Thursday, August 16, 2018

Aviation


In Brief
August 2018 291

Air France unveils new business lounge 

Air France presented its brand-new business lounge, Le Balcon, located in Hall L of Terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. With a total surface area of 3,200 sqm and a capacity of 540 seats, this completely redesigned lounge offers several new features for optimum comfort. Le Balcon is set against the runways in a unique and welcoming architecture, forming a curved structure sheltered under an immense golden mirrored ceiling.

It offers an elegant cocktail menu created by Hotel Lancaster in Paris. It has a kids’ area to entertain children before their trip. A catering area where the chef prepares the dish of the day in front of customers. It also boasts of the largest wellness area of all the Air France lounges, with more than 550 sqm.

When they arrive in the lounge, guests can easily find their way around thanks to an interactive plan at the entrance. They can browse all the services available, depending on how much time they have. On the Air France app, customers can access all the information they need on the lounges in the new lounge section.

 

Confused about what you can hand carry?

No one is entirely sure what to put and what not to, in cabin baggage. This list of items will help travellers in deciding what definitely not to put in cabin baggage.

Any powder like substance bigger than 350ml should not be put in checked baggage. Smart bags use lithium batteries to run GPS tracking systems, phone chargers and electronic locks, which have been linked to fires on planes. Baby Foods is also something which should be enquired about before carrying as cabin baggage.

Carrying more than 100ml of medicine will require a prescription, if bought as cabin baggage. Scent bottles are not allowed. Most sport equipments are not allowed in cabin baggage. Drills, screwdrivers, spanners and nails can’t be checked in. Electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, chemicals and toxic substances are not allowed in planes. No hairspray or deodorant can be carried, unless they are 100ml or less, in a clear plastic bag of 20cm by 20cm.

 

Some flydubai flights to move to T3

Dubai-based carrier flydubai will move operations of flights to ten of its destinations from its current operating base of Terminal 2 and relocate to Terminal 3, currently reserved only for Emirates flights, at Dubai International (DXB).

From December 2 this year, flights to Belgrade, Bishkek, Bucharest, Catania, Dushanbe, Helsinki, Krakow, Prague, Rostov-on-Don and Salalah will operate from Terminal 3. Flights to these destinations before December 2 will continue to operate from Terminal 2.

Passengers booked to travel to these destinations will be able to check-in for their flight at the Business Class and Economy Class desks in the departures area of Terminal 3. These destinations have been chosen to help improve the connection between Emirates and flydubai. Further flights operating from Terminal 3 will be added in the summer schedule in 2019.

Passengers who have booked to travel to these destinations from this period will receive communications from flydubai in advance of their date of travel informing them of the change in flight number and terminal.

 

United unveils new business class seat

United is introducing its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft type with an all-new United Polaris business class seat - on its route between Mumbai and New York/Newark from October 28, 2018. The aircraft replaces a Boeing 777-200ER on the once daily service.

United's 777-300ER aircraft offers a modern, spacious interior envisioned in partnership with design firm Priestman Goode, including the airline's all-new United Polaris business class seat. Each United Polaris suite-like pod features direct access to the aisle, a 180-degree flat-bed that measures 6'6'' and 23 inches wide with infinite seat recline options and one-touch lumbar support. The 777-300ER features 60 seats in business class in a 1-2-1 configuration with direct-aisle access from all seats. The aircraft features 102 seats in United Economy Plus in a 3-4-3 configuration with 34 inches of pitch, and 204 United Economy seats in a 3-4-3 configuration with 31 inches of pitch.







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