Wines aboard KLM have become artistic, while an Indian carrier tries to protect women passengers from harassment.
Throughout the months of August and September, the Netherlands-based airline will be serving five special wines in their World Business Class section in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum. The labels on the wines will bear reproductions of paintings by famous artists of the Golden Age Dutch such as “The Milkmaid” by Johannes Vermeer and “The Syndics” by Rembrandt van Rijn. These paintings can also be seen in the world renowned Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. KLM is the official airline of the museum.
The wines to be served originate from vineyards such as Boschendal in South Africa and Lapostolle in Chile.
The New Zealand-based carrier has officially started its Auckland-Tokyo (Haneda) route, which will be serviced by their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner plane. The airline will offer the route from July to May 2018.
According to Cam Wallace, Air New Zealand’s chief revenue officer, “Located just 20 kilometers from downtown Tokyo, Haneda Airport offers great convenience for Kiwis heading to the central city and for Japanese tourists travelling to New Zealand. With the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics ahead, we look forward to building on our existing services and further growing demand for travel at both ends of the route.”
Below are the flight timings:
|NZ0099||AKL||HND||0855||1650||Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
|NZ0090||HND||AKL||1830||0805+1||Wednesday, Friday, Sunday|
Women Fly Safer on Vistara Airline
India has a lot to offer tourists, but after the 2012 gang rape of a medical student in New Delhi, it has gained a notorious reputation for being unsafe for women. “Eve teasing” or public sexual harassment is common. The unsafe environment has led the United States State Department to warn American women not to travel alone in the country.
In an effort to make women feel safer while traveling, New Delhi-based Vistara Airline has introduced its complimentary Women Flyer Service. Upon arrival in the airport, solo women travelers will receive help from the airline’s staff with their bags, and will be escorted to and from their cars or cabs. The best part: they will be given only aisle or window seats, no middle seats. According to the airline, around 75 to 100 passengers use the service each day. To acquire the service, all women travelers have to do is inform the airline that they are traveling alone when they make their booking.
Says Vistara’s chief strategy and commercial officer, Sanjiv Kapoor, “This service is a sincere effort to ensure peace of mind of our women customers.”
The service was offered after a slew of reports of groping and harassment experienced by female passengers in India.