Lufthansa tem tarifa especial para a chegada do Boeing 747-8I ao Rio de Janeiro

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A Lufthansa está com uma promoção especial para celebrar o começo das operações com o novíssimo Boeing 747-8i no Rio de Janeiro. As passagens aéreas de ida e volta para vários destinos na Europa estão com preços variando a partir de US$ 748. Entre as cidades incluídas na promoção estão Londres, Amsterdã, Viena, Dublin, Munique, Berlim e vários outras. Na nova Premium Economy, os valores começam em US$ 1.748. A promoção é válida para reservas até 2 de fevereiro.

A partir do dia 29 de março, a Lufthansa começa a voar do Rio de Janeiro para Frankfurt com o novíssimo Boeing 747-8i, uma das maiores e mais modernas aeronaves disponíveis hoje. A rota São Paulo – Frankfurt já é servida com esta aeronave e, no Rio de Janeiro, a Lufthansa será a primeira companhia a voar com este modelo. Outra novidade para o mercado é que o Boeing 747-8i será equipado com quatro classes de serviços, incluindo a nova Premium Economy, lançada em todo mundo agora em novembro, e também com a nova Business Class, com assentos que viram cama e garantem o máximo de espaço e privacidade aos passageiros.

A nova aeronave apresenta ganhos significativos em termos de eficiência ambiental: os motores Gent GEnx-2B consomem menos querosene e atingem um ganho de 15% em eficiência e redução das emissões de CO2 por passageiro. Adicionalmente, as emissões de ruídos são 30% menores.

Em termos de capacidade, o incremento também é significativo. O novo Jumbo da Lufthansa tem 364 lugares, sendo 32 na Premium Economy. A aeronave usada na rota anteriormente, o 747-400, tinha capacidade total para 352 passageiros.

Além da rota entre o Aeroporto de Frankfurt, na Alemanha, e São Paulo (Guarulhos), a nova aeronave já serve destinos como Washington, o primeiro, Deli, Bangalore, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Cidade do México, Chicago e Seul, entre outros.

Nota do Editor:

Com a introdução do Boeing 747-8I para o Rio de Janeiro, a Lufthansa introduzirá o que há de última palavra em conforto e modernização. Os passageiros poderão desfrutar da nova Business Class e da recém lançada Premium Economy. Além disso todas as demais classes foram atualizadas.

Fonte: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Lufthansa welcomes brand-new jumbo to Frankfurt

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

The Lufthansa Group is continuing with the modernisation of its aircraft fleet in 2015. Today (27 January 2015), Lufthansa’s 16th Boeing 747-8 landed as scheduled from Seattle at its future home airport in Frankfurt. Following a nine-hour transfer flight, the newest “Queen of the Skies” joined Lufthansa’s jumbo fleet, replacing an older Boeing 747-400, which is being decommissioned. The “Dash Eight”, whose tail number is D-ABYR, is one of four brand-new aircraft of this type that Lufthansa will acquire in 2015. Over the coming months, the state-of-the-art jets will arrive in Frankfurt one by one like a string of pearls. As well as the four Boeing 747-8s, Lufthansa will take delivery of two Airbus A380s, ten aircraft from the A320 family and a Boeing 777F freighter for Lufthansa Cargo.

After its cabin has been fitted by Lufthansa Technik in Frankfurt and it has obtained its operating certificate, the “Yankee Romeo” will enter scheduled service in mid-February. Its first destination is expected to be New York.

The capital expenditure on a Boeing 747-8 long-haul aircraft with the latest technology and top travel comfort totals more than USD 360m at list prices. And with more than 220 Lufthansa staff members involved, the employment effect is the same as that of a medium-sized company.

Improved eco-efficiency on short, medium and long-haul routes

The arrival of the new aircraft in the Lufthansa Group’s fleet will mean a clear reduction in the noise emissions and kerosene consumption of the aircraft in use. The Boeing 747-8, for example, is much more eco-efficient: With their state-of-the-art engines, these aircraft consume less kerosene and improve the fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions per passenger by 15 per cent, while their noise footprint is 30 per cent lower.

The Lufthansa Group’s aircraft fleet is currently undergoing a fundamental renewal. Following the aircraft orders placed in recent years, the Group has more than 263 brand-new aircraft on order with a list value of approximately EUR 37bn. These are to be delivered by 2025.

