AIR­LINE NEWS

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ANA has un­veiled a spe­cial “sea tur­tle” liv­ery which will fea­ture on the car­rier’s first A380. The air­craft will op­er­ate on ANA’s Tokyo-Honolulu route, and will be named “Fly­ing Honu”. The green sea tur­tle is known as the “Honu” in Hawaii, and is a sym­bol of good luck and pros­per­ity. ANA said it would also sup­port ac­tiv­i­ties in Hawaii to pro­tect the green sea tur­tle, which has been listed as be­ing in dan­ger of ex­tinc­tion by The In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture. ANA placed an or­der for three Air­bus A380 air­craft in 2016, and will be the first Ja­panese air­line to op­er­ate the su­per­jumbo when it takes de­liv­ery in early 2019. VIR­GIN AUS­TRALIA, to­gether with Barossa Val­ley win­ery St Hal­lett, has de­vel­oped a wine called The Duo. The two com­pa­nies de­vel­oped the Vir­gin Aus­tralia wine over a num­ber of months in or­der to bal­ance the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the wine specif­i­cally for when it is con­sumed at high al­ti­tudes, along with com­ple­ment­ing the air­line’s ex­ist­ing busi­ness class menu. The Duo is a blend that was sourced from the Barossa and Eden Val­leys. “The drier air in the cabin can make it hard to re­ally cap­ture a wine’s aroma. This is where the Eden Val­ley com­po­nent comes in. The higher al­ti­tude of the Eden Val­ley means cooler con­di­tions and cre­ates Shi­raz with lovely overt flo­ral aro­mas,” says St Hal­lett. ASIANA AIRLINES, a Korean car­rier, is set to in­tro­duce a new Econ­omy Smar­tium seat of­fer­ing on its Air­bus A350 flights start­ing May 15, when it de­buts its first A350 air­craft. Ac­cord­ing to the air­line, its new 311-seat A350s will in­clude 36 Econ­omy Smar­tium seats of­fer­ing 3-4 inches ad­di­tional seat pitch com­pared with its reg­u­lar econ­omy seats. Econ­omy Smar­tium will of­fer a to­tal seat pitch of 36 inches, though the rest of its seat­ing fea­tures re­mains un­changed from stan­dard econ­omy, with width, re­cline and screen size all stay­ing the same.

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