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Is Canadian ultra low-cost carrier Lynx Air the fanciest flying you’ll ever do? Definitely not. But it’s cheap, especial...
04/26/2022
Why Canadian ULCC Lynx Air is a bargain that's hard to beat - Runway Girl

Is Canadian ultra low-cost carrier Lynx Air the fanciest flying you’ll ever do? Definitely not. But it’s cheap, especially for those traveling light.

Introducing Lynx Air, a Calgary-based ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) that started up just a few weeks back., and is a great bargain.

The premium narrowbody business class race is hotting up with a new seat — and new seatmaker — from Northern Ireland: Al...
04/25/2022
Northern Ireland’s Alice Blu Aero eyes narrowbody herringbone market -

The premium narrowbody business class race is hotting up with a new seat — and new seatmaker — from Northern Ireland: Alice Blu Aero’s Quantum seat is an outward-facing herringbone for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families.

Alice Blu Aero’s Quantum seat is an outward-facing herringbone for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families.

Hawaiian Airlines is vowing to offer free high-speed Internet to passengers on its transpacific flights after becoming t...
04/25/2022
Hawaiian to offer free onboard Internet as it signs for Starlink - Runway Girl

Hawaiian Airlines is vowing to offer free high-speed Internet to passengers on its transpacific flights after becoming the first major airline to ink an agreement for SpaceX’s forthcoming Starlink inflight connectivity solution.

Hawaiian Airlines is vowing to offer free high-speed Internet to passengers on its transpacific flights after becoming the first major airline to ink an agreement for SpaceX’s forthcoming Starlink inflight connectivity solution. The move falls hard on the heels of US public charter operator JSX’...

SpaceX’s forthcoming Starlink LEO satellite-powered inflight connectivity service is gaining momentum, as public charter...
04/24/2022
SpaceX secures JSX as launch customer for Starlink inflight Internet - Runway Girl

SpaceX’s forthcoming Starlink LEO satellite-powered inflight connectivity service is gaining momentum, as public charter operator JSX announces it will be the first air carrier to adopt Starlink onboard Internet, and after Delta Air Lines reportedly conducted exploratory tests of Starlink technology.

JSX has announced it will be the first air carrier to adopt SpaceX's Starlink inflight connectivity service.

American Airlines is seeing substantial demand from passengers who are combining business and leisure trips — often call...
04/24/2022
American earnings call delves into supply and demand challenges

American Airlines is seeing substantial demand from passengers who are combining business and leisure trips — often called bleisure. Historically, some 20 to 25 percent of trips involved bleisure travel. But in the last five to six months, American saw some 50-55 percent of travel in this category.

Net loss of $1.6 billion, American Airlines executives were upbeat in discussions during the airline’s second quarter earnings call.

For any other industry at any other time, a first quarter net loss of $1.4 billion would be bad news. As a US airline em...
04/22/2022
United sounds positive notes about network, #PaxEx improvements -

For any other industry at any other time, a first quarter net loss of $1.4 billion would be bad news. As a US airline emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, however, United is bullish about its first quarter results both on paper and during its earnings call today.

As a US airline emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, however, United is bullish about its first quarter results.

On a recent Eurostar trip between France and London, it was striking to observe just how much the harsh light onboard di...
04/21/2022
Glow Up: interior lighting is getting smarter -

On a recent Eurostar trip between France and London, it was striking to observe just how much the harsh light onboard diminished the passenger experience. Not only did it compare unfavorably with the softer light on previous gen trains, but also with many airlines which make clever use of lighting to enhance the perception of space onboard, soothe passengers’ nerves, and build a mood.

From using lighting to soothe passenger experience to building a mood onboard that matches the carriers's personality.

Designing “third places” for passenger experience will continue to grow in importance, especially with an increasing pos...
04/20/2022
Virgin Atlantic shows off premium leisure space, The Booth - Runway Girl

Designing “third places” for passenger experience will continue to grow in importance, especially with an increasing post-COVID premium leisure market for many airlines. Virgin Atlantic proposes a cosy spot for two, with space for romantic tête-à-têtes, tastings of cognac or wine, and private dining on its new leisure-market A350s.