Greater travel comfort across all travel classes

The new aircraft also offer increased travel comfort. For example, passengers on board the 747-8 can experience the new Business Class, where the seats convert into horizontal beds at the touch of a button. As well as outstanding comfort when lying and sitting, Business Class offers additional storage space and significantly larger 15-inch screens for its individual entertainment system. First Class provides passengers with an exclusive travel experience thanks to its exterior insulation and seats that convert into beds measuring 2.07 metres in length and 80 centimetres in width. Passengers in Economy Class can also travel in comfort to their destinations thanks to the enhanced seats, while in the recently introduced Premium Economy Class, increased legroom and a greater seat pitch await passengers.

Editor’s Note:

As the world’s longest passenger aircraft, the Lufthansa Boeing 747-8I is around 5,6 meters longer than the Boeing 747-400. The 76,3 meter-long fuselage of the 19,4 metre-high Jumbo comfortably seats 362 passengers. The new Jumbo slots in perfectly between the Boeing 747-400 and the Airbus A380 and thus constitutes an important link in the modern airline fleet – one that guarantees efficient operations on long-haul routes.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Alaska Airlines to offer free inflight entertainment through March

Courtesy: Alaska Airlines (H. Knigge).

Courtesy: Alaska Airlines (H. Knigge).

Alaska Airlines today announced it will continue to offer free premium inflight entertainment directly to customers’ personal electronic devices for two more months, in addition to the more than 100 titles of free content that are available all the time, to all passengers, as part of the new Alaska Beyond™ experience.

All content, including premium movies and TV shows, will be complimentary through March 31, 2015. Starting April 1, customers can still enjoy free access to a wide selection of complimentary custom curated content and purchase premium movies and TV shows starting at $1.99.

The new entertainment service is available today on more than half of Alaska’s mainline aircraft and will be equipped on nearly all of Alaska’s all-Boeing fleet by April 2015.

Additionally, beginning Feb. 1, Alaska will also introduce new Inflight Entertainment tablets powered by Microsoft. The tablets will be available to rent on long-haul flights for $8-10 and will feature movies, TV, XBOX games, music, digital magazines, and easy Internet access on WiFi-equipped flights. The rentable tablets will continue to be offered at no charge to First Class customers and MVP Gold75Ks.

“Our customers tell us they love our new, free, inflight entertainment service, and we’re listening. We’re excited to continue offering our premium content – like mainstream movies and TV to reward customers for trying out Alaska Beyond Entertainment,” said Halle Hutchison, Alaska’s managing director of brand marketing.

Last month, Alaska debuted its new flight experience, ‘Alaska Beyond.’ In addition to the new, free inflight entertainment offerings, Alaska Beyond features delicious, locally sourced food and beverages, comfortable Recaro leather seats and personal power at every seat.

Source: Alaska Airlines.

KLM’s World Business Class gets high marks

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Courtesy: KLM.

The first aircraft using the new WBC departed from Schiphol on 28 July 2013. From September 2013 to April 2014, Engineering and Maintenance equipped the rest of the Boeing 747 fleet with the new WBC product in close collaboration with leading Dutch designer Hella Jongerius. Travellers have shown their appreciation for the overall appearance, and especially for the full-flat seat option, which adds enormously to travel comfort.

One interesting aspect of the survey has shown that improvements in the cabin add to the travellers’ experience of the flight as a whole. This has resulted in their willingness to choose KLM in the future and recommend the organisation within their own circles.

The survey information comes from eScore, the online version of the paper survey that KLM used to provide to passengers on board, to learn of their perception of KLM. Since 1 July of last year, the survey has taken place entirely online.

Source: KLM.

SAS delivers world class punctuality – again

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Courtesy: SAS.

SAS was the second most on time of all global airlines in 2014 – 0,04% behind the winner. And compared with other major European airlines, SAS was the third most punctual, with 88.62% of the company’s 300,000 flights on schedule last year.

These figures come from Flightstats that publishes monthly statistics of airline punctuality. Flightstats has just announced its sixth annual On Time Performance Awards, where in the categories Global and Major Airlines SAS has been one of the world’s best airlines in each of these years.

“All our employees, both on the ground and in the air, do their utmost every day to meet the high expectations our customers have of SAS. Receiving this award is a confirmation that SAS is a world beating airline and a real tribute to our employees,” said Rickard Gustafson, Group CEO of SAS.

“At the same time, it is also an important award for our frequent flyers, as it confirms that SAS is a reliable airline that repays their loyalty,” added Rickard Gustafson.

