Etihad Warner Bros package

Etihad Airways and Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi launch ‘Little VIP’ package

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The UAE’s national carrier Etihad Airways has partnered with the Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi theme park to launch a one-of-a-kind family-friendly experience on board its fleet.

Etihad’s new “Little VIP” campaign aims to make travelling with children as easy and enjoyable as possible. Activity packs featuring the park’s iconic animation characters such as Scooby-Doo, Sylvester and his beloved nemesis Tweety are given to guests travelling on longer flights with Etihad.

The airline says its new children’s gifts are designed for three different age ranges. Infants up to two years old will be given a soft fleece blanket decorated with the faces of Tweety, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Sylvester. Flyers aged three to eight years will get a drawstring bag that includes an activity book, crayons, memory card game and passport holder, and passengers aged nine to 13 will receive a Scooby-Doo-themed backpack featuring the Museum of Mysteries board game designed to promote Yas Island’s incredibly immersive indoor theme park, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi.

In addition to the Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi’s themed in-flight gifts, Etihad is also focusing on family travel by training cabin crew and ground crew to identify and support family travel needs.

Abu Dhabi International Airport has a dedicated family check-in space which will be available for families with minimised queuing time to make family journeys as smooth as possible.

Young travellers will also get their meals first for convenience during flights, and diners will experience Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi-themed dining equipment in bright colours. The menu has been enhanced and includes traditional children’s favourites such as fusilli pasta with meatballs, waffles and pancakes.

Etihad says the new children’s packs and dining experience have been designed with product purpose and reusability in mind. The gifts can be taken away and treasured, encouraging children to feel excited about travelling with Etihad, and the use of single-use plastics is avoided.

Etihad is also offering bespoke children’s in-flight entertainment in a fun, kid-friendly format, with a wide selection of family-friendly Warner Bros movies and TV shows including Space Jam, Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Bugs Bunny and the Flintstones.

The carrier’s selection of TV shows for older kids from the DC Universe includes Batman, Justice League and Teen Titans, and an extensive selection of kids’ music albums is offered in addition to a variety of e-games for avid gamers. The games can also be played seat-to-seat.

Terry Daly, Executive Director Guest Experience, Brand and Marketing, Etihad Airways, said: “This year we will bring product innovation to the forefront and this is the first of many exciting developments to look forward to. We’re thrilled to be kicking this off with a focus on our ‘Little VIPs’ and their families.

“We understand and appreciate that it’s not always easy travelling with little ones, however, this collaboration with Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi is designed to make the travel experience an exciting one for children and an easier one for their parents.

“With the help of Scooby-Doo and the Looney Tunes, we promise that even the tiniest travellers will love every minute of their journey with Etihad Airways.”

Delta refreshes onboard product offerings

Delta refreshes onboard offering with new sustainable products

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Delta refreshes onboard product offerings

Delta is refreshing its onboard offering with more sustainable products such as artisan-made amenity kits, recycled bedding and reusable and biodegradable service ware.

According to the carrier, the products will reduce Delta’s onboard single-use plastic usage by around 4.9 million pounds per year – equivalent to the weight of 1,500 standard-sized cars.

Delta says it has deepened relationships with its suppliers in the past year, allowing the carrier to serve more locally sourced menu items.

Amelia DeLuca, VP of Sustainability, said: “Delta has always put people at the centre of everything we do. It’s this people-first focus that led Delta to source new products on board that reduce waste, bolster diverse suppliers and build communities. We want to protect our planet and the people on it, and the products we provide on board are the latest way we’re living out this commitment.”

Delta’s new amenity kits eliminate single-use plastic items such as zippers and packaging. The airline has tasked Mexican apparel brand Someone Somewhere to create the amenity kits for the carrier’s premium Delta One cabin. The company combines traditional Mexican handcrafts with innovative products and Delta says its partnership with the brand has created jobs for more than 250 people in five of Mexico’s most vulnerable states.

The new kits will be available on board from the beginning of February and will contain sustainable wellness-focused products such as a Someone Somewhere eye mask, Grown Alchemist natural lip balm and hand lotion and a Humble Co bamboo toothbrush.

