Monthly Archives: February 2019

United Airlines to hold a contest for women artists to paint a Boeing 757 in an original design

United Airlines has made this announcement:

In advance of Women’s History Month beginning on Friday, United Airlines is launching a first-of-its-kind contest designed to find and uplift underrepresented women artists by providing a chance to paint a canvas like no other — a United Airlines aircraft. While 51% of today’s artists are women, less than 13% of art on display in museums is by women artists according to The National Museum of Women in the Arts. Painting a Boeing 757 provides artists with a traveling canvas that flies on average 1.6 million miles a year and 476 cross-country trips. The aircraft is roughly 300 times larger than the typical 18″ x 24″ canvas.

“As a company, we believe in the importance of equality of women in what has historically been a male dominated field,” said Jill Kaplan, United’s president for New York and New Jersey. “When we heard the statistics about how underrepresented women are when it comes to displaying their art, we thought what better way to contribute to changing this narrative than by offering the biggest canvas we have access to – an aircraft.”

United has long been committed to being a leader in advancing women in the aviation industry. Today the carrier has more women who are pilots than any other airline in the world, including Bebe O’Neil, United’s System Chief Pilot, who manages the carrier’s 12,600 pilots. The airline has worked with Women in Aviation, a nonprofit organization which provides networking, education, mentoring, and scholarship opportunities, for more than 25 years and Girls in Aviation Day to ensure a growing number of female pilots.

“As a global company with inclusion at our core, we constantly seek unique opportunities to celebrate and showcase diverse talents,” United’s California President Janet Lamkin commented. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity through this unique contest to bring visibility to the work of these exceptional female artists. We take pride in leveraging our global presence to showcase their great work to millions of people who see our planes on the ground and in the sky.”

To enter, individuals must identify as a woman, including cisgender, transgender, woman-aligned or non-binary, and reside in the United States, who can visually represent either New York/New Jersey or California, two key markets for the airline, in their own style, while combining the company’s mission and what the communities in each region mean to the artist. Two winners, one representing each region, will be chosen and given a chance to work alongside renowned artist Shantell Martin to finalize a design for their respective region’s plane. Shantell brings to the contest her talents and work, from the New York City Ballet to a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Kendrick Lamar, which are full of whimsical drawings and storytelling, that are dedicated to making sure other women artists are seen.

To enter, individuals are encouraged to visit united.com/HerArtHere and submit a design idea, examples of their work portfolio along with a short video by March 24, 2019. Submissions will be judged and narrowed down to three finalists by a panel of judges from each region, led by each region’s president, Janet Lamkin in California and Jill Kaplan in New York/New Jersey from March 25April 9, 2019, followed by a public vote from April 10April 19, 2019 to determine the winning artists from each region. Finalists and winners will also receive their own open gallery show, have their art work on display inside United Airlines terminals through 2019 with their works available to purchase and they will also be awarded 100,000 MileagePlus award miles. The final designs will take flight this fall.

Customers in Los Angeles and New York have an opportunity to visit murals by Shantell Martin as part of this contest. Each mural showcases interactive airplane windows that lead to videos with more information. The murals will be on display from now until March 18 at 799 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA and at 38 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

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Air Italy signs code share agreement with Bulgaria Air

Air Italy and Bulgaria Air have entered into a code share partnership to offer customers enhanced connectivity between Bulgaria and eight major destinations in Italy, with effect from today.

Under the agreement, Air Italy’s “IG” code will be placed on Bulgaria Air flights between Milan Malpensa and Sofia, Varna and Burgas, which are all on sale from today with the first flights available from March 31st. At the same time, starting with the new summer IATA season, Bulgaria Air will put its “FB” code on Air Italy flights between Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino, Naples, Olbia and Cagliari (Sardinia), Palermo and Catania (Sicily), and Lamezia Terme (Calabria).

Moreover, thanks also to the interline commercial agreement, Bulgaria Air’s passengers will benefit from single tickets for travel between Bulgaria and Air Italy’s US, Canada and Africa destinations operated from Malpensa: Miami, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco (both from April), Toronto (from May), Cairo, Dakar, Accra and Lagos.

 

Ryanair launches its 2019 Irish winter schedule

Ryanair on February 26 launched its Irish Winter 2019 schedule, with 119 routes in total, including 2 new routes from Dublin to Milan and from Knock to Tenerife, and 10 new winter services to exciting connections such as Dublin to Kyiv and Cork to Malta.