Source: SAS.

oneworld is the best airline alliance for on-time flights

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It is the second time running that oneworld has been confirmed by FlightStats as the most punctual global airline alliance, after gaining the accolade on its inauguration.

This latest honour means that oneworld is now the current holder of an unprecedented seven of the nine available leading “best airline alliance” awards internationally.

The FlightStats’ award is based on its analysis of some 32 million flights operated by 250 airlines globally in the past year – which showed that oneworld members collectively maintained a more punctual operation across the 12 months than their counterparts in the other global airline groups.

oneworld’s 15 member airlines and their 30 affiliated carriers serve almost a thousand destinations in more than 150 countries, boarding 1.4 million customers daily.  FlightStats’ analysis of 3,713,154 oneworld flights operated in 2014 showed 79.97 per cent of them arrived on-time – a better record than any other global airline alliance.

FlightStats Executive Chairman and President Jeff Kennedy said: “This is a significant achievement for any alliance, considering the number of flights operated and breadth of your member carrier routes, placing oneworld as the best of the best.”

oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby said: “oneworld aims to be the first choice alliance for frequent international travellers.  We and our member airlines know just how important it is to these customers in particular that flights depart and arrive on time, so it is gratifying that our on-time performance has been confirmed again as the best by FlightStats’ independent report.”

oneworld members also rated highly in FlightStats’ 2014 awards for individual airlines.

Four of the alliance’s carriers were listed among the world’s ten most punctual Major Global Carriers – Iberia (third, with 88.46 per cent of its flights arriving on time), Japan Airlines (fourth, 87.78 per cent), airberlin (eighth, 85.70 per cent) and LAN Airlines (ninth, 85.63 per cent).

On a regional basis, Japan Airlines was the most punctual major airline in Asia Pacific for the third year in a row, with Qantas eighth.  Finnair had the best on-time performance among European Major Carriers (with 90.58 per cent of flights arriving on time), with Iberia fourth and airberlin sixth.  Qatar Airways was third in the Middle East and Africa category, with Royal Jordanian seventh.  LAN Airlines was second among the major Latin American airlines, with TAM Airlines fourth.  In North America, US Airways had the sixth best on-time record, with its merger partner American Airlines also ranked in the Top 10.

oneworld affiliate member Iberia Express was the most punctual low-cost carrier globally.

FlightStats says the awards are “designed to recognise those airlines and airports that demonstrate consistently high performance and deliver on their promise to get passengers to their destinations in a timely manner”.  For full details, see flightstats.com.

Other “best airline alliance” awards currently held by oneworld include:

  • Skytrax’s World’s Best Airline Alliance 2014 for the second year running.
  • Business Traveller’s 2014 Best Airline Alliance for the second year running.
  • Premier Traveler’s Best of 2014 Best Airline Alliance for the second year running.
  • Global Traveler’s 2014 GT Tested Best Airline Alliance for the fifth year running.
  • World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Airline Alliance for the 12th year running.
  • Air Transport News’ Best Airline Alliance 2014.

Source: oneworld.

Alaska Airlines once again named North America’s most on-time airline

Courtesy: Alaska Airlines.

Courtesy: Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines has been named the No. 1 on-time major North American carrier for the fifth year in a row.

FlightStats Inc., which compiles on-time performance data on millions of flights each year, bestowed the honor on Alaska Airlines today. No other major North American airline has received the prestigious award more times since the Portland-based company launched its on-time awards program in 2009.

“Our employees work tirelessly to operate a safe and on-time airline because they know that behind these numbers are people getting where they need to be,” said Alaska Chief Operating Officer Ben Minicucci. “On-time performance means more time with family, more productive business trips and an overall travel experience that ensures our customers keep coming back.”

FlightStats publishes its On-Time Performance Services Awards annually and evaluates flight data from the top 10 North American airlines. These major carriers operated more than 9 million flights throughout North America in 2014. To qualify as on-time, each flight must be completed within 15 minutes of its scheduled arrival.

“We at FlightStats congratulate Alaska Airlines for their achievement of delivering outstanding on-time performance for their customers,” said Jeff Kennedy, executive chairman and co-founder of FlightStats, Inc. “As a global leader in data services and solutions, FlightStats takes pride in maintaining the integrity of all airlines’ performance reporting and recognize what an accomplishment it is to maintain a level of excellence as Alaska Airlines has demonstrated in 2014.”

Source: Alaska Airlines.