Enter The Booth, a two-person space created by the airline and design partner Factorydesign, and which is part of Virgin’s latest push.

A complex and colorful mural now on display at Indianapolis International Airport draws on the experiences of 7,000 Afgh...
04/19/2022
IND Airport's traveling mural tells the story of Afghan refugees -

A complex and colorful mural now on display at Indianapolis International Airport draws on the experiences of 7,000 Afghan evacuees who journeyed to Camp Atterbury, Indiana in September 2021. The mural tells many overlapping stories of how hundreds of thousands of lives were forever changed.

A complex and colorful mural now on display at Indianapolis International Airport (IND) draws on the experiences of 7,000 Afghan evacuees that journeyed to Camp Atterbury, IND in September 2021.

Delta Air Lines will start flying its newest A321neos on transcontinental routes at the end of May. This first tranche o...
04/18/2022
Delta’s new ‘domestic’ A321neo: the shape of things to come? -

Delta Air Lines will start flying its newest A321neos on transcontinental routes at the end of May. This first tranche of aircraft aren’t the recently leaked “transcon” aircraft, which will offer outward-facing herringbone seating on a subfleet of Delta’s A321neos. This domestic version nonetheless offers a very decent domestic first product.

Whenever we dive into the details of a cabin onboard an Airbus A321neo, it seems like we focus on the brand new lie-flat seats.

After ceding the No. 1 spot last year (to China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport) for the first time in 22 years...
04/18/2022
Atlanta reclaims its title of world’s busiest airport - Runway Girl

After ceding the No. 1 spot last year (to China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport) for the first time in 22 years, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has regained the title of world’s busiest airport.

After ceding the No. 1 spot last year for the first time in 22 years, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has regained the title of world’s busiest airport.

When it comes to the safety of babies and toddlers onboard aircraft, the US Federal Aviation Administration does not man...
04/15/2022
Why Avelo sought approval for Baby B’Air vest for all flight phases -

When it comes to the safety of babies and toddlers onboard aircraft, the US Federal Aviation Administration does not mandate a specific approach but is unambiguous about the best method, saying: “The safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system or device, not on your lap.” If US start-up Avelo Airlines had its druthers, the so-called Baby B’Air Flight Vest, which effectively tethers a child to his guardian, would be approved for use during critical phases of flight until the FAA sees fit to mandate child safety seats.

But a solution called the Baby B’Air Flight Vest seeks to remedy the situation by securing a child to the adult's lap belt

Onboard a fourteen-year-old British Airways A320, your author selected the carrier's top inflight Internet package, call...
04/14/2022
BA’s EAN: 1.5 Mbps just doesn't cut it in 2022 - Runway Girl

Onboard a fourteen-year-old British Airways A320, your author selected the carrier's top inflight Internet package, called Browse & stream. But the real-life experience left a lot to be desired, and failed to live up to the hype.

British Airways’ provision of the Inmarsat-Deutsche Telekom hybrid air-to-ground/S-band European Aviation network (EAN) was disappointing.

Several airlines, including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, are channelling funds raised through their existing onb...
04/12/2022
Airlines and charities partner for Ukraine aid - Runway Girl

Several airlines, including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, are channelling funds raised through their existing onboard charity donation routes towards helping the victims of the conflict. Others are encouraging the donations of points or miles, either for transportation or for conversion into currency.

The ongoing humanitarian catastrophe resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is unfolding in all-too-real time on our TVs.

We take a look at entry requirements around the world, as readers seek to reunite with friends and family and feed their...
04/11/2022
Navigating the confusing global travel landscape - Runway Girl

We take a look at entry requirements around the world, as readers seek to reunite with friends and family and feed their wanderlust. #PaxEx

But some travel restrictions remain in play, and thus the travel landscape looks a bit different than before.

Airlines are rushing to turn their meatless options from some boring pasta dish into something that people might really ...
04/06/2022
Airlines go bananas for plant-based meals - Runway Girl

Airlines are rushing to turn their meatless options from some boring pasta dish into something that people might really want to eat.

Indeed, seasoned travellers have often selected plant-based or mostly plant-based meals based purely on taste.

