

~ 1 hour earlier in ADST.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by QANTAS): QANTAS Airways Boeing 737-838 WL VH-VZF (msn 33481) BNE (Ton Jochems). Image: 945055.

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Bangkok Airways welcomes its 40th aircraft to its fleet

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited led by AM. Dechit Chareonwong, Vice President of Flight Operations (center) and Mr. Nijjapat Piyapant, Vice President of Ground Operations (4th from right) welcomed the latest Airbus A319 as the 40th aircraft to its fleet at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

This aircraft type consists of 144 economy class seats and will be served popular domestic and international routes such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui, Krabi, Myanmar (Yangon, Mandalay), Cambodia (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh), India (Mumbai) and Vietnam (Danang). This includes the city of Cam Ranh which is the airline’s latest route starting January 25.

Currently, Bangkok Airways’ fleet consists of 4 ATR 72-500s, 11 ATR 72-600s, 16 Airbus A319s and 9 Airbus A320s.

Photo: Bangkok Airways.

Lufthansa Group invests in artificial intelligence partnership with Hopper

The Lufthansa Group and the Lufthansa Innovation Hub have entered into a research alliance with Hopper focused on the subject of artificial intelligence. They have thus finalized their third technology-related investment within a year, following investments in the startups Fleet Logistics and cargo.one.

Founded in Montreal, Canada in 2007, Hopper operates one of the world’s most innovative travel booking apps. By leveraging powerful machine learning and AI, Hopper’s proprietary technology accurately predicts flight and hotel prices and offers its users personalized recommendations at the optimal booking time, as well as alternative travel offers. With this research project – in which the Lufthansa Group is making a multi-million-dollar investment – the two companies are estab¬lishing a long-term collaboration regarding predictive analytics models and flight-demand forecasting. In addition, the project will utilize AI to learn customers’ preferences on a much deeper level in order to provide personalized recommen¬dations about additional services or upgrades.

“Hopper operates one of the world’s most successful flight booking apps and has developed a unique AI-based technology. With this research alliance, the Lufthansa Group is further expanding its expertise in this area. This will enable us to provide our customers with even better data-driven, tailor-made offers in the future. This is one of the central goals of our digital strategy for this year,” explains Christian Langer, Vice President Digital Strategy, Lufthansa Group.

Supported by the partnership with the Lufthansa Group, Hopper continues with the technological development of its services. Following the company’s recent US $100 million financing round, Hopper will also continue to grow its global market presence as part of its international expansion efforts.

“We are thrilled to have Lufthansa Group and Lufthansa Innovation Hub as part-ners in research as we further our expansion into Europe,” said Frederic Lalonde, CEO of Hopper. “The combination of local market knowledge and dedication to exploring the upper bounds of AI makes this an ideal partnership for Hopper as we double down on our efforts to bring the best in travel booking to a global audience.”

The Lufthansa Innovation Hub facilitates Hopper’s European Rollout

The strategic partnership with the Lufthansa Group was initiated and negotiated by the Lufthansa Innovation Hub, the Group’s innovation and digitization unit. In addition to furthering the development of AI, Hopper will work closely with the Lufthansa Innovation Hub to expand into the European market. The Innovation Hub will provide strategic input on market-specific customer needs as well as access to its network of stakeholders in the European travel and technology space.

“We are delighted to have established a meaningful partnership between the Lufthansa Group and one of the world’s most innovative travel tech startups,” explains Gleb Tritus, Managing Director of the Lufthansa Innovation Hub. “In the coming months, we will support the collaboration with the Lufthansa Group’s revenue management and distribution experts. We are also confident that our Berlin team will be able to make a vital contribution to Hopper’s European expansion.”

Hopper’s European rollout is scheduled to start in mid-2019.

Photo: Lufthansa Group.

British Airways to paint a Boeing 747-400 in the BOAC livery, the first of legacy liveries

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British Airways has made this announcement:

As part of its 100-year birthday, British Airways has announced it will be painting a Boeing 747-400 in the much-admired design of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).

The livery from the 1964 – 1974 BOAC era will adorn a Boeing 747-400, registration G-BYGC (below).

In "Chatham Dockyard' livery, to be repainted in BOAC retro livery in February 2019

Above Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BYGC (msn 25823) LHR (SPA). Image: 945336.

