I was delighted to join Virgin Atlantic earlier this week for a fun A350-cabin interior ‘reveal’ party at the company’s crew training facilities (“The Base”) in Crawley, near London’s Gatwick Airport.
My story detailing posh new features that include upgraded Upper Class suites in the business class cabin and the transformation of the Upper Class bar area into a multi-purpose gathering area called “The Loft” is on SFGate.
But sharing some snaps of the mock-up that was on display during the evening here on Stuck at The Airport.
Virgin Atlantic’s first A350 – named Red Velvet – will start flying in August, 2019 between London Heathrow and New York JFK, followed by other services to JFK later in the year.
The carrier has 12 Airbus A350-1000s on order, and plans to have all of them flying by 2012 as a replacement for the airline’s 747s.
Beleaguered WOW Air shut down on Thursday, posting a note on its website that all flights had been canceled.
For tickets holders stranded in various cities and airports, and those with tickets for future dates, WOW Air suggests contacting your travel agent or credit card issuer for help and offers this advice:
may offer flights at a reduced rate, so-called rescue fares, in light of the
As of Thursday
evening, here’s what airlines, travel companies and even a bus company is
offering WOW Air ticket holders in terms of “rescue” assistance:
Early in the day, the Hopper booking site announced that all customers who booked WOW Air flights through its site would get full refunds.
also be paying the full cost of rebooking for all its stranded passengers in
A variety of
airlines are offering WOW Air tickets holders discounted rates on rebooked flights.
Icelandair has a posted a list of discounted Economy fares for stranded passengers en route to, from, or through Iceland. The fares are only available for passengers already on their journey, with a return WOW AIr ticket between now and April 11, 2019.
This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released air carrier data for calendar year 2018.
The report inludes stats on everything from arrival rates and incident involving the death of animals carried on airplanes to bumping rates and, for the first time, the number of wheelchairs or scooters that were checked and mishandled by airlines.
The full report can be found here,
but here are some highlights.
Hawaiian Airlines had the best arrival rates in 2018 – 87.8 percent – followed by Delta Air Lines (83.2 percent) and Alaska Airlines (82.7 percent).
A Turkish Airlines airplane evidently has a cameo role in the upcoming Lego movie and that has inspired the airline to create a charming safety video featuring Lego characters Emmet, Wyldstyle, Batman and many others.
I’m not sure I’ve spotted all the references yes, but I love that there’s a checklist referenced here of all the features modern-day safety videos seem to have, including celebrity cameos and catchy songs.
Take a look and let me know what special touches you notice.
And while we’re talking airline safety videos, let’s revisit some classics: