John Horsfall has acquired Orvec

John Horsfall acquires Orvec

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John Horsfall has acquired Orvec

John Horsfall has acquired fellow Hull-based designer, Orvec, a supplier and manufacture of woven and non-woven products to the airline.

The acquisition will allow John Horsfall to further diversify its product range.

Peter Horsfall Benson commented: “This is a fantastically positive acquisition for our business, with many synergies in terms of product area and customer base. John Horsfall will retain Orvec’s UK & China production facilities; with all sales enquiries, order processing and account management coming in-house at John Horsfall’s Huddersfield HQ.”

In addition to its Hull headquarters, Orvec has manufacturing facilities in Xiamen, China and Charlotte, North Carolina, US, from which it serves airline customers including Aer Lingus, Delta, Emirates and Singapore Airlines.

Kaelis has supplied new sleepware to MEA business class passengers.

MEA turns to Kaelis for amenity comfort

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Kaelis has supplied new sleepware to MEA business class passengers.

Kaelis has created new sleep accessories for Middle East Airlines (MEA) business class passengers.

The blanket is made of plush and microfiber to offer a smooth and cushioned feel and is available in two colours: grey and azure blue. The quilted pattern allows the filling to warm equally its surfaces, and the embroidered logo gives a sophisticated touch to the whole item.

The pillow, made of peach skin, follows the same colour pallet as the blanket, and includes a contemporary design with geometric and patterns, as well as the MEA logo.

According to Kaelis, “this comfort set excels on its materials, constructs and provides a warm and cosier travel experience. The designs and colours give an elegant and contemporary look to the whole set as it increases the loyalty of MEA’s passengers.”

Singapore Airlines showcases best of Singapore

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched the Singapore Showcase, an initiative to support and collaborate with leading Singaporean brands to offer unique on ground and in-flight experiences.

Under the initiative, SIA has worked with renowned Singapore-based hawker brands to enhance its popular local fare options by presenting their distinctive dishes to customers. These include Michelin Plate winner Boon Tong Kee’s Chicken Rice, Michelin Guide Singapore (Bib Gourmand) award recipients Bismillah Biryani Restaurant’s Chicken Dum Biryani and Song Fa Bak Kut Teh. The Hawker Culture Promotion will also feature renowned Qiu Lian Ban Mian, Singapore Top Heritage Food Award 2020 winner Kok Kee Wonton Noodle, as well as the famous Beach Road Prawn Noodle. There are plans to introduce popular dishes by other famous brands in the coming months.

These will supplement the popular signature local dishes such as Bak Chor Mee, Laksa, Mee Siam and Nasi Lemak and that are already available as part of the Airline’s Popular Local Fare programme and available as options on SIA’s Book the Cook service.

Starting from September 2021, each hawker dish will be available on rotation on the in-flight menu in First Class and Business Class on selected flights departing from Singapore. Customers can also pre-order their preferred main course choice for these flights. First Class and Business Class customers will also be able to pre-select their preferred hawker dishes via SIA’s Book the Cook service.

As a result, the airline will be able to offer an even wider range of Singapore’s iconic hawker cuisine on board flights out of Singapore. This is also a celebration of Singapore’s Hawker Culture, which was added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2021.

SIA is also collaborating with local media production and distributor companies such as Encore Inflight, Mediacorp, and MM2 Entertainment to put a spotlight on locally directed and produced media. As a result, an even wider array of Singapore-produced movies, documentaries, TV series, music and podcasts will be available on KrisWorld, SIA’s in-flight entertainment system from August 2021.

SIA has also worked with Scent by SIX, a Singapore-based artisanal perfume label, to develop a unique signature scent for the airline. Batik Flora by Singapore Airlines will be progressively introduced at key customer-facing SIA locations from October 2021, starting with the SIA Service Centre at ION Orchard. Customers will also be able to enjoy this signature scent at SIA’s redeveloped SilverKris Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, when it reopens. Batik Flora by Singapore Airlines will be produced in the forms of reed diffusers, pillow mists, and an eau de toilette fragrance, and will be available for sale exclusively on KrisShop.com from October 2021.

