Airline News: Emirates, Philippine Airlines, and Thai Airways

Emirates plans to fly windowless aircraft, Philippine Airlines’ new Airbus A350 takes maiden flight, and more.

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Emirates plans to put “virtual windows” on all of its future aircraft

Windowless commercial aircraft may be a thing of the near future, according to Emirates. This idea follows the unveiling of the Dubai carrier’s latest first-class suites on its newest Boeing 777 aircraft, which are laid out in a 1-1-1- format. While this configuration leaves the center suites without access to windows, these suites feature “virtual windows” that project the view from outside of the aircraft. These “virtual windows” could eventually be installed on all of Emirates aircraft, allowing the aircraft to become windowless and in turn attain faster speeds. Emirates president Tim Clark said: “Now you have one fuselage which has no structural weaknesses because of windows. The aircraft are lighter, the aircraft could fly faster, they’ll burn far less fuel and fly higher.

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Philippine Airlines’ first Airbus A350 takes maiden flight

The first of six Airbus A350-900 aircraft on order from Philippine Airlines has taken its first flight from Airbus’ facility in Toulouse, France. The airline is expected to take delivery of four of the A350s by this year, with possible new routes including North America and Europe. The three-class aircraft will offer Airspace cabins, which the airline describes as its “most luxurious business-class, premium-economy, and economy-class cabins to date.” Philippines Airlines currently has a fleet consisting of 26 A320s, 15 A330s, and five A340s.

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Thai Airways’ Taipei flights enjoy new menu

From now until end of August, business-class passengers onboard Thai Airways’ flights from Taipei to Bangkok can enjoy a new menu designed in collaboration with Mandarin Oriental, Taipei. Those flying on Royal Silk Class on TG633/TG635 flights departing Taipei during the period will see six new menus, which have been inspired by hotel’s Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Ya Ge and the Michelin-recommended Italian restaurant Bencotto. Highlights include ginseng-marinated drunken chicken, marinated Japanese beef, and more.

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