Air France introduces a new sleep suit for its La Première customers

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Courtesy: Air France.

Just like staying in a five-star hotel, a night’s sleep in Air France’s La Première cabin is a totally unique experience. To ensure the wellbeing of its passengers, Air France has once again paid careful attention to detail and is introducing its brand new sleep suit offered to passengers in La Première.

Presented in an elegant new felt pouch, the unisex sleep suit in high quality cotton is subtly embroidered with the Air France seahorse motif. An elegant souvenir that passengers can take with them after their trip, it can easily be worn at home.

To go with this sleep suit, passengers are also given a comfort kit, containing slippers, socks, a shoehorn and a shoe bag. Just like the new sleep suit, the kit is renewed every six months.

Air France La Première, a designer suite

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Courtesy: Air France.

On board the Boeing 777, the new La Première cabin offers passengers a real designer suite, promising total privacy. Air France has dressed each suite with thick curtains, held back with leather tiebacks. A unique and daring concept, they enable the passenger to decide whether to be totally isolated or just partially. In an instant, the La Première seat turns into a fully-flat bed over two metres long. During the flight, each guest has their own personal 24-inch HD touch screen, one of the largest ever offered on board. When the passenger is ready to go to sleep, the crew members install a mattress on the seat, for impeccable comfort. They are then given a fluffy pillow and a Sofitel My Bed® duvet. With the curtains closed, the partition raised and the lighting subdued, the suite provides optimum comfort for a perfects night’s sleep.

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British Airways introduces new premium glassware for First Class customers

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Courtesy: British Airways.

British Airways’ First customers can soon sip their champagne and other top tipples in new premium glassware.

Crystal specialists Dartington Crystal have served up a new selection of specially commissioned glassware for customers flying in British Airways’ First cabin.

The range includes a tumbler, brandy glass, wine glass, champagne flute and a deep crimson red water glass, to provide a burst of colour in the stylish understated cabin.

Troy Warfield, British Airways’ director of customer experience, said: “Dartington Crystal was the clear favourite to provide us with the best quality and most durable glass for our customers flying in First.

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Courtesy: British Airways.

“As a premium producer of crystal we’re thrilled to have Dartington Crystal on board, giving our First customers the best of British glasses to drink from, no matter where they fly in the world.”

Neil Hughes, Dartington Crystal’s managing director, said: “We are proud to be associated with this most prestigious part of our national airline. As the last surviving British name for glassware we are delighted that British Airways has chosen to reflect their high standards with our products.”

The new glassware from the Devon-based company will appear on flights throughout the year and enable customers in First to enjoy a wide selection of fine wines, spirits, soft drinks and prestigious champagnes, including Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle.

Dartington Crystal is best known for its premium crystal. Each of the company’s glasses featured in First is individually stamped with both the British Airways speed marque and the Dartington name.

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Courtesy: British Airways.

Originally called Dartington Glass, the company started in 1967, in Torrington, Devon, as a manufacturer of quality glassware.

Nearly 50 years later, Dartington Crystal has developed and evolved to offer a diverse range of crystal and glassware. Today Dartington Crystal is sold around the world and is a leading exponent of British design.

British Airways also offers customers flying in First a sophisticated and stylish suite, featuring a contemporary British design, allowing them to work, relax, dine and sleep in comfort.

As well as a bespoke service from attentive cabin crew, à la carte dining, fine wines and champagne, customers can also unwind in their six foot fully-flat bed to feel revived and refreshed once their flight arrives at its destination.

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British Airways announces its longest long-haul flight to Santiago, Chile

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Courtesy: British Airways.

British Airways is launching the only direct flight between London and Santiago in Chile from January 3, 2017.

Santiago will become the airline’s lengthiest long-haul route, taking 14 hours 40 minutes, nearly an hour more than the current longest flight of 13 hours 50 minutes service to Buenos Aires.

The four-a-week flight will be served by the airline’s newest aircraft, the four-cabin Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, complete with a new First cabin.

