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Best Airline Industry Awards 2008

Business Traveler magazine in the US has announced the results of a poll that was conducted among 4,000 readers. The awards were given in 3 main ctagories: airline industry, hotel industry and business travel related industries.

Naturally we were interested in the airline industry awards. Some winners were surprising, but I think if someone knows these airlines will be able to guess even without seeing the results. I am not sure whether this poll shows the real picture or it is built on preconceptions and good marketing, but I truely miss some smaller and thus more creative airlines.

Besides that I linked in the websites of the awarded airlines and I really wonder why all these big companies still use their 1999-style webdesign and why they don’t feel the need to improve them. I think one of our next posts will be an early 2009 overview of the biggest airlines with the most austere websites.

Anyway, let’s see the winners:

- Best Overall Airline in the World:  Emirates
- Best Airport in the World:  Changi Airport (Singapore)
- Best First-Class Service in the World: Jet Airways
- Best Business- Class Service in the World:  Qantas
- Best Premium Economy Class in the World: Virgin Atlantic
- Best Economy-Class Service in the World:  Singapore Airlines
- Best Airline for International Travel:  Cathay Pacific
- Best Airline for North American Travel:  Continental Airlines
- Best Flight Attendants in North America: Continental Airlines
- Best Airline in Mexico: Aeromexico
- Best Airline in Western Europe: British Airways
- Best Airline in Central and Eastern Europe:  Czech Airlines
- Best Airline in the Middle East:  Qatar Airways
- Best Airline in Asia: Korean Air
- Best Business Class to Asia/Trans-Pacific:  Korean Air
- Best Airline Advertising Campaign:  Korean Air
- Best Flight Attendants in the World:  Asiana
- Best In-Flight Services in the World: Asiana
- Best Overall Airline Customer Service: Asiana
- Best Airline for First-Class Service in North America:  American Airlines
- Best North American Airline for International Travel: Air Canada
- Best Airline for Business-Class Service in North America:  Air Canada
- Best In-Flight Services in North America:  Air Canada
- Best Airline for Business-Class Service to South America:  LAN
- Best Airline for Business Class to Europe/trans-Atlantic:  Air France
- Best Business Class to Australia/New Zealand/South Pacific:  Air New Zealand
- Best Business Class to the Middle East:  Etihad Airways
- Best Business Class to Africa:  South African Airways
- Best All-Business-Class Service: All Nippon Airways
- Best Airline Cuisine/Meals: bmi
- Best Airline Alliance Program: Star Alliance
- Best Low-Cost Airline in North America: Virgin America
- Best Airport Clubs/Lounges: Delta Air Lines
- Best Frequent-Flyer Program: Delta Air Lines
- Best Airline Web Site: Delta Air Lines
- Best Airport in North America: Denver International Airport

By Szafi

Stewardess Fired For Being Fat

As we have already mentioned in an earlier post about sexy setwardess uniforms, not everybody can qualify for a stewardess job.  Many airlines have height and weight requirements and even once you start working as a flight attendant, you may be released any time for loosing your shape.

Apparently Air India is one of these strict airlines. In December 2008 10 stewardesses were fired for being fat. They were given a chance to loose weight and reshape themselves, but they failed. I am sure many of us have experienced the bad feeling over the failure of loosing weight in a diet. Besides this bad feeling, the ladies even lost their jobs.

airindiastewardessAccording to the full story by Times Online, they initiated a legal procedure, but the court said it was the right of the airline to apply strict rules regarding the appearance of the flight crew.

Well, it is up to everyone to decide what is better: seeing good young chicks on board and fire women at the age of 50, when they cannot get a job any more or seeing old and a little overweight stewardesses during the flight time.

By Szafi

Canadair Regional Jet CRJ 1000 Takes First Flight

With all the news about delayed airliner programmes such as the Airbus A380, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, or even the Sukhoi Superjet, it is good news that a new aircraft type has taken to the skies for the first time yesterday, from Montreal Mirabel in Canada: Bombarider’s CRJ 1000. (To see clearly, we have to mention that this is not a completely new aircraft as those mentioned above, it is the extended version of the operational CRJ-900 regional jet.)

CRJ-1000 Next Gen Prototype - c by Justin Jones at airliners.net

CRJ-1000 Next Gen Prototype - c by Justin Jones at airliners.net

The prototype flew a 3 hr. 25 min. first flight, reaching a maximum speed of 260 kt. and an altitude of 30,000 ft.

We put the gear up, operated the flaps and slats and exercised our fly-by-wire rudder,” pilot Jacques Thibaudeau said. “The aircraft handled similarly to the smaller CRJ900 airliner so flight crews will not have a problem transitioning.

Bombardier launched the (86-)100-seat CRJ1000 program in early 2007 and has tallied 63 firm orders, with first delivery slated for the 2009 fourth quarter. The prototype will make a few more flights from Mirabel and then head to Wichita for further testing in preparation for review by Transport Canada, US FAA and EASA.

The 1000 is 3 m longer than the CRJ-900 with an Maximum Take Off Weight of 91,800 lb and a range of 1,610 nautical miles.