Ryanair’s Irish winter 2019 schedule will deliver:

At Dublin:

  • 1 new route to Milan Malpensa (daily)
  • 6 new winter services: Bordeaux (2 per week), Bournemouth (4), Gothenburg (2),

Kyiv (2), London Southend (2 daily) & Pisa (2)

  • More flights on 3 other routes: Cologne (daily), Lisbon (9) & Malaga (11)
  • 82 routes in total

Shannon:

  • 12 routes in total

Cork:

  • 4 new winter services:  Alicante (2), Budapest (2), Malta (2) & Poznan (2)
  • 14 routes in total

Knock:

  • 1 new route to Tenerife (weekly)
  • 7 routes in total

Kerry:

  • 4 routes in total

Irish consumers and visitors can now book their holidays on 119 routes as far out as March 2020.

In other news, Ryanair also announced a new London Stansted route to Venice Marco Polo, which will operate four times weekly commencing in October, as part of Ryanair’s London Stansted Winter 2019 schedule, which has a total of 119 routes.

Finally, Ryanair also announced a new Manchester route to Milan Malpensa, which will operate four times weekly commencing in October, as part of Ryanair’s Manchester Winter 2019 schedule, which will be launched shortly.

All photos by Ryanair.

Brussels Airlines opens a “boutique hotel in the air” for long-haul travel

Brussels Airlines has revealed a brand new travel experience on board of its long-haul aircraft. By investing 10 million euro per aircraft in a completely new Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class the airline wants to offer a personal experience, recreating a boutique hotel feel at 30,000 feet. The interior was designed in collaboration with JPA Design.

Brussels Airlines aims to make the journey as important as the destination. With three new highly differentiated classes with quality products and the typical Belgian hospitality, the airline calls its newly introduced and retrofitted Airbus A330 aircraft “a boutique hotel in the air”, offering the same small scale personal experience as one finds in a boutique hotel. To translate its boutique aspirations into reality, Brussels Airlines has worked with JPA Design to design the brand new Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy Class.

The Belgian touch

Premium-quality material such as wood and leather have always been important when it comes to Belgian design. Belgian Art Nouveau and Victor Horta were the inspiration for the new A330 cabin interior. The dome light of the ceiling in the boarding area features an elegant Art Nouveau design. All seats feature rich 3D textured fabric, inspired by famous Belgian designers like Dries Van Noten.

As culinary excellence is key to Belgians, Brussels Airlines teams up with a Belgian Star Chef every year to design the Business Class menu’s on its long-haul flights. With its new cabin the airline also brings the Belgian beer and bar culture to the sky, by including a self-service bar in its aircraft and offering a varying choice of 8 famous Belgian beers to all guests. Next to that, Belgian wines, coffee and premium Belgian chocolates from Neuhaus are personally served by the airline’s warm and friendly crew.

 “At Brussels Airlines we are continuously working on improving the comfort for our guests on board as well as on the ground. With this significant investment in our long-haul travel experience, we emphasize once more on our commitment towards an exceptional passenger experience. The experience delivered by the finest boutique hotels has been the source of inspiration for our new Intercontinental Business Class. We want to be the most personal airline, give a personal service to every guest and offer everyone the warm hospitality Belgium is known for. And that is exactly the essence of a boutique hotel, offering a world-class service in a small scale environment. The comparison of our aircraft – especially on the long haul – with a boutique hotel makes a lot of sense.”

Christina Foerster – CEO Brussels Airlines

“It has been an absolute joy to collaborate with such a characterful combination of the Brussels Airlines brand & Belgium itself. Both have a genuinely unique ‘joie de vivre’ and with such great design culture to draw on it has been a fun and enjoyable project to deliver. The new cabins reflect a  ’boutique hotel in the sky’, which captures the warmth and friendliness of the Brussels Airlines brand, whilst perfectly melding JPA Design’s experience in creating hospitality and aviation interiors. Together, we’ve created a harmonious ambiance for a personalised & warm service, and the result takes the airline’s guest-experience to new levels.“  

  • John Tighe – Design Director for Transport at JPA Design

Business Class, a boutique hotel feel with an Art Nouveau signature

The new Business Class brings a boutique hotel atmosphere with a classy Belgian design, far from a traditional Business Class. Throughout the whole cabin design, Art Nouveau patterns reflect the premium Belgian hospitality and bring a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere on board, consistent with what the airline offers its Business Class guests on the ground in their flagship lounge ‘The Loft’ at Brussels Airport. The carpet pattern is inspired by the vault design of historical Antwerp central station while famous Belgian designers like Dries Van Noten were an inspiration for the design of the seat fabric.

