Air Tahiti Nui introduces Tahitian Dreamliners

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Air Tahiti Nui has unveiled its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner cabin layout which will enter service from November 2018 on flights between Tahiti and Auckland, New Zealand.

The phasing out of Air Tahiti Nui’s current Airbus A340-300 fleet will commence in November 2018 and be completed by September 2019, coinciding with the airline’s 20th anniversary.

With the introduction of the airline’s first premium economy product, passengers will now have the choice of a three-class configuration (economy, premium economy and business class). Zodiac Aerospace is providing the airline’s new Z535 Premium Economy class seat as well as the new Z300 Economy class seat.

The MOANA Premium class will offer the Z535 seat featuring a unique structure providing an optimum pitch of 38 inches, a width of 19 inches and a seat recline of 8 inches. The dedicated cabin will feature a total of 32 seats configured in five rows on a seven-abreast (2-3-2) arrangement.

The two Moana Economy class cabins will feature a total of 232 seats specially designed for long-haul travel, on a nine-abreast (3-3-3) configuration. The Z300’s articulating seat pan makes it one of the best next generation long-range economy class seats available in the industry. The economy class seats will be installed at a pitch of 31 inches offering a seat recline of 6 inches for improved comfort.

Air Tahiti Nui is also providing further enhancements in its Poerava Business Class, including the introduction of a 180-degree full-flat seat designed by Rockwell Collins. The Parallel Diamond, designed to optimise space, includes a wide range of storage areas to accommodate today’s business class passenger. The cabin will feature a total of 30 seats configured in five rows on a six-abreast (2-2-2) arrangement. Installed at a 60 inches of pitch, the new business class product moves into a fully flat 78 inches bed for sleeping. Each seat is equipped with a luxurious cushion and cover comfort system for restful travel. The updated business class seats also offer a touch screen remote control, in-flight entertainment system, personal lighting and privacy divider.

The Tahitian Dreamliner will be equipped with Panasonic’s eX3 in-flight entertainment solution bringing Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) to every seat through multi-touch screens, ensuring that every passenger enjoys an immersive and entertaining experience while on-board. Business class seats will be equipped with 16-inch screens, premium economy will feature 13-inch screens and economy class will have 12-inch screens, matching the airline’s current business class screen size.

As part of this new partnership with Panasonic Avionics Corporation, guests will be able to stay connected with Panasonic’s eXConnect satellite broadband during the airline’s short- and long-haul flights from Los Angeles, Paris, Auckland and Tokyo to Tahiti. Additionally, high speed internet will be accessible directly with the in-seat system and via PDA through on-board Wi-Fi.

The cabins of the Dreamliners will be completely redesigned to offer a distinctly Tahitian look.

Alaska Airlines invests in First Class experience

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Alaska Airlines is investing in its First Class experience with West Coast-inspired upgrades.

The airlines has introduced a new First Class menu, along with product extras to be introduced throughout 2018. The new menu features fresh, local ingredients paired with seasonal favourites.

“We’re always looking to create warm, welcoming experiences for our guests,” said Andrew Harrison, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Alaska Airlines. “By drawing inspiration from both Alaska and Virgin America, we’re building a premium experience that offers a signature West Coast vibe, great value, and genuine caring service. This is all part of creating an airline people love.”

In the months ahead, First Class flyers across all fleet types will be able to enjoy seasonal menus, local West Coast treats, wine, brews and speciality beverages from West Coast wineries and microbreweries, and a refreshed dining concept- due to be launched later this year – with a focus on meeting individual preferences around rest, relaxation and productivity.

Meals can be reserved on the Alaska app before travel on many of the airline’s longest flights.

New products will include a new quilted throw to be rolled out during spring, and larger entertainment tablets to arrive later this year.

To complement the new menus, passengers can dine on one-of-a-kind Schönwald serving pieces inspired by Virgin America.

Refreshed cabin interiors will debut in autumn with nearly half the mainline fleet retrofitted by the end of 2019. Passengers can recline with a footrest, tablet holder, increased cushioning and new design details.

The airline is also soon to be unveiling upgrades at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The JFK Lounge opens in April and a new flagship 15,000 sq.ft. Seattle lounge is scheduled to open in 2019.

KLM reveal A330-200 cabin upgrade

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KLM has revealed its first Airbus A330-200 with a fully renewed cabin interior, the renovated aircraft operated its first flight to Abu Dhabi.

In addition to a new design, all seats in the World Business Class have been converted to full-flat models which are more than two metres long at full stretch.

Previously, KLM updated the World Business Class cabins on-board its Boeing 747s, 777-200s and 777-300s. KLM’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliners were already equipped with the new-look World Business Class. The seats and interior were designed by KLM in collaboration with designer Hella Jongerius.

A new in-flight entertainment system has been installed in the business class with 18.5” HD-quality touchscreen display in 16.9 format and interactive entertainment menu in 12 languages, featuring more than 200 films and 3D flight tracking – it also includes films with audio description for blind and visually impaired passengers.

The World Business Class update also features a headphone socket with KLM noise-cancelling headset, 110V socket and USB connection.

By November 2018, KLM will have converted all seats in World Business Class to full-flat models.

Meanwhile the economy class cabin of the A330-200 has also been renewed, with replaced seats and new in-flight entertainment system including a 10” HD-quality touchscreen display in 16:9 format and with over 200 films, 3D flight tracking and audio description.

The economy class also features high-power USB connections.

British Airways makes over World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins

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British Airways has revamped its World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins on its Boeing 777 fleet with new seats.

The new World Traveller Plus and World Traveller cabins, which have been fitted with elegant new seats with 50% larger entertainment screens, will roll out across the airline’s fleet of 10 long-haul aircraft based at Gatwick.

The six three-class Boeing 777 aircraft will be completed by winter 2018, with the three four-class variations finishing by summer 2019.
The new seats have been developed by the airline’s in-house design teams, in collaboration with an unnamed seat supplier.

Attention has also been paid to how the customer uses their seat, with the World Traveller Plus design featuring a new leg and footrest, as well as an improved fully adjustable six-way headrest to suit customers of all heights. The new seat also has a cocktail table at the front and in-arm tray tables. In response to customer demand the size of the World Traveller Plus cabin in the three-class 777s will more than double.

The World Traveller cabins have also been fitted with the newest, most enhanced seating, which feature a six-way headrest with adjustable ears for added comfort and movable middle arm rests, which is particularly useful for customers travelling with children.

The new in-flight Panasonic entertainment system has been updated with larger HD screens and gesture control to navigate the interface like using a tablet. The screen size will double from six to 12 inches in World Traveller Plus, and increase from six to 10 inches in World Traveller. New USB sockets are available at every single seat allowing all customers to charge a range of different electronic devices during their flight and World Traveller Plus seats also have an additional power outlet socket for UK, US and EU plugs.

Bespoke lighting has been fitted in every cabin and can be set to reflect the time of day, helping to lull travellers to sleep at night and wake them in the morning so customers arrive feeling fresher and the effect of jet-lag is lessened.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ director of network and alliances, said, “We are one of the very few global airlines that offers a choice of four cabins for customers to travel in and World Traveller Plus appeals to a broad mix of both leisure and business travellers. In response to demand we’re increasing the size of the cabin so we can offer more of these popular seats to our customers, while keeping the cabin intimate and retaining the expert, attentive service that our travellers love.”