(based on ATW News)

by balint01

Finnair Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Finnair -one of the world’s oldest airlines established in 1923- has turned 85 years old this year and is showing the airline world how such a birthday should be celebrated in true style.

Retro and Current Logos of Finnair

Retro and Current Logos of Finnair

1. Retro Flights in Retro Livery Airplane

First of all painting one of the fleet (an Airbus A319) in the original livery from 85 years ago and naming it “Silver Bird” for years to come:

Finnair Airbus A319 in Retro Livery (c by Teemu Heikkonen on airliners.net)

Finnair Airbus A319 in Retro Livery (c by Teemu Heikkonen on airliners.net)

Finnair is flying the “Silver Bird” from its home Helsinki-Vantaa airport to a number of locations all around Europe, but some of those flights between July 30 and December 31, 2008 are classified as Retro flights, with the crew wearing retro dresses as well. (if interested, read our earlier post about sexy stewardess uniforms.)

2. Retro Marketing on a Dedicated Retro Website

Setting up a special dedicated retro website for a month that looks like it was made out of paper and pack it with video commercials from earlier days (which still advertise the current brand…). Add the list of the above mentioned retro flights to it, (the list may change due to operational reasons of course) together with classic Retro style Destination Guides to the planned destinations: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, London, Manchaster, Milan, Oulu, Paris, Rome, Stockholm.

Retro Style Finnair 85th Anniversary Website

Retro Style Finnair 85th Anniversary Website

Link to Finnair Retro Commercials

Link to Finnair Retro Commercials

Turning the main Finnair cover website to a Retro looking page with a single banner to the Retro site and a search module – to still allow people to get on with their business and make a booking.

Main cover page of Finnair in Retro Style

Main cover page of Finnair in Retro Style

3. Celebrate the 10 year Alliance Membership with Further Special Livery Airplanes

And finally follow LAN Airlines and be the first European oneworld member to feature a special oneworld livery on the latest Airbus A340 addition to the longhaul fleet as well as on a shorthaul Airbus A319 – to celebrate the 10 year membership in oneworld.

Finnair special anniversary oneworld livery Airbus A340 (c by oneworld)

Finnair special anniversary oneworld livery Airbus A340 (c by oneworld)

Very well done Finnair, this marketing campaign should be copied by others!! Besides the website and the retro commercial videos, having three special livery aircraft at the same time will have all plane-spotters around the world looking out for anniversary Finnair airplanes!

by balint01

1,000 Airbus A380 Flights at Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines has announced yesterday that it has completed its 1,000th Airbus A380 commercial flight on Monday, when its scheduled service from Singapore to London Heathrow touched down in the United Kingdom as flight SQ 322. Singapore already operates five of the superjumbos, and claims that all aircraft have performed “remarkably” since entering service last October. In reality there were a few incidents indeed, but nothing major – and these kind of small glitches are normal in airline operations, especially when rolling out a new type into everyday operations.

Singapore Airlines A380 arriving at London Heathrow - c by Allan Huse on airliners.net

Singapore Airlines A380 arriving at London Heathrow - c by Allan Huse on airliners.net

The five airplanes have accumulated 8,500 flight hr. and carried nearly 400,000 customers. More than 220,000 have traveled on the Singapore-Sydney route, with the rest shared between Singapore-London and Singapore-Tokyo. This is really good news after the scandalous road of the Airbus A380 entry into commercial services. The sixth A380 is scheduled to arrive in September, with a further 13 to follow in the coming years. Singapore Airlines has options on an additional six and has been the first and only operator of the type until last week, when Emirates took their first Airbus A380.

by balint01

Flight Attendant Sets Fire Onboard

Fire on a planeAn angry flight attendant took a very strange revenge on the management of the airline he worked for. The 19 year-old flight attendant disliked the route he was assigned to. He had to work on the flight of a Compass Airlines (a subsidiary of Northwest Airlines) from Minneapolis to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Regina must not be the worst place on eart, where airlines fly, it is is in South Canada, somewhere between Winnipeg and Calgary. At this time of the year even the weather should be okay.

Still the angry flight attendant decided to “stand up for his rights” in a very dangerous way. He lit a roll of toilet paper in the lavatory of the plane. The smoke set the smoke alarm in the cockpit off and in the emergency situation he himself rushed to put the fire out with the help of a passenger.

The Embraer 175 made an emergency landing in Fargo, ND and soon after the investigation started it turned out that the fire was caused by the young flight attendant. None of the 72 passengers and four crew members abourd was injured.

I hope other airlines filter out psychopaths in a smarter way.

By Szafi

1 Killed, 10 Injured in German Air Show

A small turboprop plane hit the crowd of spectators at an air show in Germany, Kindel Airfield near Eisenach on 26 April. The small plane failed to take off and it ran into the crowd of onlookers.

1 person, a 45-year-old woman was killed and 10 suffered serious injuries including the 35-year-old pilot. Other seven were lightly injured, including 2 children.

The plane also hit a children’s carousel, which luckily did not operate at the time of the accident.

The aircraft involved was a Zlin Z-37 Cmelak, a Czech built single-seater plane which had been used by authorities in former East Germany as a cropduster.

By Szafi

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