The world view

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It's a dog's life

Air Transat was named the World's Best Leisure Air­line at the Sky­trax World Air­line Awards and if you want to know why, per­haps con­sider their pol­icy to­wards pets!

The car­rier is now of­fer­ing UK pas­sen­gers the chance to take their pets in the air­craft cabin on flights to Canada. Per­fect for those plan­ning longer hol­i­days and de­signed to give pas­sen­gers greater peace of mind when trav­el­ling with furry friends. The ma­jor­ity of flights now wel­come cats and dogs 10kg or less (in­clud­ing the cage) on­board. The an­i­mals must be kept in a cage and placed un­der the seat in front of the trav­eller. Thank good­ness for that!

@air­transat

Go­ing, go­ing, gone

Gam­i­fi­ca­tion took a new twist this sum­mer as Eti­had Air­ways launched dy­namic live auc­tions for cus­tomers who want to bid for a pre­mium seat in a higher cabin class. Cus­tomers can take part in a bid­ding sys­tem where real-time no­ti­fi­ca­tions of their bid are dis­played on their screen, al­low­ing two or more in­di­vid­ual bids at the same time. The move is meant to add a fun el­e­ment to travel be­fore the jour­ney be­gins, with pas­sen­gers com­pet­ing for up­grades and pay­ing what­ever they want, try­ing to out-bid. Bid­ding takes place from 24 to six hours be­fore the flight's de­par­ture, with the suc­cess­ful win­ner no­ti­fied im­me­di­ately.

@Eti­hadAir­ways

High-fly­ing kids

Emi­rates has re­sponded to a sur­vey that shows par­ents are tak­ing their kids abroad ear­lier than ever, with 43% of those sur­veyed ex­pe­ri­enc­ing their first flight by the age of one. This jet set gen­er­a­tion's par­ents first got on a plane at an av­er­age of 10 years old so it's clear that kids' are ever more im­por­tant cus­tomers. Emi­rates has teamed up with au­thor, ac­tor and mum Gio­vanna Fletcher to cre­ate a lim­ited-edi­tion se­ries of fam­ily hol­i­day mile­stone cards to help high­light those mem­o­rable land­mark mo­ments.

@Emi­rates

In it for the long-haul

Sin­ga­pore Air­lines (SIA) will launch the world's long­est com­mer­cial flight in Oc­to­ber, with a non-stop ser­vice be­tween Sin­ga­pore and New York us­ing the new Air­bus A350-900ULR (ul­tra-lon­grange). The air­craft will be con­fig­ured in a two-class lay­out, with 67 Busi­ness

Class seats and 94 Pre­mium Econ­omy Class seats. Flights will cover a dis­tance of ap­prox­i­mately 9,000nm (16,700km), and trav­el­ling time will be up to 18hrs 45min.

@Sin­ga­poreAir

Blog­ger watch

TV chefs used to reign supreme, when it came to trend set­ting but now it seems it's blog­gers and so­cial me­dia gu­rus you need to keep an eye on. With 162.6 mil­lion In­sta­gram posts us­ing the hash­tag #food­porn, mak­ing food pretty is now just as im­por­tant as mak­ing it tasty. And there's a smor­gas­bord of con­tent cre­ators prov­ing that so­cial me­dia chefs are a recipe for suc­cess. As palates di­ver­sify and trends change, these on­line fol­low­ings seem to rep­re­sent a cul­tural shift to watch. Fol­low­ers want va­ri­ety and at­tain­abil­ity, ac­cord­ing to these so­cial me­dia kitchen mae­stros be­ing cham­pi­oned on In­sta­gram, Facebook, Youtube and Twit­ter.

#food­porn

Pri­vate lounge sir?

Slove­nian busi­ness men Mi­hael Me­olic and Grega Mr­gole have a new vi­sion for the pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence when tran­sit­ing air­ports, and the vi­sion is AirPods. AirPods are ef­fec­tively a pri­vate lounge - a cap­sule-like unit de­signed to be in­stalled in pub­lic lo­ca­tions as pri­vate places to re­lax, sleep or work. Fea­tures in­clude an er­gonom­i­cally-de­signed seat that con­verts into a bed, free high-speed wifi, air con­di­tion­ing and air pu­ri­fiers, power sock­ets (USB/elec­tric­ity), stor­age and in­for­ma­tion about flight sta­tus. Air­port tri­als are un­der­way and the first com­mer­cial trial is to be im­ple­mented in EU air­ports in au­tumn 2018.

@air-pod.io

Party time

Brus­sels Air­lines is tak­ing pas­sen­ger 'ex­pe­ri­ence' to a new level with party flights from all over the world tak­ing fes­ti­val go­ers to To­mor­row­land in Boom. Some 240 flights brought mu­sic fans from 83 dif­fer­ent air­ports to Bel­gium, unit­ing 100 na­tion­al­i­ties at the 'World's Best Mu­sic Fes­ti­val' and the party started as soon as they stepped in the aisle, with mu­sic pumped out on­board. Nine flights even hosted live DJ-sets at 30,000ft and there were some 30 gate par­ties pre­board­ing too!

@Fly­ingBrus­sels

Vend­ing ven­tures

Look­ing to of­fer food-to-go from the de­par­ture gate? Well for­get pre-or­der and in­stal a pizza vend­ing ma­chine.

Their pop­u­lar­ity is ap­par­ently spread­ing, with the Ja­panese the lat­est to get in on the trend. Ja­panese con­sumers shop for food on the go from over five mil­lion vend­ing ma­chines na­tion­wide and the pizza one is the lat­est in­car­na­tion. Ja­pan's first ever pizza vend­ing ma­chine is a 24-hour self­ser­vice ma­chine which de­liv­ers the pizza of your choice in just five min­utes. For less than £10 a serv­ing, it comes in Margherita or Four-Cheese op­tions, de­liv­ered in a ready-to-go box and bag. Ideal carry on? piz­za­self24.com

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