Santiago will be the latest destination in Latin America to join British Airways’ route network.  The airline recently launched new services to San Jose in Costa Rica and Lima in Peru.  In addition, it also operates flight to Rio and Sao Paulo in Brazil and Buenos Aires in Argentina.

New First Class / Courtesy: British Airways.

New First Class / Courtesy: British Airways.

Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airways said: “In recent years we have been increasing our services to South and Central America reflecting the area’s continued growth in both business and tourism. This year we’ve already launched flights to Costa Rica and Peru, and the addition of Santiago will secure another important link between the UK and the region.

“The Chilean economy has been steadily growing, with increasing trade links to Europe so this new direct route will respond to the need for travel between the two Capital cities to do business face-to-face.”

“Equally, Chile is of enormous appeal to leisure travellers, especially those looking for adventure, exploration and experiences, thanks to its outstanding and diverse natural beauty and attractions and its great food and wine.”

There’s something for everyone in Chile as a destination. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy skiing and snowboarding around Santiago, trekking around the Andes or water-sports along the extensive coast-line. Thanks to the country’s natural wonders, from the driest desert in the world, to the lakes and glaciers, and the huge swathes of national park there’s many different animals and birds to be seen.

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Courtesy: British Airways.

Chile also has a rich culture to explore, from Easter Island with its Moai statues to Valparaiso’s old quarter, which has UNESCO heritage site status. The city of Santiago is also fascinating and the region’s food and drink, especially the wine, is renowned. And thanks to all that coastline and the islands around Chile, there’s plenty of beach holidays for travellers wanting a relaxing break.

To celebrate the launch, British Airways is offering a special fare of £749 return in World Traveller (economy), £1,299 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and £1,999 in Club World (business class).

British Airways is taking delivery of 21 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, five of which arrived in 2015 and 11 of which will arrive this year. The final five will be delivered during 2018.

They feature a new First cabin, thanks to the fact the 787-9 is 20ft longer than the 787-8. The cabin is a very private eight-suite space, with four additional storage areas around each seat, including an ottoman, a personal suiter, a locker for small personal effects and a device stowage space complete with device powering capability. In-flight entertainment is shown on a 23-inch fixed screen and a smart ‘jog-dial’, manages the seat’s recline, headrest and lumbar inflate and a ‘global’ lighting control to set both ambient and reading lighting.

Editor’s Note:

  • The new Santiago flight will depart from Heathrow on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 22:00 and arrive in Santiago at 09:40 local time the following day. The return flight will depart at 18:45 arriving back in London at 12:05 local the following day.
  • The new route from Heathrow to Santiago is approximately 11,645km, while Buenos Aires is 11,083km.
  • Although this is British Airways’ first direct flight to Santiago, the airline previously operated there as a ‘tag-on’ from Buenos Aires between 1993 and 2000.
  • The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has 216 seats and is the most technologically advanced aircraft in British Airways fleet.
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British Airways offers free upgrades to First Class

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Courtesy: British Airways.

British Airways customers who book a Club World (business class) seat between April 5 and June 14 are being offered the opportunity to upgrade to First one-way for free if they’re travelling between April 5 and August 28, 2016.

Customers who’d like to take up the offer can do so by contacting their travel agent, or calling the British Airways contact centre on 0344 493 0787.

Sara Dunham, British Airways’ head of marketing, retail and direct, said: “Unsurprisingly, these upgrade offers are extremely popular with our customers. For no additional cost, they can enjoy all the extra benefits of First, from the bespoke lounges to the comfortable suites on-board and personalised service. It’s a really nice way for us to recognise our customers and give them something back as a thank-you for their booking and their loyalty.”

Customers booking can expect to be whisked through fast-track before making their way to the First lounge or Concorde Room (outbound from Heathrow Terminal 5). Once on-board the sophisticated cabin they can settle in to their suite with its 6ft 6inch bed, personal blinds and wardrobe and  experience a personalised service, complete with an a la carte menu, fine wines and champagne.

