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Friday Fun – Virgin Airlines Commercial

This one is really one of my favorite airline commercials.

I’m off for Dublin flying Ryanair. I’ll write a review about it tnext week.

I hope you will have a lovely weekend, too!

by Szafi

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Best Of AirlineWorld 2007

This is the last day of the year. As billions of people around the world, we also took a look back to what happened in the old year and made some New Year’s Resolutions.

For us 2007 was not a full year as we started our blog in June. It was a nice calm Sunday and Szafi wrote her first post about the Radio Alphabet – a useful tool not just for aviation fans. Balint01 joined her on the 7th with his first post about “Fuller Planes – Good Or Bad?” – a brief explanation of revenue and capacity management of airlines.

A380 

A380 was one of our main topics this year. We could see the a video of an imaginery evacuation of an A380, we reported on that quite unusual initiation that Singapore Airlines sold the first tickets to the A380 on e-Bay and gave the money (USD 1,25 million) for charity. We tried to find out more about the possible cabin configurations and then we reported on the first delivery.

Boeing 787

Boeing 787, the Dreamliner was our other favorite topic. We wrote about it when it was revealed, we put it in our blog header, we reported on the first announcement of delay that predicted 2 months. Now it seems that a 6-month delay is more realistic.

Developments 

Besides A380 and B787 we saw the birth of a Russian jet called Sukhoi Superjet and a Chinese one called ARJ21-700. We kept track of technology trends in aviation. We wrote an article about RFID usage at airlines and airports, about e-ticketing, a new online payment method at Qantas, a weightless flight, a solar powered, unmanned aircraft. Also we were interested in service developments such as the new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow Airport, Lufthansa’s new A380 First Class Concept, Boeing’s 747 development to keep up with A380,

Crashes 

Unfortunately again some serious accidents happened. We saw around 200 people dying in a very tragical crash in Sao Paulo, brazil. 19 people died in an accident of Air Moorea on the way to Tahiti. When China Airline’ 737 burst into fire and blew up, everybody could escape in time thanks to the flight crew, who was criticized for being rude – we thought it was better being rude than being inactive. Later it turned out that a loose bolt caused the fire. There was a sad collision of two planes at an Air Show in Radom, Poland. SAS Airlineshad a bad series of crash landings – without serious injuries – of its Dash 8 turboprop planes. Finally they decided on grounding all their Dash 8 fleet. 87 died in One-Two-Go Airlines crash in Phuket, Thailand. A few days later rallye driver champion Colin McRae died in a helicopter crash over Scotland. The most commented article was the weird accident of an Airbus A340 on the ground of the Airbus factory during testing. The last serious accident of the year was an MD-83 crash in Turkey killing 56.

Photo reports 

We received a lot of photos from our friends and airline enthusiasts, so we could show a photo report of a Royal Aircraft in Budapest, Red Bull Air Race in Budapest, an Air Show in Kecskemet and the A340 Airbus crash at the Toulouse Airbus factory.

Innovations 

We criticized airlines and other players of the industry about wrong steps and we were happy to present good initiations of other players. We found KLM’s promotion: a gift of a costmetics set for online bookers a very smart and useful initiation. We loved Iberia’s enviroment-friendly attitude with naming their new aircrafts Royal Owl, Imperial Eagle and other endangered species. We could read funny comments about an interesting topic: Vatican’s Air Mistral. IATA’s initiation of a greener aviation industry was also worth a post.

Sex and rock and roll 

And finally we tried to entertain those not interested in professional matters of the airline business with articles like Sex in an airplane, Sexy stewardess uniforms – with special attention to the self-designed uniform of Easyjet, Superstar pilots, Special aircraft paintings and we learned about where lost luggage end up going.

We also lost a very key figure of the European airline indusry. Tony Ryan, the founder of Ryanair died on 03 October at the age of 71. Net year we will definately write an article about him, because only a few know about his role in today’s aviation business.

And what is our New Year’s resolution? Well, we’ll do our best to entertain you and draw your attention to the magic world of airlines we so much love.

We both wish you a very happy, successful new year and please keep on reading us! 🙂

By Szafi and balint01

Virgin Atlantic Involved in Biofuel Testing

As AirlineWorld reported earlier, Air New Zealand (ANZ), Boeing and Rolls Royce joined efforts to start testing Boeing 747s using biofuel. Although only 1 out of the 4 engines will run on biofuel, it is definately a serious step towards greener aviation.

Now  here is a new initiation from Virgin Atlantic. Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson said yesterday that Virgin Atlantic plans testing biofuel again on a B 747. This time the other partners involved are Boeing and GE. Although it seems to be top secret, there were hints that this biofuel is different from the one used in the case of ANZ.

Virgin’s 747 as well as ANZ’s will fly without passengers during testing.

By Szafi 

Virgin Atlantic’s LHR Clubhouse is the best Business Class Lounge

Virgin Atlantic has won the Best Business Class Lounge Award in the World Airline Awards 2007, for its flagship Clubhouse at Heathrow Airport. The World Airline awards are based on the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax and are recognized around the world. The awards are renowned for being the only truly global independent passenger survey of airline standards.

Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic said,

“We’re thrilled that our Heathrow Clubhouse has been chosen as the world’s best haven for business travellers. Whether it’s on the ground or in the air, our teams never stop delivering the innovative products that all travellers should experience during their journeys. Thank you to everyone who voted for us.”

We took a look at the Virgin Atlantic’s website to find out more about the lounge. One thing is sure: once I’ll have a Virgin Atlantic ticket and I’ll have to change flights in London, I’ll definately try this one. Let’s see what they offer:

1. For relaxation

– a poolside lounge with a small pool and besides cosy armchairs, there are two acrylic bubble chairs hanging from the ceiling
– a lodge
– a sky lounge with full width sloping windows looking at the sky
– an observation deck with great view to the runways
– a gallery with pink glass wall viewing the airport
– a garden with view to the airport

The poolside loungeThe Sky LoungeThe gallery

2. For working

– an office and library room

3. For playing

– a multiscreen
– a den
– a playroom for children

4. For eating and drinking

– a cocktail bar
– a brasserie
– a deli

5. For wellness and treatment purposes

– a cowshed with cosmetics, hairdresser and massage
– a hydro spa pool
– a sauna

– steam rooms
– tanning booth

The LibraryThe MultiscreenThe Spa


The full virtual tour of the luxury business lounge can be seen on Virgin Atlantic’s website.

By Szafi

Airbus A380 tickets

When I studied the blog statistics, I could see that many hits are coming from Google using the keyword A380 tickets. The following information is for them:

1. The new A380 has not started operating yet, although operation is scheduled to start late 2007.

2. The first customers, who placed order are: Emirates,Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Qantas, Air France, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, China Southern, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, cargo companies (UPS, FedEx) and a leasing company (ILFC).

I am sure once they will start operation, you will be able to find information on the websites of the above mentioned airlines.

You can learn more about the nice A380 on the official website, on Airliners.net and in the Wikipedia.

By Szafi


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