Thanks to its small size of only 30 seats and its unique staggered configuration, the new Business Class offers great privacy in every seat. Guests can choose between a single and a double seat depending on whether they are travelling alone or with a companion. Completely adaptable to every guest’s need the new Business seat can be converted to a lounge sofa or a 2m long full flat bed with adjustable softness. This combined with the new lighting ambiance tailored to all flight phases, ensures a rejuvenating sleep for jet lag-free flying across time zones. Furthermore, the 15.6” HD screen can be tilted to adapt to all seating positions and includes high-quality noise-cancelling headphones.

Guests travelling in the new Business Class can indulge in a fine culinary experience. International wines & Laurent Perrier Champagne from Brussels Airlines’ award winning wine cellar selected by Master of Wine Fiona Morrison, accompany a four-course gastronomic meal created by a Belgian Michelin Star Chef. This year it’s Thierry Theys from restaurant Nuance who serves his menus on board. On top of the fine dining experience, Brussels Airlines brings for the first time ever a Belgian walk-up bar on board, located just behind the Business Class cabin, offering famous Belgian beers as well as a place to network with fellow Business Class travellers.

Premium Economy, the most relaxing experience

With its new long-haul travel experience, Brussels Airlines also launches a brand new travel class. The new Premium Economy Class is completely separated from the other classes, creating a quiet and relaxed environment with soft purple and blue colours. A premium seat with increased private space, comfortable cushioning and an expanded armrest allow to travel undisturbed. A 38” seat pitch (23% more legroom compared to Economy Class), a wider seat with a bigger headrest and a generous 40° seat recline allow for a relaxing sleep. Its warm and joyful design with a red touch is a signature of the Brussels Airlines brand. The 13.3” HD screen is one of the largest HD Premium Economy screens in Europe. On top of that, a large table includes AC & USB power plugs so guests can stay productive throughout their flight.

Like everywhere, Brussels Airlines offers its ever-personal service in Premium Economy, on top of an upgraded culinary experience, a water bottle and hot towel, and later during the flight ice cream as a movie snack.

Economy Class: Warm, generous and friendly

The new Economy cabin provides additional comfort for every guest. A playful design, inspired by the sunrise on the North Sea represents the warmth of Brussels Airlines’ Belgian hospitality. The new Economy seat features an ergonomic headrest offering increased privacy and adjustable neck support. A large seat recline, personal USB port and a wide choice of entertainment and games on a 10.1’’ screen ensure an enjoyable and relaxing flight, while each guest can enjoy a nice international meal with aperitif and complimentary beers, wines and spirits.

The first refurbished A330 will be operational in April 2019.

All photos by Brussels Airlines.

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QANTAS to launch seasonal nonstop flights from Melbourne to Queenstown

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QANTAS Airways will launch new seasonal flights direct from Melbourne to Queenstown to meet the growing number of Australians seeking winter holidays in New Zealand over the peak ski season*.

Between June 21 and August 27, 2019, QANTAS will operate three services per week between Melbourne and Queenstown with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, offering more than 10,000 seats on the route over the winter peak.

These new flights are in addition to the QANTAS Group’s 33 existing Queenstown services available each week throughout winter, with QANTAS’ flights operating from Sydney and Brisbane and Jetstar’s flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast.

The flights – which will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays – have been made possible by reducing Qantas’ Melbourne-Christchurch schedule to four services per week over the winter when demand is lower.

* Subject to government and regulatory approval.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Boeing 737-838 WL VH-VXK (msn 33481) BNE (Ton Jochems). Image: 945054.

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Delta to bring more options, choice and comfort to Seattle trans-Pacific flying this summer

  • ​Seattle/Tacoma to be Delta’s latest U.S. gateway to benefit from expanded selection of industry-leading premium seat products on flights to Shanghai, Seoul-Incheon and Tokyo-Narita
  • Customers can choose from 29 award-winning Delta One Suites, 28 seats in the popular Delta Premium Select category, 56 Delta Comfort + seats and 168 Main Cabin seats on new widebody aircraft
  • From award-winning Delta Sky Club to brand new state-of-the-art immigration and customs facility set to open in 2020, Delta is investing in the Seattle customer experience

More options, choice and comfort are on the way for Delta customers traveling to and from top Asian destinations at its Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub beginning July 1.

Customers will begin to see these expanded products on Seattle/Tacoma flights this summer:

  • Shanghai effective July 1
  • Seoul-Incheon effective August 1
  • Tokyo-Narita effective August 31

The Airbus A330-900neo aircraft also reduces the travel carbon footprint, with increased fuel efficiency per seat of more than 20 percent when compared with previous generation aircraft. Delta will offer its flagship Delta One Suite and Delta Premium Select products on three aircraft types including the A350 and updated Boeing 777s.