Increasing sustainability on board

Delta’s new premium bedding sets are made with more than 100 recycled plastic bottles, using up 25 million recycled bottles annually. The airline is among the first to use 100% recycled polyester bedding and, combined with the new use of reusable bedding packaging, will reduce single-use plastic use by up to 260,000 pounds per year. The bedding is already in use on board.

Delta is also introducing other products made from natural and recycled materials. The airline now offers bamboo cutlery for its domestic first class fresh packaged meals and on select international flights – and its international Main Cabin customers will also see new dishware made from biodegradable materials, bamboo cutlery and a premium paper placemat later this year.

Back in 2018, Delta removed a variety of single-use plastic items on board such as stir sticks, service ware wrappers and straws. The carrier says it will also start serving two new sustainably grown aluminum-canned wines on board some coast to coast flights this month, and this will be expanded to all US domestic flights later this year. The wine’s aluminum packaging reduces annual plastic use by up to 250,000 pounds.

Air France amenity kits for long-haul Business passengers

Air France launches more sustainable comfort kits

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Air France amenity kits for long-haul Business passengers

Air France is offering its long-haul business class customers a new comfort kit made of up to 93% recycled material. The new kit, part of an eco-responsible approach for the airline, features the company’s historic winged seahorse emblem and comes in navy blue and grey.

Each business class kit contains a toothbrush and a pen made of cornstarch and ear plugs packaged in kraft paper which eliminate the use of plastic. The kit also features large sleep masks, socks, toothpaste and Clarins cosmetics.

By offering these more eco-friendly comfort kits, Air France will be reducing the use of single-use plastic on board its flights.

Air France’s long-haul premium economy cabin passengers receive a dark blue kit which, like the business class kit, includes a toothbrush made of cornstarch, ear plugs packaged in kraft paper, a sleep mask and a pair of socks.

The plastic packaging of each kit is now replaced by a tamper-evident seal in all cabins and headsets are systematically cleaned and disinfected which allows the carrier to eliminate single-use headphone protectors and their packaging.

British Airways festive

British Airways celebrates Christmas onboard

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British Airways festive

In the run-up to Christmas British Airways has surprised passengers with upgrades to Club World (business class) and exclusive lounge access at London Heathrow Terminal 5.

Across the London airports served by British Airways, passengers also received gifts including complimentary coffee vouchers, special chocolates and KidZania tickets for young flyers.

On board, passengers travelling on the airline’s short-haul flights can purchase festive snacks through the Speedbird Café. A small number of passengers travelling on every short-haul flight will be surprised with a special gift from the Café. Customers travelling to long-haul destinations on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be served a traditional roast dinner at 35,000ft, with all the trimmings.

Tom Stevens, British Airways’ Director of Customer Experience said: “After what has been an incredibly difficult two years for everyone, we know how much our customers have been looking forward to being reunited with loved ones over such an important time. We wanted to treat our customers and go that extra mile to make their journey, wherever it may be, extra special.”

Virgin Atlantic is offering passengers a fun and festive menu to enjoy onboard.

Virgin Atlantic gets into Christmas spirit

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Virgin Atlantic is offering passengers a fun and festive menu to enjoy onboard.

Virgin Atlantic is offering passengers a fun and festive menu to enjoy onboard.

All customers in all cabins travelling on selected flights from 24th-26th December will be able to tuck into festive feasts, featuring roast turkey with all the trimmings and a cranberry and thyme crusted salmon fillet.

The airline is also offering millionaire’s chocolate log over the Christmas period, and a cheese platter.

Passengers in all cabins will receive a mince pie and a Lindt chocolate bear.

Virgin Atlantic will mark New Year by serving passengers on select flights in the air at midnight on New Year’s Eve champagne and a milk chocolate star.

Corneel Koster, Chief Customer and Operating Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “We know customers are so looking forward to their holidays or to be with their loved ones over the festive period, so we are eager to delight our customers from the moment they board our flights this Christmas. Surprising our customers with delicious feasts and treats is our way of creating memories and saying thank you for choosing to travel with Virgin Atlantic.

