Whether you’re a jetsetter or a go-getter, be sure to stay up-to-date with the latest airline news to make your travels easier and better!
British Airways’ New Star-Studded Safety Video
The British-based airline’s latest safety video has quickly become a favorite for travelers all around the world. Teaming up with Britain’s most beloved celebrities like the catankerous Gordon Ramsay and the legendary Chiwetel Ejiofor, the six-minute video is an absolute delight to say the least.
As the video starts, the celebrities will appear to be auditioning for the part in the video in front of renowned comedian Asim Chaudhary (or Chabuddy G), and the witty banters exchanged will be sure to keep you laughing. Expect to see appearances by top actors such as Rowan Atkinson, Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson, and Sir Ian McKellen.
Says British Airways’ chairman and CEO Alex Cruz, “It’s extremely important to us that customers engage with our safety video, and involving some of the nation’s most well-known personalities has given us the chance to create something fun that we hope people will watch from start to finish – and remember.”
Turkish Airlines Launches Direct Flights to Phuket
After a year of turmoil in 2016 for Turkey, their comeback attempt is stronger than ever. The attacks and terror coups that’s decorated every aspect of Turkey-related news last year has caused not only a downfall in tourism, but also the confidence of travelers that has previously depended on its airport as the gateway to other European destinations.
Turkish Airlines has announced that they are starting their direct flights to Phuket, Thailand which will occur four times every week: Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. This is the Istanbul-carrier’s 300th destination (it flies to 120 countries). Flights will start from US$569.
In a statement, the airlines CEO Bilal Eksi says, “As an award-winning airline that invites people to explore the beauties of our world, it was a natural choice for us to decide on Phuket as our next destination.”
The first flight out of Istanbul will leave at 2:30 p.m. and will land in Phuket at 4 a.m. Meanwhile, the flight from Phuket will leave at 5:30 a.m. and arrive in Turkey at noon. The airline says the average load factor for the next two months is a healthy 70%.
Passengers have responded well to the announcement, encouraging the airline to use the larger Boeing 777-300ER instead of the Airbus A330-300, which was the original plan. The former has 349 seats while the latter only has 289 seats.
According to the Bangkok Post, the flights are expected to help increase the number of tourists in the island to 100,000 in the next two years.
United Airlines Introduces Boeing 777-300ER on New Routes
United Airlines has announced quite a few exciting things that travelers from all over the world will be sure to look forward to. The US-based airline introduces its newest jet, the Boeing 777-300ER, which comes with its United Polaris business class seats.
The seats will be available in the following routes:
|San Fransisco (SFO) – Taipei (TPE)||August 1, 2017|
|San Fransisco (SFO) – Beijing (PEK)||September 6, 2017|
|San Fransisco (SFO) – Frankfurt (FRA)||October 5, 2017|
|New York/Newark (EWR) – Tokyo Narita (NRT)||October 28, 2017|
Designed by PriestmanGoode, the pod-shaped United Polaris seats offer passengers more space, along with modern and innovative technology in order to create a comfortable journey for travelers. The seats can be reclined to a 180-degree flatbed, and comes with a one-touch lumbar support and ample storage for those looking to dine while working. The seats also come installed with automatic dividers, providing passengers some privacy while on air.
Named after the North Star, the Polaris is being hyped up as the “shining new star of business class.”
Yangtze River Express rebranded as Suparna Airlines
The Shanghai-based airline formerly known as Yangtze River Express has announced that it is officially changing its name to Suparna Airlines. A suparna (also known as garuda) is a large, mythical bird-like creature that flies swiftly across the sky. The airline, a subsidiary of the HNA Group, has also changed its company name from “Yangtze River Airlines Company Limited” to “Suparna Airlines Company Limited.”
Following the name change, the airline also plans to undergo a number of comprehensive brand enhancements that will include a more advanced fleet of jets, a re-training of its crew and on-ground staff. It also announced that it would focus in providing comfort to its passengers during flights.