New in the Eurowings long-haul portfolio: from December 1, 2018, the airline will fly to Newark (EWR) six times a week. This means that Eurowings is now offering two attractive connections from Dusseldorf to the Big Apple just in time for Christmas shopping. Eurowings passengers can already fly to John F. Kennedy Airport five times a week.
To mark the new route to Newark, Eurowings is sharing tips on activities and exciting locations in the wintry metropolis and idea for passengers with excess luggage to bear in mind for a stress-free flight after a successful shopping trip.
Getting the Christmas magic bug
At the end of November, the huge Christmas tree in front of the Rockefeller Center is officially lit up during a festive ceremony. Every year, thousands of people gather around the Rockefeller Plaza or follow the event live on television. But even away from this hotspot, the city is magnificently illuminated and beckons you to enjoy a winter shopping trip. Insider tip: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights in Brooklyn.
Shop till you drop
New York is considered to be a shopping mecca all year round but at Christmas time the metropolis excels itself, whether you fancy vintage shopping in Soho or strolling around the big department stores. A whole floor of Macy’s is turned into Macy’s Santaland – in honour of Santa Claus who visits at this time of year – and maybe here some of your long-held shopping wishes will come true. The most beautiful decorative displays can be admired at Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Tiffany’s and Lord & Taylor – all located on Fifth Avenue.
Winter Wonderland: Ice skating and holiday markets
Ice skating is one of the most popular winter sports and also great fun for beginners. The famous Wollman Rink in Central Park is open from October and skates can be hired on site. There is also a small ice rink at the Rockefeller Center. What’s special about this: visitors to New York can go skating under the Christmas lights at night. Then they can warm up with a hot drink at one of the many holiday markets, such as at Columbus Circle. The magnificently decorated Christmas markets offer not only delicious things to eat but also many pretty souvenirs.
Tips and tricks for excess luggage
After a prolonged shopping trip, suitcases are often bursting at the seams. Good preparation ensures a stress-free return journey: of course, extra luggage such as suitcases full of gifts or oversized souvenirs may be taken on board at Eurowings but should be registered in advance via the Call Center. Passengers can read up on the costs in detail in the schedule of charges.
Basically, at Eurowings, each passenger may carry one item of hand luggage on board with a maximum weight of 8 kg and maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 23 cm. In addition, a further small item of hand luggage is permitted (e.g. laptop bag, handbag, briefcase, folder satchel, etc.). In the regular SMART fare option, each passenger may additionally register a suitcase up to 23 kilograms. Liquids of all kinds may only be carried on board in containers with a capacity of up to 100 millilitres and they must be placed in a transparent, resealable bag. Eurowings provides more information about luggage at eurowings.com.
As a further pre-Christmas highlight, from mid-December Eurowings will inspire its passengers on board for their Christmas shopping in New York. In cooperation with Cologne-based start-up Sugartrends, a marketplace for local retailers, the airline showcases the best shops and trendy gift ideas from the Big Apple in a magazine which can be found in the seat pockets. Passengers can connect to the Internet on board their long-haul flight to New York, enabling them to browse and purchase the products of hip New York boutiques at Sugartrends.com. On arrival in New York, they can personally pick up the products purchased on board in the actual stores.
Top Copyright Photo: Eurowings (Brussels Airlines) Airbus A340-313 OO-SCW (msn 335) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 941319.
The longest commercial flight on the planet set off from Changi International Airport Terminal 3 last night at 11:37pm, and arrived at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport a day later at 5:29am (US Eastern time).
Excited passengers boarded the sleek, brand-new, two-class Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra-long-range) aircraft at around 11pm before settling into SQ22’s 67 business suites and 94 premium economy seats. As they headed down the aerobridge, airline staff handed out memorabilia that included a signed flight certificate from Captain SL Leong.
The marathon 19-hour, 16,700km route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, with daily operations commencing on 18 October. The airline has an additional seven A350-900ULRs on order and from 2 November will fly non-stop to Los Angeles.