Depending on who you ask, it’s the worst livery of all time or it’s the second coming of Braniff’s brightly coloured pla...
04/05/2022
Condor is striped. And Condor is controversial. - Runway Girl

Depending on who you ask, it’s the worst livery of all time or it’s the second coming of Braniff’s brightly coloured planes: German leisure airline Condor has certainly put the striped cat among the pigeons with its new livery.

German leisure airline Condor has certainly put the striped cat among the pigeons with its new livery

Flying business class between Paris and New York aboard one of Air France's premium-heavy Boeing 777-300ERs was a treat,...
04/03/2022
Passengers not left wanting aboard Air France 777-300ER - Runway Girl

Flying business class between Paris and New York aboard one of Air France's premium-heavy Boeing 777-300ERs was a treat, quite literally. The food was superb, and the overall experience was among the best I have had in business class in recent years. #PaxEx

Air France operates quite a few variations of the 777-300ER, but this flight was operated by the airline’s most premium heavy aircraft.

There really isn’t all that much differentiation in passenger experience among the major European airlines flying short-...
04/01/2022
Air France onboard experience impresses on short flights - Runway Girl

There really isn’t all that much differentiation in passenger experience among the major European airlines flying short-haul, but Air France is offering a consistent product with a few notable amenities aboard its Airbus A320 family aircraft, as recent flights confirmed.

As Delta’s non-stop flight from New York to Nice, France wouldn’t be starting for the season until a few weeks after my trip I found myself connecting with Air France through Paris in both directions.

Air New Zealand’s next Business Premier seat for its Boeing 787-9 is an inward-facing herringbone, and includes a front ...
03/31/2022
New inward-facing herringbone and business-plus for Air NZ 787 -

Air New Zealand’s next Business Premier seat for its Boeing 787-9 is an inward-facing herringbone, and includes a front row business-plus product called Business Premier Luxe, new regulatory filings have revealed. The seat manufacturer is not yet known, but Adient, Aviointeriors, Collins Aerospace, Jamco, Stelia and Thompson tell Runway Girl Network it is not theirs. Safran Seats has declined to comment.

Air New Zealand’s next Business Premier seat for its Boeing 787-9 is an inward-facing herringbone, and a front row business-plus product.

British Airways today was forced to delay and cancel flights, citing a technical issue which affected its operation at H...
03/30/2022
Op-Ed: Real #PaxEx details where British Airways could improve -

British Airways today was forced to delay and cancel flights, citing a technical issue which affected its operation at Heathrow Terminal 5. This is not an isolated incident. Rather, BA has grappled with a cascade of recent IT meltdowns. Solving this persistent problem is the kind of detail that really, really matters. But there are other areas where BA could improve its #PaxEx.

British Airways seems like its IT systems make its operations fall over entirely every few months, but the situation is terrible for passenger experience.

China Airlines has gone live with inflight connectivity on its Airbus A321neo, which entered revenue service on Sunday. ...
03/29/2022
China Airlines taps Inmarsat and SITA for A321neo onboard Internet -

China Airlines has gone live with inflight connectivity on its Airbus A321neo, which entered revenue service on Sunday. The carrier says business class passengers receive complimentary 100MB of data and all passengers receive free basic texting.

Inmarsat revealed that its GX Aviation service is onboard the first A321neo and will be offered on China Airlines’ entire A321neo order.

In the 1950s, a Turkish woman named Şenay Günay broke with convention to become one of the first female jet pilots in Tu...
03/28/2022
Turkish jet pilot Şenay Günay on challenges and rewards of being first - Runway Girl

In the 1950s, a Turkish woman named Şenay Günay broke with convention to become one of the first female jet pilots in Turkey. Now 84 years old, Günay shares her remarkable story in an interview with Runway Girl Network.

In the 1950s, a Turkish woman named Şenay Günay broke with convention to become a female jet pilot in Turkey. Now 84 years old, Günay shares her remarkable story in an interview with Runway Girl Network.