Customers flying on one of British Airways’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will experience the airline’s very latest First class, introduced in late 2015. The cabin is a very private eight-suite space, with four additional storage areas around each seat, including an ottoman, a personal suiter, a locker for small personal effects and a device stowage space complete with device powering capability. In-flight entertainment is shown on a 23-inch fixed screen and a smart ‘jog-dial’, manages the seat’s recline, headrest and lumbar inflate and a ‘global’ lighting control to set both ambient and reading lighting.

For more details on the upgrade promotion, customers can visit www.ba.com/upgrade

For more details on First class, visit: www.ba.com/first.

Note:

  • The offer is only available on published fares
  • Terms and conditions apply. See ba.com/upgrade for full details
  • Bookings must be made between April 5 and June 14, 2016 for travel between April 5 and August 28, 2016

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Fly off to Houston and Luanda on board Air France’s new travel cabins

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Courtesy: Air France.

Since 27 and 28 March 2016, Air France customers have been able to enjoy the comfort of the new long-haul travel cabins to Houston and Luanda from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

The progressive installation of the cabins on the Boeing 777 enables Air France to offer a daily flight to Houston (Texas, USA) and up to two weekly flights to Luanda (Angola).

On board the aircraft equipped with the latest travel cabins, customers can enjoy the new designer suites in La Première*, a cocoon in the sky in Business and fully redesigned seats in Premium Economy and Economy.

Schedules of flights equipped with the new cabins (in local time)

  • AF636: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 10:40, arrives in Houston at 14:15;
  • AF639: leaves Houston at 16:10, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 08:35;
  • AF928: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 22:05, arrives in Luanda at 05:05;
  • AF929: leaves Luanda at 21:10, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 06:15.

Air France’s best cabins

La Première guests each have a designer suite, ensuring optimum privacy. Air France has dressed each suite with thick curtains, held back with leather tiebacks. A unique and daring concept, they enable the passenger to decide whether to be totally isolated or just partially. In an instant, the La Première seat turns into a fully-flat bed over two metres long. With the curtains closed, the partition raised and soft lighting, the suite provides the passenger with complete privacy. During the trip, each guest has a personal 24-inch (61cm) HD touch screen, one of the largest ever seen on board.

In the Business cabin, Air France has designed a real cocoon in the sky. The seat adapts to the shape of each individual, from seating position to a real 2-metre long bed. At the heart of the curved structure, each passenger creates their own space, enveloping and protective, according to their desires. The seat’s soft foam is designed to offer impeccable quality of sleep. With a soft duvet and XXL-sized feather down pillow, everything has been designed to ensure peaceful sleep among the clouds. Each passenger has a wide 16-inch (41 cm) HD touch screen.

In Premium Economy, more comfortable seat cushions and a multi-position footrest further enhance this travel cabin. In Economy class, there is a new fully-revised seat, with more legroom, a new seat cushion, more comfortable headrests and a wider tray table.

*: On flights operated by Boeing 777-300 to Houston as from 8 April 2016.

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British Airways: First lounge revamp for Premium customers

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Courtesy: British Airways.

A refresh to British Airway’s First lounge at Terminal 5 is making for a more comfortable and relaxing start to flights for some of the airline’s top premium customers.

The refurbishment to the airline’s luxurious First lounge, which comfortably seats British Airways’ premium travellers, has brought a new sparkle to eligible First customers and Gold Executive Club members.

They are benefitting from brand new contemporary and stylish furniture throughout the lounge, plush new carpets, re-sanded, waxed and polished extensive oak wooded floors, and more power outlets to charge phones, laptops and tablet computers.

Troy Warfield, British Airways’ director of customer experience, said: “Our First customers and Gold Executive Club members are used to the very best service and surroundings, both in the air and on the ground.

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Courtesy: British Airways.

“The refurbishment of our First lounge at Terminal 5 will ensure they can continue to enjoy fine cuisine, outstanding wines and champagnes and relax in comfort before flying in style to destinations around the world.”

Over 220 new pieces of furniture, ranging from stylish high-backed chairs, occasional tables, dining furniture and relaxing sofas have replaced the First lounge’s previous furniture.