The two flights are just the latest services that signify the airline’s stronger presence in the US: in October 2016 SIA commenced non-stop flights between Singapore and San Francisco and by the end of this year will be operating 27 non-stop services a week from Singapore to the US.
“These new flights will also provide convenient connections beyond Changi Airport, helping to boost connectivity to and through the Singapore hub,” the airline’s senior vice-president for sales and marketing, Campbell Wilson said at a pre-flight reception inside the gatehold room.
“Flying on Singapore Airlines is not about one single service or feature – it is a holistic experience comprising the best seats, great food, plenty of entertainment, the opportunity for good rest and, of course, unparalleled service,” he told SilverKrisas he boarded the flight, adding that he was looking forward to relaxing with several “nice meals and a few good sleeps” before clearing through emails and being ready to hit the ground in New York.
To fight any jet lag, the A350-900ULR will offer passengers a more comfortable travelling experience with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag. Its carbon composite airframe also allows for improved air quality due to optimised cabin altitude and humidity levels.
The airline has also engaged wellness brand Canyon Ranch to design additional meals as well as exercise and stretching videos specifically tailored to the flight. Business class suites benefit from a new mattress topper and a choice of hard or soft pillows, while premium economy seats have also been updated with calf rests. The IFE now has 1,200 hours of movies, television and audio to choose from.
Passengers – many of them plane enthusiasts who had flown in from around the globe just to take this flight – arrived at the gate earlier for the reception, clinking champagne flutes and enjoying a colourful performance by cabin crew crooners, including the Frank Sinatra classic New York, New York and Etta James’ smooth-as-velvet At Last.
CNN international anchor and self-confessed “avgeek” Richard Quest was also on board the flight, live-blogging the entire journey. As an experienced long-haul flyer – in 2005 Quest was aboard a 22-hour Boeing demonstration flight that entered the Guinness Book of Records – he had a few words of wisdom for his fellow passengers.
“The key is all in how you plan a flight of this duration, otherwise you’ll sit there bored. You need to maximise the time that is relevant to where you are going – set the clock to where you are going and sleep at all the right times,” he advised.
Quest himself didn’t get much sleep though, tweeting and filing updates to his live CNN story for most of the 19 hours.
“There has always been a level of, and dedication to, quality that is very unique to Singapore Airlines,” he told SilverKris. “But in the last five years I’ve seen that improve even more. There is now an even greater degree of flexibility, and that’s huge. I am most impressed not by the frills but by the perfectionist nature [of the airline].”
Vippin Bagga from New Delhi decided to take a detour to a business meeting in Toronto in order to be on the inaugural SQ22. “I could have easily have flown from India to Toronto, but I chose a longer path so that I could experience all of this,” he said.
Cherag Dubash flew in from his home base of Dubai just to be on board SQ22. “I’m an ‘avgeek’ and have an Instagram [dedicated to aviation]. This will be the longest flight I’ve taken, but I’ve got my routine planned – I’ll first set up my GoPro and then settle into movies and surfing the net,” he said.
Dr Chong Jeng How from Singapore is from a group called “First to Fly”. He was travelling on SQ22 with eight other members of the group, who met during another of SIA’s world firsts 11 years ago – its first commercial flight of the double-decker Airbus A380 – and discovered a common interest in aviation. “This flight is a friendship thing for us – it’s a time to bond with each other,” he said.
And while connecting to the flight’s WiFi was priority for many passengers, Tilo Kruger from Ireland was doing just the opposite. “For me, a flight of this length is a great opportunity to escape and disconnect,” he said. “That’s what I love about flying.”
Beginning today, June 4, 2018, customers traveling in United Polaris®, the airline’s international premium cabin travel experience, will be able to relax and dine before their travels in the new United Polaris lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Building on the airline’s concept to be uniquely United while embracing the energy of the Newark/New York metropolitan area and the exciting destinations served from it, this United Polaris lounge exhibits distinct local flair throughout. When visitors first enter, they will be greeted with a vibrant lighting fixture created by Brooklyn-based art and design laboratory Richard Clarkson Studio that is meant to mimic the constellations of the 12 zodiac signs.
