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JetSet Era? We Believe It’s Alive And Well

There’s a lot of talk about the nostalgia of the “Golden Age of Travel”, glorified by shows like Pan Am where we see passengers sipping on whiskeys and Martinis as they jetted across the Atlantic, reclined in large recliner seats, dressed impeccably. The warm fuzzy memory of the JetSet era – with the likes of…

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Latest SkyTeam Lounge To Open In Beijing

Following this year’s opening of SkyTeam‘s Hong Kong lounge, the alliance is about to launch a second greater-China lounge in Beijing Capital International Airport. The sixth worldwide lounge for the group will offer a “luxurious pre-flight experience complemented by high-end amenities” for First and Business Class passengers and Elite Plus members flying on any of the…

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Trip Report: KLM 777-200 World Business Class October 2015

Flight: KL706 Aircraft Type: B777-200 Class: World Business Class (new version) Route: (LHR)-AMS-GIG Flight time: 11:14 Seat: 4D Date: October 2015 http://www.klm.com Best for: Travellers from across Europe connecting onto long-haul routes. The crowd: Mainly Dutch travellers and Brazilian passengers, older generation on a long-haul leisure route. Business or pleasure: Most passengers were relaxed and in couples. Rio is much more leisure oriented compared with…

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Trip Report: Alitalia 777-200 ‘Magnifica’ Business Class September 2015

Flight: AZ674 Aircraft Type: B777-200ER Class: ‘Magnifica’ Business Class (older generation) Route: FCO-GRU Flight time: 11:12 Seat: 3A Date: September 2015 http://www.alitalia.com Best for: European one-stop travellers who are happy to connect in Europe for more affordable fares. The crowd: Even though this is a very established route, the passengers seemed almost entirely Italian. Business or pleasure: The carrier suits business travellers, and with their imminent introduction of Wi-Fi,…

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Transaero Show Off New Colours On A Brand New 737-800

Transaero last week received their latest Boeing 737-800, which as well as featuring the new ‘Sky Interior’ and WiFi capabilities, also features a whole new look for the carrier. The modernised design reflects the previous livery which was often mistaken for Air France. Originally slated to come in last year, the carrier decided to hold…

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The Rise Of The New All-Business Class Carrier

We all know the story of the ill-fated Eos, MaxJet and SilverJet, who sadly all ceased operations during the credit crunch a few years ago. The only surviver, L’Avion, was snapped up by British Airways, who turned the carrier around, rebranding it British Airways “OpenSkies”. The carrier since, has continued operations, flying between Paris (Orly) and…

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Transavia’s Transformation Troubles

Transavia, our wonderfully green-collared friend, has undergone a branding exercise, to refresh and address its commercial objectives.  Mirabeau, a digital agency, was brought on by Transavia to begin work on a new e-commerce platform to increase ancillary sales, improve the conversion of flights and reduce operational costs. Having identified the need to redefine Transavia’s positioning and…

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Emirates Showcase Another Great UpCycling Idea

It’s been a while since we’ve seen some upcycling in the air, since Air France did something similar with their old advertising posters, and Virgin Atlantic who changed their seat covers into a variety of accessories and KLM who turned their old uniforms into carpets for their new World Business Class cabins. Emirates recently turned a…

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A Closer Look At China Southern’s New 777 Interior

Back in late February China Southern took delivery of its first 777-300ER. In March 2014 it started flying to Shanghai from Guangzhou and now is commencing flights to NYC. The new aircraft features the latest cabin designs for the carrier which in our estimation has lifted the carrier to a world class competitor. With a…

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Hip Hop!

Air France Group this week announced the new brand for their regional operations, currently being operated by Brit Air, Regional and Airlinair. Hop! A young, vibrant looking brand will act as one of Air France’s new 3 airline concept, also featuring Air France and Transavia. Hop! is forming the regional part of the network, focussing heavily on…

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Aeroflot Launch New 777 Interiors

Whilst there hasn’t been any real announcement of their product launch for the 777, here is a video on their YouTube channel of the interior of their new aircraft, joining their fleet in 2013. Whilst there is no sound, it’s easy to work your way through their 3 classes, whilst none of these products are…

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Thai Totally Get It Right

Whilst this image of the freshly painted Thai A380 might not generate a huge fanfare of a reaction, it is within that reasoning I feel Thai have got their paintjob of the A380 absolutely right. Comparing the image of the A380 to the 747 below you’ll see a few minor, but very clever changes. The…

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Is First Class Dying Off?

On the following day of the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s updated premium product ‘Dream Suite‘ comes news from troubled Lufthansa of a different nature. In an effort to try and become more efficient, curb spending and reign in the purse strings after a less than successful stint of turning bmi around, they are going to…

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About

Since founding thedesignair.net in 2012, Jonny Clark has collaborated with magazines and websites around the world, and has become a recognised source of opinion in the airline industry. thedesignair.net continues to grow in its second year and has now partnered with some prestigious brands around the world, whilst still maintaining an easy-to-digest design-led website based…

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Trip Report: SriLankan A330-300 Business Class February 2018

Flight: UL506 Aircraft Type: A330-300 Class: Business Class Route: LHR-CMB Date: February 2018 http://www.srilankan.com SriLankan Airlines recently added two daytime flights per week from London to Colombo, flying on Saturdays and Sundays, providing better connections and more convenient departure times. This now makes the airline even more attractive to passengers looking for one-stop carriers between London and the Maldives, Sri…

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Trip Report: SriLankan A330-300 Business Class September 2016

Flight: UL504 Aircraft Type: A330-300 Class: Business Class Route: LHR-CMB Date: September 2016 http://www.srilankan.com SriLankan Airlines has passed by our radar for far too long, and their new business class product has now been flying for a few years on their A330-300 aircraft. Featuring all-aisle access, WiFi and quite frankly, amazing cuisine, it was time to take this Oneworld…

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