The aircraft will leave the paint shop in Dublin and arrive in to Heathrow on February 18, before entering service the following day. This coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first Boeing 747 flight only a few days earlier.

A Boeing 747 long-range wide-body four engined commercial jet airliner for the BOAC – British Overseas Airways Corporation flying above the United Kingdom on 7 April 1971. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

The BOAC 747 will be the first aircraft to receive a popular design from British Airways’ past with more details of further designs to be revealed in due course. Aircraft which receive the retro liveries will fly British Airways’ routes, proudly showcasing some of the popular designs as part of the airline’s centenary celebrations.

All new aircraft entering the fleet, including the Airbus A350, will continue to receive today’s popular Chatham Dockyard design.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “So many British Airways customers and colleagues have fond memories of our previous liveries, regularly sharing their photos from across the globe, so it’s incredibly exciting to be re-introducing this classic BOAC design.

“Our history has shaped who we are today, so our centenary is the perfect moment to revisit our heritage and the UK’s aviation landscape through this iconic livery.”

The 747 has been deliberately chosen for the BOAC livery as it is a later variant of the same aircraft type that adorned the design when it was initially in operation.

The BOAC livery will remain on the Boeing 747-400 until it retires in 2023. By this time, British Airways will have retired the majority of its 747 fleet, replacing them with new state-of-the-art long-haul aircraft. This includes taking delivery of 18 A350s and 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the next four years – which feature new cabins and are more environmentally efficient – as well as another 26 short-haul aircraft, all part of the airline’s £6.5bn investment for customers.

A potted history of BA:

  • On August 25, 1919, British Airways’ forerunner company, Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T), launched the world’s first daily international scheduled air service between London and Paris.
  • In 1924, Britain’s four main fledgling airlines, which had by then evolved into Instone, Handley Page, Daimler Airways (a successor to AT&T), and British Air Marine Navigation Company Limited, merged to form Imperial Airways Limited.
  • By 1925, Imperial Airways was providing services to Paris, Brussels, Basle, Cologne and Zurich.  Meanwhile, a number of smaller UK air transport companies had started flights and in 1935, they merged to form the original privately-owned British Airways Limited, which became Imperial Airways’ principal UK competitor on European routes.
  • Following a Government review, Imperial Airways and British Airways were nationalised in 1939 to form British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Continental European and domestic flights were flown by a new airline, British European Airways (BEA) from 1946. BOAC introduced services to New York in 1946, Japan in 1948, Chicago in 1954 and the west coast of the United States in 1957. BEA developed a domestic network to various points in the United Kingdom, including Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.
  • From 1946 until 1960, BOAC and BEA were the principal British operators of scheduled international passenger and cargo services – and they preserved Britain’s pioneering role in the industry. The 1950s saw the world enter the passenger jet era – led by BOAC, with the Comet flying to Johannesburg in 1952, halving the previous flight time.
  • Additional airlines began to pass into BEA’s ownership and in 1967, the Government recommended a holding board be responsible for BOAC and BEA, with the establishment of a second force airline, resulting in British Caledonian being born in 1970.
  • Two years later, the businesses of BOAC and BEA were combined under the newly formed British Airways Board, with the separate airlines coming together as British Airways in 1974.
  • In July 1979, the Government announced its intention to sell shares in British Airways and in February 1987 British Airways was privatised.

Top Copyright Photo: BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) Boeing 747-136 G-AWNC (msn 19763) JFK (Bruce Drum). Image: 102915.

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Virgin Atlantic relaunches its “Golden Ticket”

Virgin Atlantic Airways has made this announcement:

It’s bigger, it’s better, it’s golden-er. We’ve hidden 10 more Premium Golden Ticket fares in our ordinary flight search for the splendiferous price of £1 (plus the normal taxes, fees, charges and carrier imposed surcharges). So you could be off on your next adventure for even less than you imagined.

Just go ahead and carry out a flight search in the normal way. You’ll need to choose both the correct outbound and inbound dates to be a lucky winner.

Many wonderful surprises await in Premium, including a glass of fizz-whizzing bubbly as you board, an extra comfy leather seat and delicious eatables served on china crockery with proper cutlery.

Stay tuned, we’ll be releasing more Golden Tickets throughout the day.

Good luck to you all, and happy hunting!