In a nod to the city’s recognition for preeminence in the world for craft cocktails, the bar is the stand-out gem of this United Polaris lounge, both in terms of size and the array of cocktails offered. The thoughtful cocktail list includes the United Polaris Old Fashioned, a fresh take on the classic, complete with J. Rieger & Co. Kansas City Whiskey, a house simple syrup, Dale DeGroff bitters with a muddled orange wheel and Luxardo cherry, just like the legend himself — Dale DeGroff— makes it. A custom-designed a la carte dining menu blends international comfort foods, such as Moroccan-spiced braised lamb, with staples like the United Polaris Burger, which will be on the menu at all United Polaris lounges.
United Polaris Lounge at EWR Facts & Highlights
More than 27,000 square feet
15 different types of seating
570 power outlets and 450 USB ports
4 private phone rooms
10 private daybeds outfitted with Saks Fifth Avenue bedding
10 luxurious shower suites, featuring rainfall showers and Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa products
Personal valet services, including steaming garments
A private dining area with table service for up to 48 guests featuring a menu that blends global trends with familiar comfort foods, developed by New York Chef John Glowacki. Menu items include: potato latkes, polenta fries, wild mushroom risotto with a balsamic reduction, and the “Brookie,” a playful combination of a brownie and cookie served with milk.
A bistro-like buffet that includes a do-it-yourself bagel bar plus sandwiches and wraps such as a curried salmon salad with cucumber raita and baby spinach on a pumpernickel roll as well as a charcuterie board and chicken parmesan.
A cocktail menu with signature drinks such as the Fernet About It, a unique version of the Cuba Libre containing the Italian libation, and the United Polaris Star, featuring house-made anise-infused vodka. Other house-made items include oolong-steeped bourbon, lavender syrup, vodkas and vermouth.
The opening of the United Polaris lounge at New York/Newark closely follows the debut of the United Polaris lounge at San Francisco International Airport in April. The United Polaris lounge at George Bush Intercontinental in Houston will open this summer, followed by the lounge at Los Angeles International Airport this fall.
The focus behind the United Polaris experience has always been to provide long-haul travelers with what they’ve asked for: better sleep in the sky. On average, United plans to add one aircraft with the new United Polaris business class seat every 10 days from now through 2020. Beginning July 1, every seat in the United Polaris cabin will be provisioned with a cooling gel pillow. The gel pillow, previously available by request, has proven to be one of the most popular items of United Polaris bedding.
United Polaris lounge at Newark Liberty International Airport is conveniently located in Terminal C, following security screening, between Gates C102 and C120.
United Airlines and OTG announced today the completion of a new expansive food hall at United’s Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The new “Global Bazaar” features a wide variety of vibrant offerings sourced from New York’sdiverse and globally-inspired food culture, in addition to its market offering of news, gift and locally sourced retail.
Besides the international selection of food, the design of the Bazaar will pique the interest of travelers. With thirty percent of all travelers passing through Terminal C during breakfast hours, OTG worked to develop a creative solution to physically differentiate breakfast concepts from those featured for lunch and dinner hours. The space transforms as the day progresses, changing both food offerings and the space’s structure to meet the time-specific needs of hungry travelers. After the breakfast rush departs, the Bazaar’s space automatically adapts to accommodate the lunch and dinner crowd.
In order to pull off such an ambitious project, OTG sought the imagination of architect and Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Rockwell. Rockwell Group drew upon both its hospitality and theater experience to create individual spaces that morph and change within a limited footprint, providing travelers the widest array of culinary offerings throughout the course of the day.
“Developing the best possible experience for Terminal C’s travelers required a lot of imagination from our design, culinary and tech teams,” said OTG’s CEO Rick Blatstein. “This space is truly the first of its kind – the Bazaar changes as we move through the day. The space’s unique and immersive design, intuitive technology and, of course, great food is something we are incredibly proud to offer to United customers.”
