Aerotel opens its doors at Heathrow T3

Regular visitors to T3 at London’s Heathrow Airport might believe the terminal’s Aerotel has been operating for months thanks to the large signage outside arrivals, but the terminal has just welcomed its 2nd hotel in close proximity to Terminals 3 and 2. This new space allows guests to book in several hour blocks or overnight…

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Special Trip Report: Why Virgin Atlantic’s new A350 product highlights a magical shift in the carrier’s positioning

In the past Virgin Atlantic was seen as the coolest of underdogs – the carrier for those in the know, flown by the rich and famous across the Atlantic. Onboard massage therapists, inflight bars, even a business class lounge with a Jacuzzi used to be signature parts of the passenger experience. Times have changed however,…

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It’s a goodie bag! Virgin Atlantic revamps amenities, with cool eco-credentials

Virgin Atlantic has just pulled back the drawstring on a series of eco-savvy amenity enhancements across its cabins. Naturally focussing on their Upper Class product, which has recently had an upgrade, there are a plethora of extra enhancements from socks to pyjamas. The hero of these enhancement is Virgin’s quirkily-named ‘Goodie bag’ which features REN…

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Tangerine Launch New Adagio Seat For Aviointeriors

High-density premium seating is where it is at this year, and tangerine‘s new ‘Adagio’ seat for Aviointeriors is the epitome of this new trend. While the market for fully-flat seats has taken a few years to mature and settle, industrial designers are constantly making small changes to perfect the model from a cost, LOPA and passenger…

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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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Inside Cathay’s New A350 Inaugural Flight From Gatwick

Today saw the launch of Cathay Pacific’s 4-times-a-week service between Hong Kong and Gatwick airport. The airline has rolled out it’s most technologically advanced airframe on the route, the A350-900, which also flies to Dusseldorf from Hong Kong. Being one of the lucky few invited for the inaugural event at Gatwick, TheDesignAir was able to…

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Grimshaw Picked To Take Heathrow To The Future

Championing British design talent, Heathrow Airport today announced the globally renowned architectural practice, Grimshaw as their concept designers after a rigorous assessment from a shortlist of four of the UK’s top architects which also included Zaha Hadid, HOK and Benoy. “Grimshaw were successful in the competitive tender process not only for their visionary concept designs, which pushed…

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Emirates Now To Offer 10 Daily Flights Between London And Dubai

Emirates just announced their fourth daily flight to Dubai from London Gatwick airport, filling the large gap between the lunchtime and evening flight. Starting October 1st, the flight will take off at 16.50, it’s the perfect addition to the airline’s extensive nine other daily flights from the UK Capital. With six flights from London Heathrow and four from Gatwick,…

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ANA’s Seven UK Samurai Chefs Announced

ANA’s hunt for seven talented British chefs to take off on a unique trip to Japan to learn the secrets of the country’s legendary cuisine has taken another step forward. The chefs have now been whittled down to ANA’s seven ‘Samurai Chefs.’ The up-and-coming chefs from the UK, were whisked across to Japan for an immersive culinary…

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Qantas To Launch New London Heathrow Lounge

London seems to be gaining a lot of new lounges this year, with OneWorld carriers Cathay Pacific and Qantas both giving a facelift to their ground operations. The Australia carrier announced last week that the next location for its flagship global lounge will be at Heathrow airport with construction to begin in September 2016. While T3 in…

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Garuda Indonesia Appoints JPA Design To Create New Business And Economy Interiors

Garuda Indonesia has appointed International transport design specialist, JPA Design to create its new aircraft cabin interiors as the airline expands its fleet and builds on its reputation as a world-class carrier. The same design agency that created the DoveTail business class seat (as shown above) and recently Singapore Airlines new Premium Economy Class seat. Garuda’s new…

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Trip Report: Avianca A330 Business Class July 2015

Flight: AV121 Aircraft Type: A330-200 Class: ‘Previous Generation’ Business Class Route: LHR-BOG Flight time: 10:27 Seat: 1J Date: July 2015 http://www.avianca.com Best for: People travelling in pairs. The previous generation business class seats are in a 2 x 2 x 2 format. Fares are low, and offer good connections through most of South & Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. The crowd: Mainly South American…

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Trip Report: British Airways Boeing 777-300 In New World Traveller June 2015

Flight: BA27 Aircraft: Boeing 777-300 Class: World Traveller (economy) Seat: 30A Route: LHR-HKG Date: June 2015 Frequent flyer program: BA Executive Club / Avios. Part of the OneWorld Alliance http://www.britishairways.com British Airways 777-300ER Economy Class Report Written for TheDesignAir by Zoe Belhomme | As a Hong Kong-based British expat I find myself travelling between London and Hong Kong at least three…

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