Yeoh Phee Teik, Senior Vice President Customer Experience, Singapore Airlines, said: “As travel gradually resumes, our customers from around the world can enjoy even more uniquely Singaporean experiences when they fly with Singapore Airlines. As Singapore’s national carrier, we are also proud to work closely with and support several of the country’s leading brands to showcase the best of Singapore to our customers. This is part of our goal to collaborate with a diverse range of partners in Singapore and globally, and deliver a personalised, contextual and meaningful engagement to our customers.”

The kits will include a selection of inflight necessities, as well as two-tone athletic socks made from 100% recycled PET fabrics, part of FORMIA’s recently launched sustainability initiative.

FORMIA part of JetBlue transatlantic core experience

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The kits will include a selection of inflight necessities, as well as two-tone athletic socks made from 100% recycled PET fabrics, part of FORMIA’s recently launched sustainability initiative.

FORMIA has launched a new collaboration with JetBlue to supply onboard amenity kits for their transatlantic core experience. The new kits are now available on the airline’s transatlantic flights, between New York’s John F. Kennedy international Airport (JFK) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR). The kits will also be offered on flights between New York-JFK and London Gatwick Airport (LGW) starting 29 September 2021.

The new partnership introduces a pouch that doubles as a reusable storage bag made to last, developed from platinum silicon, a non-toxic material that is not only durable and easy to clean, but also dishwasher, microwave, and freezer friendly. With its compact size, stand-up design and resealable interlock zipper feature, the versatile bag has been consciously designed to travel with passengers beyond their journey.

The reusable bags were developed to provide a modern, fresh take on the amenity kit, with the aim to reduce single-use plastics and encourage continued use post-flight. The kits will include a selection of inflight necessities, as well as two-tone athletic socks made from 100% recycled PET fabrics, part of FORMIA’s recently launched sustainability initiative.

FORMIA’s CEO & Managing Partner, Roland Grohmann, commented: “FORMIA is delighted to partner with JetBlue as part of their historic transatlantic route launch to create a smart yet fun kit with added functionality to complement their industry-leading core experience. Sustainability is woven into the fabric of our business, and we are thrilled to develop an endlessly reusable kit, with cruelty-free amenities. Every JetBlue core customer will have a thoughtfully designed kit to take home and use long beyond the flight.”

JetBlue’s Director of Product Development, Mariya Stoyanova, said: “Our aim was to develop a unique, sustainable kit that embodied the ability for re-use post-flight, and these highly functional, compact bags designed in collaboration with FORMIA offer just that. We are excited to introduce these in-flight amenities as a further treat for our customers flying to/from London.”

Air Astana and Kaelis have renewed their partnership to launch a new collection of children amenity kits.

Air Astana introduces new kid’s amenity kits

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Air Astana and Kaelis have renewed their partnership to launch a new collection of children amenity kits.

Air Astana and Kaelis have renewed their partnership to launch a new collection of children amenity kits.

The new collection includes board games, activity books, colouring pencils, key chains and other items.

Each kit comes in a beautiful bag based on six different professions, four of which are available now, divided into two groups:

  • Junior for kids aged between 3-6: Best Actor & Magnificent Magician; and
  • Senior for kids aged between 7-11: Superb Scientist and Smart Skater.

Best Actor: This kit contains a ‘Hollywood Bag’ with a colouring pencil set, masquerade set, passport holder, a director’s chalkboard clapper, an “paint my mood” game and 3D puzzle.

Magnificent Magician: This kit, housed in a red belt bag, contains a magic cape filled with stars, magic stuffed rabbit and wand. This kit also contains a two-pointed pen, a magic board, a funny roll paper game, colouring pencils, white magician gloves, and an invisible ink pen that reappears with  UV light on the top.

Superb Scientist: This kit contains a hazardous looking bag, colouring pencil set, an activity book, safety goggles, a green bottle, identification card to enter the experiment room and a scientist kit with tubes of different colours.