“We’re thrilled that our customers will now be able to enjoy new culinary experiences from notable New York area chefs within the Global Bazaar,” said Jill Kaplan, President, New York/New Jersey for United Airlines. “As we continue to work closely with OTG to create a world-class airport experience for our customers in the Tri-State area, we are excited by the new concepts and investments that have gone into the continual improvements at Terminal C.”
Chef-Driven Dining with Unique Local Flavor Dynamic concepts that change throughout the day include:
Creperie Juliet, which features both sweet crepes, like the S’mores Chocolate & Marshmallow, and savory crepes, like the Mushroom, Spinach, & Cheese; which transforms into its lunch and dinner counterpart, Wabi Sabi, a Dim Sum concept with egg rolls, pork gyoza, scallion pancakes and lo mein as the options.
Flip Flop Pancake Shop, which serves as a breakfast specializing in pancakes; which transforms into its lunch and dinner counterpart, Notorious P.I.G., offering pulled pork, brisket and BBQ Pork Ribs.
Breakfast Boli focuses on breakfast based Stromboli; while its lunch and dinner counterpart, Uptop Pizza, specializes in customizable, build-your-own personal pizzas.
Eggy Weggy, which specializes in creating that perfect breakfast sandwich; which transforms into its lunch and dinner counterpart, Custom Burger, featuring a menu of carefully crafted burgers and sandwiches.
Supreme Bowl brings travelers a range of breakfast bowls; while its lunch and dinner counterpart, Philly Cheesesteaks specializes in crafting that perfect “wit wiz” Cheesesteak.
Poppy’s Bagels focuses on the area breakfast staple, which are hand rolled and baked daily just a few yards away at Mélange Bakery & Chocolaterie. This transforms into lunch and dinner counterpart, Casciano’s, which is an Italian specialty sandwich shop.
Always available concepts include:
Mélange Bakery, a 24/7/365 from-scratch bakery developed with Chef Jacques Torres, which develops hand crafted baked goods and confections for all Terminal C markets and restaurants.
Kaedama, a Tokyo-style slurp shop centrally located in the Bazaar providing travelers traditional & fusion ramen with fresh-pulled noodles, small plates, soups and dumplings.
Tsukiji Fishroom features freshly made sushi made on site using fish flown direct from Tokyo’sfamed Tsukiji Fish Market weekly by United.
Leading-Edge Technology Guests stay in control of their experience via OTG’s proprietary Self-Checkout systems seamlessly blended into the Global Bazaar footprint.
Additionally, United and OTG have collaborated to enhance benefits for MileagePlus® program members, enabling the use of reward miles as a form of payment for food, drink or retail.
Emirates will introduce a new nonstop service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Dubai from June 1, 2018, adding to its existing daily flight which operates with a stop in Athens, Greece.
The new nonstop service will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, offering 8 suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business, 306 in Economy Class, and 19 tons of belly-hold cargo capacity. Flight EK223 will depart Dubai at 0300 am and arrive in Newark at 0900 am. The return flight EK224 departs Newark at 1150 am, arriving in Dubai at 0820 am the next day. This new timing complements the existing Emirates service, as it provides travellers with a new option of a morning arrival in Newark, and a morning departure.
The morning arrival in Dubai also means east-bound travellers can conveniently explore one of the world’s most dynamic cities on a stopover day tour, before taking an evening connection to another destination on Emirates’ global network.
Changes at New York JFK
From March 25, Emirates will stop operating flight EK207/208, thereby reducing its services between Dubai and New York JFK to three daily flights. From JFK, Emirates will retain two nonstop flights a day to Dubai, and one flight a day via Milan, Italy.
With these operating updates at Newark and JFK, the total number of Emirates flights serving the New York metropolitan area will remain unchanged at 5 daily services from June 1.
Changes at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando
In addition, from March 25, Emirates will add two flights a week each to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL), and Orlando (MCO), effectively returning to daily services at both airports and reflecting the steady rebound in customer demand.
Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Boeing 777-36N ER A6-EBC (msn 32790) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 929852.