“Understanding the current challenges, our teams will ensure all customers fly safe and well and are more than ready to celebrate the festive period onboard, as we get our customers to their destinations in style. Many of our customers are flying to reunite with friends and family, so it’s incredibly important to us that we help make this a special experience.”

ALL GOOD THINGS amenity kits from Buzz

Buzz presents All Good Things

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ALL GOOD THINGS amenity kits from Buzz

Buzz has introduced a plastic-free and zero waste amenity kit.

The ALL GOOD THINGS amenity kit is designed to help travellers feel good knowing that their onboard comfort items are designed with their environmental footprint considered.

The kit features renewable materials including tin, cotton canvas, aluminum, bamboo, FSC paper, and wood. Also included are ToothChews, an innovative, environmentally-friendly alternative to toothpaste, that does away with the tube and saves water.

Through the company’s Join the Movement program, Buzz has worked alongside its airline partners to remove 13 million polybags from circulation, and is behind the biggest airline sustainability program, ecothread which has diverted over 100 million plastic bottles from landfill so far.

“We are on a journey to zero waste, and we are committed to using our design innovation to help protect our planet,” said Leonard Hamersfeld, Director at Buzz.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is launching a one-year promotion of the TV anime series Demon Slayer.

ANA unveils Demon Slayer themed aircraft

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is launching a one-year promotion of the TV anime series Demon Slayer.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is launching a one-year promotion of the TV anime series Demon Slayer.

As part of the collaboration, from 1 December 2021, episodes of the show will be available as in-flight entertainment on domestic and international flights. In addition to 26 episodes of the anime, five songs from the series original soundtrack and the Demon Slayer orchestra concert will be available.

At the same time, specially designed Demon Slayer-themed in-flight paper cups and toys (18 varieties) for children will be available exclusively in economy class.

ANA is also introducing a specially painted aircraft, Demon Slayer jet on domestic flights from the end of January 2022.

The design will feature the characters of the anime, with in-flight services to include a limited edition headrest cover and aprons for the cabin attendants, and unique in-flight announcements by the characters. While the design and aircraft type is yet to be decided, a second jet will enter service within this fiscal year. A scenic flight is also planned for the future as well.

“We are excited to partner with Demon Slayer to generate excitement and share Japanese culture with a wider audience,” said Junko Yazawa, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning of ANA. “At ANA, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the travel experience, whether that be through the expansion of our award-winning service, the extension of our hygiene protocols or new entertainment experiences. We are confident that when our Demon Slayer-themed aircraft enter service in January 2022, they will offer a unique flight experience.”

ABM is now a regulated supplier of in-flight items, following in-flight supplier accreditation from The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The award comes as the aviation services provider opens a 2,000 square foot International Distribution Centre (IDC) at Manchester Airport

ABM receives in-flight supplier accreditation

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ABM is now a regulated supplier of in-flight items, following in-flight supplier accreditation from The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The award comes as the aviation services provider opens a 2,000 square foot International Distribution Centre (IDC) at Manchester Airport

ABM is now a regulated supplier of in-flight items, following in-flight supplier accreditation from The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The award comes as the aviation services provider opens a 2,000 square foot International Distribution Centre (IDC) at Manchester Airport, strengthening its logistics service offering. The IDC is the second of its kind for ABM, following the opening of the first centre at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2019.

The Manchester IDC extends ABM’s logistical support more widely across the UK and will support clients with inventory control and reporting with real-time view of stock levels, a warehouse management system, order processing and tracking and a dedicated pick and pack operation and team.

ABM is already supporting Virgin Atlantic with in-flight services, storing, and supplying goods to be used on board such as cleaning products, pillows, blankets and duvets.

Eddie Farrington, Head of Logistics, was appointed as the centre opened. He says: “This is an incredibly exciting moment in the ABM story. The London Heathrow and Manchester distribution centres mean we can now offer clients more automated logistics support across the UK.

“Space is at a premium in airport locations which presents a challenge for the many retailers operating there. We’re able to offer secure, racked and freestanding palletised storage for inventory such as stock, gifts, testers and point of sale merchandise.”

