Iberia revamps food offering with “eight-star” menu

Spanish airline Iberia has announced a new Mediterranean-themed food lineup, drawing on the experience of some of the country’s top chefs. Emulating the top-notch German cuisine offered by Lufthansa and Air France’s gastronomic offering by Alain Ducasse, Iberia has invited a committee of culinary experts to come up with a new menu to be rolled … Continued

Best frequent travel programs unveiled

Marriott has won two major awards at the Frequent Traveler Awards, held April 28 in New York. The chain’s Marriott Rewards scheme picked up the award for Hotel Program of the Year in both the Americas and Europe and Africa, although Priority Club by rival chain InterContinental took the Program of the Year in Middle … Continued

World’s greenest airlines unveiled

The world’s greenest airlines have been named at the ITB Berlin travel show, with European carrier Monarch topping the list. The study of airline efficiency was conducted by Atmosfair, a carbon offsetting company, and looked into factors such as how efficient an airline’s fleet was and how full its planes normally fly. Monarch, a charter … Continued

Delta tops the world’s most admired airlines

Delta Air Lines has been voted the world’s most admired airline by Fortune magazine, managing to push Singapore Airlines into second place. The award means that Delta came out top in a string of assessments including social responsibility and quality of product, as well as business-related criteria such as quality of management and global competitiveness. … Continued

Which airline has the most attractive cabin crew?

Virgin Atlantic‘s cabin crew have been voted the world’s most attractive in a survey of British business travelers – traditionally the most frequent flyers. The Virgin Atlantic crew, who traditionally dress in red, beat competition from Singapore Airlines and Etihad in the survey of 1000 business travelers. Virgin’s stunning 53 percent of votes is credited … Continued

Qantas praised for ‘best cellars in the sky’

Qantas has again been lauded for its on-board wine selection at the annual Cellars in the Sky Award ceremony, held February 3 in London. The Australian flag-carrier, which took four awards last year, won a total of six at this year’s airline wine tasting event, including Best First Class White, First Class Red and First … Continued

Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines joins airline elite

Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines has become the seventh airline in the world to win a five-star rating from airline reviewer Skytrax. The prestigious ranking is awarded by Skytrax and is the highest rating an airline can achieve, signifying a “truly consistent and high quality of Product and Service.” Hainan Airlines was the first mainland Chinese … Continued

TripAdvisor to Allow Users to Rate Airlines

Consumers are now able to rate airlines using review site TripAdvisor in the same way they can rate hotels, the site confirmed January 12. In a move which will see traveler reviews displayed alongside the flights that it sells, the Expedia-owned travel giant has added a new feature that allows travellers to rate airlines on … Continued

Emirates launches promotion with Montblanc

Emirates Airline and Montblanc have jointly launched a major inflight retail promotion offering passengers the opportunity to become the ‘Emirates A380 VIP’. During the promotional period, which runs from January to June, any passenger who purchases a Montblanc Starwalker A380 fineliner writing instrument on board can enter a free draw to win a limited edition … Continued

Korean Air announces unique business class on A380

Korean Air is to introduce a new two-story A380 aircraft that features only Business Class seats on the second floor in May. The 407-seat aircraft, built in partnership with Airbus, will be composed of 12 First Class, 94 Business Class and 301 Economy Class seats. Korean Air says this deck will have 94 lie-flat sleeper … Continued

Branson to be AirAsia stewardess February next year

Richard Branson will serve as a flight attendant on an AirAsia X flight in February next year after losing a cross-dressing bet to rival Tony Fernandes. The two men laid the wager over whose Formula One team would place higher in this year’s rankings. Although both teams completed the season with zero points, Lotus F1 … Continued

Airlines launch new premium products

As premium travelers take to the skies again, this week has seen the launch of new products catering to big-spending passengers from two major airlines. Cathay Pacific launched its new business class seat at a glittering event in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, describing it as a “passenger-led design.” The seat folds down … Continued

Which airlines will loan you an iPad?

Iceland Express has become the latest carrier to offer passengers iPads, joining a small but rapidly growing club turning to Apple for their inflight entertainment. The budget airline, which flies from Reykjavik to destinations including London, New York, Berlin and Copenhagen, will introduce the devices first on transatlantic flights, before rolling it out to the … Continued

What’s cooking on board aircraft this winter?

KLM announced a partnership with Dutch chef Jonnie Boer this week, adding yet another name to the roster of kitchen superstars providing our in-flight meals. From December 1, business class passengers onboard the flag-carrier of the Netherlands will be able to enjoy traditional Dutch food designed by Boer, whose Restaurant de Librije is ranked as … Continued

Virgin and KLM – the new space race?

KLM has laid down the gauntlet to Virgin by announcing that it too will offer sub-orbital flights to its customers. The Dutch flag-carrier said November 17 that it will support Space Experience Curacao by allowing members of its frequent flyer program Flying Blue to redeem points for space flights, as well as including it in … Continued

Branson to serve as stewardess after losing F1 bet

Lotus F1 boss Tony Fernandes said he will auction off seats on an AirAsia flight where Virgin boss Richard Branson will dress up as a ‘stewardess’. The two airline bosses placed a bet at the beginning of the 2010 Formula One championship, agreeing that the one whose Formula One team lost would serve as a … Continued

The world’s best frequent traveler programs

The hotel loyalty program Marriott Rewards, which counts 33 million members, has swept an awards event honoring the world’s best frequent traveler schemes. It won the best hotel Program of the Year in both the Americas and in Europe, as well as a further nine awards, the most of any brand at the Frequent Traveler … Continued

Flydubai set to make fiber optics fly

A new in-flight entertainment system due to be rolled out by Flydubai this month could make watching movies in the sky easier and greener. The Dubai budget carrier is the launch customer for a new type of in-flight entertainment system from US company Lumexis, dubbed “fiber to the screen.” The premise of the system is … Continued

airBaltic First in Europe to Introduce Apple iPads

Air Baltic is to become the first European airline to provide iPads for passenger use, the airline confirmed over the weekend. Passengers will be able to watch movies, cartoons, music and games or read newspapers on the devices on board select flights with Latvia’s flag-carrier. The scheme will be rolled out over the coming season, … Continued

Airline lounges – who has the best?

Last week, Hong Kong-flag carrier Cathay Pacific unveiled its new lounge at Hong Kong International airport, promising a “new level of comfort and convenience.” “The Cabin” is spread across 1,339 square meters and designed by Foster and Partners to be “contemporary, refreshing and dynamic.” Passengers can choose between 5 zones designed for different purposes, including … Continued