Delta’s Seattle/Tacoma Hub

On March 1, Delta will begin operating its Seattle/Tacoma-Tokyo-Narita route with Airbus A350 aircraft, featuring Delta One Suite and Delta Premium Select options. Delta currently operates the Boeing 767-300ER on Seattle/Tacoma service to Shanghai and Seoul-Incheon. Delta will also begin operating two of its six daily flights between Seattle/Tacoma and San Jose, California with its new Airbus A220 aircraft.

Delta operates more than 150 peak-day departures to more than 50 destinations from its hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Below Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-941 N504DN (msn 160) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944036.

Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-941 N504DN (msn 160) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 944036.

JetBlue adds more routes and flights from Boston Logan

JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N969JT (msn 7353) (Prism) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945820.

JetBlue Airways has announced the next phase of growth at Logan International Airport (BOS) as it advances toward its goal of 200 daily departures in the coming years.

Beginning this summer, JetBlue will add more flights on twelve popular routes while also expanding or adjusting schedules to offer hourly service to Washington, D.C. and the New York metro area. The move, which will benefit both leisure and business customers, is the latest in a series of growth announcements in Boston where JetBlue flies to more nonstop destinations, operates more flights and serves more travelers than any other airline.

 

More Flights to Top Destinations

JetBlue will phase in more flights over the summer and fall on twelve existing Logan routes stretching across the eastern half of the United States to/from:

With JetBlue’s low fares and award winning service on even more daily flights between Boston and these key markets, the airline advances its leadership position in New England and makes JetBlue’s Boston focus city even more accessible to travelers across the eastern half of the U.S.

Streamlined Schedules to Key Northeast Markets

JetBlue is also introducing enhanced schedules between Boston and two top northeast corridor business markets: Washington and New York City.

JetBlue is adding up to four additional daily flights between Logan and D.C.’s Reagan National Airport and will adjust its schedule to offer near-hourly weekday service – from 6 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. – between New England and the nation’s capital. The new service – with Boston flights departing at the top of the hour – is aimed at meeting the growing demand for travel between the two cities while also offering a customer-friendly, straight-forward departure schedule. Flights will be phased in beginning this summer with new flights on sale starting this weekend.

Similarly, JetBlue will also introduce near-hourly weekday service between Boston and the New York metro area with service between approximately 5:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. Logan flights will depart at the bottom of the hour for one of the three major New York area airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). As New York’s Hometown Airline®, JetBlue’s unique service pattern is designed to meet the needs of travelers flying between Boston and anywhere across the New York metro area, whether it be Manhattan, the outer boroughs, Long Island or northern New Jersey. The flight schedule between New York and Boston will be phased in beginning this summer with new flights on sale starting this weekend.

Boston by the Numbers and Beyond

JetBlue first started service in Boston in January 2004, with 30 crewmembers, just one gate and 4,500 flights in the first year. But with the ‘JetBlue effect’ in action, the innovative airline shook up New England with its low-fare approach, driving down prices and introducing new nonstop destinations for Logan travelers.

Today, JetBlue – with award-winning service featuring the most legroom in coach (a); free Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky (b); complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks; free, live DIRECTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio at every seat – carries more customers than any other airline in Boston, operates nearly 55,000 annual departures at Logan and offers nonstop service to more than 70 destinations throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. Boston is also home to some 3,400 crewmembers.

Beyond the numbers, JetBlue has also helped bring new gates to Logan’s Terminal C, added the airline’s award-winning Mint premium service with lie-flat seating on a variety of routes, and introduced an array of unique destinations not served by any other airline – including recently launched flights to Havana, Cuba; Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and Palm Springs, Calif.

Later this year, JetBlue will take delivery of new, fuel-efficient A321neo aircraft, bringing another wave of cabin and comfort improvements along with additional range capabilities. Then, starting in 2020, JetBlue will also steadily replace its Embraer E190 fleet with the larger and more fuel-efficient Airbus A220, providing more seats in the market at a lower operating cost, and an improved onboard experience.

JetBlue has also built a rich portfolio of agreements with other international airlines at Logan that help connect customers to global destinations. Travelers can connect to cities around the world on JetBlue partners such as Emirates, El Al, Aer Lingus, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.

JetBlue’s commitment to Boston extends well beyond its presence at Logan. JetBlue is a proud sponsor of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins, the Boston Marathon, TD Garden and the New England Patriots. The local JetBlue team has also contributed thousands of hours to support numerous community organizations in the greater Boston area.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N969JT (msn 7353) (Prism) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945820.

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