Smart Skater: This kit contains a single-strap backpack, colouring pencil set, an activity book, grey fingerless gloves, a bottle to hydrate while skating, a turquoise multi-purpose scarf, colouring postcard,  skater’s tattoos, a skate miniature to play with their fingers and a grey keychain.

Icelandair has introduced its new textile collection inspired by Icelandic nature.

Icelandair unveils new onboard textile collection

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Icelandair has introduced its new textile collection inspired by Icelandic nature.

Icelandair has introduced its new textile collection inspired by Icelandic nature.

The new collection replaces the carrier’s previous range which included blankets, pillows, headrests and more, and promoted aspects of the Icelandic language. Remnants of this collection have been donated to charities.

The new collection is inspired by the peaks of Iceland’s mountainous landscapes and has been created in collaboration with WESSCO. It is primarily produced from sustainable materials.

The economy blanket and pillow are made from a recycled PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) a strong, lightweight and often transparent plastic, made from a combination of oil and petrochemicals.

Icelandair has confirmed it will no longer use plastic for fresh Saga Premium duvets and blankets. An attached elastic band will show that the duvet is unused.

The introduction of the new range coincides with an initiative to minimise the use of onboard disposable water bottles. This change was planned for 2020 but was delayed because of changes related to COVID-19 safety measures. The airline estimates that this will reduce the use of plastic by up to 20 tons per year.

Shinola’s new amenity kit bag has been designed exclusively for American and includes aromas Rose Atlantic and Radio Bombay in lip balms and lotions from D.S. & Durga.

American Airlines revamps amenity kits

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Shinola’s new amenity kit bag has been designed exclusively for American and includes aromas Rose Atlantic and Radio Bombay in lip balms and lotions from D.S. & Durga.

American Airlines is introducing new onboard amenity kits for premium cabin customers in partnership with luxury design brand Shinola and perfumer D.S. & Durga.

“American often seeks brands that are rooted in creativity, especially those that celebrate travel before, during and after the actual journey,” said Clarissa Sebastian, Managing Director of Premium Customer Experience and Onboard Products. “D.S. & Durga and Shinola underscore what we value in our partners at American — the ability to inspire connection with people or places that matter and experiences that enrich us.”

Shinola’s new amenity kit bag has been designed exclusively for American offering the functionality to be repurposed post-flight.

The amenity kits include aromas Rose Atlantic and Radio Bombay in lip balms and lotions from D.S. & Durga.

Rose Atlantic is inspired by summers on the New England coast with aromas of wild rose and the salty sea. Radio Bombay is described by the perfumers as a journey to the ol’ days of Mumbai as “hot copper tubes warm the soft wood releasing the blooms of musk, cream, peach, ambrette, coco and cedar distillates.”

The new amenity kits, which are pouches of personal care items wrapped in sustainable packaging that American provides for premium customers on long-haul international and transcontinental flights, have begun to be rolled out on flights operating between the US and London Heathrow. The kits will roll out across other long-haul international and transcontinental flights throughout the summer.

As an extension of AA’s partnership with Shinola, the company is creating limited 1,000 desk clocks, desk clock featuring a dial made entirely from the original metal of American’s iconic, but now retired, fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft. Each dial is unique and bears small markings from the aircraft’s decades of service. Clock dials are hand-cut and repolished under the watchful eye of Moto Art in California, with final assembly in Shinola’s Detroit factory.

Forward view of HAECO Cabin Solutions Vector Ligh

HAECO Cabin Solutions achieves TSO for Vector Light single-aisle seat

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Forward view of HAECO Cabin Solutions Vector Ligh

HAECO Cabin Solutions has obtained FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) certification for Vector Light, the newest member of its Vector seating line for single-aisle aircraft.

Doug Rasmussen, President and Group Director of HAECO Cabin Solutions, said:  “Vector Light, with a weight of 7.9 kg per passenger for a fully equipped seat, has achieved significant weight savings, best-in-class passenger comfort and low cost-of-ownership without compromising on the quality and reliability, which define our Vector seating line.”