After years of frustrating Zoom, Teams, RingCentral, Webex and other virtual meetings, I was thrilled to finally have a ...
03/27/2022
Delta One suite aboard the A330neo remains solid PaxEx choice - Runway Girl

After years of frustrating Zoom, Teams, RingCentral, Webex and other virtual meetings, I was thrilled to finally have a chance to travel for work for the first time since 2019. With plenty of options on the table to get from New York City to Nice, France, I opted for Delta Air Lines and its Delta One suite product on the Airbus A330-900neo to understand if anything material had changed in the two-plus years since I had tried it. Here's what I learned. #PaxEx

With plenty of options on my plate to get from New York to Nice, I opted to give Delta and its Suites product a try on the A330-900neo.

Whenever a beautiful, stylish, innovative cabin concept appears, one of the disappointingly relevant realities that it s...
03/27/2022
Teague Elevates 'floating' herringbone with Nordam Nbrace -

Whenever a beautiful, stylish, innovative cabin concept appears, one of the disappointingly relevant realities that it smacks up against is always certification, particularly around how to ensure everything stays in place. Standard seat tracks often pose problems, but Teague’s new “Elevate” cabin, a veritable forest of residential bamboo, is answering this question before it is asked, with Nordam’s Nbrace composite seat attachment.

Teague’s new “Elevate” cabin is answering the seat certification question before it is asked, with Nordam’s Nbrace composite seat attachment.

Delta Air Lines stepped up its sustainability efforts this month by signing a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to...
03/25/2022
Delta signs hydrogen and SAF deals as industry growth scrutinized -

Delta Air Lines stepped up its sustainability efforts this month by signing a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to collaborate on the development of hydrogen-powered aircraft, and inking a new sustainable aviation fuel pact with Gevo that increases the amount of alcohol-to-jet fuel the carrier intends to buy from the provider to 75 million gallons a year from the previously-agreed 10 million gallons.

Delta Air Lines stepped up its sustainability efforts this month by signing a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to collaborate on the development of hydrogen-powered aircraft.

General aviation is expected to be the vanguard that proves electric aircraft at scale, yet Textron Aviation has yet to ...
03/24/2022
Textron looks to realize electric GA and UAM ambitions - Runway Girl

General aviation is expected to be the vanguard that proves electric aircraft at scale, yet Textron Aviation has yet to offer electric options under its iconic Cessna and Beechcraft brands. That changes with the acquisition of Pipistrel and its two-seat Velis Electro light aircraft.

Textron looks to realize electric GA and UAM ambitions through acquisition of Pipistrel and creation of Textron eAviation business segment.

Startup seatmaker Unum is launching its Unum One seat for the Airbus A321neo platform, with a model that breaks the 34” ...
03/23/2022
Up close with Unum’s first seat, the 34” Unum One herringbone -

Startup seatmaker Unum is launching its Unum One seat for the Airbus A321neo platform, with a model that breaks the 34” pitch barrier — for a fully flat, herringbone seat with direct aisle access and a door. Runway Girl Network explored the seat over a couple of hours with senior executives. Our take: the product is impressive, with unique aspects that make a compelling argument.

LONDON — Startup seatmaker Unum is launching its Unum One seat for the Airbus A321neo platform that breaks the 34” pitch barrier.

Premium economy is increasingly a common fixture on airlines, but long distance rail travel has been generally slow to a...
03/23/2022
Eurostar Standard Premier mostly delivers on premium promise - Runway Girl

Premium economy is increasingly a common fixture on airlines, but long distance rail travel has been generally slow to adopt this travel class. One outlier is Eurostar, which has offered premium economy for a number of years. Its Standard Premier product provides more space and some perks for a pricier ticket. On a recent evening trip from Lille, France to London, I discovered that the extra space and comfort is worth the small additional cost.

Premium economy on Eurostar, known as Standard Premier, largely delivers on its premium proposition with a meal and a decent enough seat.

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Great to see the launch of Finnair’s new Collins AirLounge business class seat which is an entirely new product for the industry. We are proud to see this new and exciting seating concept in production. Find out more about the seat in the article from Runway Girl Network below: https://bit.ly/3tI5N15. #IPCMouldings #InjectionMoulding #NIBusiness #ManufacturingNI
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