Gulf Carriers Focus On North America

The big 3 Gulf carriers – Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways- have reaffirmed their focus on the North American market. Amid lobbying from rivals American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines against US expansion by the Middle Eastern airlines, all 3 are moving ahead with introducing new destinations and deploying their flagship products.   … Continue reading

Finnair Prepares To Welcome A350

Finnair has kickstarted preparations to welcome the new Airbus A350 to its long-haul fleet by announcing destinations that will see service by the advanced jet. The Helsinki-based carrier is slated to become the first European airline operating the type later this year and will roster it on selected European routes before intercontinental flights from October. … Continue reading

Dreamliner Joins American Airlines Fleet

American Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 jet, adding the Dreamliner to its widebody fleet. The first aircraft, a B787-8 registered N800AN, was officially handed over at Boeing’s factory in Everett, Washington and flown to its new home at Dallas-Fort Worth on Friday afternoon.   The Oneworld founding member has fitted its … Continue reading

Air France Reveals New International Business Class Product

Air France has unveiled its new Business Class, which it refers to as a ‘cocoon in the sky’. The move follows recent upgrades to the airline’s Economy Class, which also features a new seat and inflight entertainment.   The Skyteam member has selected Zodiac Aerospace’s Cirrus seat, customizing it with input from designer Mark Collins of Design … Continue reading

Silkair Trials Inflight Entertainment Streaming

Singapore Airlines’ regional subsidiary Silkair has commenced trials of new inflight entertainment streaming technology. One of the airline’s Airbus A320 jets will offer the wireless system on flights to and from its Singapore base.   Partnering Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Silkair will stream movies, television programming and music directly to passengers’ personal devices, including laptops, tablets … Continue reading