Vector Light uses a patent pending primary structure and advanced materials, such as titanium and flexible slotted body-contouring carbon fibre.

The Vector Light catalogue features a wide range of selectable options for enhanced passenger convenience, as well as offering airlines choice with two dedicated versions: recliner seat, or fixed-recline seat.

“HAECO has further built on our reputation for delivering high-quality products that maximise comfort and exceed reliability standards,” added Rasmussen. “We expect to begin delivering Vector Light to customers in Q4 2021.”

Qatar Airways has introduced a new line of luxurious toiletries for premium passengers, created exclusively by parfumerie maison diptyque.

Qatar Airways signs global exclusive partnership with fragrance brand diptyque

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Qatar Airways has introduced a new line of luxurious toiletries for premium passengers, created exclusively by parfumerie maison diptyque.

Qatar Airways has introduced a new line of luxurious toiletries for premium passengers, created exclusively by parfumerie maison diptyque.

The new range of toiletries will be available in the First and Business Class washrooms on board and at the airline’s premium lounges around the world.

The new collection includes a velvet hand lotion with scents of sweet almond and petitgrain, hand wash with notes of lavender, rosemary, and a hint of ylang ylang, infused facial water with floral notes of rose, virginia cedar and lemon petitgrain, and essential face cream with a heart of roses, notes of prickly pear and the freshness of lemon petitgrain. Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion complete the range of products offered to customers at the airline’s premium lounges at Hamad International Airport (HIA) and other key airport hubs.

Qatar Airways Head of Product Development and Service Design, Genevieve Rosario, said: “We are so excited to be introducing our premium passengers to a new and exclusive range of diptyque toiletries that we hope will become a part of their lifestyles. The lavish and exquisite toiletries are designed to further enhance the customer experience, surrounding our customers in comforting essences and fragrances that will take them on a sensory journey to create travel memories with Qatar Airways. We are proud to be offering world-class products from brands such as diptyque that have a lasting impact on our passengers.”

diptyque’s Executive Director, Fabienne Mauny, said: “Travel has formed an integral part of our House since its creation in 1961. We are therefore delighted to partner with Qatar Airways, a company that shares our passion to provide our customers with enchanting experiences. We are very happy to launch this exclusive collection of products designed for passenger wellness and pleasure.”

The collaboration between Qatar Airways and diptyque was facilitated by FORMIA, and will continue with more offerings planned for the coming months.

Malaysia Airlines has launched Mhartisans to sell local craft

Malaysia Airlines highlights handcrafted products by employees

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Malaysia Airlines has launched Mhartisans to sell local craft

Malaysia Airlines has launched MHartisans, a platform for its employees to create, produce and sell their own range of handcrafted items via the airline’s e-retail store, Temptations.

In celebrating the launch, the airline will debut an exclusive line of dolls and memorabilia by two of its cabin crew.

Group Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer of Malaysia Airlines Berhad, Lau Yin May said, “We are thrilled to launch this fantastic line-up of handmade creations by Malaysia Airlines’ employees. With MHartisans, we now have a platform for our internal homegrown talents to showcase their innovations and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit.

“We believe that this new initiative is more than just an opportunity for us to support our colleagues. It also allows us to feature Malaysian-made products which embody our nation’s diverse cultures and heritage. I hope that these products will instil national pride and love for Malaysia amongst our loyal customers. The handicrafts make for an exciting and unique gift for your friends and family to rekindle their love for Malaysia! What’s more, they are now featured on Temptations, so our customers can easily have a souvenir of the Malaysian Hospitality that they miss so much delivered right to their doorstep,” she added.

Open to all employees; MHartisans will continue to feature more artisans under this campaign to bring more exclusive MH merchandise designed by them.

Malaysia Airlines also supports its employees with the creation of MHhomecooks, a special segment on its YouTube channel that features Malaysian local favourite dishes such as Laksa Johor Ikan Parang, Paratha with Kirti and Nasi Hujan Panas, all cooked by the airline’s employees.