Anthony Bryant. Manager Aircraft Appearance and Cleaning, Virgin Atlantic, commented: “The introduction of ABM’s IDC facility at Manchester Airport has streamlined delivery of on-board products for us. The CAA accreditation also means the goods no longer have to be delivered via a third party which means the number of times the products are handled is reduced. This is crucial for reassuring our passengers as we look to recover and relaunch our operation from Manchester Airport.”

Qatar Airways and BRIC's Breast Cancer Awareness month amenities

Qatar Airways goes pink

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Qatar Airways and BRIC's Breast Cancer Awareness month amenities

To mark Qatar Airways’ continuous support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, passengers are being offered an exclusive ‘Think Pink’ experience in the sky as well in Hamad International Airport (HIA) lounges, including custom-designed limited-edition BRIC’S amenity kits and pink-themed special menus.

Designed by Qatar Airways in collaboration with  the stylish Italian luggage brand – BRIC’S, the limited-edition amenity kits are made from vegan leather and are offered in two different designs – a pink and white kit for female passengers, and a black kit for male passengers, both with the iconic breast cancer ribbon prints. Each kit includes products from Italy’s Castello Monte Vibiano Vecchio, the environmentally friendly olive oil company, including lip balm, hydrating facial mist, and anti-ageing moisturiser in special limited edition ‘pink’ branding.

On flights departing from Doha, passengers travelling in first class and business class are offered a refreshing pink mocktail, a special ‘Think Pink’ menu featuring a themed afternoon tea, and desserts featuring the iconic breast cancer ribbon made from sugar paste. Economy class passengers are served an exclusive pink-themed cheesecake and offered the limited-edition breast cancer awareness amenity kit on select long-haul and ultra-long-haul flights.

FORMIA has collaborated with Emirates and Bvlgari to create the Emirates x Bvlgari collection for the airline’s premium class passengers.

FORMIA launches Emirates x Bvlgari collection

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FORMIA has collaborated with Emirates and Bvlgari to create the Emirates x Bvlgari collection for the airline’s premium class passengers.

FORMIA has collaborated with Emirates and Bvlgari to create the Emirates x Bvlgari collection for the airline’s premium class passengers.

The collection presents eight kits for male and female passengers travelling first class and business class. Each bag is embossed with the distinctive Bvlgari logo, has a Bvlgari branded inner lining and outer colour palettes that complement the exclusive Bvlgari fragrance found inside.

Each first class kit contains a 30 ml bottle from the BVLGARI LE GEMME fragrance collection.

Female first class passengers are offered the BVLGARI LE GEMME fragrance ‘RUBINIA’, showcasing intensity and power in a burning elixir of red Sandalwood. Male first class passengers receive the BVLGARI LE GEMME fragrance ‘TYGAR’, named the magnetic gemstone Tiger’s Eye.

The female and male first class bags (pictured) are made from a black faux leather and boast a striking red and tan trim respectively. Both bags come in two sleek designs, aligned with the fragrances they contain.

Female business class bags have a luxurious gold faux leather finish and contain the fragrance OMNIA CRYSTALLINE, a luminous and delicate scent inspired by the clarity of pure crystal. The male business class bags come in a two-tone fabric with a functional carry handle and draw on the fragrance ‘AQVA POUR HOMME’. Passengers will also receive luxurious Bvlgari cosmetics that include a lip balm, body lotion and face cream, all in their respective fragrances.

All eight bags have been designed to have versatile uses, from cosmetic bags to travel pouches. Additionally, FORMIA created essential on-board items with sustainability in mind, which include toothbrushes, combs and mirrors made of wheat straw and a dental kit that was once packed in a plastic box but now comes wrapped in rice paper.

“Working with such prestigious brands as Emirates and Bvlgari is always a joy and we are particularly proud of the results of this collaboration. Not only does it ooze sophistication and opulence, it also addresses the growing need for re-usable and long-lasting designs such as we did with the bags but also with the accessories’ that we have created that go towards reducing plastic use. At FORMIA we relish in delighting passengers and offering the chance to disembark with a scent from the much coveted ‘BVLGARI LE GEMME’ collection does just that,” commented Roland Grohmann, FORMIA’s CEO & Managing Partner.