Additional power outlets have been discreetly fitted to provide even more places for customers to re-charge and power up their personal electronic devices.

Since Terminal 5 opened in 2008, British Airways’ premium customers have been able to relax, dine and refresh themselves throughout the airline’s extensive ‘galleries’ lounge complex, featuring six individual lounges for Club and First customers, including the exclusive Concorde Room, and the recently refreshed First lounge.

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Courtesy: British Airways.

As well as new and stylish, understated seating throughout, the First lounge also features ‘The Gold Bar’, which is covered in gold leaf and is lit by a Swarovski crystal chandelier.

Customers can help themselves from the bar, stocked with fine wines, champagne and spirits. There is also a dedicated Champagne Bar, surrounded by banquette seating, decorated with a subtle Concorde motif, serving top champagnes, including Castelnau Vintage 2004, Taittinger Brut Rose NV and Taittinger Vintage 2006.

A Work and Entertainment Zone provides PCs for customer use with free high-speed wifi available throughout the lounge.

A specially prepared hot and cold food selection is available for self-service in a dining area, with a wide selection of beverages available, and bespoke furniture to either dine alone at individual tables or in groups, if travelling with friends or family.

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Courtesy: British Airways.

A dedicated British Airways customer service team is on hand to help customers to arrange or amend flights and answer any queries. Customers can pamper themselves before their flight with specially prepared treatments at the Elemis Spa.

British Airways has recently introduced its brand new First cabin on its new fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Last week the airline took delivery of its sixth 787-9, which went into service to Montreal.

The new exclusive First cabin features just eight suites, painstakingly designed around the customer with extra storage space, more comfortable seating, adjustable mood lighting and a larger 23 inch in-flight entertainment screen.

British Airways’ has welcomed 14 787 Boeing Dreamliners into its fleet so far, and has a further 28 on order for future delivery.

Source: British Airways.

Air France’s new La Première suite voted “best first class available on flights between Greater China and Europe”

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On 14 January 2016, Air France was awarded the “best first class available on flights between Greater China and Europe” prize. The Company was presented this award as part of the Hurun Best of the Best Awards.

This ceremony was organized in Shanghai by the Hurun Report, a monthly magazine dedicated to the luxury business market. In January each year, the event rewards the brands offering luxury services. These prizes are awarded on the basis of satisfaction surveys carried out by the Hurun Report with hundreds of wealthy Chinese people invited to vote for their favourite brands.

“This new award in China recognizes Air France’s ambition to offer its customers the best travel experience, driven by our product and services upmarket strategy. The new La Première suite is, among all our new offers, the one that demonstrates our commitment at the highest level to excellence and the French-style art of travel. Present in China for close to 80 years, the Air France-KLM Group has regularly developed its network and increased its services to constantly optimize connections between China and Europe, and more widely Asia to Europe” stated Patrick Alexandre, Executive Vice President Commercial Sales and Alliances Air France KLM.

Air France’s La Première – a designer suite

In the new La Première cabin, La Première guests each have a designer suite, ensuring optimum privacy. Air France has dressed each suite with thick curtains, held back with leather tiebacks. A unique and daring concept, they enable the passenger to decide whether to be totally isolated or just partially. In an instant, the La Première seat turns into a fully-flat bed over two metres long. When the guest is ready to go to sleep, the crew members place a mattress on the seat, for impeccable comfort. They then have a large fluffy pillow and a Sofitel MyBed® duvet. With the curtains closed, the partition raised and soft lighting, the suite embraces the passenger, for complete privacy. During the trip, each guest has a personal 24-inch (61cm) HD touch screen, one of the largest ever seen on board.

This winter, you can discover the new La Première suites on board the Boeing 777-300 equipped with the Company’s new travel cabins and serving Shanghai and Beijing in Greater China.

Air France-KLM in Greater China

Throughout the winter season, the Air France-KLM Group operates up to 77 weekly flights connecting the hubs of Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol to 9 destinations in Greater China – Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Wuhan and Xiamen.

Source: Air France.