AirAsia launches A320 with Ejen Ali livery

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AirAsia, in partnership with animated series Ejen Ali, has launched the MATA Spy Jet, an AirAsia Airbus A320 aircraft designed with a livery inspired by the show.

The launch is a culmination of the #MisiAspirasiAirAsia campaign, a partnership between Ejen Ali and AirAsia that aims to inspire children to be the future leaders of the world, emphasising four values – being aspirational, thrifty, friendly and kind.

The campaign kicked off in September with a social media competition, where Ejen Ali and AirAsia recruited top ‘Ejens’ by inviting parents to submit videos of their kids representing the four values. A grand prize of 1 million BIG points – equivalent to one year worth of free flights for the entire family – was awarded to Muhammad Adam Rashidi Bin Mohd Rafiq.

The top four Ejens were also invited to join AirAsia and Ejen Ali on a visit to the Orion Home, a home housing 87 underprivileged children under the patronage of The Budimas Charitable Foundation located in Paroi, Negeri Sembilan.

“The launch of the livery marks a momentous occasion for Ejen Ali, as the first Malaysian animation to be flying high with AirAsia,” said Ahmad Izham Omar, chief executive officer of Primeworks Studios. “We take pride in being one of the leading flag-bearers of Malaysian animation and with Ejen Ali in the air, we hope more kids around the world will be charmed and inspired by this spunky hero to do great things.”

Spencer Lee, head of commercial, AirAsia Malaysia said: “The whole concept of #MisiAspirasiAirAsia is to encourage the younger generation to unleash their hidden talents in a fun way. At the same time, we hope to inspire them to be the future leaders of the world. This partnership with Ejen Ali has provided a fun experience to the younger generation through #MisiAspirasiAirAsia to chase their big dreams. We continually look for innovative ways to inspire future young leaders.”

Fans of the animation can now watch Ejen Ali’s season 1 on tonton, via ROKKI wi-fi, offering free in-flight entertainment including games, music and videos on-board AirAsia flights.

First of 39 A321s for Cebu Pacific

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The Philippines-based carrier Cebu Pacific has received the first of its 39 A321 aircraft into its fleet.

The first seven A321 deliveries will be composed of the A321ceo variants, with the next load of deliveries scheduled in the coming months. Along with the seven A321ceos, the airline has an existing order of 32 Airbus A321neo aircraft, these are expected to be delivered from late-2018 until 2022.

Cebu Pacific’s A321ceos feature ergonomically designed seats made by Recaro, with an angled backrest and a design that allows for more distance and legroom between rows.

The new seats are also 40% lighter than conventional economy-class seat models. Coupled with increased cabin space, Cebu Pacific’s A321ceos can accommodate 50 additional seats, bringing total passenger capacity to 230.

The new aircraft is also equipped with USB slots so passengers can charge devices in-flight.

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.

Tigerair reveals new cabin products

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Tigerair Australia has unveiled a number of new products, including new seating on its Boeing 737 fleet.

The airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft will feature new state-of-the-art slimline leather seats with adjustable headrests, additional storage pockets and built-in tablet/phone holders on the back of each seat.

The new seats allow the airline to add six additional seats in the cabin and will provide more low-fare seats for customers, particularly during peak travel periods.

Tigerair is soon to make available a new in-flight entertainment product across its entire fleet of A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft courtesy of a new partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Fox Networks Group, providing passengers with access to recently released movies and TV programmes.

The airline has also launched its new winter Tigerbites menu, which will cater for a range of budgets and dietary preferences including vegetarian, nut-free and gluten-free and will be available across the entire fleet. Customers can pre-order meals off the menu from the Tigerair website, which has the benefit of being served first when on board.

The airline recently launched a new Chinese version of the website to cater to a broader demographic of travellers.

Meanwhile, the airline is also in the midst of a new promotional competition, offering aspiring musicians the opportunity to be featured on board Tigerair flights.

The competition runs from January through to July, and unsigned musicians over the age of 18 can submit their personal biography, photo and social media handles along with an audio recording of the song they would like featured and the song lyrics in Word or PDF.

Each month during the competition entry period, the Tigerair team will review all submitted tracks and successful artists will be contacted directly by a Tigerair Australia representative.

Successful artists will have their music played on board selected Tigerair Australia flights for a period of up to two months, exposing their music to 1.2 million people over this period of time, and will be featured on the airline’s dedicated ‘Tigertunes’ webpage during the same period.

One musician will be chosen to play at the 2018 Airlie Beach Festival of Music with flights and accommodation provided by Tigerair Australia.

As part of Tigerair’s sponsorship of the festival, the airline will also feature a number of the festival’s previous acts on board Tigerair flights.

Tigerair Australia commercial director, Andrew Maister, said: “At Tigerair Australia, we’re excited about the possibility ‘Tigertunes’ presents. We see ourselves as an airline for the everyday Australian and this initiative gives us the chance to move away from mainstream music heard on the radio and throw our support behind grass roots Australian musicians instead.

“We’re especially looking forward to providing one lucky ‘Tigertunes’ entrant with the chance to springboard their music career by performing at next year’s Airlie Beach Festival of Music in front of thousands of people.”

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.

AIX 2018 launches Ideation Hub

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Aircraft Interiors Expo is launching an Ideation Hub at this year’s event, creating a platform for further innovation.

The Hub will allow attendees from across the supply chain to synthesise future innovative ideas and collaborate on key issues relating to passenger experience.

The sessions will draw inspiration from ‘related worlds’, along with trends and technology from other industries, to generate ideas that will seek to provide the customers of tomorrow with a more seamless passenger experience.

Polly Magraw, exhibition director of the Aircraft Interiors Expo, said: “The Aircraft Interiors Expo has become known as the global showcase for innovation in the passenger experience. The Ideation Hub we are introducing this year will take this to the next dimension as we work with attendees including engineers, designers and innovators to foster collaboration within the industry at AIX.

“As we approach our 20th anniversary next year, we are reaffirming our commitment to creating an event that celebrates innovation at every stage – from the initial ideas to fully established products – and the Ideation Hub will form a key element of this moving forward.”

AIX 2018, which returns to the Hamburg Messe from 10-12th April, will welcome 50 new exhibiting companies, and other enhancements for this years’ event include an expanded FlightGlobal CabinSpace LIVE programme, where attendees can hear industry leaders discussing the latest trends and insights on major industry topics on 10 and 11 April.

Also new to Passenger Experience Week is the Passenger Technology Solutions (PTS) event, new for 2018, showcasing and exploring the latest technology trends that are transforming the passenger journey.

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This week’s Two Minutes video content

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Inflight Two Minutes provides a convenient summary of recent headlines and topical content for our followers. Take a look at this week’s video which looks at the new business class seats for Emirates, an announcement from Gogo, Virgin Atlantic’s latest cabin investment and British Airways plans to make over their World Traveller cabins:

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